Google’s headquarters in Paris were raided by French tax officials and law enforcement on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation over alleged tax fraud. The news was first reported by French outlet Le Parisien and then later confirmed to Reuters by sources who claim the raid began at 5:00AM local time.
Facebook said in an official response to US Senator John Thune that it has found no wrongdoing following an internet investigation into allegations that the social networking giant was manipulating stories in its trending news section to block conservative political content. At the same time, however, the company said that it is making big changes to the processes that power its trending news section, sending mixed messages in the process. More →
There is nothing in consumer tech right now that’s as hot as the smartphone market, even as it nears saturation in many regions, and the real beauty of it is that there are so many options. Every company out there wants a piece of the action and they’re all looking for ways to differentiate their products, so there really is something for everyone. It’s not easy to make a choice that can truly be considered wrong since different people have different needs and wants, but there is one line of smartphones that people probably shouldn’t bother with unless they having a burning desire to dump hundreds of dollars into a dead platform.
As noted by market research firm Gartner, Windows Phone’s share of the global smartphone market actually fell below 1% this past quarter for the first time ever, market yet another stop on Microsoft’s one-way trip to smartphone irrelevance. As such, the worst mistake you can make when buying a new phone is to buy a Windows Phone, unless you’re fine with burning cash on a platform that’s on its way out.
Actually, there is one smartphone platform that somehow has an even lower share of the global market — BlackBerry OS — but it’s so low that it’s not even worth discussing anymore. More →
Uber and Lyft have made taking a car to get around a surprisingly affordable method of transportation. But right now, the rivalry between the two is driving prices to be ludicrously cheap.
Starting today, all weekday Lyft rides in Manhattan will be 50 percent off. And before you point out that this will screw over drivers, don’t worry — they’re getting to keep 100 percent of the non-discounted fare, with no commission going to Lyft.
For me, Chromebooks have always existed like flossing: I’m aware of it as a concept, and I know it’s a big part of some people’s lives, but I had mentally dismissed Chromebooks as a Windows Phone-esque oddity.
But while I wasn’t paying attention, Chromebooks have started outselling Macbooks in the US.
Donald Trump spent a large part of February bashing Apple over its battle with the FBI, and called for a boycott of Apple “until such time as they give that security number.”
But according to a financial disclosure report spotted by the AP, Trump holds somewhere between $1.1 million and $2.25 million in Apple stock. But hey, at least he doesn’t use an iPhone.
T-Mobile’s Binge On service is a handy loophole that lets you stream video from select services without it counting against your data cap. Big players like Netflix and YouTube have already been on board, but this morning, T-Mobile’s rounding out the offerings by adding names like NBC and Univision.
The announcement today added a handful of new participating media outlets, bringing the total up to 80. The biggest names being added are NBC and Univision, which should be good news for fans of SNL or Ninja Warrior. The other interesting move is adding music videos from the likes of Spotify and Tidal onto the Binge On platform.
Cable boxes are one of the biggest money sucks in pay TV (and when we’re talking about an industry that charges you money to watch ads, that’s a serious statement). The FCC has voted on a plan to open up the cable box market to competition, which would allow you to buy your own, technologically advanced box, rather than renting forever from your cable company.
Cable companies make $20 billion a year from rental fees, so would you like to guess how enthusiastic Comcast is about the new plan?
Apple last week made a surprise announcement when it confirmed that it had made a $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing, a ride sharing company in China that is often referred to as the Uber of China.
“We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons,” Apple CEO Tim Cook explained, “including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market.”
Coy as ever, Cook’s somewhat cryptic remarks naturally led to an avalanche of speculation, particularly given rumors that Apple is developing its own electric car. Other commentators took the position that Apple’s investment was simply an old-fashioned way to curry favor with the Chinese government.
Tesla is moving at breakneck speeds these days. In fact, there’s so much on Tesla’s plate that it can sometimes be tough to keep track of everything the company is up to. Not only is the company working furiously to finish the Gigafactory so that it can defy the odds and deliver the Model 3 on time, but the sheer volume of Model 3 pre-orders (more than 400,000 at this point) is far beyond the company’s wildest expectations.
At the same time, Tesla is continuing to ramp up Model X production, and that’s not to even mentioning the recently revamped Model 3. Over the weekend, The Mercury News posted a troubling and fascinating expose into Tesla’s hiring practices at its Fremont, California factory, the location where both the Model S and the Model X are manufactured.
Uber always calls its car-on-demand service “ridesharing,” mostly as a way to get around accusations of running an illegal taxi service. But what if an app that knew millions of people’s destinations started offering actual rideshares for cheap? Enter Google, via its insanely popular navigation app Waze.
Waze Carpool is brutally simple: anyone who wants a ride opens up the Waze Riders app (currently in an invite-only beta). They plug in their destination, and are then matched with any regular Waze user who is already going in that direction. Unlike Uber or Lyft, drivers don’t take requests — the app is the digital equivalent of carpooling to work with colleagues, not taking a taxi.
Marvel’s latest superhero adventure is on pace to be one of the studio’s biggest to date, having now racked up more than $940 million globally at the box office. Captain America: Civil War pulled in $72.6 million in the United States alone this past weekend, its second weekend in theaters. Globally, the film took in more than $156 million total this past weekend.
Civil War is currently on pace to see its box office total top $1 billion this week, which will be yet another impressive milestone for the film. Perhaps even more impressive, however, is the milestone Marvel has already achieved: As of this past Sunday, Marvel’s 13 movies have now combined to pull in more than $10 billion. More →
It’s time to make Apple great again!
We have arrived at an interesting chapter in the story that is Apple. Sure the company is still pulling in far more money than any of its rivals, but the period of rapid growth that we all knew was unsustainable has finally come to an end and Wall Street is flipping. Of course when Wall Street flips, the media follows closely behind. One quick glance at Apple headlines right now and you’d think the company was on the verge of bankruptcy once again.
So where do we go from here? More →