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Believe it or not, everyone still hates cable companies and ISPs

Why Are Cable Companies So Bad
We probably didn't need a survey to confirm this, but the 10,000 consumers polled for the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings agree that TV and internet service providers are the most hated industries in the United States.

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Jacob Siegal

May 26th

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The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble

iPhone 7 Rumors iPhone 8
For a long time, Apple's secrecy was legendary. The company managed to keep secrets under wraps better than any other consumer electronics company in the world. But the explosive popularity of the iPhone changed everything. Workers at the factories where Apple's gear is built found out how valuable these leaks can be, and almost nothing is a surprise these days when Apple finally announces something new. In the past, these leaks have done precious little in terms of a material impact on Apple's bottom line. This year with the iPhone 7, however, that could change.

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Zach Epstein

May 26th

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Robots could be the key to moving iPhone production stateside

Apple iPhone Manufacturing in USA
A report today from the South China Morning Post claims that Foxconn, Apple's longtime manufacturing partner, has replaced over half of its workforce with robots. That's bad news for the workers and good news for Apple's bottom line, but it also hints at something else: the solution to Apple's offshore manufacturing "problem."

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Chris Mills

May 25th

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These three dumb examples prove that copyright is broken

DMCA Abuse
If you've spent a significant amount of time on the internet, you've probably heard of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the badly-thought-out piece of legislation that governs using stuff on the internet. That it's broken is not news -- people have been railing against the DMCA since before it became law -- but a handful of recent examples illustrate the point rather well.

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Chris Mills

May 24th

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Indiegogo is trying to make itself suck less

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Scams
Indiegogo is the lesser-known cousin of Kickstarter, and it has something of a bad reputation for harboring particularly unrealistic crowdfunding campaigns (Lazer Razor, anyone?). To try to give people more confidence in some campaigns, Indiegogo has partnered with Arrow Electronics, a design and production firm. As reported by TechCrunch, Indiegogo campaigns will get access to expertise to help with the manufacturing and prototyping, and get an official stamp of approval from Indiegogo to help lure in backers.

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Chris Mills

May 21st

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Apple’s stores have gone from serious to absurd in 15 years

Apple Store San Francisco
Yesterday, unveiled the "future of retail" in its new San Francisco store. The new location is absurdly overhyped: it has "forums" and "groves" rather than aisles or counters, and Apple wants entrepreneurs to cluster in its "board rooms." It's a far cry from the Apple Store that Steve Jobs first introduced back in 2001, and if the founder could see what the face of the store has become, he'd be turning in his grave.

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Chris Mills

May 20th

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IMAX will bring virtual reality to movie theaters this year

IMAX Virtual Reality Movie Theaters
The company behind some of the most impressive movie experiences in recent memory wants to bring VR to the mainstream. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, IMAX is going to open multiple VR experiences in movie theaters and malls all around the world beginning later this year.

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Jacob Siegal

May 20th

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Comcast is using a lame excuse to avoid competition for cable boxes

Comcast Cable Box
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?

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Chris Mills

May 17th

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Google faces record $3.4 billion antitrust fine in Europe

Google $3.4 Billion Antitrust Fine Europe
Google’s legal problems in Europe are far from over, and the European Commission is readying what might be a massive 3 billion Euros ($3.4 billion) fine in the antitrust case against the search giant.

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Chris Smith

May 16th

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The real reason Walmart is suing Visa

Walmart Visa Lawsuit
The US is rolling out chip-enabled credit cards nationwide, but the more fraud-resistant technology still relies on people using signatures. That's a dumb security measure -- heck, not really a security measure at all -- that makes fraud easier, and Walmart wants to do something about it. Even though forcing PINs would make transactions far more secure, Visa is saying no. The rest of the world uses Chip-and-PIN to verify card transactions in stores. It's much the same as how chip transactions work in the US right now, only rather than drawing a meaningless scrawl on a receipt, customers enter a unique four-digit PIN to prove that they own the card. Signatures are effectively meaningless -- they're only useful when you're making a chargeback against fraud later, and provide no on-the-spot security. It's one of the reasons the US accounts for 72 percent of credit card fraud worldwide.

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Chris Mills

May 11th

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