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2023 Volkswagen ID 4 Gets Small Styling Changes - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 11:00
There's a new entry-level version with a smaller battery, too.

Facebook Parent Meta Is Asking You to Help Train Its New AI-Powered Chatbot - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 11:00
US adults can contribute to the company's AI research by chatting with the bot on a public website.

Save On Echo and Smart Plug Bundle, Plus Up to 70% Off Other Amazon Devices - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 10:46
Prime Day may be over, but with prices on popular Amazon products starting at $12, there's still a chance to cash in on a great deal.

World Market's Stock Room Sale Offers Savings on Home Essentials, Snacks and More - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 10:43
There are chairs, bookshelves, tables and other home goods on sale, right in time for fall.

Amazon is Buying iRobot For $1.7 Billion

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-08-05 10:40
Amazon this morning announced plans to acquire iRobot for an all-cash deal valued at $1.7 billion. From a report: The home robotics firm, best known for pioneering the robotic vacuum, was founded in 1990 by MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab members Colin Angle, Rodney Brooks and Helen Greiner. Twelve years after its founding, the company introduced the Roomba, a brand that has since become synonymous with the branding, selling more than 30 million units as of 2020. Brooks and Greiner have gone on to found and lead several other companies, while Angle has remained on-board as CEO -- a position he will maintain post-acquisition. "Since we started iRobot, our team has been on a mission to create innovative, practical products that make customers' lives easier, leading to inventions like the Roomba and iRobot OS," CEO Colin Angle said in a release. "Amazon shares our passion for building thoughtful innovations that empower people to do more at home, and I cannot think of a better place for our team to continue our mission. I'm hugely excited to be a part of Amazon and to see what we can build together for customers in the years ahead."

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The Best Reality TV Shows on Netflix - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 10:30
Give one of these wonderfully insane reality shows a try.

India Seeks Antitrust Scrutiny of Global Merger and Acquisition Deals

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-08-05 10:00
India is a key overseas market for several global tech giants including Meta and Google. Now the South Asian nation is gearing up to have its voice heard for global M&A deals. From a report: New Delhi has proposed amendments to its Competition Act, 2002, to introduce a number of changes including requiring the permission of local watchdog (Competition Commission of India) for all overseas deals exceeding $252 million in value for firms with "substantial business operations in India." India, the world's second largest internet market that has drawn investments of tens of billions of dollars from Meta, Google and Amazon and venture capitalists including SoftBank, Sequoia and Tiger Global, has traditionally scrutinized deals based on asset size and not the transaction value. According to law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Indian regulator approved over 700 fillings in the past decade alone. But things appear to be taking a shift and attempting to bring parity between India's position to those of China, U.S., and Europe.

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Best Buy Anniversary Sale: Save Hundreds on Headphones, Laptops, TVs and More - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 09:56
Snag big savings on laptops, tablets, smart TVs, wearables and much more right now.

Ferrari Recalls 24,000 Cars for Potential Brake Failure - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 09:54
Vehicles from as far back as 2005 are included in this recall.

Celebrate Joann's Anniversary With Up to 60% Off Decor, Yarn and More - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 09:48
Almost everything you need for your next project is discounted right now, so don't miss out.

Prey: Ending, Post-Credits Tease and Predator Easter Egg Explained - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 09:00
Stick around for a hint about what happens after this Predator prequel wraps up.

Best Collagen Powder for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 09:00
Collagen production starts to decline in our bodies as we age. That's where collagen powder comes in.

Mortgage Rates on Aug. 5, 2022: Rates Are Mixed Since Last Week - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 09:00
The Fed's interest rate hikes could increase costs for prospective homebuyers.

Here Are Today's Refinance Rates, Aug. 5, 2022: Rates Vary - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 09:00
Though refinance rates change daily, some experts expect rates to climb this year.

Winamp, the Best MP3 Player of the 1990s, Receives Major Update

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-08-05 09:00
Winamp, the premiere music player of the late 1990s and early 2000s that was acquired by Radionomy from AOL in 2014, has received a major new update for the first time in four years. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: The release notes for Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 1999 say that the update represents four years of work across two separate development teams, delayed in between by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the work done in this build focuses on behind-the-scenes work that modernizes the codebase, which means it still looks and acts like a turn-of-the-millennium Windows app. The entire project has been migrated from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019, a wide range of audio codecs have been updated to more modern versions, and support for Windows 11 and https streams have both been improved. The final release will be version 5.9, with some features targeted for release in version 5.9.1 "and beyond" (version 6.0 goes unmentioned). It requires Windows 7 SP1 or newer, dropping support for Windows XP. That said, in our limited testing the "new" Winamp is still in many ways an ancient app, one not made for the age of high-resolution, high-density displays. This may cause usability problems, depending on what you're trying to run it on. But hey, for all you people out there still trying to keep hope alive, it's nice to see something on that isn't a weird NFT project and a promise of updates yet to come.

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Amazon Acquires iRobot, Makers of Roomba, in $1.7B Deal - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 08:34
Roomba will join the Amazon's family of devices, including Kindle, Echo and Fire TV.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Attacks Pikes Peak - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 08:00
This road-legal car took a second-place finish.

Marvel's VFX Artists Are Suffering -- and Starting to Speak Out - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 08:00
A real secret war is taking place behind the scenes with overworked, underpaid and underappreciated visual effects artists.

Best SUVs Cheaper Than $35,000 for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 07:00
You can buy a great SUV for less than $35,000, and these are our favorites.

Best SUVs for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 07:00
Trust us: There's an SUV for everyone. These are our top picks.