Sponsors

Nest’s New Smart Thermostat Ditches the Rotating Dial

Google launched new Nest thermostats today with a simpler design that is ditching the iconic rotating dial.

More: The Verge

Sources: DOJ and state AGs investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations are considering forcing it to sell Chrome and parts of its ad business

Sources are telling Politico that that Antitrust action against Google continues to be nigh, and that the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General are considering forcing Google to sell Chrome and parts of its ad business.

More: Politico

A coalition of tech companies, including Microsoft and Symantec, orchestrated a takedown of the TrickBot malware botnet, which had infected 1M+ computers

A coalition of tech companies, including Microsoft and Symantec, orchestrated a takedown of the TrickBot malware botnet, which had infected more than 1 million computers.

More: ZDNet, CNN

Sources: Katzenberg pitched Apple, WarnerMedia, and Facebook about buying Quibi, but so far had no takers; Quibi has between 400K and 500K subscribers now

Quibi watch. Is it too soon to start calling it a deathwatch? Sources are telling The Information that Jeffrey Katzenberg has been shopping Quibi around. He’s pitched Apple, he’s pitched WarnerMedia, he’s pitched Facebook, all about potentially acquiring Quibi and so far… well, let’s just say the reaction has been muted.

More: The Information

Twilio confirms it is buying customer data infrastructure company Segment for $3.2B in an all-stock deal, expected to close in Q4 2020

Twilio confirms it is acquiring customer data infrastructure company Segment for $3.2 billion in an all-stock deal.

More: TechCrunch

Study: Facebook likes, comments, and shares from news outlets that routinely publish misinformation roughly tripled from Q3 2016 to Q3 2020 to 1.8B interactions

According to new research from the German Marshall Fund Digital, in spite of all the efforts and public pronouncements otherwise, misinformation on Facebook continues to rise. In fact, it’s roughly tripled from 2016, and if you look at a chart, they’ve really spiked in just the last 12 months. To be clear, we’re talking about likes, comments and shares on Facebook from news outlets that are considered to routinely publish misinformation.

More: New York Times

Caterpillar looks to autonomous tech to lift sales during the pandemic

Finally today, another suggestion that covid times might accelerate the move toward autonomy. Specifically at Caterpillar, which is betting on self-driving machines that would be impervious to pandemics.

More: Reuters