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US telecom giant Verizon and Yahoo have announced that they have agreed to cut $350m (£280m) from the originally agreed price to acquire the internet company’s core business following two massive cyberattacks. Under the new deal, Verizon said it will now buy Yahoo for $4.48bn (£3.6bn) and agreed to share the cost of legal and regulatory liabilities related to the breaches.

In July last year, Verizon signed a deal to acquire Yahoo for $4.85bn. However, the closing of the deal was delayed after Yahoo disclosed a massive data breach, which occurred in 2014 and compromised at least 500 million users’ personal information, in September.

 

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A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $243,000.

Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions says the phone sold Sunday afternoon to a person who bid by phone. The auction house does not disclose the names of buyers.

Bidding for the phone started at $100,000.

The red telephone includes a Nazi party symbol and Hitler’s name engraved on the back. Occupying Russian officers gave the phone to a British officer, Sir Ralph Rayner, during a visit to Hitler’s bunker in Berlin. The phone was used in vehicles and trains as well as Hitler’s field headquarters.

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Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out a vision of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company’s platform could be the “social infrastructure” for the globe.

In a 5,700-word manifesto, Zuckerberg, founder of the world’s largest social network, quoted Abraham Lincoln, the US president during the country’s 19th century Civil War known for his eloquence, and offered a philosophical sweep that was unusual for a business magnate.

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The past few months we have seen a bunch of speculations saying that Apple will launch a new third variant of the iPhone this year. Almost everyday we head something around the iPhone and today we are hearing that the third variant will be the iPhone 8 featuring a stainless steel frame and a glass front and back finish.

The tip comes from Taiwanese website DigiTimes, which is known to keep tabs on Apple’s supply chain.

 

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Twitter  desultory earnings report on Thursday show a company with no evident path to profitability, as core costs climb more quickly than revenue while user growth stagnates.

For all the buzz the San Francisco company has created as the preferred platform for U.S. President Donald Trump and other high-profile figures, Twitter has lost more than $1.5 billion cumulatively since it went public in late 2013.

 

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Apple, Google‘s phones and Samsung have long ruled the roost when it comes to slow-motion video, offering smooth 240fps support. Sure, we’ve seen the likes of Lenovo claim 960fps as a standard, but this was via ineffective software trickery.

Now, Sony has laid the foundation down for super slow-motion, announcing a new smartphone sensor capable of shooting at 1000fps.

 

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As we get closer to the unveiling of the Galaxy S8, we’re hearing more positive things about it – like The Guardian reporting that it has new information that seems Samsung keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy S8, and more.

They add that the Galaxy S8 will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, something they’ve heard from “multiple sources”, and that it does indeed rock that beautiful “all-screen” design that we’ve been reporting. Inside, we are to expect Qualcomm’s powerhouse Snapdragon 835 processor, USB-C connectivity, microSD card support, and more.

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Vivo officially unveiled its flagship phone, the Vivo V5 Plus, last Saturday, January 21, at the SM Mall of Asia. The phone aims to deliver the perfect selfie with its 20-megapixel dual front-facing camera—a first for any mobile phone.

The V5 Plus smartphone will make life easier for the selfie-obsessed , thanks to features like the Bokeh Effect—a background-blurring photography filter—as well as the Face Beauty and Selfie Soft Light Effect, which ensure radiant selfies even in poor lighting conditions, eliminating the need for editing or post-processing.

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If all the leaks are true, there’s a lot to be excited about in the Samsung Galaxy S8. One of the big additions is Bixby. The new virtual assistant is even tipped to be accessible on all native apps. Now, a fresh leak gives an insight on how Bixby will work inside the Galaxy S8 camera app.

According to Sammobile, the device will give camera access to Bixby, and it will be able to perform a visual search or even text recognition. On the Samsung Galaxy S8, the camera app will integrate a Bixby button, which the user can activate to do a visual search on the thing that the camera is pointed towards.

The report states that ‘Bixby will analyse the image, and identify objects and text. It will help you search for that object, or use optical character recognition to process any text you point the phone at’. Bixby is a result of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv Labs- a company that was responsible for building Siri.

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Nintendo Switch, the Japanese company’s newest console, arrives March 3 at $300 (about Rs. 20,500). That’s not the only thing we learned from the Tokyo event last week. The Switch is available for pre-order in two variants – with a pair of grey Joy-Cons, or one red and blue each. Nintendo also showed a bunch of games, including new Zelda and Mario titles.

The Nintendo Switch will also have its own online service à la PlayStation Plus, which apart from facilitating online multiplayer, will also provide titles from NES and SNES generation. A lot more information has trickled in since, via video demonstrations, interviews, and the official website.

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