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Fake Cop Allegedly Tricked Phone Companies Into Giving Him Peoples Location Data

The Colorado Public Safety Task Force contacted T-Mobile with an urgent situation: A man was suicidal and they needed real-time updates of his mobile phone location to save his life. T-Mobile handed over GPS data for the phone, and the task force reported it found the man in a field outside of an apartment complex. Verizon and Sprint received similar requests about different customers from the Task Force, which appeared to have spent months trying to prevent suicides all over the state. There were a couple of problems with this…

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The ‘Matrix phone’ is back and it’s awful…

Can Nokia return to its former mobile glory?Image: LightRocket via Getty Images Nokia’s finally ready to return to the smartphone race in the U.S. The phone brand, once an independent global powerhouse, then sold to off to Microsoft, then revived under HMD Global in 2016, has announced it’ll sell two new Android phones on Verizon and Cricket Wireless, respectively. While the new Nokias don’t stack up (not even close in terms of performance) to an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or Galaxy S9, or OnePlus 6T, the phones are significant in…

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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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Yahoo SVP Adam Cahan to exit after Verizon acquisition closes

Another high-profile Yahoo executive, SVP of Mobile and Emerging Products Adam Cahan, will leave the company as the acquisition by VerizOath: comes to a close. This news via multiple sources comes amid cuts of as much as 15 percentof the combined Oath/Yahoo staff. TechCrunch is owned by Oath: which is owned by Verizon which bought Yahoo and is smushing it together with Oath: creating overlaps in jobs, hence the cuts. Were fine, thanks for asking. Earlier today we reported that CISO Bob Lord would also be departing.We reached out to…

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