Google seeks feedback from Pixel 2 XL owners, asks users to take survey found in settings

Google wants to make sure that Pixel users are having the best experience possible and are truly enjoying their new phone. To do this, some Pixel 2 XL owners are being asked to take a minute of their time to complete a survey. While looking at the settings page, a notification pops up at the bottom of the screen that says, “Help Improve Pixel: 1 minute survey. You can decide whether to opt-in or opt-out.

Should you decide to take the survey, you are asked questions about your level of satisfaction with the phone, how long you’ve owned it, and the name of the company that made the previous …


Angry Birds developer Rovio seeks to raise $400 million in IPO that values the firm at $2 billion?

The Angry Birds are reportedly getting ready to invade Wall Street. The company that developed the Angry Bird games and owns the rights to the characters, Rovio, is believed to be filing for an Initial Public Offering that could launch as soon as next month. Speculation has Rovio raising $400 million from the IPO, which would value the game developer at a total of $2 billion. Those in the know suggest that these are not final figures. However, at a $2 billion valuation, Rovio board director Kaj Hed’s 69% stake in the company would be valued at more than $1 billion.

Angry Birds made its …

ITC to investigate Qualcomm's claim against Apple; chip designer seeks import and sales ban

The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to open up an investigation against Apple. The agency will try to decide whether Apple’s use of an Intel modem inside the Apple iPhone actually led it to infringe on some patents that belong to chip designer Qualcomm. Besides investigating a possible patent infringement on the part of Apple, the ITC is reportedly investigating Qualcomm for not offering its standard-essential patents at a fair and reasonable royalty rate.

In a press release issued this evening, Qualcomm said that it is asking the ITC to issue a Limited Exclusion Order to …

Report: Months after departing Uber as CEO, Travis Kalanick seeks a way to regain influence at Uber

Back in June we told you how a combination of five major Uber stockholders got together to push out Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of ride–shairing firm Uber. But without the ability to run Uber, privately valued at close to $70 billion, it seems that Kalanick was growing bored and missed the business he started. According to a report published Sunday, the former executive is seeking to win back some influence at the company by helping Sprint parent SoftBank make an investment in Uber.

By getting SoftBank to purchase shares of Uber currently controlled by large stakeholders, Kalanick’s …

Report: Months aftrer departing Uber as CEO, Travis Kalanick seeks a way to regain influence at Uber

Back in June we told you how a combination of five major Uber stockholders got together to push out Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of ride–shairing firm Uber. But without the ability to run Uber, privately valued at close to $70 billion, it seems that Kalanick was growing bored and missed the business he started. According to a report published Sunday, the former executive is seeking to win back some influence at the company by helping Sprint parent SoftBank make an investment in Uber.

By getting SoftBank to purchase shares of Uber currently controlled by large stakeholders, Kalanick’s …

Google seeks volunteer beta testers for Google+


How would you like a say in the future of Google+? As it turns out, Google is looking for beta testers to check out new features, and to talk with other beta testers and Google’s product team. The goal? To find ways to make Google+ the preferred social network destination. In addition, you’ll be filling out bug reports and giving feedback about the platform. If you have some solid ideas about improving Google+, this is your chance to share them with the right people.

Not everyone can be a Google+ product tester. Google says that it is looking for people with the following credentials …

Brooklyn Assemblyman seeks probe of Verizon after issues with Big Red's $10/day Travel Pass (UPDATE)

Some Verizon customers who reside in New York, signed up for the carrier’s $10 a day Travel Pass service. These consumers now claim that not only didn’t they get billed at the pricing they signed up for, they were billed for hundreds of dollars in calls and texts that they never sent. Under Big Red’s international travel plan, paying $10 a day gives customers the ability to carry their domestic Verizon talk, text and data allowances into any of 100 countries where the plan is valid.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind recently signed up with the plan for a trip he made to Israel. When his Verizon …

Apple seeks an "Event Maven" for Siri


Apple is looking for someone to be a personal assistant to virtual personal assistant Siri. In a job listing posted online, Apple says that it wants to hire an “Event Maven” who will work with the Engineering and Design teams to keep Siri informed about things that she might not know about. This requires staying up to date on pop culture. To be Siri’s assistant, you must have a four-year degree or equivalent work experience.

You also need to know about large scale software and system architecture, and be familiar with scripting languages such as Python, Ruby or Bash. Sure, hanging around …

Brooklyn Assemblyman seeks probe of Verizon after issues with Big Red's $10/day Travel Pass

Some Verizon customers who reside in New York, signed up for the carrier’s $10 a day Travel Pass service. These consumers now claim that not only didn’t they get billed at the pricing they signed up for, they were billed for hundreds of dollars in calls and texts that they never sent. Under Big Red’s international travel plan, paying $10 a day gives customers the ability to carry their domestic Verizon talk, text and data allowances into any of 100 countries where the plan is valid.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind recently signed up with the plan for a trip he made to Israel. When his Verizon …

9-year-old girl seeks clean air for her generation, sues Indian government over pollution

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Ridhima Pandey is living proof that no one’s too young to fight climate change.

The nine-year-old girl recently filed a legal case against the Indian government for failing to curb greenhouse gas emissions from factories, vehicles, and agriculture. The petition accuses officials of neglecting their duty to protect Indians young and old from environmental harm.

“My government has failed to take steps to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing extreme climate conditions,” Pandey said in a recent statement. “This will impact both me and future generations.”

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