Elon Musk reaches settlement in SEC tweet battle

Elon Musk reaches settlement in SEC tweet battle

Enlarge / Elon Musk exits federal court on April 4, 2019 in New York City. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Elon Musk has reached a deal with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the two parties said in a legal filing on Friday. The new agreement provides much more detailed guidance about when tweets and other public statements by Musk must be approved by Tesla lawyers.

Musk’s original deal with the SEC was announced last September. It required Musk to obtain pre-approval for tweets that “contain or could contain” information that’s material—legal jargon for information that’s significant to shareholders. While the SEC expected Musk to begin regularly clearing tweets with lawyers, Musk interpreted this language as giving him significant discretion to decide for himself which tweets contained material information. As a result, he didn’t seek legal review for any tweets in the first few months the agreement was in effect.

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Intel stockpiling 10nm chips, warns that 14nm shortages will continue

Intel stockpiling 10nm chips, warns that 14nm shortages will continue

Intel Skylake die shot, built using the 14nm process. (credit: Intel)

In its earnings conference call, Intel has warned that chip shortages are set to continue into the third quarter of the year, However, the company has also said that its 10nm manufacturing process is improving faster than anticipated and that it will be able to sell more 10nm chips this year than previously predicted.

Intel’s troubled migration to its 10nm manufacturing process has had many consequences in the wider computing industry. Gartner and IDC both say that some of the shrinkage of the PC market is due to a lack of processors, and companies such as Microsoft have stated that their financial performance would have been better were it not for the shortages. Intel was expected to be building a wide range of mainstream processors on its 10nm at this point, reducing the pressure on its 14nm facilities.

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After White House stop, Twitter CEO calls congresswoman about death threats

After White House stop, Twitter CEO calls congresswoman about death threats

Enlarge / A controversial tweet by President Trump was the subject of a phone call between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to the Washington Post.

Just after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey paid a visit to the White House on April 23, he called Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about a somewhat related topic—death threats that had been made against her on Twitter following a post by President Trump himself.

According to a Washington Post report, Dorsey defended the decision not to pull Trump’s tweet—a video that combined a single phrase from Omar’s speech at a Council on Islamic Relations banquet with footage of the attacks on the Twin Towers. Trump captioned it all: “NEVER FORGET.”  The post remains up.

Omar has been the target of a stream of hateful content on Twitter. As she said in a statement posted on Twitter, “Since the President’s tweet…

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Report: Amazon Readying a HiFi Music Streaming Service

Report: Amazon Readying a HiFi Music Streaming Service


According to sources of MBW, Amazon is readying a HiFi music streaming service, one to combat TIDAL’s offering.

Reported to cost somewhere around $15.99/month, the source claims at least one major record label has signed on to license its music to the service. Not a lot of details were shared, though, the quality should be, “better than CD.”

If we’re comparing to TIDAL, it offers CD-quality lossless streams at 44.1 kHz / 16 bit for $20/month. There is also the Masters tier, which are 96 kHz / 24 bit streams.

The streaming service is said to be available by the end of 2019, so if you need yet another music service, here you go!

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T-Mobile Continues to Kill It, Which Can’t be Said for Verizon and AT&T

T-Mobile Continues to Kill It, Which Can’t be Said for Verizon and AT&T


T-Mobile isn’t really close in terms of the total number of customers when you compare them to Verizon and AT&T. Those two are so far ahead that it would take years of massive gains before T-Mobile catches them without the help of Sprint’s customer numbers being added on top. Still, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that T-Mobile has continued to kill it quarter after quarter, year after year, while Verizon and AT&T are struggling to convince new customers to switch over to their networks. In some ways, they are struggling to convince them to stay.

This week, all three carriers put out their first quarter 2019 numbers and only T-Mobile had a good one on the wireless side. John Legere’s company added 656,000 phones on postpaid plans, while AT&T only added 80,000. Verizon, if you can believe it, lost (lost) 44,000.

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Comcast usage soars 34% to 200GB a month, pushing users closer to data cap

Comcast usage soars 34% to 200GB a month, pushing users closer to data cap

Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu)

Comcast said its customers’ monthly Internet data usage increased 34 percent between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019, rising to a median of 200GB. The rise is being driven by streaming video, and, in particular, 4K video, Comcast said.

“Our customers’ demand for speed and data usage keeps increasing,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a call with investors yesterday (transcript). “Our median broadband home now uses over 200 gigabytes of data per month, an increase of 34 percent year-over-year, which accelerated from the fourth quarter.” (Stop the Cap reported on Comcast’s remarks earlier.)

The median customer is using only about 20 percent of Comcast’s 1TB data cap, which is enforced in 27 of Comcast’s 39 states. But the rise in median usage almost certainly means that more Comcast customers are

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Apple reportedly discussed buying Intel’s smartphone-modem chip business

Apple reportedly discussed buying Intel’s smartphone-modem chip business

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Apple and Intel have talked about a possible business deal between the two companies that would have Apple acquiring parts of Intel’s smartphone-modem chip business, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Reportedly, the talks began last summer but stopped recently around the time that Apple and Qualcomm settled their patent dispute.

Intel gained more of Apple’s business when it began supplying smartphone-modem chips while the iPhone maker feuded with Qualcomm. That legal battle over patent royalties raged on for years until Apple and Qualcomm were set to meet in court earlier this month. On the first day of the trial, the two companies announced they reached a deal “to dismiss all litigation between the two companies worldwide.”

Qualcomm agreed to continue to supply Apple with smartphone chips under the deal, and Apple agreed to pay an undisclosed sum for the six-year licensing

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Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update

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Traditionally, Microsoft would use the release of a new operating system to bump the minimum hardware requirements that the software needs. With Windows 10 being the “last” version of Windows, Microsoft is using the major updates to bump specs. The May 2019 update, version 1903, takes the opportunity to do just this.

Previously, 32-bit Windows had a minimum storage requirement of 16GB, and 64-bit Windows needed 20GB. Both of these were extremely tight, leaving little breathing room for actual software, but technically this was enough space for everything to work. That minimum has now been bumped up: it’s 32GB for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows.

Part of this growth may be due to a new behavior that Microsoft is introducing with version 1903. To ensure that future updates install without difficulty, 7GB of disk space are permanently reserved for the install process. While

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Trump administration puts offshore drilling expansion in Arctic, Atlantic on ice

Trump administration puts offshore drilling expansion in Arctic, Atlantic on ice

Enlarge / Shell has halted the controversial oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea, citing the marginal discovery of oil was “not enough to continue the search for the foreseeable” future. In a statement on September 28, the company said, “Shell will now cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future.” (credit: Photo by Orjan F. Ellingvag/Corbis via Getty Images)

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week, the Department of the Interior’s new secretary, David Bernhardt, said that the Trump administration would indefinitely suspend its plans to expand offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and several areas in the Atlantic ocean. The Secretary did not appear to comment on whether the administration would move forward with offshore drilling in areas outside of those regions.

The decision not to pursue lease sales in the Arctic and some areas of the Atlantic is a significant one for

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Fiber-guided atoms preserve quantum states—clocks, sensors to come

Fiber-guided atoms preserve quantum states—clocks, sensors to come

An atomic clock based on a fountain of atoms. (credit: National Science Foundation)

One of light’s most redeeming features is that it can be guided in optical fibers with very little change to its properties. In terms of quantum information processing and sensing, this is important: you stick a bit of information into an optical fiber, and you will get that bit out the other end with very high probability. 

Matter is not so nice to work with, but the sensitivity that makes matter difficult also makes it promising for sensing applications and quantum computation. Researchers have recently demonstrated that matter can be guided down an optical fiber without losing its quantum state, opening up the possibility of combining the best properties of light and matter. 

A train track of quantum states

I think the atomic clock best demonstrates the benefits of moving quantum states around. In an atomic

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