KodakCoin ICO Delayed Amid Questions About Investors

From PC Mag: Kodak's upcoming cryptocurrency has attracted over 40,000 potential investors, according to the developers behind it. The only problem? It isn't clear how many of those investors are legit.

On Wednesday, KodakCoin developers delayed a much-anticipated initial coin offering by "several weeks," in order to verify the status of each investor. KodakCoin is only open to "accredited investors" with an individual net worth of $1 million or $200,000 in earnings over the past two years.

Mario Kart will be playable on phones by March 2019

From CNET: Yeah, Animal Crossing on mobile is good, but have you ever tried mobile Mario Kart?

No, you haven't, because there is no Mario Kart on iOS or Android. That will change though, as Nintendo Wednesday made a big announcement via Twitter: Mario Kart is coming to mobile platforms in the form of Mario Kart Tour.

Not much information on the game was announced, though Nintendo did note that it'd hit your phones and tablets by the end of March 2019.

Report: Feds Examining Apple's iPhone Slowdowns

From PC Mag: Apple is already facing a number of lawsuits for secretly slowing down iPhones, and now the Cupertino tech giant may be in hot water with the federal government.

Bloomberg reports that the US Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission are investigating whether the controversial practice violated any securities laws. The feds have asked Apple for information about its iPhone slowdowns, unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" told the news outlet.

Google's cleaning up the Play Store, using machine learning to remove 700,000 bad apps

From PC World: Earlier this month, Google removed some 60 games from the Play Store after it was uncovered that the so-called Adult Swine bug was delivering inappropriate and malicious ads to kids. According to Google, that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to the 700,000 it booted from the Play Store in 2017.

Nintendo Switch sales reach a whopping 14.8 million

From CNET: Well, the word's out: Nintendo's Switch is doing red hot sales to the tune of 14.86 million units sold, and it seems the company can't make them fast enough.

The information is based on the company's nine months earnings report released Wednesday, which included a breakdown by region. Japanese gamers bought 3.72 million units, while the US is the biggest market at 5.94 million sold there alone. The rest of the world made for the remaining 5.2 million sets.

Google closes $1.1 billion deal for HTC design talent

From The Verge: Google’s $1.1 billion deal to acquire most of HTC’s smartphone design division has officially closed. Hardware SVP Rick Osterloh announced the news in a blog post, hailing the arrival of an “incredibly talented team to work on even better and more innovative products in the years to come.”

Report: VMware May Buy Dell in Biggest-Ever Tech Deal

From PC Mag: We're less than a month into 2018, and there's already a potential new contender for the largest tech deal ever. According to CNBC, Dell is considering a move to sell itself to VMware in a massive reverse merger that could exceed the record-setting $67 billion Dell paid to buy EMC in 2015.

Dell and VMware both declined to comment.

Why would Dell, which already owns 80 percent of VMware, sell itself back to the smaller company? There are a few compelling reasons.

Microsoft disables Spectre patch after bugs reported

From CNET: What's worse than the chip flaws that leak sensitive information? Apparently, some of the software updates meant to fix them.

Over the weekend, Microsoft released an update that disables a patch to Intel CPUs after reports that the patch -- meant to fix a design flaw known as Spectre -- caused unexpected reboots and other other problems. Intel called a halt to installations of the patch one week ago, but Microsoft's new update goes a step further and disables the patches on any computers that already had them installed.

Facebook begins privacy push ahead of tough new European law

From The Verge: Facebook will introduce a new privacy center this year that features all core privacy settings in one place, ahead of the introduction of a strict new EU data protection law that takes effect on May 25th. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will restrict how tech companies collect, store, and use personal data. Facebook also says that it’s publishing its privacy principles for the first time, detailing how the company handles user details.

Apple reportedly halves iPhone X early 2018 production target

From CNET: Apple reportedly notified suppliers on Monday that it is halving its iPhone X production target for the first three months of the year.

The company was expecting to produce 40 million units of the iPhone X in the first quarter of 2018, but has now revised the figure to just 20 million, Nikkei reported without citing a source.

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