WSJ: Apple in talks to buy Tidal

Jay Z could be the next rapper making a big sale to Tim Cook, as the Wall Street Journal cites anonymous sources saying Apple is in “exploratory” talks to buy Tidal, although a spokesperson for the music service said there had not been any talks. As… by Richard Lawler #Engadget  

Where to buy a U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge

Samsung is finally offering a SIM-unlocked Galaxy S7 (and GS7 edge) in the United States. That means a few things.

The unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are able to work on pretty much any operator here in the U.S. While most folks out there don’t hop from one to the next too often, it’s still a very nice ability to have. These versions also aren’t bloated up by carrier software. And as we noted when the GS7 was released, the operators can make a pretty big mess of things. These should also theoretically get software updates faster. (We’ll just have to see on that one.)

But the big question: Where will you be able to buy an unlocked Galaxy S7? Turns out there a number of choices. Samsung has committed to having the phones available from several different retailers, but not all have put them on sale right at the same time. Here’s the current list, and we’ll be updating it as more join in.

U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7

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U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 edge

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These direct links will take you to the proper pages for the U.S. unlocked phones … make sure when searching elsewhere for the phones that you aren’t confused by other “unlocked” models — those could possibly not have the correct network bands for the U.S.

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Adnan Syed is getting a new trial, proving the power of the hit podcast Serial

A Maryland appeals court ruled his lawyer failed him.

Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction gained nationwide attention as the subject of Season 1 of the podcast ‘Serial,’ has been awarded a new trial.

A court in Maryland on Thursday granted Syed’s request for a new trial, according to the Baltimore Sun. A PDF of the full ruling is here.

While the move shows the many inconsistencies raised about the case, it also speaks to the powerful hand media plays in drawing attention (or not) to any given case.

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The White House is harnessing data to help reduce local jail populations

The Data-Driven Justice Initiative seeks to move the mentally ill and low-level offenders awaiting trial out of local jails.

The White House announced a new program that employs data analytics to help communities like San Francisco and Oakland reduce the local jail population.

The Data-Driven Justice Initiative will help identify people suffering from mental health problems who need treatment, not a jail cell. It also would look to reduce the number of those incarcerated while awaiting trial by identifying low-level offenders who pose little danger to the community — but are only in jail because they can’t afford to post bail.

“What we’ve seen, as we’ve engaged state and local leaders across the country, is there are people who simply do not deserve to be in our jails,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama.

Sixty-seven state and local governments have committed to participate in the program and use data-driven strategies to cut their jail populations. The numbers are simply staggering: Every year, some 11 million people move through local jails at a cost of $22 billion annually. Some 64 percent of those incarcerated suffer from mental illness and even more — 68 percent — suffer from substance abuse.

Tech companies including Amazon, Palantir, RapidSOS and RTI also will take part. Amazon Web Services, for example, will provide a secure platform for exchanging information. RapidSOS will help law enforcement locate people when they call 911 from their cellphones.

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U.S. officials are investigating Tesla’s Autopilot tool after fatal crash

The semi-autonomous technology was enabled when a Tesla Model S crashed into a tractor trailer.

Government officials are looking into a fatal accident that involved a Tesla Model S that was operating in semi-autonomous mode.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation into the accident; it’s the first “known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated,” according to Tesla. NHTSA is evaluating the circumstances to determine whether the company’s Autopilot system performed as expected during the accident.

“It is important to emphasize that the NHTSA action is simply a preliminary evaluation to determine whether the system worked according to expectations,” a Tesla spokesperson wrote in a blog post.

The vehicle in question was driving down a divided highway semi-autonomously using Autopilot when a tractor trailer crossed its path. Neither the car’s sensors nor the driver saw the trailer, according to Tesla’s blog post, because the trailer’s white exterior was difficult to detect against the “brightly lit sky.”

“The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer, with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S,” the blog post stated.

The company emphasized that the Autopilot technology requires the owner to acknowledge the feature is still being tested and that they’re advised to keep their hands on the wheel and be prepared to take over if the software can’t properly navigate on its own. In situations where the driver remains alert, data shows Autopilot improves driver safety, according to the company.

There is an ongoing debate in the industry over whether rolling out semi-autonomous features incrementally is safe. Opponents say doing so introduces the potential of human error to autonomous technology while proponents argue exposure to semi-autonomous technology is necessary and allows consumers to become more comfortable and fluent with how to use it.

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Play ball! Disney’s deal to buy into Major League Baseball’s video business is on

The deal values BAM Tech at $3.5 billion, Bloomberg reports.

After a long warmup, Disney is indeed buying a one-third stake in Major League Baseball Advanced Media’s video unit, Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick reports. The deal reportedly values the firm, BAM Tech, at $3.5 billion, and gives Disney the right to buy another third of the company later — similar terms as Recode reported last month.

As Peter Kafka explained then:

BAM Tech is MLBAM boss Bob Bowman’s attempt to extract value for the video infrastructure business he has built up over the past few years. The company started by powering streaming services for baseball’s 30 teams, but has since started handling clients that range from Disney’s ESPN to Time Warner’s HBO. Disney would presumably be interested in owning the company so it could build out its own direct-to-consumer streaming services.

Reps for MLB and ESPN didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Do Web Servers Only Hold One Website Each?

When you first start learning how domain names, IP addresses, web servers, and websites all fit and work together, it can be a little confusing or overwhelming at times. How is it all set up to work so smoothly? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s questions.

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