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Angela Ahrendts, leader of Apple’s retail efforts, will depart the company in April

Apple Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts presents at an Apple event in October of 2018. [credit:Valentina Palladino ] Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts will vacate her position and depart the company in April. A press release on Apple’s website says Ahrendts is leaving “for new personal and professional pursuits.” She holds the title of Senior …

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With experimental “Never slow mode,” Chrome tries to stop Web devs making it slow

Enlarge / Google wants less of this. (credit: Vegansoldier / Flickr) Since Chrome’s very first release, performance has been one of Google’s top priorities. But Google is against a competing force: Web developers. The Web of today is a more-complex, bandwidth-intensive place than it was when Chrome was first released, which means that—although Internet connections …

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EA turns in bummer fiscal report: “We’re disappointed in our underperformance”

(credit: EA) EA’s latest quarterly fiscal report included a stark admission: Battlefield V‘s sales fell way below expectations. This, combined with a severe drop in mobile-gaming revenue, led EA’s executives to admit that they were “disappointed in our underperfomance” in fiscal Q3 2019. BFV‘s sales to date, according to EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen, have …

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon devices are on sale for Valentine’s Day

Enlarge (credit: TechBargains) Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a new suite of deals on Amazon devices, including the latest Kindle Paperwhite and a number of Echo smart speakers. We approved of the new Paperwhite upon its launch late last …

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House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks during an FCC oversight hearing held by the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Democratic lawmakers have put Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on notice that he can expect a lot more scrutiny now that Democrats control the US House …

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Netflix buys into Goop hooey with deal to make a wellness docuseries

Enlarge / Gwyneth Paltrow attends the In Goop Health Summit on June 9, 2018 in Culver City, California. (credit: Getty | Phillip Faraone) If you’re one for Netflix bingeing, you may want to grab a bucket. Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle and “contextual commerce” venture, Goop, has signed a deal with Netflix to produce a wellness “docuseries”—despite …

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Apple pays France €500 million to cover a decade of back taxes

Enlarge / A woman holding a smartphone walks past the Apple Store on January 04, 2019 in Berlin. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Apple has reportedly paid 10 years of back taxes to the French tax authority—around €500 million (over $570 million)—according to L’Express, a business newspaper. The iPhone maker has been under pressure to pay …

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Samsung cancels partnership with counterfeit Supreme brand

Enlarge Back in December, Samsung took the stage at one of its Chinese product launches and announced it was partnering with “Supreme,” the popular skateboard fashion brand. The announcement was made with all the usual tech launch pomp and circumstance, with the CEO of “Supreme” coming on Samsung’s stage to talk about the collaboration. The …

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