‘Fortnite’ streamer charged after alleged domestic assault on Twitch

A Twitch streamer has been charged following an alleged livestreamed assault.
A Twitch streamer has been charged following an alleged livestreamed assault.

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An Australian Fortnite streamer has been charged after allegedly assaulting his partner during a live broadcast on Twitch.

Officers from Camden Police were contacted after a witness reported the alleged assault, which took place on Sunday evening.

The 26-year-old man, known by his handle MrDeadMoth, can be heard on the livestream arguing with his partner, a 21-year-old woman, who repeatedly asked him to stop playing the game. Clips of the incident went viral on Twitter.

“Can you not? I said I’ll be out soon,” the man said, before leaving his seat. Then, what appears to be the sound of a slap can be heard off camera. The woman responded by calling him a “woman basher,” and can be heard sobbing in the background. 

“Don’t hit me in the face,” she said. “Do you hear that, all you people there? He just hit me in the face.”

The argument continued for a few more minutes. None of the alleged assault was captured on camera, but a woman and a child can be heard screaming in the background after what appears to be a physical altercation. 

“F*** off you dog, you don’t pay the f***ing bills,” he said.

Police arrested the man later that evening, and he has since been charged with common assault and served with an apprehended violence order (the equivalent of a restraining order). He has been granted conditional bail, and is expected to appear in court on Thursday. 

“While the woman was not seriously injured she was distressed and shaken by the incident,” New South Wales police said in a statement via email.

Police confirmed two girls, aged three and 20 months, were at home at the time of the incident. The man’s Twitch and Twitter accounts appear to be now offline.

It’s not the first time a gaming livestream has seen an alleged assault. In China last year, professional League of Legends player Li Wei Jun was fired from his team after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend during a livestream.

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224. For international hotlines, this page has a list of worldwide resources.

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ wins one of the worst box-office weekends of 2018

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For the third weekend in a row, Ralph Breaks the Internet reigned supreme at the box office, but it was far from a record-breaking week in theaters.

The animated sequel to Wreck-It Ralph extended its streak as the top movie in theaters for another week, narrowly beating Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. It was the fifth weekend in theaters for the latter film, which has made the best of the holiday season to prolong its profitable run.

Despite all of the success for the top two films, the three-day span from December 7-9 wasn’t exactly a winner for Hollywood. The $77.7 million generated by the top 12 movies in US theaters over those three days was the second lowest weekend for movie ticket sales so far this year.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total 
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M $140.8M
2. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch $15.1M $223.4M
3. Creed II $10.3M $96.4M
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald  $6.8M $145.2M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M $173.5M
6. Instant Family $5.6M $54.1M
7. Green Book $3.9M $19.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.5M $27.2M
9. The Possession of Hannah Grace  $3.1M $11.5M
10. Widows  $3.1M $38.1M

Without any new films in wide release domestically — all of the movies premiering over the weekend did so in a small, limited number of theaters — the top ten movies essentially remained the same for the last two weekends with a few exceptions. Internationally, though, Aquaman made a big splash with its early debut in China, where it earned a massive $93.6 million. That’s the biggest premiere of any Warner Bros. Pictures movie in China, the second-largest movie market in the world, and seems to bode well for the film’s arrival in US theaters later this month.

This might have been a slow weekend in theaters, but the holiday season gets a lot busier this week with the PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2 — titled Once Upon a Deadpool — premiering December 12, followed by the post-apocalyptic adventure Mortal Engines and the animated superhero feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on December 14. Director Alfonso Cuaron (GravityChildren of Men) also brings his drama Roma to theaters on December 14, and the Clint Eastwood thriller The Mule arrives in theaters that day, too.

The following weeks then bring a pair of much-anticipated, big-budget blockbusters to audiences, with Bumblebee and Aquaman closing out the year.

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Elon Musk says nobody is approving his tweets after the SEC settlement

Elon Musk doesn’t respect the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), he said in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night.

Musk told CBS’s Lesley Stahl that none of his tweets have been censored since reaching a settlement with the SEC in September. He said that no one has to read his tweets before he hits send. He also explained he’d personally picked his successor as Tesla’s chairperson, before undercutting her authority by saying he could “get anything done that I want.”

The Tesla CEO announced in a tweet this August that he wanted to take his electric car company private, and that he had “funding secured” from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. The from-the-hip announcement sent Tesla’s stock price soaring. When it became clear that Musk did not have a deal in place, though, the SEC spun up an investigation and swiftly filed a securities fraud lawsuit against Musk over the tweet.

Two days later, Musk reached a settlement with the agency that required him to pay a $20 million fine, step down as chairman of the Tesla, name two new independent directors to the board, and install oversight regarding his public communications about the company — including his tweets.

“The only tweets that would have to be, say, ‘reviewed’ would be if a tweet had a probability of causing a movement in the stock [price],” Musk told Stahl. “Otherwise, it’s, ‘hello, first amendment.’ Like, freedom of speech is fundamental.”

The language of the settlement that he signed in September states that he has to:

comply with all mandatory procedures implemented by Tesla, Inc. (the “Company”) regarding (i) the oversight of communications relating to the Company made in any format, including, but not limited to, posts on social media (e.g. Twitter), the Company’s website (e.g. the Company’s blog), press releases, and investor calls, and (ii) the pre-approval of any such written communications that contain, or reasonably could contain, information material to the Company or its shareholders.

That language doesn’t say every tweet he crafts needs to be run by a lawyer — only the ones that could influence the market. In theory, then, Musk is free to tweet “I [black heart emoji] anime” without consulting one of Tesla’s lawyers.

But unless someone is screening every tweet Musk wants to send, it’s difficult to say for sure that the market-influencing tweets will all be properly vetted before they’re published. The oversight the SEC wanted to be put in place, then, appears to be completely reliant on him.

Stahl pressed Musk on this potential gap in the logic, and Musk laughed it off before taking a direct shot at the SEC. Here’s the full exchange:

STAHL: “But how do they know if it’s going to move the market if they’re not reading all of them before you send them?”

MUSK: “Well, I guess we might make some mistakes. Who knows?”

STAHL: “Are you serious?”

MUSK: “Nobody’s perfect.” [Laughs.]

STAHL: “Look at you.”

MUSK: “I want to be clear, I do not respect the SEC. I do not respect them”

STAHL: “But you’re abiding by the settlement, aren’t you?”

MUSK: “Because I respect the justice system.”

Later in the interview, Musk was asked about his company’s new chairperson, Robyn Denholm, who replaced him as part of the settlement. The “impression was that [Denholm] was put in to kind of watch over you,” Stahl said. Typically, the job of the chairperson of a board of directors is to serve as the CEO’s boss.

“That’s not realistic, in the sense that I’m the largest shareholder in the company, and I can just call for a shareholder vote and get anything done that I want,” Musk replied.

Stahl did not ask Musk about the part of the settlement that required him to pay a $20 million fine as a result of his tweets from August. But when he was asked about the fine October he said — on Twitter, of course — paying out that money was “worth it.”

Can Microsoft’s Airband Initiative close broadband gap for 25M Americans?

A new report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that 25 million Americans do not have access to broadband internet. Of these, more than 19 million are living in rural communities. Microsoft thinks it has found a way to bring broadband — and likely a few Windows roducts and services — to these underserved communities.

Broadband access is becoming more and more essential to daily life. In order to browse the web quickly, to take online classes, and to watch videos or do other high-bandwidth tasks, high speed internet is necessary. Yet millions of people in the U.S. do not have the option of fast internet service available. Students, job-seekers, and those that could benefit from telemedicine are among the many deprived of faster internet.

Part of the reason so many people lack access to broadband has to do with rates of adoption of wired technologies. Other wired technologies like phone landlines, electricity, and cable all gradually increased in adoption from the first time they become available before plateauing at an adoption rate of around 70 percent. It then took decades of work and investment to raise the adoption rate to complete the last 30 percent. It took more than 25 years for the adoption rates of electricity and cable TV to rise above 70 percent. Broadband is following a similar pattern, where adoption increased steeply from the introduction of the technology around 2000, but has plateaued at around 70 percent since 2010.

To get a better picture of what the data looks like in practice, the FCC has created an interactive map of broadband penetration. You can see which areas in the U.S. have access to broadband, and also how many broadband providers are available within an area. Broadband is often expensive and slow because of a lack of competition in areas where only one or two providers are available; the map shows these areas of low competition as well.

To address this issue, Microsoft launched the Airband Initiative in 2017 to cover the broadband access gap using a combination of wireless technologies and TV white spaces, traditional fiber-based connectivity, and satellite coverage. It partnered with 16 states to support small and medium ISPs by providing funding for them to expand access to areas currently without broadband, with costs recovered through revenue sharing. This helped the cost of white space network connectivity devices drop from $800 to a much more affordable $300.

Microsoft has also raised the possibility that broadband access may be even worse than the FCC data suggests, pointing to data from the Pew Research Center, which found that 35 percent of Americans don’t use broadband at home.

Critics of Microsoft’s initiative are uneasy that one the world’s wealthiest companies is lobbying for an advantage and government money, since public sector support is essential to the company’s plan. Additionally, broadcasters are concerned that white space technology could interfere with local television service.

Citing progress since its launch 18 months ago, the Airband Initiative has now committed to expanding to 25 states next year, and aims to bring broadband access to 3 million Americans in rural areas by July 2022.

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Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Amazon’s ambitious plans to expand the number of cashier-free Amazon Go stores may include opening locations at major airports, Reuters reports.

Representatives from two California airports told Reuters of emails and conversations in June with Amazon personnel exploring potential interest in Amazon Go stores in their terminals. Since those initial contacts, however, the process has halted with no further clue from Amazon about whether airport locations are still a viable near-term plan.

In a June 27 email quoted by Reuters, a Los Angeles International airport technology advisor wrote, “The lead for Amazon Go requested a meeting. Interested?” The answer was affirmative.

Also in June, an Amazon cloud unit account manager requested a meeting with officials at San Jose International Airport. In the request, the manager mentioned Amazon Go as “one of many possibilities we can discuss.”

After the San Jose meeting, an airport manager wrote, “I am looking forward to moving forward with the Amazon Go technology at the airport.”

Since the June meetings? Crickets.

No one is speaking publicly today about whether the concept for airport Amazon Go quick grab eateries is a go or no-go proposition. Given Amazon’s reach and proclivity toward expansion, however, the wait for a decision might not be long in coming. Unless the cashier-free concept has proved an unreported bust, chances are we will hear about the next move in Amazon’s storefront strategy soon.

In September, Bloomberg reported that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sees a significant opportunity for brick and mortar locations in cities where weekday lunchtimes bring crowded delis, sandwich shops, and restaurants. Amazon Go stores configured as quick-service restaurants (QSRs) could be a logical market entry point. Bloomberg also reported the retailer could open as many 3,000 Amazon Go stores by 2021.

Patrons at Amazon Go locations scan their smartphones on entry. From that point they find, pick up, and leave the store with their selections and Amazon bills their credit cards.

If walk-through retail spots can sell pre-prepared meals profitably, airports are another logical venue. Passengers at busy airport terminals are often in a rush to board flights, make connections, or find other transportation modes to their final destinations.

That Amazon has not followed up on the June airport contacts doesn’t necessarily signify a change in plans on Amazon’s part. The company could be considering massive upscaling for an initial QSR launch. Alternately, Amazon might be weighing the benefits of checkout-free airport stores that sell products other than food, such as Alexa devices and Kindles.

Given the potential costs of opening retail locations in big cities and busy airports, Amazon may also be planning various proof-of-concept trials to determine which implementations test the best.

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Amazon scouted airport locations for cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Amazon’s ambitious plans to expand the number of cashier-free Amazon Go stores may include opening locations at major airports, Reuters reports.

Representatives from two California airports told Reuters of emails and conversations in June with Amazon personnel exploring potential interest in Amazon Go stores in their terminals. Since those initial contacts, however, the process has halted with no further clue from Amazon about whether airport locations are still a viable near-term plan.

In a June 27 email quoted by Reuters, a Los Angeles International airport technology advisor wrote, “The lead for Amazon Go requested a meeting. Interested?” The answer was affirmative.

Also in June, an Amazon cloud unit account manager requested a meeting with officials at San Jose International Airport. In the request, the manager mentioned Amazon Go as “one of many possibilities we can discuss.”

After the San Jose meeting, an airport manager wrote, “I am looking forward to moving forward with the Amazon Go technology at the airport.”

Since the June meetings? Crickets.

No one is speaking publicly today about whether the concept for airport Amazon Go quick grab eateries is a go or no-go proposition. Given Amazon’s reach and proclivity toward expansion, however, the wait for a decision might not be long in coming. Unless the cashier-free concept has proved an unreported bust, chances are we will hear about the next move in Amazon’s storefront strategy soon.

In September, Bloomberg reported that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sees a significant opportunity for brick and mortar locations in cities where weekday lunchtimes bring crowded delis, sandwich shops, and restaurants. Amazon Go stores configured as quick-service restaurants (QSRs) could be a logical market entry point. Bloomberg also reported the retailer could open as many 3,000 Amazon Go stores by 2021.

Patrons at Amazon Go locations scan their smartphones on entry. From that point they find, pick up, and leave the store with their selections and Amazon bills their credit cards.

If walk-through retail spots can sell pre-prepared meals profitably, airports are another logical venue. Passengers at busy airport terminals are often in a rush to board flights, make connections, or find other transportation modes to their final destinations.

That Amazon has not followed up on the June airport contacts doesn’t necessarily signify a change in plans on Amazon’s part. The company could be considering massive upscaling for an initial QSRS launch. Alternately, Amazon might be weighing the benefits of checkout-free airport stores that sell products other than food, such as Alexa devices and Kindles.

Given the potential costs of opening retail locations in big cities and busy airports, Amazon may also be planning various proof-of-concept trials to determine which implementations test the best.

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey gets roasted for his ignorant tweets about Myanmar

More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have flooded into Bangladesh to flee an offensive by Myanmar’s military that the United Nations has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have flooded into Bangladesh to flee an offensive by Myanmar’s military that the United Nations has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared with the world what he did on his most recent birthday: travel to Myanmar and do a 10-day silent meditation.

Dorsey made a thread on Twitter explaining the experience, and hundreds of people chimed in to remind Jack of the genocide happening in Myanmar that’s been perpetuated by social media, how funny it is that he paid money to get bit by mosquitos, and his general rich white guy privilege.

Of course, Jack took the idea of Vipassanā and translated it into terms that tech people are familiar with, using words like “hack” and “reprogram.”

Some people on Twitter compared Dorsey’s experience of embracing pain to their experience on Twitter, where harassment continues to run rampant and negativity permeates every aspect of the platform.

Another person pointed out how some people really don’t have the option to meditate on their pain, and instead are forced to live and work with it because they can’t afford healthcare.

One Twitter user compared Dorsey to Gavin Belson, the villainous businessman from the show Silicon Valley who literally goes on a trip to meditate in Asia only to return to his normal capitalistic ways when he returns to Silicon Valley. Classic rich white tech guys stuff.

One of Dorsey’s more universally funny tweets in his thread was one where he shared that he’d been bitten over 100 times by mosquitos, and that’s pretty hard not to laugh at. People love schadenfreude.

The most egregious part about Dorsey’s Twitter thread is his willingness to ignore the genocide happening in Myanmar, which either he somehow wasn’t aware of or just decided not to mention.

You gotta be aware of this stuff, especially when you’re tweeting it out to hundreds of thousands of people on your own information-sharing platform.

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Soulja Boy is selling his own video game consoles

Soulja Boy is stepping back from “cranking it,” and pivoting to an entirely new field this week: selling his own video game consoles and refurbished tech accessories.

Soulja has been a gamer his entire life, so it’s only natural for him to want to launch his own systems, and this week, he’s done just that. He now sells two different consoles on his website SouljaWatch.com, both of which bear his namesake: the SouljaGame Console and the SouljaGame Handheld.

Soulja Boy claims that the console is capable of running PlayStation, NeoGeo, PC, Sega, Game Boy Advance, and NES games, as well as “SouljaGames.” The website states that the console comes with 800 games preinstalled onto the console. According to the site, the handheld runs Switch, 3DS, Vita, NeoGeo, Game Boy Color and Advance games, and it will have 3,000 games built into the system.

That’s a lot of games, and it seems unlikely that the system will actually run licensed copies of them, especially from companies like Nintendo. More likely than not, the systems will be running ROMs, which could be troublesome for Soulja in the future. Nintendo, especially, has been taking aim at ROMs of its games, suing the LoveROMS and LoveRetro sites for “brazen and mass-scale infringement of Nintendo’s intellectual property rights.”

Soulja Boy’s interest in video games isn’t anything new. Shortly after his 2007 hit took middle school dances across the country by storm, he was uploading videos on YouTube into a series he called “Soulja Boy Video Game Blog.”

“I’m challenging anyone and EVERYONE who think they can touch me on Gears, Halo 3, or C.O.D 4. Find me on Live and get you some!,” the description of the first video reads. “Don’t let the rapping fool you. Prepare to be PWND by Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em.”

But if the video game business withers, Soulja has another hustle to keep him busy: his website also sells several other products (which are all on sale right now). SouljaPods, SouljaHeadphones, SouljaWatches, SouljaPhones, and the SouljaPad are all currently available for purchase.

Google and Levi’s smart jacket can now warn you if you’re about to leave your phone behind

Google and Levi’s Jacquard smart jacket has introduced a new function designed to stop you from mistakenly leaving your phone behind, as spotted by Android Police.

The feature, called Always Together, is an automatic alert that will go off if the jacket moves too far away from your phone. When triggered, notifications happen on both ends. So, your phone will get a notification, and the jacket’s signature sleeve tag will also blink and vibrate. Previously, Android Police notes, there was a manual “find your phone” option where an assigned gesture on the jacket could prompt your phone to ring at full volume.

It’s a neat addition for the smart jacket, which can already use touch inputs to control things on your smartphone like music controls and navigation pings within Google Maps. Earlier this year, an update in the Jacquard platform introduced a handful of other functions, like support for ride-sharing alerts and pin drops on a map to save locations.

Whether all of this justifies the jacket’s $350 price tag is up to you. But, if you have been thinking about buying one, now is probably the time. Levi’s has a 30 percent off sale that ends at midnight on December 9th, and that knocks the jacket’s price down to $245.

Google to end support for Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich

Anyone with an old phone that is still running Android 4.0 may want to look into upgrading their device, as Google has announced that it will be ending support for this older version of Android.

Google announced on its Android Developers Blog that they will be deprecating support for Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The Google Play Store will no longer be updating apps beyond the Android Package Kit (APK) version 14.7.99. This change was announced primarily due to the age of ICS and its limited use now, with Google explaining: “The Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platform is seven years old and the active device count has been below 1% for some time.

This means that any Android 4.0 device will continue to work, as will the apps currently installed on it, but updates for apps are likely to require at least Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean. Developers will either have to maintain two versions of their app, one for Ice Cream Sandwich users and one for Jelly Bean and above users, or they will have to accept that their apps will no longer be supported on ICS. In practice, most developers who haven’t already dropped support for older Android devices won’t want to deal with two different versions of their Android apps and will likely end support for ICS and below.

Ice Cream Sandwich debuted in 2011 and most Android users have long since upgraded to a later version of the software. The latest version of the software that is generally available is Android 9.0, also known as Pie, which was released in August 2018. Somewhat confusingly, Android codenames do not always refer to new version numbers, so there have been seven code names between ICS and Pie even though there have only been five version numbers between them.

This change may only affect the 0.3 percent of Android users who are running ICS, but with nearly 2 billion Android devices out there this could mean up to 6 million devices will be affected. It’s likely that many of these devices are no longer in regular use though, and most are probably gathering dust in a drawer somewhere.

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