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How top tech reviewers feel about the biggest change to smartphone design in years (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)

Since the first iPhone came out in 2007, all smartphone displays have been perfectly rectangular. 

But that's starting to change. Because of current technical limitations and the need for smartphone companies to distinguish themselves in a crowded and competitive market, some phones this fall will be sporting "notches" or "cutouts" in their screen. 

The redesigned iPhone that's expected to come out in September has a notch, according to an image included in recent code released by Apple.

A notch juts down into the top of the screen, dividing the status bar with cell signal, battery life, and the time into two. This is so there's room for a selfie camera on a phone with an edge-to-edge screen.

But Apple won't be the first company to release a phone with a notch. 


13 things that were invented much earlier than you probably thought

It's easy to think modern technology has always been just that — modern.

The truth is, many pieces of today's technology have actually been in development for decades.

Here are some of the most vital pieces of technology that were born before most of us were.

 

Vaccination - 1796

Edward Jenner introduced the first vaccine before the turn of the 19th century — a rudimentary version of the cowpox virus to eliminate smallpox.

A milkmaid named Sarah Nelmes approached Jenner with several cowpox lesions on her hand. Jenner drew fluid from the lesions, then scratched it into the skin of an 8-year-old boy, his first test subject.

Though the boy came down with a fever initially, his illness quickly abated. When Jenner later introduced the smallpox virus, the boy was immune.

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Ford's CEO wants to transform how people get around in cities — but not with robot cars (F)

• Ford CEO Jim Hackett is an advocate of "design thinking"

• He has a lot of credibility in Silicon Valley.

• But his approach might be at odds with the tech industry's metabolism.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett feels your pain.

Seriously, if you live in a big city, Hackett intends to put the 100-plus-year-old automaker on a path to alleviating your transportation suffering.

But he doesn't want to use robot cars. 

"When you paint the robots as perfect and humans as imperfect, we've made a big mistake," Hackett said at Ford's City of Tomorrow event in San Francisco on Thursday, according to a report by


Wall Street's biggest bear thinks bitcoin will surge to $6,000

Fundstrat Founder Tom Lee isn't so positive on the stock market these days, but he's amplifying his bullish bet on bitcoin

In a note on Friday, Lee forecast that the cryptocurrency could rise to $6,000 a coin by the middle of next year.

He said the big driver of this 29% rally through mid-2018 would be greater public awareness of bitcoin as a method of payment and as a store of value like gold. He maintained his 2022 target of $25,000. 

"We see bitcoin as gaining from institutional sponsorship, improving transaction platforms and ultimately, greater public adoption," Lee said.


Internet rights group slams Google and GoDaddy's 'dangerous' decision to ban a neo-Nazi site

A prominent Internet rights group has condemned Google and GoDaddy for refusing to manage the domain registration for the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization that defends digital civil liberties, issued a blistering statement on Thursday slamming the domain gatekeepers for using their power to silence speech. 

After Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, The Daily Stormer


Traders have lost almost $10 billion betting against Alibaba this year (BABA)

If you're thinking about betting against Alibaba's stock, you might first consider simply lighting your money on fire.

Traders wagering on declines in the company's shares have lost a grand total of $9.8 billion in 2017, according to data provided by financial analytics firm S3 Partners. That makes Alibaba the worst-performing short in the world this year, and it isn't particularly close.

The next-most shorted company is Tesla, which has drained $4.5 billion from the accounts of bearish speculators, less than half of the damage left in Alibaba's wake.

The reason for the futility of short sellers is clear: Alibaba's stock looks like a runaway train right now, up 87% in 2017 through Thursday, roughly eight times the MSCI All-Country World Index.


Alibaba's cloud base doubled in just 12 months (BABA)

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The early Uber investor suing Travis Kalanick turned its $12 million investment into $7 billion stake

Benchmark Capital's early investment in Uber has grown exponentially since the ride-hailing company's unicorn days.

Benchmark is suing Travis Kalanick, Uber's cofounder and ousted CEO, over claims that he committed fraud in 2016. Kalanick on Friday responded to the allegations and released a legal filing arguing why the suit should be dismissed or handled in private arbitration.

Tucked into the latest legal filing is a new detail about the worth of Benchmark's early investment. The venture capital firm first backed Uber in 2011 when it led an $11 million Series A round.


Mark Zuckerberg will take two months off when his second daughter is born (FB)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take two months of paternity leave when his wife Priscilla Chan gives birth to their second daughter, he shared in a post to the social network.

Zuckerberg did something similar back in 2015, when the couple welcomed their first daughter, Max. 

Facebook offers its US employees up to four months of paid parental leave which they can take throughout the year. When Max was born, Zuckerberg took his time all at once; this time, Zuckerberg writes, he'll take a month off to be with his family immediately following the birth, and then he'll go on leave again for the entire month of December.

Zuckerberg also notes that "when working parents take time to be with their newborns, it's good for the entire family."


Google accidentally revealed the name of next version of Android — it's called 'Android Oreo' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Rumor mongers got a big break on Friday about the possible name for Google's upcoming Android "O" operating system.

From the looks of it, Google's upcoming Android OS will be called "Android Oreo."

That's according to Android Police, which spotted the file name of a video that Google itself had posted on its own Google+ social network. The video, which has since been deleted, was a teaser trailer for the release date of Android O on August 21, during the impending solar eclipse.