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Google’s ad tech services hit by formal EU antitrust investigation

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The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Google over whether the search giant unfairly favors its own online display advertising technology over competitors, the EU announced today. The investigation will also explore whether Google is unfairly limiting access to user data to its competitors.

It’s an important investigation because it covers Google’s core online advertising business, which Reuters notes generated $147 billion in revenue for the company last year. Bloomberg reports it’s the first time the EU has investigated Google’s online display advertising business, where it serves as an intermediary between advertisers and publishers to fill ad space on web pages and apps.

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Entire London Underground to receive mobile coverage by end of 2024

Image: TfL

By the end of 2024, passengers on the London Underground will have mobile reception across the entire network of stations and tunnels, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has announced. Popular stations, including Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bank, Euston, and Camden Town will be hooked up by the end of 2022, with coverage expanding in phases over the ensuing months.

The announcement comes just over a year after 4G coverage was introduced on the eastern half of the Jubilee line, between Westminster and Canning Town, in March 2020. Transport for London (TfL), the city’s transport authority, says the upcoming infrastructure will support 5G networks as well as 4G, but that it will be up to mobile operators themselves to offer support for the…

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The best Prime Day 2021 smart home deals

Blink Outdoor security camera | Image: Amazon

Amazon Prime Day is always a good opportunity to smarten up your abode, whether it’s an apartment or a multi-room, multi-level house. Compared to other product categories, there are usually some pretty aggressive smart home deals happening during Amazon’s annual shopping extravaganza. Most come from companies under the Amazon umbrella like Ring and Blink, however, like last year, companies such as Ecobee, SimpliSafe, and Google have also discounted a selection of smart home products.

Whether you’re looking for smart speakers, thermostats, cameras, or smart locks, we’ve got all of the best Prime Day 2021 smart home deals you need below. And if you’re looking for discounts in other categories, we’ve rounded up the best Prime Day deals to…

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The best Prime Day 2021 Apple deals

The MacBook Air is the most impressive laptop I've used in years

Amazon Prime Day is an event — understandably — dedicated to all things Amazon, with substantial discounts on a range of Echo, Fire TV, and Kindle devices, as well as a time-sensitive smorgasbord of deals from both well- and little-known manufacturers. Apple is one of them, and while the company still charges a premium, Prime Day 2021 is a chance to save on an Apple Watch, a new MacBook, or a pair of AirPods, among other products.

Below, we’ve gathered the best Apple deals available for Prime Day, some of which come from retailers running their own anti-Prime Day deals. If you’re open to other, non-Apple discounts, we’ve also put together a guide highlighting the best Prime Day deals in a variety of categories, including laptops, TVs,…

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The best laptop deals for Amazon Prime Day 2021

The Acer Travelmate P6 seen open from the front. The screen displays a blue and yellow pattern on a black background.
The Acer Travelmate P6 is discounted for Amazon Prime Day. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is finally here, and it’s a good time to find discounts if you’re trying to buy a laptop. If you’re a budget shopper with your eye on one of the best Chromebooks, best gaming laptops, or best student laptops, you can likely find something that will strike your fancy.

We’ve listed the best Prime Day deals on laptops below. If you’re signed up for Amazon Prime and are online at the right time, you should be able to take advantage of these deals alongside many others we’ve curated in our guide to the best Prime Day deals.

The best productivity laptop deals for Prime Day

The Acer Aspire 5 has long been considered one of the best budget laptops you can buy, with a sturdy build, a large 15-inch screen, and capable…

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Apple is shortening new free TV Plus trials from a year to three months starting July 1st

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In the push to be as well-known for services as it is for hardware and software, Apple has been generous with free trials, offering a year of Apple TV Plus for free and extending the offer multiple times. But soon that’s changing — starting July 1st, 2021, people who buy new Apple devices will only be offered three months of free video streaming rather than a year. After the trial is over, Apple TV Plus’ $4.99 per month subscription cost kicks in.

Apple’s not particularly forthcoming about this change, but it is listed in the fine print on the new Apple TV 4K product page (via The Loop’s executive editor Dave Mark) and in Apple’s official terms and conditions for the promotion. Specifically, the text reads:

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Researchers trace dust grain’s journey through newborn solar system

Combining atomic-scale sample analysis and models simulating likely conditions in the nascent solar system, the study revealed clues about the origin of crystals that formed more than 4.5 billion years ago. The findings provide insights into the fundamental processes underlying the formation of planetary systems, many of which are still shrouded in mystery. …read more