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'We are disappointed': Tech firms are speaking up against the FCC's plan to kill net neutrality (FB, GOOG, TWTR)

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  • Business Insider asked some of the biggest tech firms in the US about the FCC’s plans to kill net neutrality.
  • Netflix, Facebook, Google and more are all speaking out in support of net neutrality, and against the FCC’s plans.

The FCC is planning to kill net neutrality — and some tech companies are starting to speak out.

In December, the US telecoms regulator is planning to roll-back Obama-era rules that ensure net neutrality — the principle that all data must be treated equally, and companies can’t charge for preferential access.

The plan is expected to pass, and if it does, it will mean ISPs and telecoms firms are able to charge companies for access to “fast lanes,” or even block certain apps altogether.

Pro-net neutrality activists, who argue the principle creates a level playing-field online, are up in arms about the plan. And some tech companies are now speaking out in support of net neutrality as well, from Facebook to Netflix.

Business Insider reached out to some of the biggest tech firms in America today to ask for their reaction to the FCC’s plan. Their initial responses are below, and we will continue to update this post as more come in.

Facebook: Net neutrality ensures ‘the internet remains open for everyone’

In an emailed statement, Facebook’s vice-president of US public policy Erin Egan said: “We are disappointed that the proposal announced today by the FCC fails to maintain the strong net neutrality protections that will ensure the internet remains open for everyone. We will work with all stakeholders committed to this principle.”

Google: ‘We are disappointed’

A Google spokesperson says: “The FCC’s net neutrality rules are working well for consumers and we’re disappointed in the proposal announced today.”

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Netflix: ‘We oppose the FCC’s proposal’

In a tweet sent on Tuesday, video-streaming giant Netflix signaled its support of net neutrality and its opposition to the FCC’s plans.

Says Netflix:

“Netflix supports strong #NetNeutrality. We oppose the FCC’s proposal to roll back these core protections.” In response to a Twitter using calling for it to take action, it added: “We’ve been supporting for years thru IA and Day to Save Net Neutrality with a banner on Netflix homepage for all users. More info in Q4 2016 earnings letter, as well. This current draft order hasn’t been officially voted, so we’re lodging our opposition publicly and loudly now.”

The company did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for additional comment.

Reddit: Net neutrality is ‘crucial to innovation’

The Reddit community is fiercely pro-net neutrality, and has been up in arms about the plans. Most of the top posts on the social news and community site right now are calls to arms, or highly critical messages targeting the FCC.

The company itself is also pro-net neutrality.

In a statement, a Reddit spokesperson said:

“Reddit is actively monitoring the FCC’s proposed rule changes that could dismantle net neutrality as we know it. From farmers in South Dakota to musicians in Kentucky to small business owners in Utah, net neutrality is just as important to redditors as it is to Reddit and we will continue to advocate for and work constructively to maintain a free and open Internet. It is crucial to innovation and the health of our economy that small businesses have equal access to the internet, with winners and losers chosen by consumers, not ISPs.”

Internet Association: The proposal ‘defies the will of millions of Americans’

The Internet Association, an industry body whose members include Amazon, Dropbox, Ebay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Spotify, Uber, and others, put out a statement on Tuesday criticizing the plans. It said:

“Chairman Pai’s proposal, if implemented, represents the end of net neutrality as we know it and defies the will of millions of Americans who support the 2015 Open Internet Order. This proposal undoes nearly two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans’ ability to access the entire internet.

“The 2015 Order created bright-line, enforceable net neutrality protections that guarantee consumers access to the entire internet and preserve competition online. This proposal fails to achieve any of these objectives. Consumers have little choice in their ISP, and service providers should not be allowed to use this gatekeeper position at the point of connection to discriminate against websites and apps.

“Internet Association and our members will continue our work to ensure net neutrality protections remain the law of the land.”

Oracle: Declined to comment

Enterprise tech giant Oracle declined to comment when reached by email.

Salesforce: Reitereated the Internet Association’s position

Salesforce, a member of the Internet Association, directed Business Insider to the industry body’s statement when reached for comment.

Apple, Twitter, Cisco, and IBM did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment. We will update this story as we hear back.

SEE ALSO: If you want to see what America would be like if it ditched net neutrality, just look at Portugal

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NOW WATCH: Here’s what Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak thinks of the net neutrality battle — and why it matters

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There are two types of laughter — here's the difference between them

Professor Sophie Scott of University College London studies cognitive neuroscience of human communication. She is well-known for her TED Talk called, “Why We Laugh.” We asked her to explain the difference between the types of laughter we use in social situations. Following is a transcript of the video. 

Sophie Scott: Human beings tend to think that we laugh at jokes and comedy, but actually, a psychologist called Robert Provines found that human beings mostly laugh when they’re with other humans — it’s a social behavior.

Hi, my name’s Professor Sophie Scott and I’m based at University College London where I study the cognitive neuroscience of human communication.

And what this actually means is that a lot of our laughter is doing kind of social affiliative work. So, we’re laughing as much to show that we like someone, we know someone, we’re part of the same group as someone. We understand them.

In fact, this quite striking number — you’re 30 times more likely to laugh if there’s somebody else with you than if you’re on your own. It’s primed by other people being there and then it will be shaped by how you feel about those other people.

I think that the two most important kinds of laughs or distinctions between laughs are whether or not they are completely involuntary or if they’re a bit more communicative. So, if you think back to the last time you laughed and you could not stop laughing, you absolutely lost it, that feels quite different. And it can be really hard to break out of as compared to a lot of the laughs that happens in conversations which you drop into and out of really quickly and you time really precisely with the other people that you’re talking to.

So I think those would point to different kinds of brain systems that are involved and it suggests there may be a fundamental difference between sort of helpless laughter and more social laughter.

We know that chimpanzees have two different sorts of laugh. They laugh differently if they’re being tickled than if they’re trying to make play last longer. And that does sound a bit like our helpless laughter and our social laughter.

Genuine, spontaneous, helpless laughter is often indicated by, first of all, you can’t stop doing it. It just keeps coming through. If you try and stop yourself laughing, you’ll find you start making funny noises and you try and talk and your voice will sound strange.

Social laughter is often much quicker to start and much quicker to end. We know that social laughter is also frequently lower in pitch. It sounds qualitatively different. Of course, in interactions, if you like the person you’re talking to, you don’t mind. You don’t sit there with your friends going, “I don’t think all this laughter is spontaneous. I believe you’re choosing to produce some of this.” ‘Cause you know what it means. Somebody’s going, “I’m giving you this laughter. I’m giving you this laughter for extremely positive reasons.”

 

So, it’s something that we are happy to share whether or not it’s voluntary or involuntary. I think the proviso is if you feel like you don’t like somebody or you don’t trust why they’re laughing, then you can be a bit more dismissive of their apparently social laughter — like, “Oh, what’re they doing with that?” It’s almost like you hear the falseness when you don’t have that friendliness and that affiliation for the laughter to fit in with.

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5 tricks Barbara Corcoran used to build a company where hardly anyone quit

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  • Barbara Corcoran is a real-estate mogul and a star investor on the ABC series “Shark Tank.”
  • She said she ran her real-estate agency — The Corcoran Group — the way her parents ran her household.
  • Lessons from her mom and dad include eliminating complaints and making sure everyone had fun.

Barbara Corcoran says her mother was a “drill sergeant.”

It makes more sense when you find out that Corcoran was the second-oldest of 10 kids, nine of whom grew up to be entrepreneurs.

Corcoran herself started real estate brokerage firm The Corcoran Group, which she sold for $66 million in 2001.

In a conversation with Business Insider US Editor in Chief Alyson Shontell on the podcast “Success! How I Did It,” Corcoran explained how she built a company with a strong culture and a high retention rate. To do it, she told Shontell, she used some lessons from her parents.

“I really did a mimic of my mother in building my brokerage firm,” Corcoran said. “I ran the firm exactly how my mother ran the house. We were super organized. We had a place for everything. And I can tell you the minute you have more than one or two people working for you, efficiency has a lot to do with building a big company.”

Corcoran broke down some of the other management strategies she borrowed from her parents for The Corcoran Group:

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SEE ALSO: Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran reveals how getting dumped for her secretary and sending 1 gutsy email helped turn her into a business mogul

She recognized people’s talents and moved them into positions around their strengths.

Corcoran described her mother as “inspirational,” and says the ability to inspire others and identify their strengths is “probably the more important gift” she got from her mom.

She would decide what your gift was, as a child,” Corcoran said. “She would name one thing. For me, she said I had a wonderful imagination. And then she would cast you in that role in the family unit, which was like a small town.”

“And I am great at spotting the gift, and people I could interview — someone who’s trying for a bookkeeping job and totally convince them they’d be a star salesman,” Corcoran continued. “Which doesn’t fit into their résumé, but it sure fit into them.”

She considers this quality, along with being hyper organized, to be the two most important factors in building her business.

She turned her employees into a ‘happy family.’

Corcoran explained why her company had such high retention rates:

I did what my mother did. I adored my children.” (In this case, her children are her employees.)

“I would do anything for them. I would kill for them. And I nurtured them and I loved them and I tried to give them as much freedom as I could. I pushed them forward, got them to believing they could do a lot more than they were doing. And they did! Because people don’t really know what they’re capable of.

“And I made them love each other. I knew how to create teams where everybody got along and everybody respected the different attributes that people have and forgive the ones that were bugging them, you know?

She fired complainers as fast as possible before they could turn the culture toxic.

There was, however, one type of employee Corcoran wouldn’t tolerate on her team.

“I learned how to get rid of complainers,” she said. “Complain in my company, I couldn’t wait till Friday to get you out, OK? So I felt like they were attacking my young.”

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Majestic's £70 million acquisition of Naked Wines seems to be paying off

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  • Naked Wines was acquired by Majestic Wine in 2015.
  • The wine startup has 360,000 users who pay £20 a month to help fund the production of new wines.
  • The company was profitable in all of the geographic markets it operates in during the first half of its financial year.

Majestic Wine’s £70 million acquisition of Naked Wines — an online wine startup that asks its customers to fund the production of new wines — seems to be paying off just over two years after the deal went through.

Majestic Wine, which is listed, said on Thursday that Naked Wines helped its profits rise to around £6.8 million in the first half of its financial year. Majestic Wine broke even this time last year.

Naked Wines was profitable in all three of its geographic markets, according to the results, which cover the 26 weeks leading up to October 2. The company, which is less than 10 years old, had adjusted earnings before interest and tax of £4.72 million — a considerable improvement on this time last year, when it recorded a loss of £2.78 million.

Rowan Gormley, chief executive of Majestic Wines, said in a statement: “In this half, Naked Wines has demonstrated the quality of its model.”

Gormley added: “It has become a disciplined business committed to continuous improvement.”

Headquartered in Norwich, Naked Wines now has 360,000 customers who pay £20 a month each to get access to new wines. The majority of their subscription fee is passed on to wine producers.

Naked Wines managing director Eamon Fitzgerald told Business Insider that the £20 monthly fee is like a “top up or credit”.

“So that gives you access to wines you can’t get anywhere else,” he said. “They’re exclusive to us. And that gives you discounted prices.

Cheese board“The reason we can get discounted prices is we take all of those £20s and we invest in wine makers’ production. Typical wine makers have to make the wine first, store it all, then hop on a plane, go to a wine fair, try and find an agent, they’ll find a buyer. There is a lot of cost in the middle there. So actually what the wine costs to make and what the consumer ends up paying, the wine maker gets rinsed.”

Naked Wines is investing the majority of its user subscription fees into South African wine makers. But it’s also funding wine makers in New Zealand, California, Australia, and even the UK.

The amount invested varies, but there are some wine makers in New Zealand that have received around £500,000 from Naked Wines, while another producer in Kent received £150,000 recently.

Naked Wines has funded the production of 500 types of wine over the years, according to Fitzgerald. He admits it’s risky business but only two of the variants have spoiled.

Fitzgerald said that Naked Wines is now starting to expand into other products in an effort to grow its business further.

“The business model naturally lends itself to other products that we’re looking at so we’ve just launched a craft beer discovery club, which has 2000 subscribers now in a very short space of time,” said Fitzgerald.

Naked Wines is also offering craft gin, as well as olive oil and artisan meats.

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Samsung's next flagship smartphone may make an early appearance in January (SSNLF)

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  • Samsung’s next high-end smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, may come earlier than usual.
  • They may make their first appearance as early as next January, at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
  • They will reportedly be “iterative” devices, but still pack some new stuff, with a focus on power and overall polish.

Samsung’s new flagship smartphones for the first half of 2018 are already on their way, and may make a super-early appearance at next January’s CES.

The original report, from VentureBeat, mentions that the tentatively named “Galaxy S9” and “Galaxy S9+” will only be “iterative” devices, largely building on the noteworthy, trend-launching, almost bezel-less designs of this year’s S8 duo.

The S9 and S9+ are named “Star 1” and “Star 2” internally, and will reportedly feature the same 5.8- and 6.2-inch Quad HD, AMOLED displays of their respective predecessors.

Processors will apparently get a notable speed boost, however, moving the more energy-efficient 10-nanometer manufacturing process — strongly hinting at Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon 845, likely in conjunction with a new, in-house made Exynos counterpart for non-US markets.

The added power will also reportedly be coupled with 6GB of RAM, like on the more recent Note 8, as opposed to the 4GB its predecessors had, to better compete with Apple’s increasingly powerful A-line series and stay ahead of the competition in the Android space.

VentureBeat’s sources also say that 64GB of onboard storage will come in the base model, and the microSD card slot will remain, alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The camera will change, instead, moving to a dual lens, vertically aligned setup (like on the iPhone X) that moves the fingerprint reader closer to the middle of the device’s back, in response to the numerous complaints Samsung received with the S8, S8+, and even the Note 8.

Last but not least is DeX, Samsung’s system that allows the S8 to function as a desktop workstation by plugging it into a monitor and keyboard with the support of a custom accessory. The new docking station will keep the phone in a flat position, VentureBeat says, and “utilise the screen as either a touchpad or a virtual keyboard.”

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Bitcoin cash is jumping

  • Bitcoin cash up 17% against the dollar on Thursday morning.
  • The rise follows integration of the cryptocurrency with digital wallet Bitwalla and the exchange Bitstamp.

LONDON — Cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash is jumping against the dollar on Thursday morning.

The digital currency, which was split off from bitcoin earlier this year, is up 16% against the greenback to $1,518.10 as of 7.45 a.m. GMT (2.45 a.m. ET):bitcoin cash

The jump in price follows positive news flow surrounding bitcoin cash. Digital wallet provider Bitwalla, which has over 57,000, announced on Wednesday that it is allowing customers to hold bitcoin cash. 

Separately, Bitstamp, the 12th biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, announced on Wednesday that it would be integrating bitcoin cash to its platform from December “in response to the demand.”

However, bitcoin cash’s price surge is not enough to put bitcoin cash in record territory. The cryptocurrency is still a way off its all-time of $1953.67, reached on November 12.

Elsewhere in the cryptocurrency space, bitcoin is down 0.5% against the dollar and ethereum is down 0.02% against the dollar.

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Start shopping Microsoft Store’s Black Friday deals now!

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You can also save on apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018PC games including Halo Wars 2movies like Deadpool and Wonder Woman and more at Microsoft Store on your Xbox or Windows 10 device.

Keep reading for the full list of the hottest Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store and remember to check out our Cyber Monday deals starting Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. PT.

Surface

Save $329 on Surface Pro bundle

Get instant savings on Surface Pro (Intel Core i5/256GB SSD) and black Type Cover.

Save $229 on Surface Pro bundle

Bundle and save on Surface Pro (Intel Core i5/128GB SSD) and black Type Cover.

Free Harman Kardon Invoke

Buy a select Surface Laptop and get the new Harman Kardon Invoke speaker for free ($199 value) – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.

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Xbox One S only $189 + free game

Score an amazing deal on an Xbox One S 500GB console, plus get a select free game of choice and one month of Xbox Game Pass.

Save $50 on Xbox One S bundles + free game

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Windows 10 PCs

Save up to $300 off select Windows 10 PCs

Looking for a new PC? Save up to $300 this holiday when you purchase a new Windows 10 PC that lights up the recently released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Fall Creators Update brings mixed reality and 3D to the masses, faster broadcasting for gaming, features to turn photos and videos into real memories, and much more.

Windows Mixed Reality

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Save up to $100 on Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Grab instant savings on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets with motion controllers, starting at $299 – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.

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Bundle and save up to $400

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Accessories

Up to $20 off Xbox controllers

Save instantly on select Xbox Wireless Controllers through Monday, Nov. 27.

Save $20 on Minecraft controller

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Save $50 on Elite headset

Hear every pin drop with the Turtle Beach Elite 800x on-ear headset with noise-cancellation – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.

Digital

Up to 50% off games

Stock up on the hottest Xbox games this season like Halo Wars 2 and Super Lucky’s Tale.

Call of Duty for $49.99

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Save $20 on Office 365 Home

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Microsoft Store

Don’t forget! Microsoft Store locations nationwide will offer the first Black Friday shoppers a chance to win an Xbox One X. Be in line before the store opens on Nov. 23, in select locations and on Nov. 24, in most locations for a chance to win.** Check your local Microsoft Store for more information.

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Happy shopping!

Visit your local Microsoft StoreMicrosoft.com or any of our retail partners for more details on availability and pricing.

Offers valid for a limited time, while supplies last. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or coupon code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply. 

**No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S.+ DC, Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec) who visit a Microsoft Retail Store beginning on November 23 or 24 (check your store’s Black Friday hours for opening times). One winner will be drawn 15 minutes after opening at each store. Must be present to win. For Official Rules, see a store associate.

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Net Neutrality advocates plan protests for December 7 at Verizon stores

 On December 14, the FCC will vote on whether or not to roll back Obama-era policies protecting a free and open internet. In fact, during yesterday’s announcement of the upcoming vote, the FCC neglected to mention the historic 22 million comments on the issue, the majority of which were opposed to its rollback. Read More

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Minted rolls out an on-demand photography service for around $100 per session

 When you go through a big life event — say a milestone birthday for a parent or a wedding — there are probably going to be a lot of mini-events that happen before and after the big one. But you might not think to hire a professional photographer for them and stick with a couple phone cameras because it can be tough to find those photographers. So Minted, a company that’s… Read More

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17046 for PC

Hello Windows Insiders!

Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17046 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and for those who opted in to Skip Ahead.

What’s new in Build 17046

Microsoft Edge Improvements

Form Fill for Address fields: Microsoft Edge can now save and automatically fill your preferred information in addresses and related forms. When filling in fields on a form, such as an address or other contact information, Microsoft Edge will prompt to save your form information. In the future, you can simply select the preferred information from a drop-down menu to complete all the related fields.

Addresses you save will be roamed between your Windows 10 devices, and you can manually add or remove form entries in Advanced Settings.

Text Spacing comes to Reading View: Much like when reading an EPUB book, you can now adjust the text spacing when you’re in Reading View. To enter Reading View, open an article or blog post you’re interested in, then tap the book icon next to the address bar. Adjusting the page to use wider spacing can improve reading fluency.

Windows Shell Improvements

Access advanced UWP app options right from Start: We’ve added a new quick way to get to advanced options! Rather than click through Settings > Apps > Apps & Features > (finding your app) > Advanced Options, if you right-click a UWP app or UWP app tile in Start with this build you’ll find a new Settings option under More which will take you straight there, where you can repair, manage app add-ons, and see startup tasks (if available). We have a goal to make this page the one stop shop for all of the app-related settings you can find across Settings – the Startup tasks work was the first part, but there’s more to come, stay tuned!

If you right-click a UWP app or UWP app tile in Start with this build you’ll find a new Settings option under More which will take you straight there, where you can repair, manage app add-ons, and see startup tasks (if available).

Input Improvements

Emoji data overhaul for the touch keyboard: We’ve taken a look at the emoji data across all of the languages we support and have updated it so that more of the emoji you love will appear as you’re typing related words with the touch keyboard. We’ve also added support for a number of languages that didn’t previously support emoji candidates. Please give it a try and let us know how it goes! Try typing words like unicorn, kiwi, artist, or turtle (in your language, of course ????) – primary candidate will be listed in the candidate list, any secondary candidates will be listed in the candidate list once you tap the emoji button. We still have a bit more work to do on the data that will come with a later flight, but you should see a noticeable improvement with this build.

This flight includes new and updated emoji data for over 150 languages including: Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Danish (Denmark), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), English (Great Britain), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), Finnish (Finland), French (France), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Italian (Italy), Dutch (Netherlands), Norwegian (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), and Turkish (Turkey).

NOTE: To see the emoji predictions as you type in a particular language, as well as typing predictions, you will need to have the optional typing feature applied for that language. It should download on its own as long as you have internet connection when you add the language to your language list, or once you connect to the internet thereafter. If you’re not seeing predictions and have internet connectivity, try removing the language and then adding it back again.

Now you can use Emoji Panel to insert a bunch of emoji at once! Based on your feedback, we’re adjusting the design of the Emoji Panel so that after opening up the panel by pressing hotkey Windows logo key + “.” or “;”, you could browse, search and then select more than one emoji. The panel won’t go away until you click close button or press “Esc” key.

Based on your feedback, we’re adjusting the design of the Emoji Panel so that after opening up the panel by pressing hotkey Windows logo key + “.” or “;”, you could browse, search and then select more than one emoji.

Note: The Emoji Panel is currently only available when the en-us keyboard is active.

Keyboard Improvements: We’re introducing a new keyboard for Tamil language called Tamil 99, as well as updated Sinhala, Myanmar, and Amharic keyboards

  • Tamil 99 keyboard (hardware keyboard, touch keyboard) is now available on Windows PC! We’ve added a new Tamil keyboard – if you speak this language and would like to try it out, make sure Tamil (India) is in your language list. Click that language entry in Region & Language Settings, then select Options > Add a keyboard > Tamil 99. Here’s an example of how it looks on the touch keyboard:
    Tamil 99 keyboard (hardware keyboard, touch keyboard) is now available on Windows PC!
  • The Sinhala and Myanmar keyboards have been updated to support more comprehensive ways of inputting sequences, for example these now work: Sinhala: ෙ + ක -> කෙ, Myanmar: ေ + မ = eမ
  • In order to improve the Amharic typing experience, we’ve fully updated the Amharic keyboard so that you can now input compositions more comfortably. Instead of seeing English letters and a dropdown list of candidates while you type, you’ll now see the Amharic script directly inserted into the text field.

We would love to hear your feedback as you try out these changes!

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We’ve added settings that let you view and manage your activity history, which Cortana uses to let you pick up where you left off. Find these settings in Settings > Privacy > Activity history.
  • We fixed an issue where the Properties dialog for This PC in File Explorer wasn’t working in the last two builds.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Insiders with certain third party antiviruses and OneDrive Files on Demand enabled seeing an error in recent builds citing “OneDrive cannot connect to Windows”.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in delays during logoff and shutdown when a UWP app was open and in suspended state.
  • We fixed a community reported issue where display colors became distorted after upgrading on some TV’s and monitors that incorrectly advertised support for 10/12 bit wire formats.
  • We fixed an issue from the previous flight that could cause heavily-threaded DirectX 12 apps to crash on launch after the first launch.
  • We’ve adjusted the application of acrylic in the touch keyboard to better align with the fluent design standards.
  • We fixed an issue where keys might remain highlighted when typing on the wide touch keyboard layout.
  • We fixed an issue where keys might be dropped when typing with the Chinese (Simplified) touch keyboard.
  • We fixed an issue where when writing a long sentence in the handwriting panel it might scroll while your pen was writing, resulting in an ink stroke across the panel.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the hardware keyboard text suggestions potentially not working until the touch keyboard had been launched once.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the mouse noticeably flickering between + and the mouse pointer icon when moving across cells in Excel 2016.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing their Start menu layout being reset after upgrading to the previous flight.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in miniview windows (for example in Movies & TV or Skype) flying offscreen when attempting to be resized in the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue where clicking search results for settings in Settings in the last few flights would always take you to the top level category in the last few flights, rather than the actual category you searched for (for example, Display Settings instead of Storage Settings).

Known issues

  • If you are experiencing broken functionality in Mail, Cortana, Narrator or missing some features like Windows Media Player, please see this Feedback Hub post: https://aka.ms/Rsrjqn. While this issue has been addressed, if you ever upgraded from 16299.xx to 16299.15 (and then to newer builds) you may still need to take the steps to get your PC back into a good state.
  • Popular Tencent games like League of Legends and NBA2k Online may cause 64-bit PCs to bugcheck (GSOD).
  • VPNs which use custom pop-up windows during connection attempts may fail to connect with error 720.
  • Due to a bug that was introduced on this build, you may not receive all of your notifications from Cortana. Reminders are unaffected by this bug, but you may not receive other Cortana notifications that you are expecting. The fix for this should be in the next flight.
  • [DEVELOPERS] Deploying an x86 app to a x64 PC remotely result in “FileNotFound” deployment failures if the target PC is running Build 17040. Deploying an x64 app to a x64 PC remotely or a x86 app to a x86 PC will work fine.
  • All types of dynamic volumes listed here will not mount properly or be accessible from Windows. The data remains intact on the volume, it is just not accessible from this OS build. If you need access to the data you can roll back to an earlier build.  A fix for this issue will be released in the next build.
  • After upgrading to build 17035 or later you may lose certain dictionary files, resulting in not being able to input Japanese or Traditional Chinese via IME, Touch Keyboard, or Handwriting if you are using a non-Japanese or non-Traditional Chinese language-based OS (like an English-based OS). We are working to fix it. In the meantime, this should help to get you unblocked:

1. Go to Start > Settings > Time & Language > Region & language.

2. Under Language, select your language (e.g. “Japanese”).

3. Click [Option] and if the [Download] button is available for “Basic typing” under the Language options, please click it to start download.

4. Once the dictionary files have been downloaded, you can check the status of the necessary optional feature in Settings > Apps > “Apps & features” > “Manage optional features”. The name will be something like “Japanese typing” or “Chinese (Taiwan) typing”.

Office Insider Program

Are you an Office Insider? If not – you should be! We’re going to be partnering with the Office Insider Team in the coming weeks to promote some fun and interesting scenarios that will be lighting up with new features in Insider Preview builds. So you’ll definitely want to be an Office Insider too! Going forward, you can expect more promotion of Office with our Insider Preview build releases. So sign-up to be an Office Insider today!

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