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Thursday May 9, 2019. 03:00 PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rejected a request to have the FCC investigate Frontier Communications' business practices in Minnesota, despite evidence that the company has failed to properly...
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Google announced today it's making a change to how its Play Store app ratings work. '[I]nstead of giving developers the choice of when ratings will reset, it will begin to weight app ratings to favor those from more recent releases,' reports TechCrunch. Milena Nikolic, an...
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How does a half-inch beetle find fires 80 miles away? Why, it's called 'stochastic resonance' of course! Slashdot reader bodog shares an excerpt from a report via Scientific American: The fire chaser beetle, as its name implies, spends its life trying to find a forest fire...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Britain has gone a week without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since Queen Victoria was on the throne, in a landmark moment in the transition away from the heavily polluting fuel. The last coal...
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The remaining nuclear reactor still operating at Three Mile Island in South-central Pennsylvania will shut down by September 30th, Exelon announced Wednesday. The decision to close the reactor comes 40 years after the nation's worse commercial nuclear accident. NPR reports:...
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Augmented reality is coming to Google Search, allowing you to 'check out a pair of shoes in the 'real world' while you're shopping online or put an animated shark in your living room,' reports The Verge. From the report: At I/O, Google offered a few different examples of how ...
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Mossab Hussein, a security researcher at SpiderSilk, has discovered that a development lab used by Samsung engineers was leaking highly sensitive source code, credentials and secret keys for several internal projects -- including its SmartThings platform. TechCrunch reports: ...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reason: In a surprise turn of events, a Denver ballot initiative to effectively decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, previously thought to have failed, now appears to have narrowly passed after all. This would make the Mile High City...
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One year after banning all blockchain-related ads, Facebook is updating its ad policies for financial services and products and allowing ads for 'blockchain technology, industry news, education or events related to cryptocurrency' without the need for pre-approval....
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Tencent has pulled the plug on its wildly popular video game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) in China, a likely victim of government restrictions on gaming. From a report: Instead, the company is migrating users over to a similar title, Heping Jingying or Elite Force...
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In what is being called 'the single most significant law enforcement disruption of the darknet to date' by U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, the Justice Department has shut down a major directory of dark web drug marketplaces and arrested the alleged owners. NBC News reports:...
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Wednesday May 8, 2019. 11:25 PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: When Microsoft launched UWP in 2015, officials promised that the platform would provide apps with better performance and security because they'd be distributable and updatable from the Microsoft Store. Developers would be able...
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Intel provided an update regarding its upcoming fabrication technologies at its 2019 Investor Meeting today. From a report: The company is on track to produce server-class products using its 10 nm manufacturing technology already in the first half of 2020. What is relatively ...
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Google plans to add support for two new privacy and security features in Chrome, namely same-site cookies and anti-fingerprinting protection. From a report: The biggest change that Google plans to roll out is in regards to how it treats cookie files. These new controls will...
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Members of the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday called on Congress to create a national privacy law that would regulate how big tech companies like Facebook and Google collect and handle user data. From a report: In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce...
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Ninety percent of blockchain-based supply chain projects are faltering because they cannot figure out important uses for the technology, research firm Gartner said this week. From a report: As a result of this inability to identify strong use cases, 'blockchain fatigue' will ...
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Lost at the bottom of the North Sea almost eight millennia ago following the end of the ice age, a vast land area between England and southern Scandinavia -- the home to thousands of stone age settlers -- is about to be rediscovered by scientists. From a report: Marine...
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Intel announced today that it is opening new Project Athena Open Labs in Taipei, Shanghai, and Folsom California, to test and certify the new Athena designs that will come to market in 2020. From a report: Intel announced Project Athena, a new initiative designed to user in...
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Video games popular among kids would be prohibited from offering 'loot boxes' or randomized assortments of digital weapons, clothing and other items that can be purchased for a fee, under federal legislation to be introduced by Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.). From a...
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Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery: For a company famed for its engineering culture, you wouldn't expect a video at Google's annual I/O developer conference to have such emotional resonance. And yet, just watch (I have included the context around the video in question,...
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