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AI is Sending People To Jail -- and Getting it Wrong  

At the Data for Black Lives conference last weekend, technologists, legal experts, and community activists snapped the kind of impact AI has on our lives into perspective with a discussion of America's criminal justice system. There, an algorithm can determine the trajectory of your life. From a report: The US imprisons more people than any other country in the world. At the end of 2016, nearly 2.2 million adults were being held in prisons or jails, and an additional 4.5 million were in other

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2019-01-21 18:50:00



Why High-Fidelity Streaming is the Audio Revolution Your Ears Have Been Waiting For  

From a report: While our ears may be attuned to lossy compressed audio in most everyday scenarios, the experience of rediscovering high-fidelity lossless digital audio can be nothing short of a revelation. Fine details reappear, performers have more space, sounds have more definition, audio feels warmer, sounds clearer, and is noticeably more pleasurable to listen to. The higher you go with audio file resolution, the better it gets. Thanks to the new range of streaming apps delivering CD-quality

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2019-01-21 18:11:00



Online Casino Group Leaks Information on 108 Million Bets, Including User Details  

An online casino group has leaked information on over 108 million bets, including details about customers' personal information, deposits, and withdrawals, ZDNet has learned. From the report: The data leaked from an ElasticSearch server that was left exposed online without a password, Justin Paine, the security researcher who discovered the server, told ZDNet. ElasticSearch is a portable, high-grade search engine that companies install to improve their web apps' data indexing and search capabili

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2019-01-21 17:31:00



Chinese Scientist Who Gene-Edited Babies Fired by University  

A Chinese scientist who created what he said were the world's first "gene-edited" babies evaded oversight and broke ethical boundaries in a quest for fame and fortune, state media said on Monday, as his former university said he had been fired. From a report: He Jiankui said in November that he used a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls born that month, sparking an international outcry about the ethics and safety of such research. Hundreds o

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2019-01-21 16:50:00



Shutdown Hits Industries Nationwide  

The partial government shutdown is affecting a wide range of business and financial concerns nationwide. From a report: Shuttered government offices are stalling the approval of new loans, initial public offerings, the processing of tax documents, and the approval of new products such as prescription drugs, among other effects. While some programs are reopening on a temporary basis or providing workarounds for affected companies, most services won't return to normal until the government fully re

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2019-01-21 16:10:00



Cable Outage Sees Tonga Fall Back To Satellite Internet  

The subsea cable providing Tonga, a country in the South Pacific Ocean, with broadband, the Tonga Cable, has been out since 20:30 local time on Sunday night, with the nation now relying on satellite internet instead. From a report: Provided by Kacific, the nation's digital connection to the outside world is now a Ku-band satellite accessed through local ISP Ezinet. Tonga Cable Director, Paula Piveni Piukala, said Kacific is working to boost internet and voice capacity for priority communications

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2019-01-21 15:30:00



In an Attempt To Tackle Spread of Fake News, Facebook's WhatsApp Puts Limit on Message Forwarding  

WhatsApp users will be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups under new rules the messaging service is rolling out worldwide to fight the spread of misinformation. The company's vice-president for policy and communications, Victoria Grand, announced the policy at an event in Jakarta on Monday. The five-recipient limit was initially put in place in India last July. A larger limit, of 20 recipients, was put in place globally. WhatsApp said at the time the limits w

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2019-01-21 14:55:00



A Large Number of Top Free VPN Apps Either Have Chinese Ownership or Are Based in China  

William Chalk, reporting for HackerNoon: After big names like Whatsapp, Snapchat, and Facebook, VPNs are the most searched-for applications in the world. "VPN" is the second-highest non-branded search term behind "games", and free apps completely dominate the search results. The most popular applications have amassed hundreds of millions of installs between them worldwide, yet there seems to be very little attention paid to the companies behind them, and very little scrutiny done on behalf of th

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2019-01-21 14:15:00



All the rumors and leaks surrounding the 2019 iPad and iPad mini 5  

The rumors surrounding the 2019 iPad launches have started to mount up. AppleInsider covers what has been claimed so far, including the possibility of a fifth-generation version of the pint-sized iPad mini.

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2019-01-21 13:18:38



Latest 'Shot on iPhone' uses iPhone XS to highlight football in American Samoa  

Apple has published a new "Shot on iPhone" video to its YouTube account, showcasing the camera capabilities of the iPhone XS, with the film featuring a teenage athlete on American Samoa who has accepted a full-ride scholarship to a university in the NCAA Division I.

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2019-01-21 13:17:28



This 55-inch 4K Roku TV is just $300 - CNET  

Watch the Super Bowl in style and save $200 on this full-featured Hisense model.

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2019-01-21 11:30:57



2019 Subaru Ascent joins Roadshow's long-term test fleet - Roadshow  

It's time to get all family-friendly up in here.

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2019-01-21 11:17:54



Deals: $300-$700 off 2018 15" MacBook Pros; $200-$300 off iMac 5Ks; up to $150 off 2018 Mac mini  

Kicking off Monday morning, Apple authorized resellers are knocking hundreds off Macs, providing shoppers with the lowest prices anywhere. Save $300 to $700 on high-end 2018 MacBook Pros, with limited availability at the reduced prices. Apple's new 2018 Mac mini is also on sale starting at $749, while current 27-inch iMac 5Ks are up to $300 off with prices as low as $1,599.

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2019-01-21 11:10:21



Zwipe tops up with $14M to bring biometric payment cards to market this year  

Biometric payment card startup Zwipe has swiped $14M to add to an earlier Series B round as it continues to work towards commercializing technology that embeds a fingerprint reader in payment plastic for an added layer of security. “We are not commercially rolled out yet, we expect that to happen in the second half of this […]

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2019-01-21 10:31:32



Paris Will Make Public Transportation Free for Kids  

In a plan to help families and reduce car usage, anyone under 11 years old will be able to ride metro and buses for free, as will people with disabilities under 20. From a report: Starting in September, Paris is making all public transit free for people under 11, including non-nationals. Preteens aren't the only ones getting a bonus, either. All people with disabilities will get free public transit until the age of 20, while high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 will be entitled to

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2019-01-21 10:30:00



Facebook is reportedly testing solar-powered internet drones again — this time with Airbus  

Facebook last year grounded its ambitious plan to develop a solar-powered drone to beam internet across the world, but the company isn’t done with the concept, it seems. The social media giant is working with aeronautics giant Airbus to test drones in Australia, according to a new report from Germany’s NetzPolitik. Using a request under […]

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2019-01-21 10:29:13



Google Doodle salutes Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day - CNET  

The Doodle shows the civil rights icon preparing for an event.

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2019-01-21 10:22:35



Google Fi for the iPhone solid for travelers, but still has same carrier customer service nonsense  

At the tail end of 2018, Google changed the name of their MVNO carrier service from Project Fi, to Google Fi and opened up support to the iPhone. AppleInsider has been using it for a while even before the announcement, so let's take a look at the service now that you don't have to jump through hoops to use it on an Apple device.

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2019-01-21 10:03:57



GoFundMe launches official campaign for workers impacted by government shutdown  

GoFundMe is partnering with Deepak Chopra to launch a different kind of campaigns. The company is going beyond its usual role as a platform and hosting its own campaign to provide relief for government workers impacted by the current government shutdown. The company is partnering with several nonprofit organizations that are providing support to government […]

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2019-01-21 10:02:54



Top 5 things we want to see in the Galaxy S10 video - CNET  

How do you make the next big Samsung phone stand out? Here's how.

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2019-01-21 09:40:18



Japan could expand local privacy rules to cover multinationals like Apple  

Japan should consider legal changes so it can enforce domestic privacy rules on foreign tech firms like Apple and Google, according to a government communications panel.

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2019-01-21 09:30:30



WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight fake news - CNET  

Global limit imposed after violence in India was blamed on misinformation that spread across the social network.

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2019-01-21 08:52:25



Russia opens civil case against Facebook, Twitter over data laws - CNET  

A watchdog wants them to outline plans for storing Russians' personal data in the country.

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2019-01-21 08:51:26



Work on world's first CRISPR gene-edited babies declared illegal by China  

Chinese authorities have declared the work of He Jiankui, who shocked the scientific community by claiming he successfully created the world’s first gene-edited babies, an illegal decision in pursuit of “personal fame and gain.” Investigators have completed preliminary steps in a probe that began in November following He’s claims and say they will “seriously” punish the researcher […]

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2019-01-21 08:44:58



Samsung could release three variants of the Galaxy S10  

According to a leaked image from Evan Blass, Samsung's new flagship device could come in three different versions — the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the Samsung Galaxy S10E. That new leak lines up with previous leaks. As you can see on the photo, the new devices don't have a notch. They […]

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2019-01-21 08:34:06



'Anti-Uber' taxi strikes kick off again in Spain  

Taxi drivers in major cities in Spain are on strike again to apply pressure for more stringent regulations to control app rivals such as Uber and Cabify which they view as unfair competition. In Barcelona the taxi sector called an indefinite strike on Friday, using their vehicles to block Gran Vía in the Catalan capital, […]

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2019-01-21 08:26:23



All your meme are belong to AOC  

Memes are the new vernacular of political culture and we dismiss them at our own peril. Liberals learned this the hard way late in the presidential campaign, when they began realizing how deftly the alt-right was able to use viral jokes, hashtags, and images as a propaganda tool, often to bolster white supremacist ideology. The phenomenon […]

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2019-01-21 08:21:54



Abode unveils second-gen smarthome gateway with future Apple HomeKit support  

Abode on Monday launched its second-generation smarthome gateway, with the promise that Apple HomeKit support is coming "soon."

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2019-01-21 08:20:57



French data protection watchdog fines Google $57 million under the GDPR  

The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million). The regulatory body claims that Google has failed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when new Android users set up a new phone and follow Android's onboarding process. Two nonprofit organizations called ‘None Of […]

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2019-01-21 08:07:55



Knotel acquires Deskeo, Paris's largest agile office space operator  

Breathing down the neck of WeWork is Knotel, which in 2017 raised a Series A round of $25 million, then another round of $70m, and then another $5m in debt. It says it has one million square feet in New York versus WeWork's four million. It’s now pushing out internationally. Last year it acquired Ahoy!Berlin, […]

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2019-01-21 07:53:51



Kaia Health gets $10M support for AI-powered management of chronic pain  

Kaia Health, a self-styled digital therapeutics” startup, has pulled in $10 million in Series A funding for an app-based approach to chronic pain management. The idea is to offer an alternative to painkillers, using mobile technology to deliver what the founder describes as multimodal, “mind body therapy” for musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders — comprised of guided […]

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2019-01-21 06:31:14



Apple is financially exploiting wireless carriers in South Korea, says antitrust watchdog  

Apple is taking advantage of South Korean carriers by collecting money for ads, the country's Fair Trade Commission said during a hearing on the iPhone maker's business practices.

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2019-01-21 06:29:09



The $110,000 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition is sold out -- for now - Roadshow  

Lincoln will do another round of Coach Door Continentals next year.

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2019-01-21 06:24:40



Bye bye, bots! Hotel fires half its robot staff - CNET  

Henn na Hotel in Japan laid off droids that annoyed customers by failing to perform simple tasks.

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2019-01-21 06:11:28



Canada's Telus says partner Huawei is 'reliable': reports  

The US-China tension over Huawei is leaving telecommunications companies around the world at a crossroad, but one spoke out last week. Telus, one of Canada’s largest phone companies showed support for its Chinese partner despite a global backlash against Huawei over cybersecurity threats. “Clearly, Huawei remains a viable and reliable participant in the Canadian telecommunications […]

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2019-01-21 05:51:35



Bug Bounties Aren't Silver Bullet for Better Security  

Many organizations may find they're better off hiring pen testers and in-house security researchers directly than running bug bounty programs, according to new MIT research. From a report: The New Solutions for Cybersecurity paper features a surprising analysis of bug bounty programs in the chapter, Fixing a Hole: The Labor Market for Bugs. It studied 61 HackerOne bounty programs over 23 months -- including those run for Twitter, Coinbase, Square and other big names -- and one Facebook program o

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2019-01-21 05:30:00



Apple signs deal to get first crack at future documentaries by Ron Howard's Imagine  

Apple made an agreement with Ron Howard's Imagine Documentaries, allowing the iPhone maker a "first look" at TV shows and films from the production company, as part of the company's ongoing efforts to build up its roster of original video content.

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2019-01-21 05:02:13



If you wanted an iPhone SE new from Apple, you've probably missed your chance  

The unexpected return of the iPhone SE to the U.S. online Apple Store in a clearance sale has ended after only a day of availability, as the company has run out of stock.

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2019-01-21 04:46:08



The Tesla Model 3 is finally approved for European roads  

Tesla can now deliver Model 3 vehicles to European customers. The automakers midsize sedan was recently granted approval from RDW, the Dutch regulator and European authority tasked by Tesla to approve the vehicle for European roads. The approval comes just ahead of the vehicle’s European introduction next month. Right now, it’s been reported that a […]

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2019-01-21 04:41:34



What the Galaxy S10 really needs to stay ahead of top rival Huawei - CNET  

Samsung's next flagship can take a tip from the iPhone XS and Pixel 3, too.

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2019-01-21 04:34:57



Apple employees donated $365M over eight years via internal Giving program  

Apple's internal Giving program has raised more than $365 million for non-profit organizations around the world since its creation, a feature on the charitable efforts by the iPhone maker's employees reads, with more than a quarter of a million hours of employee time volunteered in 2018 alone.

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2019-01-21 04:33:50



Tom Brady sends Twitter 🐐wild, puts the Patriots into the Super Bowl - CNET  

He's done it again.

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2019-01-21 04:29:58



Apple's homepage again honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

Apple is commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States by using its homepage to highlight the work and life of the civil rights activist.

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2019-01-21 04:21:53



Google fined $57 million under European privacy law - CNET  

Fine is biggest imposed under the General Data Protection Regulation.

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2019-01-21 04:15:23



2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review: An electrified crossover champ - Roadshow  

Toyota's new RAV4 gets stronger styling, more comfort and improved tech, and a new Hybrid model adds extra efficiency.

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2019-01-21 03:57:12



The best online tax software for 2019 compared: Turbo Tax vs. H&R Block and more - CNET  

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ushered in all sorts of new rules that take effect this year. Fear not: A plethora of tax software vendors are here to help.

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2019-01-21 03:47:24



Flexciton is using AI to help factories optimise production lines  

Flexciton, the London-based startup that is using AI to help factories optimise production lines, has raised £2.5 million in funding, in a round led by Backed VC. Also participating is Join Capital and company builder Entrepreneur First. The young company pitched at EF’s 6th London demo day in 2016. Riding the so-called “Industry 4.0” wave, […]

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2019-01-21 03:24:13



Invoice finance platform MarketInvoice raises $33.5M from Barclays, Santander  

London, with its huge FinTech hub, is continuing to attract investment and that is no better represented today than with the news that MarketInvoice, arguably Europe's largest online invoice finance platform, has raised £26M ($33.5M) in a Series-B funding round led by Barclays and fintech fund Santander InnoVentures, alongside participation from European VC Northzone, which […]

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2019-01-21 02:56:43



Facebook launches online petitions, GoFundMe fundraises for US government employees video - CNET  

In today's top news, Facebook launches a new tool for users to start online petitions, GoFundMe fundraises for employees affected by the US government shutdown and Microsoft sounds the death knell for Windows 10 Mobile.

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2019-01-21 02:37:46



Checking the tech in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid video - Roadshow  

Entune 3 infotainment and a healthy list of safety technologies shine bright in the new RAV4.

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2019-01-21 02:32:22



Apple translates 'Everyone Can Create' curriculum to new European languages  

Apple on Monday released four new translations of the "Everyone Can Create" curriculum on Apple Books, meant to develop music, video, photo, and illustration skills -- specifically using Apple's iPad.

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2019-01-21 02:31:11



Total Lunar Eclipse Set To Wow Star Gazers, Clear Skies Willing  

Astronomy buffs across the United States have been promised all the makings of a spectacular total lunar eclipse on Sunday except one -- clear skies. From a report: Star gazers from Los Angeles to New York will keep their eyes on the sky for the eclipse, known as a super blood wolf moon, expected to appear at 11:41 p.m. EST. Although it is a total eclipse, the moon will never go completely dark but rather take on a coppery red glow -- called a blood moon. It is also a full moon that is especiall

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2019-01-21 02:30:00



Warung Pintar raises $27.5M to digitize Indonesia's street vendors  

The digital revolution in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, continues to attract big money from investors. Hot on the heels of a $50 million round for Bukalapak, a billion-dollar company helping street stall traders to tap the internet, so Warung Pintar, another startup helping digitize the country’s vendors, has pulled in $27.5 million for growth. Bukalapak […]

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2019-01-21 02:19:31



Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drops in on Twitch stream, says Nintendo 64 is the best console - CNET  

Aaron Sorkin told democrats like AOC to stop acting like "young people", so she went on a Donkey Kong livestream and talked about Pokemon Snap and why the N64 is the best console.

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2019-01-21 02:17:06



Star Wars Resistance episode 13: Kaz gets caught up in Dangerous Business - CNET  

The spy gets a little closer to figuring out what the First Order is up to.

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2019-01-21 01:56:31



Spotify will reportedly let you block artists soon - CNET  

The feature is being tested on iOS, Thurrott reported.

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2019-01-21 01:53:18



2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: More form, function and fuel efficiency video - Roadshow  

Toyota's new RAV4 Hybrid makes many compelling arguments over the standard gas model.

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2019-01-21 01:45:36



Slack's new logo is weird - CNET  

Commentary: When you go from a "#" to a colorful splat, it's just strange.

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2019-01-21 01:24:27



MIDI Association Announces MIDI 2.0 Prototyping  

MIDI was introduced at the 1983 NAMM show as a means to connect various electronic instruments together. Since then, our favorite five-pin DIN has been stuffed into Radio Shack keyboards, MPCs, synths, eurorack modules, and DAWs. The standard basically hasn't changed. Now, ahead of the 2019 NAMM show, the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) in conjunction with AMEI, Japan's MIDI Association, are announcing MIDI 2.0. From a report: The new features include, "auto-configuration, new DAW/web in

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2019-01-21 01:00:00



How Orkney Leads the Way For Sustainable Energy  

An anonymous reader shares a report: It seems the stuff of fantasy. Giant ships sail the seas burning fuel that has been extracted from water using energy provided by the winds, waves and tides. A dramatic but implausible notion, surely. Yet this grand green vision could soon be realised thanks to a remarkable technological transformation that is now under way in Orkney. Perched 10 miles beyond the northern edge of the British mainland, this archipelago of around 20 populated islands -- as well

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2019-01-20 23:40:00



A Poker-Playing Robot Goes To Work for the Pentagon  

In 2017, a poker bot called Libratus made headlines when it roundly defeated four top human players at no-limit Texas Hold 'Em. Now, Libratus' technology is being adapted to take on opponents of a different kind -- in service of the US military. From a report: Libratus -- Latin for balanced -- was created by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University to test ideas for automated decision making based on game theory. Early last year, the professor who led the project, Tuomas Sandholm, founded

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2019-01-20 22:40:00



The case against behavioral advertising is stacking up  

No one likes being stalked around the Internet by adverts. It’s the uneasy joke you can’t enjoy laughing at. Yet vast people-profiling ad businesses have made pots of money off of an unregulated Internet by putting surveillance at their core. But what if creepy ads don’t work as claimed? What if all the filthy lucre […]

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2019-01-20 21:59:58



The Economics of Streaming is Making Songs Shorter  

Popular music is shrinking. From 2013 to 2018, the average song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. From a report: Six percent of hit songs were 2 minutes 30 seconds or shorter in 2018, up from just 1% five years before. Take Kendrick Lamar. One of the world's most popular musicians right now. The average track length on Lamar's breakout 2013 album good kid, m.A.A.d city is 5 minutes 37 seconds. All are 3 minutes 30 seconds or longer. On

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2019-01-20 21:44:00



Uber is exploring autonomous bikes and scooters  

Uber is looking to integrate autonomous technology into its bike and scooter-share programs. Details are scarce, but according to 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson, who said Uber announced this at a DIY Robotics event over the weekend, the division will live inside Uber’s JUMP group, which is responsible for shared electric bikes and scooters. I'm […]

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2019-01-20 21:24:06



GoFundMe launches its own campaign for government shutdown relief - CNET  

And in a day, it's already two-thirds of the way to its fundraising goal of $75,000.

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2019-01-20 20:38:15



Popular WordPress Plugin WPML Hacked By Angry Former Employee  

A very popular WordPress plugin was hacked over the weekend after a hacker defaced its website and sent a mass message to all its customers revealing the existence of supposed unpatched security holes. From a report: In a follow-up mass email, the plugin's developers blamed the hack on a former employee, who also defaced their website. The plugin in question is WPML (or WP MultiLingual), the most popular WordPress plugin for translating and serving WordPress sites in multiple languages. Accordin

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2019-01-20 20:10:00



Thanks to Hulu, Disney lost $580 million last fiscal year  

The streaming media business is tough. Disney, which has a 30 percent stake Hulu, saw losses of $580 million last fiscal year, according to an SEC filing. This was, the SEC filing states, “primarily due to a higher loss from our investment in Hulu, partially offset by a favorable comparison to a loss from BAMTech […]

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2019-01-20 19:34:08



Facebook Launches a Petition Feature  

Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. From a report: Community Actions could unite neighbors to request change from their local and national elected officials and government agencies. But it could also provide vocal interest groups a bully pulpit from which to pressure politicians and bureaucrats with their fringe agendas. Community Actions embodies the central challenge facing Facebook. Every tool it d

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2019-01-20 19:00:00



Netflix Says It's More Scared of Fortnite and YouTube Than Disney and Amazon  

An anonymous reader shares a report: It's not Disney's new streaming video service or HBO or Amazon that Netflix is worried about, the company said this week in its letter to shareholders. Netflix estimates it has already earned about 10 percent of all U.S. television screen time. The company also shared viewership statistics for some of its exclusives, boasting that "Bird Box" netted 80 million viewers in its first four weeks on Netflix, while "You" will get about 40 million over the same perio

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2019-01-20 17:35:00



Crime blotter: A Walmart iPhone theft ring, New Hampshire delivery scammers sentenced  

Police are seeking a pair of thieves nabbing Apple gear late at night from WalMarts, 1400 iPads lifted by civil servant, FedEx employees nabbed for grabbing Apple packages, and more in the latest Apple-related crime blotter.

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2019-01-20 17:19:09



A Look at the Amount of Time Smartphone Vendors Have Taken To Roll out Major Android Updates To Their Handsets, and How Things Are Beginning To Improve  

Most Android smartphone vendors have been notorious for the time they take to roll out the newest Android OS updates to their respective handsets. To tackle this, Google in 2017 announced Project Treble, which bypasses some middlemen in delivering new updates to consumers. With Project Treble now supported by all Android phone makers, in theory updates should roll out to us faster than before. To test this, news blog AndroidAuthority looked at the data to see where things stand. From the repo

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2019-01-20 16:30:00



The AI market is growing, but how quickly is tough to pin down  

If you work in tech, you've heard about AI: how it's going to replace us, whether it's over-hyped or not and which nations will leverage it. Our interest? How much money is going into startups?

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2019-01-20 15:39:11



Oracle Systematically Underpaid Thousands of Women, Lawsuit Says  

Thousands of women were systematically underpaid at Oracle, one of Silicon Valley's largest corporations, according to a new motion in a class-action complaint that details claims of pervasive wage discrimination. From a report: A motion filed in California on Friday said attorneys seek to represent more than 4,200 women and alleged that female employees were paid on average $13,000 less per year than men doing similar work. An analysis of payroll data found disparities with an "extraordinarily

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2019-01-20 15:30:00



Tron's CEO Wants To Use Blockchain Games and BitTorrent To Decentralize the Internet  

From a report: Last summer, Justin Sun, the 28-year-old CEO of Tron acquired BitTorrent, the 15-year-old file-sharing company that is one of the biggest decentralized networks in existence for $140 million. He wanted to take advantage of blockchain, the decentralized ledger that is both secure and transparent, and combine it with the decentralized file-sharing app, offering crypto rewards to those who share their computers for file sharing. And this week, Sun appeared on stage with former basket

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2019-01-20 14:25:00



Stung by criticism, Facebook's Sandberg outlines new plans to tackle misinformation  

Stung by criticism of its widely reported role as a platform capable of spreading disinformation and being used by state actors to skew democratic elections, Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg unveiled five new ways the company would be addressing these issues at the annual DLD conference in Munich, staged ahead of the World Economic Forum. She […]

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2019-01-20 12:46:19



Ask Slashdot: Why Are Scientists Constantly Surprised By What They Discover?  

Slashdot reader dryriver asks about "the sheer number of times scientists consider something to be 'scientifically impossible', are badly disproven by some kind of new finding or discovery a few years later, and then express 'surprise' that 'X is indeed possible'." If you do a Google News search for the keywords "scientists were surprised" or similar, a huge number of science-related news articles contains a passage about "scientists being surprised" by what they discovered. There seems to be

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2019-01-20 11:34:00



Mortal Kombat 11: Everything we learned from its debut event video - CNET  

Fans finally have more concrete details about 2019's biggest fighting game.

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2019-01-20 11:23:17



Google Criticized Over Its Handling of the End of Google+  

Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein shares his report on how Google is handling the end of its Google+ service. He's describing it as "a boot to the head: when you know that Google just doesn't care any more" about users "who have become 'inconvenient' to their new business models." We already know about Google's incredible user trust failure in announcing dates for this process. First it was August. Then suddenly it was April. The G+ APIs (which vast numbers of web sites -- including

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2019-01-20 08:34:00



Facebook is adding petitions to your news feed - CNET  

"Community Actions" will start rolling out to users in the US on Monday.

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2019-01-20 07:55:36



2020 Toyota Supra vs. BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang and Nissan 370Z - Roadshow  

How does Toyota's resurrected icon compare with other sports car legends?

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2019-01-20 07:49:38



Chevy's 1:1 Lego Silverado is more brickup than pickup - Roadshow  

It's also some 1,000 pounds lighter than the real thing.

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2019-01-20 07:28:39



Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield  

Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands. Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. Community Actions could unite neighbors to request change from their local and national elected officials and government agencies. But it could also provide […]

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2019-01-20 07:15:17



Is California's PG&E The First Climate Change Bankruptcy?  

"California's largest power company intends to file for bankruptcy as it faces tens of billions of dollars in potential liability following massive wildfires that devastated parts of the state over the last two years," reports the Washington Post. Calling it "a climate change casualty," one Forbes contributor notes that PG&E's stock has now lost 90% of its mid-October value after a giant November wildfire, adding that "Future investors will look back on these three months as a turning poin

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2019-01-20 05:34:00



Shazam superhero movie with Zachary Levi: Release date, trailers, cast - CNET  

Here's our ongoing guide to the upcoming DC Comics film starring Zachary Levi.

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2019-01-20 05:22:08



What you should do if your Nest Protect doesn't check in - CNET  

Using your Nest Protect manually is a bummer. Here's how to get it working with the app again.

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2019-01-20 05:11:46



Amazon's Echo Wall Clock puts your Alexa timers in full view video - CNET  

This $30 wall clock sets itself via your Echo speaker, and gives you an easy way to keep track of your Alexa timers.

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2019-01-20 04:28:33



Technology's dark forest  

We used to be such optimists. Technology would bring us a world of wealth in harmony with the environment, and even bring us new worlds. The Internet would erase national boundaries, replace gatekeepers with a universal opportunity for free expression, and bring us all closer together. Remember when we looked forward to every advance? I […]

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2019-01-20 04:21:56



VW may extend diesel-scrapping incentives to all of Germany - Roadshow  

Some incentives are currently limited to Germany's most polluted cities.

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2019-01-20 04:12:07



Every upcoming Marvel movie and TV show - CNET  

If it's confirmed or rumored, it's on this list.

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2019-01-20 03:20:07



SNL pits Trump against Congress on Deal or No Deal: Shutdown Edition - CNET  

Maybe the president's game-show past will let him end the shutdown this way

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2019-01-20 02:34:50



Mark Zuckerberg's Mentor 'Shocked and Disappointed' -- But He Has a Plan  

Early Facebook investor Roger McNamee published a scathing 3,000-word article adapted from his new book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. Here's just one example of what's left him "shocked and disappointed": Facebook (along with Google and Twitter) has undercut the free press from two directions: it has eroded the economics of journalism and then overwhelmed it with disinformation. On Facebook, information and disinformation look the same; the only difference is that disinformati

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2019-01-20 02:34:00



Honor View 20's 48-megapixel camera phone gets global pricing, availability on Jan. 22 - CNET  

That's when the global launch takes place in Paris.

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2019-01-20 02:32:14



Apple again starts selling iPhone SE, this time on clearance for $249  

Apple returned the iPhone SE to its U.S. online store on Saturday, but only as part of a clearance effort to seemingly liquidate the remaining stock of the discontinued handset.

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2019-01-20 01:23:43



Are You Ready For DNS Flag Day?  

Long-time Slashdot reader syn3rg quotes the DNS Flag Day page: The current DNS is unnecessarily slow and suffers from inability to deploy new features. To remediate these problems, vendors of DNS software and also big public DNS providers are going to remove certain workarounds on February 1st, 2019. This change affects only sites which operate software which is not following published standards. Are you affected? The site includes a form where site owners can test their domain -- it suppli

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2019-01-20 00:22:00



Venezuela's Government Blocks Access To Wikipedia  

Haaretz (with contributions from Reuters and the Associated Press) reports: According to NetBlocks, a digital rights group that tracks restrictions to the internet, as of 12 January, Venezuela largest telecommunications provider CANTV has prevented access to Wikipedia in all languages. The internet observatory told Haaretz the ban was discovered by attempting "to access Wikipedia and other services 60,000 times from 150 different points in the country using multiple providers." Roughly 16 mil

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2019-01-19 22:34:00



Is US Surveillance Technology Propping Up Authoritarian Regimes?  

A senior policy analyst from a non-partisan national security think tank -- and one of their cybersecurity policy fellows -- sound a dire warning in an op-ed shared by Slashdot reader schwit1: From facial recognition software to GPS trackers to computer hacking tools to systems that monitor and redirect flows of Internet traffic, contemporary surveillance technologies enable "high levels of social control at a reasonable cost," as Nicholas Wright puts it in Foreign Affairs. But these technologi

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2019-01-19 21:34:00



'I Got Death Threats For Writing a Bad Review of Aquaman'  

The Huffington Post recently published a post by one of the 300 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association -- and a contributing writer to Variety: I saw "Aquaman" on a brisk Monday morning in December. Though I appreciated that star Jason Momoa didn't take himself too seriously while playing an underwater superhero, the glut of CGI effects distracted me from the story. Which was hollow and nonsensical anyway. As with every movie I watch -- up to four a week, hundreds a year -- I express

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2019-01-19 20:34:00



Larry Lessig Will Headline Friday's 'Grand Re-opening of the Public Domain' Event  

An anonymous reader quotes the Internet Archive's blog Please join us for a Grand Re-opening of the Public Domain, featuring a keynote address by Creative Commons' founder, Lawrence Lessig, on January 25, 2019. Co-hosted by the Internet Archive and Creative Commons, this celebration will feature legal thought leaders, lightning talks, demos, and the chance to play with these new public domain works. The event will take place at the Internet Archive in San Francisco.... Join the creative, lega

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2019-01-19 19:34:00



GitHub Seeks Feedback on 'Open Source Sustainability'  

Devon Zuegel, "a developer with a passion for governance and economics," recently became GitHub's open source product manager to "support maintainers in cultivating vital, productive communities" -- specifically open source software (OSS). Thursday they put out a call for feedback from open source developers about their contribution hours, their projects, and especially their issues: As the OSS community has grown in scale and importance, the way we think about working together has to evo

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2019-01-19 18:34:00



Rust 1.32.0 Stable Release Includes New Debugging Macro, 'Quality of Life' Improvements  

An anonymous reader summarizes the changes in Thursday's release of Rust 1.32.0 stable: "Quality of life" improvements include a new dbg macro to easily print values for debugging without having to use a println statement. For example, dbg!(x); prints the filename and line number, as well as the variable's name and value, to stderr (rather than to standard output). Making it even more useful, the macro also returns the value of what it's debugging -- even all the boolean values returned by each

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2019-01-19 17:34:00






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