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'How Close Are We to Self-Driving Cars, Really?'  

Chris Urmson helped pioneer self-driving car technology at Google before founding Aurora (which sells self-driving car software to automakers, and this week announced a new partnership with Chrysler and a new round of investment by Hyundai). In a new interview, Urmson "says he expects that in about five to 10 years, Americans will start seeing robots cruising down the road in a handful of cities and towns across the country," reports Slate. "It will be about 30 to 50 years, he says, until th

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2019-06-16 07:34:00



Security Cameras + AI = Dawn of Non-Stop Robot Surveillance  

AmiMoJo shared this post from one of the ACLU's senior technology policy analysts about what happens when security cameras get AI upgrades: [I]magine that all that video were being watched -- that millions of security guards were monitoring them all 24/7. Imagine this army is made up of guards who don't need to be paid, who never get bored, who never sleep, who never miss a detail, and who have total recall for everything they've seen. Such an army of watchers could scrutinize every person t

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2019-06-16 04:34:00



Shyp is preparing for a comeback under new management  

Fifteen months after shutting down, Shyp is getting ready to launch again. The startup tweeted today that "We are back! We're hard at work to rebuild an unparalleled shipping experience. Before we begin operations again, we'd love to hear your feedback in this quick survey. We look forward to working with you and can't wait […]

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2019-06-16 03:15:24



Are Open Source Developers Being Underfunded and Exploited?  

Donation-based open source programmer Andre Staltz recently collected data from GitHub, Patreon, and OpenCollective to try to calculate how much money is being donated to popular projects. The results? Out of 58 projects checked, "there were two clearly sustainable open source projects, but the majority (more than 80%) of projects that we usually consider sustainable are actually receiving income below industry standards or even below the poverty threshold." More than 50% of projects are

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2019-06-16 01:34:00



News Industry Argues Google and Facebook 'Rob Journalism of Its Revenue', Seek Government Help  

This week USA Today's former editor-in-chief argued that "Tech overlords Google and Facebook have used monopoly to rob journalism of its revenue," in an op-ed shared by schwit1: Over the past decade, the news business has endured a bloodbath, with tens of thousands of journalists losing their jobs amid mass layoffs. The irony is, more people than ever are consuming news... Why the disconnect? Look no further than a new study by the News Media Alliance, which found that in 2018, Google made $4

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2019-06-15 23:34:00



These Are the Internet of Things Devices That Are Most Targeted By Hackers  

ZDNet reports: Internet-connected security cameras account for almost half of the Internet of Things devices that are compromised by hackers even as homes and businesses continue to add these and other connected devices to their networks. Research from cybersecurity company SAM Seamless Network found that security cameras represent 47 percent of vulnerable devices installed on home networks. According to the data, the average U.S. household contains 17 smart devices while European homes hav

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2019-06-15 22:34:00



Target Experiences A 'Massive' Nationwide Cash Register Outage  

CBS News reports: Target acknowledged nationwide "system issues" affecting its stores on Saturday that prevented its customers from checking out at registers. The outage caused long checkout lines at Target locations, with upset customers posting images and video on social media. Slashdot reader McGruber shared an article reporting more than 5,000 posts on Downdetector.com about problems at Target stores Saturday -- and noting that Target is America's eighth-largest retailer. (CBS reports T

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2019-06-15 21:34:00



Star Trek Logo Spotted On Mars  

Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot brings us news about the southern hemisphere of Mars: The University of Arizona HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) has posted a photo of curious chevron shapes in southeast Hellas Planitia that are the result of "a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind." "Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo..." RockDoctor (Slashdot reader #15,477) adds that "For those wanting to t

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2019-06-15 20:34:00



How to Get XKCD Author Randall Munroe To Visit Your City  

Since 2005 Randall Munroe has been the author/illustrator of the popular nerdy comic strip XKCD -- and he's now planning to publish "the world's least useful self-help book." How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems offers readers a third choice beyond simply doing things either the right way or the wrong way: "a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it," according to a new page at XKCD.com: It describes how to cross a river by removing all the water, outli

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2019-06-15 19:34:00



New Hampshire Unveils a Historical Highway Marker For The BASIC Programming Language  

"It took 10 months to get it done, but the Granite State is now officially a Geeky State," writes Concord Monitor science reporter David Brooks. "The latest New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker, celebrating the creation of the BASIC computer language at Dartmouth in 1964, has officially been installed. Everybody who has ever typed a GOTO command can feel proud..." Last August, I wrote in this column that the 255 official historical markers placed alongside state roads told us enough abo

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2019-06-15 18:34:00



KDE Plasma 5.16 Released  

Long-time Slashdot reader jrepin writes: The KDE community has released Plasma 5.16, the newest iteration of the popular desktop environment. It features an improved notification system, Not only can you mute notifications altogether with the Do Not Disturb mode, but the system also groups notifications by app. Developers also focused on user's privacy. When any application accesses the microphone, an icon will pop up in your system tray, showing that something is listening. Vaults, a built-

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2019-06-15 18:04:00



Vim and Neo Editors Vulnerable To High-Severity Bug  

JustAnotherOldGuy quotes Threatpost: A high-severity bug impacting two popular command-line text editing applications, Vim and Neovim, allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary OS commands. Security researcher Armin Razmjou warned that exploiting the bug is as easy as tricking a target into clicking on a specially crafted text file in either editor. Razmjou outlined his research and created a proof-of-concept (PoC) attack demonstrating how an adversary can compromise a Linux system via Vim

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2019-06-15 17:34:00



FBI Issues Search Warrant To 8chan For IP Address of Shooter, Commenters  

An anonymous reader quotes the Daily Beast: The online forum where alleged Chabad of Poway shooter John Earnest shared a livestream of the shooting was served a search warrant in April for the IP and metadata information on Earnest's posts, as well as those who commented on them. The warrant served to 8chan said the people who responded to Earnest's comments could be "potential witnesses, co-conspirators and/or individuals who are inspired" by his posting about the shooting. Similarly, acco

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2019-06-15 16:34:00



The iPod Touch 2019 is a $200 gateway to iOS 13 and Apple Arcade - CNET  

Commentary: What the latest iPod Touch lacks in screen and battery life, it makes up for in apps, games, AR and a headphone jack.

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2019-06-15 15:39:07



Caterpillar Takes Tiny 'Cat & Cloud' Coffee Shop To Court Over Trademark  

"Caterpillar Inc. is trying to stop a tiny cafe from using the word cat," reports Fast Company. Long-time Slashdot reader UnknowingFool writes: Caterpillar wishes to cancels the coffee shop's trademark claiming that the trademark on shop's apparel and footwear is too similar to theirs and would cause confusion for consumers. For reference, the coffee shop's t-shirts and merchandise feature a cat and a cloud. This is not the first time Caterpillar has made dubious trademark claims on "Cat" o

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2019-06-15 15:34:00



Python Passes C++ on TIOBE Index, Predicted To Pass C and Java  

Python reached another new all-time high on the TIOBE index, now representing 8.5% of the results for the search query +"<language> programming" on the top 25 search engines. Python overtook C++ this month for the #3 spot, now placing behind only Java (#1) and C (#2). That's prompted TIOBE to make a bold prediction: If Python can keep this pace, it will probably replace C and Java in 3 to 4 years time, thus becoming the most popular programming language of the world. The main re

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2019-06-15 14:34:00



LG V50 is a big 5G phone with a big price video - CNET  

The LG V50 has a 6.4-inch display, 5G connectivity and a price over $1,100. For more information, read CNET's LG V50 review:

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2019-06-15 13:39:28



One Dead After Fecal Transplant Gone Wrong, FDA Warns  

fahrbot-bot shares a report from Ars Technica: One patient has died and another became seriously ill after fecal transplants inadvertently seeded their innards with a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The cases highlight the grave risks of what some consider a relatively safe procedure. They also call attention to the mucky issues of federal oversight for the experimental transplants, which the FDA has struggled to regulate. In its warnin

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2019-06-15 13:00:00



Building a real flying Iron Man Suit with Adam Savage video - CNET  

We went behind the scenes with former MythBusters star Adam Savage for his new series Savage Builds. In the first episode Adam builds a titanium Iron Man suit modeled directly from Marvel Studios, with the hopes of actually flying it.

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2019-06-15 12:12:14



3 ways iPod Touch 2019 earns its $200 price - CNET  

Commentary: What the latest iPod Touch lacks in screen and battery life, it makes up for in apps, games, AR and a headphone jack.

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2019-06-15 11:46:19



What happened to VR at E3 2019? A quiet showing for virtual things - CNET  

In the year of the VR's biggest hardware upgrade, the Oculus Quest, game companies were strangely silent in Los Angeles.

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2019-06-15 11:20:07



Equity transcribed: Silicon Valley's founder fetish infantilizes public companies  

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity. This was a big week of news that the Equity duo had to cover. Kate was at the Code Conference, Fortnite maker, Epic Games bought Houseparty, and a bit more on the Bird-Scoot deal. Then came talk of the CrowdStrike IPO, which gave way to a […]

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2019-06-15 11:16:50



Election hacking has never been cheaper, easier or more profitable - CNET  

Cybercrime could be a $6 trillion business by 2022. Emerging tech like AI might be the only way to one step ahead.

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2019-06-15 11:06:55



Here come the dark mode browsers -- and websites - CNET  

This is a dark web you can get behind, once developers embrace the ability to bypass glaring white websites.

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2019-06-15 10:23:38



US Cyber Command powers up attacks against Russia's electrical grid - CNET  

Aggressive moves to implant malware are both a warning and an effort to enable crippling attacks if necessary, says The New York Times.

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2019-06-15 10:15:46



Cellebrite Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone For Cops  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: On Friday afternoon, the Israeli forensics firm and law enforcement contractor Cellebrite publicly announced a new version of its product known as a Universal Forensic Extraction Device or UFED, one that it's calling UFED Premium. In marketing that update, it says that the tool can now unlock any iOS device cops can lay their hands on, including those running iOS 12.3, released just a month ago. Cellebrite claims UFED Premium can extract files from

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2019-06-15 10:00:00



Pixel 4 leak: 3 reasons Google did this - CNET  

Apparently Google DGAF anymore.

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2019-06-15 09:17:04



Triangle's pint-size speakers are high-end masters - CNET  

The Audiophiliac's ears-on review of the Triangle Esprit Titus EZ speakers.

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2019-06-15 08:52:29



Go behind the scenes as Adam Savage tests an Iron Man suit that really flies - CNET  

For his new show Savage Builds, the former MythBuster sees how hard it is to be Tony Stark. And CNET was there.

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2019-06-15 08:33:34



Meet TezLab, the Fitbit for Tesla vehicles  

Some of the best real-time insights into Tesla and its global fleet of electric vehicles — outside the confines of its Silicon Valley headquarters — might be through the lens of TezLab, a tiny upstart in Brooklyn. Now, a little more than two years after its founding, TezLab is on the verge of hitting what […]

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2019-06-15 08:28:08



Apple iPod Touch (2019) review: The most adorable piece of nostalgia you don't need - CNET  

It's the same iPod from 2015, just faster.

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2019-06-15 07:32:59



Your Roomba takes a weird path to clean the floors in your home. Here's why it matters - CNET  

A robot vacuum might navigate with lasers, electronic eyes or simple bumpers, and the difference affects how well it will clean. Our brand-new test room helps us show the difference.

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2019-06-15 07:13:18



Stop robocalls to your phone once and for all - CNET  

Take a few minutes and stop your phone from constantly ringing.

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2019-06-15 07:11:11



Astronomers Detected Signs of Our Milky Way Colliding With Another Galaxy  

fahrbot-bot shares a report from ScienceAlert: Antlia 2, the "ghost of a galaxy" orbiting the Milky Way, is a dark horse in more ways than one. Not only is it so faint it was only just discovered last year, it may now be responsible for curious ripples in the hydrogen gas that makes up the Milky Way's outer disc. According to new research, Antlia 2's current position is consistent with a collision with the Milky Way hundreds of millions of years ago that could have produced the perturbations we

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2019-06-15 07:00:00



Some robot vacuums have a better sense of direction than others - CNET  

We tracked the path of nine robot vacuums through our new test room lab. We learned they move in wildly different ways, and that makes a difference in how well they clean your floors.

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2019-06-15 06:52:58



Startups Weekly: #CodeCon, the 'techlash' and ill-prepared CEOs  

In this week's newsletter: Epic Games throws a houseparty, CrowdStrike soars and a VR startup raises fresh funds.

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2019-06-15 06:52:57



Original Content podcast: 'Black Mirror' returns with one of its strongest seasons  

Less than six months after releasing the disappointing interactive experiment “Bandersnatch,” Netflix’s science fiction anthology series “Black Mirror” is back with three traditionally-structured episodes. On the latest installment of the Original Content podcast, we weigh in with our thoughts on the new season. We didn’t entirely agree on which episodes were strongest, but we agreed […]

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2019-06-15 05:12:48



BMW's Vision M Next concept shows its details - Roadshow  

The full concept car will be revealed at the end of June.

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2019-06-15 04:45:52



E3 2019 wrap-up, AT&T cancels Fold preorders video - CNET  

This week's major tech stories include a wrap-up of Microsoft and Nintendo from E3 2019 and news that AT&T has cancelled Galaxy Fold preorders.

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2019-06-15 04:33:49



YouTube TV review: It's a cable replacement, but it's not for budget hunters anymore - CNET  

YouTube TV offers an excellent live TV streaming experience with a healthy selection of channels, but it may not save cord-cutters much money over standard cable.

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2019-06-15 04:25:18



At E3 2019, video game makers held back the hype - CNET  

The gaming industry is learning to manage expectations.

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2019-06-15 03:46:17



Rushing foldable phones doesn't work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei - CNET  

Commentary: Galaxy Fold and Mate X delays show that foldables aren't ready yet.

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2019-06-15 03:43:05



FiiO's new earbud looks and sounds more expensive than it is - CNET  

FiiO's hardly a newcomer to headphones, but their FH5 is miles ahead of what came before.

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2019-06-15 03:41:44



Arctic Permafrost Melting 70 Years Sooner Than Expected, Study Finds  

An anonymous reader quotes a report The Weather Channel: Scientists studying climate change expected layers of permafrost in the Canadian Arctic to melt by the year 2090. Instead, it's happening now. A new study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters revealed that unusually warm summers in the Canadian High Arctic between 2003 and 2016 resulted in permafrost melt up to 240% higher than previous years. Louise Farquharson, a researcher at the Permafrost Laboratory at the U

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2019-06-15 03:30:00



9 best things you can buy to level up your next camping trip - CNET  

These items will make camping so much easier.

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2019-06-15 03:25:30



9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET  

Why altered videos are a social media nightmare, what Electronic Arts is doing to make gaming less toxic and how a fat-cat Facebook group is lifting humans from despair.

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2019-06-15 03:11:13



How to watch today's 24 Hours of Le Mans - Roadshow  

Here's how to watch the biggest motorsport event of the year if you can't fly to France.

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2019-06-15 03:06:47



Galaxy Note 10 rumors: Release date, leak details, design, specs and more - CNET  

If the uncertain release of the Galaxy Fold has you on edge, perhaps it's time to consider the ultra-luxe Note 10.

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2019-06-15 03:03:40



Where is the EU going on tech and competition policy?  

Huge technology policy questions are looming for whoever takes the top jobs at the European Union in the coming months. Decisions that could radically reshape tech business models, reconfigure the competitive landscape and change the relationship between Internet users and the content and services they consume. In short, the entire future of the tech industry […]

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2019-06-15 02:55:10



US Open 2019: How to watch Tiger Woods golf at Pebble Beach live without cable - CNET  

Here's how to stream the final two rounds of the toughest test in golf this weekend.

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2019-06-15 02:53:11



Rushing foldable phones doesn't work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei - CNET  

Commentary: Galaxy Fold and Mate X delays show that foldables aren't ready yet.

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2019-06-15 02:12:39



Amazon quietly shuts down its shopping social network Spark - CNET  

Spark appears to have vanished from Amazon.

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2019-06-15 02:10:44



Prenda Copyright Troll Sentenced To 14 Years  

JustAnotherOldGuy shares a report from Boing Boing: For years, Paul Hansmeier terrorized internet users through his copyright trolling racket Prenda Law, evading the law through shell companies and fraud, until, finally, he was brought to justice and pleaded guilty last August. Now, Hansmeier has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and must pay $1.5 million in restitution to his victims -- the same people he accused of being copyright infringers and then bullied into paying "settlement" fees to

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2019-06-15 02:10:00



Target down (then back up) as store registers fail and leave long lines - CNET  

Surprise: Twitter notices. Target says all's well now though.

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2019-06-15 01:48:58



Amazon Spark, the retailer's two-year-old Instagram competitor, has shut down  

Amazon’s two-year-old Instagram competitor, Amazon Spark, is no more. Hoping to capitalize on the social shopping trend and tap into the power of online influencers, Amazon in 2017 launched its own take on Instagram with a shoppable feed of stories and photos aimed at Prime members. The experiment known as Amazon Spark has now come […]

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2019-06-15 01:44:30



Getting remote work working, A16Z in LatAm, transferring H-1Bs, and Uber Air taxis  

How to make remote work work TechCrunch columnist Jon Evans has an Extra Crunch-exclusive look on what it takes to get remote work working within an organization. Evans, who has been the remote CTO of technology consulting firm HappyFunCorp for many years, finds that "you need decisive confidence, clear direction, iterative targets, independent responsibilities, asynchronous […]

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2019-06-15 01:38:05



McLaren 720S, Tesla Mobile Service and more: Roadshow's week in review - Roadshow  

Here's what you missed for the week ending June 15, 2019.

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2019-06-15 01:32:29



Texas Appeals Court Says Government Can't Be Sued For Copyright Piracy  

sandbagger writes: Photographer Jim Olive's helicopter shot of Houston was used by the University of Houston on their website after they removed his watermark, a definite no-no particularly since the image was used for their school of business. The photographer then sent the university a bill for $41,000 -- $16,000 for the usage and $25,000 for removing his copyright credit. After the matter ended up in court, the university pushed for the case to be dismissed because the public institution has

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2019-06-15 01:30:00



Ask Slashdot: Should All OSs Ship With a Programming Language Built In?  

dryriver writes: If anybody remembers the good old Commodore 64, one thing stood out about this once popular 8-bit computer -- as soon as you turned it on, you could type in BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) and run it. You didn't have to install a programming language, an IDE and all that jazz. You could simply start punching code in, and the C64 would execute it. Now that we live in a time where coding is even more important and bankable than it was back in the 1980s, sh

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2019-06-15 00:50:00



Graphene As an Open-Source Material  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The 2D wonder-material graphene could greatly benefit from the widespread experimentation of open-source use. In its current state, graphene is primarily researched by scientists in universities and labs, but by making graphene a material that is open to be improved upon by anyone, we might see the fulfillment of the potential that graphene has been hailed for since its discovery. Graphene's capabilities are staggering -- it is essentially 2D,

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2019-06-15 00:10:00



UK Porn Block Is a 'Privacy Timebomb,' New Report Warns  

New age restrictions on pornography that are set to come into effect in the UK next month are a "privacy timebomb," a new report by privacy watchdog Open Rights Group has warned. They say that the data protection in place to protect consumers is "vague, imprecise and largely a 'tick box' exercise." The Independent reports: The identity checks needed to stop under-18s from visiting pornographic websites will force any commercial provider of online pornography to carry out "robust" checks on their

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2019-06-14 23:30:00



Study Finds That a GPS Outage Would Cost $1 Billion Per Day  

A new comprehensive study on Global Positioning System technology has examined what effect a 30-day outage would have on the U.S. economy -- whether it's due to a severe space weather event or "nefarious activity by a bad actor." If a widespread outage were to occur, the study estimates it would have a $1 billion per-day impact. "It would likely be higher during the planting season of April and May, when farmers are highly reliant on GPS technology for information about their fields," adds Ars T

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2019-06-14 22:50:00



Retail Stores Use Bluetooth Beacons To Track Customers  

In an opinion piece for The New York Times, writer Michael Kwet sheds some lights on the secret bluetooth surveillance devices retailers use to track your every move and better serve ads to you. Anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report: Imagine you are shopping in your favorite grocery store. As you approach the dairy aisle, you are sent a push notification in your phone: "10 percent off your favorite yogurt! Click here to redeem your coupon." You considered buying yogurt on your last

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2019-06-14 22:10:00



Citing Requests From People, FujiFilm Decides To Bring Back Its Black and White Film  

AmiMoJo shares a report: Fujifilm has announced it will re-start black and white film manufacturing this year and will bring out a new version of its former Acros film. The new NEOPAN Acros 100 II will feature finer grain and the company claims it will be the sharpest black and white film on the market. The film will initially go on sale in Japan, with expansion to other markets depending on demand. In a press release on the Fujifilm Japan website, President Kenji Sono explains that after the co

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2019-06-14 21:50:00



Digital Marketer Mailchimp Bans Anti-Vaccination Content  

Digital marketer Mailchimp has removed several anti-vaccination "activists" from its platform and will no longer provide services to newsletters that push anti-vaccination content. From a report: The move to block the anti-vaccination rhetoric follows similar actions by other tech companies and comes on the heels of increased pressure from public health advocates and lawmakers on digital platforms to curtail the spread of health misinformation. "Mailchimp has shut down a number of accounts for a

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2019-06-14 21:30:00



Spy Used AI-Generated Face To Connect With Targets  

Raphael Satter, writing for AP: Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into Washington's political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who's-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation. She was connected to a deputy assistant secretary of state, a senior aide to a senator and the economist Paul Winfree, who is being considered for a seat on the Federal Reserve. But Katie Jones doesn't exist, The As

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2019-06-14 20:50:00



In Stores, Secret Surveillance Tracks Your Every Move  

In retail stores, Bluetooth "beacons" are watching you, using hidden technology in your phone. From a report: Imagine you are shopping in your favorite grocery store. As you approach the dairy aisle, you are sent a push notification in your phone: "10 percent off your favorite yogurt! Click here to redeem your coupon." You considered buying yogurt on your last trip to the store, but you decided against it. How did your phone know? Your smartphone was tracking you. The grocery store got your loca

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2019-06-14 20:10:00



VCs are failing diverse founders; Elizabeth Warren wants to step in  

The presidential candidate outlines plans to provide capital to 100,000 new minority-owned businesses.

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2019-06-14 20:09:46



Apple has registered seven more MacBooks, a report says - CNET  

Similar filings in the past have been an indication of upcoming products.

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2019-06-14 19:34:02



Amazon Lays Off Dozens Of Game Developers During E3  

As the video game industry's attention was focused squarely on the final day of the E3 convention in Los Angeles this week, Amazon's video game division quietly laid off dozens of employees. From a report: Amazon Game Studios, which is currently developing the online games Crucible and New World, told affected employees on Thursday morning that they would have 60 days to look for new positions within Amazon, according to one person who was laid off. At the end of that buffer period, if they fail

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2019-06-14 19:30:00



Black Hat scraps Rep. Will Hurd as keynote speaker amid voting record controversy  

Rep. Will Hurd will no longer give the keynote address at the Black Hat security conference amid questions about his voting record on women’s rights. Hurd, a Texas Republican congressman, was scheduled to headline the conference later this year, but the organizers decided to walk back the decision a day later. “Black Hat has chosen […]

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2019-06-14 18:54:56



Google to disconnect Drive from Photos: How to keep your photos in sync - CNET  

After July 10, you'll need to keep your images in sync on your own between Google Drive and Photos

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2019-06-14 18:51:38



Avast and AVG Are Causing Firefox Users To Lose Saved Passwords  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Firefox users are reporting that their saved passwords have been lost, with the problem seemingly caused by antivirus software rather than being an issue with Firefox itself. Antivirus software such as Avast and AVG appear to be corrupting the file in which Firefox stores passwords, rendering it unreadable. Thankfully, passwords can be recovered, but -- for the time being --- they will be corrupted again when you restart your computer. Read mor

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2019-06-14 18:50:00



Gifts for dads who appreciate life's little luxuries - CNET  

Moms aren't the only ones into chocolate, flowers and a good massage.

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2019-06-14 18:36:29



This neural network detects whether faces have been Photoshopped  

Using Photoshop and other image manipulation software to tweak faces in photos has become common practice, but it's not always made clear when it's been done. Berkeley and Adobe researchers have made a tool that not only can tell when a face has been Photoshopped, but can suggest how to undo it.

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2019-06-14 18:32:09



NASA Estimates It Will Need $20 Billion To $30 Billion For Moon Landing  

NASA has touted its bold plan to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024 for months. Now we're starting to get an idea of how much it will cost. From a report: The space agency will need an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion over the next five years for its moon project, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told CNN Business on Thursday. That would mean adding another $4 billion to $6 billion per year, on average, to the agency's budget, which is already expected to be about $20 billion a

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2019-06-14 18:10:00



Alexa's voice apps for kids can now offer purchases that parents approve  

Amazon will now allow developers to offer premium content for purchase in Alexa skills aimed at children. The company on Friday introduced new tools for building skills with in-app purchases that requires the Amazon account holder — typically mom or dad — to approve or decline the requested purchase via a text or email. In-skill […]

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2019-06-14 17:27:48



We Won't Be Listening To Music in a Decade According To Vinod Khosla  

In the future, we won't be listening to our favorite bands or artists, we'll be listening to custom made sounds that are tailored to our mood. At least, that's what billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla believes. From a report: "I actually think 10 years from now, you won't be listening to music," is a thing venture capitalist Vinod Khosla said onstage today during a fireside chat at Creative Destruction Lab's second annual Super Session event. Instead, he believes we'll be listening to cu

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2019-06-14 17:25:00



Microsoft makes getting started with Java and VS Code easier  

After only a few years, Microsoft’s free Visual Studio Code has become one of the most popular code editors on the market. One of VS Code’s advantages is its flexibility. This flexibility does come with some complexity when it comes to getting everything set up. Today, the company launched a new project that makes it […]

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2019-06-14 17:23:19



DOJ edges closer to T-Mobile-Sprint approval - CNET  

The Justice Department could approve the deal as early as next week if the companies agree to divest spectrum to help create another wireless competitor, The New York Times reports.

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2019-06-14 17:13:37



Facebook's New Cryptocurrency, Libra, Gets Big Backers  

Facebook has signed up more than a dozen companies including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Uber to back a new cryptocurrency it plans to unveil next week and launch next year, according to a WSJ report. From the report: The financial and e-commerce companies, venture capitalists and telecommunications firms will invest around $10 million each in a consortium that will govern the digital coin, called Libra [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], according to people familia

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2019-06-14 16:45:00



Daily Crunch: Fiverr goes public  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Fiverr shares climb 90% in first day of trading Freelance marketplace Fiverr had a good first day on the New York […]

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2019-06-14 16:38:57



Price tag to return to the Moon could be $30 billion  

NASA's ambitious plan to return to the moon may cost as much as $30 billion over the next five years, the agency's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, indicated in an interview this week. This is only a ballpark figure, but it's the first all-inclusive one we've seen and, despite being a large amount of money, is lower than some might have guessed.

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2019-06-14 16:26:52



From Project Scarlett to Gooigi: The best of E3 2019  

Every story about E3 has opened with a mention of Sony's absence, and this one's no different. The lack of one of gaming's "big three" loomed large over the show, right down to a strange sense of space on the showroom floor. Even Xbox chief Phil Spencer mourned the absence of the company's biggest competitor, […]

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2019-06-14 16:25:45



'The New Dropbox Sucks'  

Earlier this week, Dropbox introduced a new desktop application that brings a new look to the file-sharing service as well as new capabilities. With this release, Dropbox has changed the underlying structure of its desktop application to operate just like any other desktop application, rather than its previous incarnation, which was tied very closely to desktop file systems like Windows File Explorer or Apple's Finder. Dropbox adds: It's a single workspace to organize your content, connect your

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2019-06-14 16:05:00



iOS 13 hints at exciting iPhone 11 feature - CNET  

Will the next iPhone switch from Lightning to USB-C? Or will it finally include a fast charger in the box? The new icon on the iOS 13 developer's beta shows that one of these options could become a reality.

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2019-06-14 15:34:38



NASA asks private companies to share how they might supply the Lunar Gateway  

NASA’s stated goal of sending the first woman ever, and the first man since the Apollo program, to the Moon involves setting up a new space station that will orbit the Moon, which is supposed to begin being built by the end of 2022, per current timelines. Today, the U.S. space agency issued an open […]

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2019-06-14 15:32:29



Huawei Delays Foldable Phone Launch Until September To Do Extra Tests After Samsung's Troubles  

Huawei said its foldable phone will launch in September, slightly later than it was reportedly set to, as it does extra tests following the debacle Samsung went through with its rival device. From a report: A spokesperson for the Chinese technology giant told CNBC on Friday that the company is trying to launch the Huawei Mate X globally, focusing on markets that are rolling out next-generation mobile networks known as 5G. The Mate X, which starts at around 2,299 euros or roughly $2,600, is a 5G-

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2019-06-14 15:27:00



No, I'm not selling TechCrunch stories for $20 on Fiverr  

You weren't going to try to buy a place on TechCrunch for $20. You, dear reader, are smarter than that. But that doesn't make it any less concerning when a reader emails you in the middle of the night to let you know that someone's posing as you on Fiverr, name, biography, picture and all. […]

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2019-06-14 15:16:08



The electric scooter wars won't end  

On the heels of unveiling its pink-wheeled e-bikes for the San Francisco Bay Area, Lyft is doing the same for its electric scooters in Denver, Colo. Lyft says these scooters are designed to be more durable, and feature a more powerful battery and a hand brake. Upon first look, however, these scooters don’t appear particularly […]

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2019-06-14 14:58:48



Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency reportedly boasts big-name backers - CNET  

It's got support from Visa, Mastercard, Uber and PayPal and could be announced as soon as next week, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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2019-06-14 14:50:13



ThinkGeek Closes Site, Moves in With GameStop  

Bootsy Collins writes: ThinkGeek -- the 20-year-old 'goods for nerds' retailer I've associated with Slashdot ever since they were both part of the Andover and VA Linux mega-empires -- appears to be dramatically scaling back their operations. On July 2, thinkgeek.com will be no more, and instead a "ThinkGeek-curated" selection of products will be for sale through the website of Gamestop, their current owner. They're attempting to clear out all existing inventory, and their rewards program is bein

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2019-06-14 14:45:00



Samsung denies rumors that it's launching the Galaxy Fold in July, report says - CNET  

That leaves the launch date for the tech giant's foldable phone up in the air.

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2019-06-14 14:14:09



Microsoft Edge Might Come To Linux  

The Microsoft Edge developer team held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit this week where they revealed some of their plans on current and upcoming features. From a report: The biggest tease the company dropped was its apparent willingness to release an Edge version for Linux -- a move that was once considered inconceivable. "We don't have any technical blockers to keep us from creating Linux binaries, and it's definitely something we'd like to do down the road. That being said, there is

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2019-06-14 14:03:00



The Arc Vector is a $111,000 electric work of art that you can ride - Roadshow  

But is this electric motorcycle worth its massive price tag based on style alone?

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2019-06-14 13:44:54



Lab-Grown Meat Will Overtake Plant-Based Alternatives By 2040, Study Says  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Cultured meat could overtake plant-based alternatives like Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger as early as 2040, according to a new report. The research, from consultancy firm AT Kearney, finds that meat grown in a lab from cells will ultimately become more popular than vegetarian food that replicates the taste of animal products. By then, most of the world's burgers will be entirely meat-free. The report claims that, over the next 15 years, the ma

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2019-06-14 13:00:00



Make it a 4K Father's Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart - CNET  

There are deals to be had on TVs from RCA, Samsung and Vizio.

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2019-06-14 12:27:29



How to watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans - Roadshow  

Here's how to watch the biggest motorsport event of the year if you can't fly to France.

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2019-06-14 12:25:23



Apply to the TechCrunch Hackathon at Disrupt SF 2019  

The TechCrunch Hackathon is shaping up to be a huge battle royale, but we still have room for a few more creative coders, hackers and outright webmonsters to join us at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 on October 2-4 for a chance to win $10,000. It won't cost you a thing to come and play in […]

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2019-06-14 12:22:52



Julian Assange's extradition hearing set for 2020 - CNET  

Assange tells a UK court that his life would be at risk if he's extradited to the US.

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2019-06-14 12:13:19






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