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'Cheating Volkswagen Diesels Have Become A Hot Commodity'  

Remember the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal? "In the end, after paying huge fines and seeing key executives head to prison, VW agreed to buy back nearly 380,000 of the offending cars in the United States, to fix or scrap," reports the New York Times. But this week the director of industry analytics for online car marketplace CarGurus tells them that VW has now added more share in certified pre-owned sales than any other brand. Jalopnik reports: The resulting used VWs are surprisingly

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2019-08-25 01:34:00



Ask Slashdot: How Do You Estimate the Cost of an Algorithm Turned Into an ASIC?  

"Another coder and I are exploring the possibility of having a video-processing algorithm written in C turned into an ASIC ("Application Specific Integrated Circuit") hardware chip that could go inside various consumer electronics devices," writes Slashdot reader dryriver. The problem? There seems to be very little good information on how much a 20Kb, or 50Kb or indeed a 150Kb algorithm written in the C language would cost to turn in an ASIC or "Custom Chip". We've been told that "the chi

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2019-08-24 23:39:00



UK Cybersecurity Agency Urges Devs To Drop Python 2  

Python's End-of-Life date is 129 days away, warns the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). "There will be no more bug fixes, or security updates, from Python's core developers." An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: The UK's cyber-security agency warned developers Thursday to consider moving Python 2.x codebases to the newer 3.x branch due to the looming end-of-life of Python 2, scheduled for January 1, 2020... "If you continue to use unsupported modules, you are risking the security of

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2019-08-24 22:45:00



First Alleged Crime In Space?  

bobstreo tipped us off to an interesting story. The BBC reports that NASA "is reported to be investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station, in what may be the first allegation of a crime committed in space." Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times reports... The astronaut told the New York Times through a lawyer that she was merely making sure tha

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2019-08-24 21:34:00



Graphcore founder Nigel Toon to talk about AI chips at Disrupt Berlin  

It's easy to forget that Silicon Valley starts with 'silicon', and that there would be no technology innovation without innovation at the silicon level. And Graphcore is well aware of that as the Bristol-based company is designing its own dedicated AI chipset. That's why I'm glad to announce that Graphcore co-founder and CEO Nigel Toon […]

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2019-08-24 20:57:53



Brazil Tries Deploying Its Military To Fight Fires in the Amazon  

"As an ecological disaster in the Amazon escalated into a global political crisis, Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, took the rare step on Friday of mobilising the armed forces to help contain blazes of a scale not seen in nearly a decade," reports the New York Times: The sudden reversal, after days of dismissing growing concern over hundreds of fires raging across the Amazon, came as international outrage grew over the rising deforestation in the world's largest tropical rainforest. Europe

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2019-08-24 20:34:00



Best universal remotes of 2019 - CNET  

From Harmony to Caavo to, well, other Harmonys, here's our favorite clickers, hubs and screens for controlling a cabinet-full of gear.

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2019-08-24 19:35:09



ITER: 'Where the Sun Will Be Re-Born on Earth'  

Long-time Slashdot reader rinka shares an article about "the place where the Sun will be re-born on Earth": The world's best scientists are trying to create a 'miniature Sun' on Earth to tap its fusion energy, costing over €20 billion... [G]lobally ITER is the most expensive science project on Earth ever to be undertaken in the 21st century. The total weight of the ITER reactor will be about 28,000 tonnes... Being made collaboratively by USA, Russia, South Korea, China, Japan, Europe

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2019-08-24 19:34:00



Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker -- poster, release date, plot, cast and rumors - CNET  

The Rise of Skywalker is coming to theaters this December. Here's everything we know so far.

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2019-08-24 19:16:29



The best 3D printers in 2019 for beginners and budget creators - CNET  

From Flashforge to Monoprice, these printers will get you started making all kinds of stuff.

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2019-08-24 18:46:12



2019 Hugo Award Winners Include a Fan Fiction Site and 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'  

DevNull127 writes: The 77th World Science Fiction Convention announced the winners of the 2019 Hugo Awards at a ceremony Sunday night. Here's some of the highlights. At least two of these stories can be read (for free) online: BEST NOVELETTE: "If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again," by Zen Cho. The entire text is availabe online in the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, where it was published in November of 2018. BEST SHORT STORY: "A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compend

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2019-08-24 18:34:00



Facebook Awards $100,000 Prize For New Code Isolation Technique  

ZDNet reports: Facebook has awarded a $100,000 prize to a team of academics from Germany for developing a new code isolation technique that can be used to safeguard sensitive data while it's being processed inside a computer. The award is named the Internet Defense Prize, and is a $100,000 cash reward that Facebook has been giving out yearly since 2014 to the most innovative research presented at USENIX, a leading security conference that takes place every year in mid-August in the US. A

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2019-08-24 17:34:00



Uber tries to reassure customers that it takes safety seriously, following NYTimes book excerpt  

It’s hard at times not to feel sorry for Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, given all that he inherited when he became the ride-share giant’s top boss back in April 2017. Among his many to-do items: take public a money-losing company whose private-market valuation had already soared past what many thought it was worth, clean-up the […]

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2019-08-24 17:19:02



India's Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft Enters the Moon's Orbit  

Long-time Slashdot reader William Robinson writes: An unmanned spacecraft, Chandrayaan 2, India launched last month has begun orbiting the moon before it lands on the far side to search for water. The spacecraft is in orbit of 114 km x 18072 km and will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 km x 30 km from the moon's surface. "The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts to land in the south polar region

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2019-08-24 16:34:00



Disney's Jungle Cruise movie footage sails into D23 - CNET  

Emily Blunt, The Rock and Jack Whitehall team up for an Amazonian adventure.

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2019-08-24 15:38:59



Three Smart Ovens Turned On Overnight, Then Preheated To 400 Degrees  

AmiMoJo quote the Verge: At least three smart June Ovens have turned on in the middle of the night and heated up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The ovens' owners aren't sure why this happened, and June tells The Verge that user error is at fault... The June Oven debuted in 2015 as a $1,495 countertop oven that uses a camera and computer vision to identify food that's been placed inside. The company raised nearly $30 million in funding and released its second-generation version in 20

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2019-08-24 15:34:00



Marvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends animated series debuting 2021 - CNET  

Spider-Man, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen are headed to Disney Junior, D23 reveals.

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2019-08-24 15:12:44



Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker D23 footage reveals Rey's double lightsaber - CNET  

We stan a Dark Rey.

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2019-08-24 15:08:30



Why Are 'Supply Chain Attacks' on Open Source Libraries Getting Worse?  

"A rash of supply chain attacks hitting open source software over the past year shows few signs of abating, following the discovery this week of two separate backdoors slipped into a dozen libraries downloaded by hundreds of thousands of server administrators," reports Ars Technica: The compromises of Webmin and the RubyGems libraries are only the latest supply chain attacks to hit open source software. Most people don't think twice about installing software or updates from the official site

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2019-08-24 14:34:00



J.J. Abrams says Carrie Fisher's Leia is 'so alive' in Star Wars IX - CNET  

A note left by the late actress made the director feel Fisher was fated to appear in The Rise of Skywalker.

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2019-08-24 14:26:08



Quantum Radar Has Been Demonstrated For the First Time  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Shabir Barzanjeh at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and a few colleagues have used entangled microwaves to create the world's first quantum radar. Their device, which can detect objects at a distance using only a few photons, raises the prospect of stealthy radar systems that emit little detectable electromagnetic radiation. The device is simple in essence. The researchers create pairs of entangled microwave photons

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2019-08-24 13:00:00



Crazy Rich Asians creators breathe fire into Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon - CNET  

Awkwafina reunites with screenwriter Adele Lim for the new animated film revealed at D23.

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2019-08-24 12:56:01



How to find out if your wireless carrier is slowing down your streaming - CNET  

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon might be slowing down your videos.

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2019-08-24 12:53:38



2020 Lincoln Aviator, Audi RS6 Avant, updated Civic Si and more: Roadshow's week in review - Roadshow  

Here's a look at our most important stories for the week ending Aug. 24, 2019.

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2019-08-24 12:05:24



Star Wars, Black Widow, Kit Harington: Every Walt Disney Studios D23 announcement - CNET  

Disney didn't disappoint, with first looks at Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil, new Pixar movies, and footage from The Rise of Skywalker, Black Widow, Mulan and Jungle Cruise. Oh, and Kit Harington will officially be part of the MCU, no big deal.

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2019-08-24 11:33:09



Best Note 10 wallpapers and how to get them - CNET  

Grab these fresh wallpapers for your Note 10.

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2019-08-24 10:38:55



A new Apple Watch is coming, but it may not be what we were expecting - CNET  

Instead of a brand new Series 5, Apple could launch a new version of an old Apple Watch at its September launch event.

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2019-08-24 10:35:39



Kit Harington, Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan join Marvel's Eternals - CNET  

The Game of Thrones actor is Dane Whitman, Chan is portraying Sersi and Keoghan is playing Druig.

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2019-08-24 10:31:10



Driving Volkswagen's all-electric ID Buggy concept  

The VW electric ID Buggy concept is delightful and bright, stout and smiling. It’s a vehicle fit for the sunshine and sand dunes, or perhaps a less committing slow roll along the beach. And so my first drive in a prototype of the all-electric buggy — along the coast near Spanish Bay in Monterey, Calif., […]

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2019-08-24 10:04:55



Amazon Joins Walmart In Saying Tesla Solar Panels Caught Fire  

Earlier today, it was reported that Tesla is working to resolve the lawsuit Walmart filed against the company earlier this week over defective solar panels. However, this story is far from over as Amazon has chimed in by saying it too has seen its Tesla solar panels catch fire. Bloomberg reports: On Friday, Amazon.com Inc. said a June 2018 blaze on the roof of one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, involved a solar panel system that Tesla's SolarCity division had installed. The Seattle-b

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2019-08-24 10:00:00



5 things you probably didn't know about John DeLorean and his car company - Roadshow  

Thanks to a pair of movies recently released about his life, the world is once again abuzz over John Z. DeLorean. But these films don't tell the whole, weird story.

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2019-08-24 09:50:06



Disney Plus: Every show, movie and original you'll be able to stream -- and when - CNET  

Disney is going to have 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes on its $7-a-month streaming service. But which shows and movies will those actually be?

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2019-08-24 09:49:03



How to find urgent care and avoid a hefty hospital bill - CNET  

Online or in-person, here's where to get quick medical attention for less money.

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2019-08-24 09:39:12



New SHAKEN/STIR technology will put an end to annoying robocalls. Here's how - CNET  

Phone companies are working together to help stop spam calls.

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2019-08-24 09:27:13



Startups Weekly: Diamond-encrusted disruption  

In this week's newsletter: Andreessen Horowitz's latest investment, Pietra, is tackling the $250 billion jewelry market.

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2019-08-24 09:23:37



Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur are New York's next Marvel animated duo - CNET  

The 13-year-old genius gets her own show, with Laurence Fishburne as an executive producer.

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2019-08-24 08:33:32



Tom Holland at D23: 'I'm going to continue playing Spider-Man' - CNET  

Spidey will return, but it's still not clear when or how (or for which studio).

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2019-08-24 08:27:09



The Mandalorian trailer: New Star Wars show hits Disney Plus Nov. 12 - CNET  

The first Disney Plus original is a Star Wars series set after Return of the Jedi.

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2019-08-24 07:06:59



Netflix Tests 'Collections' That Are Curated By Humans Instead of Algorithms  

Netflix is testing an all-new recommendation system called "Collections" that relies on humans instead of neural networks. TechCrunch reports: While Netflix today already offers thematic suggestions of things to watch, based on your Netflix viewing history, Collections aren't only based on themes. According to Netflix, the titles are curated by experts on the company's creative teams, and are organized into these collections based on similar factors -- like genre, tone, story line and character

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2019-08-24 07:00:00



The new Disney+ streaming service is oriented around fans and families  

You can tell a lot about a service by what it prioritizes on its home screen. With the new Disney + service the focus is initially organized by fan base, with different silos for the company’s various studios and the fans that follow them. As the company gets the service off the ground — and […]

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2019-08-24 06:59:05



GE's newest LED light bulbs feature Bluetooth speakers, motion sensors and more - CNET  

They aren't smart, but they do have a couple of extra tricks up their sleeve. Here's what you need to know before buying in.

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2019-08-24 06:34:22



Volkswagen ID Buggy hits 17 Mile Drive - Roadshow  

We take a quick spin in Volkswagen's ID Buggy in Pebble Beach, California.

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2019-08-24 06:33:16



Frozen 2 defrosts Elsa's parents in new footage at Disney D23 Expo - CNET  

The Pixar sequel gives fans a peek at Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown as newcomers to the Frozen world.

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2019-08-24 06:32:54



9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET  

How memes help you cope with depression, using drones to monitor the health of cattle, and why the man who discovered Tetris is now focused on saving Earth.

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2019-08-24 06:09:17



New Pixar movie Soul stars Daveed Diggs, Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx - CNET  

Pixar gets deep with its jazz-infused new movie. Meet the cast and see the first concept art here.

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2019-08-24 05:44:59



Y Combinator Demo Day, revenue-based VC funding, Pivotal, Dell, Tumblr, WeWork, and more  

Editor's note Due to bad travel logistics (thanks SFO), I wasn't able to get the mid-week edition of the Extra Crunch roundup newsletter out. Sorry about that. Instead, here is everything we published this week on Extra Crunch in one fell swoop — and my, we covered a lot of ground. Hope you enjoy some […]

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2019-08-24 05:02:28



Can an alkaline diet cure your acid reflux? - CNET  

This writer had success reducing his reflux symptoms on a low-acid diet. Here's how it works.

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2019-08-24 04:17:28



How to organize your kitchen to eat healthier - CNET  

Follow these tips and tricks to set yourself up for success.

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2019-08-24 04:17:26



The Best Web Hosting Providers for 2019 - CNET  

Find the best web hosting providers using price comparisons and reviews from our expert hosting editor. You can also find hosting for different needs like e-commerce, enterprise, specific content management systems and more.

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2019-08-24 03:56:36



Complex Quantum Teleportation Achieved For the First Time  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna have experimentally demonstrated what was previously only a theoretical possibility. Together with quantum physicists from the University of Science and Technology of China, they have succeeded in teleporting complex high-dimensional quantum states. The research teams report this international first in the journal Physical Review Letters. In their study, the researche

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2019-08-24 03:30:00



Black Widow trailer debuts for Disney D23 Expo crowd - CNET  

Here's what we saw in the new trailer. (But no, we don't know when it'll be released.)

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2019-08-24 03:04:57



Netflix Breaking Bad sequel El Camino gets trailer - CNET  

The sequel will focus on Jesse Pinkman, and was written and directed by Vince Gilligan.

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2019-08-24 03:01:42



If you're not using AirDrop on your iPhone yet, you're sorely missing out - CNET  

We walk you through how to set up and use AirDrop on your iPhone, Mac, iPad and even iPod Touch.

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2019-08-24 02:59:32



Amazon or the military: Warehouse bosses pressured 3 workers to choose - CNET  

The alleged actions may violate federal workplace discrimination laws.

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2019-08-24 02:49:50



Microsoft contractors listened in on Xbox users, Apple TV Plus pricing video - CNET  

This week's most important tech stories include a report claiming Microsoft contractors listened in on Xbox users, possible pricing for Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade.

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2019-08-24 02:31:11



Fortnite Brute is finally nerfed - CNET  

Epic decided to change their mind on the mech.

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2019-08-24 02:26:42



Disney Plus will give you 4 simultaneous streams, 4K and HDR for no extra cost - CNET  

Disney's original episodes will be released weekly instead of dropping entire seasons in one, bingeable bunch.

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2019-08-24 02:25:52



The Mandalorian: Cast, trailer, plot, release date and more Star Wars details - CNET  

Here's everything we know about the live-action Star Wars series starring Pedro Pascal, as we await the Disney Plus streaming service.

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2019-08-24 02:11:08



Seattle Has Figured Out How To End the War On Drugs  

Nicholas Kristof writes in an opinion piece for The New York Times about Seattle's "bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America." Instead of being prosecuted for being caught with small amounts of drugs, that person is steered toward social services to get help. "In effect, Seattle is decriminalizing the use of hard drugs," writes Kristof. "It is relying less on the criminal justice toolbox to deal with hard drugs and more on the public health toolbox." From the report: This mo

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2019-08-24 02:10:00



An Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars TV series for Disney Plus will start shooting in 2020 - CNET  

It's official. Ewan McGregor is back as Obi-Wan and the scripts are good to go.

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2019-08-24 01:57:34



The best fitness tracker: Fitbit Inspire HR vs. Mi Band 4 - CNET  

Can the cheaper Mi Band 4 keep up with the premium Fitbit?

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2019-08-24 01:45:45



Disney Plus: Release dates, prices, shows and movies to expect on the streaming service - CNET  

Disney's $7-a-month streaming service -- which will stream movies and originals from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and its own studio -- is taking shape.

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2019-08-24 01:41:14



Buy the best 2019 dash cam by knowing their key features - Roadshow  

Dash cams capture amazing videos and can protect your story in case of an accident. Get one.

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2019-08-24 01:30:25



YouTube Says It Will Now Remove 'Violent' and 'Mature' Videos Pretending To Be Kid-Friendly  

YouTube announced it is changing its policy in regard to how it treats videos targeted toward minors and young children. "The video platform says it will now remove all content that contains 'violent' or 'mature' themes if it is targeted toward kids, either through the title of the video, its description, or the accompanying tags," reports The Verge. From the report: Going forward, YouTube says this type of content "will no longer be allowed on the platform." Prior to this change, YouTube was ag

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2019-08-24 01:30:00



Disney Plus series WandaVision cast and crew revealed at D23 - CNET  

Game of Thrones director Matt Shakman on board to direct. Plus Teyonah Parris, Kat Dennings, Randall Park and Kathryn Hahn join the cast.

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2019-08-24 01:19:32



Star Wars: The Mandalorian on Disney Plus gets its first trailer - CNET  

The first Disney Plus original lands Nov. 12.

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2019-08-24 01:17:47



Twitter's Trust and Safety Council members reportedly feel ignored - CNET  

Advisers aren't told about the company's policy or product changes in advance, according to a Wired report.

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2019-08-24 01:15:35



Google Agrees To Meet With YouTubers Union Right Before Deadline  

Last month, FairTube -- a collaboration between a group that calls itself the "YouTubers Union" and Europe's largest trade union, IG Metall -- sent Google a list of demands to achieve better working conditions. The letter gave YouTube with a deadline of August 23 to respond or else it would face "a shitstorm," according to Jorg Sprave, the founder of the YouTubers Union. On the last day, hours before the deadline, Google Germany sent a formal letter back to FairTube that said it had "a strong in

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2019-08-24 00:50:00



Apple Contractors Were Each Listening To 1,000 Siri Recordings a Day, Says Report  

According to The Verge, citing a report from the Irish Examiner, Apple used human contractors to listen to an arduous 1,000 Siri recordings every day to help make the digital assistant better at giving you what you want. Some of those recordings included personal data and snippets of conversations, one contractor says. An anonymous reader shares the report: Apple's Siri assistant currently records and sends snippets of your voice requests back to Apple to be studied so that Apple can try to make

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2019-08-24 00:10:00



Facebook Bans Ads From The Epoch Times  

Facebook has banned advertising from The Epoch Times, the Falun Gong-related publication and conservative news outlet, as the social network struggles to implement a consistent political advertising policy. The New York Times reports: Facebook issued the ban on Friday after NBC News published a report this week that said The Epoch Times had obscured its connection to recent Facebook ads promoting President Trump and conspiracy content. The Epoch Times, started in 2000 by a group of Chinese-Ameri

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2019-08-23 23:30:00



Qualcomm Wins a Pause In Enforcement of FTC Ruling  

Qualcomm has won a partial stay against the enforcement of a sweeping antitrust ruling in a lawsuit brought by the FTC. "The company on May 21 lost in an antitrust lawsuit and has been fighting to have the ruling put on hold while it pursued an appeal," reports Reuters. "The San Diego-based company argued that letting the ruling stand could upend its talks with phone makers over chips for 5G, the next generation of wireless data networks." From the report: In the ruling issued on Friday, the 9th

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2019-08-23 22:50:00



Tesla Working To Resolve Dispute With Walmart Over Solar Panel Fires  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Walmart and Tesla are actively negotiating to resolve the lawsuit Walmart filed against Tesla earlier this week over defective solar panels, the two companies said in a joint statement sent out on Thursday evening. "Walmart and Tesla look forward to addressing all issues and re-energizing Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores, once all parties are certain that all concerns have been addressed," the statement said. The companies say the

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2019-08-23 22:10:00



Employees Connect Nuclear Plant To the Internet So They Can Mine Cryptocurrency  

Ukrainian authorities are investigating a potential security breach at a local nuclear power plant after employees connected parts of its internal network to the internet so they could mine cryptocurrency. From a report: The investigation is being led by the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU), who is looking at the incident as a potential breach of state secrets due to the classification of nuclear power plants as critical infrastructure. Investigators are examining if attackers might have used the

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2019-08-23 21:30:00



Google Photos will now search for text in your pictures -- here's how - CNET  

Being able to quickly find pictures based on a sign or word combo is huge, and you'll be able to copy and paste text, to boot.

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2019-08-23 20:59:57



Why Are There So Many Weird Tech Patents?  

Companies are constantly patenting strange things they have no intention of developing. From a report: Amazon is putting humans in cages to protect them from machines! Facebook is selling your face to advertisers so it can CGI you into ads! Sony has a system where you can skip ads if you stand up and yell the brand's name! None of these things are technically true -- they're headlines driven by patents filed by these companies. In each case, the company has not developed these technologies. And

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2019-08-23 20:53:00



Waxed canvas messengers from Trakke, Waterfield and Mission Workshop are spacious and rugged  

It's nearing the end of Bag Week 2019, where we highlight the best receptacles for the tech we cover daily, and we've got a few more winners for you. Earlier this week I collected a few excellent waxed canvas laptop bags together, a sequel to last year's round-up, but these messenger style bags stood out. So I've collected them here separately.

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2019-08-23 20:18:35



Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Underappreciated Movie?  

What's one movie that is lesser-known or underappreciated that you really enjoyed -- or found insightful? Last time we asked this question, it was 2003! Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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2019-08-23 20:07:00



Uber's $1-Per-Ride 'Safe Rides Fee' Had Nothing To Do With Safety  

Uber imposed a $1-per-ride surcharge it called a "Safe Rides Fee" in 2014, but it was a just a play for profit. From a report: The money collected by the company from the fee -- estimated at around $500 million -- was never earmarked specifically for safety and was "devised primarily to add $1 of pure margin to each trip," according to New York Times . At the time, Uber was facing rising costs from insurance and background checks, so the company came up with the idea of imposing a safety fee to

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2019-08-23 19:30:00



Citroen let us drive the Ami and 1919 concept cars video - Roadshow  

Designed for urban driving and long distances, respectively, the Ami and the 1919 represent Citroen's vision of the future.

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2019-08-23 19:22:05



Top US Publishers Sue Amazon's Audible For Copyright Infringement  

Amazon's Audible was sued by some of the top U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday, aiming to block a planned rollout of a feature called 'Audible Captions' that shows the text on screen as a book is narrated. From a report: The lawsuit was filed by seven members of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), including HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan Publishers. "Essentially Audible wants to provide the tex

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2019-08-23 18:50:00



Jon Favreau 'cautiously hopeful' Spider-Man will stay in Marvel Cinematic Universe - CNET  

Speaking at Disney's D23 Expo event, the director said he hoped Marvel and Sony would work out their spider-beef.

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2019-08-23 18:24:16



Here's the first trailer for the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series, The Mandalorian  

It’s here! About ten months after we learned that Jon Favreau would be heading up a Star Wars series called “The Mandalorian” on Disney’s soon-to-launch streaming service Disney+, we have the first full trailer. It premiered this evening during the Disney+ panel at the D23 conference.   Bounty hunting is a complicated profession. @TheMandalorian, an […]

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2019-08-23 18:17:45



Vape lung has claimed its first victim, and the CDC is investigating  

A person has died from what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speculate is a vaping-related condition. Nearly 200 other cases of varying severeness have been reported nationwide described by the CDC as "severe unexplained respiratory systems after reported vaping or e-cigarette use."

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2019-08-23 18:12:21



Backup service IDrive launches a face recognition API for developers  

I did a bit of a double take when I first saw this announcement. IDrive, an online cloud storage and backup service, is launching a face recognition API today that goes up against the likes of AWS Rekognition and others. That seems like a bit of an odd move for a backup company, but it […]

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2019-08-23 18:05:41



Trump Orders US Businesses To Find Alternative To China  

President Trump said Friday U.S. companies were "hereby ordered" to start looking for alternatives to doing business in China after Beijing said it would impose tariffs on $75 billion worth of additional U.S. products. From a report: "Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years," Mr. Trump wrote in a series of tweets [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. "They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of

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2019-08-23 17:58:00



Chinese tariff retaliation, presidential tweets and market unease sends exchanges plummeting  

After a week of modest gains, major stock indexes plummeted on Friday as China retaliated against U.S. tariffs by imposing $75 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods coming into the country. China’s foreign ministry said that it would resume tariffs on U.S. imports of automobiles and auto parts and place an additional 5% or […]

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2019-08-23 17:30:04



Americans Are Waiting Three Years To Replace Their Phones, Study Finds  

A new study released by Strategy Analytics reflects the current state of the smartphone industry. Apparently, consumers in the US -- Baby Boomers, in particular -- are increasingly delaying their smartphone purchase for three or more years. From a report: In addition, the average iPhone now remains active for 18 months, while the average Samsung phone remains active for 16.5. The era of yearly phone upgrades is over. Smartphone shipments have been dropping around the world over the past year, an

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2019-08-23 17:30:00



Confirmed: Disney is making an Obi-Wan series with Ewan McGregor  

The rumors have been suggesting it for a while now, and fans have been pretty much begging for it… and it’s happening: Ewan McGregor will return to the role of Obi-Wan for a new Disney+ series. Disney dropped the news at a panel during D23 this evening, almost immediately after premiering the trailer for its […]

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2019-08-23 17:15:43



Graphics That Seem Clear Can Easily Be Misread  

An anonymous reader shares a report: "A picture is worth a thousand words." That saying leads us to believe that we can readily interpret a chart correctly. But charts are visual arguments, and they are easy to misunderstand if we do not pay close attention. Alberto Cairo, chair of visual journalism at the University of Miami, reveals pitfalls in an example diagrammed here. Learning how to better read graphics can help us navigate a world in which truth may be hidden or twisted. Say that you are

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2019-08-23 16:47:00



Walmart and Tesla are going to try and work things out  

Walmart came out swinging earlier this week in a lawsuit that accused Tesla of breach of contract and gross negligence over problems with rooftop solar panel systems installed at the retail giant’s stores. Now, just days later, the lawsuit has been placed on hold while the two companies try to reach an agreement that would […]

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2019-08-23 16:40:05



Facebook Said It Would Give Detailed Data To Academics. They're Still Waiting.  

An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2018, Facebook announced a partnership to provide data to academics to "help people better understand the broader impact of social media on democracy -- as well as improve our work to protect the integrity of elections." In April of this year, the first batch of winning proposals was announced. "The urgency of this research cannot be overstated," wrote the founders of Social Science One, the entity that operates the program. It describes itself as "an LLC

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2019-08-23 16:07:00



I ate Oscar Mayer's hot dog ice cream sandwich and lived - CNET  

Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!

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2019-08-23 15:53:20



In Vader Immortal: Episode II, Darth Vader is a really mean Mr. Miyagi - CNET  

The gameplay for the upcoming Star Wars VR game looks glorious at Disney's D23 Expo.

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2019-08-23 15:44:33



Google Doesn't Want Staff Debating Politics at Work Anymore  

Google posted new internal rules that discourage employees from debating politics, a shift away from the internet giant's famously open culture. From a report: The new "community guidelines" tell employees not to have "disruptive" conversations and warn workers that they'll be held responsible for whatever they say at the office. The company is also building a tool to let employees flag problematic posts and creating a team of moderators to monitor conversations, a Google spokeswoman said. "Whil

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2019-08-23 15:23:00



Bag Week 2019: A whole bunch of fannies  

It's finally Bag Week again! The most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we're bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to… The fanny pack. Or hip pack, waist bag, belt bag, sling, crossbody and sometimes bum bag, because where you're […]

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2019-08-23 15:05:13



Watch a Waymo self-driving car test its sensors in a haboob  

Waymo, the self-driving car company under Alphabet, has been testing in the suburbs of Phoenix for several years now. And while the sunny metropolis might seem like the ideal and easiest location to test autonomous vehicle technology, there are times when the desert becomes a dangerous place for any driver — human or computer. The […]

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2019-08-23 14:55:40



Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products  

Just like tech companies that have struggled to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site. The Wall Street Journal: Many of the millions of people who shop on Amazon.com see it as if it were an American big-box store, a retailer with goods deemed safe enough for customers. In practice, Amazon has increasingly evolved like a flea market. It exercises limited oversight over items listed by millions of third

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2019-08-23 14:41:00



Star Wars: The Mandalorian on Disney Plus gets a new trailer at D23 Expo - CNET  

The first Disney Plus original lands Nov. 12.

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2019-08-23 14:03:07



Members of Facebook's 'Crypto Mafia' Reportedly Getting Cold Feet About Libra Currency  

At least three of the 28 entities that have signed on for Facebook's planned Libra currency are now getting nervous about the project, according to a new report from the Financial Times. And Facebook is just as worried about being the only company currently with its "neck out," as regulators push back against the plan to create a new digital currency from thin air. From a report: The companies, which some have dubbed the "crypto mafia," include heavy hitters from Silicon Valley and Wall Street,

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2019-08-23 14:02:00



Oracle Directors Give Blessing To Shareholder Lawsuit Against Larry Ellison, Safra Catz  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Three years after closing a $9.3 billion deal to acquire NetSuite, several Oracle board members have written an extraordinary letter to the Delaware Court, approving a shareholder lawsuit against company executives Larry Ellison and Safra Catz over the 2016 deal. Reuters broke this story. According to Reuters' Alison Frankel, three board members, including former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, sent a letter on August 15th to Sam Glasscoc

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2019-08-23 13:00:00






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