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  • America's Fastest Spy Plane May Be Back -- And Hypersonic
    A Lockheed Skunk Works executive implied last week at an aerospace conference that the successor to one of the fastest aircraft the world has seen, the SR-71 Blackbird, might already exist. Previously, Lockheed officials have said the successor, the…
    - 36 mins ago, 17 Jan 18, 10:00am -
  • Hackers Seem Close To Publicly Unlocking the Nintendo Switch
    Ars Technica reports that "hackers have been finding partial vulnerabilities in early versions of the [Nintendo] Switch firmware throughout 2017." They have discovered a Webkit flaw that allows for basic "user level" access to some portions of the un…
    - 4 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 7:00am -
  • Lawsuit Filed By 22 State Attorneys General Seeks To Block Net Neutrality Repeal
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission's recent controversial vote to repeal Obama era Net Neutrality regulations. The fili…
    - 7 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 3:30am -
  • New Study Claims That the 'Black Death' Was Spread By Humans, Not Rats
    dryriver shares a report from BBC: Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread a series of outbreaks in 14th-19th Century Europe. But a team fro…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 1:45am -
  • Many Enterprise Mobile Devices Will Never Be Patched Against Meltdown, Spectre
    Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: The Meltdown and Spectre bugs have been in the headlines for a couple of weeks now, but it seems the patches are not being installed on handsets. Analysis of more than 100,000 enterprise mobile devices shows…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 12:50am -
  • Google Home and Chromecast Could Be Overloading Your Home Wi-Fi
    Google Cast products could be to blame for your wonky internet connection. According to TP-Link, "The Cast feature normally sends packets of information at regular intervals to keep a live connection with products like Google Home," reports The Verge…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 12:10am -
  • Lyft Says Nearly 250K of Its Passengers Ditched a Personal Car In 2017
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Lyft has a new report out detailing its "economic impact" for 2017, and the document includes a lot of stats on its performance throughout the year. The ride-hailing provider claims 375.5 million r…
    - 11 hours ago, 16 Jan 18, 11:30pm -
  • China Builds 'World's Biggest Air Purifier' That Actually Works
    The South China Morning Post shares an update on the status of an experimental tower in northern China, dubbed the world's biggest air purifier by its operators. According to the scientist leading the project, the tower -- which stands over 328 feet…
    - 12 hours ago, 16 Jan 18, 10:50pm -
  • Bitcoin Plunges Below $12,000 To Six-Week Low Over Crackdown Fears
    Bitcoin plunged to a six-week low Tuesday after comments from South Korea's finance minister renewed worries about a crackdown in one of the largest markets for digital currency trading. In a radio program interview, South Korean Finance Minister Kim…
    - 12 hours ago, 16 Jan 18, 10:10pm -
  • Researchers Uncover Android Malware With Never-Before-Seen Spying Capabilities
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: According to a report published Tuesday by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, "Skygofree" is most likely an offensive security product sold by an Italy-based IT company that markets various survei…
    - 13 hours ago, 16 Jan 18, 9:30pm -
  • France Says 'Au Revoir' to the Word 'Smartphone'
    Hoping to prevent English tech vocabulary from entering the French language, officials have suggested 'mobile multifunction' as an alternative. An anonymous reader shares a report: The official journal of the French Republic, the Journal officiel, ha…
    - 14 hours ago, 16 Jan 18, 8:50pm -
  • The Astronomer Who Is Building the Largest Map of Space by Volume
    An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Astronomer Mark Halpern doesn't come into work every day thinking about the fact that he is leading a team that is creating the biggest map of the universe by volume ever made. But that ambition drives…
    - 14 hours ago, 16 Jan 18, 8:10pm -


  • Uber rival Grab acquires Indian startup to bulk up its mobile payment platform
     Grab, Uber’s main rival in Southeast Asia, is continuing to develop its mobile payment strategy after it announced the acquisition of India-based startup iKaaz. The deal — which is undisclosed — will see iKaaz’s engineering team join the Ba…
    - 35 mins ago, 17 Jan 18, 10:01am -
  • Hike unbundles its messaging app to reach India’s next wave of smartphone users
     How do you compete with the world’s largest chat app in its strongest market? Hike, the Indian messaging app valued at more than $1 billion, is taking a unique approach to battling WhatsApp which involves dismantling its service, layering it on b…
    - 3 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 7:51am -
  • Revolut launches geolocation-powered travel insurance
     Fintech startup Revolut is launching international medical and dental insurance. You can subscribe using the company’s app for £1 per day or more depending on the options. But the best part is that you can set it up and forget about it as Revolu…
    - 4 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 7:01am -
  • Bitconnect, which has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme, shuts down
     Bitconnect, the lending and exchange platform that was long suspected by many in the crypto community of being a Ponzi scheme, has announced it’s shutting down. In a release on its website the platform said the shutdown is attributed to “contin…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 1:58am -
  • Google moves into Shenzhen in latest China expansion
     A month after announcing plans to open its first AI lab in China, Google is expanding again through a move into Shenzhen. The U.S. tech giant has opened an office in the Chinese city, which borders Hong Kong and known for being a global hardware hu…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 1:54am -
  • YouTube tightens the rules around creator monetization and partnerships
     In an effort to regain advertisers’ trust, Google is announcing what it says are “tough but necessary” changes to YouTube monetization. Read More
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 1:06am -
  • TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement
     TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement.…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 12:52am -
  • The Awl is shutting down
     The Awl, the hard-to-classify site that published compelling personal essays, media commentary and much more, announced today that it will be shutting down at the end of January, along with its sister site The Hairpin. The site was founded in 200…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 12:13am -

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  • Video offers peek at ultra-wide Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
    The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope has been a long time in the making when work on its mirrors started in 2007. It's finally coming together, though. The LSST team has released a brief clip showing progress on the Chilean facility as of the end of…
    - 6 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 4:36am -
  • Samsung designed a 2018 Winter Olympics edition Galaxy Note 8
    Samsung has unveiled a sweet-looking Galaxy Note 8 you might never get your hands on. The Korean conglomerate has designed a limited edition version of its extra large phone exclusively for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics participants. It's fitted w…
    - 7 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 3:33am -
  • Dallas Mavericks are the latest pro team to accept cryptocurrency
    You don't just have to attend Sacramento Kings games if you're itching to spend some digital money on a pro sports event. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has confirmed (both to Bloomberg and on Twitter) that his basketball team will start acceptin…
    - 8 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 2:51am -
  • YouTube implements stricter requirements for partners
    YouTube has been under fire for months over inappropriate content masquerading as kid-friendly videos and popular creators acting out of line. Now, Google has introduced stricter requirements for the video platform's YouTube Partners and Preferred pr…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 1:24am -
  • Motorola's 2018 lineup may include an iPhone X lookalike
    Someone might have just spoiled Motorola's 2018 in a big way. Droid Life has posted a trio of leaks which, if accurate, hint at some big changes to the Lenovo brand's smartphone lineup. The headliner would be the Moto X5, and it's not hard to see w…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 12:18am -
  • Curve's payment-switching smart card goes live in the UK
    Like the thought of switching payment methods for a purchase long after you've left the store? You now have a chance to try it. Curve has launched its smart card in the UK, letting you not only consolidate your credit cards (currently just Masterca…
    - 11 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 12:01am -
  • Facebook teams up with 'True Blood' creators for new series
    Facebook's Watch tab won't just be chock-full of sports shows and gaming culture. The social site has ordered 10 episodes of Sacred Lies, an adaptation of the Stephanie Oakes novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly (which, in turn, is an adaptation of th…
    - 11 hours ago, 16 Jan 18, 11:34pm -
  • Ferrari plans to build an electric supercar after all
    Despite Tesla's lead on the electric vehicle market, large automakers spent 2017 announcing they will transition their gas-powered car models to EVs. But other companies selling more elite vehicles are also throwing their hat in the ring. At NAIAS in…
    - 11 hours ago, 16 Jan 18, 11:06pm -