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  • Twitter Bots Are a Major Source of Climate Disinformation
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Twitter accounts run by machines are a major source of climate change disinformation that might drain support from policies to address rising temperatures. In the weeks surrounding former…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 3:30am -
  • US Emissions In 2020 In Biggest Fall Since WWII
    US greenhouse gas emissions tumbled below their 1990 level for the first-time last year as a result of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The BBC reports: A preliminary assessment from research group Rhodium says that overall emissions were do…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 2:02am -
  • Honor Launches First Post-Huawei Phone
    Honor, the Chinese smartphone brand formerly owned by Huawei, launched the V40, its first device since being sold off. CNBC reports: Huawei sold Honor, its budget smartphone brand, in November to a consortium of buyers in China, as a way to help the…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 1:25am -
  • Cloudflare Introduces Free Digital Waiting Rooms For Any Organizations Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines
    Darrell Etherington reports via TechCrunch: Web infrastructure company Cloudflare is releasing a new tool today that aims to provide a way for health agencies and organizations globally tasked with rolling out COVID-19 vaccines to maintain a fair, eq…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 12:45am -
  • Intelligence Analysts Use US Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: A military arm of the intelligence community buys commercially available databases containing location data from smartphone apps and searches it for Americans' past movements without a warr…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 12:02am -
  • FTC Fines Three Ticket Scalping Companies For Illegally Using Bots
    The Federal Trade Commission issued multimillion-dollar fines against three bot-powered ticket scalping operations. The Verge reports: The FTC says these organizations bought over 150,000 event tickets over the past four years, nabbing them with auto…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 11:20pm -
  • Apple Plans Thinner MacBook Air With Magnetic Charger In Mac Lineup Reboot
    According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a thinner and lighter version of the MacBook Air, the company's mass-market laptop. From the report: The new computer is planned to be released during the second half of this year at the earliest or in 2022…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 10:40pm -
  • A Home Security Worker Hacked Into Surveillance Systems To Watch People Have Sex
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A former employee of prominent home security company ADT has admitted that he hacked into the surveillance feeds of dozens of customer homes, doing so primarily to spy on naked women or to leer at uns…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 10:02pm -
  • Boston Globe Will Consider People's Requests To Have Articles About Them Anonymized
    The Boston Globe is starting a new program by which people who feel an article at the newspaper is harmful to their reputation can ask that it be updated or anonymized. From a report: It's reminiscent of the E.U.'s "right to be forgotten," though pot…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 9:21pm -
  • As Bitcoin Price Surges, DDoS Extortion Gangs Return in Force
    Extortion groups that send emails threatening companies with DDoS attacks unless paid a certain fee are making a comeback, security firm Radware warned today. From a report: In a security alert sent to its customers and shared with ZDNet this week, R…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 8:42pm -
  • EU Lawmakers Want Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google CEOs at Feb. 1 Hearing
    EU lawmakers have invited the chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet to a Feb. 1 hearing in Brussels as they try to crack down on the powers of U.S. tech giants. From a report: The European Parliament will in the coming months provi…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 8:02pm -
  • No Cases? No Chance. The Truth About North Korea and Covid-19
    The real impact of Covid-19 on North Korea -- and its citizens -- remains a mystery. Faced with a global health crisis, the country has turned inwards more than ever. From a report: "North Korea, in general, is more difficult to know this year or las…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 7:22pm -


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  • It's the thought that counts.
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  • The real reasons Google is getting into robots
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    - 16 Dec 13, 4:17am -
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    - 9 Dec 13, 2:53am -
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  • Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users
    Facebook isn’t down, but it did start an odd trending topic on Twitter Friday night as confused iPhone owners tried to figure out why the social network logged them out. I haven’t found an explanation for why this happened, but it appears that ev…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 6:17am -
  • Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games
    In one of the first positive Friday night news dumps I can remember, Microsoft has not only reversed course on its poorly-received plan to raise the price for Xbox Live, it’s adding a treat. Soon, for free-to-play games (like Fortnite or Apex Legen…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 5:16am -
  • SpaceX's first 'rideshare' mission will launch a record number of satellites
    The SpaceX Transporter-1 mission set to launch today will put 133 commercial and government spacecraft, as well as 10 more Starlink satellites, in orbit. SpaceX says that’s “the most spacecraft ever deployed on a single mission” — the previou…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 5:15am -
  • NBC is shutting down its sports cable channel as the bundle contracts
    According to reports by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, NBC Sports Group Chairman Pete Bevacqua told staffers in a memo that the NBC Sports Network cable channel is shutting down the end of this year. While it’s unclear what will happen to s…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 3:55am -
  • Amazon will start streaming Robert Kirkman's 'Invincible' on March 26th
    Amazon has shared the first trailer for Invincible. The upcoming adult animated series sees The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun reunite for another project. This time around, Yeun stars as 17-year-old Mark Grayson, who struggles to co…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 11:00pm -
  • The first big 'Cyberpunk 2077' patch has arrived
    As promised, the first of two early-2021 patches for CD Projekt Red’s troubled Cyberpunk 2077 has arrived. This updates the game to version 1.1 on PC, consoles and Stadia, and according to the notes it lays the groundwork for future updates, while…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 10:36pm -
  • Blizzard is gobbling up Vicarious Visions
    Game publisher Activision is folding one of its oldest support studios into Blizzard. On Friday, the company told all 200 team members of Vicarious Visions are now employees of Blizzard. And moving forward, they’ll be “fully ded…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 8:48pm -
  • Democrats ask Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to rework their suggestion algorithms
    A group of more than 30 democratic lawmakers led by Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) are calling on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to make substantive changes to their recommendation algorithms. In three separate letters.…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 7:41pm -