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  • Offices Resort To Sensors In Futile Attempts To Keep Workers Apart
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Millions of workers in recent months have returned to offices outfitted with new pandemic protocols meant to keep them healthy and safe. But temperature checks and plexiglass barriers between desks…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Oct 20, 3:30am -
  • 'Hands-On With Amazon's Luna Game Streaming Service'
    Last month, Amazon announced a gaming platform called Luna that lets users play games via the cloud. The company is rolling out early access today, starting with a library of 50 games and support for Mac, PC, Fire TV, and iOS devices. The Verge's Cha…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 20, 2:02am -
  • GM To Invest More Than $2 Billion In US Manufacturing To Increase Electric Vehicle Production
    General Motors is investing about $2.2 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations, largely to increase production of electric vehicles, the company announced Tuesday. CNBC reports: The investment is the latest for the Detroit automaker as it pivots…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Oct 20, 1:25am -
  • Microsoft Releases Chromium-Based Edge Preview For Linux
    Last month, Microsoft officials said they'd release a preview of the new Chromium-based Edge browser for Linux some time in October. On October 20, Microsoft made good on the promise, making available the Edge Dev Channel build for Linux. ZDNet repor…
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Oct 20, 12:45am -
  • FCC To Delay $9 Billion Rural Broadband Push To Fix Data Flaws
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: The Federal Communications Commission is poised to delay $9 billion in rural 5G subsidies for 18 to 24 months so it can fix mapping flaws that bar the agency from determining which areas need th…
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Oct 20, 12:02am -
  • NASA's OSIRIS-REX Makes Historic Touchdown On Asteroid Bennu To Collect Rock Samples
    NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) sample return spacecraft has successfully touched the asteroid Bennu and collected a 2-oz sample of its surface. New Atlas reports: Launched atop a…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 11:20pm -
  • 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Won't Air On Broadcast TV This Year
    "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" will no longer air on broadcast TV this year, but it can be streamed on Apple+. This marks the first time since 1965 that the Peanuts special won't air on TV. reports: Instead of airing on broadcast…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 10:40pm -
  • Adblockers Installed 300,000 Times Are Malicious and Should Be Removed Now
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Adblocking extensions with more than 300,000 active users have been surreptitiously uploading user browsing data and tampering with users' social media accounts thanks to malware its new owner in…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 10:02pm -
  • Google Locks In Search Monopoly With $1 Billion To Carriers
    Google doled out more than $1 billion last year to U.S. mobile carriers to distribute its search engine, according to the landmark antitrust lawsuit from the Justice Department. From a report: The DOJ suit, filed Tuesday, details several methods Goog…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 9:28pm -
  • Backblaze Hard Drive Stats Q3 2020
    Backblaze's Q3 2020 hard drive stats: As of September 30, 2020, Backblaze had 153,727 spinning hard drives in our cloud storage ecosystem spread across four data centers. Of that number, there were 2,780 boot drives and 150,947 data drives. This revi…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 8:50pm -
  • Mysterious Hackers Donating Stolen Money
    A hacking group is donating stolen money to charity in what is seen as a mysterious first for cyber-crime that's puzzling experts. smooth wombat writes: Darkside hackers claim to have extorted millions of dollars from companies, but say they now want…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 8:10pm -
  • NASA's OSIRIS-REx Will Land On an Asteroid To Bring Home Rocks and Dust
    Imagine parallel parking a 15-passenger van into just two to three parking spaces surrounded by two-story boulders. On Oct. 20, a University of Arizona-led NASA mission 16 years in the making will attempt the astronomical equivalent more than 200 mil…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 7:30pm -


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    We hope you have a very, merry Christmas!
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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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  • 'Pokémon Go' gets AR Mapping tasks to enable more realistic effects
    Pokémon Go players may see a new tag marking some PokéStops next time they check the app. Niantic has officially launched AR Mapping tasks for level 20 Trainers and up, almost five months after the company announced that it’s launching the featur…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Oct 20, 5:03am -
  • Quibi chairman reportedly looked into selling its content library
    Not sure about whether or not Quibi will make it? The mobile-first video service with its “quick bites” content approach and Turnstyle technology for portrait or landscape viewing has failed to make much of an impact on viewers this year. Execs b…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Oct 20, 3:38am -
  • GMC's 1000HP Hummer EV is an 'all-electric supertruck'
    During a livestream Tuesday coinciding with the start of the first game of the World Series, GMC executives took to a virtual stage and unveiled the first new Hummer model in more than a decade and the first ever to sport an electric power plant. Plu…
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Oct 20, 12:13am -
  • AOC's 'Among Us' Twitch stream peaked at over 435,000 viewers
    About a year ago the campaign for Donald Trump joined Twitch to push promotional live streams, and tonight, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will host her first stream on the service. Trump’s foray into Twitch streaming was curious after…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 11:47pm -
  • Ford will use its Escape SUV to power a self-driving car service
    With the unveiling of its latest autonomous test vehicle, Ford believes it’s one step closer to offering a commercial self-driving car service (via NBC News). In a new Medium post, the automaker detailed its fourth-generation autonomous test vehicl…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 10:38pm -
  • NASA's OSIRIS-REx successfully collected bits of an orbiting asteroid
    NASA made history on Tuesday afternoon as its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully “tagged” the asteroid, 101955 Bennu, and in doing so collected a small sample of regolith from the passing celestial body’s surface. This marks the first time that…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 10:15pm -
  • One-time Foursquare competitor Gowalla is coming back as an AR app
    We’ll forgive you if you don’t remember Gowalla. It was a short-lived Fourspace competitor Facebook acquired in 2011 for a modest $3 million. Well, it turns out Gowalla is coming back as a social app with an augmented reality twist thanks to the…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 9:20pm -
  • Snap is adding new users and growing its ad business during the pandemic
    While the coronavirus pandemic has hit the ad industry hard, Snap seems to be navigating it just fine. Snapchat app added 11 million new users, according to its third-quarter earnings report, bringing its total daily active users up to 249 million. M…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 20, 9:05pm -