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  • Lawsuits Threaten Infosec Research -- Just When We Need it Most
    This year, two security reporters and one researcher will fight for their professional lives in court. Steve Ragan, senior staff writer at tech news site CSO, and Dan Goodin, security editor at Ars Technica, were last year named defendants in two sep…
    - 26 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:40pm -
  • The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data
    Picture this: You're driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering $5 off a pepperoni pie pops up on your dashboard screen. Are you annoyed that your car'…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:00pm -
  • FCC To Officially Rescind Net Neutrality Rules On Thursday
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:00pm -
  • Flixster Video Shuts Down
    After being purchased by Fandango in 2016, Flixster Video is officially shutting down. The site has been sending users regular emails over the past several months about the shutdown, reports Android Police. Now, the site is no longer operational, and…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 10:00am -
  • Barbie Will Be Used To Teach Kids To Code
    Mattel and Tynker are teaming up to launch seven new Barbie-themed coding lessons this coming summer. "The curriculum, aimed at teaching girls about computer programming, will also expose them to potential careers like becoming a veterinarian, astron…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 7:00am -
  • Researchers Develop Online Game That Teaches Players How To Spread Misinformation
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Cambridge researchers have built an online game, simply titled Bad News, in which players compete to become "a disinformation and fake news tycoon." By shedding light on the shady practices, they…
    - 12 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 3:30am -
  • Judge Rules AT&T Can't See Trump White House Communications About Time Warner Merger
    The judge presiding over the Justice Department's attempt to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger has ruled that the White House's private communications on the merger will not be released. The Verge reports: When the department said in November that it…
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:50am -
  • Samsung To Cut OLED Production Due To Poor iPhone X Sales
    Samsung's panel-making division, Samsung Display, is reportedly reducing OLED panel production at its South Chungcheong plant due to lower than expected iPhone X sales. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Samsung now plans to cover 20 million or fewer…
    - 15 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:10am -
  • Venezuela Launches Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency
    Venezuela has launched a cryptocurrency backed by oil in an attempt to bypass tough economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. government. "The 'Petro' is intended to bolster the country's crumbling economy, which has been suffering from hyperinflation a…
    - 16 hours ago, 20 Feb 18, 11:30pm -
  • New Data Shows Netflix's Number of Movies Has Gone Down By Thousands of Titles Since 2010
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: If you thought Netflix's movie selection had been lacking lately, you're right. The streaming service's amount of movies has dipped by over 2,000 titles since 2010, while its number of TV sho…
    - 16 hours ago, 20 Feb 18, 10:50pm -
  • Slashdot Asks: Which Smart Speaker Do You Prefer?
    Every tech company wants to produce a smart speaker these days. Earlier this month, Apple finally launched the HomePod, a smart speaker that uses Siri to answer basic questions and play music via Apple Music. In December, Google released their premiu…
    - 17 hours ago, 20 Feb 18, 10:10pm -
  • The Swype Smartphone Keyboard Is Dead
    XDA Developers is reporting that one of the pioneers in swipe-gestures in mobile keyboard apps, Swype, is dead. Swype's owner, Nuance Communications, has confirmed that they are discontinuing Swype for Android and iOS. From the report: In a post made…
    - 18 hours ago, 20 Feb 18, 9:30pm -


  • Outsourcing management startup 4me announces $1.65 million seed investment led by Storm Ventures
     4me, a startup that helps companies organize and track their IT outsourcing projects, announced a $1.65 million seed investment led by Storm Ventures. The company, which launched in 2010, would seem to be a bit long in tooth to warrant a seed inves…
    - 3 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 3:03pm -
  • Crunchbase opens a marketplace for 3rd-party data in bid to be the ‘master database for companies’
     Last year, when tech-company database Crunchbase (once a part of TechCrunch but since spun out) announced a funding round of $18 million, it previewed plans for a new marketplace where it would sell access to third-party data to supplement its own…
    - 9 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:57pm -
  • Here’s how to make Alexa control a toilet because why not
     Alexa-controlled toilets are a thing in 2018 but cost thousands. An enterprising person can make their own by following these instructions. It takes a bit of work, multiple components and about $750 (plus the cost of the toilet) but the end result…
    - 42 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:24pm -
  • Buttrcup is a risque image site that pays creators
     A site like Buttrcup [NSFW] is hard to explain. Because the world is awash in “risqué” photography, why should we pay creators? And why does the world need another site dedicated to “sexy, risqué and yet not too explicit” content? Sure, b…
    - 59 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:07pm -
  • AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas and Waco first of 12 US cities to get 5G wireless
     AT&T wireless announced on Tuesday the first cities to get its 5G network. The carrier plans on installing 5G in twelve cities by the end of 2018 and on top of the list is Atlanta, Georgia, and Dallas and Waco, Texas. The remaining cities will be a…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:05pm -
  • With $10M in funding, Mabl brings machine learning to software testing
     Mabl, a startup that’s coming out of stealth today, uses machine learning to make functional testing for developers as easy as possible. Mabl users don’t have to write extensive (and often brittle) tests by hand. Instead, they show the applicat…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:00pm -
  • 3D printing marketplace Shapeways names a new CEO
     After months of searching, Shapeways announced today the appointment of Gregory Kress as CEO of the 3D printing marketplace. Kress, the former president and COO of online learning service Open Education, becomes the New York-based company’s secon…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:00pm -
  • Bike-share startup Zagster raises $15 million
     Zagster, the bike-share company behind the Pace brand, has raised a $15 million round led by Edison Capital Partners. The startup has also unveiled its new bike parking system for both shared and personal bikes. “Bikes have always locked to thing…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:00pm -

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  • 'Alto's Odyssey' arrives on the App Store a day early
    The buzz around Alto's Adventure sequel Alto's Odyssey has been brewing for over a year and now it's finally arrived -- a day early. Originally slated for release on February 22, keen-eyed fans have spotted it in the iTunes store today, meaning playe…
    - 25 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:41pm -
  • AI is making more realistic CG animal fur
    Creating realistic animal fur has always been a vexing problem for 3D animators because of the complex way the fibers interact with light. Now, thanks to our ubiquitous friend artificial intelligence, University of California researchers have found a…
    - 44 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:22pm -
  • 'Angry Birds Champions' lets players fling pheasants for real money
    Angry Birds Champions is now available on iOS devices and through the developer's website, allowing players to fling their feathered friends against precarious piles of pigs in a bid to win real money for the first time. The game is accessible throug…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:00pm -
  • US AG creates a new 'Cybersecurity Task Force'
    Days after the Mueller investigation revealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals for election tampering, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Cybersecurity Task Force. Its marching orders are a bit vague -- "canvass the many ways t…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:31pm -
  • Facebook Messenger adds an easy way to start group calls
    If you've ever tried initiating a group voice or video call on Messenger, then you know that it's not intuitive at all. You'd have to hang up on your friend, start a new group convo and then call from within that window to be able to talk to several.…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:00pm -
  • Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch its internet satellite payload (updated)
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 is blasting into the skies today carrying Hisdesat's PAZ satellite, which will spend five and a half years carrying out radar and imaging work for the Spanish government and businesses. The launch, which uses a first stage booster p…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:00pm -
  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 streams music to multiple Bluetooth devices
    Qualcomm's newest flagship platform, the Snapdragon 845, already promises a lot of things to be excited about in terms of its graphics, camera support and AI processing, and now the company has announced a Broadcast Audio function, which will let use…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:30pm -
  • Qualcomm's sample headset teases what's next for mobile VR
    Ahead of Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona next week, Qualcomm has announced a VR headset reference design based on its latest Snapdragon Mobile VR platform. The new system works on the Snapdragon 845, the company's latest pre…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:30pm -