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  • New Antibody Attacks 99% of HIV Strains
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus -- making it harder for HIV to resist…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 3:30am -
  • Hackers Using iCloud's Find My iPhone Feature To Remotely Lock Macs, Demand Ransom Payments
    AmiMoJo shares a report from Mac Rumors: Over the last day or two, several Mac users appear to have been locked out of their machines after hackers signed into their iCloud accounts and initiated a remote lock using Find My iPhone. With access to an…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 2:05am -
  • Court Rules That Imported Solar Panels Are Bad For US Manufacturing
    The International Trade Commission has ruled that American companies are being hurt by cheap solar panels from overseas, providing an opportunity for President Donald Trump to tax imports from countries like China. The Verge reports: Today's unanimou…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:25am -
  • Microsoft and Canonical Make Custom Linux Kernel
    Billly Gates writes: Microsoft and Canonical's relationship is getting closer besides Ubuntu for Windows. Azure will soon be offering more customized Ubuntu containers with a MS optimized kernel. Uname -r will show 4.11.0-1011-azure for Ubuntu cloud…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 12:45am -
  • Google Experiment Tests Top 5 Browsers, Finds Safari Riddled With Security Bugs
    An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: The Project Zero team at Google has created a new tool for testing browser DOM engines and has unleashed it on today's top five browsers, finding most bugs in Apple's Safari. Results sho…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 12:05am -
  • Verizon Backtracks Slightly In Plan To Kick Customers Off Network
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon Wireless is giving a reprieve to some rural customers who are scheduled to be booted off their service plans, but only in cases when customers have no other options for cellular service.…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 11:20pm -
  • Walmart Wants To Deliver Groceries Straight To Your Fridge
    New submitter Rick Schumann writes: Walmart has a new marketing idea: "Going to the store? No one has time for that anymore," Walmart says. They want to partner with a company called August Home, who makes smart locks, so a delivery service can liter…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:40pm -
  • Adobe Security Team Accidentally Posts Private PGP Key On Blog
    A member of Adobe's Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) accidentally posted the PGP keys for PSIRT's email account -- both the public and the private keys. According to Ars Technica, "the keys have since been taken down, and a new public…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:00pm -
  • Passwords For 540,000 Car Tracking Devices Leaked Online
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hacker News: Login credentials of more than half a million records belonging to vehicle tracking device company SVR Tracking have leaked online, potentially exposing the personal data and vehicle details o…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:20pm -
  • Oracle Announces Java SE 9 and Java EE 8
    rastos1 writes: Oracle has announced the general availability of Java SE 9 (JDK 9), Java Platform Enterprise Edition 8 (Java EE 8) and the Java EE 8 Software Development Kit (SDK). JDK 9 is a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 9 Platform…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 8:40pm -
  • Move Over Connected Cows, the Internet of Bees Is Here
    A new project is aiming to bring bees online by putting them in tiny "backpacks" so that scientists can track the threatened insect's behaviour and help its survival. From a report: Bees in Manchester initially will be connected to the internet using…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 8:00pm -
  • Nestle Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For
    Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, has been bottling water since 1843 and has grown into the largest seller of bottled water. But a detailed report on Bloomberg uncovers the company's operation in Michigan, revealing that Nestle h…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 7:20pm -


  • Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some
     On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. In most of the states targeted, the hackers…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:57am -
  • iPhone 8 teardown reveals few surprises, but more camera details
     The always hotly anticipated iFixit teardown of the iPhone 8 has arrived, and while it doesn’t harbor much in the way of surprises, there are a few tidbits you may want to know about hiding in there. Especially if you like hearing about things li…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:27am -
  • Forget what you’ve been told about edtech
     Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. The investment de jour? Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” While most of us can appreciate the word…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:00am -
  • I have an SNES Classic Edition, and it rules
     Just in time for a weekend during which I had already planned to do nothing productive, a small package from Nintendo containing what will likely be its hottest item since the NES Classic Edition… which is to say, of course, the SNES Classic Edit…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 11:51pm -
  • CRISPR breakthrough could drop miscarriage rates
     Gene-editing technology CRISPR has revealed a clue in how human embryos begin to develop, possibly reducing the risk of miscarriage in those crucial first few weeks of pregnancy. CRISPR Cas9 can modify or snip out genetic defects thought to contrib…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:14pm -
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark
     If our review didn’t convince you that the cameras in the latest iPhones are something special, perhaps DxOMark’s lab-heavy evaluation process will do the trick. The camera testing site unequivocally states that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:06pm -
  • Facebook drops no-vote stock plan, Zuck will sell shares to fund philanthropy
     Mark Zuckerberg has gotten so rich that he can fund his philanthropic foundation and retain voting control without Facebook having to issue a proposed non-voting class of stock that faced shareholder resistance. Today Facebook announced that it’s…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 8:43pm -
  • How tbh hit #1 by turning anonymity positive
     The innovation of tbh, teen-speak for To Be Honest, was getting rid of the typing. Whether asking or answering questions, open text fields invite abuse when combined with anonymity. Even an innocuous question like “What do you think of me?” can…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 8:25pm -

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  • YouTube’s 'Creators for Change’ premiere at Tribeca's TV Festival
    You can find almost anything on YouTube these days, but with the "Creators for Change" program, the site had a specific goal in mind: Show how its platform could be used for social good. Tonight at the first ever Tribeca TV Festival, YouTube premiere…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 4:19am -
  • Intel's Project Alloy VR headset is dead
    Intel won't be releasing its Project Alloy VR headset platform anytime this year -- in fact, it won't be releasing the technology at all. The tech giant has officially killed the initiative, which aimed to provide partner companies an open reference.…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 3:16am -
  • Nintendo rolls out two-step authentication for online accounts
    Nintendo now supports two-factor verification to its Nintendo Accounts. This adds another layer of security by requiring codes generated from the Google Authenticator app, though it comes years later than most other gaming platforms.
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:44am -
  • Uber's new chief says the company is paying for its bad rep
    New company chief Dara Khosrowshahi has sent out an email to his employees about London, and it shows that the company might truly be under a different kind of leadership now. One that doesn't sound like it'll encourage "hustlin'" and overlook bad be…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 12:14am -
  • Climbkhana: Ken Block explains Pikes Peak assault in latest Gymkhana video
    By Carter JungClimbkhana is clever. And no, not because it's a portmanteau. Rather it's how Ken Block and his merry band of Hoonigan Media Machine misfits took something the internet clearly loves, hooning, and paired it with a picturesque mountain…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 11:05pm -
  • Fitness app company settles with FTC for nearly $1 million
    If you're going to create a mobile app that offers monetary rewards for meeting fitness goals, you should probably make sure you back your promises up. The Pact fitness app offers users a way to incentivize workouts by charging a fee when users miss.…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:04pm -
  • Lenovo’s leaked 25th-anniversary ThinkPad sports a familiar look
    The latest ThinkPad that Lenovo brought to CES back in January had a notably sleeker, more modern appearance than the line's traditional boxy black look. But it kept a couple features, like the red TrackPoint nub and 45-degree ThinkPad logo, that hav…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:39pm -
  • Apple extends iTunes movie rentals to 48 hours
    It used to be that when you rented a movie from Apple's iTunes service, you'd have 24 hours to finish watching it. You could start streaming the rental within 30 days of purchase, of course. Just a couple of weeks after Apple made 4K an affordable op…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:20pm -