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  • Uber Wins Key Ruling In Its Fight Against Treating Drivers As Employees
    A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that drivers "seeking to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors must arbitrate their claims individually, and not pursue class-action lawsuits," reports Reuters. Ars Technica explains t…
    - 3 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 10:40pm -
  • Safari's 'Siri Suggested' Search Results Highlighted Conspiracy Theories, Fake News
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Apple's Safari, one of the internet's most popular web browsers, has been surfacing debunked conspiracies, shock videos, and false information via its "Siri Suggested Websites" feature. Such res…
    - 4 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 10:00pm -
  • Across The Arctic, Lakes Are Leaking Dangerous Greenhouse Gases
    An anonymous reader shares a report: Set against the austere peaks of the Western Brooks Range, the lake, about 20 football fields in size, looked like it was boiling. Its waters hissed, bubbled and popped as a powerful greenhouse gas escaped from th…
    - 4 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 9:20pm -
  • Firefox Monitor Will Inform You of Data Breaches
    Earlier this year, Mozilla announced Firefox Monitor, a service that will inform you if your online accounts were hacked in a recent data breach. It's now available to general public. A report adds: For the new security-focused tool, Mozilla partnere…
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 8:41pm -
  • Fedora 29 Beta Now Available For Download With Improved Raspberry Pi Support
    The Fedora Project announced Tuesday the beta availability of Fedora 29 -- the latest version of the free and open-source Fedora OS. From a report: It features updated packages, improved support for Raspberry Pi, and more. "Highlighting Fedora 29 Bet…
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 8:01pm -
  • Myst, One of the Most Influential Games Ever, Turns 25
    harrymcc writes: On September 24, 1993, Myst debuted as a CD-ROM game for the Mac. The mysterious, puzzle-laden adventure went on to become the best-selling game title of its era, inspiring a devoted following and multiple sequels. But for all the pe…
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 7:19pm -
  • Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You.
    Despite its advanced age, Cobol is still the most prevalent programming language in the financial-services industry world-wide. Software programmed in Cobol powers millions of banking transactions every day and underpins critical computer mainframes.…
    - 7 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 6:40pm -
  • Internet Society Partners with Facebook To Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa
    The Internet Society, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today announced that it is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exchange Points (IXP) throughout Africa. From a press…
    - 8 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 6:00pm -
  • Trump Administration Asks For Public Input on Data Privacy
    The federal government wants to know the best way to protect your privacy online. On Tuesday, the Department of Commerce released a request for public comments as it outlined the Trump administration's approach to consumer data privacy. A report adds…
    - 8 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 5:23pm -
  • A Nuclear Startup Will Fold After Failing To Deliver Reactors That Run on Spent Fuel
    Transatomic Power, an MIT spinout that drew wide attention and millions in funding, is shutting down almost two years after the firm backtracked on bold claims for its design of a molten-salt reactor. From a report: The company, founded in 2011, plan…
    - 9 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 4:41pm -
  • Qualcomm Accuses Apple of Stealing Trade Secrets and Giving Them To Intel
    Mark Wilson writes: Chip-maker Qualcomm has today accused Apple of stealing trade secrets and sharing them with Intel. The company alleges that Apple wanted Intel to be able to improve its own chips so it could move away from using Qualcomm's. Qualco…
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 4:00pm -
  • Facebook's Plan To Let Companies It Buys Live Independently is Over
    Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch: Mark Zuckerberg was quick to realize that Facebook, the largest social network in the world, doesn't have a monopoly on all users nor can it bank on holding its position as top dog forever. Thus he instituted a po…
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 3:21pm -


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    • Xbox One mouse and keyboard support is coming with Razer's help
      Yes, the rumors were true. Microsoft has confirmed that it's weeks away from adding mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One (initially for Insiders), and it's enlisting some help from none other than Razer. The gaming-oriented brand will provide…
      - 3 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 10:37pm -
    • Facebook and Sphero team up to offer coding robots to schools
      Facebook has announced a new initiative that aims to teach coding skills to more school kids. Targeting primarily underrepresented student groups — such as Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native American and female demographics — CodeFWD will all…
      - 4 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 10:03pm -
    • Trump administration suggests firmer controls on data privacy
      The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has laid out the Trump administration's approach to bolstering data privacy. The agency is seeking to strike a balance between increased consumer protection and affording companies…
      - 4 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 9:44pm -
    • Switch Online cloud saves last six months after your subscription ends
      When Nintendo launched Switch Online, it raised more than a few alarm bells over its attitude toward cloud saves. Based on the FAQ, your saved games would vanish from the internet the moment your membership expired. Not much of a safety net, is it? T…
      - 4 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 9:21pm -
    • Face scanning in US airports is rife with technical problems
      If you've had misgivings about the effectiveness of Homeland Security's airport face scanning (let alone the privacy implications), you're not alone. The department's Inspector General has issued a report warning that the scanning system is struggli…
      - 5 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 9:02pm -
    • Watch Will Smith's Grand Canyon helicopter bungee jump at 6 PM ET
      Of all the things you could possibly be doing on a Tuesday afternoon, watching a live stream of Will Smith bungee jumping out of a helicopter is probably not among the worst. Oh, and he's doing the stunt over the Grand Canyon on his 50th birthday. No…
      - 5 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 8:38pm -
    • Fujifilm's rotating lens projector adjusts to your viewing space
      If you need to adjust your projector to get a better picture or beam to a different part of the room, you don't have many choices -- you might only have slight adjustments to the lens itself, and might have to move the entire projector in some cases.…
      - 6 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 8:13pm -
    • Uber pledges to cap trip pricing during major emergencies
      Today, Uber outlined a new set of guidelines regarding how the company will respond in the event of a crisis, such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The company's Global Security Center (GSC) monitors conditions in every area that Uber opera…
      - 6 hours ago, 25 Sep 18, 7:54pm -