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  • Chinese Space Official Seems Unimpressed With NASA's Lunar Gateway
    schwit1 shares a report from Behind The Black: At a science workshop in Europe this week, Chinese space officials made it clear that they found the concept of NASA Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway (LOP-G) to be unimpressive and uninteresting. Moreover…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 7:00am -
  • Russian Shipwreck Allegedly Carrying $130 Billion In Gold Has Been Rediscovered
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: A salvage company has located the remains of a Russian warship lost during the the Russo-Japanese War. The battle-damaged cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi was scuttled off the coast of Korea in 1905,…
    - 6 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 3:30am -
  • Leaked Documents Show Facebook's 'Threshold' For Deleting Pages, Groups
    Facebook has repeatedly referenced to lawmakers a "threshold" that must be reached before the platform decides to ban a particular page for violating the site's policies, but it hasn't discussed its guidelines publicly. Motherboard has obtained inter…
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 1:30am -
  • Corning's New Gorilla Glass 6 Will Let Your Phones Survive 15 Drops
    Corning just announced its most durable glass yet: Gorilla Glass 6. "The company says that the glass will survive up to 15 drops from a one meter height and can be 'up to two times better' than Gorilla Glass 5," reports The Verge. From the report: As…
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 12:50am -
  • eBay Is Conducting a 'Mass Layoff' In the Bay Area
    eBay is planning to slash nearly 300 jobs from Bay Area locations by July 20, calling the cuts a "mass layoff." Those being laid off were informed at the end of June, reports The Mercury News. The San Jose-based company estimated that it would elimin…
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 12:30am -
  • DeepMind, Elon Musk and Others Pledge Not To Make Autonomous AI Weapons
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Yesterday, during the Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Life Institute announced that more than 2,400 individuals and 160 companies and organizations have signed a pledge, de…
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 12:10am -
  • IBM Wants $167 Million From Groupon Over Alleged Patent Infringement
    On Monday, IBM asked a jury to award the company $167 million in a lawsuit against deals site Groupon for using patented technology without authorization. The patents involve e-commerce technology that had already been licensed to Amazon, Facebook, a…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 11:30pm -
  • Hackers Account For 90 Percent of Login Attempts At Online Retailers
    Hackers account for 90% of of e-commerce sites' global login traffic, according to a report by cyber security firm Shape Security. They reportedly use programs to apply stolen data acquired on the dark web -- all in an effort to login to websites and…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 10:50pm -
  • Zuckerberg: If Someone Gets Fired For Data Abuse 'It Should Be Me'
    Mark Zuckerberg isn't planning to fire himself. At least, not at the moment. From a report: During an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher published Wednesday, the Facebook CEO touched on Russians interfering with US elections, misinformation, data b…
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 10:10pm -
  • Google Warns Android Might Not Remain Free Because of EU Decision
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The EU's decision to force Google to unbundle its Chrome and search apps from Android may have some implications for the future of Android's free business model. In a blog post defending Google's de…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 9:30pm -
  • Robocall Firm Exposes Hundreds of Thousands of US Voters' Records
    An anonymous reader shares a report: RoboCent, a Virginia Beach-based political robocall firm, has exposed the personal details of hundreds of thousands of US voters, according to the findings of a security researcher who stumbled upon the company's…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 8:50pm -
  • British Airways Says Computer Problems Affecting Operations at Heathrow
    British Airways said on Wednesday that its operations at London's Heathrow, Europe's biggest airport, were disrupted because of an issue with a supplier's IT systems. From a report: "We are working with our supplier to resolve the matter and are sorr…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 8:25pm -


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    • Duolingo launches Hindi language course for English speakers
      Today, Duolingo's Hindi language course for English speakers officially launched on its website. The course is not yet available on iOS or Android apps, but it will be making its way to these devices in the future. The course has been in development.…
      - 5 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 4:01am -
    • Hyperloop TT will build a test track in China
      The Hyperloop race is much of a political battle as it is a technical one, with companies grabbing territory like players starting a game of Risk. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the crowdsourced enterprise that has lagged behind rivals in som…
      - 6 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 3:00am -
    • VR standard promises an end to headset connector headaches
      If you've used a wired VR headset, you probably know the connector situation is inconsistent and messy: you frequently have to plug multiple cables into your PC, which is space consuming at best and potentially impractical if you have a laptop. That…
      - 8 hours ago, 19 Jul 18, 1:34am -
    • Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could change
      Spotify isn't as much of a haven from harassment as many might like. Since the service shares your plays with followers by default, it's possible for harassers to keep up with your listening habits and exploit that to their advantage (say, by findin…
      - 10 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 11:14pm -
    • Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play brand is going away
      While it's possible you know Bang & Olufsen for its expensive top-tier TVs, you're likely more familiar with its range of artfully-designed headphones and speakers, especially under its budget-friendly B&O Play sub-brand. But in an annual ear…
      - 11 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 10:27pm -
    • Gorilla Glass 6 gives phones a better shot at surviving multiple drops
      Toughened glass has long protected your phone against a singular drop, but one-and-done isn't how it works in real life -- we've all seen butterfingers users whose device falls to the floor on a seemingly weekly basis. Those not-so-coordinated peopl…
      - 11 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 9:53pm -
    • Robocall company exposes hundreds of thousands of voter records
      Hundreds of thousands of voter records were left exposed on an Amazon S3 bucket, ZDNet reports, this time by Virginia-based robocalling firm Robocent. Among the information that was left accessible were names, home addresses, gender, phone numbers, a…
      - 12 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 9:29pm -
    • Zuckerberg: I didn’t intend to defend Holocaust deniers
      Earlier today, Recode's Kara Swisher released an extensive interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg covering the platform's struggles during a long, scandal-ridden year. Nestled inside was an exchange where Swisher pressed the executive on why it.…
      - 12 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 9:18pm -