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Notre Dame Official Says 'Computer Glitch' Could Be Fire Culprit  

A "computer glitch" may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, Associated Press reported Friday, citing the cathedral's rector. From the report: Speaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that "we may find out what happened in two or three months." On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire. French newspaper Le

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2019-04-19 18:01:00



Microsoft Debuts Bosque, a New Programming Language With No Loops, Inspired by TypeScript  

Microsoft has introduced a new open source programming language called Bosque that aspires to be simple and easy to understand by embracing algebraic operations and shunning techniques that create complexity. From a report: Bosque was inspired by the syntax and types of TypeScript and the semantics of ML and Node/JavaScript. It's the brainchild of Microsoft computer scientist Mark Marron, who describes the language as an effort to move beyond the structured programming model that became popular

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2019-04-19 17:24:00



Millions of Rehab Records Exposed on Unsecured Database  

Records for potentially tens of thousands of patients seeking treatment at several addiction rehabilitation centers were exposed in an unsecured online database, an independent researcher revealed Friday. From a report: The 4.91 million documents included patients' names, as well as details of the treatments they received, according to Justin Paine, the researcher. Each patient had multiple records in the database, and Paine estimates that the records may cover about 145,000 patients. Paine noti

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2019-04-19 16:44:00



Windows 8 Will No Longer Get App Updates After This Summer  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Last year, Microsoft announced when it would be killing app updates and distribution in the Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8.x. At the time, the blog post stated that Windows Phone 8.x devices would stop receiving app updates after July 1, 2019, while Windows 8.x devices would get app updates through July 1, 2023. However, it seems as though plans have changed a little bit, as the blog post has quietly been updated earlier this month. Microso

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2019-04-19 16:01:00



HDD Shipments Fell Nearly 13% in the First Quarter of 2019, 18% Since Last Year  

Suren Enfiajyan writes: HDD shipments are continuing to decline. This is about all major HDD vendors with WDC with the most decline yearly -- 26.1% against 11.3% (Toshiba) and 14.4% (Seagate). Desktop HDD shipments are said to have fallen to just 24.5 million units, a drop of nearly 4 million units from the previous quarter. Laptop HDD shipments dropped more than 6 million units to hit the 37 million mark. Enterprise HDDs are said to have rebounded by nearly 1 million units, however, to around 1

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2019-04-19 15:20:00



The Quest To Save the Banana From Extinction  

Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. From a report: In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled US$400m. And the disease threatens not only the livelihoods of everyone in this US$44 billion industry but also the 400m people in developing countries who depend on bananas for a substantial proportion of their calorie intake. However, there may be hope. In an attempt to save

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2019-04-19 14:40:00



After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans' Levees Are Sinking  

An anonymous reader shares a report: The $14 billion network of levees and floodwalls that was built to protect greater New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was a seemingly invincible bulwark against flooding. But now, 11 months after the Army Corps of Engineers completed one of the largest public works projects in world history, the agency says the system will stop providing adequate protection in as little as four years because of rising sea levels and shrinking levees. The growing vulnerabilit

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2019-04-19 14:00:00



Doctors Used HIV To Develop Cure For 'Bubble Boy' Disease  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: U.S. scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or "bubble boy" disease. The babies, born with little to no immune protection, now have fully functional immune systems. Untreated babies with this disorder have to live in completely sterile conditions and tend to die as infants. The gene therapy involved collecting the babies' bone marrow and correcting the genetic defect in th

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2019-04-19 13:00:00



Get a 4-pack of Wi-Fi smart outlets for $18 - CNET  

These app-powered plugs can also be controlled via smart speakers. Plus: Get a two-month SiriusXM streaming subscription for just a buck.

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2019-04-19 12:51:23



Carl's Jr. stirs the pot with CBD burger on 4/20 - CNET  

The Rocky Mountain High Cheese Burger Delight has some truly special sauce.

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2019-04-19 12:23:53



How do you hire a great growth marketer?  

Editors Note: This article is part of a series that explores the world of growth marketing for founders.

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2019-04-19 11:57:17



How to post to Instagram from a computer video - CNET  

Here's a simple trick for editing photos for posting from a desktop computer.

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2019-04-19 11:43:03



iPhone XS specs vs. XR, XS Max, X: What's the same and different - CNET  

See how Apple's new 2018 iPhones compare with the original iPhone X, spec by spec.

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2019-04-19 11:07:50



BlackBerry Messenger to shut down in May: What you need to know - CNET  

The consumer version of the app is closing its digital doors.

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2019-04-19 10:21:18



Millions of rehab records exposed on unsecured database - CNET  

Exclusive: The data included patient names and treatments.

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2019-04-19 10:08:21



BlackBerry Messenger To Shut Down In May  

The consumer version of Blackberry Messenger is shutting down May 31. CNET reports: Emtek, the company BlackBerry partnered with in 2016 to run the consumer version of the messaging app, said in a blog post Thursday that the technology industry is "very fluid" and despite "substantial efforts," users have moved on to other platforms. "We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date," Emtek said. Mark Wilson, BlackBerry's chief marketing officer

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2019-04-19 10:00:00



Roav Bolt puts the power of Google Assistant in your car video - CNET  

It's like a Google Home Mini meets Chromecast for your ride.

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2019-04-19 09:47:47



7 all-in-one home security systems to watch your place 24/7 - CNET  

Want an easy home security solution? Try one of these all-in-one systems.

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2019-04-19 09:04:08



Apple AirPods 2 deal: $139.99 (save $19) - CNET  

It's not much, but it's still the lowest price anywhere right now. The catch? Costco members only.

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2019-04-19 07:42:48



TESS Discovers Its First Earth-Sized Planet  

Iwastheone shares a report from MIT News: NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet. The planet, named HD 21749c, is the smallest world outside our solar system that TESS has identified yet. In a paper published today in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters, an MIT-led team of astronomers reports that the new planet orbits the star HD 21749 -- a very nearby star, just 52 light years from Earth. The star also hosts a second planet -- H

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2019-04-19 07:00:00



ProcessOut improves payment data visualization  

ProcessOut has grown quite a lot since I first covered the startup. The company now has a ton of small and big clients, from Glovo to Vente-Privee and Dashlane. The company has become an expert on payment providers and payment analytics. The core of the product remains the same. Clients sign up to get an […]

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2019-04-19 06:52:01



Free camera and save 15% on a SimpliSafe security system - CNET  

The camera is a $99 value and the systems start at under $200.

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2019-04-19 06:46:37



Verified Expert Brand Designer: Ramotion  

Ramotion is a remote branding and product design agency that has worked with Bay Area tech startups since 2014. While they typically do branding for funded, fast-growing startups, Ramotion has helped companies ranging from Bitmoji's early brand identity to Mozilla's rebrand. We spoke to Ramotion's CEO Denis Pakhaliuk about their iterative approach, his favorite branding […]

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2019-04-19 06:45:25



Uber self-driving tech group receives $1B investment led by Toyota - Roadshow  

Toyota and Uber are working on self-driving minivans.

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2019-04-19 06:43:07



Foxconn recommits to Wisconsin plant, despite governor's doubts - CNET  

The company says it's still focused on job creation in the Badger State.

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2019-04-19 06:37:48



2019 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio NRING celebrates the cars' lap times - Roadshow  

Alfa Romeo is building 110 special-edition cars for the US.

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2019-04-19 06:19:15



Security flaw in French government messaging app exposed confidential conversations  

The French government just launched its own messaging app called Tchap in order to protect conversations from hackers, private companies and foreign entities. But Elliot Alderson, also known as Baptiste Robert, immediately found a security flaw. He was able to create an account even though the service is supposed to be restricted to government officials. […]

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2019-04-19 06:08:20



2020 Ford Escape brings car-like looks to New York - Roadshow  

It'll be available as both a hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

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2019-04-19 05:45:39



Netflix says it's testing a shuffle feature for when you don't know what to watch  

Netflix is testing a new feature that can help you start streaming when you don’t know what to watch. The company confirmed it’s testing a shuffle mode of sorts, which will allow you to easily click on a popular show to start playing a random episode. The idea with the feature is to offer an […]

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2019-04-19 05:41:26



Finding the best portable humidifiers for dry skin, sinus relief and sore throats - CNET  

Your skin, sinuses and lungs will thank you.

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2019-04-19 05:36:54



Source Code of Iranian Cyber-Espionage Tools Leaked on Telegram  

In an incident reminiscent of the Shadow Brokers leak that exposed the NSA's hacking tools, someone has now published similar hacking tools belonging to one of Iran's elite cyber-espionage units, known as APT34, Oilrig, or HelixKitten. From a report: The hacking tools are nowhere near as sophisticated as the NSA tools leaked in 2017, but they are dangerous nevertheless. The tools have been leaked since mid-March on a Telegram channel by an individual using the Lab Dookhtegan pseudonym. Besides h

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2019-04-19 05:30:00



Apple could be adding Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time to macOS  

Apple wants to add more iOS features to macOS according to a report from 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo. And it starts with improvements to Siri. While Siri has been available on macOS for a while, it feels like a scaled-down version of Siri. Sure, you can ask for the weather, NBA scores or a word translation. […]

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2019-04-19 05:03:07



Best power banks and battery packs for iPhone - CNET  

Looking for a pocket-size power bank for charging your iPhone on the go? Here are some top picks.

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2019-04-19 05:01:04



Former Saab factory gets new life building solar-powered electric cars - Roadshow  

A German startup will build its all-electric hatchback in Trollhättan.

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2019-04-19 04:49:11



Boeing completes test flights for 737 Max software fix - CNET  

The company's CEO says the updated MCAS software is in its final form after 127 test flights.

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2019-04-19 04:39:41



Man asks for Pixel 3 refund, gets 10 pink replacements instead - CNET  

Talk about a shipping screwup.

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2019-04-19 04:32:42



Dodge recalls 298,000 Dart sedans for bad shift-cable bushings - Roadshow  

It only affects vehicles with automatic transmissions.

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2019-04-19 04:26:14



Galaxy Fold fragile screens and more: The good and bad of Samsung's new foldable phone - CNET  

Our Galaxy Fold screen is in good shape, and the ongoing review continues.

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2019-04-19 04:23:12



Sequoia reveals first cohort for its 'Surge' accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia  

Back in January, Sequoia India announced plans for its first early-stage startup accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia, and today the firm revealed the first cohort of 17 startups. To recap, the program — which is called Surge — gives each startup a $1.5 million check and participation in a four-month program that’s split […]

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2019-04-19 04:20:54



Galaxy Fold screens are breaking: What's going on and what to do if you bought one - CNET  

We've asked Samsung, AT&T and T-Mobile what they'll do to support Galaxy Fold preorders if something goes wrong -- we're still waiting to hear the answer.

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2019-04-19 04:15:21



This 59-hour Marvel movie marathon might just break me - CNET  

It's been nice knowing you all.

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2019-04-19 03:37:31



Global Attention Span Is Narrowing and Trends Don't Last As Long, Study Reveals  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: It's just as you suspected; the information age has changed the general attention span. A recently published study from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark suggests the collective global attention span is narrowing due to the amount of information that is presented to the public. Released on Monday in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the study shows people now have more things to focus on -- but often focus on thi

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2019-04-19 03:30:00



Where to find downloaded files on your Android phone - CNET  

Can't find that document you just downloaded on your phone? We got you.

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2019-04-19 03:13:10



Avengers: Endgame -- My race to watch all Marvel movies hits the homestretch - CNET  

Update: 17 movies down, four to go. It's been a wild ride, and I've managed to stay spoiler-free... so far.

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2019-04-19 02:47:09



Uber's self-driving car unit raises $1B from Toyota, Denso and Vision Fund ahead of spin-out  

Uber’s has confirmed it will spin out its self-driving car business after the unit closed $1 billion in funding from Toyota, auto-parts maker Denso and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. The development has been speculated for some time — as far back as October — and it serves to both remove a deeply-unprofitable unit from the main […]

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2019-04-19 02:45:11



Beyoncé documentary Homecoming hits Netflix - CNET  

Did you know there's a film about Beyonce's 2018 Coachella performance? Yup.

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2019-04-19 02:20:51



BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition is out in the US and you'll pay $50 more for it - CNET  

The extra dough pays for an additional 64GB of memory and red earbuds.

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2019-04-19 02:20:12



Daily Crunch: Zoom and Pinterest go public  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Zoom pops 81 percent in Nasdaq debut Thursday was a big day for tech IPOs, with Zoom opening trading at $65 […]

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2019-04-19 02:14:49



You can order the Mueller report for free as an e-book for iPhone, Android and iPad - CNET  

Barnes & Noble will let you download the redacted report as a free e-book on the Nook app.

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2019-04-19 02:14:08



2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel is rated for 30 mpg highway - Roadshow  

Pricing for the new diesel-fired Mazda starts at $41,000, plus $1,045 for destination.

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2019-04-19 01:40:04



Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine is considering book-themed subscription boxes  

Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine already has its hands in movies, television, Apple TV+ shows, podcasts, Audible originals, books and more. Now it’s weighing an entry into the subscription box business to further capitalize on its brand and its appeal to women. The subscription boxes under consideration would operate out of Reese’s Book Club […]

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2019-04-19 01:33:36



Jerrie Cobb, America's first female astronaut candidate, dies at 88 - CNET  

Cobb didn't make it to space but helped forge a path for women in space programs.

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2019-04-19 01:08:34



Amazon Will No Longer Sell Chinese Goods In China  

Amazon announced today that it will close its marketplace in China in the coming months, meaning Amazon customers in the country will no longer be able to buy goods from Chinese merchants. "Amazon did not explain why it was withdrawing its marketplace service, saying only it will instead focus on selling goods shipped from other countries into China," reports CNN. From the report: "We are notifying sellers we will no longer operate a marketplace on Amazon.cn, and we will no longer be providing s

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2019-04-19 00:50:00



Why Juul and Republican Lawmakers Want To Raise the Minimum Vaping Age To 21  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a new bill today that would block all tobacco and vape purchases for Americans under 21 years old, citing widespread public health risks. Surprisingly, vaping companies don't appear to be too concerned, as Juul's CEO Kevin Burns issued this statement supporting the measure: "JUUL Labs is committed to eliminating combustible cigarettes, the number one cause of preventable death in the world and to accomplish that goal, we must restrict youth usage

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2019-04-19 00:10:00



The Source Code For All Infocom Text Adventure Classics Has Been Released  

You can now download the source code of every Infocom text adventure game, thanks to archivist Jason Scott who uploaded the code to GitHub. "There are numerous repositories under the name historicalsource, each for a different game," reports Ars Technica. "Titles include, but are not limited to, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Planetfall, Shogun, and several Zork games -- plus some more unusual inclusions like an incomplete version of Hitchhiker's sequel The Restaurant at the End of the Un

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2019-04-18 23:30:00



First Japan-Built Airliner In 50 Years Takes On Boeing and Airbus  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the global air travel network. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington, to satisfy that demand. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s new airliner is testing the skies just as rivals are moving to sell off their manufacturing operations for jets with up to 160 seats. Boei

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2019-04-18 22:50:00



Netflix Will Invest Up To $100 Million In a NYC Production Hub  

Netflix is establishing an NYC production hub that will include six sound stages in Brooklyn and an expanded office in Manhattan's Flatiron District. "It should create 'hundreds of jobs' (including 127 executive, marketing and production development roles) over the next five years, and should foster up to $100 million in investments, according to Governor Cuomo," reports Engadget. From the report: The sound stages will also have the capacity for "thousands" of jobs, Cuomo said, although that's l

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2019-04-18 22:10:00



Facebook now says its password leak affected 'millions' of Instagram users  

Facebook has confirmed its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” as first thought. The social media giant confirmed the new information in its updated blog post, first published on March 21. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company […]

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2019-04-18 21:34:53



Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Chair For a Software Developer?  

AmiMoJo writes: It's time to buy a new chair so I'm turning to Slashdot for recommendations. The Herman Miller Aeron seems to be the go-to, much like the Model M for keyboards, but I've heard that there are some other good options on the market. I need something that is comfortable and durable -- too many chairs get squeaky and loose because I can't sit still and keep shifting my weight around. Many are difficult to maintain as well, e.g. the screws attacking the back are often under plastic att

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2019-04-18 21:30:00



Ajit Pai Proposes Blocking China-Owned Telecom From US Phone Market  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed denying China Mobile USA's application to offer telecom services in the U.S., saying the Chinese government-owned company poses a security risk. The FCC is scheduled to vote on an order to deny the application at its open meeting on May 9, and Pai yesterday announced his opposition to China Mobile entering the U.S. market. "After reviewing the evidence in this proceeding, including the input provided by oth

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2019-04-18 20:52:00



MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% of Its Subscribers in Less Than a Year, Leaked Documents Reveal  

MoviePass users apparently hit the exits en masse after it scaled back the number of movies users could see each month. From a report: The flailing cinema-subscription provider has seen its subscriber rolls plunge from a peak of more than 3 million to just 225,000 in under a year, according to a new report. The numbers were reported by Business Insider, which cited "internal data" it had obtained. Asked for comment, a MoviePass spokeswoman declined to confirm the subscriber figure. In June 2018,

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2019-04-18 20:11:00



The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries  

If we're going to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we'll need an energy revolution. But there's a big problem. Making that future a reality will, among other things, require a lot of batteries: batteries to charge our electric cars; batteries to store solar power collected while the sun's up and wind power harnessed when it's gusty out. And as a new report by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney warns, that's likely to drive demand for the metals used to build green

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2019-04-18 19:30:00



IBM Halting Sales of Watson AI Tool For Drug Discovery Amid Sluggish Growth  

Citing lackluster financial performance, IBM is halting development and sales of a product that uses its Watson AI software to help pharmaceutical companies discover new drugs, news outlet Stat reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the company's internal decision-making. From the report: The decision to shut down sales of Watson for Drug Discovery marks the highest-profile retreat in the company's effort to apply artificial intelligence to various areas of health care. Last year, t

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2019-04-18 18:51:00



Facebook Quietly Updates Last Month's Security Disclosure To Add That 'Millions' of Instagram Users Are Also Impacted  

Last month, Facebook disclosed that hundreds of millions of users on its platform had their account passwords stored in plain text -- in some cases going back to 2012 -- and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees. Today, the company quietly updated that blog post to reveal that Instagram users are also impacted. It said, in the update: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impa

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2019-04-18 18:13:00



Google's Ivan Poupyrev shows off Jacquard, which connects his Levi's jacket to the cloud  

Ivan Poupyrev, the technical projects lead at Google's Advanced Technology and Projects division, just gave a TED talk that was simultaneously a presentation and a demo of new technology. Poupyrev was showing off Jacquard, a device that allowed him to use the sleeve of his jacket as a controller for his presentation slides. Google has […]

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2019-04-18 18:07:07



Some Internet Outages Predicted For the Coming Month as '768k Day' Approaches  

An internet milestone known as "768k Day" is getting closer and some network administrators are shaking in their boots fearing downtime caused by outdated network equipment. From a report: The fear is justified, and many companies have taken precautions to update old routers, but some cascading failures are still predicted. The term 768k Day comes from the original mother of all internet outages known as 512k Day. [...] Many legacy routers received emergency firmware patches that allowed network

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2019-04-18 17:33:00



Rey proposed to Kylo Ren at Star Wars Celebration Chicago - CNET  

I met Reylo at the Star Wars event and didn't even know it.

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2019-04-18 16:58:37



Working backwards to uncover key success factors  

If you're a SaaS business,  you're likely overwhelmed with data and an ever-growing list of acronyms that purport to unlock secret keys to your success. But like most things,  tracking with you do has very little impact on what you actually do.

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2019-04-18 16:41:09



Google Chrome To Get a Reader Mode  

Google's Chrome browser will get a Reader Mode, similar to the one found in competing browsers like Firefox and the old Microsoft Edge. From a report: The feature is currently under development, but Chrome Canary users can test it starting today. Chrome's Reader Mode will work by stripping pages of most of their useless content, such as ads, comments sections, or animations, and leave a bare-bones version behind, showing only titles, article text, and article images. Work on the feature started

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2019-04-18 16:41:00



Homecoming review: Beyoncé film brings fireworks to Netflix - CNET  

Beychella will stand the test of time as the definitive and declarative Beyonce performance, and now we can witness history being made in our homes.

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2019-04-18 16:32:15



Instagram might hide how many likes you get - CNET  

It'd shift the focus to the content being shared, rather than how popular it is, the company reportedly said.

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2019-04-18 16:20:15



How Squishy Robotics created a robot that can be safely dropped out of a helicopter  

If you want to build a robot that can fall hundreds of feet and be no worse the wear, legs are pretty much out of the question. The obvious answer, then, is a complex web of cable-actuated rods. Obvious to Squishy Robotics, anyway, whose robots look delicate but are in fact among the most durable out there.

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2019-04-18 16:15:02



Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Tech Companies Can Regulate Themselves  

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a new interview rejected the notion that Capitol Hill has a role to play in regulating big tech companies, breaking with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent willingness to work with lawmakers. From a report: "The problem is if you write a rule, inevitably, you fix the solution on a specific solution, but the technology moves so quickly," Schmidt says. "It's generally better to let the tech companies do these things," he adds. Schmidt, who ran Google from 2001

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2019-04-18 16:00:00



Pinterest is up more than 25% in its first day of trading  

Pinterest is the latest high-profile tech unicorn to go public.

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2019-04-18 15:53:20



Industrial robotics giant Fanuc is using AI to make automation even more automated  

Industrial automation is already streamlining the manufacturing process, but first those machines must be painstakingly trained by skilled engineers. Industrial robotics giant Fanuc wants to make robots easier to train, therefore making automation more accessible to a wider range of industries, including pharmaceuticals. The company announced a new artificial intelligence-based tool at TechCrunch’s Robotics + […]

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2019-04-18 15:40:13



Mueller report is No. 1 politics book on Amazon - CNET  

The 450-page report takes four out of the top 10 spots on the Political Conservatism & Liberalism bestseller list.

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2019-04-18 15:29:13



The Mueller Report  

Almost two years after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign, his report -- a redacted version of it -- is finally out [PDF]. [Update: Here's a PDF file of the report that supports search functionality.] Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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2019-04-18 15:19:00



Galaxy Fold screen meltdown: What's happening with Samsung's foldable phone and what to do if your ordered one - CNET  

We've asked Samsung, AT&T and T-Mobile what they'll do to support Galaxy Fold preorders if something goes wrong -- we're still waiting to hear the answer.

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2019-04-18 15:17:15



Russian hacked 'at least one' Florida county prior to 2016 election  

Russian operatives successfully targeted and hacked “at least one” Florida county government in the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to new findings by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The report, published Thursday by the Justice Department, said the county was targeted by the Russian intelligence service, known as the GRU. The hackers […]

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2019-04-18 15:10:39



Netflix to open a production hub in New York and invest up to $100 million in the city  

Start spreading the news. Netflix is coming to New York City in a big way. The streaming media service has committed to invest up to $100 million to build a production hub and hire hundreds of new staffers in the Big Apple, according to a statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Netflix’s new production hub […]

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2019-04-18 14:45:47



Ubuntu 19.04 'Disco Dingo' Released  

Canonical today announced the release of Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo." With Linux 5.0 and GNOME 3.32, Disco Dingo features performance improvements and visual tweaks. Whether or not you upgrade, Disco Dingo lays the groundwork for future long term support releases of Ubuntu. From a report: Keep in mind, version 19.04 is not LTS (Long Term Support), meaning it is only supported until January 2020. "Ubuntu 19.04 introduces GNOME 3.32 with higher frame rates, smoother startup animations, quicker icon

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2019-04-18 14:40:00



Google Offers Europeans Choice To Download Rival Web Browser  

Google said today it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling. From a report: Starting Thursday and following a software update, users in the EU opening Google's mobile app store will be presented with a choice of alternatives to Google search and Chrome. The Alphabet unit said options will vary by market, but Microsoft's Bing and Norway's Opera are notable com

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2019-04-18 14:01:00



The consumer version of BBM is shutting down on May 31  

It might be time to move on from BBM. The consumer version of the BlackBerry Messenger will shut down on May 31. Emtek, the Indonesia-based company that partnered with BlackBerry in 2016, just announced the closure. It’s important to note, BBM will still exist and BlackBerry today revealed a plan to open its enterprise-version of […]

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2019-04-18 13:41:33



Amazon and Google Announce Official YouTube Apps to Launch on Fire TV; Prime Video App Coming to Chromecast and Android TV  

Amazon and Google have worked out their differences. On Thursday, they announced that official YouTube app will soon make a return to Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. Additionally, Prime Video app will be coming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. "In addition, Prime Video will be broadly available across Android TV device partners, and the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year," Amazon said. Read more of this story at

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2019-04-18 13:30:00



Galaxy S8, LG V35 and V30 flagship phones now available for under $400 - CNET  

We found three older flagship phones with top of the line features that come with a bargain price.

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2019-04-18 13:26:18



Mozilla To Bring Python To Browsers  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: In a step toward its goal of building out a data science development stack for web browsers, Mozilla today detailed Pyodide, an experimental Python project that's designed to perform computation without the need for a remote kernel (i.e., a program that runs and inspects code). As staff data engineer Mike Droettboom explained in a blog post, it's a standard Python interpreter that runs entirely in the browser. And while Pyodide isn't exactly

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2019-04-18 13:00:00



USDA launches pilot program allowing SNAP recipients to shop for groceries online  

The USDA this morning announced the launch of a pilot program that will open up online grocery shopping to those on public assistance. During a two-year pilot program, those receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits — often referred to as “food stamps” — will be able to shop for groceries from online retailers, including […]

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2019-04-18 12:42:51



The different playbooks of D2C brands  

Over the past half a decade, the tidal wave of niche brands delivering new kinds of products to consumers and doing so online has changed the retail and CPG landscapes forever.

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2019-04-18 12:34:15



Every new show and movie on Hulu: May 2019 - CNET  

Catch-22, Clerks, The Green Mile and more hit Hulu!

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2019-04-18 12:34:03



Galaxy S10's camera may get dedicated low-light mode - CNET  

It's Samsung's answer to the Pixel 3's Night Sight.

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2019-04-18 12:26:24



Hyundai Sonata's Digital Key means you can leave the fob at home - Roadshow  

Unlock, start the engine and go, all from your smartphone.

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2019-04-18 12:20:54



Mueller says use of encrypted messaging stalled some lines of inquiry  

A single paragraph in the Mueller report out Thursday offers an interesting look into how the Special Counsel’s investigation came head-to-head with associates of President Trump who used encrypted and ephemeral messaging to hide their activities. From the report: Further, the Office learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated-including […]

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2019-04-18 12:06:48



You can beta test Puma's self-lacing sneakers - CNET  

The best part? You can keep the shoes after the test.

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2019-04-18 11:58:14



Why we're looking into the Mueller report  

After nearly two years of investigation and months of delays (not to mention partisan bickering the whole time), Special Investigator Robert Mueller's report on the President's campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election is out. We're not a politics news site but we're still looking into it — tech has figured more prominently than ever in the last few years and understanding its role in what could be a major political event is crucial for the industry and government both.

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2019-04-18 11:50:41



Index Ventures, Stripe back bookkeeping service Pilot with $40M  

The round values Pilot at $355 million.

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2019-04-18 11:49:38



Congress readies for Mueller report to be delivered on CDs  

If there weren’t enough obstacles already standing between Congress and the results of the special counsel’s multiyear investigation, lawmakers are expecting to need an optical drive to read the document. A Justice Department official told the Associated Press that a CD containing the Mueller report would be delivered to Congress tomorrow between 11 and noon […]

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2019-04-18 11:28:54



Samsung Galaxy Fold problems explained video - CNET  

We peel back the layers of problems being reported by early users of Samsung's folding phone.

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2019-04-18 11:15:45



VW Atlas Basecamp concept brings the outdoors into the New York Auto Show - Roadshow  

It takes the Atlas' blocky looks and adds a dash of hardcore off-road cred.

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2019-04-18 11:09:08



Throw it back with the Porsche 911 Speedster's Heritage Design Package - Roadshow  

There's always wiggle room to make a Porsche a little more special.

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2019-04-18 11:08:57



Daily Crunch: Samsung responds to Galaxy Fold concerns  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Samsung responds to reviewer complaints about its Galaxy Fold phone Samsung has issued a statement about its new folding phone. Apparently […]

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2019-04-18 11:02:35






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