Facebook Suspends Three Pages With Millions of Video Views, Saying They Need to Disclose Russia Ties

Facebook has suspended three video-centric pages run by Maffick Media, a company mostly owned by Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) network, CNN reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Russia, Social Media, Cnn, Propaganda, RT, Ruptly, Maffick Media

Facebook Becomes 'A Haven For the Anti-Vaccination Movement'

"As a disturbing number of measles outbreaks crop up around the United States, Facebook is facing challenges combating widespread misinformation about vaccinations on its platform," reported the Washington Post Wednesday, saying Facebook "has become a haven for the anti-vaccination movement" and that "the rise of 'anti-vaxx' Facebook groups is overlapping with a resurgence of measles" in the U.S. Facebook has publicly declared that fighting misinformation is one of its top priorities. But when ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Washington Post, Tech, Guardian, Michigan, American Academy of Pediatrics, Seattle Children s Hospital, U S Facebook, Vaccine Choice, Wendy Sue Swanson, United States Facebook

NASA's Plans To Build A Human Settlement on The Moon

Nine private spaceflight companies are bidding on contracts to deliver robotic NASA payloads to the moon -- and Thursday NASA said they'd like them to start flying "this calendar year." Discover magazine reports NASA envisions this "as the first step toward returning to the moon, this time for good." The first tasks will be to practice launching and landing on the moon, as well as answering questions about its surface... They will test habitation for future crewed missions. They'll prove that t...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Commercial Lunar Payload Services

Samsung Gives Up on Blu-Ray, Will Not Release Any New Players in the US

Samsung has given up on Blu-ray—at least in the U.S., where it has given up on producing new models of Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players, CNET reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Television, Movies, US, Samsung, 4k, Streaming, Dvd, Cnet, Blu, Blu Ray, Blu Ray Players

Star of Film 'Downfall' and Widespread 'Hitler Finds Out...' Meme, Dead At 77

The Guardian reports: Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who played Adolf Hitler in the film Downfall, has died in Zurich at the age of 77, his agent announced. The actor became internationally renowned for his 2004 portrayal of the German dictator's final days inside his Berlin bunker. In a Guardian review of Downfall Rob Mackie described Ganz as "the most convincing screen Hitler yet: an old, bent, sick dictator with the shaking hands of someone with Parkinson's, alternating between rage and despair ...
Tags: Youtube, Berlin, Tech, Dmca, Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Zurich, Parkinson, Slashdot, Ganz, Bruno Ganz, Constantin Films, Rob Mackie

Google’s John Mueller Explains Why Expired Product Pages May Become Soft 404s by @MattGSouthern

Google's John Mueller addressed an issue site owners might run into where expired product pages are reported as soft 404s.The post Google’s John Mueller Explains Why Expired Product Pages May Become Soft 404s by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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What Can We Learn From The Retraction of the Mediterranean Diet Study?

Remember that landmark 2013 study that found that people on a Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower chance of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease than people on low-fat diets? An anonymous reader quotes Vox: Last June, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine pulled the original paper from the record, issuing a rare retraction. It also republished a new version [of the PREDIMED study] based on a reanalysis of the data that accounted for the missteps... But after spendi...
Tags: Tech, Mediterranean

102 Unbelievably Cool Tech Gadgets You Never Knew You Needed - All From Walmart

To make sure you're stocked up on the hottest gadgets of 2019, we curated a list of all of the must-haves that will make your life easier one way or another. We looked to Walmart because the retailer carries many brands we love at affordable price points. From sleep lamps to automatic mops, prepare to want it all. Take a look at our favorites ahead. - Additional reporting by Lauren Harano Related: ...
Tags: Gadgets, Shopping, Religion, Tech, Walmart, Lauren Harano

Bruce Perens Calls For Open Source, Security, and Data Rights In IBM Ad

Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond -- and he's also Slashdot reader #3872. Bruce Perens writes: Here's the IBM ad used to open their Think 2019 conference, featuring Buzz Aldrin, Arianna Huffington, Janelle Monae, Miaym Bialik, and astonishingly: me. Interesting of IBM to have an ad including Open Source, security, and data rights as human rights! Web version with subtitles. Version used to open the Think conference, on Youtube.. "I would like to make open so...
Tags: Tech, Ibm, Slashdot, Perens, Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, Dear Tech

Potential Privacy Lapse Found In Americans’ 2010 Census Data

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from encrypted data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location, race and ethnicity for 138 million people were potentially vulnerable. So far, however, only internal hacking teams have discovered such details at possible risk, and no outside groups are kno...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, Washington, Ap, House Of Representatives, Columbia University, Duke, Trump, Seth Borenstein, Georgetown University, Duke University, Reiter, Census Bureau

Vision system for autonomous vehicles watches not just where pedestrians walk, but how

The University of Michigan, well known for its efforts in self-driving car tech, has been working on an improved algorithm for predicting the movements of pedestrians that takes into account not just what they’re doing, but how they’re doing it. This body language could be critical to predicting what a person does next. Keeping an eye on pedestrians and predicting what they’re going to do is a major part of any autonomous vehicle’s vision system. Understanding that a person is present and whe...
Tags: Wtf, Tech, University Of Michigan, IEEE Robotics

Lobbyists Demonize 'Right To Repair' Legislation

"New Hampshire lawmakers got an early taste last week of the arguments that manufacturing, technology and telecommunications lobbyists will use to try to hobble and defeat right to repair legislation in 16 states this year," writes long-time Slashdot reader chicksdaddy. The Security Ledger reports: Curious children could find themselves dismembered by run-away washing machines. A phalanx of illegally modified lawn tractors and leaf blowers will belch pollution in defiance of the EPA, darkening ...
Tags: Tech, New Hampshire, Epa, Nathan Proctor, U S Public Interest Research Group PIRG

Misleading Results From Widely-Used Machine-Learning Data Analysis Techniques

Long-time Slashdot reader kbahey writes: The increased reliance on machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyze data, is producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong, according to the BBC. Dr. Genevera Allen from Rice University in Houston said that the increased use of such systems was contributing to a "crisis in science". She warned scientists that if they didn't improve their techniques they would be wasting both time and money. Her research ...
Tags: Washington, Tech, Bbc, Houston, Allen, Slashdot, Rice University, Genevera Allen, Machine Learning Data Analysis Techniques

How to read fiction to build a startup

“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were 15, it will tell it to you aga...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Books, Youtube, Fiction, Book Review, Tech, Beijing, Bill Gates, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, South Pacific, Susan Wojcicki, Jeff Bezos

Report That Tesla Autopilot Cuts Crashes By 40% Called 'Bogus'

Remember when America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Tesla's Autopilot reduced crashes by 40%? Two years later the small research and consulting firm Quality Control Systems (QCS) finally obtained the underlying data -- and found flaws in the methodology "serious enough to completely discredit the 40 percent figure," reports Ars Technica, "which Tesla has cited multiple times over the last two years." The majority of the vehicles in the Tesla data set suffered from mi...
Tags: Elon Musk, America, Tech, Tesla, Ars Technica, Nhtsa, Brown, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Josh Brown, Walter Huang, Quality Control Systems QCS

The best Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus cases and covers

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a gorgeous device, with one of the best dual-lens cameras we've ever seen. Keep your titanic device safe and scratch-free with the best Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus cases. The post The best Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus cases and covers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Samsung, Trends, Cases, Covers, Buying Guides, Galaxy S9 Plus

Sigil-0.9.11 Released

For the impatient, the installer files (and source) can be found as assets at the bottom of the Github Release page. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- This Sigil release is a mix of bug fixes and new features for both epub2 and epub3 users. Some of the highlights for this release include: Starting with Sigil-0.9.11, Sigil's ini preference files will be utf-8 encoded to more easily allow users to manually edit them. NOTE: before upgrading to Sigil-0....
Tags: Apple, Python, Books, Sigil, Tcl, Don, Flightcrew, NCX, Sigil Ebook Sigil, Sigil Ebook, Doug Massay, Vista Sigil

Battery Case Showdown: Apple's Smart Case vs. Mophie's Juice Pack Access (mac rumors)

Right around the time that Apple debuted new Smart Battery cases designed for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, Mophie, a popular accessory maker, also introduced its Juice Pack Access battery cases for the new iPhones. In our latest YouTube video, we went hands-on with the Juice Pack Access to compare it to Apple's Smart Battery Case to see if it's a better option for those looking to extend their iPhone batteries. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The cases are si...
Tags: Apple, News, Notification Center, Qi, MacRumors YouTube, Juli Clover

ClassPass, Gfycat, StreetEasy hit in latest round of mass site hacks

In just a week, a single seller put close to 750 million records from 24 hacked sites up for sale. Now, the hacker has struck again. The hacker, whose identity isn’t known, began listing user data from several major websites — including MyFitnessPal, 500px and Coffee Meets Bagel, and more recently Houzz and Roll20 — earlier this week. This weekend, the hacker added a third round of data breaches — another eight sites, amounting to another 91 million user records — to their dark web marketplace. ...
Tags: Tech, Jobandtalent, TechCrunch, IntSights, Gfycat, Ainhoren, ClassPass Gfycat StreetEasy, Ariel Ainhoren

Investor momentum builds for construction tech

Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Austin in January: Cash rich and maturing Although it’s not the sexiest of industries, the hefty construction sector in 2018 attracted not only the attention but, more importantly, the dollars of investors. Historically, the multi-trillion-dollar sector has been sl...
Tags: TC, Column, San Francisco, Tech, Chicago, Austin, Venture Capital, Autodesk, Construction, Greylock Partners, Carter, Nick Carter, Chen, Trimble, Katerra, Mary Ann Azevedo

Intel Starts Publishing Open-Source Linux Driver Code For Discrete GPUs

fstack writes: Intel is still a year out from releasing their first discrete graphics processors, but the company has begun publishing their open-source Linux GPU driver code. This week they began by publishing patches on top of their existing Intel Linux driver for supporting device local memory for dedicated video memory as part of their restructuring effort to support discrete graphics cards. Intel later confirmed this is the start of their open-source driver support for discrete graphics sol...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Intel Linux, Linux GPU

R.E.M. Copyright Complaint Gets Trump Tweet Axed by Twitter

Apparently even Donald Trump is not immune to copyright takedowns. On Friday, the president tweeted a mocking video playing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” over Democrats’ reaction to the State of the Union—originally created by some dude using the pseudonym “Carpe Donktum” and best known for winning an Infowars meme…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Science, Technology, Social Media, Copyright, Donald Trump, REM, Infowars, Our Garbage President, Dmca Takedown

New research shows bees can do math

The humble honeybee can use symbols to perform basic maths including addition and subtraction, shows new research published today in the journal Science Advances. Despite having a brain containing less than one million neurons, the honeybee has recently shown it can manage complex problems – like understanding the concept of zero. Honeybees are a high value model for exploring questions about neuroscience. In our latest study we decided to test if they could learn to perform simple arithmetical ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Syndication

Best option for a blind person to answer the phone on iPhone?

Sighted iPhone users will take tapping the green button on the screen to answer for-granted,  but for the visually impaired and particularly for blind phone users this is a major challenge to tap or swipe the button as these threads on the Apple Support forums show. When helping the visually-impaired setup their iPhones for the first time in my work for the Ability Net charity, this is the first part of setup and it took me a while to get it right, since like many accessibility issues it’s not e...
Tags: Apple, Business, Dave Chaffey, ioS for the blind and visually impaired, iPhone gestures

Hoaxer Behind 2,400 Fake Bomb Threats Caught After Gaming Site Breach

20-year-old Timothy Dalton Vaughn from Winston-Salem, N.C now faces 80 years in federal prison, reports Federal authorities this week arrested a North Carolina man who allegedly ran with a group of online hooligans that attacked Web sites (including this one), took requests on Twitter to call in bomb threats to thousands of schools, and tried to frame various online gaming sites as the culprits. In an ironic twist, the accused -- who had fairly well separated his real life i...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, United States, Sprint, Salem, North Carolina, Winston Salem, Vaughn, Krebs, George Duke Cohan, Timothy Dalton Vaughn, BlankMediaGames, America s Justice Department

Free Software Foundation: Dating Is a Free Software Issue

"I've been making the argument that everything is a free software issue for a few months now," writes the campaigns manager for the Free Software Foundation, in a new essay sharing thoughts on "the issues proprietary technology poses in dating and maintaining romantic relationships": Many dating Web sites run proprietary JavaScript... Proprietary JavaScript is a trap that impacts your ability to run a free system, and not only does it sneak proprietary software onto your machine, but it also pos...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Tech, Netflix, Hulu, Free Software Foundation

Hundreds Still Live In The 'Exclusion Zone' Around Chernobyl

This weekend the BBC reports on the site of the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion -- where "robotic cranes are dismantling 33-year-old, radioactive wreckage" -- investigating an area of more than 4,000 square kilometres [2,485 square miles] that's been abandoned since 1986. "That could be about to change..." An anonymous reader summarizes their report: "Every community within a 30km radius [18.9 miles] of the plant was evacuated and abandoned; no one was allowed to return here to live." Yet the...
Tags: UK, Tech, Ukraine, Bbc, Belarus, Chernobyl, Maria, Jim Smith, Pripyat, University of Portsmouth, Narodichi

Visa and Mastercard could raise interchange fees

According to a report from the WSJ, Visa and Mastercard are considering raising interchange fees on card transactions in the U.S. Visa and Mastercard generate most of their revenue from these small processing fees, and it could have implications for merchants and fintech startups. When you pay with a credit or debit card, merchants pay a small fee to the bank that issued this card. Your bank then pays an even smaller fee to the company that operates the card network. In most cases, card issue...
Tags: Europe, Finance, Tech, Chase, American Express, Fintech, WSJ, Mastercard, Visa, WSJ Visa

Uber sues NYC to contest cap on drivers

Uber filed a lawsuit against New York City, The Verge reported. The company wants to overturn New York City’s rule that caps the number of new ride-hailing drivers. Last summer, the city approved legislation that halts the issuing of new licenses to drivers for 12 months. It has been a multi-year fight between Uber and New York City. NYC mayor Bill de Blasio has been in favor of new legislation to regulate ride-hailing companies for years. And the NYC Council finally voted in favor of such a ...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, NYC, New York City, Tech, Policy, Bill De Blasio, Uber Lyft, NYC Council, New York City NYC, New York City The Verge

Weekend Cooking: The Good Food by Daniel Halpern and Julie Strand

I'm one of those cooks who remembers the pre-internet days of trying to hunt down recipes with global flavors. If you didn't start putting together a massive cookbook collection, you simply wouldn't have access to Persian stews or Asian soups or Mideastern salads. In the mid-1980s, Daniel Halpern and Julie Strand's The Good Food: A Cookbook of Soups, Stews, and Pastas (reissued by Ecco in January 2019) was a godsend, even if you had to go to a specialty market (or grow your own) to find fresh c...
Tags: Google, Books, Pinterest, Linky, Beth F, Ecco, Halpern, Judee Algazi, Daniel Halpern, Julie Strand

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