Shanahan Touts Unity in Space-Force Pitch, But Disagreements Clearly Remain

It’s a key week for proponents of the Trump administration’s space reorganization — and their detractors.
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Senators Introduce Bill That Would Ban Websites From Using Manipulative Consent Forms

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) have introduced a bill to ban online social media companies from tricking consumers into giving away the rights to their data. The Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction (DETOUR) Act would ban companies "from manipulating adults into signing away their data, or manipulating children into staying on a platform compulsively," reports Motherboard. "The bill also requires platforms to ensure informed consent from users before green-...
Tags: Tech, Ftc, Cambridge Analytica, Deb Fischer, U S Senators Mark R Warner D VA, Independent Review Boards

Scientists Reverse Memory Decline Using Electrical Pulses

A new study has found that electrical brain stimulation can temporarily reverse a decline in memory as a result of aging. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares the findings via a report from The Guardian: The study focused on a part of cognition called working memory, the brain system that holds information for short periods while we are making decisions or performing calculations. Working memory is crucial for a wide variety of tasks, such as recognizing faces, doing arithmetic and navigating a n...
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Hello world: Shining a light onto the culture of computer programmers (ars technica)

Enlarge / Attendees working on Apple Inc. laptop computers participate in the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 Hackathon. (credit: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg/Getty Images) Almost every aspect of our daily lives is now shaped in some way by computer code. Yet the average person on the street has no idea how this all works or just how much influence developers now quietly wield in society. Tech journalist Clive Thompson is on a mission to change that with his new book, Coders: The Making of a New T...
Tags: London, News, Tech, Apple Inc, Thompson, Clive Thompson, Jennifer Ouellette, Luke MacGregor Bloomberg Getty

Udacity restructures operations, lays off 20 percent of its workforce

Udacity, the $1 billion online education startup, has laid off about 20 percent of its workforce and is restructuring its operations as the company’s co-founder Sebastian Thrun seeks to bring costs in line with revenue without curbing growth, TechCrunch has learned. The objective is to do more than simply keep the company afloat, Thrun told TechCrunch in a phone interview. Instead, Thrun says these measures will allow Udacity from a money-losing operation to a “break-even or profitable com...
Tags: Google, TC, Real Estate, Layoffs, Education, China, San Francisco, Tech, CMO, X, United States, Brazil, Mountain View, Airbus, Audi, Udacity

New Variants of Mirai Botnet Detected, Targeting More IoT Devices

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Mirai, the "botnet" malware that was responsible for a string of massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in 2016 -- including one against the website of security reporter Brian Krebs -- has gotten a number of recent updates. Now, developers using the widely distributed "open" source code of the original have added a raft of new devices to their potential bot armies by compiling the code for four more microprocessors commonly use...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Brian Krebs, Mirai, Xilinx, Palo Alto Networks Unit, Mirai TCP

You can now create and edit Google Docs right within Dropbox

Google Drive and Dropbox might be competitors, but that doesn’t mean the two companies can’t get along. Case in point: they are announcing tighter integration between their respective services, allowing to Dropbox Business users to create Google Docs, Sheets, Slides documents right within Dropbox. It’s a blessing for teams that rely on both Dropbox and Google Docs to get their work done. You can search for Google Docs within Dropbox – including content within those documents. If you open up one ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Google Docs, Dropbox Business

SB37 won’t solve ‘income inequality,’ but it will hurt California’s economy

When Senate Bill 37 was introduced in the state Legislature in December, it was described in the Legislative Counsel’s Digest as relating to “Crimes: explosives.” That was prescient, because it has now been amended into a huge tax increase on businesses that could explode the state’s unemployment rate. SB37 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, says “income inequality in California rose even more sharply than in the rest of the United States during the last half of the 20th century,” and gives that...
Tags: Google, Texas, California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, United States, Iowa, Bill, Brexit, Trump, Legislature, Apple Facebook, Susan Shelley, Opinion columns

Senators Introduce Bill to Stop 'Dark Patterns' Huge Platforms Use to Trick Users

Senators Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) have introduced legislation to ban so-called “dark patterns” tactics designed to trick users into handing over access to their data, Reuters reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Privacy, Virginia, Cybersecurity, Nebraska, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Platforms, Mark Warner, Reuters, Deb Fischer

Yahoo Offers $118 Million To Settle Lawsuit Over Massive Data Breach

Yahoo is offering to pay $117.5 million to settle its massive data breaches that compromised personal information, including email addresses and passwords. "The proposed settlement was announced on Tuesday, but still needs to be approved by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh," reports CNN. From the report: Earlier this year, a different version of the class-action settlement was rejected by Koh, who wanted to see more benefit to consumers and a specific settlement amount. Yahoo was hit by multiple dat...
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Where to find Ajax vs. Juventus on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Ajax vs. Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, you’ve come to the right place. Turner and Univision’s coverage of the UEFA club competitions continues Wednesday with their broadcast of Ajax vs. Juventus. FOX Sports no longer has the rights and TNT is not showing the game, so if you want to watch the game on TV, Galavision is the way to go. Match: Ajax vs. Juventus Kickoff: Wednesday, 3pm ET Looking to watch Ajax vs. Juventus online fro...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, England, Nbc, Mexico, US, Sport, Ajax, Soccer, Juventus, Uefa, TNT, Cnbc, Turner, UEFA Champions League

Myspace's music purge is the latest cultural scrubbing we'll regret | Will Cox

Bob Dylan’s first acting role was wiped because it took up space. What might we mourn from 50m songs deleted from Myspace? Back when people still bought CDs and streaming media was a slow and frustrating experience, my teenage band recorded a number of average songs and put them out. I have copies of two of the three EPs we released. What didn’t get committed to those low-print-run, landfill-fodder discs was uploaded to our MySpace and left to float in the digital forever of the internet.Two wee...
Tags: Music, Technology, Internet, Social Media, Culture, Digital Media, Bob Dylan, Myspace, Will Cox

Windows XP Dies Final Death As Embedded POSReady 2009 Reaches End of Life

New submitter intensivevocoder shares a report from TechRepublic: Extended support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 -- the last supported version of Windows based on Windows XP -- ended on April 9, 2019, marking the final end of the Windows NT 5.1 product line after 17 years, 7 months, and 16 days. Counting this edition, Windows XP is the longest-lived version of Windows ever -- a record which is unlikely to be beaten. Despite the nominal end of support for Windows XP five years ago, the exist...
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Flying taxis could be more efficient than gas and electric cars on long-distance trips

Flying cars definitely sound cool, but whether they’re actually a good idea is up for debate. Fortunately they do seem to have some surefire benefits, among which you can now count improved efficiency — in theory, and on long trips. But it’s something! Air travel takes an enormous amount of energy, since you have to lift something heavy into the air and keep it there for a good while. This is often faster but rarely more efficient than ground transportation, which lets gravity do the hard work. ...
Tags: Gadgets, Transportation, Science, Tech, Automotive, Flying Cars, University Of Michigan, Vtol, Hexa, Flying Taxis, Noah Furbush, So University of Michigan

Google's Wing Drones Approved To Make Public Deliveries In Australia

Alphabet's Wing drone delivery company is launching its first public drone delivery service in Canberra, Australia, after the country's aviation authority granted it regulatory approval. "Around 100 homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin will initially have access to the service, but in the coming months the company plans to expand it to homes in Harrison and Gungahlin," reports The Verge. From the report: The service works by partnering with local businesses including coffee sh...
Tags: Google, Australia, Tech, Customers, Harrison, Franklin, CANBERRA Australia, Gungahlin, Crace Palmerston

The best record stores in the US

Record store day is this Saturday, April 13, and if you’re reading this, that means that you are likely among the last bastion of badass music fans that actually care about the quality of the sound in your ears. While most cram trebled-out Spotify tunes through Bluetooth headphones, you are curled up on the futon next to a turntable and a pair of speakers drowning in a full spectrum of highs and lows that may have not even been recorded on a digital mixing board. For you, intrepid listener, t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Music, New York, California, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, United States, Oxford, Capitol Hill, Salt Lake City, Bob, West Coast, Seattle

Ford and University of Michigan Study Whether Flying Cars Would be Better For Environment

Ford and the University of Michigan undertook a study to see just how efficient vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles would be when compared to both internal combustion cars and electric cars. From a report: The study found that these flying electric vehicles, while not suitable for short commutes, could play a "niche role in sustainable mobility for longer trips." Flying cars could also be valuable mobility options for congested cities as part of a ride-share taxi service, according to ...
Tags: Tech, Ford, University Of Michigan, Vtol, Better For Environment, Akshat Kasliwal, School for Environment and Sustainability

There are 4 types of thinking. But only 1 will shift your mindset.

There are 4 general ways of thinking, says Dave Evans, who worked with Steve Jobs to design some of Apple's first products.Those ways of thinking are engineering, optimize, anlytical, and design. But only 1 will shift your outlook on reality.Now a professor at Stanford University, you can get amazing lessons from Dr. Evans and more top minds at Big Think Edge. Subscribe now.
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Google Cloud flashes flower power in bid to realize 'write once, run anywhere' dream

Cloud Services Platform gets rebranded Anthos and goes cross-cloud At its cloud-touting event Google Cloud Next'19 on Tuesday, the Chocolate Factory announced a service that debuted last year, now with a new name and broader scope.…
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Expanse, which lets its customers know when their digital assets aren’t safe, has raised $70 million in new funding

Expanse, a six-year-old, San Francisco-based company that helps its clients understand and monitor what it calls their “global internet attack surface,” has received a $70 million vote of confidence from its earlier backers, as well as some notable individual investors. Previous investor TPG Growth led the Series C round, with participation from other earlier investors that include NEA, IVP and Founders Fund. But the company also drew checks directly from Founders Fund cofounder Peter Thiel, Mic...
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Expanse, which offers real-time visibility into the ways its customers’ digital assets aren’t safe, has raised $70 million in new funding

Expanse, a six-year-old, San Francisco-based company that helps its clients understand and monitor what it calls their “global internet attack surface,” has received a $70 million vote of confidence from its earlier backers, as well as some notable individual investors. Previous investor TPG Growth led the Series C round, with participation from other earlier investors that include NEA, IVP and Founders Fund. But the company also drew checks directly from Founders Fund cofounder Peter Thiel, Mic...
Tags: TC, New York, Arianna Huffington, San Francisco, Tech, Atlanta, Paypal, Ibm, Donald Trump, Cvs, Founders Fund, U S Air Force, Junio, Thiel, SAN FRANCISCO WASHINGTON, Sam Palmisano

Google Cloud’s new CEO on gaining customers, startups, supporting open source and more

After Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud’s recently minted CEO, joined the company, he took hundreds of meetings to learn what the company’s prospective and current customers were looking for. The overarching theme of those conversations was always similar, he told me during an interview at Google’s Cloud Next conference: “Love the technology — amazed at it. [They] think that it’s the best of the best. But they want more people that can help them adopt it and improvements to how they do business ...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Oracle, Diane Greene, Google Cloud, Kurian, Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud Next 2019

Snap's AR gamble, Verizon Media pitches advertisers, and 5G confusion

Hello! Welcome to the Advertising and Media Insider newsletter, where we catch you up on all the big stories our team's been working on this past week. If you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. If you have tips or feedback, email me at [email protected] Snap has been having popularity problems with users, advertisers, and creators. Its stab at wearables, with Spectacles, was a flop. Last week Tanya Dua attended Snap's first Creators Summit, a big step by the app...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Youtube, North Korea, Trends, Comcast, Magic Leap, Hulu, Morgan Stanley, Adam Bain, Whipple, Ott, Don, Kim Jong, Google Apple

Apple Providing Free Data Migration With a Mac Purchase or Repair

Apple is now offering data migration services for free when customers purchase a new Mac or need to have a Mac replaced for repair reasons. Prior to this month, data migration was priced at $99. From a report: Beginning April 2, there will be no cost for Data Migrations with the purchase of a new Mac or Data Transfers with a repair. Data migration was included as a feature in Apple's One to One program, which was shut down in 2015. One to One allowed customers to pay $99 when purchasing a new Ma...
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Apigee jumps on hybrid bandwagon with new API for hybrid environments

This year at Google Cloud Next, the theme is all about supporting hybrid environments, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apigee, the API company it bought in 2016 for $265 million, is also getting into the act. Today, Apigee announced the Beta of Apigee Hybrid, a new product designed for hybrid environments. Amit Zavery, who recently joined Google Cloud after many years at Oracle, and Nandan Sridhar, describe the new product in a joint blog post as “a new deployment option for the Apigee ...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Oracle, APIs, Google Cloud Platform, Apigee, Google Cloud, Sridhar, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Native, Amit Zavery, Zavery, Google Cloud Next 2019

The government is about to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic filing system

Thanks to pressure from tax preparation industry, Congress is getting ready to ban the Internal Revenue Service from ever building a free electronic tax filing system. As ProPublica reports, the effort is a bipartisan one. The House Ways and Means Committee, led by Massachusetts Democrat, Richard Neal, passed the Taxpayer First Act. The bill would make changes to the IRS and is sponsored by Georgia Democratic Congressman John Lewis and Mike Kelly, a Republican from Pennsylvania. One of its...
Tags: TC, John Lewis, Congress, Massachusetts, Tech, Georgia, Tax, Pennsylvania, Intuit, Irs, Federal Government, Internal Revenue Service, Mike Kelly, Neal, Turbotax, H&R Block

New Google Search Commands – Before: and After: by @martinibuster

Google informally announced a new search command. It allows you to restrict searches by time.The post New Google Search Commands – Before: and After: by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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Metro Seattle starts the year strong in venture funding

The metro area and state performed well, while the national financing picture grew mixed. Plus regional economy notes.
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Tokyo Company Making VR Schoolgirl Hostess Club

A Tokyo company is in the process of creating a virtual reality hostess club, where otaku can be separated from their money by digital schoolgirls. A company from Tokyo is aiming to solve the problem of how to use hostesses to swindle ronery otaku without having to go to the trouble of finding girls willing […]
Tags: Business, Japan, Technology, Virtual Reality, Tokyo, Anime, Otaku, 3D CG, Ronery, Tokyo Company Making VR Schoolgirl Hostess Club

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