Paul Allen's Stratolaunch Finally Flies The World's Biggest Plane

"Stratolaunch, the aerospace venture founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, sent the world's biggest airplane into the air today for its first flight test," report GeekWire. The twin-fuselage plane, which incorporates parts from two Boeing 747 jumbo jets and has a world-record wingspan of 385 feet, took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California for a flight that lasted two and a half hours. For more than seven years, Stratolaunch has been working with Mojave-based Scaled Co...
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Get ready for a new era of personalized entertainment

Jarno M. Koponen Contributor Jarno M. Koponen is working on intelligent systems and human-centered personalization. He currently is product lead at Yle, one of the leading media houses in the Nordics. More posts by this contributor A new hope: AI for news media AI on your lock screen New machine learning technologies, user interfaces and automated content creation techniques are going to expand the personalization of storytelling b...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Column, Twitter, Spotify, Marketing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Machine Learning, Personalization, Virtual Reality, Content, Multimedia, Streaming Services, Smart Devices

Solskjaer 'doesn't understand' Champions League schedule

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he doesn't understand the Champions League schedule and joked he had to Google why Man United are playing on Tuesday after playing on Wednesday last week.
Tags: Google, News, Manchester United, Man United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Solskjaer

Top US Congressman Says Silicon Valley's Self-Regulating Days 'Probably Should Be' Over

On the technology podcast Recode Decode, America's Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, said that Silicon Valley's self-regulating days "probably should be" over. Recode reports: Pelosi said Silicon Valley is abusing the privilege of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says that internet companies are not responsible for what is posted on their platforms. "230 is a gift to them, and I don't think they are treating it with the respect that they should," she said. "And so ...
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Tesla is raising the price of its full self-driving option

In a few weeks, Tesla buyers will have to pay more for an option that isn’t yet completely functional, but that CEO Elon Musk promises will one day deliver full autonomous driving capabilities. Musk tweeted Saturday that the price of its full self-driving option will “increase substantially over time” beginning May 1. Tesla vehicles are not self-driving. Musk has promised that the advanced driver assistance capabilities on Tesla vehicles will continue to improve until eventually reaching that...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Automation, Nvidia, Self-driving Car, Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster

Is The Linux Desktop In Trouble?

"I believe that, as Microsoft keeps moving Windows to a Desktop-as-a-Service model, Linux will be the last traditional PC desktop operating system standing," writes ZDNet contributing editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. "But that doesn't mean I'm blind to its problems." First, even Linus Torvalds is tired of the fragmentation in the Linux desktop. In a recent [December 2018] TFiR interview with Swapnil Bhartiya, Torvalds said, "Chromebooks and Android are the path toward the desktop." Why? Beca...
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Stratolaunch, World's Largest-Ever Plane by Wingspan, Successfully Takes Off on Maiden Flight

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan and the brainchild of late Silicon Valley billionaire Paul Allen, finally took off at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday for a two and a half hour inaugural flight, the Washington Post reported.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Paul Allen, Airplanes, Aviation, Rockets, Spaceflight, Northrop Grumman, Stratolaunch, Air Launch

The Feds, Police Are Using Google's Location History Feature to Track Down Suspects

Law enforcement queries of Google’s massive mobile device Location History database, which employees call Sensorvault, has “risen sharply in the past six months,” the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing sources at the company.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Privacy, Police, Smartphones, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Cell Phones, Gps, Location, Fourth Amendment, Location History

Ecuador Jails Swedish Programmer Over Alleged Ties To WikiLeaks

An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: A judge in Ecuador has jailed a Swedish software developer whom authorities believe is a key member of WikiLeaks and close to Julian Assange, while prosecutors investigate charging him with hacking as part of an alleged plot to "destabilise" the country's government. Ola Bini, 36, was ordered to held in preventive detention on Saturday pending possible cyber-attack charges and his bank accounts were frozen. Prosecutors were examining dozens of hard drives...
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Apple adds Confirm Subscription prompt on iOS to prevent accidental sign-ups

Apple added a Confirm Subscription prompt for in-app subscriptions. This will help prevent accidental sign-ups for iOS device owners, and will also protect them against apps that try to trick users into confirming in-app subscriptions. The post Apple adds Confirm Subscription prompt on iOS to prevent accidental sign-ups appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Flat Earther Now Wants to Launch His Homemade Rocket Into Space

At a flat-earth conference in May, Mad Mike Hughes will announce details of "an Antarctic expedition with the goal of reaching the edge of the prove once and for all that this Earth is flat." But before that, he's heading for outer space. An anonymous reader quotes PhillyVoice: If you recognize the name Mad Mike Hughes, it's likely because he strapped himself into a rocket last March and traveled three-tenths of a mile into the heavens in the name of Flat Earth awareness. (See for yo...
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IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes new paper on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWs) have becomes the subject of continuous debate both at national and international levels. [Author: [email protected] (IEET)]
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IEET fellow Riccardo Campa Co-Authors new Paper on Space Mining

IEET fellow Riccardo Campa co-authors paper on space colonization with Konrad Szocik and Martin Braddock. The team envisions the prospect of asteroid mining and argue that fully automated space colonization (FASC) could be a solution to prevent unwanted side effects of the Singularity, such as competition for resources between humankind and a hostile Artificial Intelligence. The article appeared in Technological Forecasting & Social Change, on April 8th, 2019. [Author: [email protected] (IEET)]
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IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Technology Design

Safe-by-design (SBD) frameworks for the development of emerging technologies have become an ever more popular means by which scholars argue that transformative emerging technologies can safely incorporate human values. [Author: [email protected] (IEET)]
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Ecuador Complains Julian Assange Was a Bad Housegust, Neglected His Pet Cat

The BBC reports that Ecuador's foreign minister Jose Valencia has been sharing complaints about Julian Assange's conduct during his stay in Ecuador's embassy -- for example, that Julian Assange "damaged the facilities by riding his skateboard and playing football, despite being told not to do so." Cleaning staff, Mr Valencia said, had described "improper hygienic conduct" throughout Assange's stay, an issue that a lawyer had attributed to "stomach problems". One unnamed senior Ecuadorean officia...
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George Lucas Actually Consulted For The Script Of 'Star War: Episode IX'

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker has been viewed 13,665,350 times since its release Friday. Collider reminds us that while George Lucas oversaw the original Star Wars trilogy and worked on its prequel trilogy, the final three movies in the franchise had moved ahead without direct involvement from the 74-year-old director: To recap, Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, setting Kathleen Kennedy as the new head of Lucasfilm and handing over his treatments fo...
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Equity transcribed: Digging into the Uber S-1

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast that unpacks the numbers behind the headlines. And because it’s another week, why not another emergency episode? This time Kate Clark and Alex Wilhelm popped in the studio an hour before they were due to record the regular episode in order to dig into the Uber S-1. Not only did they dig into it, but they did so in real-time. That’s what happens when you only have 10 minutes to get through almo...
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Amazon and Google Fight Bill That Prohibits Secretly Recording You

An anonymous reader quotes Vice: On Wednesday, the Illinois State Senate passed the Keep Internet Devices Safe Act, a bill that would ban manufacturers of devices that can record audio from doing so remotely without disclosing it to the customer. But after lobbying from trade associations that represent the interests of Google, Amazon -- makers of the microphone-enabled Google Home and Alexa smart speakers, respectively -- and Microsoft, among other companies, the interests of big tech won out.....
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Disney/Lucasfilm donates $1.5 million to FIRST

A day after the big Episode IX reveal, Disney and subsidiary Lucas film announced that it will be donating $1.5 million to FIRST . The non-profit group was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 to help teach STEM through initiatives like robotics competitions. Disney’s money will go to provide education and outreach to the underserved communities on which FIRST focuses. Details are pretty thin on precisely what the partnership will entail, but Disney’s certainly got a lot to gain from this sort of out...
Tags: Education, Disney, Tech, First, Robotics, Lucasfilm

How do startups actually get their content marketing to work?

[Editor’s note: this is a free example of a series of articles we’re publishing by top experts who have cutting-edge startup advice to offer, over on Extra Crunch. Get in touch at [email protected] if you have ideas to share.]  Even the best growth marketers fail to get content marketing to work. Many are unwittingly using tactics from 4 years ago that no longer work today. This post cuts through the noise by sharing real-world data behind some of the biggest SEO successes this year. It ...
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GNU GPLv3 At the Heart of the Black Hole Image

arnieswap quotes TFIR's report on the black hole image: Free and Open Source software was at the heart of this image. The team used three different imaging software libraries to achieve the feat. Out of the three, two were fully open source libraries. The source code of the software is publicly available on GitHub. Richard M Stallman, the founder of the GNU Project will be glad to see that both libraries (Sparselab and ehtim) are released under GNU GPL v3. Yes, you read it right – GNU GPL v3...
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Is Microsoft Quietly Lobbying Against Right-To-Repair Legislation?

Microsoft "has been quietly lobbying against Right to Repair legislation, which would prevent Microsoft from penalizing customers when they open up their devices," claims MSPoweruser: Jeff Morris, Democratic member of the [Washington state] House of Representatives claims Microsoft has blocked legislation from being passed despite strong bipartisan support. In an interview on iFixit's Repair Radio [YouTube], Rep. Jeff Morris said that "word on the street" was that Microsoft, "marshalled forces t...
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Hackers Compromise Microsoft Support Agent to Access Outlook Email Accounts

If you have an account with Microsoft Outlook email service, there is a possibility that your account information has been compromised by an unknown hacker or group of hackers, Microsoft confirmed. Earlier this year, hackers managed to breach Microsoft's customer support portal and access information related to some email accounts registered with the company's Outlook service. Yesterday, a [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Hacking News, Data Breach, Cyber Attack, Email Hacking, Email Security, Microsoft Outlook, How To Hack Email, Outlook email hacking

Airplane with world's longest wingspan takes flight, beating Spruce Goose record

Stratolaunch jet, brainchild of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, may be used to launch small satellites into spaceA giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan – surpassing Howard Hughes’ infamous Spruce Goose – took off from California on its first flight on Saturday.The behemoth, twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port and climbed into the desert sky 70 miles north of Los Angeles. It landed two hours later. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Technology, Microsoft, California, US news, Air transport

Unicorns, undercorns and horses: A guide to the nonsense

It’s been more than a half-decade since Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures kicked off the unicorn craze. Noting in a well-read post for TechCrunch that an interesting cohort of private companies worth a billion dollars or more was worth examining, the post brought the “unicorn” into its current usage inside of tech. And then tech itself did the term a favor, building and financing hundreds more. Now unicorns swarm like fleas, and simply snagging a $1 billion valuation these days is something that has...
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Airplane with world's longest wingspan take flight, beating Spruce Goose record

Stratolaunch jet, brainchild of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, may be used to launch small satellites into spaceA giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan – surpassing Howard Hughes’ infamous Spruce Goose – took off from California on its first flight on Saturday.The behemoth, twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port and climbed into the desert sky 70 miles north of Los Angeles. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Technology, Microsoft, California, US news, Air transport

Twitch Sings launch: A new entertainment opportunity from the streaming giants Twitch

Matt Osborn takes a look at the big announcement from the keynote at TwitchCon Europe [Author: Matthew Osborn]
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China's Largest Image Provider Suspends Site After Falsely Claiming Copyright On 'Black Hole' Photo

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: China's largest stock images provider, Visual China Group, shut its website and apologized on Friday after it falsely claimed copyright of images such as the first photo of a black hole and China's national flag. The company, which partners with U.S. photo agency Getty Images, said in a post on its official Weibo account the incident revealed its weak management and that it was cooperating with authorities investigating the matter. Shares in the company slumpe...
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Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lifts off from California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan took off from California on its first flight Saturday. The behemoth, twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port and climbed into the desert sky 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. Founded by the late billionaire Paul […]
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Report: Hackers Steal, Publish Data on Thousands of Federal Agents, Police Officers Across US

Hackers have stolen data from “several FBI-affiliated websites” and are distributing it across the web, TechCrunch reported on Friday, with details on “thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers” now floating around on the web.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Ukraine, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Hacking, Hackers

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