West Virginia Will Allow 'Blockchain Voting' In the 2020 Election

Military voters stationed overseas will be able to cast their votes for the 2020 presidential election via a mobile app that uses a private blockchain. MIT Technology Review reports: Donald Kersey, West Virginia's elections director, tells the cryto news website LongHash that he believes the app, created by a startup called Voatz, can enhance participation by overseas voters. Turnout among this group is very low, in part because the process of receiving a ballot and securely returning it on time...
Tags: West Virginia, Tech, MIT Technology Review, Kersey, Voatz, Donald Kersey

Jacques Testart transhumaniste?

Petite tribune sur les récents propos “étonnamment transhumanistes” de Jacques Testart. Et sur la triste stratégie de l’”épouvantail transhumaniste”, largement pratiquée en France. [Author: [email protected] (IEET)]
Tags: France, Future, Jacques Testart

Apple is hiring as Culver City streaming hub opening nears

Apple is ramping up hiring in its move to go Hollywood. A list of openings is posted on an Apple jobs board for when the tech giant’s video streaming operation moves into new Culver City offices late this year. A “Jobs at Apple” webpage lists more than 50 positions the Cupertino, Calif.-headquartered company seeks to fill in the burgeoning Culver City media area, which is already home to Sony Pictures and, increasingly, Amazon Prime’s streaming service operations. More than 1,000 area Apple jobs...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Business, Hollywood, Technology, News, Disney, Sport, Fox, Netflix, Soccer, Streaming, Sony Pictures, Oprah Winfrey, Local News, Usc

The CEO of a 19-year-old tech company explains how it totally reinvented itself with a tool that programmers find 'mind-blowing'

Glitch is a browser-based tool for writing code that's winning over developers all over Silicon Valley and beyond — and counts Spotify and Slack among its customers.  We talked to Glitch CEO Anil Dash, one of Business Insider's 100 people transforming business. He says the idea is to let developers see the coding changes to the output in real-time, making it super-easy to prototype new ideas and share them with friends and colleagues.  Dash says that while Glitch is designed to be attractive t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Microsoft, Youtube, Trends, Silicon Valley, Anil Dash, Trello, Dash, Glitch, Fog Creek, Spotify Slack, FogBugz

Unexpected Protection Added To Microsoft Edge Subverts IE Security

Dan Goodin writes via Ars Technica: A researcher has uncovered strange and unexpected behavior in Windows 10 that allows remote attackers to steal data stored on hard drives when a user opens a malicious file downloaded with the Edge browser. The threat partially surfaced last week when a different researcher, John Page, reported what he called a flaw in Internet Explorer. Page claimed that when using the file manager to open a maliciously crafted MHT file, the browser uploaded one or more files...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ars Technica, Dan Goodin, John Page

Boston Dynamics showcases new uses for SpotMini ahead of commercial production

Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics event, Boston Dynamics announced its intention to commercialize SpotMini. It was a big step for the secretive company. After a quarter of building some of the world’s most sophisticated robots, it was finally taking a step into the commercial realm, making the quadrupedal robot available to anyone with the need and financial resources for the device. CEO Marc Raibert made a return appearance at our event this week to discuss the progress Boston Dynamics ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Darpa, Tokyo, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Massachusetts State Police, Marc Raibert, Raibert, Spotmini, Kinema, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI, SoftBank The Bay Area

Should Vendors Start Adding Physical On/Off Switches To Devices That Can Spy On Us?

Larry Sanger, American internet project developer and co-founder of Wikipedia, argues in a blog post that vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to webcams, smartphone cameras/mics, and other devices that spy on us. He writes: Have you ever noticed that your webcam doesn't have an "off" switch? I looked on Amazon, and I couldn't find any webcams for sale that had a simple on/off switch. When I thought I found one, but it turned out just to have a light that turns on when the camera i...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Wikipedia, Tech, Logitech, Skype, Sanger, Larry Sanger

Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day four

Apologies for skipping day three. This kept me extremely busy yesterday. Though the Galaxy Fold remained a constant companion. Before you ask (or after you ask on Twitter without having read beyond the headline), no it’s hasn’t broken yet. It’s actually been fairly robust, all things considered. But here’s the official line from Samsung on that, A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the sample...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold

New to Boox Nova Pro and want to use FBReader

So I am stumped. I would like to use FBReader and have the Nova synchronize my books, but all I get is that Google Play is not enabled. Is there any way to sync my books from with the Nova and read books in FBReader? If that is no longer an option, is there any way I can have a reader on the Nova sync with an online repository of my books? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Tags: Google, Books, Onyx Boox, Boox Nova Pro

Breaking: Zillow sues Compass over poached employees, intellectual property

Zillow on Friday filed two lawsuits against Compass, alleging the tech-enabled brokerage poached its employees as part of an effort to steal its intellectual property. The suits were filed in Washington state and in federal court, respectively, and argue that Compass lured away three Zillow employees who had signed contracts with non-disclosure and non-compete clauses.
Tags: Lawsuit, Technology, Washington, Radio, Dropbox, Compass, Zillow, Industry News, Brokerage, Lawuit

Ecommerce challenge: Page speed optimization

Waiting is a pain and the tolerance threshold has become increasingly thinner as the demand for instant gratification has crept into every aspect of consumers lives. Waiting for a website to load is no different than standing in line. Slow page load time dramatically increases the website bounce rate – a 4-second delay in page response results in a 25% abandonment rate. Page speed optimization also supports your page’s search ranking. Google penalizes page search rankings if there’s any indic...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Featured, Yahoo, Seo, Walmart, Commerce, Mozilla, Michael Cooper, KB, Amazon Yahoo Google Walmart, Pingdom Google

NYC Subway Denies Using 'Real-Time Face Recognition Screens' in Times Square

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has denied suggestions that it's putting facial recognition cameras in the subway, saying that a trick designed to scare fare-dodgers was misinterpreted. From a report: "There is no capability to recognize or identify individuals and absolutely no plan" to do so with NYC subway cameras, says MTA spokesperson Maxwell Young. Young was responding to a photo taken in the Times Square subway station by New York Times analyst Alice Fung, which shows a...
Tags: NYC, Tech, New York Times, Mta, Young, Times Square, Fung, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Wisenet, Time Face Recognition Screens, Maxwell Young Young, Alice Fung

TED 2019: The start-ups launching in space

Space is getting busy thanks to a new era of commercialisation.
Tags: Tech

Marcus Hutchins: UK ransomware ‘hero’ pleads guilty to US hacking charges

Hutchins says he regrets his actions and will continue ‘keeping people safe from malware attacks’A British computer security researcher once hailed as a “hero” for helping stem a ransomware outbreak and later accused of creating malware to attack the banking system said on Friday he had pleaded guilty to US criminal charges.Marcus Hutchins, whose arrest in 2017 stunned the computer security community, acknowledged in a statement pleading guilty to criminal charges linked to his activity in 2014 ...
Tags: UK, Technology, US, UK News, US news, Malware, Cybercrime, Data and computer security, US crime, Hutchins, Marcus Hutchins

Fastly, the content delivery network, files for an IPO

Fastly, the content delivery network that’s raised $219 million in financing from investors (according to Crunchbase), is ready for its close up in the public markets. The eight-year-old company is one of several businesses that improve the download time and delivery of different websites to internet browsers and it has just filed for an IPO. Media companies like The New York Times use Fastly to cache their homepages, media and articles on Fastly’s servers so that when somebody wants to brows...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Verizon, Lyft, Media, Pinterest, Tech, E-commerce, Internet Security, New York Times, Computing, Aws, Times, Cloudflare

Cornell scientists create ‘living’ machines that eat, grow, and evolve

The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own ‘lifelike’ robot? If you’re a Cornell research team, you’d grow a...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Robots, Cornell, Cornell University

Netflix Is Experimenting With a 'Random Episode' Feature For TV Shows

Netflix has begun testing a shuffle button with some users of its Android app. "Spotted by one our tipsters, the Android app (specifically v7.6.0 build 19 34157) offered to randomly select something to watch," reports Android Police. "And in the playback controls, there's a shuffle icon with a 'Random Episode' label." From the report: It's unclear at this point whether this is just an experiment or if we'll see this roll out to a wider batch of people soon. For now, if you don't have this, you'r...
Tags: Tech, Netflix, Random Episode Feature For TV Shows

Interactive gaming company to lease another 60,000 square feet in Culver City

Scopely, an interactive entertainment company and mobile-games publisher, has agreed to lease 60,000 square feet of space in Culver City, a move that will more than double its Los Angeles footprint by 2020. The company   will occupy the second, third and fourth floors of a new four-story building at 8888 Washington Blvd. that’s set to be completed late next year. The building is an expansion of Runyon Group’s 130,000-square-foot Platform project, which opened in 2016. That flagship property, a m...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Gaming, Business, Real Estate, Hbo, Technology, Jobs, Los Angeles, Sport, Barcelona, Soccer, Scopely, Cbre, Southern California, South Bay

Hello Beijing Day 01

Thursday 18th April 2019It have been five years since my last visit to China. Arrival at the city of Beijing this afternoon was kind of a cultural shock for me. I soon realised that my Whatsapp and Google apps were not working. My mistake
Tags: Travel, Google, China, Beijing

If you watch one celebrity-filled, anally obsessed charity video before Earth Day, make it this one

Lil Dicky, the white comedy rapper with questionable taste but an impressive rolodex, has come up with a millennial’s Earth Day answer to the 80s celebrity-studded, charity hit “We are the World“. Dicky isn’t tackling African famine, instead he’s come up with an oddly anally-fixated paean to the Earth’s climate and the disaster the world faces if there isn’t some collective action taken to reverse our current course of carbon emissions. To hammer this message home, and raise money for Leonard...
Tags: TC, Africa, Actors, Tech, Earth, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Musicians, Leonardo Dicaprio, Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Artist, Earth Day, DiCaprio, Lil Dicky

The mother of the YouTube and 23andMe CEOs has a 5-letter catchword for raising successful children and she wrote a book about it (GOOG, GOOGL)

Ester Wojcicki — the mother of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki — has a new book coming out on May 7 about how to raise successful children.  Wojcicki told Fortune in a recent interview that her approach can be applied by business leaders as well, and boils down to the acronym TRICK, which stands for: trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness.  "If you treat employees the same way, if you believe in them and give them an opportunity to perform, then they...
Tags: Google, Steve Jobs, Youtube, San Francisco, Trends, James Franco, Silicon Valley, Susan Wojcicki, Fortune, University Of California, Anne Wojcicki, John Mackey, Janet, Palo Alto High School, Wojcicki, Lisa Brennan Jobs

FTC May Hold Zuckerberg Personally Responsible For Facebook Privacy Failures

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing whether to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook's privacy failures, according to reports by The Washington Post and NBC News. Facebook has been trying to protect Zuckerberg from that possibility in negotiations with the FTC, the Post wrote. Federal regulators investigating Facebook are "exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek new,...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Nbc, Tech, The Washington Post, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, NBC News Facebook, Facebook Privacy Failures, NBC FTC

Caterina Fake is known for her trend-spotting; here’s some of what she’s chasing now

Roughly a year ago, entrepreneurs Caterina Fake and Jyri Engeström decided to form a traditional venture outfit called Yes VC. Fast forward, and the duo has nearly closed on $50 million for their debut fund, including backing from Supercell founder Ilkka Paananen, former Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson and the family office of Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa. That investors would want to invest alongside them isn’t surprising. Fake famously co-founded the photo-sharing site Flickr, which sold to Yahoo, b...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Yahoo, Etsy, California, Nokia, San Francisco, Tech, Indiana, Rome, Kickstarter, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Fake, Elise

AI is Helping Old Video Games Look Like New

Classic video games are getting a makeover. But it's not big-name game developers making the improvements: it's independent modders. From a report: The technique being used is known as "AI upscaling." In essence, you feed an algorithm a low-resolution image, and, based on training data it's seen, it spits out a version that looks the same but has more pixels in it. Upscaling, as a general technique, has been around for a long time, but the use of AI has drastically improved the speed and quality...
Tags: Tech, Norway, Bethesda, Daniel Trolie

Tesla’s board is about to get a lot smaller

Tesla is cutting its board down by more than 36 percent to seven directors by 2020, a move that includes the loss of some CEO Elon Musk’s early advisers and allies, according to regulator filings posted Friday. Longtime board member Brad Buss and Linda Johnson Rice, who joined two years ago as an independent director, will not seek re-election this year. Their terms will expire at the upcoming annual meeting. The board said in the proxy filing that it doesn’t plan to fill their seats. The ...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Transport, Chairman, Hyperloop, Musk, Partner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Steve Jurvetson, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Antonio Gracias

How the Mueller investigation was hampered by encryption apps and disappearing messages

Robert Mueller and his team accumulated scores of communications over its nearly two year investigation -- not just texts and emails, but also Apple iMessages, and messages from LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Tags: Apple, Cnn, Mueller, LinkedIn Facebook, Robert Mueller

Equity Shot: Pinterest zooms into the public markets (and yet another tech company files for an IPO)

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is a relaxed, Friday, Equity Shot. That means Kate and Alex were on deck to chew through the latest from the IPO front. We’ll keep doing extra episodes as long as we have to, though we’re slightly sorry if we’re becoming a bit much. That’s a joke — we’re not sorry at all. So, three things this week. First, Fastly filed an S-1 (Alex’s notes here); second, Zo...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Uber, Money, Pinterest, Podcasts, Finance, Ipo, Tech, Economy, Kate, Equity, Alex, Initial Public Offering, Zoom

Southern California’s French Catholics lead fundraising efforts to rebuild burned Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Bernard Prat was born in 1946, a little over a year after the bells of the Notre Dame Cathedral tolled for the last time — marking the Liberation of Paris during World War II. Prat’s parents were witnesses to that historic event. “The bells were so loud and powerful that they shattered some of the cathedral’s windows,” he said. “When I saw the roof collapse, I was so sad. It took 1,300 trees — an entire forest — to build that wooden roof.” Prat, 73, of Newport Beach, was among millions around th...
Tags: Apple, News, California, France, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Colombia, Soccer, Paris, Catholic, Louisiana, Notre Dame, Catholics, Easter, San Sebastian

French Government Releases In-house IM App To Replace WhatsApp and Telegram Use

A year ago, the French government unveiled its plan to build its own encrypted messenger service to ease fears that foreign entities could spy on private conversations between top officials. That app, named Tchap, is now official for Android handsets and the iPhone. From a report: A web dashboard is also in the works. Only official French government employees can sign-up for an account; however, the French government also open-sourced Tchap's source code on GitHub so other organizations can roll...
Tags: Tech, Tchap, ANSSI France s National Cybersecurity Agency Read

An engineer at Uber's self-driving car unit warns that it's more like 'a science experiment' than a real car capable of driving itself (UBER)

Uber has spun out its self-driving car unit as an LLC with the unit's chief Eric Meyhofer as CEO, as part of its $1 billion investment deal. People inside the company say that the company is taking safety more seriously since their car killed a pedestrian last year. But they say that the car still doesn't drive itself all that well. One person likened it to a "science experiment." Visit for more stories.   On the road to one of the biggest tech IPO's in years, Uber CEO Dar...
Tags: Google, Uber, California, Softbank, Trends, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Toyota, Pittsburgh, LLC, ATG, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Waymo, Eric Meyhofer, Uber s Advanced Technologies Group ATG

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