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Fingerprints Can Now Be Dated To Within a Day of When They Were Made

Writing in Analytical Chemistry, Paige Hinners and Young Jin Lee of Iowa State University say they have figured out an accurate way to data to within 24 hours when a fingerprint under a week old was made -- and thus whether it is associated with a crime temporally, as well as spatially. The Economist reports: They knew from work conducted by other laboratories that the triglyceride oils contained in fingerprints change by oxidation over the course of time. That provides an obvious way to date pr...
Tags: Tech, Economist, Lee, Iowa State University, Jin Lee, Paige Hinners, Hinners


The best Apple iPhone deals for February 2020

Apple devices can get pricey, but don't despair: Here's an up-to-date list of the best iPhone deals available.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Iphone 6, Iphone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X


Sale of .Org Domain Registry Delayed By California Attorney General

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) demanding more information about the private equity takeover of the .org domain registry. The attorney general is seeking answers to 35 questions concerning the sale as well as documents sent between ICANN, private equity firm Ethos Capital, and Public Interest Registry (PIR), which manages the .org domain. Mashable reports: Ethos Capital disclosed last year that it was acq...
Tags: California, Tech, Icann, AG, California AG, Xavier Becerra, Internet Society, Ethos Capital, Ethos Capital and Public Interest Registry PIR


5 Trends Behind Growing Brand Communities

The Big Game” is no longer what’s happening on T.V., but rather the struggle for attentiveness in a noisy world. And the brand that wins an unfair share of buzz and media attention during Super Bowl Sunday, might not even be one that has an ad. Traditionally, the Super Bowl has offered marketers a chance to drive sales, build brand affinity, and project a level of cultural relevancy. Yet, with declining game viewership and increased social follower counts of brands, the new reality is that a ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Beyonce, Instagram, Super Bowl, Southwest Airlines, Anthony Hopkins, Alexa, Giphy, Branding, Pepsi, Brand Management, Kai Wright, Cardi B Rebel Wilson Gordon Ramsey


Uber Officially Bans Drivers From Carrying Firearms, But Company's Business Model Prevents Enforcement

Iwastheone shares a report from The Atlantic, written by Sidney Fussell: Uber has banned guns in cars, for both drivers and passengers, since 2015. But over email and Facebook Messenger, four current and four former drivers told me they carry firearms on the job. In explaining why, they each cited the same self-determinalist rhetoric Uber has slapped on subway ads to entice drivers and used in hearings to justify the business model: Drivers maintain good ratings, own their own cars, set their ow...
Tags: Uber, Florida, Tech, Chicago, Atlantic, Facebook Messenger, Miami, Silicon Valley, Mejia, Sidney Fussell, Jose Mejia


Facebook, Tiktok, Twitter tackle coronavirus fake news

Platforms are increasing efforts to block false information as the outbreak spreads and fear grows.
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Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Algorithm Update May Have Hit Forbes, Favicons Reverted, Featured Snippet Questions & More

This was a pretty busy week, we may have had a Google search algorithm update this week and maybe, just maybe, Forbes got hit hard by it. Google is probably going to revert the favicon and black ad label user interface, lots of tests are going on now...
Tags: Google, Seo, Search Buzz Video Round Recap, Forbes


Lindsey Graham Is Quietly Preparing a Mess of a Bill Trying to Destroy End-to-End Encryption

Top Trump ally and consistent encryption scaremonger Senator Lindsey Graham is working on a bill that could coerce tech companies to stop providing end-to-end encryption by threatening them with massive legal liability, The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2019 (or EARN IT…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Congress, Cybersecurity, Encryption, End To End Encryption, Lindsey Graham, Top Trump, Earn It Act


CERN Is Replacing Facebook Workplace With a Set of Open-Source Software Alternatives

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is moving away from Facebook Workplace to instead make use of more open-source software packages. Phoronix reports: Facebook Workplace is Facebook's corporate-focused product for internal real-time communication and related communication needs within organizations. CERN had been making use of Facebook Workplace and in addition to data privacy concerns, they were recently confronted with either paying Facebook or losing administrative rights, ...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Cern, Phoronix, Zdnet, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Facebook Workplace, Facebook Workplace CERN


Social Media Boosting Service Exposed Thousands of Instagram Passwords

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A social media boosting startup, which bills itself as a service to increase a user's Instagram followers, has exposed thousands of Instagram account passwords. The company, Social Captain, says it helps thousands of users to grow their Instagram follower counts by connecting their accounts to its platform. Users are asked to enter their Instagram username and password into the platform to get started. But TechCrunch learned this week Social C...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Social Captain, Social Media Boosting Service


Dealmaster: Lenovo’s already affordable Thinkbook 13s is on sale for $581 (ars technica)

Enlarge Greetings Arsians! We're kicking off today's Dealmaster with a big sale on an already solid yet affordable Lenovo laptop. Now you can get the Lenovo Thinkbook 13s with a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD for $581. The Thinkbook 13s debuted last year as an option for those who wanted some ThinkPad influences in a more wallet-friendly machine. Normally, the Thinkbook 13s starts at around $750, putting it at an intriguing price point when compared to the ThinkPad, HP Spectre,...
Tags: News, Dell, Lenovo, Ars Staff


Amazon tops 500,000 U.S. workers for the first time

By Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Need more proof that Amazon is big? It came this week. Amazon’s U.S. workforce has topped 500,000 for the first time, up 43% from the year before and more than triple what it was five years ago, the company said Friday. It gained 150,000 workers last year, more than the size of Apple’s entire workforce. It employs some 20,000 people in the Inland Empire at more than 14 distribution centers. When it reported its quarterly performance Thursday, Amazon reveale...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York City, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Donald Trump, Benchmark, Austin Texas, Bezos, Inland Empire, New York City Amazon, Chicago Denver, JOSEPH PISANI


TV News Roundup: Jen Tullock, Zach Cherry Join Apple TV Plus Cast of ‘Severance’

In today’s TV news roundup, Apple TV Plus announces Jen Tullock and Zach Cherry have been cast in upcoming series “Severance” and HBO sets a premiere date for “My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name.” CASTINGS Jen Tullock and Zach Cherry will join Patricia Arquette, Adam Scott and Britt Lower in Apple TV […]
Tags: Apple, Hbo, News, Disney, Raven-symone, Severance, My Brilliant Friend, Jen Tullock, Britt Lower, Apple TV Plus, Jen Tullock Zach Cherry Join Apple, Zach Cherry, Patricia Arquette Adam Scott


Cecily Strong to Lead Musical Comedy Series at Apple TV+ Produced by ‘SNL’ Boss Lorne Michaels

Even though Apple TV+ doesn’t seem too keen to share their subscribers numbers after launching last year, the streaming service from the tech giant is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to creating new content. A new addition to their slate of original programming is in the works from Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and executive producer Lorne Michaels, the mastermind behind Saturday Night Live, and it will feature SNL cast member Cecily Strong in one of the lead ro...
Tags: Apple, Comedy, Television, Movies, Nbc, Casting, Aidy Bryant, Musical, Hulu, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Lorne Michaels, PAUL, Universal Television, Broadway Video, Appletv


Brexit Happens

"The UK has officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership," reports the BBC. The historic moment, which happened at 23:00 GMT, was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests. Candlelit vigils were held in Scotland, which voted to stay in the EU, while Brexiteers partied in London's Parliament Square... Brexit parties were held in pubs and social clubs across the UK as the country counted down to its official departure. Hundreds gathered in Parliament Square to cele...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Scotland, Tech, Eu, European Union, Bbc, Nigel Farage, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Brexit, Armagh


Outgoing IBM CEO Ginni Rometty made her full $5 million cash bonus in 2019, and might still get another $13.3 million in stock (IBM)

The day before IBM formally announced that CEO Ginni Rometty would step down in April, the company released some information about her 2019 pay package. Rometty received her full cash bonus of $5 million for the year — something that hasn't always happened during her tenure, during which she's overseen a difficult period of transition for IBM. The filing also showed that in 2019, she was granted $13.3 million in stock, which was slated to be paid out as a performance-based reward through 2021....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Intel, SEC, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Cnbc, Amazon Web Services, Ginni Rometty, Shepard Smith, Rometty, Microsoft IBM, Diane Bryant


Latin America Roundup: Loft raises $175M, Softbank invests in Mexico’s Alphacredit and Rappi pulls back

Brazil’s famously-tricky real estate market has long drawn international investors to the region in search of tech solutions. This time, Brazilian startup Loft brought in a $175M Series C from first-time investor in the region, Vulcan Capital (Paul Allen’s investment arm), alongside Andreessen Horowitz. Loft is also a16z’s first and only Brazilian investment.  Co-founded by serial entrepreneurs and investors, Mate Pencz and Florian Hagenbuch in 2018, Loft uses a proprietary algorithm to p...
Tags: TC, Asia, Mexico, Softbank, US, Tech, Colombia, Paul Allen, Mexico City, Brazil, Argentina, Miami, Silicon Valley, Rio De Janeiro, Ecuador, Latin America


Maxar and NASA will demonstrate orbital spacecraft assembly with a new robotic arm

NASA has awarded Maxar an estimated $142 million contract to demonstrate in-orbit spacecraft refueling and assembly of new components using a custom robotic platform in space. The space infrastructure dexterous robot, or SPIDER, program will be part of NASA’s Restore-L mission to demonstrate automation of proposed orbital tasks like reconfiguring or repairing a satellite or manufacturing new components from scratch. The first thing the Restore-L spacecraft will do is show that it can synchron...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Hardware, Government, Tech, Nasa, Robotics, UC Berkeley, Aerospace, Red Planet, Maxar


The $967 million startup DataStax, reported to be heading for IPO, laid off as many as 100 employees after a major management shakeup

In mid-December, the $967 million data management company DataStax faced a round of layoffs, impacting somewhere between 60 to 100 employees, three sources estimated. Late last year, DataStax hired former Apigee CEO Chet Kapoor, who took that company public and later sold it to Google, to replace Billy Bosworth as chief executive. Under Kapoor's leadership, DataStax will focus more on its cloud offerings and engaging with its developer community amid rising competition with tech titans like Am...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, NFL, Trends, Amazon Web Services, Ellis, Cassandra, Bosworth, Kapoor, Datastax, Apigee, Jonathan Ellis, Chet Kapoor, Don Dixon, Sam Ramji


Trump to halt immigration from Africa’s top tech hub, Nigeria

The Trump administration announced Friday it would halt immigration from Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with the continent’s largest economy and leading tech hub. The restrictions would stop short of placing a full travel ban on the country of 200 million, but will suspend U.S. immigrant visas for Nigeria — along with Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar — starting February 21. That applies to citizens from those countries looking to live permanently in the U.S. The latest restrictions are sa...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, New York, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, World, United States, President, Muslim, Myanmar, Silicon Valley


Baby Yoda Life-Size Figure

Realistic life-sized collectable statue figure of Baby Yoda from Star Wars television series The Mandalorian is finally available for pre-order. Officially licensed “The Child” lifelike figure standing on a ship deck base measures 16.5” tall. Baby Yoda mixed media statue has been meticulously detailed, from the fuzz on its wrinkled head to its irresistible pout. […]
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Huawei Outsells Apple In 2019, Becomes No. 2 Global Smartphone Vendor

An anonymous reader writes: Market research firms Canalys and Counterpoint Research have posted their 2019 global smartphone market share reports. Both reports say the biggest mover is Huawei, which, thanks to a whopping 16-17 percent annual growth, claimed the No. 2 smartphone vendor spot in 2019, behind Samsung and ahead of Apple. Both firms have similar global market share numbers for 2019, with Samsung around 20 percent, Huawei at 16 percent, Apple at 13 percent, and Xiaomi and Oppo around e...
Tags: Apple, China, Samsung, Tech, Xiaomi, Huawei, Counterpoint Research, Canalys, Trump Administration


FCC Says Wireless Location Data Sharing Broke the Law

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told lawmakers Friday he intends to propose fines against at least one U.S. wireless carrier for sharing customers' real-time location data with outside parties without the subscribers' knowledge or consent. From a report: The FCC has been investigating for more than a year following revelations that subscriber location data from AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint made its way to a resale market used by bounty hunters. Pai said in letters to several law...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Ajit Pai, AT T T Mobile


Stocks sink on fears coronavirus outbreak will dent the economy

By ALEX VEIGA The stock market got off to roaring start in January, until a virus outbreak that started in China wiped out its gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded more than 600 points Friday as the outbreak continued to widen, stoking fears that the travel restrictions and other uncertainties caused by the health emergency in the world’s second-largest economy could dent global growth. Technology companies, which do a lot of business with China, led the losses. Airlines fell after De...
Tags: Apple, Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Sport, European Union, Iran, Soccer, United Kingdom, Delta, Nvidia, Treasury, World Health Organization, Airlines


Customer feedback is a development opportunity

Kyle Lomeli Contributor Share on Twitter Kyle Lomeli is the CTO and a founding engineer at CarGurus.com. Online commerce accounted for nearly $518 billion in revenue in the United States alone last year. The growing number of online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay will command 40% of the global retail market in 2020. As the number of digital offerings — not only marketplaces but also online storefronts and company websites ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Column, Privacy, Developer, Etsy, Ebay, Marketing, Tech, Customer Experience, United States, Salesforce, Usability, Cargurus, Cto, Product Management


In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student's parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school (TWTR)

Students at a New York state school are looking for answers after a student's Twitter account mocking the school was handed over to college administrators. SUNY Geneseo student Isaiah Kelly was behind Twitter account @SUNYGenseeo, which he suddenly found himself locked out of, the email associated with the account changed, and all its tweets deleted. Twitter's policy on impersonation states that an account is in violation if it "portray[s] another entity in a misleading or deceptive manner." T...
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US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Coronavirus

The Trump administration on Friday declared a public healthy emergency over the coronavirus outbreak and said any foreign national who has traveled within China in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter the country. The Wall Street Journal reports: The announcement [from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar] came as stock markets tumbled amid concern about how the impact of the virus could slow global growth. At the same time, Mr. Azar sought to minimize fears about the viru...
Tags: White House, China, Russia, Tech, Delta, Who, Venezuela, State Department, Wall Street Journal, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Wuhan, Trump, Feb, U S Health and Human Services, Azar, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines


Why Amazon’s Ring and facial recognition technology are a clear and present danger to society

“The deployment of connected home security cameras that allow footage to be queried centrally are simply not compatible with a free society.” Amazon engineer Max Eliaser The greatest threat posed to democracy in any free nation is that of ubiquitous government surveillance. Many countries today are struggling to find the proper balance between useful facial recognition and connected-camera technologies and those that threaten our privacy. We’re here to make it easy: Public-facing facial recognit...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Startups, Politics, Opinion, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Max Eliaser


A New Bill Could Punish Web Platforms For Using End-To-End Encryption

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is working on a bill that would reduce legal protections for apps and websites, potentially jeopardizing online encryption. The Verge reports: The draft bill would form a "National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention" to establish rules for finding and removing child exploitation content. If companies don't follow these rules, they could lose some protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely shields companies from liability ov...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Bloomberg, Sen Lindsey Graham R SC, Lindsey Graham R SC, National Commission, William Barr



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