The Auld Lang Syne of 2020

Even though it’s now January, it’s impossible to Men-In-Black zap ourselves into thinking that last year didn’t happen. Proof positive—I’m writing this in December of 2020, knowing that this will be published sometime in the future. “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”—that’s an old adage my mom loves telling me, and I think we’re all in agreement we’d rather not repeat 2020. Auld Lang Syne translates to “for the sake of old times” – so, for Auld Lang Syne, what lessons did we l...
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Substance Found In Antarctic Ice May Solve a Martian Mystery

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Researchers have discovered a common martian mineral deep within an ice core from Antarctica. The find suggests the mineral -- a brittle, yellow-brown substance known as jarosite -- was forged the same way on both Earth and Mars: from dust trapped within ancient ice deposits. It also reveals how important these glaciers were on the Red Planet: Not only did they carve valleys, the researchers say, but they also helped create the very stuff Mars ...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Antarctica, Mars, Antarctic, University of Oklahoma, Science magazine, Megan Elwood Madden, Giovanni Baccolo, University of Milan Bicocca, Baccolo

In the Wake of the SolarWinds Hack, Here's How Businesses Should Respond

Throughout 2020, businesses, in general, have had their hands full with IT challenges. They had to rush to accommodate a sudden shift to remote work. Then they had to navigate a rapid adoption of automation technologies. And as the year came to a close, more businesses began trying to assemble the safety infrastructure required to return to some semblance of normal in 2021. But at the end of the [Author: [email protected] (The Hacker News)]
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Google Taiwan turns 15 with a new engineering hub

As a Taiwanese and an engineer, it's extremely heartwarming to see how Taiwan has grown to be a critical hub for global innovation and hardware manufacturing. Not everyone knows that Taiwan has contributed to the development of many Google products, including Pixel phones, Nest devices, Chromebooks, and Chromecast. We first opened our Taipei 101 office in 2006 with just one employee. Today, we have offices across six cities in Taiwan, and our workforce has grown ten times in the last five years....
Tags: Google, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Taipei 101, Google in Asia, Life at Google, Elmer Peng, Google Cloud and Technical Program

YouTube ban: Google extends suspension of former President Trump's channel

YouTube is maintaining its suspension of former President Trump's channel on the video site. Rudy Giuliani's channel also had its revenue nixed.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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‘In With the Devil’: Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser Star in Apple TV+ True Crime Limited Series

Taron Egerton is due to face off with Paul Walter Hauser in the new show In With the Devil, a true-crime limited series based on the memoir by James Keene. Apple may pick up the six-part adaptation, which follows a young man who is offered a deal out of a ten-year prison sentence by coaxing a serial killer into a confession. Deadline reports that Apple TV+ is nearing a series order for In With the Devil, which is set to star Taron Egerton as author James Keene, whose astonishing true story d...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Television, Movies, Chicago, Thriller, Brad Pitt, Hall, True Story, Tonya, Kingsman, Keene, Hauser, Taron Egerton, Dennis Lehane, Egerton

One-Third of Tech Workers Admit To Working Only 3 To 4 Hours a Day, Report Finds

According to a survey by Blind, 31% of professionals from 42 tech companies said they're only putting in between three and four hours a day. Fast Company reports: Additionally, the survey found, 27% of tech professionals said they work five to six hours a day, and 11% reported only working one to two hours per day. In contrast, 30% said they work between seven and 10 hours per day. The survey did not ask the workers to self-report productivity, which we know is very different for everyone. Alt...
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China's Ant Group plans to sell EyeVerify, U.S.-based biometric security firm that scans your eyeballs

China's Ant Group plans to sell off its U.S.-based biometric security firm EyeVerify, which identifies you by scanning your eyeballs. The sale comes as tension grows between Beijing and Washington over how and where sensitive user data is hosted, the Financial Times reports. — Read the rest
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Sila Nanotechnologies raises $590M to fund battery materials factory

Sila Nanotechnologies, a Silicon Valley battery materials company, has spent years developing technology designed to pack more energy into a cell at a lower cost — an end game that has helped it lock in partnerships with Amperex Technology Limited as well as automakers BMW and Daimler. Now, Sila Nano, flush with a fresh injection of capital that has pushed its valuation to $3.3 billion, is ready to bring its technology to the masses. The company, which was founded nearly a decade ago, said Tuesd...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Batteries, Silicon Valley, Bmw, North America, Daimler, Sutter Hill Ventures, Alameda, Coatue, Amperex Technology Limited, T Rowe Price Associates Inc, Sila Nanotechnologies

What the Super Bowl reveals about the state of advertising now

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising.I'm Lucia Moses, deputy editor, and here's what's going on:Super Bowl takeawaysCision confusionA MoviePass exec comebackRemember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here.  The Budweiser Clydesdales parade around the field in an Opening Day tradition at Busch Stadium before the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres' MLB National League baseball game in St. Loui...
Tags: Google, Media, Advertising, Trends, Snapchat, Budweiser, Bud, Cbs, Edelman, Times, Coca Cola, Moviepass, St Louis Cardinals, Cision, Patrick, St Louis Missouri

Daily Crunch: Calendly valued at $3B

A popular scheduling startup raises a big funding round, Twitter makes a newsletter acquisition and Beyond Meat teams up with PepsiCo. This is your Daily Crunch for January 26, 2021. The big story: Calendly valued at $3B Calendly, which helps users schedule and confirm meeting times, has raised $350 million from OpenView Venture Partners and Iconiq. Until now, the Atlanta-based startup had only raised $550K, but the company says it has 10 million monthly users, with $70 million in subscription...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Tech, Atlanta, Joe Biden, Pepsico, Databricks, Beyond Meat, SPAC, Rami Essaid, OpenView Venture Partners, Calendly, Blake Bartlett, Daily Crunch, SetSail, Mealco

YouTube Extends Trump's Suspension For a Second Time

YouTube on Tuesday said it's again extending its suspension of former President Donald Trump, who's been banned from posting videos to his channel since Jan. 12. Comments on Trump's videos will also remain disabled indefinitely. CNET reports: "In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended," a YouTube spokesperson confirmed to CNET. "Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments." YouTube first ext...
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How quantum computers could hack our brains with fake memories like Total Recall

Quantum computers, according to experts, will one day be capable of performing incredible calculations and nearly unfathomable feats of logic. In the near future, we know they’ll help us discover new drugs to fight disease and new materials to build with. But the far future potential for these enigmatic machines is as vast as the universe itself. The realm of classic science fiction is littered with ideas that today’s experts believe lie within the realm of reality – if not today’s reality, then...
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Biden's Commerce Nominee Backs Changes To Section 230

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In a hearing on her nomination for Commerce Department secretary on Tuesday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo told lawmakers that she will pursue changes to Section 230 if confirmed. Responding to questions posed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Raimondo said that she would use the tools available through the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to convene stakeholders, industry leaders, lawmaker...
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-Series Laptops Put To the Test

MojoKid writes: This morning, NVIDIA lifted its embargo on the performance and experiences of new GeForce RTX 30 Series-powered gaming laptops. Thinner, higher-performance form factors aren't the only features NVIDIA is touting with this launch. A number of new laptops will also sport 1440p, high refresh rate IPS displays like the MSI GS66 Stealth with a GeForce RTX 3080 mobile GPU tested at HotHardware. This machine features a 15.6-inch IPS, 1440p panel with a 240Hz refresh rate and G-Sync supp...
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Prepare Yourself, Old Sport: A Reimagined ‘The Great Gatsby’ TV Series is in Development

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic The Great Gatsby has had its share of film and television adaptations already, but since it entered the public domain at the start of this year, it’s fair to expect a flurry of new iterations to enter development in the halls of Hollywood studios. A new report states that writer Michael Hirst (Vikings, The Tudors) is working on a big budget television adaptation of the novel that is being envisioned as a closed-ended miniseries which “will explore New York...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Television, Movies, America, Adaptation, Leonardo Dicaprio, Columbia University, The Great Gatsby, Scott, Blake, Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby, Fitzgerald, Michael Hirst, Hirst

Alexander: As of today, Jared Goff is still a Ram, but no guarantees

Les Snead had to have anticipated this. When the Rams’ general manager held his annual postseason briefing over Zoom Tuesday morning, 10 days after his team’s season had ended in Green Bay – and nine days after coach Sean McVay stopped well short of a qualified endorsement of Jared Goff – he had to know the questions about his team’s quarterback would be coming in hot. And they did. “Is there a scenario where you guys would trade or cut Jared Goff?” “Given that Jared and Sean worked so closely t...
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Will this time be any different for Twitter?

As Twitter seems to buy its way into competing with Clubhouse and Substack, one wonders whether the beleaguered social media company is finally ready to move past its truly awful track record of seizing opportunities. Twitter’s pace of product ambition has certainly seemed to speed in the past several months, conveniently following shareholder action to oust CEO Jack Dorsey last year. They’ve finally rolled out their Stories product Fleets, they’ve embraced audio both in the traditional feed and...
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You should update your iPhone right now

Apple is urging iPhone and iPad users to promptly update their operating systems to fix security bugs that may have already been exploited by hackers.
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Hands-On With the New Apple Fitness+ 'Time to Walk' Feature (mac rumors)

Apple today announced the launch of a new "Time to Walk" feature that's available to Apple Watch owners who are also Fitness+ subscribers, with the service offering up audio stories from celebrities. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We took a quick look at Time to Walk in our latest YouTube video to see what it's all about and whether it's a worthwhile addition to the Fitness+ service. Time to Walk is technically a watchOS 7.3 feature and will be announced in th...
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Apple just had its best quarter in India

When Apple reports its earnings on Wednesday, you can expect mentions of India on the call. Apple shipped more than 1.5 million iPhone units in India in the quarter that ended in December, up 100% year-on-year, making this its best quarter in the world’s largest smartphone market to date, according to research firms Counterpoint and CyberMedia. Thanks to the improved sales of older generation iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone 12 and the newer iPhone SE, Apple doubled its market share in India to 4% i...
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Vikings Creator Michael Hirst Adapting The Great Gatsby at A+E

Vikings creator Michael Hirst adapting The Great Gatsby at A+E After receiving multiple big-screen adaptations since its 1925 publishing, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is finally making its way to the small screen as Vikings creator Michael Hirst has signed on to develop a series iteration at A+E Studios and ITV Studios America, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Egerton & Walter Hauser Eyed for Apple TV+’s In With the Devil Series if ( !...
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32 eco-friendly alternatives for things you use every day

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Rido/Shutterstock While climate change has gained mainstream traction, research suggests it remains a partisan issue.Individual responsibility isn't a silver bullet, but it can help strengthen the environmental movement.If you're interested in adopting more eco-friendly habits, you can browse 32 ideas below. Climate change has entered the mainstream conversation. Up 44% from 2009, six out of 10 Ame...
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The best 4K Blu-ray players in 2021

To play the best-quality movies on a 4K TV, you need a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.4K Blu-ray players are capable of better video and audio performance than most streaming services.Sony's UBP-X700 4K Blu-ray player offers the best balance between price and performance for most people. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Streaming services might offer the most convenient way to watch movies at home, but if you want the very best video and audio quality on a 4K TV, there's still no real substitute f...
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Update your iPhone - Apple just disclosed hackers may have 'actively exploited' a vulnerability in its iOS

Don Arnold/WireImage/Getty Images Apple said Tuesday that hackers may have "actively exploited" three security bugs found in its operating system. The vulnerabilities impact iPhone and iPad users, who should immediately update to iOS 14.4 as a precaution.  You can find available software updates in your iPhone under the "General" section of your Settings app. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple on Tuesday released a new iOS software update that includes fixes for thr...
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ClassDojo’s second act comes with first profits

ClassDojo’s first eight years as an edtech consumer startup could look like failure: zero revenue; no paid users; and a team that hasn’t aggressively grown in years. But the company, which helps parents and teachers communicate about students, has raised tens of millions in venture capital from elite Silicon Valley investors including Y Combinator, GSV, SignalFire and General Catalyst over its life. If you ask co-founder Sam Chaudhary to explain how the startup survived so long without bringing ...
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US has 'moral imperative' to develop AI weapons, says panel

Draft Congress report claims AI will make fewer mistakes than humans and lead to reduced casualtiesThe US should not agree to ban the use or development of autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence (AI) software, a government-appointed panel has said in a draft report for Congress.The panel, led by former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, on Tuesday concluded two days of public discussion about how the world’s biggest military power should consider AI for national security and tec...
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Google, Apple sued for failing to give Telegram chat app the Parler put-down treatment

Messaging wunderkind said to be haven for extremists – and advertising giant gave it a pass, ex-ambassador complains Marc Ginsberg, a former US ambassador who oversees a non-profit called Coalition for a Safer Web (CSW), sued Alphabet's Google subsidiary on Monday for failing to remove the Telegram Messenger app from its Google Play store.…
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My #LawTwitter Disclaimers

What do my retweets mean? Even I don’t know sometimes.
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Apple Inviting Developers to Online Events on Building Widgets, Creating App Clips and Bringing iPad Apps to Mac

Apple today sent out email invitations to developers inviting them to join various events focused on specific iOS, iPadOS, and macOS features like widgets and App Clips. A widget-centric event called "Building Great Widget Experiences" is set to take place on February 1, 2021, and will provide developers with opportunities to learn new techniques for creating useful ‌widgets‌ for their apps.We'd like you to join us for Building Great Widget Experiences on Monday, February 1, 2021. This event ...
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