Google Suspended Federated Chat App Element for Allegedly Hosting Abusive Content

Google temporarily yanked Element’s Android chat app from the Play Store this week for allegedly hosting abusive content. The decision’s particularly baffling given that Element is only a client for the federated chat protocol Matrix and not a service in and of itself. Meaning that Element can (and does) moderate its…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Software, Social Issues, Computing, Reddit, Operating Systems, Element, Alphabet Inc

With New User-Defined Functions, Microsoft Excel is Now Turing Complete

Visual Studio Magazine reports: Microsoft, which calls its Excel spreadsheet a programming language, reports that an effort called LAMBDA to make it even more of a programming language is paying off, recently being deemed Turing complete. Being Turing complete is the litmus test of a full-fledged programming language, marking the ability to imitate a Turing machine. According to one definition, that means, "A programming language is Turing complete if you can implement any possible algorithm wi...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Lambda, Turing, Visual Studio Magazine, Calc Intelligence

This Rare, Working Apple-1 Computer Can Be Yours if You Have $1.5 Million Lying Around

If you ever wanted to own a piece of computer history, now is your chance. There is currently what’s billed as a working Apple-1, a model from the first line of computers launched by the company in 1976, up for sale on eBay. It’s not exactly cheap though, and will set you back a good $1.5 million. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Steve Jobs, Macintosh, Computing, Apple Inc, Personal Computer, Steve Wozniak, Apple I, Paul Terrell, Human Interest, Personal Computing, Apple Computers, Home Computers, Law_crime, Apple Ii Family

The Problems of Touchscreens In the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes a recent blog post from BoingBoing: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most crammed-with-digital-tech fighter jet in history, the product of a multi-decade, trillion-dollar design process that has been famously messy. But the jet is out there, and pilots are flying it. One big design shift with the F-35 is that it removes many of the small physical switches that crowded older jet cockpits, and replaces them with a big touchscreen... The folks at the H...
Tags: Tech, Slashdot

The Lies Told About The EU Copyright Directive's Upload Filters May Help Get Them Thrown Out In Court (techdirt)

Although the main fight over the EU's Copyright Directive was lost back in March 2019, there are plenty of local battles underway. That's a consequence of the fact that an EU Directive has to be implemented by separate national laws in each of the region's 27 member states. Drawing up the local legislation is mostly straightforward, except for the controversial Article 17, which effectively brings in a requirement to filter all uploads. Trying to come up with a text that meets the contradictory ...
Tags: Google, News, France, Germany, Eu, Poland, European Parliament, Court of Justice, Glyn Moody, European Union CJEU, Julia Reda, CJEU, Kluwer Copyright, Joschka Selinger

Mighty Amazon looks all but unassailable as Covid continues

Jeff Bezos’s company is set for sales topping $100bn last quarter, and while rivals are nibbling, its position looks secureThe earliest references to the “one-stop shop” emerged during the first decades of 20th century as the fast-growing US economy spurred rapid retail innovation. A single location for various products provides obvious benefits: removing the hassle of travelling around town to visit different stores.Jeff Bezos redefined that logic for the internet age, making Amazon a dominant ...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, Internet, US, Investing, E-commerce, Jeff Bezos, COVID, Mighty Amazon

'Science fiction': Xiaomi's ridiculously good wireless phone charging technology

Forget cables and charging stands.Xiaomi's new Mi Air Charge Technology can recharge your phone wirelessly from "several" metres away. There's nothing else on the market like it.According to Xiaomi, this is how Mi Air Charge works:"The... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Xiaomi

'Recovering' QAnon Members Seek Help from Therapists, Subreddits, and On Telegram

"More than at any point since the QAnon conspiracy began, there is a tremendous opportunity to pull disaffected followers out of the conspiracy," writes FiveThirtyEight. And while it's just one of three possible scenarios, online posts suggest at least some members are abandoning the group, "but they will need support to really sever their connection." ABC News reports that some QAnon adherents "are turning to therapy and online support groups to talk about the damage done when beliefs collide...
Tags: Mississippi, Tech, Cnn, New York Times, Reddit, Anderson Cooper, Kansas City, Smith, Abc News, Bernie Sanders, Cooper, Sydney Australia, Perron, Jadeja, Michael Frink, Frink

The S&P 500 is seen as a gauge of the stock market itself - here's how this widely watched stock index works

Changes in the S&P 500 index flash constantly in stock exchanges and online during the trading day. The index is seen as a stand-in for the performance of US equities and the economy overall. Alexi Rosenfeld / Contributor/Getty Images The S&P 500 is a broad-based stock market index, consisting of the 500 largest US public companies. The diversity and size of the companies it tracks make the S&P a proxy for the entire stock market. You can't invest in the S&P 500 itself, but you can buy an...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, China, Germany, US, Trends, Markets, TSLA, Alibaba Group, Goog, Wiltshire, Msft, Nasdaq, Robinhood, Freelance, S&P 500

Could This Powerful New Fusion Rocket Thruster Propel Us Beyond Mars?

Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shared this article from Dr. Fatima Ebrahimi "has invented a new fusion rocket thruster concept which could power humans to Mars and beyond," writes Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shared their report: The physicist who works for the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory designed the rocket which will use magnetic fields to shoot plasma particles — electrically charged gas — into the vacuum of space. According to Ne...
Tags: Tech, Mars, Newton, Slashdot, U S Department of Energy, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Ebrahimi, Fatima Ebrahimi

Stonks, flying burritos and my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here. What a week. What a month. Are you doing all right? It’s okay if you are tired. We all are. That’s why we have weekends. Let’s reflect on what happened this week: Individual traders outraged more professional investors by doing something hilar...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Congress, US, NFL, Tech, Salesforce, Black, Postmates, Gamestop, Alfred, Guru, SPAC

Apple Pays $25+ Million for Worldwide Rights to Upcoming Film 'CODA'

Apple has paid over $25 million for the rights to upcoming movie "CODA," setting a new Sundance Film Festival acquisition record, reports Deadline. Directed and written by Siân Heder, "CODA" stars actress Emilia Jones as Ruby, the only hearing individual in her deaf family. As her high school years come to an end, Ruby is torn between staying at home to help family or heading off to college to pursue her dreams. Deadline reports that a "pitched battle" between Apple and Amazon took place for...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, United States, Ruby, Sundance film festival, Palm Springs, Sian Heder, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Emilia Jones, Apple TV Shows Apple

Apple just paid a record $25 million to buy a Sundance movie

Apple has paid $25 million to buy the movie 'CODA' — a record amount for a Sundance Film Festival deal.
Tags: Apple

Reddit co-founder on GameStop: ‘The collective public cannot unsee this’

When Robinhood, a startup that promises to make finance accessible for all, temporarily limited trading on GameStop, AMC, and other memestocks, many retail investors were pissed that the fintech darling suddenly didn’t live up to its name. The specific reasons may have been short-term and technical, but the choice looked corrupt to the average person. Here’s why: The presence of a massive hedge fund as a main Robinhood partner and supporter of the short-sellers is exactly what Robinhood users ar...
Tags: Google, TC, Utah, Robert Downey Jr, Softbank, Tech, Atlanta, Reddit, Miami, Silicon Valley, Alexis Ohanian, Robinhood, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sap, Squarespace, Databricks

Gillmor Gang: Back Then Now

Still figuring out what this newsletter is, I’m torn between aggregation and writing. The inputs vary from blog posts, Twitter threads, and the occasional video. Podcasting seems oddly muzzled by the acceleration of streaming. Blog posts are a misnomer; professional blogs represent the bulk of news and media citations, not usually the single voices of RSS yore. Linear media is bifurcated between quick takes like The Recount and user tweets of streaming cable news. Podcasting meets longer form...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Video, Disney, Tech, Cnn, Bill Cosby, Monty Python, Gillmor Gang, Biden, Disneyland, Msnbc, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare, Michael, Frank Radice

Apple Studios Wins ‘CODA’ in Record-Breaking $25 Million Sale

In a record-setting purchase, Apple Studios has emerged as the winner of “CODA,” the virtual Sundance sensation about a young hearing girl who grapples with breaking away from her deaf family. The Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht-led studio paid close to $25 million for the film, breaking last year’s recording setting “Palm Springs” sale […]
Tags: Apple, News, Sundance, Coda, Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht, Apple Studios, Apple Studios Wins

Apple Lands ‘CODA’ For $25M Record Setting WW Deal; First Major Virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival Sale

EXCLUSIVE: In the first big deal of the 2021 virtual Sundance Film Festival, Apple has landed worldwide rights to CODA, for a number...
Tags: Apple, Sundance Film Festival Apple

How Entrepreneurs Can Hire Smart

Entrepreneurs are, by their very nature, movers and shakers.  They see an opportunity and they go for it. Occasionally they are inventors as well. If you are one of these go-getters, you may have created a business model that is now challenged by your lack of staff.  As you consider what position you need to hire, here are some suggestions to help you tailor the job to what you actually need. Thinking strategically, how can you get the most for your money? Skip the Sales Position So, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sales, Tips

Facebook ‘still making money from anti-vax sites’

Social network allowing dangerous Covid theories to be shared, says Bureau of Investigative JournalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook is allowing users to profit from the spread of potentially dangerous false theories and misinformation about the pandemic and vaccines, including deploying money-raising tools on pages with content flagged up by the social media giant’s own factcheckers.An investigation has found 430 pages – followed by 45 million people – usin...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, Coronavirus, Bureau of Investigative JournalismCoronavirus

Facebook letting fake news spreaders profit, investigators claim

Social network allowing dangerous Covid theories to be shared, says Bureau of Investigative JournalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook is allowing users to profit from the spread of potentially dangerous false theories and misinformation about the pandemic and vaccines, including deploying money-raising tools on pages with content flagged up by the social media giant’s own fact-checkers.An investigation has found 430 pages – followed by 45 million people – usi...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, Coronavirus, Bureau of Investigative JournalismCoronavirus

Phone Numbers For 533 Million Facebook Users Were Being Sold On Telegram

Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: This week a security researcher discovered a bot on Telegram that sold the phone numbers of Facebook users for $20 apiece. "The security researcher who found this vulnerability, Alon Gal, says that the person who runs the bot claims to have the information of 533 million users, which came from a Facebook vulnerability that was patched in 2019," reported the Verge. Motherboard reported the bot was also offering "bulk" pricing, selling 10,000 phone numbers for $5...
Tags: Facebook, Post, New York Post, Australia, America, Tech, Canada, United Kingdom, Slashdot, Alon Gal, DevNull127

Study Finds The Least-Affordable City for Tech Workers: Silicon Valley's San Jose

The Bay Area Newsgroup reports: Despite high salaries and world-class amenities, San Jose is the least affordable place for tech workers to buy a home. [Alternate URL here] A new analysis by the American Enterprise Institute found the typical tech worker and his or her partner — with two incomes totaling $200,000 — can afford just 12 percent of the homes for sale in the San Jose metro area. The picture in San Francisco and the East Bay is nearly as bad, with just 21 percent of homes for sale f...
Tags: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, San Jose, East Bay, Bay Area, American Enterprise Institute, San Jose San Francisco, Bay Area Newsgroup, Ed Pinto, AEI Housing Center, Texas Pinto

Are the US Military's GPS Tests Threatening Airline Safety?

Long-time Slashdot reader cusco quotes a new report from IEEE Spectrum: In August 2018, a passenger aircraft in Idaho, flying in smoky conditions, reportedly suffered GPS interference from military tests and was saved from crashing into a mountain only by the last-minute intervention of an air traffic controller. "Loss of life can happen because air traffic control and a flight crew believe their equipment are working as intended, but are in fact leading them into the side of the mountain," wro...
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, Idaho, US military, Pentagon, Federal Aviation Administration, University of Texas at Austin, ASRS, Todd E Humphreys, Radionavigation Laboratory

Moto G Power (2021) vs. Google Pixel 4a

Motorola has revamped its Moto G Power for 2021, with the $200 phone offering a huge battery and 6.6-inch display. But is it better than the Google Pixel 4a?
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Motorola, Trends, Buying Guides, Smartphone Comparisons, Google Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a, Moto G Power, Moto G Power 2021

'Terms of Service' Agreements Are Unbalanced, Need Reforming, Urges New York Times

"The same legalese that can ban Donald Trump from Twitter can bar users from joining class-action lawsuits," warns the official Editorial Board of the New York Times, urging "It's time to fix the fine print." [Alternate URL here] [M]ost people have no idea what is signed away when they click "agree" to binding terms of service contracts — again and again on phones, laptops, tablets, watches, e-readers and televisions. Agreeing often means allowing personal data to be resold or waiving the right...
Tags: Lyft, Tech, New York Times, Shakespeare, Donald Trump, Carnegie Mellon, Doordash, Board, Julius Caesar, Northeastern University, U S Congress, Editorial Board of The New York Times, Woodrow Hartzog, California Western School of Law, Nancy Kim

BSUR Introduces New Specsavers Hearcare Commercial

An estimated 400,000 people are untreated for moderate to severe hearing loss in The Netherlands. On average, people take three to seven years to take action. The impact of untreated hearing impairments can be enormous to their quality of life, leading to fatigue, loneliness and depression.  In BSUR’s latest commercial for longtime client Specsavers Hearcare, we wanted to highlight the obstacles people face and raise awareness of the benefits in tackling the problem early on, ac...
Tags: Usa, Technology, Featured, Advertising, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Britvic, The Netherlands, Lvmh, Specsavers, Sao Paulo, Erik, Marius, BSUR, UK Hikvision Hangzhou China, Wibi Soerjadi

Selling Keyword Ads Isn’t Theft or Conversion–Edible IP v. Google

It’s been years since I’ve blogged a lawsuit against Google for selling trademarked keyword ads. About a decade ago, Google was dealing with about a dozen cases. Google won some of them and settled the rest, and everyone moved on. Well, almost everyone. Edible Arrangements, which sells overpriced fruit baskets, decided to challenge Google’s cash cow worth billions of dollars of annual revenue. If you’re going to go after a trillion dollar company, at least you should bring your A-game. Instead,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Law, California, Georgia, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Florida Bar, Greenberg, Adler, CDF, Jive, Jason Carter

Cherry: 8 Quick Things To Know About The Tom Holland Movie

Here's what you should know about Apple TV+'s crime-drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland!
Tags: Apple, Religion

The US Government's Entire 645,000-Vehicle Fleet Will Go All-Electric

Jalopnik reports: The United States government operates a fleet of about 645,000 vehicles, from mail delivery trucks to military vehicles and passenger cars. On Monday, President Joe Biden announced that his administration intends to replace them all with American-made, electric alternatives... In 2015, the government operated 357,610 gasoline vehicles and 3,896 electric ones; in 2019, those numbers grew to 368,807 and 4,475, respectively. That's excluding the tens of thousands of E-85 ["flex ...
Tags: US, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, United States, Biden, The Washington Post, Jalopnik, Chevrolet Bolt, University of California at Berkeley, Lake Orion Michigan, Kristin Dziczek, Center for Automotive Research, Timothy Lipman, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, Dziczek

Can Oklahoma Return Its $2 Million Stockpile of Hydroxychloroquine?

A nonprofit watchdog news site in Tulsa, Oklahoma reports: The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office has been tasked with attempting to return a $2 million stockpile of a malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump as a way to treat the coronavirus. In April, Gov. Kevin Stitt, who ordered the hydroxychloroquine purchase, defended it by saying that while it may not be a useful treatment for the coronavirus, the drug had multiple other uses and "that money will not have gone to waste in...
Tags: Utah, California, China, Tech, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Tulsa Oklahoma, Gary Herbert, Hydroxychloroquine, Kevin Stitt, FFF Enterprises Inc

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