Elon Musk Begins Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' - As the World Watches

This afternoon Elon Musk tweeted a special URL allowing viewers outside the U.S. to simultaenously livestream his 90-minute appearance on Saturday Night Live for the first time in more than 100 countries, starting at 11:30 p.m. EST. The A.V. Club had a sardonic reaction to the livestreaming on YouTube: Good news for anyone looking at tonight's upcoming broadcast of Saturday Night Live — in which labor-busting vaccine skeptic Elon Musk will be given a platform to broadcast his techno-dystopian b...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Elon Musk, Nbc, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Cnn, Cnbc, Musk, Elon, V Club, Tech Times, Dogecoin, Michael Che, Lucid Air

Does XKCD's Cartoon Show How Scientific Publishing Is a Joke?

"An XKCD comic — and its many remixes — perfectly captures the absurdity of academic research," writes the Atlantic (in an article shared by Slashdot reader shanen). It argues that the cartoon "captured the attention of scientists — and inspired many to create versions specific to their own disciplines. Together, these became a global, interdisciplinary conversation about the nature of modern research practices." It depicts a taxonomy of the 12 "Types of Scientific Paper," presented in a gri...
Tags: Tech, Atlantic, Cory Doctorow, Slashdot, Vinay Prasad, Michael Johansen

Emails, Text Messages Can Be Retrieved From Smartphones Synced to Vehicles

Slashdot reader ytene writes: As reported by The Intercept, U.S. Customs and Border Protection have just spent $456,063 for a package of technology specifically designed to access smartphone data via a motor vehicle. From the article: "...part of the draw of vacuuming data out of cars is that so many drivers are oblivious to the fact that their cars are generating so much data in the first place, often including extremely sensitive information inadvertently synced from smartphones." This d...
Tags: Tech, Ford, Defcon, Border Protection, Slashdot, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU, Mohammad Tajsar, Intercept U S Customs

Apple Offered Special App Store API Access To Hulu and Other Developers (slashdot)

App Store Vice President Matt Fischer is on the stand answering questions from Apple and Epic lawyers, and one of the emails shared as evidence confirms that Apple has established special deals with major app developers like Hulu. From a report: In 2018, a tweet from developer David Barnard commented about App Store subscriptions being automatically cancelled through the StoreKit API, questioning why there hadn't been more offers to swap billing away from the App Store. Matt Fischer asked Cindy ...
Tags: Apple, News, App Store, Hulu, David Barnard, Msmash, Matt Fischer, Cindy Lin

Facebook Messenger becomes the third non-Google app to reach 5 billion installs on the Play Store

With the popularity of Android, plenty of applications have managed to cross over the one billion installs threshold on the Play Store....
Tags: Google, Facebook Messenger

Deepfake Satellite Imagery Poses a Not-so-Distant Threat

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Verge's warning about "deepfake geography: AI-generated images of cityscapes and countryside." Specifically, geographers are concerned about the spread of fake, AI-generated satellite imagery. Such pictures could mislead in a variety of ways. They could be used to create hoaxes about wildfires or floods, or to discredit stories based on real satellite imagery... Deepfake geography might even be a national security issue, as geopolitical adversaries u...
Tags: Tech, Zhao, Bo Zhao, University of Washington Zhao

What You Need To Know About Data Only Plans

Are you tired of porting and memorizing Wi-Fi passwords anytime you want to access the internet? Do you want to get more data and save your money? You should give data only plans a try. In this guide, we’ll discuss data only plans and hopefully, you’ll understand how to pick one that’s perfect for you. First things first, what are data only plans? Data only plans are highly versatile plans available on a wide range of devices, including tablets, phones, laptops and portable Wi-Fi....
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My Mojave macOS storage space seems way too big

While testing out various external storage drives on my MacBook Pro 2014, I noticed that my system says Mojave is taking up 115GB of my 256GB internal SSD. That seems way too high. I looked up Big Sur and Apple states, “If upgrading from macOS Sierra or later, macOS Big Sur requires 35.5GB of available storage to upgrade.” But I’m not sure how much it actually take up after installation. I don’t remember which macOS version was on my MacBook Pro when I bought it in 2014, probably Mavericks, but ...
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Hacked Verified Twitter Accounts Are Spamming Musk Fans With Bitcoin Scams Ahead of SNL Debut

Several verified Twitter accounts strangely started flooding the replies of Elon Musk and his followers with bitcoin spam on Saturday. The apparent hacks come just hours before the Tesla CEO’s much-discussed hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Cryptography, Bitcoin, Miley Cyrus, Cryptocurrencies, Dogecoin, Businesspeople, Paralympic, Tesla CEO, Drafthex, Jamaica At The Winter Olympics, Jorge Taiana, Shelly Woods

Astronomers Search For Answers To Origins of Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua

"Getting to another extrasolar planet is never going to happen in my lifetime, or that of Western civilisation," says Alan Jackson, an astronomer and planetary scientist at Arizona State University. "But we can have nature deliver pieces of them to us that we can actually see up close." Slashdot reader boudie2 shares this article from BBC Future, which notes that astronomers spent decades looking for objects from outside our solar system — until two arrived at once. "'Oumuamua has not yet been...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, Alan Jackson, Jackson, Pluto, Arizona State University, Slashdot, Borisov, Steven Desch, Oumuamua, Jackson Nitrogen

6 Most Common Types of Commercial HVAC Systems

It’s important to understand that there are many ways to effectively cool your commercial space. Commercial HVAC systems have become more comprehensive, offering efficient ways for you to cool your space, regardless of the size. Much of it comes down to how much control you want of the system and what kind of environment it will be working in. 1. Single Split System A single split HVAC system is one of the most popular systems on the market. It’s commonly used in smaller spaces such as off...
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How Duolingo became a $2.4B language unicorn

At the heart of Duolingo is its mission: to scale free education and increase income potential through language learning. However, the same mission that has helped it grow to a business valued at $2.4 billion with over 500 million registered learners, has led to tensions that continue to define the business. How do you survive as a startup if you don’t want to charge users? How do you design a startup that isn’t too hard to lose people, but isn’t too easy to compromise education? How do you bala...
Tags: Startups, TC, Elon Musk, Boston, Tech, CMO, Tesla, Yale, Mary Barra, Gm, SEC, Bill, EC, Argo, Edtech, Duolingo

'Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming'

The New York Times reports on surprising silver linings of the global chip shortage: Even as a chip shortage is causing trouble for all sorts of industries, the semiconductor field is entering a surprising new era of creativity, from industry giants to innovative start-ups seeing a spike in funding from venture capitalists that traditionally avoided chip makers. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung Electronics, for example, have managed the increasingly difficult feat of packi...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Tech, Intel, New York Times, Ibm, Volkswagen, Samsung Electronics, Giants, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Apple Amazon, Apple Tesla, Jim Keller

'Ghost Gun' Loophole Leads US Justice Dept to Propose New Definition of 'Firearm'

America's Justice Department proposed a new rule Friday to update the definition of "firearm" for the first time since 1968, in an effort to close the so-called "ghost gun" loophole. UPI reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland said the modernized definition would require retailers to perform background checks on customers before selling some ready-made kits that allow people to build their own guns. Such guns are known as "ghost guns" because they don't have serial numbers and can't be trace...
Tags: America, Tech, Justice Department, UPI, Garland, Merrick Garland, US Justice Dept

7 'biohacks' founders and execs have used to try to boost their energy at work, from wearing electrodes while they sleep to drinking bone-broth breakfasts

Transcranial Electrical Stimulation therapy uses electrodes to try to induce deep sleep Getty Images Some CEOs and founders use "biohacks" to boost workplace productivity and their overall health. These range from enzyme injections to $300 sleep rings. Many biohacks are based on limited scientific evidence. See more stories on Insider's business page. Iterable CEO Justin Zhu was recently fired for "micro-dosing" LSD, a psychedelic drug, to improve his focus, he told Bloomberg last w...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Science, Washington Post, New York City, Time, Trends, Bloomberg, Healthcare, Delta, Peter Thiel, Nba, Silicon Valley, Harry, Jack Dorsey, Bumble

Ransomware Cyberattack Forces Major US Pipeline Company to Halt Operations

"Colonial Pipeline, which accounts for 45% of the East Coast's fuel, said it has shut down its operations due to a cyberattack," reports ZDNet. "The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberattacks are increasingly a threat to real-world infrastructure. "The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military." UPDATE: Saturday the company confirmed that the attack involved ransomware. The Associated Press ...
Tags: Washington, White House, Alabama, Tech, Atlanta, Associated Press, East Coast, National Security Agency, Justice Department, University of Notre Dame, Charlotte North Carolina, Zdnet, Alpharetta Georgia, Mendoza College of Business, Chapple, Mike Chapple

How one founder realized the potential of sustainable energy stored deep below our feet

On this week’s Found podcast, we sat down with Dandelion co-founder and President Kathy Hannun. Kathy came up with the idea for Dandelion while working at Google X, tackling some of the world’s most intractable problems, and making them tractable through the application of technology. Kathy realized that harnessing geothermal energy was a way to make an entirely new category of sustainable energy accessible at scale to markets where it makes the most sense over other green energy options. Kathy ...
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Cyber-attack forces shutdown of one of the US’s largest pipelines

Colonial Pipeline said it shut down 5,500 miles of pipeline, which carries 45% of the east coast’s fuel suppliesOne of the largest pipelines in the US has been shut down after an apparent cyber-attack, its operator has said.Colonial Pipeline said it had shut down its 5,500 miles of pipeline, which carries 45% of the east coast’s fuel supplies and travels through 14 southern and eastern US states, after the breach of its computer networks. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Technology, Internet, US, World news, Oil and gas companies, US news, Cybercrime, Colonial Pipeline

Cyberattack Forces Major US Pipeline Company to Halt Operations

"Colonial Pipeline, which accounts for 45% of the East Coast's fuel, said it has shut down its operations due to a cyberattack," reports ZDNet. "The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberattacks are increasingly a threat to real-world infrastructure. "The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military." The Associated Press reports: Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affecte...
Tags: Washington, White House, Alabama, Tech, Atlanta, East Coast, National Security Agency, Justice Department, University of Notre Dame, Charlotte North Carolina, Zdnet, Alpharetta Georgia, Mendoza College of Business, Chapple, Mike Chapple, Colonial Pipeline

Apple brass discussed disclosing 128-million iPhone hack, then decided not to

Emails entered into Epic Games lawsuit show execs contradicting Apple talking points.
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New Studies Show Covid-19 Vaccines' Effectiveness Against Variants

CNN recently reported on "a batch" of new studies published Wednesday — with one quantifying how much immunity improves after the second dose, and others showing how well coronavirus vaccines work against new variants of the virus: The first nationwide study of coronavirus vaccination, done in Israel, showed Pfizer/BioNtech's vaccine works far better after two doses. Two shots of the vaccine provided greater than 95% protection from infection, severe illness and death, Dr. Eric Haas of the Isra...
Tags: Israel, US, Tech, Qatar, Cnn, Britain, Pfizer, Lancet, Gulf, Novavax, Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech, Israel Ministry of Health, Eric Haas, New England Journal of Medicine Vaccine

Facebook Criticized For 'Arbitrary' Suspension of Trump -- by Its Own Oversight Board

"It never occurred to me that a Facebook-appointed panel could avoid a clear decision about Donald Trump's heinous online behavior," writes a New York Times technology reporter. "But that is what it's done..." They call the board's decision "kind of perfect, actually, since it forces everyone's hand — from the Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to our limp legislators in Congress..." The editor of the conservative National Review adds: If Facebook had set out to demonstrate that it has ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Tech, United States, New York Times, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Columbia, Samples, Trump, National Review, U S Supreme Court, Trump Facebook, Aspen Institute, Helle Thorning Schmidt

Cowboy launches the Cowboy 4 e-bike, with a step-through version and built-in phone charger

E-bike startup Cowboy has launched the Cowboy 4, its newest generation of urban electric bikes. The bike will come in two different frames, a traditional frame, and a step-through. The C4 is basically an upgrade on the previous version 3, while the ‘C4 ST’ is a step-through model which the company is predicting will appeal to young people used to city bikes. The C4 and C4 ST are both priced at £2,290/€2,490 inclusive of mudguards and are available for pre-order with a €100/£100 deposit starting ...
Tags: TC, Europe, France, Germany, Cowboy, Tech, Smartphone, Austria, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Transport, Venture Capital, Belgium, Luxembourg, Mike Butcher, Electric Bicycle

Comment: Epic vs. Apple case reveals how hollow tvOS and watchOS App Stores are

As the Epic court case goes on, we have been able to discover more about the App Store numbers and how hollow tvOS and watchOS stores feel.
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New Audio From Mars Captures Sounds of Ingenuity Helicopter's Flight

"A ghostly hum has been echoing across the plains of Mars' Jezero Crater," reports Business Insider. Slashdot reader quonset writes: NASA has released a short video of Ingenuity's fourth flight on Mars. However, a bountiful side effect is they were able to hear the hum of its rotors. Perseverance's microphone was turned on during the flight, and despite Ingenuity being over 260 feet away, it was able to capture both sight and sound of the historic event. While the majority of sound is Mart...
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Many big companies are planning to use a hybrid-working model. Some say they may 'be sleepwalking into discrimination.'

Many employees may find themselves splitting their time between office work and remote work. JGalione/Getty Images Financial institutions such as KPMG and Lloyd's of London are turning to a hybrid working model. Kevin Hogarth, KPMG UK chief people officer, told Insider staff will work differently post-pandemic. But experts told Insider that firms may "be sleepwalking into discrimination" by adopting hybrid working. See more stories on Insider's business page. As COVID-19 restrictio...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, England, London, Microsoft, Trends, Pwc, Deutsche Bank, Kpmg, Zillow, University of Guelph, Carnegie Mellon University, Hogarth, Ontario, Jpmorgan

Top Stories: Epic Games vs. Apple, Hidden AirTag Mode, Apple Music Hi-Fi, Colorful MacBook Air?

While we wait for the newly introduced iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV models to launch later this month, this week saw the kickoff of the big Epic Games v. Apple trial, with lots of juicy tidbits coming out as the two sides make their arguments. This week also saw some rumors about a Hi-Fi tier for Apple Music, more biometric sensing capabilities for Apple Watch, and timing for the next-generation iPad mini launch. We also saw people digging into Apple's new AirTags, including the discovery of ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Cook, Featured, California, Samsung, Top Stories, Epic, Tim Cook, Apple Watch, MacBook Air, Lg, App Store, Epic Games, Eddy Cue, Ming Chi Kuo

When the Earth is gone, at least the internet will still be working

The internet is now our nervous system. We are constantly streaming and buying and watching and liking, our brains locked into the global information matrix as one universal and coruscating emanation of thought and emotion. What happens when the machine stops though? It’s a question that E.M. Forster was intensely focused on more than a century ago in a short story called, rightly enough, “The Machine Stops,” about a human civilization connected entirely through machines that one day just turn o...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Spacex, Texas, Enterprise, Government, America, Tech, Department Of Defense, Earth, Policy, T Mobile, AT T, Commission, Davis, Louisiana

Apple and Epic Games are revealing a ton of industry secrets in court filings - from untold billions in 'Fortnite' profits to private email exchanges, these are the 5 juiciest bits

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right. Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the bench trial started this week in California. Epic says Apple's App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract. Through court filings, major secrets from Apple, Epic, Microsoft, and more have been revealed. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" are currently at war in a C...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Ipad, Microsoft, California, Washington, Xbox One, Trends, Playstation, Epic, Tim Cook, Sony, Xbox

A last waltz for Yahoo and AOL, and Elon's crypto comedy show

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:What's next for Yahoo and AOL?VCs are gaga for cryptoBill and Melinda's complicated goodbye Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. Soundtrack: This week's newsletter has been specially designed to be consumed while listening to Serge Gainsbourg's "Requiem pour un con" This week: A last waltz for Yahoo and AOL EUTERS/Court M...
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