This week in AI: Man arrested after cops say he rode in backseat of Autopilot Tesla

Plus: Non-profit ML groups snub sponsorship money from Google In Brief Highway patrol officers in California arrested a man this week accused of riding in the backseat of his Tesla while it was under Autopilot.…
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New Spaceport Announced In Nova Scotia - Operational In 2023

Slashdot reader boudie2 writes: Maritime Launch Services has secured financing it says will allow it to begin construction on a spaceport facility this fall and get its first launch off the ground in 2022. The first Cyclone 4M medium-class launch vehicle would take off in 2023. The company wants to construct a rocket-launching site in Canso, Nova Scotia to send satellites into orbit for use in near-earth imaging, communications and scientific experiments. President and CEO Steve Matier state...
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Save more than 70% off these refurbished iMac and Mac Mini models

Time just flies in computer years. In fact, it's been almost 25 years since the iMac ascended to become Apple's premiere desktop computer. Just a few weeks after announcing the new M1 iMac, the brand's first major redesign in almost a decade, it's now open season on previous generations of iMacs past. — Read the rest
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Two Satellites Lost after Rocket Lab's Second-Stage Booster Fails to Reach Orbit

Space startup Rocket Lab "lost a pair of satellites as the second stage of one of its Electron rockets failed to make it to orbit Saturday," reports CNET: After a successful liftoff from the company's New Zealand launch facility, something went wrong after the first stage booster separated from the smaller second stage carrying two satellites for Earth imaging company BlackSky. A live feed from the second stage showed that after it separated, it appeared to go into an uncontrolled tumble. Com...
Tags: Tech, New Zealand, Pacific, Cnet, Engadget, Rocket Lab, BlackSky, Peter Beck

How America Will Improve Its Cybersecurity

Politico writes: President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered a sweeping overhaul of the federal government's approach to cybersecurity, from the software that agencies buy to the security measures that they use to block hackers, as his administration continues grappling with vulnerabilities exposed by a massive digital espionage campaign carried out by the Russian government... Biden's order requires agencies to encrypt their data, update plans for securely using cloud hosting services and enablin...
Tags: Tech, Joe Biden, Moscow, Biden, National Transportation Safety Board, Zdnet, Open Source Security Foundation, SBOM

‘I can’t be that careless’: Australian Uyghur activist targeted online

Nurgul Sawut, who has been named on a Chinese blacklist, says she’s experienced online trolling, nasty messages and malwareA Uyghur activist in Australia who has been the target of cyber-attacks by hacker groups in China says the Australian government needs to do more to educate the Uyghur community in Australia to protect themselves online.Uyghur activists outside of China are frequently the target of hackers based in China. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Australia, China, Australia news, Cybercrime, Asia Pacific, Uyghurs, Nurgul Sawut

Pipeline Attacked by Ransomware Has Now Resumed Normal Operations

Though halted last week by ransomware, America's largest gasoline pipeline announced Saturday that it's resumed normal operations, reports the Associated Press, "delivering fuel to its markets, including a large swath of the East Coast." Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline had begun the process of restarting the pipeline's operations on Wednesday evening, warning it could take several days for the supply chain to return to normal. "Since that time, we have returned the system to normal operations...
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Analyzing 30 Years of Brain Research Finds No Meaningful Differences Between Male and Female Brains

"As a neuroscientist long experienced in the field, I recently completed a painstaking analysis of 30 years of research on human brain sex differences..." reports Lise Eliot in a recent article on The Conversation. "[T]here's no denying the decades of actual data, which show that brain sex differences are tiny and swamped by the much greater variance in individuals' brain measures across the population." Bloomberg follows up: In 2005, Harvard's then president Lawrence Summers theorized that s...
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Report: 65% of Social Media Anti-vax Propaganda Comes From Just 12 People

Long-time Slashdot reader jhylkema writes: Just 12 people account for the lion's share of anti-vaccination propaganda posted to three of the leading social media outlets, according to a study from a London-based group opposed to online hate and disinformation. A study (PDF file) conducted by the Centre for the Countering of Digital Hate identified the "Disinformation Dozen" people, including RFK Jr., Joseph Mercola, and Sherri Tenpenny... In its study, the group blasts the social media companie...
Tags: Facebook, London, Tech, Npr, Facebook Google, Sherri Tenpenny, Social Media Anti, Digital Hate, RFK Jr Joseph Mercola, Disinformation Dozen Analysis

Dear Startups: Don’t repaint, reinvent

I feel hungover. No, not in the traditional sense, but in the dizzying way you feel when half of your world is celebrating double vaccinations and no masks, and the other half, across the world, is mourning death and not a shred of light at the end of the tunnel. The privilege of watching this unfold is like playing the worst game of musical chairs, except some seats are clouds and others are simply rows of knives. For tech, the questions that we will be debating are bigger than if “that confere...
Tags: TC, India, Softbank, Linkedin, Tech, Nasa, United States, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Brazil, EC, Alex, Expensify, SPAC, Danny, Joby

University Cancels $700,000 in Student Debt for 220 Graduates Affected by the Pandemic

Delaware State University -- also known as DSU -- "is cancelling more than $700,000 in student loans for recent graduates hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic," reports CNN: DSU will cancel $730,655 for more than 220 people, the school announced this week... "Too many graduates across the country will leave their schools burdened by debt, making it difficult for them to rent an apartment, cover moving costs, or otherwise prepare for their new careers or graduate school," said Antonio Boyle, DSU'...
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Tesla crash driver posted videos of himself riding without hands on wheel

Steven Hendrickson, 35, killed earlier this month in fatal crashAuthorities say car may have been operating in autopilot modeThe driver of a Tesla car in a fatal crash that California highway authorities said may have been operating on autopilot posted social media videos of himself riding in the vehicle without his hands on the wheel or foot on the pedal.The 5 May crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles east of Los Angeles, is also under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administra...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, California, Los Angeles, Tesla, World news, US news, Fontana, Steven Hendrickson

Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe's, Publix no longer require masks for vaccinated customers, Starbucks starts Monday

Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe's, Publix and Sam's Club are dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated shoppers. Apple and CVS are looking at policies.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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Is Computer History Also a History of Physical Pains?

"Decades before "Zoom fatigue" broke our spirits, the so-called computer revolution brought with it a world of pain previously unknown to humankind," argues Laine Nooney (in a condensed version of a chapter in the 2022 book Abstractions and Embodiments: New Histories of Computing and Society.) Slashdot reader em1ly shares its observation that "There was really no precedent in our history of media interaction for what the combination of sitting and looking at a computer monitor did to the human...
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Apple Stores Will Continue to Require Masks for Now

Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear their masks outdoors or in most indoor settings, paving the way for many companies to relax their mask rules. Following the recommendation change, several stores announced that they would no longer require vaccinated customers to wear masks inside, including Walmart, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and Costco, but for the time being, Apple retail stores will cont...
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Maybe SPACs were a bad idea after all

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? Sign up here. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Hello friends, I was out yesterday with what I’m calling Moderna Syndrome. Basically I got whacked by my second vaccine dose, and instead of enjoying a day off eating candy and spoiling my dogs...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Wall Street, Newsletter, Tech, Bloomberg, Coinbase, Chamath Palihapitiya, Doordash, SPAC, Matt Calkins, Brent Bellm, Big Tech, The TechCrunch Exchange, BigCommerce Bellm

Russia Races to Beat Tom Cruise and NASA With First Movie Filmed in Space

Which country will shoot the first movie in outer space? Russia is now "in a race with the United States to claim the achievement," reports NBC News. 36-year-old actress Yulia Peresild and 37-year-old director Klim Shepenko will complete Russia's cosmonaut-training program, ultimately taking two of the three seats aboard the October launch of Russia's Soyuz mission to the International Space Station: The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announced Thursday that it had selected its crew to head...
Tags: Russia, Nbc News, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Moscow, Tom Cruise, Roscosmos, Ernst, Channel One, Yulia Peresild, Klim Shepenko, Konstantin Ernst, Soyuz Russia

The Best Google Chrome Extensions

Here’s a list of my favorite extensions for Google Chrome that I depend on every day. These recommended extensions will improve your productivity and also enhance your overall web browsing experience. The Best Extensions for Google Chrome Vimium C — Browse the web, interact with web pages, navigate browser history using keyboard shortcuts. Inspired by Vim commands.Fika - Read pages in a Kindle-style clean layout with beautiful typography while hiding the distractin...
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Hacked US energy pipeline on track to restore full service but shortages persist

Gas station outages in Washington and south-eastern statesColonial Pipeline reportedly paid hackers $5m ransom Federal officials have said America’s largest energy pipeline is on track to fully restore service following a ransomware attack by a group of cybercriminals. Related: Welcome to DarkSide – and the inexorable rise of ransomware | John Naughton Continue reading...
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'How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict'

The New York Times reports on misinformation that's further inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to launch rocket attacks at Israelis from densely populated civilian areas. At least that is what Mr. Netanyahu's spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, said the video portrayed. But his tweet with the footage, which was shared h...
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I moved from NYC to rural Vermont and had to figure out how to get a strong, high-quality internet connection on my own. I tried it all - here's what works.

Working off my phone's hotspot. The black box with the green light on the wall near the guitar is a component of the WeBoost system. Alex Lockie Alex Lockie recently moved out of New York City into a home in rural southern Vermont. He had to test out how to establish a strong internet connection to be able to work from home. From satellite internet, to boosting cell phone signal, to jimmying together some wild antenna rigs, he's seen or tried just about everything. See more stories...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Verizon, Elon Musk, Internet, New York City, US, America, Trends, Remote Work, Netflix, Wifi, Hotspots, Xfinity, Vermont, Dsl

Record metals boom may threaten transition to green energy

Demand and prices are soaring for minerals essential to the construction of low-carbon infrastructureThe commodities boom ignited by China’s post-Covid recovery, and stoked by the global move to green energy, broke price records last week even as fears about inflation . But it also risks triggering a rush on metals and minerals that could derail climate action.Iron ore reached the apex of a super-rally that drove prices to $237.57 a tonne in New York on Wednesday. The record followed a surge in...
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Starbucks, Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe's, Publix no longer require masks for vaccinated customers. See the list.

Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe's, Publix and Sam's Club are dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated shoppers. Apple and CVS are looking at policies.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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Three Students Sue Lambda School Alleging False Advertising

Lambda School -- incubated at Y Combinator -- raised $130 million in venture funding from several investors including Google Ventures. Its original business model involved six-month virtual computer science courses for $30,000, remembers TechCrunch, "with the option of paying for the courses in installments based on a sliding scale that only kicks in after you land a job that makes at least $50,000." But this week three former students "filed lawsuits against the company in California, claimin...
Tags: California, Tech, Lambda, Google Ventures, Lambda School, National Student Legal Defense Network, Linh Nguyen Heather Nye, Jonathan Stickrod, Lambda School Alleging False Advertising, Income Share Agreement

Uber has launched a new anti-racism campaign and committed to fresh hiring practices aimed at improving diversity

Uber said it is committed to continuing its anti-racism work. Eric Risberg/AP On Friday, Uber announced the launch of a new anti-racism initiative. Its plans involve more training for drivers and riders and new hiring practices. The move comes after Uber pledged to make its business more diverse. See more stories on Insider's business page. Uber on Friday launched a new anti-racism campaign and committed to new internal hiring practices to help boost diversity.In a statement on its we...
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Leveling the playing field

Williesha Morris Contributor Share on Twitter Williesha Morris has been a journalist and freelancer off-and-on for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, playing video games or chatting about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2011, a product developer named Fred Davison read an article about inventor Ken Yankelevitz and his QuadControl video game controller for quadriplegics.  At the time, Yankelevitz wa...
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Apple reportedly will continue to require masks in its US retail stores

Apple stores require masks and temperature checks
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Real estate agents reveal the 6 things they wish potential homebuyers knew going into the process

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The US real estate market has been in a frenzied state since last year. It's led to inventory shortages, high prices, and frequent bidding wars for potential homebuyers. Insider spoke with five realtors who shared their best tips for prospective buyers. See more stories on Insider's business page. So, you're thinking about buying a house - join the club. Millions of people across the US have spent the last year in a homebuying frenzy, snatching up avail...
Tags: Google, New York City, US, Trends, Chicago, Austin, Brooklyn, Houston, North Carolina, Reuters, Don, Jonathan Ernst, Clemmons, Katie Day, Avery Hartmans, Olvera

"The lack of women in tech is a complicated problem. Attacking or ignoring one book written by a misogynist won’t solve it."

"However, rejecting the book as a typical narrative of our industry might be a good start. The book tells the story of an uninspiring, morally questionable individual in tech, who stands out only for the way he disparages people of minorities. It’s not 'a guide to the spirit of Silicon Valley' as the author and his publisher try to present. Men don’t have to be like the author, and women don’t have to work with, even tolerate, men like the author to fit into the tech world." Wrote Chip Huyen, a ...
Tags: Apple, Law, Feminism, Silicon Valley, Bay Area, Don, Gordon Gekko, Harper Collins, Ann Althouse, Mary Karr, Employment Discrimination, Axios, Antonio Garcia Martinez, Garcia Martinez, Huyen, Gandhi Gordon Gekko Gandhi

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