Daily Archives: April 16, 2018

Football field-sized asteroid zooms dangerously close to Earth

Just a day after being discovered dangerously close and approaching Earth, an asteroid, potentially capable of causing significant damage, has darted past our planet nearly missing it on an astronomical scale. While rare at that size, asteroids more than a quarter-mile wide are capable of causing a disaster on the global scale. Astronomers across the globe are rigorously applying efforts ...

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Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection

“Other companies suck in your data too,” Facebook explained in many, many words today with a blog post detailing how it gathers information about you from around the web. Facebook product management director David Baser wrote, “Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services. Google has a popular analytics service. ...

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Israeli court indicts Jewish man who dreamed of ‘decapitating Arab babies’

An Israeli man has been indicted for inciting both anti-Israeli and anti-Palestinian hatred in his Facebook posts. In the most notorious of them, he described his vivid dream of “decapitating” Arab babies with a butcher knife. Between 2012 and 2017, Petah Tikva resident Zohar Zuaretz issued a barrage of Facebook posts urging more than one thousand of his followers to ...

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'US knew there were no toxins & risked nothing' – chemical experts on Syria strike

The US must have been well aware that there were no chemical stockpiles at Syrian facilities the coalition destroyed in their ‘retaliatory’ strike, Russian chemical weapons experts told RT, noting the absence of toxic emissions. Announcing the early Saturday morning missile strikes, the American-British-French coalition asserted that their forces were targeting compounds associated with Syria’s alleged chemical weapons stockpiles. Now, ...

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Judge says class action suit against Facebook over facial recognition can go forward

Whenever a company may be guilty of something, from petty neglect to grand deception, there’s usually a class action lawsuit filed. But until a judge rules that lawsuit legitimate, the threat remains fairly empty. Unfortunately for Facebook, one major suit from 2015 has just been given that critical go-ahead. The case concerns an Illinois law that prohibits collection of biometric ...

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‘Discarded like rubbish’: Swedish zoo kills hundreds of rescued lizards with liquid nitrogen

More than 500 exotic lizards were dipped in liquid nitrogen after a Swedish zoo failed to find proper homes for them. The animals had been recovered by police, but their unknown origins made them ineligible for pet adoption. Swedish authorities found 760 lizards, 67 turtles, 18 snakes, two crocodiles, one water monitor and 11 frogs caged up in an abandoned ...

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As WaPo & NYT win Pulitzers for ‘Russiagate’ coverage, Mueller warns of fake news

Newspapers openly opposed to President Donald Trump were just honored with prestigious US media awards for their “Russiagate” coverage, even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned about fake news about his probe. The Pulitzer Prize is named after a 19th-century media mogul Joseph Pulitzer, a pioneer of yellow journalism who endowed a graduate school of journalism at New York’s Columbia ...

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Yahoo Japan buys a minority stake in a Tokyo cryptocurrency exchange

Yahoo Japan has gotten its hands on 40 percent of a Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange set to launch this fall. The investment, made in BitARG Exchange through a Yahoo Japan subsidiary gives the company a minority stake with BitARG parent company CMD Laboratories still maintaining 60 percent ownership of the exchange. A source told CNBC the deal went for about 2-3 billion ...

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Protests shut down Philadelphia Starbucks over arrests of black men

Protesters have taken over a Starbucks in Philadelphia to protest the arrest of two black men that were accused of trespassing at the coffee chain’s outlet last week. Video showing the arrest of the two men went viral on Thursday after the store’s manager called police because the pair were sitting in the store without ordering anything. The two said ...

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Microsoft built its own custom Linux kernel for its new IoT service

At a small press event in San Francisco, Microsoft today announced the launch of a secure end-to-end IoT product that focuses on microcontroller-based devices — the kind of devices that use tiny and relatively low-powered microcontrollers (MCUs) for basic control or connectivity features. Typically, these kinds of devices, which could be anything from a toy to a household gadget or ...

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