Daily Archives: July 17, 2018

House rep suggests converting Google, Facebook, Twitter into public utilities

Amidst questions about how conspiracy theorists’ accounts are treated during today’s House Judiciary hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter on social media filtering practices, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) dropped a bombshell. “What about converting the large behemoth organizations that we’re talking about here into public utilities?” King’s suggestion followed his inquiries about right-wing outlet Gateway Pundit losing reach on social ...

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Doctors may soon start putting magnetic wires in your veins to detect cancer earlier

Stanford scientists have trialed a revolutionary technology – using magnetic wire to detect and potentially remove cancer cells in the bloodstream. The technology, which has only been tested on pigs so far, can collect 10 to 80 times more cancer cells than the standard blood tests done today, meaning that the illness can be caught when it is just starting ...

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Walmart enlists Microsoft cloud in battle against Amazon

Once a seemingly unstoppable retail juggernaut, Walmart’s been scrambling to define its digitally in this Amazon-defined era. This morning, the company announced that it’s struck a five-year deal with Microsoft, Amazon’s chief cloud competitor. These sorts of partnerships are a regular occurrence for AWS — in fact, it announced one with Fortnite maker Epic Games, just this morning. The companies ...

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Undercover report shows the Facebook moderation sausage being made

An undercover reporter with the U.K.’s Channel 4 visited a content moderation outsourcing firm in Dublin and came away rather discouraged at what they saw: queues of flagged content waiting, videos of kids fighting staying online, orders from above not to take action on underage users. It sounds bad, but the truth is there are pretty good reasons for most ...

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Number of Muslims running for public office hits record high since 9/11 – report

There has been a surge in the number of Muslim-Americans launching their bids for national and statewide offices, analysts say, crediting the Trump administration’s policies with sparking the moment. The primary season ahead of the November midterm elections is in full swing, and it has already broken some records. AP reported, citing Jetpac, a non-profit company assisting Muslim-American candidates, that ...

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Amazon’s Show Mode Dock makes the Echo Show mostly unnecessary

Google gave us a hardware blitzkrieg at CES. Among other things, the company announced a new smart display category, aimed at taking on the Echo Show through sheer, brute force. The new Show Mode Dock isn’t a direct response, but it’s a clever one.</span> Two years ago, Amazon introduced Alexa for the Fire tablet line. Last year, the feature went ...

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Streaming service deletes 600k accounts in 60 days amid epidemic of child sexual exploitation

Live-streaming app LiveMe has deleted 600,000 accounts of children under the age of 13 in the last 60 days since media reports emerged that pedophiles were using the service to exploit underage users. The app, which has been downloaded more than 90 million times, shares the user’s location and allows users to search for who is streaming near them. A ...

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#WouldorWouldnt: Trump's election meddling U-turn sends Twitter into a frenzy

It only took moments for memes to flood Twitter after Donald Trump backtracked on alleged Russian meddling, correcting a sentence in which he had stated that there was no reason why Russia would have interfered in the election. The presidential U-turn, which he says was a simple case of using the word “would” when he meant “wouldn’t,” was almost immediately mocked ...

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With its Snowball Edge, AWS now lets you run EC2 on your factory floor

AWS’s Snowball Edge devices aren’t new, but they are getting a new feature today that’ll make them infinitely more interesting than before. Until now, you could use the device to move lots of data and perform some computing tasks on them, courtesy of the AWS Greengrass service and Lambda that run on the device. But AWS is stepping it up and ...

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Only in Russia: New armored vehicle airdropped WITH crew during 'historic' drills (PHOTOS)

The Russian military has successfully tested a new airmobile armored personnel carrier during large-scale drills in central Russia. The APC was parachuted with a crew onboard – a daring technique used only by Russian troops. Over 200 armored vehicles and some 2,500 servicemen took part in the joint drills of Transport Aviation and Airborne Troops, which concluded on Friday. One ...

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