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New Study Finds No Link Between Violent Video Games and Behavior

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Dot: Scientists have been investigating the impact of violent video games on behavior for more than two decades, and the results are still being debated. In a 2015 resolution on games,

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Tesla Owner Attempts Autopilot Defense During DUI Stop

It turns out driving drunk is still illegal, even with a driver-assistance system active. “On Saturday, January 13, police discovered a man in his Tesla vehicle on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge,” reports Ars Technica. “The San Francisco Chronicle reports

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Facebook Announces That It Has Invented a New Unit of Time

Facebook has announced a new unit of time, called Flicks. “According to the GitHub page documenting Flicks, a Flick is ‘the smallest time unit which is LARGER than a nanosecond,’ defined as 1/705,600,000 of a second,” reports The Verge. (For

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Trump Administration Approves Tariffs of 30 Percent On Imported Solar Panels

The Trump administration just approved tariffs of 30% on imported solar panels. Axios explains why it matters: “Most of the American solar industry has opposed tariffs on panels, saying they would raise prices and hurt the sector. A small group

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Rupert Murdoch Pushes Facebook To Pay For News To Guarantee Quality

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Rupert Murdoch, the media billionaire who controls the Wall Street Journal, called on Facebook to begin paying publishers fees to carry the news that its users post and share online in a

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Android Can Now Tell You How Fast Wi-Fi Networks Are Before You Join Them

Today, Google announced that Android 8.1 Oreo will now display the speed of nearby open Wi-Fi networks to help you decide whether they’re even worth the effort of connecting to. The Wi-Fi settings menu will now display one of four

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UK Hospitals Can Now Store Confidential Patient Records In the Public Cloud

The National Health Service (NHS) has given hospitals the go-ahead to store sensitive patient records in the cloud. “NHS Digital said the advantages of using cloud services include cost savings associated with not having to buy and maintain hardware and

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Montana Becomes First State To Implement Net Neutrality After FCC Repeal

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order on Monday requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles. The order makes his state the first

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Linux 4.15 Becomes Slowest Release Since 2011

An anonymous reader shares a report: Linus Torvalds has decided that Linux 4.15 needs a ninth release candidate, making it the first kernel release to need that much work since 2011. Torvalds flagged up the possibility of an extra release

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China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials

U.S. scientists helped devise the Crispr biotechnology tool. First to test it in humans are Chinese doctors (Editor’s note: the link may be paywalled; alternative link). WSJ reports: In a hospital west of Shanghai, Wu Shixiu since March has been

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