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Are Google’s Cat-Loving Employees Killing Burrowing Owls?

An anonymous reader writes: Google’s employees started a group called GCat Rescue that traps feral cats and puts them up for adoption. (Though “less-friendly adult cats are neutered and released… The cats that are released are implanted with tracking chips,

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Judge Backs Parents, Saying Their 30-Year-Old Son Must Move Out

“Attention geeks living in their parents’ basements!” writes PolygamousRanchKid , sharing this story from NPR: The promise of adventure didn’t do it. Neither did the lure of independence, or the weight of his 30 years. Instead, it took a judge

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Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Dies at Age 81

An anonymous reader quotes Eurogamer: Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has died, according to a close friend. Historian Leonard Herman, who told Dabney’s story in an article for Edge magazine published in 2009, announced Dabney’s death in a post on Facebook…

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Australian Bank’s System Outage Leaves 9 Million Customers Without Cash

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: National Australia Bank on Saturday suffered what it described as a “nationwide outage” to some of its technology systems, leaving customers unable to access banking services or withdraw money. Customers took to social media to

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Ask Slashdot: Did Baby Boomers Break America?

“Automation taking jobs is only one symptom of a larger problem,” argues an anonymous Slashdot reader, sharing a link to this excerpt from Steven Brill’s new book Tailspin, which seeks to identify “the people and forces behind America’s fifty-year fall

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5.3M Cars Recalled Because ‘Drivers May Not Be Able to Turn Off Cruise Control’

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 5.3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The

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Two 18-Year-Olds Charged With Hacking YouTube’s Most Popular Videos

An anonymous reader quotes Variety: Two 18-year-old French citizens have been arrested in Paris and charged with crimes related to the hack of Vevo’s YouTube accounts last month that resulted in pro-Palestine messages being posted on several popular videos, according

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Amazon Explains Why Alexa Recorded And Emailed A Private Conversation

Amazon has issued the following statement about why their Alexa device recorded a woman’s private conversation and then emailed it to one of her friends: Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like “Alexa.” Then, the

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Oracle Calls Java Serialization ‘A Horrible Mistake’, Plans to Dump It

An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Oracle plans to drop from Java its serialization feature that has been a thorn in the side when it comes to security. Also known as Java object serialization, the feature is used for encoding objects

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Silicon Valley’s Tech Bubble Is Now Larger Than In 2000. Will It Come To An End?

“We are now officially in a tech bubble larger than March of 2000,” argues Keith Wright, instructor of accounting and information services at the Villanova School of Business. An anonymous reader quotes his commentary on CNBC: In case you missed

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