Monthly Archives: October 2017

Jimmy Wales’ WikiTribune is Already Biased

Earlier this year, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, said he would be launching a neutral news service with “no other agenda than this: the ultimate arbiter of the truth is the facts of reality.” On Monday, a pilot version

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Microsoft Engineer Installs Google Chrome During Presentation After Edge Freezes

A reader shares a report: We’ve seen lots of blunders on stage, and still happen occasionally, but this must be the best of all. A Microsoft engineer downloaded, installed, and started using Google Chrome during a live presentation after Microsoft

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‘Daylight Savings’ Is Grammatically Incorrect

A reader shares a report: We talk about time like it’s money, and that may explain why we say “Daylight Savings Time,” capitalizing the concept to emphasize its awesomeness. After all, who wouldn’t want to be able to save hours

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HTTP 103 – An HTTP Status Code for Indicating Hints

The Internet Task Engineering Group (IETF) has approved the new HTTP status code 103. The new status code is intended to “minimize perceived latency.” From the circular: It is common for HTTP responses to contain links to external resources that

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Apple Is Designing iPhones, iPads That Would Drop Qualcomm Components

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Apple, locked in an intensifying legal fight with Qualcomm, is designing iPhones and iPads for next year that would jettison the chipmaker’s

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Google Has a New Plan for China (and It’s Not About Search)

An anonymous reader shares a report: More than seven years after exiting China, Google is taking the boldest steps yet to come back. And it’s not with a search engine. Instead, Google’s ingress is centered around artificial intelligence. The internet

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Is the Optical Cable Dying?

Geoffrey Morrison from CNET explains how the optical cable is “dying a very slow death”: The official term for optical audio cable is “Toslink,” short for Toshiba Link. Developed in the early ’80s to connect their CD players to their

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Algorithm Can Identify Suicidal People Using Brain Scans

An anonymous reader quotes a report from WIRED: In a study published today in Nature Human Behavior, researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh analyzed how suicidal individuals think and feel differently about life and death, by looking

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Facebook Says 126 Million Americans May Have Seen Russia-Linked Political Posts

Facebook said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two-year period in an effort to sway U.S. politics and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time.

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Calgary Police Cellphone Surveillance Device Must Remain Top Secret, Judge Rules

Freshly Exhumed writes from a report via CBC.ca: To protect police investigative techniques that may or may not have been used in a Calgary Police Service investigation, their controversial cellphone surveillance device will remain so secretive not even the make

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