Monthly Archives: December 2017

WhatsApp Rings in the New Year with a Global Outage

WhatsApp went down in several parts of the world today including parts of Europe, Asia, and South America. The crowdsourced website DownDetector found the largest concentration of outages in portions of England, Germany, and virtually all of the Netherlands, as

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Apple’s iPhones Were the Best-Selling Tech Product of 2017

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today: Once again, the iPhone was the best-selling tech product of 2017, selling more units than the No. 2 through No. 5 products combined. According to Daniel Ives, an analyst with GBH Insights, who compiled

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EFF Applauds ‘Massive Change’ to HTTPS

“The movement to encrypt the web reached milestone after milestone in 2017,” writes the EFF, adding that “the web is in the middle of a massive change from non-secure HTTP to the more secure, encrypted HTTPS protocol.” In February, the

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Hardly Anyone Wants to Ride the Las Vegas Monorail

Motherboard describes riding the Las Vegas monorail in 2008. “I was literally the only person on a train built to carry 222 people,” arguing that “the tale of the Las Vegas monorail is an allegory for almost every other monorail

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Kansas Swatting Perpetrator ‘SWauTistic’ Interviewed on Twitter

“That kids house that I swatted is on the news,” tweeted “SWauTistic” — before he realized he’d gotten somebody killed. Security researcher Brian Krebs reveals what happened next. When it became apparent that a man had been killed as a

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America’s Doctors Are Performing Expensive Procedures That Don’t Work

“The proportion of medical procedures unsupported by evidence may be nearly half,” writes a professor of public policy at Brown University. An anonymous reader quotes his article in Vox: The recent news that stents inserted in patients with heart disease

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Ars Technica Puts Twitter, Uber On ’2018 Deathwatch’

The editors of Ars Technica have compiled their annual list of “Companies, tech, and trends least likely to succeed in 2018… Let’s grab a Juicero and take a moment to reflect on the utter dumpster fires that we’ve witnessed over

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Construction Workers Find 30 Perfectly Preserved Dinosaur Eggs

An anonymous reader quotes BGR: Chinese construction workers digging on Christmas day found a gift that was wrapped 130 million years ago in the form of 30 incredibly preserved dinosaur eggs. The discovery was made in the city of Ganzhou

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Can Docker Survive Google?

Though Docker has 400 corporate customers — and plans to double its sales staff — “here’s what happens to a startup when Google gets all up in its business,” reads a recent headline at Bloomberg: Docker Inc. helped establish a

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Movie Ticket Sales Hit A 22-Year Low in 2017

An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times: Hollywood is celebrating the end of 2017 with astronomical sales from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is on track to soon exceed $1 billion in global ticket sales and eventually become

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