Monthly Archives: June 2018

Google Downranks 65,000 Pirate Sites In Search Results

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Torrent Freak: In a comment to Australian media, Google states that it has demoted 65,000 [pirate] sites in search results, a list that’s still growing every week. In total, the company received DMCA

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Tinder Embraces Encryption

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has managed to get Tinder to encrypt the photos sent between its servers and its app. The 69-year-old Senator wrote a letter to Tinder back in February requesting that the company encrypt photos. They apparently already

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DARPA Invests $100 Million In a Silicon Compiler

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will invest $100 million into two research programs over the next four years to create the equivalent of a silicon compiler aimed at significantly lowering the barriers to design chips. “The two programs

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Study Suggests There’s No Limit On Longevity

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Smithsonian: The science of longevity is surprisingly controversial, mainly because there are so few people of extreme old age — defined at 110 years or older — around to study. So researchers look

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Google Researchers Created An Amazing Scene-Rendering AI

Researchers from Google’s DeepMind subsidiary have developed deep neural networks that “have a remarkable capacity to understand a scene, represent it in a compact format, and then ‘imagine’ what the same scene would look like from a perspective the network

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Engineers Develop Electric Car Battery That Can Heat Itself During Winter

Engineers at Penn State have created a battery that can self-heat, allowing for rapid charging regardless of the outside cold. The battery can reportedly provide a 15-minute rapid charge at all temperatures, even when the cold is as low as

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Microsoft Details Secret ‘Pocketable’ Surface Device

Microsoft’s mysterious new Surface device, codenamed Andromeda, that’s been in development for the past two years is going to be pocketable, reports The Verge. The company says it will create a “new and disruptive” device category to influence the overall

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Google Invests $22 Million In Feature Phone Operating System KaiOS

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google is turning startup investor to further its goal of putting Google services like search, maps, and its voice assistant front and center for the next billion internet users in emerging markets.

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Fiat Chrysler Is Being Sued Over a Software Flaw

“Last week, a California judge decided to allow a class action lawsuit filed in December 2017 against Fiat Chrysler to proceed,” reports IEEE Spectrum. “The lawsuit, which could have major ramifications for car makers, was filed in response to stalling

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EFF Sues To Invalidate FOSTA, an Unconstitutional Internet Censorship Law

schwit1 quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: We are asking a court to declare the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (“FOSTA”) unconstitutional and prevent it from being enforced. The law was

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