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America to North Korea: We’ve spied your hacking spy

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has brought charges for the first time against a North Korean hacker.

The target: Park Jin Hyok is accused of being part of the Lazarus Group, a hacker collective that does the bidding of North Korea’s military intelligence… Read more

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The news: Using the phone’s sensors, including the GPS, accelerometer, and gyroscope, “Ride Check” will detect if… Read more

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Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all

While avoiding the worst dangers of climate change will likely require sucking carbon dioxide out of the sky, prominent scientists have long dismissed such technologies as far too expensive.

But a detailed new analysis published today in the journal Joule...

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September 5, 2018

Facebook and Twitter, but not Google, appear before Congress

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared the stage in DC today, appearing before a more muted Congress than Mark Zuckerberg faced earlier this year.

Google was a no-show: An empty chair sat next to Sandberg and Dorsey, emphasizing… Read more

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Europe’s proposed law could require streaming services to hit local content quotas

Netflix, Hulu, and their competitors operating in the EU would be required to count European productions as at least 30 percent of their content.

The news: The legislation, which will be voted on in October, would mean streaming platforms would be forced… Read more

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Theranos is shutting down

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Some background: In 2014, Theranos rocketed to public attention with its claims of a revolutionary blood-testing system. The next year, a Wall Street Journal investigation raised… Read more

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September 4, 2018

Google released the first bilingual AI assistant

It can switch back and forth between two different languages on the fly.

Some background: While assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri can understand various languages, they can only process one at a time.

Los detalles: The new version of Google… Read more

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The world’s most powerful supercomputer is tailor made for the AI era

Since 2013, Chinese machines have occupied the number one slot in rankings of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Now America is back on top again. Engineers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee have just unveiled...

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September 4, 2018

The US Army is building drones that never need to land

It’s using lasers to power the aerial machines.

The news: According to New Scientist, the US Army is firing lasers at photovoltaic cells on drones to to deliver power from a distance. Eventually they hope to power the devices from 500 meters away.

How… Read more

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Net neutrality gets a victory in California

Senate bill SB-822 passed last week, despite intense opposition and lobbying from the broadband industry.

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