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Threads' API Is Coming in June

SlashDot - Sat, 2024-03-02 11:34
In 2005 Gabe Rivera was a compiler software engineer at Intel — before starting the tech-news aggregator Techmeme. And last year his Threads profile added the words "This is a little self-serving, but I want all social networks to be as open as possible." Friday Threads engineer Jesse Chen posted that it was Rivera's post when Threads launched asking for an API that "convinced us to go for it." And Techmeme just made its first post using the API, according to Chen. The Verge reports : Threads plans to release its API by the end of June after testing it with a limited set of partners, including Hootsuite, Sprinklr, Sprout Social, Social News Desk, and Techmeme. The API will let developers build third-party apps for Threads and allow sites to publish directly to the platform. More from TechCrunch: Engineer Jesse Chen posted that the company has been building the API for the past few months. The API currently allows users to authenticate, publish threads and fetch the content they post through these tools. "Over the past few months, we've been building the Threads API to enable creators, developers, and brands to manage their Threads presence at scale and easily share fresh, new ideas with their communities from their favorite third-party applications," he said... The engineer added that Threads is looking to add more capabilities to APIs for moderation and insights gathering.

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Ransomware Attack Hampers Prescription Drug Sales at 90% of US Pharmacies

SlashDot - Sat, 2024-03-02 10:34
"A ransomware gang once thought to have been crippled by law enforcement has snarled prescription processing for millions of Americans over the past week..." reports the Washington Post. "The hackers stole data about patients, encrypted company files and demanded money to unlock them, prompting the company to shut down most of its network as it worked to recover." Insurance giant UnitedHealthcare Group said the hackers struck its Change Health business unit, which routes prescription claims from pharmacies to companies that determine whether patients are covered by insurance and what they should pay... Change Health and a rival, CoverMyMeds, are the two biggest players in the so-called switch business, charging pharmacies a small fee for funneling claims to insurers. "When one of them goes down, obviously it's a major problem," said Patrick Berryman, a senior vice president at the National Community Pharmacists Association... UnitedHealth estimated that more than 90 percent of the nation's 70,000-plus pharmacies have had to alter how they process electronic claims as a result of the Change Health outage. But it said only a small number of patients have been unable to get their prescriptions at some price. At CVS, which operates one of the largest pharmacy networks in the nation, a spokesperson said there are "a small number of cases in which our pharmacies are not able to process insurance claims" as a result of the outage. It said workarounds were allowing it to fill prescriptions, however... For pharmacies that were not able to quickly route claims to a different company, the Change Health outage left pharmacists to try to manually calculate a patient's co-pay or offer them the cash price. Compounding the impact, thousands of organizations cut off Change Health from their systems to ensure the hackers did not infect their networks as well... The attack on Change Health has left many pharmacies in a cash-flow bind, as they face bills from the companies that deliver the medication without knowing when they will be reimbursed by insurers. Some pharmacies are requiring customers to pay full price for their prescriptions when they cannot tell if they are covered by insurance. In some cases, that means people are paying more than $1,000 out of pocket, according to social media posts. The situation has been "extremely disruptive," said Erin Fox, associate chief pharmacy officer at University of Utah Health. "At our system, our retail pharmacies were providing three-day gratis emergency supplies for patients who could not afford to pay the cash price," Fox said by email. "In some cases, like for inhalers, we had to send product out at risk, not knowing if we will ever get paid, but we need to take care of the patients." Axis Pharmacy Northwest near Seattle is "going out on a limb and dispensing product with absolutely no inkling if we'll get paid or not," said Richard Molitor, the pharmacist in charge.

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Want a Bigger Tax Refund? Follow These 6 Expert Tips - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 09:36
Don't overlook these simple ways to maximize your refund or lower your tax bill.

Luton vs. Aston Villa Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 09:30
Villa are aiming to keep their top-four challenge on track as they head to Kenilworth Road.

What Is IVF? Here's Why People Choose It and How It Works - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 09:00
It's under the spotlight now, but in vitro fertilization is a health technology that's been around for decades.

Best Unlimited Data Plans for March 2024 - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 09:00
Picking an unlimited data plan for your phone isn't always as easy as it should be, so we compared the best options from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Best Internet Providers in Forney, Texas - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 09:00
Forney is known as the "Antique Capital of Texas," but its broadband scene is nowhere near ancient. Here are CNET's picks for Forney internet providers.

Best Online Banks for March 2024 - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 09:00
The best online banks offer high-than-average rates, low fees and reasonable minimum deposit requirements.

Internet Speed: How Much Do You Really Need? - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 08:00
Picking an internet plan can be tricky, especially if you’re not sure how much speed you need. Here’s how to find the right speed without overpaying.

Spotify, Epic Games, and Others Argue Apple's App Store Changes Do Not Comply With DMA

SlashDot - Sat, 2024-03-02 08:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: Spotify, Epic Games, Deezer, Paddle, and several other developers and EU associations today sent a joint letter to the European Commission to complain about Apple's "proposed scheme for compliance" with the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The 34 companies and associations do not believe Apple's plans "meet the law's requirements." Apple's changes "disregard both the spirit and letter of the law" and if left unchanged, will "make a mockery of the DMA," according to the letter. Several specific components of Apple's plan are highlighted, including the Core Technology Fee, the Notarization process, and the terms that developers must accept: - Apple's requirement to stay with the current App Store terms or opt in to new terms provides developers with "an unworkable choice" that adds complexity and confusion. The letter suggests that neither option is DMA compliant and would "consolidate Apple's stronghold over digital markets." - The Core Technology Fee and transaction fees will hamper competition and will prevent developers from agreeing to the "unjust terms." - Apple is using "unfounded privacy and security concerns" to limit user choice. The "scare screens" that Apple plans to show users will "mislead and degrade the user experience." - Apple is not allowing sideloading, and it is making the installation and use of new app stores "difficult, risky and financially unattractive for developers." The companies and associations are urging the European Union to take "swift, timely and decisive action against Apple." The way the European Commission responds to Apple's proposal "will serve as a litmus test of the DMA and whether it can deliver for Europe's citizens and economy." Further reading: Apple Backtracks on Removing EU Home Screen Web Apps in iOS 17.4

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Nottingham Forest vs. Liverpool Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 07:00
Jürgen Klopp's Reds look to increase their lead at the top of the EPL.

Newcastle vs. Wolves Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 07:00
Two sides just a place apart in the EPL standings face off at St. James' Park.

Fulham vs. Brighton Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 07:00
The Seagulls travel to west London for a midtable match at Craven Cottage.

Brentford vs. Chelsea Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 07:00
The Bees are looking to bounce back from Monday's defeat to West Ham as they host their west London neighbors.

Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 07:00
Spurs look to get back to winning ways as they face the Eagles in this London derby.

The 17 Best Food and Drink Subscriptions for 2024 - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 07:00
Be it for an anniversary, a birthday or to treat yourself, these subscriptions for great coffee, cheese, beer, wine and snacks will keep the good stuff rolling in every month.

Everton vs. West Ham Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2024-03-02 07:00
The Hammers look to build upon their big win over Brentford as they travel to Goodison Park to face the Toffees.

Copilot For OneDrive Will Fetch Your Files and Summarize Them

SlashDot - Sat, 2024-03-02 05:00
An upcoming April release of Copilot for OneDrive will be able to find, summarize, and extract information from a wide range of files, including text documents, presentations, spreadsheets, HTML pages and PDF files. "Users can ask Copilot to tailor summaries to their liking, such as only including key points or highlights from a specific section," reports The Verge. From the report: The chatbot will also be able to respond to natural language prompts and answer highly specific questions about the contents of a user's files. Some examples given by Microsoft included asking Copilot to tabulate a week's worth of beverage sales and throw the data in a table view by day. Or, asking it to list the pros and cons of a project, or display the most recent or relevant files. Users can even ask Copilot for advice on how to make their documents better. Copilot on OneDrive will also be able to create outlines, tables, and lists for users, based on existing files. A few examples given were: - Using the /sales-enablement.docx as reference, create an outline of a sales pitch to a new customer. - For these selected resumes, create a table with names, current title, years of experience, educational qualifications, and current location. - Create a list of frequently asked questions about project Moonshot.

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The Desert Planet In 'Dune' Is Plausible, According To Science

SlashDot - Sat, 2024-03-02 02:00
The desert planet Arrakis in Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Dune is plausible, says Alexander Farnsworth, a climate modeler at the University of Bristol in England. According to Science News, the world would be a harsh place for humans to live, and they probably wouldn't have to worry about getting eaten by extraterrestrial helminths. From the report: For their Arrakis climate simulation, which you can explore at the website Climate Archive, Farnsworth and colleagues started with the well-known physics that drive weather and climate on Earth. Using our planet as a starting point makes sense, Farnsworth says, partly because Herbert drew inspiration for Arrakis from "some sort of semi-science of looking at dune systems on the Earth itself." The team then added nuggets of information about the planet from details in Herbert's novels and in the Dune Encyclopedia. According to that intel, the fictional planet's atmosphere is similar to Earth's with a couple of notable differences. Arrakis has less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than Earth -- about 350 parts per million on the desert planet compared with 417 parts per million on Earth. But Dune has far more ozone in its lower atmosphere: 0.5 percent of the gases in the atmosphere compared to Earth's 0.000001 percent. All that extra ozone is crucial for understanding the planet. Ozone is a powerful greenhouse gas, about 65 times as potent at warming the atmosphere as carbon dioxide is, when measured over a 20-year period. "Arrakis would certainly have a much warmer atmosphere, even though it has less CO2 than Earth today," Farnsworth says. In addition to warming the planet, so much ozone in the lower atmosphere could be bad news. "For humans, that would be incredibly toxic, I think, almost fatal if you were to live under such conditions," Farnsworth says. People on Arrakis would probably have to rely on technology to scrub ozone from the air. Of course, ozone in the upper atmosphere could help shield Arrakis from harmful radiation from its star, Canopus. (Canopus is a real star also known as Alpha Carinae. It's visible in the Southern Hemisphere and is the second brightest star in the sky. Unfortunately for Dune fans, it isn't known to have planets.) If Arrakis were real, it would be located about as far from Canopus as Pluto is from the sun, Farnsworth says. But Canopus is a large white star calculated to be about 7,200 degrees Celsius. "That's significantly hotter than the sun," which runs about 2,000 degrees cooler, Farnsworth says. But "there's a lot of supposition and assumptions they made in here, and whether those are accurate numbers or not, I can't say." The climate simulation revealed that Arrakis probably wouldn't be exactly as Herbert described it. For instance, in one throwaway line, the author described polar ice caps receding in the summer heat. But Farnsworth and colleagues say it would be far too hot at the poles, about 70Â C during the summer, for ice caps to exist at all. Plus, there would be too little precipitation to replenish the ice in the winter. High clouds and other processes would warm the atmosphere at the poles and keep it warmer than lower latitudes, especially in the summertime. Although Herbert's novels have people living in the midlatitudes and close to the poles, the extreme summer heat and bone-chilling -40C to -75C temperatures in the winters would make those regions nearly unlivable without technology, Farnsworth says. Temperatures in Arrakis' tropical latitudes would be relatively more pleasant at 45C in the warmest months and about 15C in colder months. On Earth, high humidity in the tropics makes it far warmer than at the poles. But on Arrakis, "most of the atmospheric moisture was essentially removed from the tropics," making even the scorching summers more tolerable. The poles are where clouds and the paltry amount of moisture gather and heat the atmosphere. But the tropics on Arrakis pose their own challenges. Hurricane force winds would regularly sandblast inhabitants and build dunes up to 250 meters tall, the researchers calculate. It doesn't mean people couldn't live on Arrakis, just that they'd need technology and lots of off-world support to bring in food and water, Farnsworth says. "I'd say it's a very livable world, just a very inhospitable world."

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Helium Discovery In Northern Minnesota May Be Biggest Ever In North America

SlashDot - Fri, 2024-03-01 22:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Scientists and researchers are celebrating what they call a "dream" discovery after an exploratory drill confirmed a high concentration of helium buried deep in Minnesota's Iron Range. Thomas Abraham-James, CEO of Pulsar Helium, said the confirmed presence of helium could be one of the most significant such finds in the world. CBS News Minnesota toured the drill site soon after the drill rig first broke ground at the beginning of February. The discovery happened more than three weeks later at about 2 a.m. Thursday, as a drill reached its depth of 2,200 feet below the surface. According to Abraham-James, the helium concentration was measured at 12.4%, which is higher than forecasted and roughly 30 times the industry standard for commercial helium. "12.4% is just a dream. It's perfect," he said. Now that helium is confirmed to be underground in Babbitt, Abraham-James said the next phase of the project is a feasibility study by an independent third party to study the size of the well and whether it could support a full-service helium plant. "It's not just about drilling one hole, but now proving up the geological models, being able to get some really good data that wasn't captured in the original discovery," he explained. "It has the potential to really contribute to local society." The company said the feasibility study could take until the end of the year to complete.

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