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Apple Maps now prevents you from getting lost at the airport - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 21 min ago
A new feature in the company's mapping app helps you navigate your way around over 30 airports, including JFK, LAX and Heathrow.

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Engadget - 4 hours 29 min ago
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EFF: Accessing Publicly Available Information On the Internet Is Not a Crime

SlashDot - 4 hours 40 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from EFF: EFF is fighting another attempt by a giant corporation to take advantage of our poorly drafted federal computer crime statute for commercial advantage -- without any regard for the impact on the rest of us. This time the culprit is LinkedIn. The social networking giant wants violations of its corporate policy against using automated scripts to access public information on its website to count as felony "hacking" under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1986 federal law meant to criminalize breaking into private computer systems to access non-public information. EFF, together with our friends DuckDuckGo and the Internet Archive, have urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject LinkedIn's request to transform the CFAA from a law meant to target "hacking" into a tool for enforcing its computer use policies. Using automated scripts to access publicly available data is not "hacking," and neither is violating a website's terms of use. LinkedIn would have the court believe that all "bots" are bad, but they're actually a common and necessary part of the Internet. "Good bots" were responsible for 23 percent of Web traffic in 2016. Using them to access publicly available information on the open Internet should not be punishable by years in federal prison. LinkedIn's position would undermine open access to information online, a hallmark of today's Internet, and threaten socially valuable bots that journalists, researchers, and Internet users around the world rely on every day -- all in the name of preserving LinkedIn's advantage over a competing service. The Ninth Circuit should make sure that doesn't happen.

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'Photographs' dark narrative masquerades as a mobile puzzle game

Engadget - 4 hours 48 min ago
EightyEight Games released the popular puzzle/battle game 10000000 and its sequel You Must Build a Boat to great success. Now developer Luca Redwood is ready to reveal his next project for the studio: Photographs. The new puzzle game will release nex...

Airbnb makes it easier to list bed and breakfast rooms

Engadget - 5 hours 11 min ago
Airbnb was inspired by actual bed and breakfast spots around the globe; it's right there in the company's name. It makes sense, then, that the room-sharing company would finally partner up with the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals...

NASA, Google Spot Eighth Planet in Solar System Rivaling Ours

SlashDot - 5 hours 20 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google isn't just good for finding cat videos on the internet. The search giant's machine learning technology is also helping search the universe for planets outside our solar system. NASA on Thursday revealed the discovery of blazing-hot exoplanet Kepler-90i thanks to the use of a Google neural network trained to identify planets from the NASA Kepler space telescope's data. It's the eighth planet discovered in the Kepler-90 system, which ties it with our own solar system for the most known planets around a single star. Kepler-90 is a sun-like star located around 2,545 light-years from us.

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Read the full opinions of FCC commissioners who voted to end net neutrality - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 27 min ago
The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. Here's what the commissioners who supported the rollback had to say.

Facebook will try running ads in front of Watch videos

Engadget - 5 hours 36 min ago
Facebook has been willing to run ads in the middle of videos, but it has historically been reluctant to put ads in front of videos and irk people just trying to watch a clip that surfaced in their News Feed. However, it might be willing to break with...

Renault buys 40 percent stake in French car news publisher - Roadshow

CNET News - 5 hours 54 min ago
The French automaker wants to ensure that you read its content in its self-driving cars.

The first 'Wolfenstein II' add-on pack is available now

Engadget - 5 hours 57 min ago
Killing Nazis and protesting are two of the most American things you can do. And if you need another avenue for (virtually) doing the former, that's where the first expansion for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus comes in. "The Adventures of Gunslinge...

Amazon Will Resume Selling Apple TV, Google's Chromecast

SlashDot - 6 hours 1 sec ago
Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: Amazon confirmed Thursday that it will again sell the Apple TV set-top box and Google Chromecast dongle. The company had stopped selling the devices amid disputes with both giants. There's a lot of frenemy stuff at play here, with Google, Apple and Amazon all selling their own streaming devices, but also looking to offer their own services on one another's devices. Apple doesn't offer its programing on rival devices, but does move a lot of hardware through Amazon.

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Electric truck buyers in Ontario to get CA$75,000 rebate - Roadshow

CNET News - 6 hours 2 min ago
The Canadian province hopes to jump-start electric truck sales with this juicy incentive.

Samsung reportedly eyes first half of 2018 for smart speaker debut

Engadget - 6 hours 18 min ago
Astonishingly, Apple's long-delayed HomePod speaker might not be the last to market when it launches early next year. Samsung will release its own smart speaker in the first half of 2018, according to a Bloomberg report. Unsurprisingly, it will repor...

California, Washington and NY take action after net neutrality vote - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 18 min ago
Lawmakers from the three states say they will fight to preserve net neutrality after FCC votes down Obama-era rules.

Amazon will start selling Apple TV and Chromecast again

Engadget - 6 hours 29 min ago
Amazon pulled Apple TV and Chromecast from its retail lineup back in 2015, ostensibly because neither device offered easy access to Prime Video. Now that Amazon Prime Video is finally an app on Apple TV, it appears as if Amazon is bringing Apple TV a...

Snapchat's Lens Studio helps create your own AR effects

Engadget - 6 hours 39 min ago
As fun as Snapchat's augmented reality World Lenses can be, there are only so many times you can see a headphone-toting hot dog before you crave something new. Wouldn't it be nice if you could make your own? Well, you can: Snap has unveiled a Lens...

'Triton' Malware Attacks Industrial Safety Systems

PCMag News - 6 hours 44 min ago
The malware, believed to have hit a target in the Middle East, is designed to reprogram the safety system controllers, causing them to potentially ignore any hazardous conditions.

First Snapshot of Zika-Affected Toddlers Portends a Life of Struggle

Scientifc America - 6 hours 45 min ago
Children exposed to the virus in utero are now missing developmental milestones

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Honda welcomes our warm and fuzzy robot overlords to CES 2018 - Roadshow

CNET News - 6 hours 52 min ago
Giving a little taste of what's on deck for CES 2018, Honda released images and a little information about four robots it will bring to the show.