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Sergey Brin’s secret airship will deliver aid and schlep his family

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 15:40
Last month, news dropped that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building an airship on the sly -- not a traditional airplane but an honest-to-god helium-filled dirigible. While he insisted the project wasn't operating under the tech titan, which had p...

Men are freaking out that there's a women-only screening of 'Wonder Woman' - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 15:38
"Sexist bigots," read one of the many strong reactions from online commenters.

The 404 Show 1701: Jill Schlesinger on reunions, the housing market and more (podcast) - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 15:23
Jill Schlesinger returns to help us better understand the current housing market, why college and high school reunions are still a thing and what it means to "age in place."

Space's mysterious fast radio bursts: What the heck are they? - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 15:22
We're about to enter an era of research into one of the newest phenomena in all of space. Here's what you need to know.

80% of Millennials Say They Want To Buy a Home -- But Most Have Less Than $1,000

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 15:20
An anonymous reader writes: Millennials aren't buying homes in the same numbers as previous and older generations, but it's not because they don't want to. The vast majority of millennials do indeed aim to buy someday, or would even like to now if they could. Unfortunately, the numbers don't look good. New data from Apartment List shows that, although 80 percent of millennials would like to purchase real estate, very few are in a good position to buy, largely because they have nothing saved. According to the report, '68 percent of millennials said they have saved less than $1,000 for a down payment. Almost half, or 44 percent, of millennials said they have not saved anything for a down payment.'

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The Facebook president and Zuck's racist rulebook

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 15:18
If a political campaign is an engine then propaganda is its oil, and its gas is the medium of communication with voters. The hacking of the DNC and tonnes of raw crude in propaganda mined out through WikiLeaks, Breitbart and Daily Stormer was black...

Qualcomm pays BlackBerry $940 million in royalty spat

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 15:03
Qualcomm hasn't been very successful with its licensing practices. It's gotten into trouble in South Korea for charging phone makers over an "unnecessarily broad set of patents" It has also been dealing with lawsuits from the FTC and Apple for simila...

Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Tania González - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 15:00
Get to know Tania, our dancing, hiking Jedi in training.

The Gig Economy Workforce Will Double In Four Years

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:40
The number of workers in the so-called gig economy will grow substantially in the coming years, according to a study by Intuit and Emergent Research. By 2021, the study finds, 9.2 million people are going to be working the frontline jobs at companies like Uber and Lyft. That number is projected to be 4.8 million this year. From a report: The rise in on-demand workers has been fueled largely by startups like Uber, TaskRabbit and Airbnb. It has also helped companies like Intuit, which makes tax software QuickBooks and TurboTax. The company's stock surged to an all-time high yesterday thanks to the gig economy. For context, there are currently more gig workers than people employed in the entire information sector (which includes publishing, telecommunication and data processing jobs) and IT services combined, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also read: A recent piece on The New Yorker which talks about the lengths to which people are willing to go to survive in such jobs -- a horrifying culture that is often celebrated in those companies.

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The iPhone 8 could unlock when you press the screen - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:34
There have been conflicting rumors about what will happen to the iPhone 8's fingerprint sensor, but a recent report says it's going in the display.

Forget flying cars and get ready for air taxis

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:30
Flying cars are dumb.

The Latest PC Crash Culprit: a 4-Character Filename

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:24
If you accidentally try to access a filename intended for the Windows NTFS file system, you could end up with a blue screen of death.

Pokemon Go Cheaters Will be 'Shadowbanned'

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:24
Cheaters will be 'shadowbanned,' meaning they can only see the most common Pokémon.

Trump Budget Slashes NEH Funding: Why You Should Care

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:24
If you care about open access, online learning, or the digital humanities, you have a vested interest in sustaining the NEH. Here's how to help.

Tidal loses third CEO in two years - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:09
Jay Z's music service has lost another CEO, Jefferey Toig.

Uber is free to operate in Italy on a long-term basis

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:08
If you're in Italy, you can use Uber. A court in Rome today annulled a temporary ban placed on Uber in early April that prevented the company from advertising and operating throughout the country. This didn't completely stop Uber from infiltrating It...

With Nothing Left To Sell, RadioShack Is Selling Itself To People

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 14:00
RadioShack, an almost 100-year-old American chain of wireless and electronics stores, had a hell of ride at retail. The cradle of building your own electronics at home, and an early participant in the PC revolution, is finally facing the end after a long, slow death at the hands of consumer disinterest, a dysfunctional marriage with Sprint. From a report: Tons of electronics stores have shuttered over the past decade, but few are as tragic as RadioShack, which filed for bankruptcy in 2015, appeared to be rescued by Sprint in agreement to co-share the stores, then got kicked to the curb and had to file for a second bankruptcy this past March. The new agreement means hundreds of RadioShack shops will officially close down and be replaced by Sprint stores, fizzling out dreams of the Maker movement. So while this is an end to another chapter of our American electronics retail culture, we do have to wonder: how are the folks at RadioShack doing? They have been selling the leftover stocks of electronics for a while, with only mostly store fixtures, ladders, and carpet tiles seemingly left on offer. This is what RadioShack posted earlier this month. The company has since been tweeting about the leftover stuff it has up on sale, though.

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Google will work with Vietnam to remove ‘toxic’ content

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 13:36
In line with recent agreements to prune their internet content in certain countries, Google's parent company Alphabet will now work with Vietnam's government to remove "toxic" information from its sites. The announcement came today following a meetin...

Disney Chief Bob Iger Doesn't Believe Movie Hack Threat Was Real

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 13:20
You may remember Disney's boss revealing that hackers had threatened to leak one of the studio's new films unless it paid a ransom. Bob Iger didn't name the film, but it was thought to be "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." But now Iger says: "To our knowledge we were not hacked." From a report: Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger confirmed Thursday that a hacker claiming to have stolen an upcoming Disney movie and demanding a ransom didn't appear to have the goods. "To our knowledge we were not hacked," Iger told Yahoo Finance. "We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required." Iger continued, "We don't believe that it was real and nothing has happened." On May 15, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Iger told ABC employees at a town hall meeting in New York that someone claiming to have stolen an upcoming movie would release the film on the internet unless the company paid a ransom. Iger told staff that the studio wouldn't meet any such demands.

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How much nuclear waste is in your state? - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 13:10
The Nuclear Energy Institute keeps tabs on the spent nuclear fuel stored in states across the US. Here's where the radioactive waste ends up.