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Facebook could have another Cambridge Analytica on its hands

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 14:14
Facebook has suspended a Boston-based analytics firm from both Facebook and Instagram as it investigates the company's data collection practices, the Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook said that so far, it hasn't found any evidence that the compan...

Why London's Heathrow Airport Sometimes Hosts 'Ghost Flights' With No One on Them

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 14:00
An anonymous reader writes: Six times per week, an empty plane used to fly from London's Heathrow Airport to Cardiff, Wales. The next day, the plane would make the return trip without a single passenger. Half As Interesting, the second channel from Planelopnik-approved Wendover Productions, details why ghost flights like this sometimes operate from Britain's biggest airport in his new video. Despite being one of the most crowded airports in the world, Heathrow operates with only two runways. As a result, it's extremely difficult to get a "slot pair" -- rights for airlines to land and take off at a certain time. Only 650 slot pairs exist per day, so airlines are prepared to drop massive cash in order to get prime slot pairs. And they can trade and sell them, too.

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New Mars rover needs a name, but Marsy McMarsface likely won't win - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:45
The ExoMars team has figured out how to avoid a Boaty McBoatface debacle.

'Stardew Valley' multiplayer arrives on PC, Mac and Linux August 1st

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:44
We've been waiting on Stardew Valley multiplayer for awhile now, and now we finally have a release date. According to the developer's Twitter account, it will arrive on PC, Mac and Linux on August 1st. There's also a new trailer to enjoy.

PlayStation and Xbox sales discount 'Fortnite' and 'Shadow of War'

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:31
Summer tends to have few new video game releases, but that also tends to have an upside: loads of discounts. Both Microsoft and Sony are running limited-time sales on games that promise some steep price drops, and not just on old titles. Microsoft'...

Venmo Refuses To Say Why Transactions Are Public By Default

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:10
Venmo, the mobile payments app, won't say why it exposes users' data to the world whenever they make a transaction. ZDNet: Hang Do Thi Duc, a Berlin-based privacy researcher found that every time someone sent or received money using the PayPal-owned mobile app (which had over seven million users in 2017), the transaction was "public" by default and was broadcast on Venmo's API. In other words, everyone can see your transactions -- even without the app. The company did not respond to ZDNet's queries, but in a blanket statement said it takes privacy of users seriously. Further reading: People Are Using Venmo To Spy On Cheating Spouses.

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Disney’s first VR short ‘Cycles’ debuts next month

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:07
Walt Disney Animation Studios is set to share its first VR short, a film called Cycles that took four months to create. The short will make its debut at the Association for Computing Machinery's annual SIGGRAPH conference in August and the team behin...

How Hyundai plans to grow its N performance brand - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:03
Driving experiences and plenty of accessories will help bolster N's presence.

Dish customers can chat with service reps through iMessage

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 12:47
Dish announced today that its customers can now chat with service representatives through Apple's Business Chat messaging service. Apple launched Business Chat earlier this year and it lets companies interact with their customers through iMessage. So...

The adorable Microlino EV looks poised to hit European roads soon - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 12:44
This pure-electric bubblecar from Switzerland looks like a cross between Steve Urkel's BMW and a Smeg refrigerator.

Google, Which Owns, Confuses Users Searching For Its Rival DuckDuckGo and Redirects Them Back To Google

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 12:35
Commenting on the record $5 billion fine on Google by the European Commission, privacy focused search engine DuckDuckGo said this week it welcomes the decision as it has "felt [Google's] effects first hand for many years and has led directly to us having less market share on Android vs iOS and in general mobile vs desktop." The company said: Up until just last year, it was impossible to add DuckDuckGo to Chrome on Android, and it is still impossible on Chrome on iOS. We are also not included in the default list of search options like we are in Safari, even though we are among the top search engines in many countries. The Google search widget is featured prominently on most Android builds and is impossible to change the search provider. For a long time it was also impossible to even remove this widget without installing a launcher that effectively changed the whole way the OS works. Their anti-competitive search behavior isn't limited to Android. Every time we update our Chrome browser extension, all of our users are faced with an official-looking dialogue asking them if they'd like to revert their search settings and disable the entire extension. Google also owns and points it directly at Google search, which consistently confuses DuckDuckGo users. "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is google," wrote security researcher Mikko Hypponen, summing up the story.

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter want to make your data portable - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 12:30
The Data Transfer Project could give you more control of your online data.

'Pokémon Go' cheaters now get three strikes before a ban

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 12:30
In a post today, Niantic provided details on its new three-strike discipline policy for Pokémon Go players. In most cases, players found to be cheating will first get a warning through the Pokémon Go app and certain gameplay experiences...

The best wireless mouse

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 12:00
By Justin Krajeski and Kimber Streams This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full wireless mous...

Hashflare, One of the Largest Cloud Bitcoin Mining Companies, Abruptly Disables SHA-256 Mining Contracts, Leaving Customers Furious

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 11:55
Hashflare, one of the largest bitcoin mining companies, said on Friday it is disabling its SHA-256 hardware and also discontinuing support for mining services on the active SHA-256 contracts. The move comes as Hashflare continues to struggle with generating revenues, the company said, putting the blame on market fluctuations. In an email to active customers, the company added: For over a month our users encountered a situation when the payouts were lower than the maintenance fees, resulting in zero accruals to the balance. As of 18.07.2018, the payouts were lower than maintenance for 28 consecutive days. BTC mining continues being unprofitable, in light of which we would like to inform you that on 18.07.2018 we were forced to start disabling SHA hardware and today, on 20.07.2018, stop the mining service of active SHA-256 contracts in accordance with clause 5.5 of our Terms of Service, which are required to be accepted when creating a purchase and are the basis of concluding the contract. We expect that the cryptocurrency market situation will stabilize in the nearest future and we will be able to offer our users new advantageous solutions. Customers are ostensibly furious.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -- who are all these Spider-people? - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 11:42
Let's take a look at Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen and the other characters ahead of their Comic Con panel.

Scientists discover structure within the Sun's atmosphere

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 11:41
While scientists have been learning more and more about our solar system and the way things work, many of our Sun's mechanics still remain a mystery. In advance of the launch of the Parker Solar Probe, which will make contact with the Sun's outer atm...

How to weigh stars with gravitational lensing

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2018-07-20 11:28
Astronomers have published the predictions of the passages of foreground stars in front of background stars. A team of astronomers, using ultra-precise measurements from the Gaia satellite, have accurately forecast two passages in the next months. Each event will produce shifts in the background star's position due to the deflection of light by gravity, and will allow the measurement of the mass of the foreground star, which is extremely difficult to determine by other means.

AT&T expands its 5G network to North Carolina and Kansas City

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 11:22
AT&T's mobile 5G network will expand to three new cities this year. Folks in two of North Carolina's biggest population centers -- Charlotte (above) and Raleigh -- and those in Kansas City will have access to the faster wireless signal. Previousl...