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Report: Google suppressed an explosive memo about its Chinese search engine - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:34
Google's prototype may have been designed to track citizens.

Joaquin Phoenix in his Joker makeup is plenty creepy - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:33
Joker director Todd Phillips teases Joaquin Phoenix's supervillian look.

Indiana Jones' fedora sells for $522K at auction - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:32
It's not the years, honey. It's the auction price.

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 takes big-screen tech off the beaten path - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:20
Ram's customers are apparently quite enamored with its massive infotainment setup.

PayPal is the latest company to ban InfoWars

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:12
InfoWars has been issued another ban, this time from PayPal. The company notified InfoWars on Thursday that it would no longer process the site's store transactions, giving InfoWars 10 days to find a new processor. PayPal said the site had violated i...

Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans To Closely Track Search Users in China: The Intercept

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:05
Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned. From the report: The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, code-named Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location -- and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have "unilateral access" to the data. The memo was shared earlier this month among a group of Google employees who have been organizing internal protests over the censored search system, which has been designed to remove content that China's authoritarian Communist Party regime views as sensitive, such as information about democracy, human rights and peaceful protest. According to three sources familiar with the incident, Google leadership discovered the memo and were furious that secret details about the China censorship were being passed between employees who were not supposed to have any knowledge about it. Subsequently, Google human resources personnel emailed employees who were believed to have accessed or saved copies of the memo and ordered them to immediately delete it from their computers. Emails demanding deletion of the memo contained âoepixel trackersâ that notified human resource managers when their messages had been read, recipients determined.

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T-Mobile wants to replace your home internet with 5G - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:57
The wireless carrier thinks it has what it takes to be the fourth-largest internet provider.

Amazon’s gadgets don’t have to be pretty so long as they’re cheap

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:51
We've reached peak consumerism. At Amazon's event this week, it announced a whopping 70 new features and devices, including three new speakers, a revamped FireTV, an in-car dongle, an updated smart display and... a microwave. The company is squeezing...

3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan on sexual assault charge - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:43
The proponent of 3D-printed guns allegedly paid $500 for sex with a 16-year-old girl, according to Texas police.

See a freaky gulper eel open wide in rare video - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:33
Exploration Vessel Nautilus had a crazy sighting of a creature that looks like an undersea muppet.

David Patterson Says It's Time for New Computer Architectures and Software Languages

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:30
Tekla S. Perry, writing for IEEE Spectrum: David Patterson -- University of California professor, Google engineer, and RISC pioneer -- says there's no better time than now to be a computer architect. That's because Moore's Law really is over, he says : "We are now a factor of 15 behind where we should be if Moore's Law were still operative. We are in the post -- Moore's Law era." This means, Patterson told engineers attending the 2018 @Scale Conference held in San Jose last week, that "we're at the end of the performance scaling that we are used to. When performance doubled every 18 months, people would throw out their desktop computers that were working fine because a friend's new computer was so much faster." But last year, he said, "single program performance only grew 3 percent, so it's doubling every 20 years. If you are just sitting there waiting for chips to get faster, you are going to have to wait a long time."

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Apple iPhone XS and XS Max review: Pricey but future-proof

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:30
When Apple introduced the iPhone X last year, it didn't just release a new phone -- it presented a new vision of what iPhones should be. The fact that the X became Apple's top-selling model quarter after quarter was proof that people were embraci...

The Lincoln MKT will never die - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:24
The hearse-shaped crossover will continue on, even after its replacement, the Aviator, comes online.

Samsung makes it easier to avoid Bixby on the Note 9

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:11
Samsung's Bixby isn't exactly the most popular voice assistant, which is why some Galaxy Note 9 owners have been frustrated by the inclusion of a Bixby button on their handset. One tap would bring up the voice assistant, often by accident, and there...

Adopt a life-size Star Wars porg ... in Lego form - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 13:09
Using 811 Lego pieces, build a porg with a moveable mouth and flapping wings. Scream not included.

Octopuses given party drugs for science - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 12:54
Octopuses act more social when dosed with MDMA, a study finds.

Razer's new headset frees your beautiful face while streaming games

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 12:49
If you're into streaming games on the likes of Twitch, YouTube or Mixer and you'd like to showcase more of your beautiful face to your viewers, Razer's Ifrit headset might be worth your consideration. Instead of bulky over-ear headphones (which might...

Giant Spiderweb Cloaks Land in Aitoliko, Greece

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 12:47
An anonymous reader shares a report: Warmer weather conditions in western Greece have led to the eerie spectacle of a 300m-long spiderweb in Aitoliko. A vast area of greenery has been covered by the web, reports the Daily Hellas. Experts say it is a seasonal phenomenon, caused by Tetragnatha spiders, which can build large nests for mating. An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders. Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece said high temperatures, sufficient humidity and food created the ideal conditions for the species to reproduce in large numbers. She told "It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party. They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation. "These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora. The spiders will have their party and will soon die."

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2019 Genesis G70 starts a hair under $35,000 - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 12:29
You'll have to shell out more than $43,000 to get that sweet 3.3-liter V6, though.