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Dubai is building a mock Martian city

Engadget - Thu, 2017-09-28 19:13
Someday, you could take a flying taxi from Dubai to a Martian city in the middle of the desert right here on Earth. In preparation for its plans to establish a settlement on the red planet, the United Arab Emirates has announced that it's building a...

Google reports all-time high of government data requests - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-09-28 19:00
In Google's latest transparency report, even more governments want to know what people are doing online.

FAA restricts drone usage over some US landmarks - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-09-28 18:46
Drones prohibited from flying within 400 feet of the boundaries of the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, others.

Senator Slams 'Inadequate' Twitter Russia Briefing

PCMag News - Thu, 2017-09-28 18:42
Twitter today shared with Congress a 'round-up of ads' related to the 2016 election, but Sen. Mark Warner was not happy with the presentation.

Google Assistant Now Available on Nvidia Shield TV

PCMag News - Thu, 2017-09-28 18:42
Just download the update, and your Shield TV will be ready for 'Ok Google' commands.

Air Force Gives 10-Year-Old Orbiting Satellite To Ham Radio Operators

SlashDot - Thu, 2017-09-28 18:40
Longtime Slashdot reader Bruce Perens writes: The U.S. Air Force has transferred control of a 10-year-old orbiting satellite to AMSAT, a ham radio organization, which has enabled it for any licensed ham to use on the air, as the satellite's Air Force missions have ended. Falconsat 3's first mission was science: measuring gravity gradient, spectrometry of the plasmasphere, electronic noise in the plasmasphere, and testing three-axis attitude control using microthrusters. Secondarily it was used to train Air Force Institute of Technology students in space operations, with close to 700 cadets obtaining ham licenses in order to operate a number of Air Force satellites using ham frequencies. Now in its third mission, control of the satellite has been transferred to AMSAT, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, and all government frequencies have been disabled with only ham ones remaining. The satellite will relay APRS (position and status reporting) signals, it will operate a BBS in the sky, and will broadcast telemetry.

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FAA will restrict drones from flying around the Statue of Liberty

Engadget - Thu, 2017-09-28 18:36
On October 5th, hobbyists will no longer be able to fly their drones around ten US landmarks. The Department of the Interior and the FAA have restricted UAV flights within 400 feet of the monuments, which include the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore...

Hubble sees comet spew dust cloud from crazy far away - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-09-28 18:17
A frigid comet moves through the solar system and makes a spectacle of itself in an impressive Hubble Space Telescope image.

ACLU challenges DOJ request for info on 6,000 anti-Trump Facebook users

Engadget - Thu, 2017-09-28 18:03
Way back in January, 200 protesters were arrested at Donald Trump's Presidential Inauguration for felony rioting. The resulting investigation into their activities has been a rollercoaster of complaints alleging DOJ overreach, including the departmen...

Twitter Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Linked To Russian Operatives

SlashDot - Thu, 2017-09-28 18:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Twitter says it found some 200 accounts linked to the same Russian groups that bought $100,000 worth of ads on Facebook to sow political unrest and manipulate U.S. voters during the presidential election. The Twitter accounts, which were taken down over the last month, were linked to 470 accounts and pages that Facebook traced to the International Research Agency, a Russian troll farm. According to a blog post released by Twitter Thursday after briefing staffers on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, the groups on Facebook had 22 Twitter accounts. Twitter found an additional 179 accounts connected to those 22. Twitter also shared information on Russian news outlet Russia Today, or RT, which has ties to the Kremlin, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Two states say the DHS is wrong about election hacking

Engadget - Thu, 2017-09-28 17:46
Just a few days ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finally revealed which states were targets of Russian election hacking attempts after having known itself for nearly a year. But Reuters reports that two states are saying the DHS is wron...

Play 'Lawbreakers' for free on PC this weekend

Engadget - Thu, 2017-09-28 17:32
It hasn't been two months since team shooter Lawbreakers launched in early August and the game is inviting players to try it for free on PC this weekend, starting today. That's likely because the PC playerbase is dismal, peaking at 161 players total...

'Amazon Effect' Hits Retailers Around the Globe

SlashDot - Thu, 2017-09-28 17:25
From a report: U.S. stores have been closing at a faster rate in 2017 than at any time since the recession, an American phenomenon being dubbed "retail apocalypse." Though this has so-far been largely a worry for U.S. retailers, the Wall Street Journal reports that investors in Europe are worried that it is now spreading abroad.

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Moscow officially turns on facial recognition for its city-wide camera network

TechCrunch - Thu, 2017-09-28 17:24
 Like many cities, Moscow has an enormous network of CCTV cameras, but unlike many cities, thousands of those cameras are now hooked up to a powerful facial recognition system that can track criminals (and trash collectors) wherever they go. The privacy implications are serious, of course, but a large scale rollout like this will help make them part of the public discussion. The facial… Read More

Roku's IPO pushes its value to over $2 billion

Engadget - Thu, 2017-09-28 17:15
When Roku announced it was chasing an IPO, its sights were to raise $100 million. The end result is more than double that, according to Bloomberg. As of press time, investors had bought some $219 million in stock and the company has been valued at $2...

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