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WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight fake news - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 11:54pm
Global limit imposed after violence in India was blamed on misinformation that spread across the social network.

Google fined $57 million under new European data privacy law - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 11:31pm
The fine is the biggest imposed under the General Data Protection Regulation.

Gene-edited babies are unethical and unlawful, says Chinese investigation - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 11:17pm
Investigations into He Jiankui's gene-editing experiments reveal he breached ethical and regulatory principles seeking "personal fame and gain".

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drops in on Twitch stream, says Nintendo 64 is the best console - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 10:00pm
Aaron Sorkin told democrats like AOC to stop acting like "young people", so she went on a Donkey Kong livestream and talked about Pokemon Snap and why the N64 is the best console.

Hotel fires half its robot staff for sucking at their jobs - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 9:16pm
Bye bye, bots. Henn na Hotel in Japan laid off droids that annoyed customers by failing to perform simple tasks.

Dazzling views of the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 8:39pm
The moon turned red during a rare eclipse and photographers pro and amateur around the world snapped its portrait.

Ancient 'Galagadon' shark sported teeth shaped like Galaga spaceship - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 8:28pm
Move over, Megalodon. A tiny terror of a dinosaur shark earns a high score for its weird teeth.

Elon Musk has been pitching cheap tunnels from The Boring Company to big names

Ars Technica - January 21, 2019 - 7:58pm

Enlarge / Plans for a potential tunnel connecting Sydney, Australia, to the West. (credit: Jeremy Buckingham)

Elon Musk—CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company—has been pitching his new tunnel-boring capabilities to curious elected officials as well as the director of CERN (the organization that owns and operates the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland).

Just a month after Musk opened up his first, rather rugged test tunnel under the SpaceX campus in Hawthorne, California, the CEO has been on Twitter floating prices and talking projects.

Last week Jeremy Buckingham, a member of Parliament in New South Wales' Upper House, asked Musk on Twitter, "How much to build a 50km tunnel through the Blue Mountains and open up the west of our State?" Musk replied, "About $15M/km for a two-way high-speed transit, so probably around $750M plus maybe $50M/station."

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Russia tries to force Facebook and Twitter to relocate servers to Russia

Ars Technica - January 21, 2019 - 7:30pm

Enlarge / A smartphone folder labeled with the Russian word for "community." (credit: Getty Images | Kirill Kudryavtsev )

The Russian government agency responsible for censorship on the Internet has accused Facebook and Twitter of failing to comply with a law requiring all servers that store personal data to be located in Russia.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian censorship agency, "said the social-media networks hadn't submitted any formal and specific plans or submitted an acceptable explanation of when they would meet the country's requirements that all servers used to store Russians' personal data be located in Russia," The Wall Street Journal reported today.

Roskomnadzor said it sent letters to Facebook and Twitter on December 17, giving them 30 days to provide "a legally valid response."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, video games, and the new online town square

Ars Technica - January 21, 2019 - 7:15pm

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Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people—including one sitting US Congressperson—gathered online to watch a marathon stream of someone playing Donkey Kong 64. The most notable thing about this, perhaps, was just how little organic interest in Donkey Kong 64 actually had to do with much of the gathering.

Let me back up a little bit. The main, ostensible purpose for Harry "Hbomberguy" Brewis' "Donkey Kong Nightmare Stream" was that he simply wanted to beat Donkey Kong 64, as he put it on YouTube. DK64 was a game Brewis said he "never finished properly as a kid... I want to destroy Donkey Kong 64, so until that has been achieved, the stream doesn't stop. I don't care if I fall asleep. I don't care if I run out of food. The stream will continue."

But the stream was also set up as a fundraiser for Mermaids, a UK-based gender-dysphoria charity that has recently been criticized by TV writer and comedian Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted). And Brewis was clear that Linehan's words also served as a direct motivation for the charity marathon.

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Cisco and Pure shove mini AI in FlashStack converged systems

The Register - January 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
Entry-level AIRI equivalent

Pure Storage and Cisco have linked arms to build a converged FlashStack system for AI, a kind of AIRI microMINI but one that will run at half the speed.…

7 things Galaxy S10 needs to do to stay ahead of top rival Huawei - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 6:56pm
Samsung's next flagship can take a tip from the iPhone XS and Pixel 3, too.

Best dating apps of 2019 - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 6:54pm
Ready to jump into the world of online dating apps? Here's the best place to start.

Russia opens civil case against Facebook, Twitter over data laws - CNET - News - January 21, 2019 - 6:31pm
A watchdog wants them to outline plans for storing Russians' personal data in the country.

Google must pay €50 million for GDPR violations, France says

Ars Technica - January 21, 2019 - 6:26pm

Enlarge / Google's main headquarters. (credit: Cyrus Farivar)

Google has been fined €50 million (~$57 million) by French regulators, the first major penalty under a sweeping new European Union privacy law known as GDPR, which took effect last year.

According to the French government agency, known by the acronym CNIL, Google is still in breach of the law.

CNIL explained that Google had violated two provisions of the law: first by not making its data-collection policies easily accessible enough and second by not obtaining sufficient and specific user consent for ad personalization across each of Google’s numerous services, including YouTube, Google Maps, and more.

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Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

The Register - January 21, 2019 - 6:01pm
Lot fetched almost £66k before being deleted

A cheeky eBay seller sought to cash in on the love Great Britain bears for everyone's favourite dithering racist royal by attempting to auction debris from the crash Prince Philip was involved in last week.…

Why Uber wants to build scooters and bikes that can drive themselves

Ars Technica - January 21, 2019 - 5:58pm

Enlarge (credit: Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Uber is looking to hire people to help it develop autonomous scooter and bike technology, according to Wired-editor-turned-robotics-entrepreneur Chris Anderson. The goal would be to allow bikes and scooters to "drive themselves to charging or better locations." People interested in joining the project can fill out this form.

Uber acquired the bike- and scooter-sharing startup Jump last year and has continued offering electric bikes and scooters under the Jump brand. Efforts to develop autonomous bikes and scooters will be conducted under the Jump brand, according to Anderson. Uber also has a separate self-driving car project called the Uber Advanced Technology Group.

One of the biggest logistical challenges for companies renting out electric bikes and scooters is how to keep the batteries charged. Companies use a variety of strategies for recharging. Some companies have employees who drive around the city picking up bikes and taking them back to charging stations. A Jump competitor called Bird has experimented with paying people to collect scooters and charge them at home.

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Sonos speakers are discounted for the Super Bowl

Ars Technica - January 21, 2019 - 5:45pm

Enlarge / The Beam is more of an entry-level soundbar for smaller rooms and TVs than a true Playbar or Playbase replacement. (credit: Sonos)

Super Bowl season typically brings an uptick in deals for TV tech. True to form, Sonos has announced discounts for a handful of its home theater devices.

Here’s a rundown of the smart-speaker maker’s offerings:

  • The Sonos Beam soundbar is available for $349, a $50 discount.
  • The company’s larger soundbar, the Sonos Playbar, is available for $599, a $100 discount.
  • The Sonos Playbase, a speaker designed to sit under TVs that aren’t wall mounted, is available for $599, a $100 discount.
  • The Sonos Sub wireless subwoofer is also available for $599, another $100 discount.
  • Various bundles that include a mixture of the products above and/or the company’s Sonos One smart speakers are also discounted.

The deals are available on the Sonos website as well as third-party retailers like Amazon. Sonos says they will last until February 3, the date of Super Bowl LIII.

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Prince Philip crash: Debris for sale on eBay

BBC Technology News - January 21, 2019 - 5:31pm
The seller says the parts "may even have Phil's DNA on it, if you wanted to clone him".

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

The Register - January 21, 2019 - 5:15pm
CNIL brands ad personalisation consent invalid, slams lack of transparency

Google has been fined a mammoth €50m by the French data protection watchdog for GDPR violations in a victory for Max Schrems' privacy group NOYB.…

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