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  • 10 hours ago
    Current Event cone

    Trump just confused weather with climate change ... again

    Donald Trump has again confused weather with climate change, suggesting the US would benefit from “a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now” amid forecasts of snow and cold conditions. Little more than two months since a similarly misleading conflation, the president tweeted: “Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold.

  • 2 days ago
    Analysis cone

    Giving algorithms a sense of uncertainty could make them more ethical

    Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley problem: if a self-driving car cannot stop itself from killing one of two pedestrians, how should the car’s control software choose who live and who dies?

  • 3 days ago
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    Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle Area

    The Seattle area, home to both Microsoft and Amazon, is a potent symbol of the affordable housing crisis that has followed the explosive growth of tech hubs. Now Microsoft, arguing that the industry has an interest and responsibility to help people left behind in communities transformed by the boom, is putting up $500 million to help address the problem.

  • 9 days ago
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    Rodrigo Duterte calls on the Church to allow priests boyfriends

    Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has called on the Catholic Church to allow priests to have boyfriends. In a shocking speech given at a groundbreaking ceremony for a school near the capital Manila on Friday Duterte claimed 'most priests are gay' as he doubled down on a previous claim that 'almost 90 per cent' of the clergy are homosexuals. 'Only I can say bishops are sons of b*****s, damn you. That is true. Most of them are gay,' he said.

  • 12 days ago
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    Bitcoin Will Pass $7 Trillion Gold Market Cap, Winklevoss Twins Say

    On social media, entrepreneur and Proof of Keys organizer Trace Mayer joined Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss in contemplating a bullish future for Bitcoin. Since launching regulated US cryptocurrency exchange and trading platform Gemini, the Winklevoss twins have staked huge amounts on Bitcoin’s success, despite opening up trading of larger market cap altcoins.

  • 12 days ago
    Current Event cone

    Vegan Options Are Required by Law in Portugal

    In 2016, a petition launched by the Portugal Vegetarian Society (Associação Vegetariana Portuguesa) gathered over 15,000 signatures, in support of making it mandatory for all public institutions and eateries to serve at least one, if not multiple vegan and vegetarian options. Last year, to the delight of many meat-free eaters, this law was finally legalized and implemented by the Portuguese parliament.

  • 13 days ago
    Current Event cone

    Package tracking app turns users’ devices into a bot farm, violates user privacy

    We’ve been seeing a lot of scam apps in the App Store lately, which try to trick users into purchasing expensive subscriptions or products, we’ve also seen apps that track and transmit the user’s location without their consent. Today, I want to talk about an app that’s using iOS devices to perform work for other users, without the device owner’s consent.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event cone

    Ajit Pai's Gloating Statement About the Death of Net Neutrality, Translated

    I’ve lost count of how many times net neutrality has “died” in the last year, but the last long-shot effort to override the FCC’s 2017 decision is now officially dead in the water. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai knows that this milestone is huge, and he’s using the opportunity to dance on the internet’s grave.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis cone

    Physicists measure how long graphene qubits hover in "alive/dead" superposition

    Practical quantum computers may be another step closer to reality, thanks again to graphene. The bits of information in quantum computers (qubits) can exist in two states at once, and now researchers have managed to record just how long that superposition state can last in a qubit made of graphene.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event cone

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft just visited the farthest object ever explored

    The nerdiest New Year’s party in the solar system happened 4 billion miles from Earth, where a lone, intrepid spacecraft just flew past the farthest object humans have ever explored. There was no champagne in this dim and distant region, where a halo of icy worlds called the Kuiper belt circles the outermost edge of the solar system. There were no renditions of “Auld Lang Syne” (in space, no one can hear you sing).

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event cone

    Facebook Data Scandals Stoke Criticism That a Privacy Watchdog Too Rarely Bites

    Last spring, soon after Facebook acknowledged that the data of tens of millions of its users had improperly been obtained by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, a top enforcement official at the Federal Trade Commission drafted a memo about the prospect of disciplining the social network. Lawmakers, consumer advocates and even former commission officials were clamoring for tough action against Facebook, arguing that it had violated an earlier F.T.C. consent decree barring it from ...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event cone

    How Christian Bale Became Dick Cheney (and Other Tales of Transformation)

    The Hollywood prosthetics industry has evolved from making monsters to creating startling likenesses.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event cone

    How Much of the Internet Is Fake?

    In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered. Digital advertisers tend to want two things: people to look at their ads and “premium” websites — i.e., established and legitimate publications — on which to host them.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Xbox 2018 Year in Review: Microsoft strikes back as games take advantage of the X

    What a year it’s been for Xbox. Microsoft had started the year trailing badly in the great Console Wars of this generation; while it was broadly accepted that the company’s recently-released Xbox One X was a superb bit of kit, its potential remained untapped as 2017 slipped into 2018. Meanwhile, the Xbox was in dire need of some worthy exclusives to rival Sony’s console.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event cone

    Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach

    IN 1994, SOON after Jeff Bezos incorporated what would become Amazon, the entrepreneur briefly contemplated changing the company’s name. The nascent firm had been dubbed “Cadabra,” but Bezos wanted a less playful, more accurate alternative: “Relentless.” (Relentless.com redirects to Amazon.com to this day.) Twenty-four years later, perhaps no adjective better describes Bezos’ empire than the name he once wanted to give it.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event cone

    McDonald’s Adds Vegan Burger to Menu in Chicago

    McDonald’s recently added the McAloo Tikki burger to the global menu at its 6,000-square foot headquarters located in Chicago. “Customers have expressed interest in items from McDonald’s restaurants located in India, and we’re excited to offer them the opportunity to try the longtime vegetarian favorite, McAloo Tikki,” McDonald’s Owner and Operator Nick Karavites said.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event cone

    "I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned."

    For the past 15 months, I’ve asked Vox readers to submit emergency room bills to our database. I’ve read lots of those medical bills — 1,182 of them, to be exact. My initial goal was to get a sense of how unpredictable and costly ER billing is across the country. There are millions of emergency room visits every year, making it one of the more frequent ways we interact with our health care system — and a good window into the health costs squeezing consumers today.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event cone

    Apple will stop selling some iPhone models in its stores in Germany following ruling in patent case

    Qualcomm was granted a second injunction against Apple Thursday, banning it from selling some iPhone models in Germany that use chips from Intel and parts from another supplier, Qorvo. There was no clear reaction to the news in Apple's stock price. In a statement, Apple said it plans to appeal the ruling. Under this condition, judge Matthias Zigann told the court earlier Thursday, the ruling would not go into immediate effect.