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  • 12 hours ago
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    Lyft Does More to Woo Drivers as It Preps to IPO

    Lyft has stepped up to try to making driving for the rideshare service more attractive, offering a series of changes aimed at upping driver’s earnings and goodwill. One change will, by default, give a driver a 5-star rating if a passenger doesn’t rate their driver at all. The other will allow passengers set up their app to tip drivers by default — no extra taps needed after the ride. Finally, it’s also making some changes to the driver home screen, adding in predictive...

  • 14 hours ago
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    Instagram accidentally exposed some user passwords through its data download tool

    Instagram has notified some of its users that their password might have been exposed due to a security bug, according to The Information (via Engadget). A spokesperson for the company says that the issue was “discovered internally and affected a very small number of people.”

  • 15 hours ago
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    Massive study reveals that eating cheese might be the key to helping you live longer

    Regardless of the various toppings and sauces you can get with your incredible pie, you truly haven't lived until you've had a pizza adorned with five different toppings. Four's fine, I suppose, but five's fantastic. Parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella and gorgonzola, but instead of a tomato sauce, the base was adorned with brie.

  • 16 hours ago
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    How Far Has Your Gas Station Hot Dog Rolled Before You Eat It?

    Gas station hotdogs don't take breaks. You may pull into a rest stop, refill your car’s tank, empty your own, grab some snacks, and peel out again. The whole time, the dogs will have been rotating, slowly, on their shiny metal rollers. When you finally turn in for the night, they may be turning still.

  • 1 day ago
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    'Daredevil' Season 4 Has Been Pitched To Netflix

    With the arrival of Disney +, there have been some concerns about where future Daredevil seasons would end up, but if the showrunner has his way it will be on Netflix. Daredevil season 3 showrunner Erik Oleson recently took to social media to confirm that they are looking to continue the series on Netflix, saying "Just pitched @netflix #Daredevil Season 4. Fingers crossed!." With the recent cancellations of shows like Luke Cage and Iron Fist, some had assumed Marvel and Netflix were br...

  • 1 day ago
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    Alphabet stops its project to create a glucose-measuring contact lens for diabetes patients

    Verily, Alphabet's life sciences arm, has paused work on its so-called "smart lens" program, which was aiming to put tiny sensors on contact lenses to measure blood sugar levels in tears. If it worked, the lenses could help diabetics track their glucose levels in real time and in less invasive ways than the traditional meters that require piercing the skin. But in a blog post on Friday, Verily said that after four years of research it has determined that detecting blood sugar in t...

  • 1 day ago
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    Promise-based management: Crafting and measuring commitments that matter

    Promises are personal. They build trust. When a person makes a promise they usually feel a social commitment to stay true to their promises, especially if they are being held accountable. If you promise a friend you’ll take care of their pet while they are on vacation and you ignore the responsibility, you damage your friendship and perhaps even your reputation. Similarly, if you make a promise to your colleague that you’ll deliver training resources to a client by Friday and you fall short...

  • 1 day ago
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    One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future

    Yoshua Bengio wants to stop talk an AI arms race, and make the technology more accessible to the developing world. Alongside Geoff Hinton and Yan LeCun, Bengio is famous for championing a technique known as deep learning that in recent years has gone from an academic curiosity to one of the most powerful technologies on the planet.

  • 2 days ago
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    RIP Apple networking, Time Capsule and AirPort no longer available from Apple

    As expected, the AirPort devices are beginning to become unavailable from Apple as it is no longer updating the product line. The AirPort Express has been off the menu for quite a while now, but the 2TB AirPort Time Capsule, and AirPort Extreme models are now officially no longer sold by Apple. Users looking to pick up any of the AirPort products will need to look at third-party retailers or used on eBay.

  • 2 days ago
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    Facebook’s top execs ‘make tobacco executives look like Mr. Rogers’

    Facebook has endured scandal after scandal in the past two years. This one feels different. The New York Times published a jaw-dropping report Wednesday that laid out how the company sought to cover up knowledge of Russian meddling and discredit its critics; the paper said COO Sheryl Sandberg oversaw a campaign of dirty tricks while CEO Mark Zuckerberg ignored problems or deflected responsibility. And in short order, once-implausible questions about whether Zuckerberg would fire Sandberg or poli...

  • 2 days ago
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    New Bill Would Hit Robocallers With Up to a $10K Fine for Every Call

    Democrats and Republicans can agree on at least one thing: The spam robocall situation has gotten entirely out of hand. Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat, and Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, introduced a bill on Friday that aims to ramp up the penalties on illegal robocalls—and stop them from reaching your phone in the first place.

  • 2 days ago
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    Tony Hawk Ranks His Video Game Soundtracks

    The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game franchise did a lot of things for skateboarding. Besides giving skateboarders their sport’s first legitimately enjoyable game, it launched underground skateboard culture into the mainstream. Since its inaugural edition was released in 1999, the Tony Hawk’s series has brought previously unknown names of pro skaters and skate lingo into the homes of millions. If your grandma knows what a kickflip is...

  • 2 days ago
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    The Neverending Story: Has TV’s Reboot Obsession Gone Too Far?

    What is dead may never die. This is a religious oath recited often by the people of the Iron Islands on Game of Thrones. It is also increasingly the guiding ethos of Hollywood development, where any familiar title, no matter how sacrosanct it might have once seemed, is ripe for a sequel, a prequel, a reboot or all of the above. This includes Game of Thrones itself, which is due to end next year but has a prequel in active development, and several other potential spinoffs waiting in the wings if ...

  • 3 days ago
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    Ikea has a plan to fix the pollution crisis in India's cities

    Ikea has come up with a plan to help some of the world's most polluted cities breathe easier. The global furniture giant will start making products out of agricultural waste in India, meaning farmers no longer have to burn it. The initiative, called "Better Air Now," will provide Indian farmers with a use for unwanted rice straw, which is often burned. Smoke from the fires is one of the major contributors to northern India's pollution crisis.

  • 4 days ago
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    Facebook employee morale is down after a turbulent year for the company, according to the reported findings of an internal survey.

    The darkening mood within the social-media giant is notable in part because its workforce has been resilient through other difficult patches in the past. That includes the period after the 2016 presidential election, when many critics were blaming Facebook for allowing fabricated news articles to pervade the platform.

  • 4 days ago
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    'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star

    A “super-Earth” has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbours. Astronomers studied Barnard’s Star, a red dwarf just six light years away — practically in our back garden, galactically speaking — and noticed the presence of a “frozen, dimly lit world” at least 3.2 times heavier than Earth.

  • 5 days ago
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    Aston Martin just gave us a first look at its new DBX SUV that will take on Bentley and Lamborghini

    Aston Martin confirmed on Tuesday that is upcoming luxury SUV will be called the DBX. In addition, Aston gave the public its first look at the first SUV in company history. The first photos to feature the DBX show one of its prototypes powering through the Welsh countryside. Unlike Aston Martin's GT cars and sports cars, the DBX is built in a new factory at St. Athan in Wales as opposed to company headquarters in Gaydon, England.

  • 5 days ago
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    How a Difficult, Racist, Stubborn President Was Removed From Power—If Not From Office

    The president of the United States was both a racist and a very difficult man to get along with. He routinely called blacks inferior. He bluntly stated that no matter how much progress they made, they must remain so. He openly called critics disloyal, even treasonous. He liberally threw insults like candy during public speeches. He rudely ignored answers he didn’t like. He regularly put other people into positions they didn’t want to be in, then blamed them when things went sour.

  • 5 days ago
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    Toyota will replace burnt Tundra as a thank you to brave nurse

    Toyota USA is buying brave nurse who risked his life to save others, a new Toyota Tundra to replace the one that got burnt on her drive back towards danger.

  • 6 days ago
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    Lorde Calls Out Kanye West & Kid Cudi for Their Similar Stage Design: 'Don't Steal'

    On Monday (Nov. 12), Lorde took to Instagram to accuse Kanye West and Kid Cudi of stealing the stage idea she used on her Melodrama Tour and at last year's Coachella. The singer posted pictures on her Instagram story of the suspended stage from her 2017 Coachella performance, as well as pictures of West and Cudi’s similar levitating platform at their Kids See Ghosts performance at Camp Flog Gnaw in Los Angeles on Sunday. Lorde pointed out that West copied the floating stage that had becom...

  • 6 days ago
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    The U.S. Now Has the Two Fastest Supercomputers on Earth

    Since 2013, the U.S. and governments in Europe and Asia have been locked in a constant battle to equip supercomputers with more processing power to claim the ever-shifting title of world's fastest mega-machine. The U.S. relinquished its place at the top of the pile last June, but reclaimed it a year later when the Oak Ridge National Laboratory managed to get its Summit supercomputer online.

  • 6 days ago
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    Google needs to break up its all-or-nothing approach to permissions

    For a company that is making the right sort of moves around mobile permissions, even if years after Apple showed it how, Google has a massive blind spot on its assistant and assistant-promoting products like the Home Hub. At its heart, Google wants to get as much data as it possibly can from its users, and it clearly thinks that data will be handed over for the convenience of recommended content and reminders.

  • 7 days ago
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    Study: E-cigarettes may damage the heart

    New research shows that electronic cigarettes contain chemicals that cause heart damage, adding to the growing list of concerns about their safety. The study, which will be presented next Monday at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, investigated the effect that e-cigarettes have on the endothelial cells that line the inside of the body's blood vessels. Endothelial cells produce nitric oxide, a molecule that helps keep blood vessels healthy and cont...

  • 7 days ago
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    Near Fish Farms, Lobster Catches Plummet

    Lobster fishers catch fewer market-sized lobsters, and see fewer fertile females, in areas close to fish farms in Nova Scotia, according to new research led by Inka Milewski, a research associate at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Lobster fishers working in Port Mouton Bay, Nova Scotia, keep detailed records of when and where they fish and how many lobsters they catch.

  • 7 days ago
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    We Burn More Calories in the Afternoon and Evening, Study Finds

    Our weight might not be controlled solely by what we eat. When we eat, and when we get to sleep, may be just as important. A small study published this week in Current Biology found people who had been thrown off their circadian rhythms burn more calories in the late afternoon and evening hours than in the morning, when calorie burn is at its lowest. Later in the day, calorie burn increases by 10 percent, or about 129 calories.