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  • 4 days ago
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    The CEO of privacy search engine DuckDuckGo says Google uses location data that puts entire ZIP codes in politically biased 'filter bubbles'

    On Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was interrogated by the House Judiciary Committee over a number of topics including the company's data collection and potential bias in the search results it serves up to users. Republican House members — including Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) — didn't hold back on the topic of conservative bias.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Apple Fixes iCloud to Finally Work with Windows 10 October 2018 Update

    Microsoft had put an upgrade block on Windows 10 October 2018 Update machines trying to install iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27). Those who were already running this version were blocked from receiving the latest version of Windows 10. Apple has today issued iCloud for Windows version 7.8.1 potentially to address compatibility issues with Windows 10 version 1809. The company has also removed the restriction that iCloud is only compatible with Windows 7 through Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    From Chicago heat waves to Maine's struggling lobsters: 6 changes tied to global warming

    Heat waves that make Chicago feel like Las Vegas. Warming ocean temperatures that displace Maine's lobsters. A year-round spike in disease-carrying mosquitoes in Florida. These are just some of the ways climate change could play out across the country over the coming decades, according to the federal government's National Climate Assessment, released over Thanksgiving weekend.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    India has no plans to recover body of US missionary killed by tribe

    One of the most hotly debated proposals in the FY 2020 budget cycle is likely to be the creation of a military service for space. One of the main arguments being made against the creation of a Space Force is the cost. In September, an internal Air Force memo leaked to the media estimated that cost at $13 billion — an eye-popping figure, if true. But missed in this headline were some important caveats, namely that this was a five-year cost estimate and it included a lot more than just a Space F...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Does Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' influence teen suicide? Survey asks at-risk youths

    A significant proportion of suicidal teens treated in a psychiatric emergency department said that watching the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" had increased their suicide risk, a University of Michigan study finds. The hit drama, widely popular among teens, has generated controversy for its depiction of suicide. Its story centers around a 17-year-old student, who, before her death, recorded cassettes that detail 13 reasons why she took her own life.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Vaping no boost to quit rates in smokers, study suggests

    People who vape and smoke cigarettes are no more likely to drop the nicotine habit than those who just smoke, a new study suggests. Researchers at The Ohio State University studied 617 tobacco users and found no differences in quit rates for “dual users” of both traditional and electronic cigarettes.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Bloomberg donates record $1.8B to Johns Hopkins

    Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who is weighing a 2020 presidential run, is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins. +The university and Bloomberg are calling it the biggest contribution to an academic institution in American history, according to a press release -- and the gift's record-setting size will not be lost on possible challengers in a Democratic primary. Last week, Bloomberg said he plans to decide on a 2020 bid no later than February, a spokesperson c...

  • 1 month ago
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    'I've been struggling with it': George RR Martin on The Winds of Winter

    George RR Martin has revealed that he has found it hard to finish the long-awaited sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, as the rise in fame and popularity that came with the television adaptation Game of Thrones has become a “considerable weight to bear”. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian ahead of the publication of his next book, Fire and Blood, a history of the fantasy universe of his hugely popular series, Martin said he’d been wrestling with The Winds of Winter, w...

  • 1 month ago
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    In Russia's Space Graveyard, Locals Scavenge Fallen Spacecraft for Profit

    The Altai mountain region of Central Asia is a rugged and remote place. Right in the center of the continental landmass, it forms a crossroads between the Kazakh steppes, the snow forests of Siberia and the arid plains of Mongolia. It’s a landscape of granite, forced up by the inch-a-year collision of the Indian tectonic plate with Asia, then carved out over millions of years by streams of snowmelt. Siberian Ibex wander here, along with musk deer feeding on the lichenous rocks and brown bears ...

  • 1 month ago
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    Diablo Immortal Is A Simplified Diablo—Maybe Too Simplified

    At first glance, the upcoming mobile game Diablo Immortal looks a lot like Diablo III. Similar classes, similar environments, similar art, similar abilities. In the demo I played at BlizzCon, however, much of the resemblance was only skin deep.

  • 1 month ago
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    We're scientists. We know the climate's changing. And we know why.

    At this point, just about everyone recognizes that the climate is changing. Even Donald Trump says, "I think something's happening." Now, the question being debated is why the climate is changing. Though there may be a public debate, there's no debate among scientists like us — decades of research have demonstrated that human activities, primarily the emission of carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels, are driving the climate change we are experiencing.

  • 2 months ago
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    M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion

    Every major university is wrestling with how to adapt to the technology wave of artificial intelligence — how to prepare students not only to harness the powerful tools of A.I., but also to thoughtfully weigh its ethical and social implications. A.I. courses, conferences and joint majors have proliferated in the last few years. But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is taking a particularly ambitious step, creating a new college backed by a planned investment of $1 billion.

  • 2 months ago
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    'Ozark' Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix

    The Jason Bateman-Laura Linney drama will return in 2019 for another round of 10 episodes. Netflix is going back to the Ozarks. The streaming giant has handed out a third-season renewal for Jason Bateman and Laura Linney starrer Ozark. The family drama will be back for another cycle of 10 episodes, likely in 2019. Showrunner Chris Mundy will return in the same capacity.

  • 2 months ago
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    Saudi head of “World Muslim League” calls for cooperation with Israel

    Abdul Karim Issa, head of the Saudi-controlled “World Muslim League”, has officially called for cooperation with the Zionist entity of Israel, after meeting with high-ranking Zionist representatives in New York. In a shocking statement, Saudi cleric and head of the “World Muslim Leage” (WML), Abdul Karim Issa has openly called for cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the Zionist entity of Israel. This highly controversial statement, which goed directly against the policies and beliefs th...

  • 2 months ago
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    Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene in 'The Walking Dead,' dies at 76

    Scott Wilson, a veteran actor who played Hershel Greene on the AMC television show "The Walking Dead," has died, according to a statement from the network.

  • 2 months ago
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    I fully agree

  • 2 months ago
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    Wikipedia Editors: Breitbart 'Should Not Be Used, Ever' as a Reference for Facts

    Wikipedia editors voted to ban Breitbart as a source of fact in it articles. The consensus, reached late last month, agreed that the outlet “should not be used, ever, as a reference for facts, due to its unreliability.” Wikipedia editors also decided that InfoWars is a “conspiracy theorist and fake news website,” and that the “use of InfoWars as a reference should be generally prohibited. Breitbart, a far-right conservative media website, has come under scrutiny—such as when it vehem...