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This week's top 20 stories in Technology and Web: August 3 - 10th, 2016

The past week in technology and web brings more evidence that AI is taking over in all aspects of our lives. Washington Post's army of bots has started writing stories about the Rio Summer Olympics which started last Friday, while a Tesla automatically drives a man to hospital during a life-threatening emergency. Even Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who started the first public website 25 years ago this week (happy birthday BTW!), would probably have a hard time believing it back then! Enjoy the list!

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      Comcast: ISPs should be able to sell your Web history to advertisers

      In some parts of the country, internet service providers (ISPs) are offering a special deal on broadband. What you might not know, however, is hidden deep within the fine print, you’re getting that deal because you’re agreeing to sell the ISP your Web browsing history. Speaking Monday with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Comcast is asking the commission to loosen its regulations to that of what it’s allowing other ISPs to do — sell your data to advertisers.

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      Submitted on August 4th 2016 by belangermira with 4 comments and with 1 Related Links:

      1. Consumer Groups Slam Comcast's Plan to Charge Users for Privacy Added by jerinoos on August 5th 2016.

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      The Washington Post will use robots to write stories about the Rio Olympics

      The Washington Post has a big team of journalists covering the Rio Olympics. Also covering the games for the paper: Robots. The Post is using homegrown software to automatically produce hundreds of real-time news reports about the Olympics. Starting tomorrow morning, those items will appear, without human intervention, on the Post’s website, as well as in outside channels like its Twitter account.

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      Submitted on August 9th 2016 by geoleo with 2 comments

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      This is the highway you will be driving on in 20 years

      Imagine driving on the highway in your self-driving car. You are reading emails on your phone while your car suddenly slows down. You look out the window, and ”Warning! Rockslide in 1,000 feet” is written in LED lights on the road. The connected cars immediately change lane as the LED lane markings changes. This is the future prospect of our highways. “Smart highways” is a term for incorporating different technologies into roads for both generating electricity from solar power, and improving the operations of self-driving cars. Three key technologies for smart highways are Solar Roadways, wireless charging and intelligent transportation...

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      Submitted on August 5th 2016 by drunkenninja with 9 comments and with 1 Related Links:

      1. This is how self driving cars will do intersections Added by drunkenninja on August 5th 2016.

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      Man says Tesla Autopilot drove him to the hospital, saved his life

      A Missouri man says his Tesla helped saved his life by driving him to the hospital during a life-threatening emergency. Joshua Neally is a lawyer and Tesla owner from Springfield, Missouri, who often uses the semi-autonomous driving system called Autopilot on his Tesla Model X. The system has come under fire after it was involved in a fatal Florida crash in May, but Neally told online magazine Slate that Autopilot drove him 20 miles down a freeway to a hospital, while Neally suffered a potentially fatal blood vessel blockage in his lung, known as a pulmonary embolism. The hospital was right off the freeway exit...

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      Submitted on August 6th 2016 by rexall

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      A private spaceflight company just got approval to land a spacecraft on the moon

      Moon Express just gained federal approval to land a spacecraft on the moon, a first for a private space company.

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      Submitted on August 3rd 2016 by sjvn with 3 comments and with 2 Related Links:

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      2. Lot's of gray area Added by Appaloosa on August 4th 2016.

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      How to Feed Ten Billion: Lab-Made 'Clean Meat' Burgers are Future of Food

      The rapid growth of the world's human population raises the issue of more efficient food production; one solution to the problem is "clean meat," which is produced in the equivalent of meat fermenters, Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of the Good Food Institute, told Radio Sputnik. The world's human population reached 7.4 billion in March 2016, having reached 7 billion in October 2011. In 2050, it is expected to reach 9.7 billion, raising the question of how to produce enough food for everybody.

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      Submitted on August 8th 2016 by drunkenninja with 6 comments

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      Facebook Will Force Advertising on Ad-Blocking Users

      Facebook is going to start forcing ads to appear for all users of its desktop website, even if they use ad-blocking software.

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      Submitted on August 9th 2016 by gottlieb with 4 comments

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      Elon Musk: Tesla’s Model 3 factory could look like an alien warship

      For decades, a big trend in manufacturing has been the gradual automation of the factory floor. Robots play a major role in making advanced products today — they're fast, clean and efficient. But Tesla chief executive Elon Musk wants to take this to a whole new level with the factory producing the upcoming, low-cost Model 3, turning "the machine that makes the machine" into an "alien dreadnought." Not literally. The factory isn't going to become self-aware and turn on its masters; after all, Musk is an avowed skeptic of the kind of general artificial intelligence that could enable killer machines.

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      Submitted on August 5th 2016 by TNY

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      Will the US elections be hacked? It's doubtful, but machines could be 'rigged'

      It’s been a topic of debate ever since hackers – presumably working for Russia – stole thousands of private emails from the Democratic National Committee and leaked them on the net. Could a nation state or other adversary hack our elections and determine the next president of the United States? The answer depends on how they try to go about it, says Avi Rubin, computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University and technical director of the university’s Information Security Institute.

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      Submitted on August 8th 2016 by aj0690 with 5 comments

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      Thieves use chip-and-pin cards to steal up to $50k from ATMs

      Touted as a safer solution to magnetic stripe cards, it seems the chip-and-pin (or EMV) counterpart might not be as secure as we once thought. After retailers around the globe made the switch to the new technology we’re now uncovering vulnerabilities in the cards that make them only marginally superior to their predecessor. A new ATM hack demonstration shows just how vulnerable they are. In the demonstration, hackers were able to use a common chip-and-pin card to withdraw money from an ATM in under 15 minutes.

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      Submitted on August 5th 2016 by Pfennig88

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      Hulu Ends Free Streaming Service

      Hulu inks deal with Yahoo to provide free, ad-supported episodes of TV shows. Hulu is moving to an all-subscription model, eliminating the ad-supported service that has let users watch thousands of TV episodes in the nine years since it first launched. At the same time, Hulu has expanded its distribution deal with Yahoo, which is launching Yahoo View, a new ad-supported TV-streaming site with the five most recent episodes of shows from ABC, NBC and Fox — eight days after original air date — as well as other network shows, day-after clips, and full seasons...

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      Submitted on August 8th 2016 by zobo

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      Miyazaki-Inspired Jet Glider Flies Before Crowds In Japan

      Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a film about an apocalypse, a millennium after an earlier apocalypse. The 1984 anime, by now-legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, is a sort of gunpowder fantasy, with strange bio-engineered toxic monsters cohabitating a world with windmill farms and sword-armed guardians. The most iconic machine from the film is the jet-powered glider flown by the protagonist Nausicaä. Could such a fanciful flyer ever actually work?

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      Submitted on August 8th 2016 by kxh

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      The strange case of Marina Joyce and internet hysteria

      Witch hunts and panic among communities are nothing new, but what happens when cyberspace intensifies the frenzy? By Amelia Tait.

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      Submitted on August 5th 2016 by AdelleChattre

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      The world's first website went online 25 years ago today

      On this day 25 years ago the world's first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages. Berners-Lee used the public launch to outline his plan for the service, which would come to dominate life in the twenty-first century. "The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system," said Berners-Lee on the world's first public website. "The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone."

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      Submitted on August 6th 2016 by drunkenninja

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      Facebook: Clickbait Has No Place in News Feeds

      Facebook wants you to know that it considers updates from friends and family to be the most important part of your News Feed, and it is doubling down on efforts to keep clickbait out. An update rolling out this week will mean that you'll see "fewer clickbait stories," the company wrote in a blog post today. That's thanks to a new system that identifies common clickbait phrases. It looks for and suppresses links that it thinks either withholds information or creates misleading expectations about the linked story. Facebook says it trained the system with a team of people who fed it thousands of headlines using those criteria.

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      Submitted on August 8th 2016 by distant

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      Economist says uploaded brains will take over all jobs within 100 years

      We’ve all heard wild visions of the future. Hearing them from an economist, in a new book from Oxford University Press, makes them seem unusually real. Robin Hanson predicts in “ The Age of Em ” that we’ll develop cheap technology for emulating brains on computers in the next 100 years. He expects emulations, or ems, to be like human brains but able to run 1,000 times faster and be copied. He predicts they will quickly put every human out of work and create a radical new civilization, living by the billions or trillions in a few megacities.

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      Submitted on August 5th 2016 by hxxp

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      HP made a backpack that can recharge your laptop

      HP's new Powerup Backpack may look like a standard backpack, but this thing can recharge a full-size laptop thanks to a massive 22,400mAh battery. With that much juice you could recharge your smartphone 10 times. The canvas bag features ventilated pockets and heat sensor monitors and regulators to keep it from getting too hot.

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      Submitted on August 8th 2016 by 8mm with 1 comments

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      Microsoft's war against Chrome battery life now includes Windows 10 notifications

      Microsoft decided to target Google's Chrome browser back in June with a new campaign designed to highlight how bad the browser is for your laptop battery life. While Microsoft's marketing effort was initially limited to a YouTube video and associated website, the software maker has started to take things a step further in its battery battle in recent weeks. Windows 10 users are reporting that the tips feature of the OS is generating notifications to try and convince people to switch away from using Google's Chrome browser.

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      Submitted on August 4th 2016 by zyery with 1 comments

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      ​How to block annoying Facebook political posts

      Here's how to take control of your Facebook feed from your friends who can't shut up about their politics.

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      Submitted on August 4th 2016 by sjvn with 1 comments

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      Pokémon Go owners are threatening to sue developers over third-party hacks

      In the latest twist in the ongoing feud between the Pokémon Go community and the app's creators, The Pokémon Company has sent out at least one cease and desist letter to an independent developer threatening prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The letter, sent to GitHub user Mila432 and reposted online, contains a detailed breakdown of how the developer violated Pokémon Go's terms of service with a reverse-engineered application programming interface (API). It also says the developer may be subject to legal action if he or she does not comply with the company's demands.

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      Submitted on August 6th 2016 by geoleo

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