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Australia Says Law Making Facebook and Google Pay For News Has Worked An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: An Australian law giving the government power to make internet giants Facebook owner Meta and Alphabet’s Google negotiate content supply deals with media outlets has largely worked, a government report said. But the law, which took effect in March 2021 after talks with the big tech firms … ⌘ Read more

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OnePlus Beats Google With Four Years of Major OS Updates Android OEMs still don’t provide the six years of updates you get with Apple phones, but some manufacturers are trying to close that gap. From a report: OnePlus is adding an extra year to its smartphone update promise and is now offering four years of major OS updates and five years of security updates. Timeline-wise, this plan matches Samsung’s, though Samsung … ⌘ Read more

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San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Allow Police To Use Robots To Kill The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 Tuesday night to approve a controversial policy that would allow police to deploy robots capable of using lethal force in extraordinary circumstances, according to multiple reports. From a report: The Washington Post reports the vote came after a heated debate on a policy that would allo … ⌘ Read more

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Dropbox Acquires Boxcryptor Assets To Bring Zero-Knowledge Encryption To File Storage An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Dropbox has announced plans to bring end-to-end encryption to its business users, and it’s doing so through acquiring “key assets” from Germany-based cloud security company Boxcryptor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dropbox is well-known for its cl … ⌘ Read more

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Google’s Secret New Project Teaches AI To Write and Fix Code Google is working on a secretive project that uses machine learning to train code to write, fix, and update itself. From a report: This project is part of a broader push by Google into so-called generative artificial intelligence, which uses algorithms to create images, videos, code, and more. It could have profound implications for the company’s fu … ⌘ Read more

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San Francisco Police Seek Permission For Its Robots To Use Deadly Force An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The San Francisco Police Department is currently petitioning the city’s Board of Supervisors for permission to deploy robots to kill suspects that law enforcement deems a sufficient threat that the “risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and outwei … ⌘ Read more

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Mercedes Locks Faster Acceleration Behind a $1,200 Annual Paywall Mercedes is the latest manufacturer to lock auto features behind a subscription fee, with an upcoming “Acceleration Increase” add-on that lets drivers pay to access motor performance their vehicle is already capable of. From a report: The $1,200 yearly subscription improves performance by boosting output from the motors by 20-24 percent, increasi … ⌘ Read more

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Epic Says Google Paid Activision Millions Not To Launch Rival App Store An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Fortnite developer Epic Games said Google paid the equivalent of $360 million to Call of Duty developer Activision Blizzard as part of a broad agreement that included a promise the gaming giant would not create a rival app store. The move, Epic said, helped solidify Google’s hold on phon … ⌘ Read more

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Cows Fed Hemp Produced Milk With THC, Researchers Say Dairy cows fed industrial hemp produced milk with detectable levels of the buzz-inducing molecular compound THC, according to a new study from Germany that could influence the potential uses of hemp as an ingredient in animal feed. The dairy cows also showed behavioral changes – yawning and salivating a lot, moving a little unsteadily on their hoofs, standing in on … ⌘ Read more

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A New Website Backed By Al Gore Tracks Big Polluters By Name A new global tracker created by the nonprofit Climate Trace is helping to make clear exactly where major greenhouse gas emissions are originating. According to NPR, the interactive map “uses a combination of satellites, sensors and machine learning to measure the top polluters worldwide.” From the report: It observes how much greenhouse gases – carbon d … ⌘ Read more

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Crypto Meltdown Continues, Next Up: BlockFi Long-time Slashdot reader kid_wonder writes: BlockFi, a crypto exchange, had suspended withdrawals on Friday and now appears to be having serious issues directly related to the FTX meltdown. In an email to customers this morning they said: “The rumors that a majority of BlockFi assets are custodied at FTX are false. That said, we do have significant exposure to FTX and associated corporate ent … ⌘ Read more

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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except To Fight Crime Italy prohibited the use of facial recognition and “smart glasses” on Monday as its Data Protection Agency issued a rebuke to two municipalities experimenting with the technology. Reuters reports: Facial recognition systems using biometric data will not be allowed until a specific law is adopted or at least until the end of next year, the privacy watchdog … ⌘ Read more

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Apple’s AR Glasses Could Slip To 2026, Says Analyst While Apple is still expected to release its first VR/AR headset next year, the bigger step to mainstream adoption – the Google Glass-style AR glasses – may have slipped two years according to one analyst. Tom’s Guide reports: In an email to MarketWatch, Haitong International Tech Research’s Jeff Pu wrote that Apple Glasses could now be up to four years from making their … ⌘ Read more

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Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot Sued Over ‘Software Piracy on an Unprecedented Scale’ “Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot is being sued in a class action lawsuit that claims the AI product is committing software piracy on an unprecedented scale,” reports IT Pro.

Programmer/designer Matthew Butterick filed the case Thursday in San Francisco, saying it was on behalf of millions of GitHub users potentially … ⌘ Read more

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Tim Berners-Lee Wants Us To ‘Ignore’ Web3, It’s ‘Not the Web at All’ Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989, said Friday that he doesn’t view blockchain as a viable solution for building the next iteration of the internet. From a report: He has his own web decentralization project called Solid. “It’s important to clarify in order to discuss the impacts … ⌘ Read more

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Mastodon Gained 70,000 Users After Musk’s Twitter Takeover “More than 70,000 users joined Mastodon on the day after Musk’s Twitter takeover announcement,” writes Slashdot reader votsalo. “Mastodon is a six-year-old decentralized social media platform that uses ‘federated’ servers.” The Guardian’s Wilfred Chan writes: I joined Mastodon this week, and it took a few hours just to master its new vocabulary. Some of it is … ⌘ Read more

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EU Reaches Deal To Ban Sale of New Combustion-Engine Cars By 2035 The European Parliament and EU member countries have reached a deal to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035. From a report: European Union negotiators sealed on Thursday night the first agreement of the bloc’s “Fit for 55” package set up by the Commission to achieve the EU’s climate goals of cutting emissions of the gases … ⌘ Read more

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Google Introduces Cloud-Based Blockchain Node Service For Ethereum Tech giant Google said Thursday it will be launching a cloud-based node engine for Ethereum projects. CoinDesk reports: The company said its Google Cloud Blockchain Node Engine will be a “fully managed node-hosting service that can minimize the need for node operations,” meaning that Google will be responsible for monitoring node activity and … ⌘ Read more

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Twitter Is Now an Elon Musk Company Elon Musk has “added [Twitter] to his business empire after months of legal skirmishes,” writes The Verge’s Elizabeth Lopatto, citing reports from CNBC, The Washington Post and Insider. From the report: Musk’s first move on Thursday was to oust Parag Agrawal, who was Twitter’s last CEO as a public company. Chief financial officer Ned Segal and Vijaya Gadde, the company’s policy chief whom Musk had publi … ⌘ Read more

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Twitter Will Allow Users To Buy and Sell NFTs Through Tweets Social media platform Twitter today announced that it will let users buy, sell, and display NFTs directly through tweets in partnership with four marketplaces. Decrypt reports: The integration, called NFT Tweet Tiles, displays the artwork of an NFT in a dedicated panel within a tweet, and includes a button to let users click through to a marketplace list … ⌘ Read more

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NASA’s Webb Takes Star-Filled Portrait of Pillars of Creation NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a lush, highly detailed landscape – the iconic Pillars of Creation – where new stars are forming within dense clouds of gas and dust. From NASA: The three-dimensional pillars look like majestic rock formations, but are far more permeable. These columns are made up of cool interstellar gas and dust that … ⌘ Read more

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RIAA Flags ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Music Mixer As Emerging Copyright Threat The RIAA has submitted its most recent overview of notorious markets to the U.S. Trade Representative. As usual, the music industry group lists various torrent sites, cyberlockers and stream-ripping services as familiar suspects. In addition, several ‘AI-based’ music mixers and extractors are added as an emerging threat. To … ⌘ Read more

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Chess Grandmaster Hans Niemann Sues Champion Magnus Carlsen, Others For $100 Million Over Cheating Claim An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Chess grandmaster Hans Niemann filed a $100 million lawsuit against world champion Magnus Carlsen and others for alleged defamatory statements claiming that Niemann cheated in competition. The suit claims that the defendants, … ⌘ Read more

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How GitHub Copilot Could Steer Microsoft Into a Copyright Storm An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Register: GitHub Copilot – a programming auto-suggestion tool trained from public source code on the internet – has been caught generating what appears to be copyrighted code, prompting an attorney to look into a possible copyright infringement claim. On Monday, Matthew Butterick, a lawyer, desig … ⌘ Read more

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Meta To Sell Giphy After UK Regulator Blocks $315 Million Deal Meta has been ordered to sell gif platform Giphy for the second time by the UK competition regulator, bringing an end to the $315mn deal following a two-year antitrust battle. From a report: The Competition and Markets Authority said on Tuesday that Meta’s purchase of New York-based Giphy – the biggest provider of animated images known as gifs to soc … ⌘ Read more

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Datacenter Fire Takes Out South Korea’s Top Two Web Giants South Korea’s two largest domestic internet companies, Naver and Kakao, have experienced significant service interruptions after the datacenter that hosts much of their infrastructure was shut down by a Sunday fire. The Register reports: The datacenter in question is operated by SK C&C, one of the many arms of South Korean conglomerate SK. SK C&C offers a … ⌘ Read more

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Fake Joe Rogan Interviews Fake Steve Jobs in an AI-powered Podcast A voice synthesis company based in Dubai has published a fictional podcast interview between Joe Rogan and Steve Jobs using realistic voices digitally cloned from both men. It takes place during the “first episode” of a purported podcast series called “Podcast.ai,” created by Play.ht, which sells voice synthesis services.

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Intel Plans Thousands of Job Cuts In Face of PC Slowdown An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Intel is planning a major reduction in headcount, likely numbering in the thousands, to cut costs and cope with a sputtering personal-computer market, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The layoffs will be announced as early as this month, with the company planning to make the move around … ⌘ Read more

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PayPal Says It Won’t Fine Customers $2,500 for ‘Misinformation’ An anonymous reader shares this report from the National Review:

PayPal has backtracked on a published policy that would have fined users $2,500 for spreading “misinformation,” claiming the update had gone out “in error.”

“An ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information. PayPal is not fining people for misin … ⌘ Read more

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Twitter Knows You Took a Screenshot, Asks You To Share Instead An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Twitter is seemingly working to remind people that interesting tweets are something you should click, load, and view while logged into the company’s ad-funded service, not merely see in a screenshot. That’s why some users are seeing a “Share Tweet?” pop-up whenever the Twitter app notices them tak … ⌘ Read more

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Useless Meetings Waste Time and $100 Million a Year for Big Companies Unnecessary meetings are a $100 million mistake at big companies, according to a new survey that shows workers probably don’t need to be in nearly a third of the appointments they attend. From a report: The survey, conducted over the summer by Steven Rogelberg, a professor of organizational science, psychology and management at the University … ⌘ Read more

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Bosses Think Workers Do Less From Home, Says Microsoft An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A major new survey from Microsoft shows that bosses and workers fundamentally disagree about productivity when working from home. Bosses worry about whether working from home is as productive as being in the office. While 87% of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home, 80% of managers disagreed. The sur … ⌘ Read more

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BlackRock, Which Manages Over $10 Trillion, Strikes Back at ESG Critics Investment giant BlackRock is rebutting Republican politicians over its ESG investment policies, arguing that its critics are wrong on both the science and the cents. Axios: Private equity and other investment fund managers should pay close attention, because they could be next in the line of fire. Last month, 18 state attorneys genera … ⌘ Read more

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Cloudflare Blocks Site Linked To Hate After Weeks of Pressure Cloudflare blocked Kiwi Farms on Saturday, days after hinting it will continue working with the controversial discussion forum despite weeks of pressure. From a report: The company has blocked Kiwi Farms content from being accessed through its infrastructure after an escalation in rhetoric and “specific, targeted threats” over the past 48 hours, Chief … ⌘ Read more

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LG is Bringing NFTs To Its Smart TVs Just months after Samsung announced that it’s bringing non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to its TVs, now LG’s doing the same. From a report:The company’s new NFT marketplace, called LG Art Lab, lets you “buy, sell and enjoy high-quality digital artwork” from your TV. For now, only users in the US with an LG TV that runs webOS 5.0 or later can access the app, which is available to download from the TV … ⌘ Read more

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Islamic State Turns To NFTs To Spread Terror Message A simple digital card praising Islamist militants for an attack on a Taliban position in Afghanistan last month is the first known nonfungible token created and disseminated by a terrorist sympathizer, according to former senior U.S. intelligence officials. From a report: It is a sign that Islamic State and other terror groups may be preparing to use the emerging financia … ⌘ Read more

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Will Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Mean Fewer Auto-Parts Manufacturing Jobs? In 2021, 9% of the world’s auto sales were electric vehicles, reports CNBC (citing statistics from the International Energy Agency). Yet CNBC also notes that electric vehicles “require 30% fewer parts and components manufacturing than conventional cars,” according to researchers for an Industrial Heartland case study.”

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UK Challenges $69 Billion Microsoft/Activision Deal, Citing Potential Harm To Gamers An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is challenging Microsoft and Activision Blizzard to justify their planned merger, saying the deal “could substantially lessen competition” in the gaming industry. A CMA announcement today cited c … ⌘ Read more

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How Twitter’s Child Porn Problem Ruined Its Plans For an OnlyFans Competitor An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In the spring of 2022, Twitter considered making a radical change to the platform. After years of quietly allowing adult content on the service, the company would monetize it. The proposal: give adult content creators the ability to begin selling OnlyFans-style paid subscr … ⌘ Read more

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Pakistan Floods Have Killed At Least 1,100 and Submerged About a Third of the Country After a spring of deadly heat waves, summer floods have killed more than 1,100 people in Pakistan. Since June, rains have washed away buildings, submerged homes and destroyed roads. One-third of the country is underwater. From a report: Scientists can’t yet say exactly how climate change has shaped the dis … ⌘ Read more

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Google Experiences Hundreds of Covid Cases After Return-to-Office Mandate “Google employees are receiving regular notifications from management of Covid-19 infections,” CNBC report Friday — “causing some to question the company’s return-to-office mandates.”

The employees, who spoke with CNBC on the condition of anonymity, said since they have been asked to return to offices, infections notifications … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Finds Its Next Big Business: Showing Ads on Your iPhone “Apple is set to expand ads to new areas of your iPhone and iPad in search of its next big revenue driver,” reports Bloomberg.

The Verge writes that Apple “could eventually bring ads to more of the apps that come pre-installed on your iPhone and other Apple devices, including Maps, Books, and Podcasts.”

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As Metaverse Land Prices Plummet, Mark Cuban Says Buying Digital Land Is ‘the Dumbest Sh*t Ever’ Mark Cuban, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner and avid crypto enthusiast, is not sold on the metaverse. “The worst part is that people are buying real estate in these places. That’s just the dumbest shit ever,” he told the crypto-themed YouTube channel Altcoin Daily this past weeken … ⌘ Read more

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After Backlash, GitLab U-Turns on Deleting Dormant Projects “GitLab has reversed its decision to automatically delete projects that are inactive for more than a year and belong to its free-tier users,” reports the Register. Thursday GitLab tweeted:

“We discussed internally what to do with inactive repositories. We reached a decision to move unused repos to object storage. Once implemented, they will still be … ⌘ Read more

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Great Barrier Reef Has Most Coral In Decades An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Washington Post: Marine scientists have found that parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have recorded their highest levels of coral cover since monitoring began nearly four decades ago, although they warn the reef’s recovery could be swiftly undone by global warming. The Australian Institute of Marine Science, a government agency, began m … ⌘ Read more

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Instagram To Begin Testing 9:16 Photos During his weekly Ask Me Anything today, CEO Adam Mosseri confirmed that Instagram will begin testing ultra-tall 9:16 photos “in a week or two.” The Verge reports: “You can have tall videos, but you cannot have tall photos on Instagram,” Mosseri said. “So we thought maybe we should make sure that we treat both equally.” Currently, Instagram tops out around 4:5 when displaying vertical images that’v … ⌘ Read more

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DreamWorks Animation To Release Renderer As Open-Source Software With annual CG confab SIGGRAPH slated to start Monday in Vancouver, DreamWorks Animation announced its intent to release its proprietary renderer, MoonRay, as open-source software later this year. Hollywood Reporter reports: MoonRay has been used on feature films such as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Croods: A New Age, The Bad Guys a … ⌘ Read more

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French Scientist’s Photo of ‘Distant Star’ Was Actually Chorizo An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A photo tweeted by a famous French physicist supposedly of Proxima Centauri by the James Webb Space Telescope was actually a slice of chorizo. Etienne Klein, research director at France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission posted the photo last week, claiming it showed the closest … ⌘ Read more

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Federal Court Upholds First Amendment Protections For Student’s Off-Campus Social Media Post “Students should not have to fear expulsion for expressing themselves on social media after school and off-campus, but that is just what happened to the plaintiff in C1.G v. Siegfried,” writes Mukund Rathi via the Electronic Frontier Foundation (DFF). “Last month, the Tenth Circuit Court of Ap … ⌘ Read more

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Facial Recognition Smartwatches To Be Used To Monitor Foreign Offenders In UK Migrants who have been convicted of a criminal offense will be required to scan their faces up to five times a day using smartwatches installed with facial recognition technology under plans from the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. The Guardian reports: In May, the government awarded a contract to the British tec … ⌘ Read more

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