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What Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg didn't say (and what it took him hours to)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:50:01 EDT

Mark Zuckerberg apologized—but you had to wait for it.

Firefox maker Mozilla to stop Facebook advertising because of data scandal

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:40:01 EDT

Mozilla, the makers of the popular Firefox web browser, said it will stop advertising on Facebook following a data scandal impacting tens of millions of users.

How listening to random sound can unlock a trapped mind

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:30:02 EDT

David Tobin took to the stage at a recent technology conference in downtown Los Angeles, asked the 500 attendees to close their eyes, and turned up the sound so they could sample his wares: a textured, layered soundscape that he calls an "audiojack."

Facebook needed third-party apps to grow. Now it's left with a privacy crisis

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:20:02 EDT

Facebook had only 20 million users when it opened up its budding platform to outside app developers in 2007, giving them much-needed access to the social network's growing web of friends and family.

Apple is about to become the biggest R&D spender in the world

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:10:01 EDT

Critics of Apple used to point to its $250 billion-plus mountain of cash, much of it held overseas, and its relatively puny research and development budget and say, "Get spending!" The era of parsimony is over. After the GOP tax cut, Apple said it will be repatriating hundreds of billions of dollars, paying up to $38 billion in taxes on it, over the coming years.

'OK, Google, send cash to my friend': Google Assistant lets you use voice to pay back IOUs

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:00:01 EDT

The Google Assistant can now help you pay back the money you owe a friend. Google announced that starting today you'll be able to send or request money from the contacts on your Android device or iPhone, via a voice command along the lines of "Hey Google, send Janie $15 for lunch today."

Google honors geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:56:22 EDT

Google is using its logo Thursday to honor a pioneer in geochemistry.

Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to break it off

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:52:04 EDT

Fed up with Facebook? You're not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle—allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.

Japan firms face charges over alleged maglev bid-rigging

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:10:01 EDT

Japanese authorities on Friday pressed criminal charges against four major construction firms suspected of colluding to win contracts for Japan's multi-billion-dollar maglev project.

Nissan not changing autonomous drive tests over Uber crash

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:09:53 EDT

Nissan's chief planning officer said Friday the Japanese automaker does not plan to change its road tests for self-driving vehicles after the recent fatal accident of an Uber autonomous vehicle.

Hackers demanding bitcoin ransom attack Atlanta city computers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:59:46 EDT

Hackers demanding ransom payable in bitcoin have attacked computers of the Atlanta city government in the southern US state of Georgia, officials say.

Mahathir raises 'remote takeover' theory in MH370 mystery

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:59:16 EDT

Malaysia's veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad said Friday that missing flight MH370 might have been taken over remotely in a bid to foil a hijack, reviving one of the many conspiracy theories surrounding its disappearance.

Zuckerberg's shine dims as guardian of Facebook users

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:58:19 EDT

Mark Zuckerberg rose to wealth and fame with a mission of connecting everyone through Facebook, but now faces the wrath of users outraged he isn't doing more to defend their data.

Uber Self-Driving Crash Calls Safety, Rules Into Question

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:55:55 EDT

Video of a fatal pedestrian crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle that some experts say exposes flaws in autonomous vehicle technology is prompting calls to slow down testing on public roads and renewing concerns about regulatory readiness.

Facebook's widening crisis over user data

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:55:00 EDT

Facebook is facing the most serious crisis in its 14-year history as it deals with fallout from a major leak of user data to political consultants associated with the 2016 Trump campaign.

AT&T will use Time Warner as 'weapon' if merger goes ahead: US Justice Dept

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:48:11 EDT

Will AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner give it a "weapon" to crush pay television rivals or help it catch up with "runaway" technology giants?

Telecom Italia board hangs up, dials battle for control

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:11:44 EDT

Eight members of Telecom Italia's board of directors resigned on Thursday, triggering a re-election of the entire board as an activist investor fund has challenged the control over the company by France's Vivendi.

Earwigs and the art of origami

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:54:44 EDT

ETH Zurich researchers have developed multifunctional origami structures, which they then fabricated into 4-D printed objects. The design principle mimics the structure of an earwig's wing.

NIST facilitates first-ever spectrum sharing between military and public wireless users

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:07:35 EDT

For the past three years, an important broker has had its eyes on a prime piece of property that it wants to allocate to multiple tenants to ensure maximum use. However, the "For Lease" sign isn't on some quiet suburban street, along a beachfront vista, or any physical location at all. It's posted in front of a small portion of the radiofrequency (RF) spectrum that the broker wants two "renters"—the military and the private sector—to jointly occupy for both of their wireless broadband needs.

Ford, Mahindra partner on small electric vehicle, some SUVs

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:00:08 EDT

Ford and Mahindra Group are teaming up to develop a small electric vehicle and some new SUVs.

Worried about being on Facebook? Some options explained

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:59:58 EDT

A snowballing Facebook scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of its users has many wondering whether it's time to restrict access to their Facebook information or even leave the social network altogether, with the #deletefacebook movement gaining traction.

Robotic collaboration in timber construction

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:56:13 EDT

Digitalisation has found its way into timber construction, with entire elements already being fabricated by computer-aided systems. The raw material is cut to size by the machines, but in most cases it still has to be manually assembled to create a plane frame. In the past, this fabrication process came with many geometric restrictions.

Experts: Uber SUV's autonomous system should have seen woman

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:49:56 EDT

Two experts say video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle shows the sport utility vehicle's laser and radar sensors should have spotted a pedestrian, and computers should have braked to avoid the crash.

Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:49:22 EDT

In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.

Blockbuster antitrust trial over AT&T, Time Warner merger begins

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:00:13 EDT

The US government faces off in court Thursday against AT&T and Time Warner in the biggest antitrust case in decades over their bid to merge and create a powerful new television behemoth.

US facing off against AT&T to block merger with Time Warner

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:29:40 EDT

The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get—and how much they pay for—streaming TV and movies.

How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:20:01 EDT

The market for energy storage on the power grid is growing at a rapid clip, driven by declining prices and supportive government policies.

New robotic arm that could service satellites or pick apples developed

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:19:47 EDT

An innovative new type of robotic arm that could be useful in outer space or in the orchards has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into plastic gold

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:12:41 EDT

Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. "This is the mine of the future," he beams.

Researchers find leaky apps that put privacy at risk

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:06:20 EDT

A bug in Facebook's advertising platform made it possible for potential hackers to uncover users' phone numbers, according to a paper presented by Northeastern associate professor Alan Mislove at the the Federal Trade Commission conference PrivacyCon last month.