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T-Mobile Has Started Selling Your App Data To Advertisers T-Mobile has just officially launched its new ad platform, known as T-Mobile Advertising Solutions. That innocuous name hides a rather sketchy business model – it aggregates your mobile application usage and sells it to advertisers. Android Police reports: The specifics of the program will sound familiar to anyone who has followed the ebb and flow of browser t … ⌘ Read more

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Scientists Unveil Bionic Robo-fish To Remove Microplastics From Seas Scientists have designed a tiny robot-fish that is programmed to remove microplastics from seas and oceans by swimming around and adsorbing them on its soft, flexible, self-healing body. From a report: Microplastics are the billions of tiny plastic particles which fragment from the bigger plastic things used every day such as water bo … ⌘ Read more

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Intel Just Asked the EU For $624 Million To Pay It Back For Overturned Anti-AMD Fine Intel is seeking to be paid interest of $624 million on the overturned $1.1 billion fine it received from the European Commission back in 2009. From a report: The antitrust ruling was overturned at the beginning of the year, and so Intel has gone to EU General Court seeking compensation and interest on the fine. I … ⌘ Read more

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Alexa Will Soon Be Able To Read Stories As Your Dead Grandma An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: At its annual re:Mars conference today in Las Vegas, Amazon’s Senior Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, Rohit Prasad, announced a spate of new and upcoming features for the company’s smart assistant. The most head turning of the bunch was a potential new feature that can synthesize short audio cli … ⌘ Read more

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Reaching 700M Active Users, Telegram Announces ‘Premium’ Tier “Telegram became one of the top-5 downloaded apps worldwide in 2022 and now has over 700 million monthly active users,” they announced this weekend. “This growth is solely from personal recommendations — Telegram has never paid to advertise its apps.”

But they add significantly that “As Telegram keeps growing at rocket speed, many users have expressed th … ⌘ Read more

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An AI-Created Craft Beer Debuts at New Orleans For one brief limited period of time, New Orleans locals “will have a chance to try the first craft beer created by an AI platform,” according to a report from local station WGNO: The AI Blonde Ale will be released at a Launch Party at NOLA Brewery on June 20 to coincide with CVPR, the world’s premier computer vision event. Derek Lintern, a brewer at NOLA Brewing said he is excited to h … ⌘ Read more

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Facebook Is Receiving Sensitive Medical Information from Hospital Websites A tracking tool installed on many hospitals’ websites has been collecting patients’ sensitive health information – including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments – and sending it to Facebook. From a report: The Markup tested the websites of Newsweek’s top 100 hospitals in America. O … ⌘ Read more

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Coinbase Lays Off 18% of Workforce as Executives Prepare for Recession and ‘Crypto Winter’ Coinbase is laying off nearly a fifth of its workforce amid a collapse in its stock and crypto prices. From a report: The cryptocurrency exchange will cut 18% of full-time jobs, according to an email sent to employees Tuesday morning. Coinbase has roughly 5,000 full-time workers, translating to a h … ⌘ Read more

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Cybersecurity Products Rarely Live Up To Marketing Claims: RSA Panel A panel at this week’s RSA Conference argued that 90% of security buyers aren’t getting the efficacy from their products that vendors claim they can deliver.

Slashdot reader storagedude writes: Joe Hubback of cyber risk management startup ISTARI led both the panel and the study, which was based on in-depth interviews with more than a hundre … ⌘ Read more

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Jack Dorsey’s TBD Announces Web 3 Competitor: Web 5 Jack Dorsey’s beef with Web 3 has never been a secret. In his view, Web 3 – blockchain boosters’ dream of a censorship resistant, privacy-focused internet of the future – has become just as problematic as the Web 2 which preceded it. Now, he’s out with an alternative. From a report: At CoinDesk’s Consensus Festival here in Austin, TBD – the bitcoin-focused subsidiary of … ⌘ Read more

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UK Regulator Plans To Launch Probe Into Google’s and Apple’s Mobile Duopoly The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that Google and Apple “hold all the cards” when it comes to mobile phones a year after taking a closer look at their “duopoly.” It’s now consulting on the launch of a market investigation into the tech giants’ market power in mobile browsers, as well as into Apple’ … ⌘ Read more

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UK Will Not Copy EU Demand for Common Charging Cable The UK government says it is not “currently considering” copying European Union plans for a common charging cable. From a report: The EU has provisionally agreed all new portable electronic devices must, by autumn 2024, use a USB Type-C charger, a move it says will benefit consumers. Critics say it will stifle innovation. Under the current post-Brexit arrangements, the … ⌘ Read more

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Companies Are Having Trouble Enforcing Return-to-Office Policies NPR reports: Just last month [Apple] decided to postpone its plan after more than 1,000 current and former employees signed an open letter called the plan inefficient, inflexible and a waste of time. “Stop treating us like school kids who need to be told when to be where and what homework to do,” they wrote. It was yet more evidence of the shift in … ⌘ Read more

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Scientists Claim They’ve Reversed Aging in Mice “In molecular biologist David Sinclair’s lab at Harvard Medical School, old mice are growing young again,” reports CNN:

Using proteins that can turn an adult cell into a stem cell, Sinclair and his team have reset aging cells in mice to earlier versions of themselves. In his team’s first breakthrough, published in late 2020, old mice with poor eyesight and damaged retinas coul … ⌘ Read more

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25 Gigabit Per Second Fiber Retail Broadband Service Demoed in New Zealand 25 gigabits per second — both downloading and uploading. CRN reports broadband infrastructure wholesaler Chorus demonstrated those speeds over their existing passive optical fiber network [PON].

The demonstration in Auckland achieved 21.4 Gbps throughput, tested simultaneously on the same strand of fibre that ran an 8 Gbps sy … ⌘ Read more

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Larger-than-30TB Hard Drives Are Coming Much Sooner Than Expected Inside of hard disk drives are platters which hold all your data; these are all manufactured by one company in Japan called Showa Denko which has announced it expects to “realize near-line HDD having storage capacity of more than 30TB” by the end of 2023. From a report: Deciphering that statement, we’d assume it will provide platters with a … ⌘ Read more

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California Parents Could Soon Sue For Social Media Addiction California could soon hold social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products, permitting parents to sue platforms like Instagram and TikTok for up to $25,000 per violation under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Monday. The Associated Press reports: The bill defines “addiction” as kids under 18 who a … ⌘ Read more

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Google Brings Street View History To Phones, Introduces ‘Street View Studio’ Today is the 15th birthday of Google Maps Street View, Google’s project to take ground-level, 360-degree photographs of the entire world. To celebrate, the company is rolling out a few new features. From a report: First up, Google is bringing historical Street View data to iOS and Android phones. The feature has long existed … ⌘ Read more

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NYC Removes Last Payphone From Service New York City removed its last public payphone on Monday. The boxy enclosures were once an iconic symbol across the city. But the rise of cellphones made the booths obsolete. CNBC reports: The effort to replace public pay telephones across the city kicked off in 2014 when the de Blasio administration solicited proposals to reimagine the offering, the city’s Office of Technology and Innovation sa … ⌘ Read more

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Lecturer Argues Cryptocurrency Should ‘Die in a Fire’, Predicts Implosion Nicholas Weaver is a senior staff researcher at the International Computer Science Institute and lecturer in the computer science department at UC Berkeley. But he’s also a raging cryptocurrency skeptic, arguing that cryptocurrency is useless and destructive, and should “die in a fire.”

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Can We Generate Renewable Energy by Burning Trash? CNBC visited a company that burns trash from a California landfill, and then “harnesses steam to make enough electricity to power 18,000 homes in the area” — which turns out to be part of a surprisingly large industry:

A portion of the waste comes from companies including American Airlines, Quest Diagnostics, Sunny Delight and Subaru…. Major retailers like Amazon also use … ⌘ Read more

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Sid & Marty Krofft to Release NFTs Starting with ‘Land of the Lost’ Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Today sees an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of 1970s children’s programming giants Sid & Marty Krofft. (Born in 1929, Sid Krofft will turn 93 in July). And reportedly Marty Krofft has now partnered with NFT producer Orange Comet “in a multiyear contract to release NFTs based on the ofte … ⌘ Read more

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China Chipmaker SMIC Says Phone, PC Demand Has Dropped ‘Like a Rock’ Top Chinese chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Co. says demand for mobile phones, personal computers and home appliances has dropped “like a rock” and shows no signs of recovering. From a report: Speaking to investors on Friday, CEO Zhao Haijun said the Russia-Ukraine war and China’s COVID lockdowns have massively dented … ⌘ Read more

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Google Lets Personal Users Stay On ‘No-Cost Legacy G Suite’ With Custom Gmail Domain Back in April, Google delayed when G Suite legacy free-edition users had to start paying for Workspace. The company will now let you stay on a “Free Legacy Edition of G Suite for personal use” as the “no-cost” alternative in a rather notable policy change. 9to5Google reports: This “no-cost” option is for peop … ⌘ Read more

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Researchers Devise iPhone Malware That Runs Even When Device Is Turned Off An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When you turn off an iPhone, it doesn’t fully power down. Chips inside the device continue to run in a low-power mode that makes it possible to locate lost or stolen devices using the Find My feature or use credit cards and car keys after the battery dies. Now researchers … ⌘ Read more

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New US Lab To Create Versions of Atoms Never Recorded on Earth From carbon to uranium, oxygen to iron, chemical elements are the building blocks of the world around us and the wider universe. Now, physicists are hoping to gain an unprecedented glimpse into their origins, with the opening of a new facility that will create thousands of peculiar and unstable versions of atoms never before recorded on Earth. From a … ⌘ Read more

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The US Army’s Unsettling New Recruitment Video for Psychological Warfare Task and Purpose reports on “a new and somewhat unnerving recruiting pitch from the U.S. Army’s 4th Psychological Operations Group” that asks viewers one simple question: “Have you ever wondered who’s pulling the strings?”

The three-and-a-half minute, movie trailer-esque video was released by the 4th PSYOP Group on Youtube on May … ⌘ Read more

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Is Python About to Get Faster? “Python 3.11 will bear the fruits of CPython’s multi-year effort to make Python a faster programming language,” reports ZDNet.

“Core Python (CPython) developer Mark Shannon shared details about the project to make Python faster at the PyCon 2022 conference this week…”

Last year, Microsoft funded a project for the Python Software Foundation (PSF), led by Python creator Guido van Rossum and Shannon, to mak … ⌘ Read more

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Facing High Demand, Texas Asks 26 Million to Use Less Electricity This Weekend Friday a heat wave hit Texas — prompting the non-profit that manages power for Texas’s 26 million customers to…ask them to use less of it.

“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) made the appeal in a statement Friday, saying that soaring temperatures increased demand and caused six power generation fac … ⌘ Read more

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Elon Musk Warns Twitter Users, ‘You Are Being Manipulated by the Algorithm’ Twitter’s potential new owner just made this announcement to his 93.1 million followers. “Very important to fix your Twitter feed,” the annoncement began:

1. Tap home button. 2. Tap stars on upper right of screen. 3. Select “Latest tweets”.

You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you don’t realize.

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Security Expert Nabs Expired Domain for a Popular NPM Library’s Email Address “Security consultant Lance Vick recently acquired the expired domain used by the maintainer of a widely used NPM package,” reports the Register, “to remind the JavaScript community that the NPM Registry still hasn’t implemented adequate security.”

“I just noticed ‘foreach’ on NPM is controlled by a single maintaine … ⌘ Read more

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White House Joins OpenSSF, Linux Foundation In Securing Open-Source Software An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Securing the open-source software supply chain is a huge deal. Last year, the Biden administration issued an executive order to improve software supply chain security. This came after the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack shut down gas and oil deliveries throughout the southea … ⌘ Read more

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Anonymous Social Media App Yik Yak Exposed Users’ Precise Locations An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The anonymous message board app Yik Yak is designed in a way that it is possible to get the precise location of a user’s post, and see users’ unique IDs, potentially allowing someone to dox and stalk users, according to a researcher. Yik Yak is an anonymous social media network popular prim … ⌘ Read more

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US Senator Introduces Bill To Strip Disney of Special Copyright Protections Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is introducing legislation that would strip the Walt Disney Company of special copyright protections granted to the corporation by Congress, while also limiting the length of new copyrights. From a report: The “Copyright Clause Restoration Act of 2022” would cap the length of copyrights given corporat … ⌘ Read more

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Terraform Restarts Blockchain Behind UST Stablecoin, Luna Terraform Labs restarted the Terra blockchain following a software update to help avoid attacks against the network in the wake of the collapse of its algorithmic stablecoin and the related Luna token that had roiled cryptocurrency markets. From a report: The fix is designed to help avoid so-called governance attacks against its protocol – a way of manipulatin … ⌘ Read more

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New EU Rules Would Require Chat Apps To Scan Private Messages for Child Abuse The European Commission has proposed controversial new regulation that would require chat apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to selectively scan users’ private messages for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and “grooming” behavior. The proposal is similar to plans mooted by Apple last year but, say critics, much m … ⌘ Read more

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Netflix Tells Employees Ads May Come by the End of 2022 Netflix could introduce its lower-priced ad-supported tier by the end of the year, a more accelerated timeline than originally indicated, the company told employees in a recent note. From a report: In the note, Netflix executives said that they were aiming to introduce the ad tier in the final three months of the year, according to two people who shared details of the … ⌘ Read more

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US Copyright Office Seeks Input On Mandatory DMCA ‘Upload Filters’ An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: The U.S. Copyright Office has launched a public consultation to evaluate whether it’s wise to make certain technical protection measures mandatory under the DMCA. The Office hopes to hear all relevant stakeholders and the public at large in what may become a de facto review of the recently i … ⌘ Read more

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Oracle Java Popularity Sliding, Reports New Relic InfoWorld reports that “While still the industry’s leading Java distribution, Oracle Java’s popularity is half what it was just two years ago, according to a report from application monitoring company New Relic.” (With the usual caveat that data from New Relic’s report “was drawn entirely from applications reporting to New Relic in January 2022 and does not provide a glo … ⌘ Read more

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Mining Capital Coin CEO Indicted for Allegedly Running a Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scheme American’s Justice Department announced Friday that the CEO of Mining Capital Coin, “a purported cryptocurrency mining and investment platform,” has been indicted “for allegedly orchestrating a $62 million global investment fraud scheme.”

CNN reports:

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Cryptocurrency Markets Drop $200B, Bitcoin Down 50% Since November 40 days ago Bitcoin sold for $47,454. It’s price now is $34,007 — a drop of 28%. About a third of that drop happened this week, as “Bitcoin, ethereum and other major cryptocurrencies have fallen sharply,” Forbes reports, “wiping around $200 billion from the crypto market in just a matter of days (though some fear the bitcoin price could fall far … ⌘ Read more

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McEnroe vs. McEnroe: Tennis Legend Plays Against AI-Powered Avatars of Himself A special ESPN+ show Saturday brought back John McEnroe “to face his ultimate opponent. Himself.” TechCrunch reports:

The 45-minute film will showcase how the match was created using a combination of artificial intelligence and machine learning, plus five virtual avatars of John McEnroe from pivotal points of h … ⌘ Read more

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Scientists Try Injecting Tumor-Fighting Viruses Coated in Magnets Made By Soil Bacteria To attack tumors, the Guardian reports, “scientists are developing magnetically guided microscopic projectiles that can be injected into patients’ blood.”

The project — led by researchers at Sheffield University — builds on progress in two key medical fields. The first involves viruses that specifi … ⌘ Read more

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Got a Coupon For That College Course? Marketing Gimmicks Come To Higher Ed “A decade ago, it would have been hard to imagine a college handing out coupons or running limited-time offers,” notes the education site EdSurge. “College was something you applied to get into, and entered with a seriousness of intent to complete.” But now, writes long-time Slashdot reader jyosim…. As online education has be … ⌘ Read more

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Apple’s Return-to-Office Policy Leaves Many Workers Unhappy, AI Expert Quits Apple’s director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, “is leaving the company due to its return to work policy,” reports a tech reporter for the Verge. “In a note to staff, he said ‘I believe strongly that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team.’”

9to5Mac notes that Apple “poached Goodfellow from Goog … ⌘ Read more

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Doctor Who’s 14th Time Lord Announced for 60th-Anniversary Season Doctor Who’s newest incarnation has been announced. Replacing Jodie Whittaker — and becoming the 14th Doctor Who — is 29-year-old Netflix star Ncuti Gatwa. (In 2020 the Scottish branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awarded him the prestigious “Best Actor in Television” award for work on the Netflix series Sex Educati … ⌘ Read more

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(Mostly) Open Source SteamOS Forked into Homegrown ISO For Other Machines “While Valve has yet to actually release a proper ISO for SteamOS 3 used on the Steam Deck, others have been taking it into their own hands to provide,” reports GamingOnLinux, “like with the new HoloISO.

“This is possible, since 99% of what SteamOS uses is open source (not the Steam client though)…”

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Amazon Fired Six Managers After Union Vote - but Large Shareholders Plan Confrontation with Board “Amazon has reportedly fired over half a dozen senior managers who were involved in a New York warehouse union,” reports the Guardian, noting that the firings happened shortly after the Staten Island warehouse successfully voted to union, and that they occurred “outside the company’s em … ⌘ Read more

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Russia Hit With ‘Unprecedented’ Breaches By Pro-Ukrainian Cyberattackers This week the Washington Post described Russia as “struggling under an unprecedented hacking wave” — with one survey finding Russia is now the world’s leader for leaked sensitive data (such as passwords and email addresses). “Federation government: your lack of honor and blatant war crimes have earned you a special prize…” read a mes … ⌘ Read more

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GNOME Patent Troll Gets Stripped of Patent Rights An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Remember that patent lawsuit filed against GNOME’s Shotwell in 2019? An enterprising open source lawyer has challenged it within the patent office and gotten the whole thing canceled!

OpenSource.org argues that decision by the U.S. patent office “may well give patent trolls cause to steer clear of open source projects — even more than the … ⌘ Read more

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