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Ford president Raj Nair leaves over 'inappropriate behavior'
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:56:00 -0500 - Ford will have to adjust its technology strategy, and not for the right reasons. The automaker's North America President Raj Nair has left the company after an internal investigation determined that "inappropriate behavior" was out of line with the...
SEC guidelines push for clearer data breach disclosures
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:32:00 -0500 - American companies haven't always been forthright about disclosing data breaches in a responsible way, and regulators want to encourage better behavior. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued "interpretive guidance" that it hopes will bot...
Google uses AI to place ads across the internet
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:21:00 -0500 - Google's ubiquitous AdSense ads are already heavily automated by their nature (they're targeted based on a look at a site's content), but it's taking that hands-off approach one step further. The search firm has officially launched Auto Ads, a syste...
Medium suspends alt-right trolls following major rules change
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:39:00 -0500 - Medium is taking its own steps in the fight against fake news and following a major reworking of its rules, has suspended the accounts of a handful of writers. As The Outline reports, the accounts of Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer now...
Spotify’s hardware ambitions seem like a risky distraction
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:15:00 -0500 - Look, it's no secret that Spotify is out to make its own hardware. As of last April, Spotify was already looking for people to help craft "a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snap Spectacles." (In hindsight, Spotify's HR...
Kids play mechanics for Marvel heroes with the Electro Hero Kit
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:45:00 -0500 - Not every child wants to be a coder or an engineer, which can make it hard to get them playing with STEM toys if they don't really care about making their own video games or building a cool robot. However, many kids are into role playing and telling...
Tinder security flaw granted account access with just a phone number
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:17:00 -0500 - Security researchers at Appsecure found a way to access anyone's Tinder account via their phone number. The exploit took advantage of a software flaw in both the dating app's login process as well as the Facebook API that it's based on. The issues ha...
Disney reportedly plans 'Muppets' reboot for its streaming service
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:45:00 -0500 - It's no secret that Disney's upcoming streaming service will bank on familiar names, but we're now getting a clearer sense of what that means. Hollywood Reporter sources have claimed that Disney is working on a "reboot" of The Muppets, the short-liv...
YouTube's trending section shows it has a fake news problem, too
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:13:00 -0500 - In discussions of the ongoing battle over fake news, we often hear Facebook and Google criticized for playing a hand in spreading false information. And while both have made efforts recently to stem the spread of misinformation on their platforms, th...
BitTorrent client exploits could let rogue websites control your PC
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:08:00 -0500 - BitTorrent's peer-to-peer app and its lightweight uTorrent counterpart are susceptible to particularly nasty hijacking flaws. Google researcher Tavis Ormandy recently detailed a host of DNS rebinding exploits in Windows versions of the software that...
Facebook signs European licensing deal for music you share
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:46:00 -0500 - Facebook has dealt with some criticism over the unpaid use of licensed music in videos on the company's various platforms like Instagram. Back in September of last year, it was reported that the social network was paying out "hundreds of millions of...
The next Duplass Brothers movies will be on Netflix
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:18:00 -0500 - Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the next four films from the Duplass Brothers, Jay and Mark. The indie filmmaker duo's credits include Creep and Jeff Who Lives at Home. The deal covers the brothers' upcoming untitled film starring Ray Romano...
Twitch is cashing in on your love for Overwatch League
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500 - The Overwatch League is blowing up and Twitch wants to make some extra money off its exclusive streaming partnership. To encourage viewership, you'll be able to earn Overwatch League Tokens (what you use to buy League skins). You'll pick up one token...
Nest adds Google Assistant to the indoor Cam IQ
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:34:00 -0500 - The Nest Cam IQ is the smartest camera in the company's security-oriented lineup, and now it's even smarter. Today, Nest announced that the Cam IQ natively supports Google Assistant, thanks to an over-the-air update. It's important to note, though, t...
Sling TV touts 2.2 million subscribers as cord cutting continues
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:25:00 -0500 - With how popular cord-cutting is, you'd think more services would be keen to share their subscriber stats. Dish pulled back the curtain today and revealed that its Sling TV service has some 2.2 million folks paying for the service. That's compared to...
Twitter says most recent follower purge is about bots, not politics
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:08:00 -0500 - A number of Twitter users are claiming the platform is purging itself of conservative viewpoints as some lost thousands of followers last night. Richard Spencer, writer Mark Pantano and Candace Owens of Turning Point USA were among those spreading th...
Shadow virtualizes a high-end gaming PC on your desktop clunker
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500 - In the early days of computing, local storage and processing weren't actually a thing. Instead, your individual computer acted as a terminal, pulling data from a central processing server. Well, the French startup Blade likes it that way and has rele...
Netflix's 'Lost in Space' reboot premieres April 13th
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:31:00 -0500 - Netflix's Lost in Space remake has been a long, long time in coming (word broke of it back in 2015), but it's finally here... almost. The streaming service has revealed that the sci-fi show will debut on April 13th, 2018, and has offered a teaser tra...
PlayStation profiles are now available on the web
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:19:00 -0500 - PlayStation is putting your user profile on the web. Head over to the PlayStation website today and you'll find a new tab in the upper right corner that says "My PlayStation." Click it and you'll see what looks like a classic Facebook profile page. Y...
Netflix orders animated series from team behind 'Bojack Horseman'
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:08:00 -0500 - Netflix is getting another animated series from the team behind Bojack Horseman. Called Tuca & Bertie, it centers on two 30-year-old birds -- Bertie, an anxious songbird, and Tuca, a more carefree toucan. The two are friends, living in the same a...
Volvo adds the V60 wagon to its car subscription service
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:01:00 -0500 - If you're interested in a car subscription from Volvo, but you're not a fan of SUVs, the Swedish automaker just announced that its new V60 wagon will be available with the service called Car by Volvo.
Amazon's answer to 'Altered Carbon' is Iain M. Banks' space opera
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:44:00 -0500 - It appears that Amazon is looking for its answer to Netflix's crossover sci-fi thriller Altered Carbon. Today, the online retail giant announced that it has acquired the global television rights to Iain M. Banks' space opera series called The Culture...
Why am I so terrible at email?
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:33:00 -0500 - Ever heard the phrase "run into an asshole and they're the asshole, run into assholes all day and you're the asshole?" It's been rattling around my brain of late, after several miserable weeks caused by my apparent failure to be a good emailer. (Or m...
Mike Pence’s space council is big on business, small on science
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:22:00 -0500 - Yesterday evening, Vice President Mike Pence announced the candidates asked to serve on the National Space Council's Users Advisory Group. Members will have to be officially selected by the Administrator of NASA (a position which remains open). The s...
MLS eSports league's first tournament streams on Twitch this April
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500 - Last month, Major League Soccer became the latest US sports association to create its own eSports league, eMLS, which will exclusively run EA Sports' game FIFA 18. We knew its first-ever event would be a tournament (the eMLS Cup) at the upcoming PAX...