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After Six Years, GMail Finally Takes ‘UnSend’ Out Of Beta

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After a long, long time in Beta testing, Google has finally made Unsend a feature that everyone can use, here’s how to turn it on: So how do you enable Gmail’s undo feature? Go to the little cog icon in the upper righthand corner and select “Settings.” About a third of the way down the […]

Supreme Court Bars Cops From Accessing Hotel Registries Without A Warrant

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The Supreme Court ruled that police are not entitled to access to a hotel registry without a warrant.

Apple Reverses Course On Music Royalties

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Taylor Swift, Apple Music, And The Future Of The Music Business

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Taylor Swift is taking a stand against Apple’s new streaming music service, and she’s largely right.

Google Targets Revenge Porn in Weakest Way Possible

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Google has announced a new policy regarding revenge porn: We’ve heard many troubling stories of “revenge porn”: an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims’ accounts. Some images even end up on “sextortion” sites that force people to pay to have […]

Pope Francis Writes On The Environment, And Many People Miss The Point

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Pope Francis’s new encyclical isn’t exactly being received positively by American conservatives, because they seem to be missing the point.

Was China OPM Hack Fair Game?

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Was this simply ordinary intelligence collection? Or something more insidious?

Jawbone Sues Fitbit Over Patent Infringement

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Jawbone is suing Fitbit for infringing a patent that should never have been granted.

Supreme Court Tosses Out Conviction For “Threats” Made On Facebook

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The Supreme Court has narrowed the means by which Federal prosecutors can prosecute someone for making statements online that could be perceived as threats.

FCC May Ban Robocalls, Including Polling

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The FCC appears set to “encourage” telephone companies to install robocall blocking technology. Pollsters are panicking. POLITICO (“New ‘robocall’ rules could leave Americans in the dark“): For many Americans, the idea of technology that can block automated telephone calls sounds like a solution to all those annoying “robocalls” and interrupted family dinners.But to the nation’s […]

Curiosity Rover Captures The Blue Sunset Of Mars

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has captured the best photos yet of the stunning blue sunsets of Mars: More than three years after Curiosity first began its mission on Mars, the NASA rover finally had some time to observe — and photograph — its first sunset. And yes, a sunset on the Red Planet is blue. […]

Uber Sets $50 Billion Valuation Target In New Funding Drive

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Uber, the mobile phone based car service that has upended the taxi industry across the nation and around the world, is raising another round of funding from private investors, and aiming for a valuation of $50 billion: Uber Technologies Inc., the world’s most highly capitalized startup, plans to raise another large round of funding. The […]

Appeals Court Rules N.S.A. Data Mining Illegal

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A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the N.S.A.’s data mining program is illegal, but its ruling may not have a very big impact.

Thanks To Vaccination, Rubella Has Been Eliminated From The Western Hemisphere

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Vaccination has eliminated a disease that used to be a serious threat from the Americas.

Colorado Man Shoots Malfunctioning Computer

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A Colorado Man finally had enough of his malfunctioning Dell: When ctrl + alt + delete doesn’t work, just shoot the darn thing. That’s what one man did on Monday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took the fight with his […]

New Study Finds No Link Between Autism And Childhood Vaccination

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Yet another study has found no link between autism and childhood vaccines. However, that’s unlikely to mean the end of the anti-vaccination movement.

Norway Phasing Out FM Radio By 2017

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Norway is moving to all-digital radio.

Should We Boycott Moron Clothing Designers?

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Elton John is leading a boycott against Dolce & Gabbana.

Big Brother Meets Mickey Mouse

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Ubiquitous tracking isn’t all bad.

Pi Day 3.14.15

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Cornell math prof Steven Strogatz is very excited about Pi day.

Florida State Employees Ordered Not To Refer To “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming”

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Don’t say “climate change” or “global warming” if you work for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Coffee News (and Another Example of Bad Science Reporting)

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First comes the spiffy headline via the BBC:  Regular coffee drinkers have ‘cleaner’ arteries Hooray! he thought, between sips of strong, black Colombian… But then, actually reading the article: Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries – a known risk factor for heart disease – Korean researchers believe. […]

The Internet is Getting Faster

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Aaron Brazell explains why “THE INTERNET IS ABOUT TO BECOME WAY FASTER.”

Vint Cerf Warns of Forgotten Century From Bit Rot

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One of the pioneers of the Internet warns that we’re in danger of losing entire generations’ worth of history because of digitization.

Three Minute Words: China’s Passive-Agressive Internet

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Can a country entry reap the benefits of the connected age while successfully tying down the Internet?

Obama: Sony Attack ‘Vandalism’ Not War

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President Obama believes the North Korean attack on Sony was “an act of cyber vandalism” rather than “an act of war.”

Orion, NASA’s Next Generation Manned Space Vehicle, Has Successful First Test Flight

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A wholly successfully first test for NASA’s next generation manned space vehicle.

Charts Are Persuasive!

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Justin Wolfers of The New York Times’ Upshot blog passing along a study that demonstrates just how persuasive presenting information in a visual format can be: [T]wo Cornell researchers, Brian Wansinkand Aner Tal, ran a small online survey to assess whether alternative descriptions of the same information were more persuasive. Each respondent read the following description of […]

New York City Pay Phones To Become WiFi Hotspots

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Adapting a relic of the 20th Century to the 21st Century.

Polygraph Critic Charged with Training People to Thwart Polygraphs

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A 69-year-old former polygraph examiner for the Oklahoma City police department has been indicted for coaching people to thwart the machines.

ESA’s Rosetta Mission Set To Land On Comet This Morning

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If everything goes according to plan, a lander roughly the size of a household washing machine will be touching down on a comet hurtling through space: London (CNN) — The Rosetta mission to land a probe on Comet 67P is past the point of no return, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Wednesday. “There […]

President Obama Urges FCC to Make Internet a Utility

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Obama proposes four ‘net neutrality’ rules.

iPhones and the US-China Trade Gap

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Another example of the silliness of the “trade deficit” concept.

A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

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Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

The End Of Private Industry In Space? Hardly

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A pair of accidents has led some to wonder if we are at the end of commercial ventures in space. Clearly, we are not.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight

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Another setback for commercial space ventures, the second this week and this time with tragic consequences.

Would You Fly On This Airplane?

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If a British aerospace company gets its way, you could one day have a chance to fly in a passenger plane where the windows are replaced by wraparound view screens that show you what’s outside the plane all around you: A British aerospace company released pictures Sunday of its “windowless” plane concept that would make even the […]

Pope Francis’s Remarks On The Big Bang Are Nothing New For The Catholic Church

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Pope Francis restates something the Catholic Church has taught for a long time and, again, the American media thinks its something new and revolutionary.

Antares Rocket Headed To Space Station Explodes Seconds After Liftoff

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A disappointing setback.

Google Executive Alan Eustace Completes Record Breaking Skydive From 135,890 Feet

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A Google Executive jumps from the edge of space, breaking a record.

Trials Of Ebola Vaccine Being Accelerated

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The World Health Organization has announced that testing is set to begin soon on what could end up being a vaccine against the Ebola virus: Health authorities and pharmaceutical companies are planning to test several new vaccines to prevent Ebola infection over the next few months, including one that is taken as a tablet, making […]

Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

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New York State’s gun law takes rights away from nearly 35,000 people without any due process whatsoever.

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

Lockheed Martin Says It Made A Breakthrough On Nuclear Fusion

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Lockheed Martin says that it has made a promising breakthrough that could lead to the development of reactors based on nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the Sun: (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first […]

HBO To Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service In 2015

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The start of a trend? Probably.

GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page

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Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.” The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best […]

Farewell To Lotus 1-2-3

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The program that helped bring IBM PC’s into offices across America will soon be no more: Thirty-one years is a good run for any product and that is how long we have lived with the spreadsheet that defined the PC generation, Lotus 1-2-3. Earlier this week IBM Lotus 1-2-3. Millennium Edition, IBM Lotus SmartSuite 9.x, […]

Google Being Targeted Over Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos

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Attorneys for celebrities caught up in the leak of nude photographs are targeting Google.

Parenting as a Gen Xer

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We’ve got one foot in two very different technological worlds.

Yahoo Directory Goes Way of Alta Vista

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Danny Sullivan reflects on the end of another era.

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