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last updated: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:43:17 -0500

Broadcom cuts Qualcomm offer to $117 billion after new NXP deal
(Reuters) - Microchip maker Broadcom Ltd cut its bid for Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday by 4 percent to $117 billion as it objected to Qualcomm’s decision to raise its own bid for NXP Semiconductors NV to $44 billion.

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BBC News - Technology
last updated: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:46:37 GMT

White nationalist Jared Taylor sues Twitter over ban
Jared Taylor's lawyer claims the suspension of his client's account is a form of Twitter censorship.

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Game helps players spot 'fake news'
Players run their own fake news empire so they can learn how misinformation is spread.

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Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group
One of the most vocal critics of AI quits the ethics board as Tesla utilises the technology.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone images leaked by MWC app
Images of the firm's forthcoming flagship phone are revealed ahead of its Barcelona debut on Sunday.

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Tesla investigates claims of crypto-currency hack
The company says that only internally used engineering test cars have been affected.

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Twitter bot purge prompts backlash
Some users claim right-wing beliefs have been discriminated against by the crackdown.

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Bezos-backed 10,000 Year Clock now under construction
The cuckoo only comes out once a millennium.

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AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn
AI could be used by rogue states, criminals and terrorists for malicious purposes in the near future.

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Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials
Institutions that fail to report the results of drug trials will be named on a new website.

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FaceTime chat 'saves woman's life'
Woman notices her sister is suffering from a stroke while they spoke on a FaceTime call.

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Young Brits 'lack cyber-security awareness'
A survey found over half of 18-25 year olds were using the same password for lots of online services.

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Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts
US firm's clients told to update their settings and lock down data before it is stolen.

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Apple rushes out fix to Telugu letter text bomb bug
Messages containing a letter from India's Telugu language caused devices to crash.

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Russian bots debate US gun control laws
Russian bots are believed to have taken part in debate about gun control following Florida shootings.

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Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency
The "Petro" is intended to help country's crumbling economy evade tough US sanctions.

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Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm
The vice-president of ads is criticised for tweeting Russian-bought ads were not designed to sway the US election.

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'Upskirting' should be criminal offence, campaigners say
Campaigners say a law change in England and Wales would make it easier for police to take action.

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Probe after 'drone made helicopter crash'
Investigations are launched after a helicopter reportedly crashed after swerving to avoid a consumer drone.

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Plans drawn up for world's tallest wooden skyscraper
The 70-storey tower would be 90% wood and have trees and other foliage on every level.

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Councils 'unprepared' for cyber-attacks, report says
More than 25% of local authorities had computer systems breached from 2013-17, campaigners say.

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Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years
Matthew Falder blackmailed victims into sending sexual images that he then shared on the dark web.

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Facebook to seek verification by post for election ads
People wishing to take out ads naming political candidates will be sent a verification code in the post.

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Anger at Google image search 'peace deal'
The search giant will remove features from its image search to appease Getty Images.

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Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium
Facebook is ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium.

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Hot on Instagram - but is it art?
Should social media-friendly experiences designed to make striking photos be considered art?

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Door-opening dog bot beats meddling human
A dog robot that can open doors has been taught a new skill: overcoming human interference.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Visual effects revealed
The visual effects team behind the film has been nominated for an Oscar.

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Hangzhou and the Alibaba effect
The emergence of a tech behemoth transforms its hometown.

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Replika app provides chats with dead friend
An entrepreneur makes an app that lets her have conversations with a virtual version of a deceased friend.

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Bringing solar power to a remote community in the Himalayas
A team of engineers trek into the remote region to bring a community electricity for the first time.

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Robots compete in skiing challenge and other news
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best technology stories of the week.

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Blade Runner 2049: How we recreated a character
The filmmakers wanted one of the characters to appear in the new film looking as they did in 1982.

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Patient's chest rebuilt with 3D print after tumour surgery
Peter Maggs' chest wall was rebuilt using the technology after a large tumour was removed.

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Quantum computers 'one step closer'
Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the recent development of a silicon-based programmable quantum processor.

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Cryonics: Your body preserved for future revival?
Arizona-based company Alcor offers cryonic preservation in the hope of reviving you in the future.

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ColorFab: 3D printer can change colour of objects
MIT is making a new kind of 3D printer that can change the colour of the objects you print.

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Night Shift: Game aims to help doctors detect trauma
A doctor has designed a video game about treating patients with severe injuries.

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PowerWatch: The smartwatch powered by body heat
The watch uses thermoelectric technology to covert body heat energy into electricity.

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Fin tech
Fish farming is big business and producers are adopting new technologies to expand and cut costs.

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Humble origins
Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world, but the business culture discourages bragging.

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Biggest carmaker
Working out who sells the most cars is more complicated than you might think.

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YouTube couples
In the latest Newsbeat Documentary, vlogger Ben Hunte looks at couples revealing all on YouTube and Instagram.

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Tinder revolution
Online dating has become the standard way to find a partner these days. Can AI make it even better?

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Terror pranks
Fake bombs, staged murders, stunts that resemble acid attacks - why are YouTubers posting "terror pranks"?

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Potato plastics
Better recycling and compostable materials could be an answer to our plastic pollution problem.

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Computer says no
More firms are relying on artificial intelligence and automation to speed up recruitment, but at what cost?

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Computer pioneers
Florin and Mariuca Talpes started their $600m IT firm Bitdefender after Romania's 1989 revolution.

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AI detects Islamic State video uploads
An algorithm that detects propaganda made by the Islamic State group is developed in the UK.

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Die With Me: The chat app for those with a low battery
The Die With Me app only works when you have 5% battery or less.

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The bodyhackers enhancing the human form
The BBC meets bodyhackers determined to push the human body into new territory.

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The tech making fashion accessible for disabled people
Open Style Lab combines technology and fashion to make clothing more accessible for disabled people.

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Geek.com
last updated: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:03 +0000

Black Panther is Mainstream, and That’s Okay!

I saw Black Panther twice over the holiday weekend and both times times I was asked by the (in one instance white) people I saw it with what I thought. The first time […]

The post Black Panther is Mainstream, and That’s Okay! appeared first on Geek.com.

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last updated: Thu, 04 May 2017 03:28:00 +1000

Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app
Google Docs was pulled into a sneaky email phishing attack on Tuesday that was designed to trick users into giving up access to their Gmail accounts.

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Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
last updated: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:17:04 -0500

Acer's Swift 7 is the world's thinnest laptop, making yours look huge

Acer's Swift 7 is the world's thinnest laptop, making yours look hugeAcer's Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the world.


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Galaxies collide in stunning picture
A NEW image captured by NASA Hubble space telescope shows ‘doomed duo’ galaxies colliding and then trying to destroy one another.

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CNET News
last updated: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:25:34 +0000

FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal - CNET
Now that the agency has published its order repealing the 2015 rules, it starts the clock for legal challenges and last-ditch congressional action to preserve the old regulation.

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BuzzFeed - Geeky
last updated: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:31:03 -0400

12 Reasons Esports Is The Only Sport That Matters

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1. The engaging analysts and shoutcasters who hype everything up.

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Shoutcasters are like your overly excited, knowledgeable best friends who explain all the chaotic action during the game. They are a godsend to new and veteran viewers alike, and one of my favorite parts about professional events. Not only do they know the games inside and out, they know details like individual player styles and specific team mechanics.


2. The arenas that are beautiful and custom built for the games they host.

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In Los Angeles, Riot Games built a custom arena near its headquarters to host League of Legends pro matches. Internationally, this year's LoL World Championship Finals were held in an actual Olympic arena in Beijing called the Bird’s Nest. The amazing surroundings allow fans to come together in a space that feels personalized and has the excitement of a professional sporting event. Even for those who don't play video games, the decked-out arenas are a reason to check out esports all by themselves.


3. The pros who stream who are just as ridiculous as their fans.

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Not only do pros directly talk to fans while streaming, a lot of times they get personalized gifts and crazy donations too. I talked to professional team Cloud 9’s ADC "Sneaky" about some of the funniest things he’s gotten from fans.

“It’s mainly fan mail," he said. "I got a schoolgirl outfit that I wore once. I got a maid costume too, in China. A bunch of people were asking me about the cosplay I did the first time, and they asked if I was going to do it again if I made it farther in the tournament. I’m like, '...Sure? Yeah, I guess if someone brings me one,'" he said, laughing.


4. The merchandise is undeniable.

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I mean, just look at all of it. LOOK AT IT.


5. The pros who kick your ass at live events in front of all your friends.

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Most esports are video games the public can play as well, which allows fans a firsthand understanding of the game and unique interactions with pro players that other sports just can't match. Often at live events, there are special setups where pros get to face off one vs. one against fans. I’ve personally never done one because I’m sure I would get my ass handed to me.


6. The pros who kick your ass in the comfort of your own home.

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At home, pros play alongside non-professional players, so, if you're good enough (lol, ur not), you can play with them online. Just don't suck whenever you have one on your team.


7. The international players who are sweeping the world.

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Many esports have international leagues comprised of different regions around the world. One of the cool things about being a fan is watching how characters, play styles, and strategies vary across different regions. I sat down with North American professional team TSM’s "Mithy," who described the experience of being drafted away from European professional team G2 Esports and having to adapt to the play style of a new team in a new region.

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8. The fans who are as passionate as they are loud.

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Holy shit the FANS! It’s unbelievable how passionate and committed these fans are. Not only do they come from all over to watch their favorite player or team, but many of them dress in detailed cosplay as their favorite in-game characters. Even custom jerseys supporting their favorite players are often seen at events. I may or may not have sweatshirts and team gear, but that would mean I’m biased, so I definitely don’t… :^)


9. The growing audiences that just won't stop growing.

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I talked to James "Dash" Patterson, who sits on the analyst desk for the North American League of Legends Championship Series, about why he thinks the industry is suddenly growing in popularity. “It is apparent that this is a thing," he said. "It has money. It’s got people behind it. There’s all this evidence now that there is at least some degree of sustainability.

"But then the most important thing: the player. The person that everyone wants to watch. This idea that the sport doesn’t exist if there isn’t a pro. At least now that feels like an attainable goal. If I choose at the age of 14 to become a pro, I can pursue that, and I can ultimately achieve it. To me, that’s why the sport is growing at the rate it is now as opposed to 20 years ago.”


10. The collaborations with other industries that are simply epic.

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Every year for the World Championship, Riot Games collaborates with a musical artist to create a song that is sort of the theme of the event. I sat down with Chrissy Costanza, the lead singer from Against the Current, who did this past year's collaboration. She told me that Riot goes through a long process of making sure the artist is the right fit with the right feel, and that the artists themselves know the game. “Riot is really amazing at making sure everything is brand authentic," she said. "I know when Imagine Dragons did it a few years ago, they loved the game. I think they like keeping it in the family of people who love the game.”

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11. The unique events that turn into casual fiestas.

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League of Legends has an end-of-year All-Star event. Fans ​were given the ​chance ​to ​vote ​for ​their ​favorite ​players ​from ​their ​region ​in ​order ​to build ​the ​superstar-stacked ​team ​of ​their ​dreams. Since this wasn’t during regular season play, the atmosphere was more casual and laid-back. There was also a special one vs. one event where the pros faced off against each other individually in a single elimination game. I definitely screamed the most watching those.


12. The widespread recognition that shows esports is getting BIG.

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If you need more proof that esports is growing fast, just look at some of the massive industry sponsors that are starting to take note. Like in traditional sports, big brands have begun to sponsor players, teams, stadiums, and events. Gillette, for instance, just unveiled its sponsorship of the North American professional LoL team, TSM. Partnerships like this are definitely a signal of big things to come in the world of esports.

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‘Abhorrent’ Hoax Facebook Posts Are Claiming the Florida School Shooting Survivors Are ‘Crisis Actors’
Facebook is working to remove them

Facebook said Wednesday that it will remove posts circulating on the social network wrongly claiming that survivors of last week’s deadly Florida school shooting are “crisis actors” working on behalf of a liberal agenda.

“Hoax images that attack the victims of last week’s tragedy in Florida are abhorrent,” Tessa Lyons, a product manager at Facebook, said in a statement reported by CNET. “We are removing this content from Facebook.”

A number of posts on the website have targeted 17-year-old survivor, David Hogg, saying the student who has been publicly advocating for gun control in the wake of the shooting is the son of a “liberal FBI agent.”

Facebook is not the only platform where similar content has been posted. Both Twitter and YouTube have provided a breeding ground for such conspiracy theories, with a video accusing Hogg of being a crisis actor rising to the No. 1 trending spot Wednesday on YouTube with more 200,000 views. YouTube acknowledged Wednesday that its algorithm had not worked properly in surfacing the video prominently.

“In 2017, we started rolling out changes to better surface authoritative news sources in search results, particularly around breaking news events,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We’ve seen improvements, but in some circumstances these changes are not working quickly enough. In addition, last year we updated the application of our harassment policy to include hoax videos that target the victims of these tragedies. Any video flagged to us that violates this policy is reviewed and then removed. We’re committed to making more improvements throughout 2018 to make these tools faster, better and more useful to users.”

On Tuesday, Hogg told CNN that he is “not a crisis actor,” adding: “I’m someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that.”

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liamalexander: My daily stats: 12 new followers, 9 new unfollowers via http://t.co/hROlspGI
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alanjonesUK: RT @PopSci: Scientists finally have some answers about the mysterious "dark matter" in the human genome: http://t.co/Gm4Fh0B6
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It’s full Python expertise in one course bundle…and you can get it all at your price

Python is one of the key programming disciplines among working development pros — and you can learn absolutely everything about it in the Absolute Python course bundle, which you can pick up for any price you want to pay.

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