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  • US rejects French proposal on taxing tech companies

    10/15/2017 9:19:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 15 October 2017 11:55 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The United States does not support a French proposal to tax the gross revenues of international tech corporations like Google and Amazon, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday. The remarks come as European officials say Washington has softened in recent days on a point that has caused sharp transatlantic tensions in recent years. European authorities have targeted multinational companies that avoid taxation by seeking out cozy arrangements in low- and no-tax jurisdictions. […] In September of this year, French authorities proposed that the European Union impose taxes on gross corporate revenues because they say they have been unable to...
  • Why Stanford Researchers Tried to Create a ‘Gaydar’ Machine

    10/10/2017 4:34:54 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 93 replies
    NY Times (via Drudge) ^ | Oct 9,2017 | HEATHER MURPHY
    ...Few seemed concerned. So to call attention to the privacy risks, he decided to show that it was possible to use facial recognition analysis to detect something intimate, something “people should have full rights to keep private.” After considering atheism, he settled on sexual orientation. ... Presented with photos of gay men and straight men, a computer program was able to determine which of the two was gay with 81 percent accuracy, according to Dr. Kosinski and co-author Yilun Wang’s paper. The backlash has been fierce.
  • 'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

    10/07/2017 12:36:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6 October 2017 | Paul Lewis
    'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention by Paul Lewis in San Francisco Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of...
  • 75 Percent Of Honey Samples Had Key Pesticide

    10/06/2017 8:02:25 AM PDT · by ptsal · 30 replies
    KLOVE ^ | Oct 05, 2017 | Seth Borenstein
    **snip**Bees and other pollinators have been on the decline for more than a decade and experts blame a combination of factors: neonics, parasites, disease, climate change and lack of a diverse food supply. Honeybees don't just make honey; about one-third of the human diet comes from plants that are pollinated by the insects. Bees pick up the pesticide when they feed on fields grown from treated seeds. **snip**"What this shows is the magnitude of the contamination," said study lead author Edward Mitchell, a biology professor at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, adding that there are "relatively few places where...
  • Google, Facebook may have to reveal deepest secrets

    10/02/2017 6:40:37 AM PDT · by ptsal · 14 replies
    BuzzJour ^ | Oct 01, 2017 | Lisa
    The investigations into Russia’s role in the 2016 election are threatening to pry the lid off tech companies’ most prized possessions: the secret inner workings of their online platforms. As the probes unfold into social media’s role in spreading misinformation, U.S. lawmakers are beginning to show an interest in the mechanics of everything from how Facebook weights news items to how Google ranks search results. The questions, which echo European regulators’ interventionist approach to technology, are a stark change for Silicon Valley companies accustomed to deference from U.S. officials on how they run their operations.
  • SEC Files Charges Against Two ICOs

    09/30/2017 3:36:09 AM PDT · by Logicbox · 4 replies
    The cointelegraph ^ | 30 Sept 2017 | Jon Buck
    REcoin was initially touted as a coin offered with backing in real estate assets purchased with proceeds from the ICO. Zaslavskiy told investors that the company had a ‘team of lawyers, professionals, brokers and accountants’ that would complete the purchases, when in fact, no one had been hired. He also indicated to investors that he had raised between $2 and $4 mln, when the actual figure was closer to $300,000.
  • 8th turbine in Euphrates Dam on probation (Tabqa Syria)

    09/27/2017 7:53:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | 09.26.2017 16:34 | D.H ANHA
    AL-TABQA- The Euphrates Dam Administration announced that a new advance has been achieved after placing the 8th turbine at the pilot stage of rotation after a month and a half of completing the 3rd turbine repair, and after the dam has been damaged by IS mercenaries. The turbine is expected to produce an electric power of 100 megawatts per hour which is considered an achievement with very limited potential.The engineer administrative in the Euphrates Dam Ali al-Rawy stated that this turbine has been repaired by the efforts of 250 workers in the dam, and by the support of the...
  • How to Live Without Google

    09/25/2017 6:14:37 AM PDT · by ptsal · 49 replies
    Duck Duck Go Newsletter ^ | Sept 14, 2017 | Dax the duck
    Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites. This means they are not only tracking what you search for, they're also tracking which websites you visit, and using all your data for ads that follow you around the internet. Your personal data can also be subpoenaed by lawyers, including for civil cases like divorce. Google answered over 100,000 such data requests in 2016 alone!
  • Silicon Valley CEO Says Skip The Bay Bridge, Consider Taking A Flying Motorcycle

    09/20/2017 12:05:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    CBS - SF ^ | September 19, 2017 6:31 PM | By Devin Fehely
    It may look like something straight out of Star Wars, but flying motorcycles are almost here. They could be ready to hit the sky in just a few short years. “Three years from now flying cars will be very hot,” said Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun. It seems like the stuff of science fiction, but Thrun — engineer, entrepreneur and one-time driving force behind Google’s autonomous car program — says flying vehicles are just a few years, not decades away. Thrun said, “We should not be getting stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel or the Bay Bridge anymore. You should just...
  • No Good Options in North Korea?

    09/19/2017 6:50:55 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | September 18, 2017 | Stephen Meyer
    No Good Options in North Korea? The Korean crisis creates opportunity for effective missile defense As the North Korean government continues its ballistic-missile testing, a chorus of voices insist that the United States has “no good options” for addressing this growing threat. With China unwilling or unable to reign in Kim Jong-un and a U.S. preemptive first strike likely to start a devastating war, we are told that the United States must now acquiesce to a nuclear armed North Korea. Strategic patience must now yield to permanent acceptance. Many analysts have assumed that the U.S. has only three basic options...
  • Hackers Have Successfully Hidden Malware In Popular PC Cleanup Tool [CCleaner!]

    09/18/2017 9:37:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | September 18, 2017 11:49 AM | Staff
    CBS Local — A computer program used to help your PC run faster has reportedly become the latest victim of hackers looking to breach the security of millions of its users. CCleaner, the computer-optimizing tool made by software company Piriform, was successfully infected by malware, according to security firm Cisco Talos. The malware reportedly tried to connect to unregistered websites in order to remotely download even more harmful programs to users’ computers. Security experts say the Trojan horse-style attack hackers launched affected over 2 million CCleaner customers who downloaded the product in August. “By exploiting the trust relationship between software...
  • Raid on Gibraltar: How the U.S. Patent System was Rigged Against Independent Inventors

    09/17/2017 12:36:55 PM PDT · by Pelham · 48 replies
    IP Watchdog ^ | September 17, 2017 | Pat Choate & Joan Maginnis
    For decades, individual inventors were granted 25 percent or more of all U.S. patents. This creativity was the foundation of dozens of new industries, thousands of new companies and millions of new jobs. Yet beginning in the early 1980s, their portion of granted patents begin to drop like a rock in free fall. By 2015, individual inventors received only 5.8 percent. A decline so great and so fast has profound consequences and is not an accident or fluke. A useful place to begin the examination of this decline is a 1998 interview of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who was asked,...
  • Facebook reveals it has created an AI digital map showing where EVERY human on the planet lives

    09/10/2017 6:33:12 AM PDT · by ptsal · 45 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Sept 01, 2017 | Mark Prigg
    **full title** *snip*Facebook aims to use a mix of solar-powered aircraft and low-orbit satellites to beam signals carrying the internet to hard-to-reach locations. The drones, flying at 65,000ft (19,800 metres), will be capable of staying in the air for months. Facebook reveals it has created an AI digital map showing where EVERY human on the planet lives Facebook has created a map showing where every single person on the planet lives, it has been revealed. The internet giant hopes the map will help it to offer internet access to more people by creating an 'internet in the sky'. The mapping...
  • Google's search bias against conservative news sites has been quantified

    09/08/2017 8:06:57 AM PDT · by McGarrett · 6 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 09/08/2017 | Leo Goldstein
    The author uses a metric of web traffic to show Google clearly favors climate alarmist and left-leaning sites over those with realistic climate views and conservative leanings.
  • Beijing Suspected in Hacking Yacht Owned by Chinese Billionaire

    09/08/2017 6:59:06 AM PDT · by ptsal · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Sept 08, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    China is suspected of hacking the electronics of a yacht owned by a Chinese billionaire targeted by Beijing.Guo Wengui, who uses the English name Miles Kwok, said several incidents involving his 152-foot motor yacht, Lady May, appear to be part of a Chinese government effort to threaten and intimidate him.**snip**"I want every American and law enforcement agency to understand the Chinese government, through using the internet, cell phones, and modern communications technologies, can obtain private correspondence and information from each and every American citizen if it wishes, and can do that very easily almost without any cost," he added.
  • As Irma nears, Florida Governor tells residents to use Gas Buddy, Expedia, Google Maps & more

    09/07/2017 6:45:07 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 18 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | September 7, 2017 | Sarah Perez
    Speaking at a press conference this morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott told state residents to turn to apps and other online resources, including Gas Buddy, Google Maps, Expedia and Comcast’s Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot finder, to help them find fuel, navigate safely, and stay connected both ahead of and following Hurricane Irma’s arrival. The lack of readily available gasoline, in particular, has been a huge problem facing the state – something that Scott admitted he knew had been “frustrating” in this time of crisis. Not only have some gas stations had long lines, many simply keep running out of gas entirely,...
  • VLADIMIR PUTIN TALKS RULING THE WORLD, FUTURE WARS AND LIFE ON MARS (going full AI)

    09/01/2017 7:19:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 9/1/17 | DAMIEN SHARKOV
    VLADIMIR PUTIN TALKS RULING THE WORLD, FUTURE WARS AND LIFE ON MARS BY DAMIEN SHARKOV ON 9/1/17 AT 1:01 PM Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed students back to class by imparting his wisdom on the future of war, the importance of cutting edge technology and surviving on Mars. Putin began his address to a hall of students in Yaroslavl with a pep talk for the youngsters, urging them to take the “next step” in Russia’s future—a point in a vibrant, millennia-old continuum. “If we continue to exist for over a thousand years and we are actively developing, becoming stronger, then...
  • YouTube "Economically Censors" Ron Paul, Labels Videos "Not Suitable" For All Advertisers

    08/27/2017 5:56:23 PM PDT · by ptsal · 14 replies
    One News Page ^ | August 27, 2107 | Tyler Durden
    Former US Congressman Ron Paul has joined a growing list of independent political journalists and commentators who’re being economically punished by YouTube despite producing videos that routinely receive hundreds of thousands of views. **snip** The notion that YouTube would want to economically punish a former US Congressman for sharing his views on US foreign policy – a topic that he is unequivocally qualified to speak about – is absurd. Furthermore, *the “review requested” marking on one of Paul's videos reveals that they were initially flagged by users before YouTube's moderators confirmed that the videos were unsuitable for a broad audience.*
  • Confirmed: Electrons Flowing Like Liquid in Graphene Are Insanely Superconductive

    08/23/2017 12:13:26 AM PDT · by Enchante · 42 replies
    Science Alert ^ | August 23, 2017 | Fiona MacDonald
    Electrons have been caught flowing through graphene like a liquid, reaching limits physicists thought were fundamentally impossible. This type of conductance is known as 'superballistic' flow, and this new experiment suggests it could revolutionise the way we conduct electricity. If that's not crazy enough, the super-fast flows actually occur as a result of electrons bouncing off each other, something that high school physics tells us should slow conductivity down.
  • Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon

    08/21/2017 4:50:22 PM PDT · by oxcart · 68 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 08/10/2017 | By David Hambling
    Reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea suggest that Russia may be testing a new system for spoofing GPS . On 22 June, the US Maritime Administration filed a seemingly bland incident report. The master of a ship off the Russian port of Novorossiysk had discovered his GPS put him in the wrong spot – more than 32 kilometres inland, at Gelendzhik Airport. After checking the navigation equipment was working properly, the captain contacted other nearby ships. Their AIS traces – signals from the automatic identification system used to track vessels – placed them all at the same...