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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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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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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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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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Programmers, Managers, Agile, and Failures: Software’s Long Crisis
A UCLA assistant professor of Information Studies just published a short history of software engineering in Logic magazine — titled “Agile and the Long Crisis of Software.”

It begins by describing Agile’s history as “a long-running wrestling match between what managers want software development to be and what it really is, as practiced by t … ⌘ Read more

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Rechargeable Molten Salt Battery Freezes Energy In Place For Long-Term Storage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: During spring in the Pacific Northwest, meltwater from thawing snow rushes down rivers and the wind often blows hard. These forces spin the region’s many power turbines and generate a bounty of electricity at a time of mild temperatures and relatively low … ⌘ Read more

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YouTube Kids Shows Videos Promoting Drug Culture, Firearms To Toddlers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: YouTube is showing videos that promote skin-bleaching, weight loss, drug culture and firearms to children as young as two, a new investigation of the company’s “Kids” app has found. YouTube Kids, an app and website released in 2015, is supposed to be a safer, curated version of the … ⌘ Read more

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VPN Providers Threaten To Quit India Over New Data Law
VPN companies are squaring up for a fight with the Indian government over new rules designed to change how they operate in the country. Wired: On April 28, officials announced that virtual private network companies will be required to collect swathes of customer data – and maintain it for five years or more – under a new national directive. VPN providers have two m … ⌘ Read more

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Google Overhauls Performance Review System After Employee Criticism
Google is scrapping a time-consuming, twice-a-year staff performance review process in an effort to improve morale and reduce the time employees spend preparing the assessments, The Information reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the changes. From the report: CEO Sundar Pichai told staff Wednesday that the new program, which wil … ⌘ Read more

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Sony Rejected China’s Demand To Scrub Statue of Liberty From ‘Spiderman’
An anonymous reader writes: Sony struck a major blow against censorship after defying a Chinese government demand to delete the Statue Of Liberty from “Spiderman: No Way Home” ahead of its release. The bombshell rejection was revealed by “multiple sources,” per a recent article by Puck. According to the piece, Chinese regulat … ⌘ Read more

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Starbucks To Launch NFTs This Year
Would you like an NFT with your Starbucks latte? The coffee giant this week announced its plans to enter the Web3 space with the launch of its own NFT collection later this year where the individual digital collectibles also provide their owners with access to exclusive content experiences and other benefits, it said. From a report: The company touted its plans to investors on its fiscal Q2 2022 earnings call … ⌘ Read more

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Telegram ‘Premium’ Subscription is Showing Up in Beta Builds of the App
Telegram appears to be testing another way for the super popular messaging app to start bringing in revenue. From a report: Beta testers for Telegram’s iOS app noticed something new in version 8.7.2, as first spotted by Android Police: a new set of stickers and reaction emoji that you can only unlock “by subscribing to Telegram Premiu … ⌘ Read more

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Google Attacks EU for Treating It Almost Like a ‘Criminal’
Alphabet’s Google lashed out at the European Union for doling out a “quasi criminal fine of very large proportions” for allegedly thwarting advertising rivals on websites. From a report: At a hearing at the bloc’s General Court on Monday, the search giant said the 2019 decision by the EU’s antitrust arm to issue the 1.49 billion-euro ($1.6 billion) fine was ri … ⌘ Read more

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This Week Saw New Releases of ‘Ubuntu Unity’ and ‘Ubuntu Cinnamon’
The Register noted this week that two “unofficial” Ubuntu remixes “came out on the same day as the official flavors.”

- Ubuntu Cinnamon (Linux Mint’s flagship desktop environment)
- Ubuntu Unity, a revival of what used to be the official Ubuntu desktop by Ubuntu team member Rudra B. Saraswat (described the Register as “a 12-year-old wunderkind … ⌘ Read more

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Can Elon Musk Spur Cybersecurity Innovation At Twitter?
“Twitter DMs should have end to end encryption like Signal,” Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday to his 89 million followers, “so no one can spy on or hack your messages.”
And on Monday, Musk also announced hopes to “authenticate all humans.”

But now Security Week is wondering if Musk’s acquisition of Twitter will ultimately mean not just better security at Twitter but also in … ⌘ Read more

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Two-Inch Diamond Wafers Could Store a Billion Blu-Ray’s Worth of Data
Researchers in Japan have developed a new method for making 5-cm (2-in) wafers of diamond that could be used for quantum memory. The ultra-high purity of the diamond allows it to store a staggering amount of data – the equivalent of one billion Blu-Ray discs. New Atlas reports: [R]esearchers at Saga University and Adamant Namiki Pre … ⌘ Read more

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Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform
Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare said this week that it mitigated one of the largest volumetric distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that has been recorded to date. From a report: Cloudflare said it detected and mitigated a 15.3 million request-per-second (rps) DDoS attack earlier this … ⌘ Read more

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Bitcoin Becomes Official Currency In Central African Republic
The Central African Republic (CAR) has approved Bitcoin as legal tender – just the second country to do so. The BBC reports: CAR is one of the world’s poorest countries, but is rich in diamonds, gold and uranium. It has been wracked by conflict for decades and is a close Russian ally, with mercenaries from the Wagner Group helping fight rebel forces. Lawma … ⌘ Read more

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30,000 New Users Signed Up For Mastodon After Elon Musk Bought Twitter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Social media platform Mastodon, often seen as an alternative to Twitter, gained nearly 30,000 new users on the day that Elon Musk bought Twitter. On Tuesday a Mastodon domain became unresponsive. Eugen Rochko, Mastodon’s CEO, later told Motherboard in an email that there were perfor … ⌘ Read more

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Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds
Fibre-optic cable is being laid across the globe at great expense to speed up people’s internet connections, but researchers claim that the copper telephone wire already in use across the country can achieve data rates three times higher than currently seen at a fraction of the price, at least over short distances. New Scientist: Their tech … ⌘ Read more

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Google Launches Media CDN To Compete on Content Delivery
This week at the 2022 NAB Show Streaming Summit, Google launched in general availability Media CDN, a platform for delivering content using the same infrastructure that powers YouTube. From a report: With a presence in over 1,300 cities across 200 countries, Google says that Media CDN is designed to – in the company’s words – “automate all facets” of “serving … ⌘ Read more

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Amazon’s Twitch Seeks To Revamp Creator Pay With Focus on Profit
Twitch, the Amazon-owned live-streaming website, is weighing potential changes to how it pays top talent, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the planning, an effort that would boost its profits but would also risk alienating some of its biggest stars. From a report: The updates under consideration would offer incentives for strea … ⌘ Read more

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Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes
em1ly shares a report from Motherboard: Facebook is facing what it describes internally as a “tsunami” of privacy regulations all over the world, which will force the company to dramatically change how it deals with users’ personal data. And the “fundamental” problem, the company admits, is that Facebook has no idea where all of its user data … ⌘ Read more

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More Than Half of Americans Have Been Infected With COVID-19 At Least Once, Says CDC
The common perception that nearly everyone in America seemed to have acquired the Omicron variant last winter may not have been far from the truth. By February 2022, nearly 60 percent of the population had been infected with the coronavirus, almost double the proportion seen in December 2021, according to … ⌘ Read more

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TikTok-Famous Doctors Are Getting Into NFTs And It’s A Mess
A group of TikTok- and Instagram-famous physicians say they have a solution for the “red tape” of the current medical system: NFTs of cartoon doctors. From a report: These NFTs, called MetaDocs, are supposed to give buyers access to real doctors, almost like a Web3 telehealth subscription. When MetaDocs launched in December, it claimed that its legion of … ⌘ Read more

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Google, Meta, and Others Will Have To Explain Their Algorithms Under New EU Legislation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The EU has agreed on another ambitious piece of legislation to police the online world. Early Saturday morning, after hours of negotiations, the bloc agreed on the broad terms of the Digital Services Act, or DSA, which will force tech companies to take … ⌘ Read more

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Trump Says He Won’t Return To Twitter
Earlier today, Twitter announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Elon Musk for approximately $44 billion. The announcement led to speculation that former President Donald Trump may return to the social media platform after being permanently banned in January 2021 for his role in the January 6th insurrection. However, according to TechCrunch, “it looks like he’s not interested and is instead p … ⌘ Read more

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Elon Musk Acquires Twitter For $44 Billion
Twitter today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company. Press release: Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for … ⌘ Read more

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