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Bye-bye Pew Die Pie. Gamer DanTDM is now the #1 YouTube earner with $16.5 Million this year.
The Big Vitamin D Mistake. - PubMed - NCBI
Steve Gibson was right. The case for increasing the RDA of Vitamin D to 8000 IU per day for adults. I do 10K daily.
3 days ago
DeepMind AI needs mere 4 hours of self-training to become a chess overlord | Ars Technica
AlphaGo0 learns to play chess and beat the best in a few hours. Without human intervention. I predict we'll look back on this in a few years as the beginning of the end.
3 days ago
One More Step Toward 2018 Emoji List
So Long "Grinning Face With Letters OK As Eyes," "Frowning Pile Of Poo," and "Frowning Face With Question Marks As Eyes." We hardly knew ye.
5 days ago
How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories | The Outline
Ugh. This is something we will _never_ do. And we get asked all the time.
5 days ago
Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life - The Verge
Windows on ARM is here. Paul Thurrott is in Hawaii with Qualcomm and will have the scoop later today on Windows Weekly (1p Pacific/4p Eastern/2100 UTC
5 days ago
Oath and Mozilla are in a legal battle over a Yahoo search deal - Recode
Turns out Oath (née Yahoo) still must pay Mozilla $375M yearly even though Firefox has switched to Google for its default search tool. Thanks, Marissa!
5 days ago
You'd never know it but survey says 71% of Facebook users self-censored before hitting "post"
7 days ago
Schumer: Scammers with cyber bots driving up costs of hottest holiday toys
Did bots scoop up that high-tech toy before you had a chance to buy it? Chuck Schumer says that's a thing, apparently.
7 days ago
Melting Arctic Ice Makes High-Speed Internet a Reality in a Remote Town - The New York Times
Yeah the ice caps are melting, but hey, now we get high speed Internet!
7 days ago
Dell, Other Vendors Start Shipping Laptops With Intel ME Firmware Disabled
Dell, System76, and Purism offer PCs with the Intel Management Ending disabled.
7 days ago
Australia to probe Facebook, Google over media disruption | Reuters
Australian regulators will investigate charges that Google and Facebook have disrupted traditional news media. Well duh.
7 days ago
Apple Agrees to Deal With Ireland Over $15 Billion Unpaid Tax Issue - WSJ
Apple agrees to repay Irish back taxes to the tune of $15.46B
7 days ago
iOS 11 Horror Story: the Rise and Fall of iOS Security | Elcomsoft Security Blog
Apple has weakened key protections in iOS 11. Convenience triumphs over security.
8 days ago
Apple will stop accepting 32-bit Mac apps starting January 1, 2018 | 9to5Mac
First they came for the 32-bit apps in iOS and I did not care.
8 days ago
Uber's use of encrypted messaging may set legal precedents | Reuters
It's not legal to use encrypted or disappearing message systems to hide facts in case of litigation.
8 days ago
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai blasted everyone from Twitter to Cher for opposing his efforts to repeal net neutrality rules - Recode
Breaking news. Ajit Pai loves Twitter... “Now look: I love Twitter, but let’s not kid ourselves; when it comes to a free and open Internet, Twitter is a part of the problem. The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate.”.
12 days ago
Did Steve Jobs doom Apple by choosing Tim Cook as its CEO? — Quartz
Is Tim Cook Apple's Steve Ballmer? Good for short term gains but bad for its long term future? Interesting point of view - not sure I agree.
14 days ago
AltSchool, funded by tech execs, is closing schools, losing students - Business Insider
Silicon Valley's idea of education: "Some parents say that AltSchool, which charges $27,000 for tuition, uses students as "guinea pigs" for testing new modes of teaching and offers screen time instead of human instruction."
15 days ago
302 Found
Mad-libs for astroturfing. How computer generated "unique" opinions spammed the FCC's net neutrality comments.
15 days ago
SAGE - Memory Disorders | Ohio State Medical Center
Download and print this test if you're worried about Alzheimers. Then bring it to your doc for a diagnosis (or a baseline).
17 days ago
Treasury Department Concludes Fraud Investigation into ComputerCOP "Internet Safety" Software | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Local authorities have been distributing ComputerCOP "safety" software that sends all keystrokes to a server unencrypted. Treasury Dept confirms EFF investigation.
17 days ago
Input: Fonts for Code
Input: Fonts for Code. The last font family you'll ever need.
17 days ago
How do I permanently delete my account? | Facebook Help Center | Facebook
GDPR regulations in Europe force Facebook to offer immediate account deletion.
17 days ago
Enabling the F4 key in macOS · Andreas Fuchs' Journal
Ever noticed that the F4 key does nothing in newer versions of MacOS? Here's how to fix it.
17 days ago
'PUBG' will be tweaked to add socialist-friendly messages in China
The Chinese version of Player Unknown's Battleground will feature socialist-friendly messages.
19 days ago
YouTube is Back on Amazon Echo Show - Voicebot
YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show but it's not nearly as pretty.
19 days ago
The Education of Mark Zuckerberg - The Atlantic
How is it that Zuck always look like an android in these pictures?
19 days ago
Artificial Intelligence Can Hunt Down Missile Sites in China Hundreds of Times Faster Than Humans | WIRED
My uncle used to be an analyst for the CIA. Now machines can do in minutes what used to take days.
19 days ago
Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude… — ProPublica
Facebook still lets people buy discriminatory housing ads.
19 days ago
FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws | Ars Technica
But. States Rights! Guess that only applies to segregation and abortion and stuff like that.
19 days ago
Uber Hid 2016 Breach, Paying Hackers to Delete Stolen Data - The New York Times
It's not a payoff, it's a bug bounty! Oh and please sign this NDA so no one will EVER KNOW!
19 days ago
CEO of HQ, the Hottest App Going: If You Run This Profile, We’ll Fire Our Host
HQ Founder threatens to fire its host, Scott Rogowsky, for talking to the press, then pretends it never happened.
19 days ago
Intel: We've found severe bugs in secretive Management Engine, affecting millions | ZDNet
Intel audit finds even more security flaws in its Management Engine. Releases detection tool here:
20 days ago
Google collects Android users' locations even when location services are disabled — Quartz
Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. Google says they don't save the info.
20 days ago
Why Apple’s HomePod Is Three Years Behind Amazon’s Echo - Bloomberg
The story of the (once) three foot tall Apple Home Pod and why it's three years behind the Echo.
20 days ago
Justice Department is suing to block AT&T-Time Warner merger
DOJ sues to block ATT-Time Warner merger. AT&T: "Vertical mergers like this one are routinely approved because they benefit consumers without removing any competitor from the market. We see no legitimate reason for our merger to be treated differently."
20 days ago
iMac Pro to feature A10 Fusion coprocessor, possibly for always-on ‘Hey Siri’ | 9to5Mac
Rumor has it the new iMac Pro will boot up with an ARM processor (the A10) which will hand off to the Intel processor. Always on Siri and more?
21 days ago
YouTube Stars Can Now Earn Brave's Browser Tokens - CoinDesk
Would you use a browser that blocks YouTube ads but lets you pay YouTube creators directly? Meet Brave.
23 days ago
The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked - Motherboard
The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked is pretty good. (except for that part about using an anti-virus).
24 days ago
This is the Tesla semi truck - The Verge
Tesla upstages its truck reveal with one more thing: a new $250,000 roadster that does 0-60 in 2 seconds. Available in 2020 - deposit $50K now to get on the list.
24 days ago
Why is this company tracking where you are on Thanksgiving? | The Outline
You know those feature pieces on how politics is separating families this Thanksgiving? Ever wonder how they know? "SafeGraph is looking at an individual device and tracking where its owner is going throughout their day."
24 days ago
Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018 | TechCrunch
Apple delays Homepod until next year: A spokesperson told TechCrunch, “we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”.
24 days ago
Inside Artificial Intelligence's First Church | WIRED
Levandowski's (non-profit) AI religion fosters “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on AI developed through computer hardware and software.” That includes funding research to help create the divine AI itself.
25 days ago
Update On Stock Options/RSUs Issue – AVC
Update On Stock Options/RSUs Issue – AVC.
26 days ago
6.5-inch iPhone X, 6.1-inch LCD iPhone in the works for late 2018 launch
Hang on to your OLEDs. Ming-Chi Kuo predicts three new X style iPhones in 2018, including a 6.5" monster.
27 days ago
Amazon to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ books into new fantasy television series – GeekWire
Set in Middle Earth, the adaptation produced by Amazon Studios will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series.
27 days ago
Roku hits record high on Philips licensing deal | Reuters
Roku is on a roll. Stock jumps 127% in past few days.
27 days ago
Apple estimated to have sold 3.9 million Apple Watch units in Q3, cellular proving popular | 9to5Mac
Estimates from Canalys suggest that unit sales almost hit 4 million for Apple Watch in the third quarter. About 800,000 of the 3.9 million Apple Watch units sold in the third quarter were the LTE model.
27 days ago
Apple Targets Rear-Facing 3-D Sensor for 2019 iPhone - Bloomberg
Apple looks at time of flight imaging for rear AR camera in 2019.
27 days ago
Trump DOJ suggests iPhone encryption costs lives following Texas shooting | 9to5Mac
“As a matter of fact, no reasonable person questions our right to access the phone. But the company that built it claims that it purposely designed the operating system so that the company cannot open the phone even with an order from a federal judge,”
28 days ago
How AV can open you to attacks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible | Ars Technica
AVGater is a vulnerability he found in about a dozen name-brand AV programs that allows attackers who already have a toehold on a targeted computer to gain complete system control.
29 days ago
CONTRARY BRIN: War Clouds Gather -- track all the signs.
David Brin puts all the pieces together, and comes up with a frightening conclusion. Are we headed to war with Iran?
29 days ago
Even This Very Long, Super-Nerdy NBA Podcast Is Making Money - Bloomberg
It's fun to see the MSM start to grok podcasting. "Pick a marquee broadcast in a major sport...and the audience metrics are sure to be showing worrying signs of decline. But at the same time, hardcore enthusiasts have found a new media paradise."
29 days ago
America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning
It's not just Amazon that's killing retail. And the worst is yet to come. "If today is considered a retail apocalypse, then what’s coming next could truly be scary."
4 weeks ago
Google Online Security Blog: New research: Understanding the root cause of account takeover
A study by Google shows the biggest security risk is not your fault. "788,000 credentials stolen via keyloggers, 12 million credentials stolen via phishing, and 3.3 billion credentials exposed by third-party breaches."
4 weeks ago
Jony Ive on Apple Park and his unique, minimalist W* cover
The ultimate Apple product isn't an iPhone. It's a building.
4 weeks ago
Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion | TechCrunch
Ali Baba has $25 billion in sales on ONE day! No wonder every American tech company is so anxious to get into China.
4 weeks ago
Ali Baba has $25 billion in sales on ONE day! No wonder every American tech company is so anxious to get into China…
from twitter
4 weeks ago
YouTube says it will crack down on bizarre videos targeting children - The Verge
YouTube says it was planning to block those weird kid videos all along.
4 weeks ago
DOJ: Strong encryption that we don’t have access to is “unreasonable” | Ars Technica
DOJ wants a backdoor to our phones: "On this particular issue of encryption, the tech companies are moving in the opposite direction. They're moving in favor of more and more warrant-proof encryption." Well, yeah.
4 weeks ago
Social-Media App Is Acquired for as Much as $1 Billion - WSJ
Investors double their money but will the buyers lose their shirts? "The purchase price—in the range of $800 million to $1 billion, these people say—roughly doubles the valuation
4 weeks ago
Senators push to ditch Social Security numbers in light of Equifax hack | TechCrunch
Brazil’s system uses 3-year certificates which can be revoked and reissued easily
4 weeks ago
Warby Parker’s app is cleverly using the iPhone X’s face mapping to recommend glasses - The Verge
Warby Parker (a TWiT #advertiser) is cleverly using the iPhone’s camera to take maps of people’s faces
4 weeks ago
Sorry, Comcast: Voters say “yes” to city-run broadband in Colorado | Ars Technica
The anti-municipal broadband group, called "Priorities First Fort Collins," spent $451,000 campaigning against the broadband network ballot question. Priorities First Fort Collins received nearly all of its funding from the Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association and a group run by the city's chamber of commerce. Comcast is a member of both groups that funded the anti-municipal broadband campaign, while CenturyLink is a member of the chamber.
4 weeks ago
Twitter pauses account verifications after critics slam it for verifying Charlottesville rally organizer | TechCrunch
The blue check isn't always a reward - sometimes it's a warning: "Twitter today announced it’s pausing all account verifications – the process that gives public figures on Twitter a blue checkmark next to their names – while it tries to resolve “confusion” around what it means to be verified, the company says. The move comes shortly after a wave of criticism directed against the social network for verifying the account belonging to Jason Kessler, the organizer of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August that left one person dead."
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Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human weakness
"And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you ... more likes and comments."
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4 weeks ago
Gamification of personal interaction degrades human health
This is my exit interview from social media. Some of these “services” I abandoned years ago. Others I am still struggling to avoid. From experience, I assume that you, reader, will make it impossible for me to remain ignorant of developments WRT: all of this garbage. What all of this garbage has in common is that it has all lately proven to be surplus to requirements, and soon I will never voluntarily use any of it ever again.
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