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The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order - WSJ
A global retreat from balancing power with legitimacy will cause the social contract to disintegrate both domestically and internationally. Yet this millennial issue of legitimacy and power cannot be settled simultaneously with the effort to overcome the Covid-19 plague. Restraint is necessary on all sides—in both domestic politics and international diplomacy. Priorities must be established.
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22 hours ago
Responsible Coronavirus Surveillance Is Possible, Privacy Experts Say
The coronavirus tracking ramp-up is already well underway around the world. In South Korea, Taiwan, and Israel, authorities use smartphone location data to enforce individual quarantines. Moscow police say they’ve already busted 200 quarantine violators caught via facial recognition-enabled cameras. NSA contractor and perennial privacy offender Palantir is helping Britain’s National Health Service track infections. Apps that leverage a smartphone’s bounty of built-in, highly accurate sensors to enforce social distancing or map the movements of the infected have been deployed in Singapore, Poland, and Kenya; MIT researchers are now pitching a similar, but more “privacy friendly,” app. In Mexico, Uber sent government authorities rider data to trace the route of an infected tourist, also banning 240 users who’d taken rides with the same driver.
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Exclusive: iPhone 9 launch imminent, 2020 'iPhone SE' in red, white, and black with up to 256GB - 9to5Mac
Apple’s marketing names are perhaps the most protected component of new iPhones, so we’ve used two nicknames to reference the rumored iPhone 8 replacement so far: iPhone SE 2 and iPhone 9.

Based on the new information 9to5Mac has learned, Apple will simply call the new entry-level model “iPhone SE” while referencing the new hardware as the 2020 version.

Apple originally used the iPhone SE marketing name for the 4-inch model that use the iPhone 5s body with the camera and processor from the iPhone 6s.
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Swedish police cleared to deploy spyware against crime suspects | ZDNet
Sweden's police force has been granted new powers this week, including the ability to deploy spyware on suspects' devices to intercept encrypted communications and turn on microphones and cameras.
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2 days ago
About (FAQs) | Glimpse
A fork of GIMP with a better name and more up-to-date UI
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2 days ago
The FCC sets a vote on opening the 6GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use - CNET
The Federal Communications Commission announced a potentially significant step for Wi-Fi today, with plans for an April 23 vote on a proposal to open the 6GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use. Doing so would free up more than 1,200MHz of additional bandwidth for next-gen Wi-Fi 6E devices with antennas and chipsets capable of tapping into the extra spectrum.
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3 days ago
Jack Schofield, Guardian's Ask Jack tech columnist, dies at 72 | Media | The Guardian
Jack Schofield, the Guardian’s former computer editor and author of its technology advice column, Ask Jack, for almost 20 years, has died aged 72.
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3 days ago
Campus is closed, so college students are rebuilding their schools in Minecraft - The Verge
Quickly, “Penncraft” students began to recreate dormitories, food trucks, and local sculptures in-game. Makarios Chung, an early builder, measured buildings’ dimensions and streets positions constantly to ensure their scale was as accurate as possible. The first day of building, students took an hour to decide the placement of one street. Their main goal was to have a completed campus, specifically Locust Street, for graduating seniors to walk down in-game now that COVID-19 ensured they wouldn’t return to campus and complete this UPenn tradition.
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4 days ago
Court: Violating a site’s terms of service isn’t criminal hacking | Ars Technica
But rather than addressing that constitutional issue, Judge John Bates ruled on Friday that the plaintiffs' proposed research wouldn't violate the CFAA's criminal provisions at all. Someone violates the CFAA when they bypass an access restriction like a password. But someone who logs into a website with a valid password doesn't become a hacker simply by doing something prohibited by a website's terms of service, the judge concluded.

"Criminalizing terms-of-service violations risks turning each website into its own criminal jurisdiction and each webmaster into his own legislature," Bates wrote.
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4 days ago
Microsoft announces Teams for consumers, Skype daily active users up 70% to 40 million | VentureBeat
As part of its Microsoft 365 for consumers news today, the company announced Microsoft Teams for consumers and new Skype metrics. Skype has passed 40 million daily active users, an increase of 70% month over month. Furthermore, Skype to Skype calling minutes are up 220% month over month. Less than two weeks ago, Microsoft shared that Teams usage exploded 110% in the past four months. Many of today’s new Office feature announcements have tie-ins with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and working from home trend. But Skype and Microsoft Teams are arguably the most relevant as people look to connect online.
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4 days ago
Microsoft 365 bundles Office 365 with AI and cloud-powered features | VentureBeat
Microsoft today announced that on April 21, Office 365 will become Microsoft 365, or “the subscription for your life.” The new suite builds on Office 365 with “new AI, rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences.” On April 21, Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family subscriptions (up to six people) will replace Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home. The pricing will remain the same: $7 per month and $10 per month, respectively. The Microsoft 365 plans include everything already in Office 365, including desktop Office apps, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage per person, 60 Skype minutes, security features, technical support, plus the new Office features also announced today. Those features are spread across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Microsoft Teams. (Even Edge is getting new consumer features, though the browser doesn’t require a Microsoft 365 subscription, of course.)
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4 days ago
Apple Tests Its Secrecy Somewhere New: Employee Homes - Bloomberg
Earlier in March, Apple shuttered many facets of its Apple Park and older Infinite Loop campuses as San Francisco Bay Area officials put in place stay-at-home orders. Later, the company told employees that specific approval is needed to gain access to an office, but identification badges remain functional.
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4 days ago
Videoconferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March | TechCrunch
According to a new report from App Annie, out on Monday, business conferencing apps have been experiencing record growth as a result, and just hit their biggest week ever in March, when they topped 62 million downloads during the week of March 14-21. Meanwhile, social networking video app Houseparty has also seen phenomenal growth in Europe during lockdowns and home quarantines.
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4 days ago
New York Attorney General Looks Into Zoom’s Privacy Practices - The New York Times
The New York attorney general’s office is “concerned that Zoom’s existing security practices might not be sufficient to adapt to the recent and sudden surge in both the volume and sensitivity of data being passed through its network,” the letter said. “While Zoom has remediated specific reported security vulnerabilities, we would like to understand whether Zoom has undertaken a broader review of its security practices.”
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4 days ago
Fitbit's Busting Out Everything It's Got With the Charge 4
Now with its first new device under Google, Fitbit is going all-out with the Charge 4. Its most popular fitness tracker has been refreshed with built-in GPS, NFC payments, Spotify compatibility, and a new focus on active minutes in addition to steps.
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Roku’s update adds support for Spanish voice commands, visual search results and more | TechCrunch
Roku announced today it’s preparing to roll out the next version of its operating system, Roku OS 9.3, which powers its popular media players, TVs, and other devices. The flagship feature of this latest release is the introduction of Spanish Language Roku Voice support — meaning consumers will be able to speak their voice commands in Spanish to do things like launch channels, search for content, or control media playback. Other notable additions in Roku OS 9.3 include search enhancements, like the new visual search results, and an updated Roku mobile app.
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4 days ago
Genetic analysis of the coronavirus gives scientists clues about how it’s spreading  - The Verge
Ginkgo plans to partner with testing labs, so that they can take a closer look at the virus in a patient sample after the testing is done. Other labs and groups worldwide are embarking on similar projects: a research consortium in the United Kingdom, for example, has over $20 million in funding to sequence samples. Boyle says that Gingko is coordinating with some other labs interested in this work.
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4 days ago
Self-isolation has stressed networks, and no one knows if the FCC can step in - The Verge
the FCC officially voted to rollback net neutrality rules, paving the way for large telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon to block and throttle internet traffic and offer fast lanes for certain sites and services for an additional fee. In doing so, the Commission had to remove broadband’s Title II designation, stripping the agency of much of its authority over the internet as a utility.
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4 days ago
Report says LG's G series phones are dead, company to pursue new strategy
The report from Naver states that LG is discontinuing the 'G' brand, though it's not clear what impact that will have on the hardware direction. The company's next mainstream phone is still tentatively called the 'G9 ThinQ,' but it's supposedly using a Snapdragon 700-series SoC, instead of the 800-series chips that most flagship phones use today. There are also rumors that Google is going the same direction with the upcoming Pixel 5.
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5 days ago
Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US | World news | The Guardian
The data shows requests for mobile phone location data that were routed through the decades-old SS7 global messaging system, which allows mobile operators to connect users around the world. For example, a mobile user from the US travelling in Germany and seeking to make a call back to the US is connected through the SS7 network.

The SS7 system also enables tracking of phones, which has been a cause for concern by security experts. When a US carrier – such as Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T – receives what is known as a Provide Subscriber Information SS7 message (or PSI) from a foreign mobile phone operator, they are getting, in effect, a tracking request.
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5 days ago
Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device | Australia news | The Guardian
“I’m actually getting a lot of work done,” he said. “Working remotely is not that bad. We are also renovating our house, so I am building shelves, making furniture and doing some tiling.”
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5 days ago
US officials use mobile ad location data to study how COVID-19 spreads | Engadget
The use of phone location tracking to keep tabs on COVID-19 is becoming increasingly common, and the US appears to be no exception. Wall Street Journal sources say federal (via the CDC), state and local governments have been receiving location data from mobile ads to help plan their pandemic response. The anonymized info helps officials understand where people are still gathering in significant numbers (and thus risk spreading the coronavirus), how well they're honoring stay-at-home demands and how the virus has impacted retail.
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6 days ago
China and Huawei propose reinvention of the internet | Financial Times
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During its presentation at the ITU, Huawei also made it clear that New IP would have something described as a “shut up command”, where a central point in the network could effectively cut off communication to or from a particular address, according to a source who was present. He described this feature as a “fundamental departure” from the current network model which acts as an “agnostic postman that simply moves boxes around”.


The proposal has caused concerns among western countries including the UK, Sweden and the US, who believe the system would splinter the global internet and give state-run internet service providers granular control over citizens’ internet use. It has gained the support of Russia, and potentially Saudi Arabia, according to western representatives at the ITU.
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7 days ago
Google donates $800 million in cash and ads to fight coronavirus - Axios
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Friday that his company is donating more than $800 million in cash and advertising to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus and ease the impact on small businesses.

Why it matters: It would appear to be the largest donation yet from a tech giant. The ad credits also could help keep business flowing through Google's ad system amid what is expected to be a sharp downturn in advertising.
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8 days ago
Kuo: Apple to Launch Several Macs With Arm-Based Processors in 2021, USB4 Support Coming to Macs in 2022 - MacRumors
Kuo believes that Arm-based processors will significantly enhance the competitive advantage of the Mac lineup, allow Apple to refresh its Mac models without relying on Intel's processor roadmap, reduce processor costs by 40 to 60 percent, and provide Macs with more hardware differentiation from Windows PCs.
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8 days ago
Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce, Microsoft XCloud Not On Apple iOS - Bloomberg
That's because Apple imposes strict limits on the kinds of apps users can access on its devices. For example, App Store guidelines ban services that rely on streaming from the cloud. Arcade adheres to the requirements, in part, because it’s included as a feature within the App Store itself. This is the latest example of what critics say are arbitrary rules favoring Apple’s own apps at the expense of similar software from outside developers.
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10 days ago
Amazon is using coronavirus to expand its power – and not for the greater good | Julia Carrie Wong | Technology | The Guardian
nd with so much rancor and incompetence on display in Washington DC, Amazon’s efficiency and competence has become a source of comfort and security, at least for those of us who can afford a Prime membership.
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10 days ago
These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington Post
On Tuesday, a company called Unacast that collects and analyzes phone GPS location data launched a “Social Distancing Scoreboard” that grades, county by county, which residents are changing behavior at the urging of health officials. It uses the reduction in the total distance we travel as a rough index for whether we’re staying put at home.
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11 days ago
Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising? | WIRED
Let’s pretend it really happened. Imagine Congress passed a law tomorrow morning that banned companies from doing any ad microtargeting whatsoever. Close your eyes and picture what life would be like if the leading business model of the internet were banished from existence. How would things be different?
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11 days ago
Amazon Prime delivery delays are now as long as a month - Vox
On Sunday, customers and Amazon merchants posted on social media platforms saying certain nonessential items were showing April 21 delivery dates, even though they were listed as in-stock and shipping with Amazon’s Prime express shipping service. During normal times, Amazon Prime deliveries typically arrive in one or two days in the US. Now, some Prime deliveries for in-stock items are showing five-day delivery promises on the lower end, but those waits are as long as a month on some items.
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12 days ago
Microsoft says hackers are attacking Windows users with a new unpatched bug | TechCrunch
Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

But the software giant said there is currently no patch for the vulnerability.

The security flaw, which Microsoft deems “critical” — its highest severity rating — is found in how Windows handles and renders fonts, according to the advisory posted Monday. The bug can be exploited by tricking a victim into opening a malicious document. Once the document is opened — or viewed in Windows Preview — an attacker can remotely run malware, such as ransomware, on a vulnerable device.
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12 days ago
Beware of ‘ZoomBombing:’ screensharing filth to video calls | TechCrunch
The problem stems from Zoom’s policy that “The host does not need to grant screen share access for another participant to share their screen.” However, hosts can disable this option in their settings or the Admin controls of a call. You can either change this in your pre-meeting Settings or in the in-call admin settings for Share Screen -> Advanced Sharing Settings.
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14 days ago
Free to stream Audible Stories
For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
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14 days ago
2020 MacBook Air review: No news is good news - Six Colors
Apple seems to have hit the $999 price point by saddling it with the two-core i3 processor, while for the old $1099 price you get the mid-range processor with four cores. I’d expect the $999 model to be roughly comparable to the old model in terms of performance, but the good news is that if you want a bit more processing power, you can pay and get it. (And yes, you can take the $999 model and simply configure up the processor to the i7 model if you want to.)
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14 days ago
Windows, Ubuntu, macOS, VirtualBox fall at Pwn2Own hacking contest | ZDNet
During the competition's two-day schedule, six teams managed to hack apps and operating systems like Windows, macOS, Ubuntu, Safari, Adobe Reader, and Oracle VirtualBox. All bugs exploited during the contest were immediately reported to their respective companies.
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15 days ago
Apple’s Supply Chain Woes Linger Even as China Recovers - Bloomberg
Apple’s next flagship iPhones, with 5G wireless capabilities, are still on schedule to launch in the fall, although that’s partly because mass production isn’t due to begin until May, said the people. They asked not to be identified discussing private supply chain issues.
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15 days ago
Can Smart Thermometers Track the Spread of the Coronavirus? - The New York Times
Kinsa Health has sold or given away more than a million smart thermometers to households in which two million people reside, and thus can record fevers almost as soon as consumers experience them.
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15 days ago
YouTube forgoes streaming quality to prevent European networks buffering - Reuters
Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube is the second online video company after Netflix (NFLX.O) to respond to a call by the European Union industry chief Thierry Breton to cut picture quality to prevent overload.
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15 days ago
Google (GOOG) Agrees to Labor Worker Council in Europe - Bloomberg
Earlier this month, a group of 153 Google employees from 11 European offices wrote to the company’s management requesting the establishment of the council, according to three people familiar with the matter. Last week, Google’s management agreed to take the first steps toward creating the council and will soon begin negotiating with employees about its scope, the people said.
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15 days ago
Briefing: Former Google and Uber Self-Driving Car Engineer Pleads Guilty to Trade Secret Theft — The Information
Anthony Levandowski, a former star self-driving car engineer who worked at both Google and Uber, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a single count of “theft of a trade secret,” according to a plea agreement viewed by The Information. His plea resolves 33 counts of trade secret theft filed by federal prosecutors last year against Levandowski.
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15 days ago
Google makes Play Protect mandatory in Advanced Protection program, blocks non Google Play apps | VentureBeat
Google Accounts enrolled in the Advanced Protection program will now have two additional features enabled to defend against malware. One of these relates to Google Play Protect, a machine learning-powered security service that scans apps installed through Google Play for malicious behavior. Launched back in 2017, Google Play Protect is on by default on all Android devices that ship with Google Mobile Services (GMS), which basically means most Android devices outside of China (though one notable exception is new Huawei devices, which are no longer allowed to use Google’s apps or services after a U.S. ban was imposed last year.)
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17 days ago
Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work - The New York Times
Instead, as the fallout from the virus spreads, gig workers’ earnings have plummeted and many have become disgruntled about the lack of health care. Public health agencies have recommended social isolation to insulate people from the outbreak, but these workers must continue interacting with others to pay their bills.
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17 days ago
Facebook develops super-precise public time-keeping service for the internet - CNET
Facebook published details on Wednesday of a new public time-keeping service that relies on combination of satellite data and its own servers. In a blog post, the company explained how the service has improved the accuracy of time telling from 10 milliseconds to 100 microseconds and verified the results in its laboratory.
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17 days ago
Pixar Pioneers Win $1 Million Turing Award - The New York Times
On Wednesday, the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest society of computing professionals, said Dr. Hanrahan and Dr. Catmull would receive this year’s Turing Award for their work on three-dimensional computer graphics. Often called the Nobel Prize of computing, the Turing Award comes with a $1 million prize, which will be split by the two pioneers of what is often called C.G.I., or computer-generated imagery.
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17 days ago
PlayStation 5 backward compatibility: Almost 100 PS4 games available at launch - Polygon
Cerny said the internal logic of the PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles is present in the PlayStation 5, but that’s not without challenges; some game code “just can’t handle” the boosted frequencies of the PlayStation 5, he said. Cerny said that boost is “truly massive,” so games must be tested on a “title-by-title basis.” But, that testing is going well, Cerny said.
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17 days ago
Google launches Android 11 Developer Preview 2 with foldable, call screening, and Neural Networks API improvements | VentureBeat
Google today launched the second Android 11 developer preview with hinge angle detection support, call screening improvements, and new ops in the Neural Networks API. You can download Android 11 DP2 now from developer.android.com — if you have the previous preview, Google will also be pushing an over-the-air (OTA) update. The release includes a preview SDK with system images for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL, as well as the official Android Emulator.
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17 days ago
Google pauses Chrome and Chrome OS releases due to coronavirus outbreak | ZDNet
Google said today it is pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The company cited "adjusted work schedules" as the primary reason for the delay, as most of its engineers are now working from home.
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17 days ago
Volunteers 3D-Print Unobtainable $11,000 Valve For $1 To Keep Covid-19 Patients Alive; Original Manufacturer Threatens To Sue | Techdirt
Actually, it wasn't quite as simple as that suggests. Business Insider Italia explains that even though the original manufacturer was unable to supply the part, it refused to share the relevant 3D file with Fracassi to help him print the valve. It even went so far as to threaten him for patent infringement if he tried to do so on his own. Since lives were at stake, he went ahead anyway, creating the 3D file from scratch. According to the Metro article, he produced an initial batch of ten, and then 100 more, all for free. Fracassi admits that his 3D-printed versions might not be very durable or re-usable. But when it's possible to make replacements so cheaply -- each 3D-printed part costs just one euro, or roughly a dollar -- that isn't a problem. At least it wouldn't be, except for that threat of legal action, which is also why Fracassi doesn't dare share his 3D file with other hospitals, despite their desperate need for these valves.
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18 days ago
Google postpones the online version of Cloud Next until further notice | TechCrunch
Originally, Cloud Next was scheduled to run from April 6 to 8. Like other companies, Google at the time said it would hold an online version of the show, but as the company announced today, it is now also postponing that. The company did not announce a new date.
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18 days ago
Coronavirus: Israel enables emergency spy powers - BBC News
The Israeli government has approved emergency measures for its security agencies to track the mobile-phone data of people with suspected coronavirus.

The new powers will be used to enforce quarantine and warn those who may have come into contact with infected people.

The temporary laws were passed during an overnight sitting of the cabinet, bypassing parliamentary approval.
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18 days ago
Location data gathered by Facebook, Google, other tech companies could be used to battle coronavirus spread - The Washington Post
The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use location data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.
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18 days ago
Fox buys Tubi for $440 million as it attempts to join the streaming wars - The Verge
Tubi, which partners with top-tier studios and networks to provide people with thousands of films and TV shows, currently has 25 million users. Fox Corporation, which is separate from 21st Century Fox (the part of the company Disney acquired in 2019 for $73 billion), doesn’t have its own popular streaming platform.
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18 days ago
US waives potential health privacy penalties during coronavirus crisis - CNET
"During the COVID-19 national emergency, which also constitutes a nationwide public health emergency, covered health care providers subject to the HIPAA Rules may seek to communicate with patients, and provide telehealth services, through remote communications technologies," the HHS said in a statement Tuesday
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18 days ago
Coronavirus: Amazon suspends all nonessential shipments to warehouses - Business Insider
Amazon is now prioritizing medical supplies, household staples, and other high-demand products to its warehouses until April 5.
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18 days ago
Movie Crowds Stay Away. Theaters Hope It’s Not for Good. - The New York Times
Looking at the last 20 years of attendance figures, the number of tickets sold in North America peaked in 2002, when cinemas sold about 1.6 billion. In 2019, attendance totaled roughly 1.2 billion, a 25 percent drop — even as the population of the United States increased roughly 15 percent. Cinemas have kept ticket revenue high by raising prices, but studio executives say there is limited room for continued escalation. Offerings in theaters may also grow more constrained. Even before the pandemic, major studios were starting to route smaller dramas and comedies toward streaming services instead of theaters.
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18 days ago
Amazon ramps hiring, opening 100,000 new roles to support people relying on Amazon’s service in this stressful time
We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.
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18 days ago
A Critical Internet Safeguard Is Running Out of Time | WIRED
For more than 15 years, Shadowserver has been funded by Cisco as an independent organization. But thanks to budget restructuring, the group now has to go out on its own. Rather than seek a new benefactor, founder Richard Perlotto says the goal is for Shadowserver to become a fully community-funded alliance that doesn't rely on any one contributor to survive. The group needs to raise $400,000 in the next few weeks to survive the transition, and then it will still need $1.7 million more to make it through 2020—an already Herculean fundraising effort coinciding with a global pandemic. They’ve set up a page for both large corporate donations and smaller individual contributions.
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18 days ago
France fines Apple 1.1 billion euros for anticompetitive monopoly practices, Apple to appeal - 9to5Mac
Apple has today been served a 1.1 billion euro fine from France. The French authorities said that Apple had created illegal agreements within its distribution network and abuse of “economic dependence” of independent resellers.
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18 days ago
Apple's iOS 13.4 might launch on March 17 — here's what to expect
the details above are true, iOS 13.4 will be arriving on your iPhone potentially within 24 hours. After the initial excitement (don’t contradict me), the next question is simple:
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18 days ago
German military laptop with classified data sold on Ebay | News | DW | 16.03.2020
Security specialists from G Data, based in the western city of Bochum, bought a used Bundeswehr laptop for €90 ($100).

On the computer were a series of documents, including instructions on how to destroy the LeFlaSys Ozelot air defence system.
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18 days ago
Actions to reduce the need for people to come into our offices
During the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, many companies are closing their offices and directing their employees to work from home (WFH), schools are moving to online classes and people are quickly adopting social distancing measures. Our priority is to take care of people who work in our offices—including employees, vendors and temporary staff—and the communities they work in. So we’ve been taking action to reduce the need for people to come into our offices, particularly in locations where local COVID-19 conditions merit increased precaution.
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18 days ago
Apple Offers Extended Return Period Due to Store Closures, Will Accept Returns Two Weeks After Stores Reopen - MacRumors
When it comes to returns, Apple says that it will accept returns for up to 14 days after its stores reopen, giving customers who need to return a product or an accessory a grace period while the stores are shut down.
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18 days ago
With Movie Theater Shutdown, Universal Pictures to Stream New Release Films on Prime Video, iTunes, & More – The Streamable
In light of the movie theaters being brought to a standstill, Universal Pictures is changing the game. The Comcast-owned studio will be making digital rentals of new release movies available for $19.99. The rental will be available for 48-hours once you start the film. Normally, films become available to rent 4-5 months after their theatrical release date.
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18 days ago
Price Drop Casts Pall Over Bitcoin Miners' Equipment Upgrades - CoinDesk
Bitcoin’s price crash last week has cast a shadow over mining firms, which have spent over half a billion dollars overhauling equipment over the last six months in preparation for the network’s next so-called halving.
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18 days ago
Coronavirus Strikes at Amazon’s Operational Heart: Its Delivery Machine - Bloomberg
Cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, have appeared at Amazon warehouses in Spain and Italy, two countries hard hit by the spreading disease. In both nations, the company has opted to keep the three facilities open, prompting criticism from unions that Amazon is putting sales ahead of worker safety; on Monday workers at Amazon’s main Italian logistics hub in Castel San Giovanni called for a strike.
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18 days ago
Amid pandemic, T-Mobile gets emergency access to Dish’s 600MHz spectrum | Ars Technica
T-Mobile will borrow spectrum in the 600MHz band from Dish, Comcast, and other companies to boost mobile bandwidth during the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted T-Mobile temporary authority to use the spectrum for the next 60 days.
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18 days ago
Here’s how to get free internet while schools are closed | Local News | journaltimes.com
Spectrum said it would provide free broadband to any household with students, a direct reaction to the schools shutdown — every school in Wisconsin will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18 (if not earlier) until at least April 6. Most Racine County schools and Wisconsin colleges said they will offering online learning opportunities in some capacity during the statewide shutdown.
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20 days ago
Comcast offers free Wi-Fi hot spots and eliminates data caps nationwide in response to coronavirus outbreak | The Seattle Times
Comcast, one of the state’s largest internet providers, announced Friday it would open free public Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the country, as part of its response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. It will also eliminate data caps for its customers.
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20 days ago
Comcast accidentally published 200,000 “unlisted” phone numbers | Ars Technica
Comcast mistakenly published the names, phone numbers, and addresses of nearly 200,000 customers who paid monthly fees to make their numbers unlisted. The names and numbers were made available on Ecolisting, a directory run by Comcast, and picked up by third-party directories. After discovering the mistake, Comcast shut Ecolisting down, gave $100 credits to affected customers, and advised them that they can change their phone numbers at no charge.
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21 days ago
Trump said Google is building a site to help people find coronavirus tests - Vox
It’s possible that the White House announcement took Verily and Google by surprise. About an hour after Trump talked about the website, Google sent out a statement, attributed to Verily, that said the company was in “early stages” on “a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing” and that it would start using it in the Bay Area before rolling it out widely.
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21 days ago
Meet the man behind China’s talking drones: Inside China’s Startups
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, over 100 drones made by MMC have been used around China for different purposes, including spraying disinfectants in public places, aerial broadcasting, aerial thermal sensing and traffic control. MMC has also mobilized over 200 employees to support drones utilization during this period.
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21 days ago
Pokémon Go won’t make you leave the house due to coronavirus - Polygon
the game will be increasing habitats so that trainers can see more monsters nearby while playing closer to home.

Incense packs, which increase monster spawns, are also going on 99% discount — and when they’re active, they will now last an hour.

Incubators, which ask players to accrue a certain number of steps before hatching eggs containing Pokémon, will now be more effective. “Trainers can hatch Eggs twice as fast,” Niantic said.

Finally, PokéStops are dropping Gifts with more frequency.
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21 days ago
Censored journalists are sharing articles in Minecraft
The project takes the form of a massive virtual library, called the Uncensored Library, made from more than 12.5 million of the Lego-like blocks that Minecraft players use to build virtual worlds. In the library, when an article is added, it appears as a book. “We were able to build and craft a huge library, which took a couple of months with multiple developers to build,” says Robert-Jan Blonk, a senior interactive producer at MediaMonks, a digital production company based in the Netherlands that partnered with BlockWorks, the agency that designed the project.
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21 days ago
Apple to Close All Retail Stores Outside of China Until March 27th - MacRumors
We will be closing all of our retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27.
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21 days ago
Apple’s WWDC 2020 kicks off in June with an all-new online format - Apple
Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Now in its 31st year, WWDC 2020 will take on an entirely new online format packed with content for consumers, press and developers alike. The online event will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers to get early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, and engage with Apple engineers as they work to build app experiences that enrich the lives of Apple customers around the globe.
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22 days ago
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