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Twitter Might Be Removing Verification From a Whole Lot of Accounts Soon

Late Wednesday, the official Twitter Support account announced big changes to the murky rules concerning which accounts get verified with a bright blue check mark on the site, and which don’t. The new guidelines come just a week after it verified Jason Kessler, the organizer behind August’s deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Update: Twitter has stripped several prominent far-right and white supremacist accounts of verified badges, including Richard Spencer

Microsoft makes Databricks a first-party service on Azure

Databricks has made a name for itself as one of the most popular commercial services around the Apache Spark data analytics platform (which, not coincidentally, was started by the founders of Databricks). Now it’s coming to Microsoft’s Azure platform in the form of a preview of the imaginatively named “Azure Databricks.”

Some AT&T customers unable to make calls

"We are aware of an issue affecting some users' ability to make certain wireless calls," AT&T said in a statement. "These users should restart their devices, which should resolve the issue."

A Windows 10 alternative: Microsoft should embrace, extend Linux on the desktop | ZDNet

I would prefer to see you dump Windows and all your old Microsoft software in favor of using Linux rather than use outdated stuff that potentially can result in a severe malware or personal business continuity incident, identity theft, or worse. You'll get no argument from me.

Frustrated with coding? Microsoft releases new tools to relieve the grind

At the show's opening today, Microsoft revealed a range of tools that offer quality of life improvements for developers, automating away the tedious and time-consuming parts of the job and making it easier for them to work remotely.

Proposed Pentagon bill would see massive open source software push in 2018

In addition to the release of the source code, the Secretary of Defense will also try to negotiate open source licenses for existing custom-developed computer software with the contractors that developed it initially. This applies only to software developed with the use of Federal Funds, and doesn't include commercial off-the-shelf software, the bill said, regardless of its form of delivery.

iPhone's Face ID can be hacked, but here's why nobody needs to panic

Paul Norris, senior systems engineer at Tripwire, stated that hacks like the one Bkav carried out take a great deal of time and effort. "Detailed dimensions would have had to be taken to create the mask and the security firm alluded to the fact that they had to use a special material on the mask too," he said. "What they didn't disclose was how many attempts and what level of effort it took to get the mask to work flawlessly." Norris also pointed out that certain security details built into Apple's Face ID can mitigate risk. Five failed attempts to authenticate users via facial means will force the user to enter a passcode, which is required for Face ID to function. In addition, the passcode must be entered when the device:

Bitcoin's Split Personality Problem May Pop the Bubble

NASA's unsung heroes: The Apollo coders who put men on the moon | ZDNet

Just as important to the return of Apollo 13, and the success of the wider program, were the computer systems underpinning the numerous simulators at Johnson Space Center and Cape Canaveral. The simulators included working copies of the spacecraft's command and lunar modules, and allowed NASA astronauts and the flight controllers on the ground to practice every part of the journey: from the launch, to the lunar landing, to earth re-entry, working in tandem as they would during the mission.

Twitter bans alt-right troll Baked Alaska

Twitter paused its verification program earlier this month after facing backlash for verifying Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer. According to Twitter, verification badges aren't meant as an endorsement for something like white supremacy, but clearly, it has been seen as that.

Gal Gadot confirms Brett Ratner won’t be involved with Wonder Woman 2

Still, it’s unlikely Ratner’s company was ever going to be involved in the Wonder Woman sequel anyway. Soon after the allegations against Ratner were made public, Warner Bros. swiftly cut ties with the filmmaker and his production company RatPac Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter . At the time, Ratner released a statement in which he claimed he was “choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities.”

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Twitter verification purge: White nationalists among those accounts that lose blue checkmark

Google updates Assistant with new features and languages

Another major update is the ability for developers to create applications that take advantage of having both a Google Home and a phone with Assistant, allowing Home devices to hand off requests to smartphones for completion of actions (like, say, paying for a sandwich you ordered on your Home). Google will also allow apps to recognize implicit requests, so that you don’t have to specifically call them out by name. It’s the difference between saying “turn off the lights” and “have the Philips Hue app turn off the lights.”

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Twitter warns some accounts may lose verification

Twitter is facing extensive pressure across multiple fronts, including a growing chorus of users upset about the rampant harassment and attacks being levied by trolls.The latest case that has caused the company to do some soul searching involves its verification status it bestows on select accounts.

Tech Companies Get High Marks for Covering Infertility Treatments

The technology industry, in particular, shines at making infertility benefits widely accessible, the report found, and some employers are in a sort of benefits arms race, offering more generous coverage to remain competitive in recruiting and retaining workers. Facebook ranks high on the list of tech companies, as it did in FertilityIQ’s report last year. The company covers up to four I.V.F. cycles, including genetic testing, with no preapproval required. (FertilityIQ values the cycles at $25,000 each, for a total benefit value of $100,000.)

Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone X

However, now that the headphone jack is gone many iPhone users are looking to cut the cord and go wireless. With that in mind here's a look at a bunch of top wireless Bluetooth headphones that you can pair to your new iPhone X (and every other Bluetooth-enabled audio device).

Amazon's First Whole Foods Deal for Prime Members Is a Coupon With an FAQ

Even after reading through the FAQ, however, you might still have questions. Couldn’t the company, for instance, just ask Prime members for their email address at the checkout or something? And Amazon lets you reserve a turkey online, which is handy, but you won’t see the promotional price until you go to the Whole Foods store and buy the bird. Why not? Amazon also says it identifies the eligible turkeys in Whole Foods with “an orange stripe that says ‘Special Savings.’” What’s up with that? It’s almost as if Whole Foods doesn’t want non-Prime members to know that Prime members get a special discount. Which seems silly, because wouldn’t Amazon and Whole Foods want more people to sign up as Prime members and enjoy these discounts? Will Whole Foods prompt non-Prime members to sign up if they bring a special turkey to the cashier?

Donald Trump's Administration to Reverse Ban on Some African Elephant Trophies

Fish and Wildlife originally implemented the trophy-importation ban in 2015, citing its “inability to determine that the killing of the animal whose trophy is intended for import into the United States would enhance the survival of the species in the wild.” As National Geographic noted at the time, African traffic hunting is ostensibly intended to prevent poaching by providing economic support to locals, though “the money from hunt fees that trickles down to needy villagers is minimal.” It added that Zimbabwe and Zambia, as well as six other countries, allow sport hunting regardless of the decline in elephant populations, and that research suggests encouraging conservation-friendly tourist activities would better promote the survival of the species.

Twitter warns some accounts may lose verification

Twitter is facing extensive pressure across multiple fronts, including a growing chorus of users upset about the rampant harassment and attacks being levied by trolls.The latest case that has caused the company to do some soul searching involves its verification status it bestows on select accounts.

Cord-cutting is speeding up: Here’s how many people ditched cable TV this quarter

However, cable-like streaming services are looking more and more like a saving grace. According to Leichtman’s estimates, the top two over-the-top services–Sling TV and DirecTV Now–added 535,000 subscribers in the third quarter, compared to 200,000 during the same period last year. It’s a sign that more consumers are embracing internet-delivered TV. Still, even if the trend continues, these services with their skinny bundles and lower price points are not likely to solve all the industry’s woes.

Sprint’s unlimited data plan now comes with unlimited Hulu - but there's a catch

As a bonus, you’ll get to stream the shows at 1080p, although (much as with other carriers) you’ll get throttled when your network’s under heavy traffic if your data usage ventures over a soft cap of 25GB. You’ll also get 10GB of mobile hotspot ata as part of the deal.

Duolingo can now help you learn Chinese

Earlier this year, Duolingo launched its Japanese course, which marked the first time the popular language learning service offered support for an Asian language. Since then, it’s also launched support for Korean and starting today, you can use the services mobile and web apps to learn Chinese (or, to be more precise, Modern Standard Mandarin ), too.

The Best Encryption Software of 2017

Virtual Private Network, or VPN , to encrypt your own internet traffic. From your PC to the VPN company's server, all your data is encrypted, and that's a great thing. However, unless you're connected to a secure HTTPS website, your traffic is not encrypted between the VPN server and the site. And of course the VPN's encryption doesn't just magically rub off on files you share. Using a VPN is a great way to protect your internet traffic when you're traveling, but it's not a solution for encrypting your local files.

Daisy Ridley Loves Porgs... Rey, Not So Much

Speaking to USA Today , Daisy Ridley confirmed this shocking— shocking —news, because when you’re talking to one of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi ’s stars, there is nothing more important to ask about than her stance on porgs. The actress herself adores the galaxy far, far away’s latest loveable furballs, remarking that a plush toy version is “bringing a lot of pleasure right now” to her, and noting that working with the animatronic creatures on set was “wonderful.” But when it comes to Rey as a character, she’s got allegedly more important things to focus on in her life instead of adorable space birds:

American scientists just made their first attempt to edit a gene in a human body

Hunter syndrome is caused by a missing gene that makes an enzyme that breaks down certain carbohydrates. Madeux has had 26 operations over the years trying to fix some of the damage. Symptoms can be eased by weekly doses of the missing enzyme, but the costs are exorbitant ($100,000 to $400,000 a year). The hope is that by flooding Madeux’s system with cells with the missing gene, his body will start producing the enzyme on its own. His doctors should know whether the gene therapy is working in the next few months.

Why You Need a Canning Funnel, Even if You Don't Can

It is not, or at least it doesn’t have to be, because of the magic that is an $11-wide-mouth canning funnel. I am partial to this one , though it is more or less identical to every other stainless steel wide-mouth canning funnel on Amazon. Here is how you use it: prepare your jar, stick in the funnel. That is all. In my post-funnel life, I have not spilled a single drop of soup. I have not lost a noodle. There have been no stir-fry mishaps, or errant tofu cubes. You can just scoop the stuff in willy-nilly — close your eyes, pour straight from the pot, jam it in there with your hands, there are no rules here!—and it all slides down into the jar, splash-free. I realize, writing this out, that it seems obvious—guiding the contents of one vessel into the smaller mouth of another vessel is literally what funnels do —and yet I have not actually seen anyone else employ one for this purpose. They are missing out.

Rotten Tomatoes Delayed “Justice League” Rotten Tomatoes Score, But This App Reveals It

Rotten Tomatoes recently announced  it would be holding back from publishing the cumulative score for the film until Thursday, November 16, the day before its release. As others have pointed out, this move presents a potential conflict of interest because Tomatoes is owned by Fandango, which Warner Brothers has a partial ownership stake in. While perhaps not part of an actual conspiracy, the delay is at the very least ethically fishy. After the groundbreaking success of Wonder Woman , the DC extended universe needs another hit to right-side its critically maligned franchise. With no Rotten Tomatoes score, it was tough to determine whether the trickle of poor early reviews is a fluke or a consensus. Well, it was almost tough, anyway. It turns out one app has the unfiltered score available.

Winning the fight against boring laptops

Second, the display has been updated to a touch version, which is the single thing most glaringly missing from the previous Spectre. Not everyone wants or needs a touchscreen in a laptop, but even in Windows 10 ($157.99 at , there are a few areas where it comes in handy (scrolling long web pages, setting up Wi-Fi connections), and it's really just table stakes at this point for any laptop that costs more than a few hundred bucks. And even with the new touch display, the Spectre is still just 10.4mm thick, and less than a half-ounce heavier.

The Republican Tax Bill Is Great If You’re A Rich, Jobless Heir

Moreover, the bill will result in a loss of government revenue that can only be closed by cutting spending in other areas, Marr says. Republicans say their proposal will result in a net reduction in tax revenue of $1.5 trillion, which they make up by ending tax deductions and other giveaways. For example, the bill limits the Mortgage Interest Deduction on new homes, ends federal credits for electric vehicles, and stops a deduction for adopting children (among many other changes). But the deficit could be larger if economic growth doesn’t increase the number of people paying taxes to compensate for the shortfall.

The Original Gimli Has a Theory About Why Amazon Is Rebooting Lord of the Rings

Why we quite need Lord Of The Rings as a TV series baffles me slightly, but I’m sure that [in all honesty I can’t make out the word here and don’t think it’s wise to make an educated guess] are so utterly un-principled and greedy for money for anything – I mean the extraordinary money they’re getting from online gambling and stuff like this, it’s just a disgrace. I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave.

Justice League Isn't Great, But It Sets Up Great Things to Come

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is both the best and worst of everything we’ve seen from the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe movies. There are plenty of things to like, and about an equal number to dislike. But ultimately, its good things bumped up against the bad enough to leave me with hope and excitement for what’s to come.

Top 10 Face ID Tips and Tricks for iPhone X

Face ID works best when you’re holding it between 10-20 inches (25 to 50 centimeter) from your face. If it’s too far, you’ll need to bring it close (or angle in a different way). Similarly, if you’re in bed and you hold your iPhone too close to your face, it might not work.

New Details on the Female Kick-Ass Comic, Which Mark Millar Wrote Before His Netflix Deal

Bye, Dave. Hello, Patience. It was just revealed that the new Kick-Ass is named Patience Lee, a military veteran and mother in her early 30s living in New Mexico. She’s the star of the next iteration of the popular comic book series from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

Christian Bale looks unrecognizable as he gets ready to play Dick Cheney in his next film

Christian Bale looks unrecognizable as he gets ready to play Dick Cheney in his next film

To my fellow queers in Australia, here's what they don't tell you about same-sex marriage

I was happy when same-sex marriage was passed, but my straight friends were out of their goddamn minds with joy — a phenomenon many of my queer friends also experienced. I cannot tell you the number of very well meaning straight people who congratulated me on same-sex marriage, a campaign I had zero role in. My assumption is that people feel guilty about their marital privilege and genuinely want to be good allies, which hey, that's kind, god bless their corny souls.

I work for 'People' and I am unreasonably obsessed with Blake Shelton

It's time to accept the fact that Blake Shelton is the Sexiest Man Alive. I also think that blue jeans from 2010 with the thighs faded out are the best clothes, milk mixed with warm water is the best liquid, and white rice with a side of bread is the best meal. On all of these things I am 100% certain that I am objectively correct.

Drake threatens dude who was inappropriately touching women at a concert

While in Sydney performing at a nightclub this week, Drake spotted a fan apparently groping women in the audience and put a stop to it immediately.

McAfee's own anti-hacking service exposed users to banking malware

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6 Steps You Can Take When You Don’t Feel Welcomed At Work

“ A mentor outside of your immediate team can provide you with objective, candid feedback about which behaviors are favored within the organization, and which are not. If you don’t have a mentor, try to identify someone who’s successfully ascended within the organization with whom you feel you could have an honest, candid conversation to discuss what steps you can take to fit in,” Liu recommends. “After you’ve identified a few tweaks you can make, decide which you feel are feasible and can create the greatest positive impact, then take action.”

Last Night's Legends of Tomorrow Dropped the Biggest Easter Egg You've Ever Seen

If you haven’t been watching  Legends of Tomorrow this season, you need to know: The big goofy show is bigger and goofier than ever, with fun homages to E.T. and a whole slew of dystopic scifi properties. But last night’s episode ended with maybe the most memorable Easter egg ever dropped on an Arrowverse show.

The Emotionally Intelligent Manager’s Guide To Leading Remote Teams

Listening is a skill that’s at the core of emotional intelligence , and great listeners are also effective questioners . As a manager of remote team members, that’s your ticket to filling in any missing information you’d otherwise get in person. Rather than just constrain your one-on-one meetings to being quick status reports, use those interactions as a time to connect and dig deeper with your remote employees. Ask your team members questions about what’s most important to them and the challenges they face–don’t just wait for them to bring up those issues themselves. You’ll not only better understand what motivates them, you’ll make them feel more valued, too.

This Chatbot Is Trying Hard To Look And Feel Like Us

Sagar wants to go even deeper. Since leaving cinema, he’s been trying to recreate the human nervous system in software. Analyzing facial expressions to discern a smile, even a subtle one, and analyzing voice to pick up a pleasant tone, Soul Machines’ software provides a hit of virtual dopamine to AVA’s nervous system. As in a human, this triggers a relaxed demeanor in AVA. Don’t be mistaken, though: This is very far from artificial sentience, Sagar cautions. “Everything is radically simplified from the real thing, and even how the real thing works is not understood,” he says. “This is just sort of current thinking on how some of these models work.”

Watch NASA’s Mars 2020 Parachute Unfurl at Supersonic Speeds

When the rocket ascended to an altitude of 32 miles (51 km), it began to fall back towards Earth. Some 40 seconds later, at a height of 26 miles (42 km) and at a falling speed of 1,370 miles per hour (2,200 km/h), the system’s onboard computers determined that the test conditions were met. A hundred pounds of nylon and Kevlar were shot from the rear of the vehicle at nearly a hundred miles an hour. The parachute deployed successfully, and without major rips or tangles. Some 35 minutes later, the capsule splashed down in the Atlantic ocean.

Why serverless computing makes Linux more relevant than ever

The vast majority of customers I speak with plan to use more than one public cloud. So portability becomes a major requirement. And since [the] OS is where the application ultimately touches computing resources, having an OS that can consistently run across all major platforms becomes even more important. As with any single platform provider, optimizations for provider-unique hardware, architectures, or services may address specific situations in the OS and we have all seen how that played out in the single-source, vertically integrated Unix stacks - hence Linux.

Android security: Sneaky three-stage malware found in Google Play store | ZDNet

All of this is going on in the background without the user's knowledge until, after a five minute wait, they're prompted to install or update an app. This is disguised to look as if it is a form of legitimate software such as update for Adobe Flash Player or the Android system itself when it it in fact the third-stage of the malware's dropping process.

51 Apple Watch charging stand takes a cut out of the competition [Watch Store] | Cult of Mac
52 Here's every amazing Black Friday gaming deal in one easy list
53 Just how fast is Firefox Quantum? | ZDNet
54 Why Firefox Quantum could take Chrome's position as the king of browsers
55 12 Reasons Microsoft's Edge Browser Rocks (No, Really)
56 Windows 10 tip: Move your default data folders to a different drive | ZDNet
57 Exclusive: Kickstarter launches its first new product in 9 years
58 Google's new Maps feature highlights different locations based on what you're doing
59 Thanks to VR, you can now step into a Pixar film
60 Windows 10 Fall Creators Update broken your Start menu? Microsoft's just fixed it
61 At Least 400 Science Articles Cite Nonexistent ‘Phantom’ Study
62 Reg Saddler on Twitter
63 Engadget on Twitter
64 Boston Dynamics teases updated robot dog, SpotMini
65 You're losing us, Justin Trudeau
66 Decapitated Male Mantis Still Fucks
67 How the US decides which security flaws to keep secret
68 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
69 Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo May Star in a Groundhog Day-Style Action Thriller
70 Lucky 'Star Wars' fans got a surprise visit from Mark Hamill during a tour at Disneyland
71 ​Linux totally dominates supercomputers | ZDNet
72 Doll gets a creepy makeover, thanks to a grandpa's unfortunate accident
73 Macworld on Twitter
74 Ask HN: Who's switched from Chrome to Firefox 57? | Hacker News
75 Forever 21 hack reveals payment card data
76 Google Maps gets makeover with new colors and icons
77 Just in time for Thanksgiving, Whole Foods cuts more prices
78 Here's what Earth might look like in 100 years — if we're lucky
79 The Brutal Fight to Mine Your Data and Sell It to Your Boss
80 Computerworld on Twitter
81 No one agrees on whether or not a dead body will unlock a smartphone
82 Here's the real reason tech companies fail to hire more minorities
83 The First Trailer For Deadpool 2 Is Hidden in a Bizarre Tribute to Bob Ross
84 White House Reveals How and When the US Keeps Security Flaws Secret
85 There Are Several New Poe-ments of Footage In These Last Jedi TV Spots
86 Twitter is removing verification checkmarks from accounts that break its rules
87 Google amps up job search tools with salary, location features
88 WTF is AI?
89 Bryan Logan on Twitter
90 Anti-'Star Wars Battlefront' PSA targeting parents surfaces online
91 Google Drive and Google Docs aren't working for some people
92 Google's back: It's Firefox's default search engine again, after Mozilla ends Yahoo deal | ZDNet
93 Free-to-play 'Diablo'-style RPG 'Marvel Heroes' will be shut down, Disney confirms
94 Leveraging Data Prep to Prevent Human Trafficking - InformationWeek