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Facebook's Snooze button lets you mute news feed distractions

In terms of how Facebook is affecting the emotions of users, the company says there's both good and bad. Facebook cites studies from the University of Michigan, UC San Diego and Yale that says passively consuming content on the site without interacting with people could have a negative effect on your mood. On the flip side, more personal interaction on the social network -- like posting comments and sending messages -- can have positive effects, according to a Carnegie Mellon study.

SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time

SpaceX has moved one step closer to its dream of affordable, efficient reusable space flight: Today for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International Space Station it managed to launch a previously flown Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket with a flight-proven first stage booster. That’s the first time it’s flown both types of reused equipment at the same time.

Net neutrality is dead — what happens next?

Yesterday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai successfully led a vote to repeal the Open Internet Order, effectively killing net neutrality rules. The full order hasn’t been released, but advocacy groups are already preparing for the fight to defend a neutral internet once Title II is repealed. Passing net neutrality protections in 2015 was relatively straightforward, but getting those protections back requires going through every potential legal avenue. Meanwhile, ISPs will be testing their ability to control internet traffic — possibly in very blatant ways.

AOL Instant Messenger to shut down after 20 years

I’m not sure how many people will mourn AIM’s loss on a practical level — I haven’t even heard of anyone using it in the last few years, which isn’t surprising given how many more sophisticated alternatives are available. That’s not a dig at the company, for the record: I actually still have my old AOL email address (it was my first, and I’m sentimental).

Foxconn could soon use AI to help identify faulty iPhone parts | Cult of Mac

At a press briefing in San Francisco, Ng’s technology was demonstrated spotting a defect in a circuit board photographed by a camera. In contrast to regular computer vision systems which required many thousands of sample images to train them to recognize a particular object, can do this with just five training images. That makes it far more suitable for a factory line producing multiple parts which may change on a semi-regular basis.

Amazon Will Begin Selling the Apple TV Again

That situation happened back in 2015, when Amazon opted out of selling Apple’s set-top box, the Apple TV. At the time, the company said that it was putting a lot of focus on Prime Video, and that Prime Video was a go-to part of Amazon’s stable of content for consumers, and offering devices that didn’t also offer access to Prime Video wouldn’t fly any longer. So, as a result, it pulled listings for not only the Apple TV, but also Google’s own streaming offerings, the Chromecast (and the Chromecast Ultra, eventually).

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NASA's Kepler finds solar system like ours with eight planets

Former Facebook Exec Who Suggested Social Media Was Destroying Society: I Love Facebook

A former Facebook executive is trying to sprinkle some niceties onto his ruthless drag of social media—at least when it comes to one social media company in particular. Former vice president of user growth Chamath Palihapitiya recently told an audience at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” But on Thursday night, two days after Facebook responded to his damning criticism, Palihapitiya walked back on his comments.

Apple buys original space drama TV series from 'Battlestar Galactica' creator

Ronald D. Moore, the brain behind the critically acclaimed remake of "Battlestar Galactica," will pen a new space drama for Apple, as the company continues its push into original TV content to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

Security Planner: Why this new online safety advice tool looks promising

Old security awareness campaigns, move down the bench, and make way for Citizen Lab's Security Planner. Discover what makes this online safety guide for users unique.

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The last minute holiday gift guide: All the best video game gift ideas for 2017:

NASA has Googled the stars — and found new rocky planets in a 'major discovery'

Kepler-90i appears to be a hot, rocky orb circling a sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth. Google's AI system used machine learning to sift through data recorded by NASA's Kepler observatory — a space telescope that has stared down about 150,000 sun-like stars over the years to look for signs of distant planets — to find it.

These ugly Christmas sweaters are guaranteed to last until 2047

While trends come and go, ugly Christmas sweaters stay the same. At least that’s the theory behind  Tom Cridland , an environmentally conscious brand that has been embraced by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kendrick Lamar. All the clothes within the collection are made of sustainable materials, and they are designed to last a lifetime. The hope is that this “buy less, buy better” philosophy will keep clothes out of landfills.

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Why some experts say ending net neutrality could harm science:

Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow louder

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9 percent on the day, as warnings grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument.

How to Buy, Sell, and Keep Track of Bitcoin

When you create a price new price alert, you'll see a slider appear that lets you toggle the alert to a specific USD dollar value for Bitcoin, Ether, or Litecoin. If the cryptocurrency hits your target price, Coinbase will send you a push notification to hop onto the app and buy or sell. You can create as many alerts as you want, toggling them on and off on the Alerts page to determine which are active as you track your investments.

'A new risk to our way of life': Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russia

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and its NATO allies must defend deep sea cables against a potentially catastrophic attack by the Russia navy that could disrupt trillions of dollars in financial transactions, the head of Britain's armed forces warned.

Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales: report

An analysis of home solar installations by GTM Research has found that the residential solar market is expected to fall 13% this year–its first drops after increasing YOY for years, reports Reuters . So why is Tesla to blame? After the company bought SolarCity last year, Tesla stopped its aggressive marketing tactics, including door-to-door sales, in favor of margin optimizations and selling to customers in stores. As a result, sales of Tesla’s rooftop solar installations fell by 42% over the last year. Since SolarCity/Tesla was the biggest player in the residential solar market, the fall in their sales means the whole industry took a hit–especially because SolarCity’s now-defunct door-to-door sales tactics were a major way many people found out about solar home technology in the first place, as the sales practice also doubled as an awareness campaign into the tech.

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The Last Jedi brings all the excitement, drama and fun you've known... and more! Star Wars weekend is back, so go see the movie ASAP. It's amazing!

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Amazon will pay $118 million to Italian authorities, settling a probe by the country's tax police

Facebook's new Snooze button can mute annoying friends for 30 days

The controls are similar to the current Unfollow / Hide tool that lets you permanently remove a user or page’s updates from your timeline entirely without unfriending them. Instead of Unfollow or Hide, you’ll now see the option to snooze the account for about a month. Personally, I think this is particularly helpful now that people on my timeline are starting to answer those personality questions Facebook introduced a week ago , and their answers are completely flooding my News Feed, since each answer is its own status update card.

A top EU court rejected a request from the U.S. to intervene in Apple's $15 billion tax case

A high court in the EU rejected a U.S. request to intervene in Apple's challenge of an order to pay $15 billion in taxes to Ireland.

Actresses are wearing black to the Golden Globes to protest Hollywood harassment

The Golden Globes just got darker. According to Entertainment Weekly , a lot of A-list actresses will be donning black gowns at the first major award show of the new year, as a gesture of protest against the scourge of sexual harassment in Hollywood that has turned the movie industry upside down in recent months. Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Jessica Chastain are expected to be among the women participating, but expect many others to follow suit. JB

Survey: Future IT pros should learn security and communication skills | ZDNet

An open-ended question asking respondents to advise new IT professionals turned up some interesting answers. Expertise in security was the number one skill respondents recommended that those new to IT develop, which probably comes as a surprise to no-one. However, working on soft skills advised by more respondents than skills more traditionally associated with IT, like development and database administration. One respondent wrote that those going into IT will need a sense of humor and a sense of teamwork. A couple mentioned that the ability to explain technology to users is important. Many others simply wrote "communication".

The Galaxy S9 may be announced at MWC 2018 in February

Samsung has a long history of announcing its flagship phones at Mobile World Congress, and despite skipping it in 2017 it seems the company may be set to announce the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus at the 2018 event.

Buy an Xbox One X and get 'PUBG' free for a limited time

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The cloud security model and the hunt for the lost perimeter | ZDNet

"It's not a static thing; it's something that is active and living," described Rowland. "Once entitlement has gone through its approved policy and has been handed down from the controller, the client takes that entitlement and the gateway creates a micro-firewall instance, where the only rule set in that micro-firewall is that entitlement. That's how we get cloud scale. Instead of having these huge, monolithic, perimeter-based firewall devices, if I can break it into tokens or into entitlements that I can distribute across multiple gateways, now we can scale as large as the cloud itself, and still give that micro-firewall, and the entitlement that's required to access a system, complete autonomy."

Star Wars at 40: It's 2017, and these aren't the droids you're looking for

We were so close to the brink of annihilation in that past decade that so few of the successive generations will appreciate the state of constant fear all of us lived under on a daily basis. It should come as no surprise that the media collectively latched onto this a few years later by referring to our military R&D effort into shooting down enemy ICBM's using fantastical energy weapons as "Star Wars".

An Exclusive Look at the Stunning Concept Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

io9 is proud to reveal some of that art in the images below, making their debut here exclusively. Although there’s nothing too spoiler-y here if you’ve already been watching the trailers, you may still want to hold off on checking this until you get to see the film. (But bookmark it for later, because it’s awesome.) So without further ado...

Tesla’s New NYC Store Makes Room For Energy Products, Too

Tesla is opening a new storefront in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood tomorrow that showcases not only vehicles, but also solar panels and energy-storing batteries. While the company has been busy moving into this larger space on Manhattan’s west side, it’s been quietly updating its 300 other showrooms around the world to offer more of its other products. In April, it ended door-to-door sales of solar panels. The revamp also makes way for the addition of the company’s much-anticipated solar roof shingles.

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NASA reveals new, sizzling hot and rocky planet: Kepler-90i

ACA Enrollment Ends Today in Most States

Remember when we told you to enroll for health insurance by December 15? That’s today. If you live in CA, NY, MA, WA, MN, CO, RI, CT, MD, or DC, you get a few extra days or weeks , but for the other 41 states, last call is today.

Infosys and Udacity team up to train 500 engineers in autonomous technologies

"These engineers don't exist today," he said. "So our endeavor with Udacity is to build those engineers from the ground up." By using sensor fusion, C and Python programming, and internet of things (IoT), we're bringing together these capabilities to build autonomous technology engineers, and we're hoping that we can rapidly program with our clients' industries to establish and embrace these technologies in those industries, he added.

Best Graphics - Best of 2017 Awards - IGN

Graphically, Destiny 2 continually manages to stun again and again. The attention to detail is everywhere, be it exploring the alien vegetation of a new planet, admiring the small details on PC like the sparkling ceiling of the Pyramidion strike, or simply staring out into the beautiful skyboxes Bungie has yet again masterfully created. In addition it adds to the already fun combat. Popping an enemy’s shield with the right damage type causes it to hit its nearby allies with area-of-effect damage, and scoring a headshot on a Fallen treats you to a light show as its soul escapes its body; both are welcome bursts of validation, and Destiny 2 dishes out these types of visual and gameplay rewards left and right.

CES TVs preview: What to expect from the big screens of 2018

All of my favorite LCD TVs for 2017 used local dimming , a technology that allows the screen to brighten and dim in different areas independently, significantly boosting the picture. It's particularly valuable with HDR. Sony, TCL and Samsung expanded the number of TVs that utilize dimming, and Vizio continued to set the pace, with dimming-capable TVs available in every series. In 2018 local dimming will become even more common, if only to separate the cheap 4K HDR TVs from the slightly less-cheap ones.

Yes, that Netflix tweet is creepy — and raises serious privacy questions

Netflix's ability to extrapolate detailed and specific viewing habits from its vast data set leaves troubling questions about its employees' access to personal customer information.

Child Graves Paint a Complex Picture of Life at Ancient Egyptian Work Site

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered four unique child graves at Gebel el-Silsila—the site of a former Egyptian quarry that dates back some 3,500 years. The discovery is shedding new light on what life was like at this ancient work site, and the complex social hierarchy that likely existed.

28% of businesses experimenting with blockchain, but almost none run it in production

"Blockchain will do for transactions what the Internet has done for information. It promises to disrupt business models and entire industries," 451 Research senior analyst Csilla Zsigri said in the report. "It allows for increased trust and efficiency, and is pushing us to challenge how we define and exchange value and reward participation."

Apple will give you a $5 iTunes gift card for using Apple Pay

Apple will reward you with a $5 gift card for using Apple Pay at select retailers over the holidays. Your credit can be spent in the App Store or on iTunes. There’s a limit of one card per retailer, and the promotion is only available in the United States.

The 25 coolest Star Wars laptop stickers

This Jawa head is an awesome and unexpected way to accessorize the Apple logo. Similar stickers of Darth Vader and stormtrooper masks are also available.

China's Top Phone Makers Poised to Challenge Apple on Home Turf

Huawei has already tried selling its flagship Mate 9 phone in the U.S. via e-commerce websites like, but working directly with wireless partners would give China’s No. 1 phone maker a wider presence across the U.S. through retail stores, carrier websites and TV commercials. Huawei is in talks to sell a flagship line via U.S. carriers, but the Chinese company also plans to sell the Mate 10 device through e-commerce channels, the people said.

6 new Netflix original shows got trashed by critics in 2017 — here's the list

From the lackluster Naomi Watts-led series "Gypsy," to the disappointing Marvel show "Iron Fist," six shows that Netflix debuted in 2017 received heaps of negative reviews on their way to earning a "Rotten" score from the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

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The death of net neutrality could be the end of Bitcoin

FCC head Ajit Pai has always been the scumbag hiding in plain sight. While his weasel-like nature may have never been in question, this week’s sneak attack on net neutrality put to bed any doubt. After assuming his final form as Satan, Pai effectively killed the internet as we know it while we stuffed our face with dry turkey and store-bought pumpkin pie.

The secret to being a great spy agency in the 21st century: Incubating startups | ZDNet

"Culturally it's no secret they're a closed organisation and that comes from that background and continues to be the case in other areas--there are a lot of secrets and there are good reasons to keep them, and that's not going to be changing anytime soon," said Elemendar's Georgopoulos. "But there's been a real shift in the working relationship in bringing the outside world into this world that's not used to being open," he continued, adding: "We've had the controls and security measures you'd expect, but if anyone was expecting to feel like James Bond they'd be severely disappointed!"

How to Actually Improve Your Finances in One Year

The second factor—amount owed—is a bit more complicated. It’s based on your credit utilization, or how much of your credit limit you use. Experts recommend using up no more than 30% of your limit—regardless of whether or not you pay it all off each month—in a given credit cycle to maximize your score. So, for example, if your limit is $1,000, you should try not to put more than $300 on your credit card(s) at any one time. If you have more than one card, you should aim for 30% (or better still, 10%) of the cumulative credit available. You can do this either by being frugal, by making small payments throughout the month to keep you under the limit, or by asking your creditor for an increased limit.

Windows 10 tip: How to disable unwanted startup programs | ZDNet

It seems like every third-party software developer insists on automatically running its own programs every time you start your PC. Windows 10 offers a powerful tool to determine how much of an impact those programs have on performance and shut down those you don't want.

Hackers use Triton malware to shut down plant, industrial systems | ZDNet

"The targeting of critical infrastructure to disrupt, degrade, or destroy systems is consistent with numerous attack and reconnaissance activities carried out globally by Russian, Iranian, North Korean, US, and Israeli nation-state actors," FireEye says. "Intrusions of this nature do not necessarily indicate an immediate intent to disrupt targeted systems, and may be preparation for a contingency."

The evolution of ransomware: Get ready for more advanced social engineering tactics

Prepare your company for more sophisticated, complex, and devastating ransomware attacks in 2018, says Avecto COO Andrew Avanessian.

51 Google Finally Lets You Mute Autoplay Videos In Chrome—Here’s How
52 How the Vendor Security Alliance can make choosing the right tech partners easier
53 Here's How Donald Trump Is Shrinking Your Paycheck
54 How to enable HTTP/2 Protocol on Ubuntu 16.04
55 Here's the secret to giving a new phone as a gift
56 Netatmo Smart Radiator Valve, First Take: Room-level remote control Review | ZDNet
57 Your company's cybersecurity score is as important as its credit rating
58 Why The Highly Partisan FCC Decision Won’t Last Long
59 Cloud computing: Getting bigger but more complicated too | ZDNet
60 Unknown Mozilla dev addon "Looking Glass 1.0.3" on browser... or is it just malware? | Firefox Support Forum | Mozilla Support
61 Lifehacker on Twitter
62 How I shot a rock concert on the iPhone X
63 This Is the Perfect Laptop Under $1,000
64 Net Neutrality has been rolled back: What happens next?
65 Now That The FCC Has Scrapped Net Neutrality, Get Ready For The Legal Battles
66 BlackBerry will kill its app store at the end of 2019, support BB10 for ‘at least two’ more years
67 The Apple iMac Pro's look belies its power
69 Apple Seeds iOS 11.2.5 Beta 1 to Developers [Update]
70 US woman 'laundered bitcoin for IS'
71 Transneft says its computers were used for mining cryptocurrency
72 2017's best tech gifts for the holidays
73 9 smart home gifts for a smarter smart home
74 NASA uses Google machine learning for exoplanet detection | ZDNet
75 In 2018, you'll be able throw more cords into your junk drawer
76 U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom
77 CNET on Twitter
78 Digital Trends on Twitter
79 iTunes Won't Launch in the Windows Store in 2017 After All
80 Don’t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns
81 iTunes won't be in the Microsoft Store this year | ZDNet
82 Saying goodbye to the proto-social network of AOL Instant Messenger
83 Erik Huggers is stepping down as CEO of Vevo
84 Graham Rapier on Twitter
85 State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal
86 Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us? | Facebook Newsroom
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89 Microsoft is Testing Xbox Party Chat in the iOS App
90 Norway Becomes First Country To Switch Off FM Radio - Slashdot
91 How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions
92 Mashable on Twitter
93 Alphabet wants to deliver Internet access via laser beams
94 Everything You Need to Know About Porgs
95 ProBeat: Net neutrality is not dead
96 Peter Jackson alleges Harvey Weinstein sabotaged careers of women who refused him
97 Trump loved net neutrality once upon a time
98 Microsoft patent points to folding dual-screen notebook