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Twitter is getting serious about its bot problem.

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Florida shooting conspiracy theories trend on YouTube, Facebook

Hogg, who is 17, is one of the organizers behind March for Our Lives, a  call to action on gun control after a former student  opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Since speaking out, Hogg has become the target of conspiracy theories flooding the internet, accusing him of being a "crisis actor," or someone paid to pretend to have been affected by a tragedy for political gain.

New Android enterprise program recommends best phones for businesses and professionals

According to the post, the Android Enterprise Recommended program lays out minimum hardware specs for Android 7.0 devices and later, and requires bulk device deployment support with zero-touch enrollment capabilities, a 90-day window for pushing security updates from Google (which must be maintained for three years), unlocked device availability, and a consistent app experience across profiles and devices.


Less productive tasks are not the same thing as distractions. RescueTime has a simple and smart feature for curbing unwanted behavior, such as getting sucked into distracting websites, too. A feature called FocusTime, when enabled, blocks your ability to access certain websites for a period of time you specify. It takes a little setting up and customization, but once it's ready to deploy, it's quite effective. As an example, let's say you want to to finish a report, and to make progress on it, you really need to focus hardcore for at least the next 30 minutes. Switch on FocusTime, and it can block you from looking at email, posting on Twitter, checking sports scores, or whatever other sites and activities you deem distracting.

Unpatched Windows 10 flaw: Google reveals 'high-severity' privilege escalation bug

The latest vulnerability, revealed by security researchers on Google's Project Zero team, allows an attacker to trick Windows 10 into giving full access to a file by manipulating how that file is handled by the OS.

Signal created a nonprofit with $50 million from WhatsApp cofounder

The funding will go toward improving Signal, expanding its team—which has been no larger than seven people since the app’s inception—and if Acton has his way, possibly developing other apps. “I’d like to see Signal continue to add features to the core messaging product and over time explore other ways that we can help people protect their privacy and their data,” he  told Wired .


Apple is seeking contracts to secure several thousand metric tons of cobalt a year for five years or longer, according to one of the people, declining to be named as the discussions are confidential. Its first discussions on cobalt deals with miners were more than a year ago, and it may end up deciding not to go ahead with any deal, another person said.

Ford president leaves the company over ‘inappropriate behavior’

Ford Motor Company President Raj Nair is leaving the company “effective immediately” after an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior. “Certain behavior by Nair was inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct,” the company writes in a statement. No further specifics were given about which parts of the company’s code of conduct were violated.

Former Google employee files lawsuit alleging the company fired him over pro-diversity posts

In a statement, Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano says Google was enforcing its policy against the promotion of harmful stereotypes. “An important part of our culture is lively debate. But like any workplace, that doesn’t mean anything goes. All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies, under which promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited” Scigliano says. “This is a very standard expectation that most employers have of their employees. The overwhelming majority of our employees communicate in a way that is consistent with our policies. But when an employee does not, it is something we must take seriously. We always make our decision without any regard to the employee’s political views.”

The major cyberthreats that macOS users should be worried about

Dettbarn: I think we all expect it's going to grow. This is not a provocative statement. The Mac in the enterprise is growing at a very fast rate. Apple was lucky to push out 25% growth of the Mac sales for the last year, and we see this growing in leaps and bounds. A lot of the users that are using the Macs are creatives, areas that hold intellectual property, and business owners. So, that C-suite and the level of information on these machines is of high value. So, maybe they're less of the population but people are really starting to target the Macs quite a bit.

Ex-Google engineer: I was fired for being too liberal

Through Chevalier’s conversations with his manager and Human Resources, he learned that Google defines appropriate workplace speech by the standard of what someone with a cisgender, heterosexual, white, male, upper-middle-class background would say. In truth, Google’s promise to allow its employees to freely speak their minds only applies to people who represent the majority viewpoint and use the majority’s rhetoric.

The 10 biggest breakthrough technologies of 2018... so far

MIT Technology Review's annual list of tech that will have a large impact on human life includes 3D metal printing, democratized AI, and online privacy that taps the blockchain.

Opinion: Killmonger's Rage Is the Hard Truth of Black Panther - IGN

Watching Michael B. Jordan’s powerful performance as Erik Killmonger reminded me of that trip and how, like the nation of Wakanda, I failed to use my resources to help someone in need. I began sympathizing with Erik for his tenacity and willingness to provide aid at any cost. Sure, it was the wrong way to go about it -- violence only begets more violence -- but from his point of view, Erik saw his quest for revenge as a necessary act. Because of my personal connection to his frustrations, he is the first villain I truly identify within the MCU. Sure, Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki has always been stellar, but it’s hard for me to relate to a demi-god with daddy issues.

To capture more of the desktop market, Linux needs to target the average user

This is crucial. For the longest time, the Linux community needed zealots—those ready to spread the word and fight the FUD being spewed by the likes of Microsoft. Those times are long gone, and now the Linux desktop no longer needs zealots, but users. It needs a community that doesn't bother mentioning the fact there's a command line. Instead it needs to show off all the glorious GUI tools available—tools like Firefox, LibreOffice, GIMP, Thunderbird, tools that actually allow users to do work or entertain themselves, without having to jump through hoops to get them working out of the box. The command line is, in no way, a part of that. In fact, the command line would be the very last thing an end user should need to touch. The CLI should be considered a last-ditch-effort to solve a problem, not a first line of defense. NOTE: That was not a metaphor.

43% of all online login attempts are made by hackers trying to break into your account

Content delivery network Akamai says nearly half of all online login attempts are performed by cybercriminals trying to break into accounts containing sensitive user data.

New Spectre fix from Intel will protect these recent PCs and servers

The new firmware will help protect systems running on sixth-, seventh- and eighth-generation Intel Core processors against Spectre variant 2 attacks. These processors can be found in Intel Core PCs made from 2015 through to 2018 and go under the codenames of Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Skylake.

Read the official FCC net neutrality repeal document and weep

Net neutrality is dead. And if it’s not, then it’s strapped into an electric chair minutes away from being executed. Unless you believe President Trump is going to pardon it at the last second, it’s time to move on .

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Even though the second one isn't out yet? oh ok then. Jumping ahead there aren't they. I enjoyed the first one tbh so I'm looking forward to seeing the second one for now.

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Ellen DeGeneres asked billionaire Bill Gates to guess the cost of food at a grocery store — and he was way off  by @thisisinsider

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Automakers and tech firms want high-definition maps to help robo-cars drive, but the best way to build them remains unclear. 

Snap Maps shows chilling view of gun control walkouts spreading across the country

High school students across the country walked out of school on Wednesday to protest inaction from politicians on gun control policy. The protests are a direct response to the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week that took 17 lives.

Alt-right leaders can no longer spread disinformation on Medium

Updated at 02/21/2018 5:05 PM: Following the publication of this story, Mike Cernovich posted a video entitled "Why I'm Suing Medium for Civil Rights Violations (Unruh Act)." In this video he claims that by suspending his account Medium has effectively discriminated against him for being a white man, and insists that despite the (supposedly) pending lawsuit, he's totally over Medium anyway, so it doesn't even matter.

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Funny?! There was subtle comic relief, but I don't think it was listed as a comedy. Wanna republish with a different adjective? I can see you getting some backlash on this one.

Third watchOS 4.3 developer beta available alongside iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 public test versions

Apple has issued the third developer's beta test version of watchOS 4.3, and has released public beta test versions of iOS 11.3, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

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New report on emerging AI risks paints a grim future

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Joss Whedon is coming back to write the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic

These are the best cities for women in tech

SmartAsset, a financial software and data firm, just completed its fourth annual analysis of Census Bureau data and found that overall, women are still underrepresented in tech jobs in the U.S. and earn, on average, less than their male counterparts in similar positions.

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I don't want to hear about your Iceland trip unless you come back with footage like this

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Here's your first, very serious look at Netflix's Lost in Space reboot

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That moment in ST:First Contact where Worf, commanding the heavily damaged USS Defiant, ponders aloud “perhaps today *is* a good day to die” before ordering ramming speed, just as the Enterprise drops out of warp, flies over it, and takes the Borg Cubes’ Fire.

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In this exclusive interview with @Apple CEO @tim_cook , he explains the culture and approach that led to iPhone X, Air Pods, Apple Watch 3, and HomePod. #FCMostInnovative

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Uber CEO Touts ‘Great’ Talks With Toyota CEO on Autonomous Cars

Apple Filing Suggests New iPad Launching in March

New device registrations by Apple discovered this week suggest that an iPad refresh is imminent, with March looking like the month an announcement and roll out will occur. We know this thanks to the way in which the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) regulates the sale of electronic products.

Roku Plummets After Missing First-Quarter Sales Forecast

Elon Musk is stepping down from the $1 billion AI organization he helped found

In a blog post published Tuesday, OpenAI said Musk was leaving its board , but will continue to provide funding and advice. "As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon," the post said. Musk's electric car company is investing in AI technology as it pushes to develop self-driving car technology.

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Are Ikea's $7 rechargeable batteries actually pricey Eneloop Pro AAs in disguise?

Spotify job ad confirms it’s getting serious about building hardware

So we don’t know a great deal about Spotify’s hardware aspirations. But we do know it’s looking to hire at least one person who will “define and drive the hardware operations process within Spotify” and “define and manage distribution, supply, logistics, fulfillment, and customer service for hardware products.”


What To Do When Popular Stress-Relief Advice Doesn’t Work For You

As Thomas Chamorro-Premuzic writes, some level of stress is good for humanity . “It’s only when we’re unhappy, even upset, about things that we will feel the urgency to act and create change.” So the next time you feel a dose of frustration and stress coming on, don’t try to fight it; just embrace the feeling and let it fuel you to do something productive. Your stress will likely go away faster, and you might just end up instigating some positive change in the world.

Cord-cutters are flocking to Sling TV, but its subscriber count holds good and bad news

Sling, which launched in early 2015, was the first of these services out of the gate. Still, its rate of growth over the last year may be a point of concern. By adding around 700,000 subscribers, Dish is maintaining Sling’s lead but not increasing the gap, especially compared to its former satellite rival DirecTV. Sling does have a price advantage over its competitors–its cheapest base package starts at $20 per month, versus $35 per month for DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue–but that might not matter much as more people seek to replace most of the channels they had in their cable bundles. JN

What To Do When Your Meeting Discussions Become Incoherent

You’re sitting in a meeting, and a colleague makes a long comment about a future plan. It starts off sensible enough, but after a moment or two he’s started going off on a tangent–or so it seems to you, anyway. You look around the table. Your other coworkers are still nodding sagely. Now the speaker is throwing out numbers and acronyms and terminology, most of which is soaring clear over your head. Are you just under-caffeinated? Did you miss something? Or is your coworker just speaking corporate gibberish to sound smart?

Intel ships (hopefully stable) microcode for Skylake, Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake

A new microcode for mainstream Skylake processors was released earlier this month . The latest microcode covers both Skylake variants, such as Skylake X (used in the newest Core X and Xeon-W processors), Skylake D (used in the latest Xeon D chips) and Skylake SP (used in Xeon Scalable Processor), and the post-Skylake mainstream chips, branded as 7th and 8th generation Core, and codenamed Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake.

NASA's Opportunity celebrates 5,000 days on Mars

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Who wants to live forever, asks the book Benedict Cumberbatch is bringing to the screen

Mostly, the lesson is about what a grind it is to live this long. Tom's heart is largely broken because his wife Rose died in the 16th century, and his daughter — who also showed signs of the long-lived disease — went missing at the same time. The promise of finding her is what kept him working for the secret society all those centuries.

How to set up a Google Classroom to train students, employees, or anyone who wants to learn

At this point, you'll want to manage the Class Drive Folder. This is where any assignment material will be stored. When you create a new assignment, any attachments to the assignment will be uploaded to that folder. If you go to Google Drive, and check out the sharing permissions of that folder, you will see that only teachers of the class will have access to the folder. You cannot (nor would you want to) give students access to the folder. The only way students can access files within the folder is through assignments. This folder is a good place to house resource materials for teachers of the class. I would suggest creating subfolders for that very purpose. To create subfolders, open up Google Drive, navigate into the Classroom folder and then into the folder for the class in question. Create subfolders in the same way you create folders within Google Drive.

“Black Panther” Is A Tipping Point That Can’t Be Ignored Or Explained Away

The dearth of black filmmakers in Hollywood’s biggest movies meant a proliferation of films where black people mainly portrayed athletes, musicians, gang members, cops, or slaves. The mid-range budget film has been dying a quiet death over the past decade, and with it have disappeared many of the romantic comedies and character-driven movies that let black people simply exist onscreen. Movies such as  Waiting to Exhale , Jason’s Lyric , and Love Jones , which all came out during the ’90s, could probably never get made today. But we’re finally starting to see more possibilities of what could be made instead.

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The Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer re-cut to the Beastie Boys has no right to be this great

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Detroit stays quiet while Apple and BMW line up metal supplies for batteries

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