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11 weird and awkward moments from two days of Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional hearing

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Fortnite on iOS gets Port-a-Fort, squad commands and more

Fortnite Battle Royale’s weekly content update has rolled out on iOS, adding the new Port-a-Fort grenade, squad commends, and more.

Zuckerberg doesn’t want to talk about changing the business model

Facebook is testifying once again before congress about the Cambridge Analytica debacle and Facebook’s privacy policy in general. One representative in particular nailed down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s position on many subjects. The U.S. Representative for California’s 18th congressional …

This Radio Hacker Could Hijack Citywide Emergency Sirens to Play Any Sound

Balint Seeber found that cities around the US are leaving their emergency siren radio communication systems unencrypted and vulnerable to spoofing.

Watch Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony live right here

Mark Zuckerberg today begins his second day of testimony. The Facebook CEO spent more than five hours yesterday answering the questions of U.S. Senators, and will now testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As was the case with the Senate, we expect to hear plenty about the Cambridg…

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How to check if your Facebook data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica

Based on Facebook’s findings, the page will update to answer the question “Was My Information Shared?” Note that the result is only specific to Cambridge Analytica obtaining data from the app “This Is Your Digital Life” — the quiz app developed by university researcher Dr. Aleksandr Kogan. It is certainly possible that your Facebook data was compromised in another way, by Cambridge Analytica or by a different firm (indeed, Facebook has already suspended two more companies: CubeYou and AggregateIQ).

Instagram will soon let users download a copy of their data

Instagram is building its own data portability tool which will allow users to download a copy of everything they’ve ever shared on the platform, similar to how Facebook’s download your information tool works. The platform confirmed the news to TechCrunch .

Facebook drops opposition to California's proposed privacy law

The social networking company, along with Google and Comcast, have contributed $200,000 each since February to a campaign to defeat the California Consumer Privacy Act. The bill would require companies to disclose the type of personal data they gather and give people the right to prevent businesses from selling their personal data.

Congressman presses Zuckerberg on Facebook’s poor diversity record

Clarke pointed to how Russian misinformation had attempted to stoke “racial and religious division and chaos” and asked Zuckerberg if the lack of diversity in his own C-suite had made this possible. Zuckerberg again acknowledged that lack of diversity was a problem but said that “in this case” it was not a factor, because “we were slow to identify the whole Russian misinformation situation” in general.

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New alerts in macOS 10.13.4 signal the upcoming end of 32-bit app support

Spring Sale: Buy two Casetify Apple Watch bands, save 20%

Now’s the perfect opportunity to up your Apple Watch style game and swap out that old strap for something fresh. Enter Casetify’s collection of fun and super stylish Apple Watch bands in Stainless Steel Mesh, Woven Nylon and the artist-inspired line of Saffiano Leather bands.

Apple picks Oliver Schusser to head up Apple Music worldwide

Apple has promoted Oliver Schusser to the position of VP of Apple Music & International Content, effectively putting him in charge of Apple Music globally.


Why AI isn’t going to solve Facebook’s fake news problem

The challenges of building an automated fake news filter with artificial intelligence are numerous. From a technical perspective, AI fails on a number of levels because it just can’t understand human writing the way humans do. It can pull out certain facts and do a crude sentiment analysis (guessing whether a piece of content is “happy” or “angry” based on keywords), but it can’t understand subtleties of tone, consider cultural context, or ring someone up to corroborate information. And even if it could do all this, which would knock out the most obvious misinformation and hoaxes, it would eventually run up against edge cases that confuse even humans. If people on the left and the right can’t agree on what is and is not “fake news,” there’s no way we can teach a machine to make that judgement for us.

Mark Zuckerberg says he's 'not familiar' with so-called shadow profiles

Mark Zuckerberg says he's 'not familiar' with so-called shadow profiles

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Day two of Mark Zuckerberg's grilling in Washington, DC, was more aggressive than the first. Here are some of the key points from the Facebook CEO's testimony. 

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Google's Phone app is getting the power to send spam calls straight to voicemail

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: How to use Focus Assist

A walkthrough of how to set up Windows 10 to never bother you unnecessarily again.

Tesla Model Y enters production in Nov. 2019, report claims

If Model Y is coming as early as next year, it begs the question of when Tesla will start work on production examples of its electric Semi big-rig and the blisteringly quick Roadster successor. It doesn't appear that Tesla is adding any factories in the near future, and it's already having a jolly ol' time trying to ramp up Model 3 production alongside Model S and Model X production.

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This is the first FDA-approved AI device to provide a vision screening decision without the need for an ophthalmologist to interpret the image or results. 

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Markets indicate Facebook's growth has peaked as Zuckerberg testifies

Second 'Destiny 2' expansion, 'Warmind,' lands May 8th

Bungie promised two Destiny 2 expansions in the MMO-like shooter's first year, and we now know when that second add-on will arrive. Warmind is slated to arrive on May 8th, with more details arriving in a Twitch stream on April 24th. There's virtually nothing else to share about the DLC, but the title speaks volumes: it's clearly going to focus on the interplanetary AI systems (such as Rasputin and Charlemagne) humanity counted on for defense in its glory days.

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The TVs of 2018 are here! Now wait for the price drops

The outlook: Here's a wild card: Hisense's best 2018 TV is the H10E, which only comes in a 75-inch size and offers not only quantum dot tech, but more than 1,000 zones of full-array local dimming. It also offers the Android TV operating system and compatibility with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Indonesia's Newest Unicorn Now Wants to Take on the Big Boys

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Medieval cheater’s dice with two fours and fives found in Norway

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Hot off horror hit A Quiet Place, John Krasinski is turning to scifi next

How to add a stack of recent documents to your Mac's Dock | Cult of Mac

The recent documents folder is worth the price of this tip alone (which is $0 BTW), because it keeps track of all your recently-used documents, anywhere on your Mac, and gathers them into one place. If you’re the kind of person who has a desktop cluttered with pretty much all your documents, then fast access to that file you were using one moment ago — and you swear it was right here, oh God where has it gone — is a lifesaver.

PUBG Is Free to Play on Xbox One Next Week

In other Xbox news, Microsoft this week announced plans to add 19 more original Xbox games to the Xbox One backward compatibility library later this month. The list of titles releasing on April 17 includes: Blinx: The Time Sweeper, Breakdown, Conker: Live & Reloaded, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Hunter: The Reckoning, Jade Empire, Panzer Dragoon Orta, and SSX 3. A second batch will release on April 26, including: Destroy All Humans!, Full Spectrum Warrior, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, MX Unleashed, Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and Star Wars Republic Commando.

Apple might be losing its lead in augmented reality to China | Cult of Mac

“I view AR as profound,” he said. “Not today, not the app you’ll see on the App Store today, but what it will be, what it can be, I think it’s profound. And I think Apple is in a really unique position to lead in this area.”

Why that photo of Zuck’s notes is more revealing than the entire Senate hearing

Just as Mark Zuckerberg was winding down his appearance before the Senate’s Commerce Committee yesterday, a photo started making the rounds on Twitter. At some point during the five-hour saga, AP photographer Andy Harnik took a shot that happened to capture a few pages of the Facebook CEO’s notes, which reveal how his team of hundreds of advisers and consultants prepped him to answer what they expected would be uncomfortable questions–such as whether Facebook is a monopoly, if Zuckerberg should resign, and why the company’s workforce lacks diversity.

GIF search is coming to LinkedIn messaging through Google’s GIF engine Tenor

Tenor is going to exclusively power the GIF search engine, which is going to be another pretty substantial win for Google as it looks to expand its search capabilities into other areas of the Internet — even if it’s just a consumer-oriented GIF format. Tenor can places sponsored GIFs inside its quick search interface, offering brands a unique opportunity to capture the attention of users as well as creating a new advertising category that could be very appealing for larger marketers. Google, at its heart, is an advertising business and finding these new use cases (even if it doesn’t plan to get started on them right away) is something that would fit neatly inside its model.

Prepare your inboxes: Gmail on the web is getting a redesign

In addition to a new look, Gmail on the web is set to get some new features. Most notably Smart Reply, snoozing and offline support are all on the way.

WeWork Is Acquiring China’s Naked Hub for $400 Million

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Hulu and Spotify offer a cost-saving dual subscription for $12.99 per month

Too much screen time? This eyewear startup may have a $95 solution

Spending so much time in front of screens is hurting our eyes. According to The Vision Council , a full 60.5% of Americans report experiencing the symptoms of digital eye strain, which range from dry eyes to headaches to blurred vision to neck and shoulder pain.

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New evidence shows even mild concussions can raise risk for dementia

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These are the five states where adulthood has gotten deadlier

No, Zuckerberg can’t lie to Congress just because he’s not under oath

By far the broadest federal statute criminalizing lying is 18 U.S.C. § 1001, which makes it a crime to “knowingly and willfully . . . make[] any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation” in the course of “any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch” of the federal government. There’s no requirement that the statement be under oath.

Product Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: 15 photos of the new color

You can outfit your new red iPhone 8 or 8 Plus in a matching Product Red case – or give an existing iPhone 8 the new hue. This is ideal for early adopters who already bought an iPhone 8 in a different color.

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What to know about the four types of income-driven repayment plans:

Forget HomePod: Check out new Ikea Eneby speaker [Cult of Mac]

Ikea’s new Eneby speaker may not pack the smarts of a HomePod or an Amazon Echo, but it’s great-looking and it’s pretty cheap. The new range of Ikea Bluetooth speakers starts at $49. If all you want is a nice, easy speaker for the living room, kitchen, or even the backyard, you should take a look.

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Windows 10 revisits 1990: Now you can run Windows 3.0's open-sourced File Manager | ZDNet

For Windows NT 4.0 Microsoft rewrote 16-bit File Manager as a 32-bit application, while Wittenberg's work enabled it to run on 64-bit Windows with Visual Studio (VS) 2015 and 2017 support. This version of the source code is referred to as "original_plus".

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Warren Ellis' freaky scifi comic series Injection gets optioned for TV

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"Knowing you’ve done the right thing should be reward enough when you help others."

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Tig Notaro is boarding Star Trek: Discovery

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The cloud and hybrid IT are the greatest challenges for IT pros when it comes to implementation and day-to-day performance, according to SolarWinds. 

Transcript of Zuckerberg’s appearance before House committee

What you're not really willing to accept is that your data's just out there, and it -- it's being used. But it's being used in the -- in the right way, and it's -- it's funny, because I was going to ask this question anyway. My -- my friend and I (ph) was planning a family trip to Florida, and I searched a town in Florida, and all of a sudden, I started getting ads for a brand of hotel that I typically stay in, and a great hotel at the price available to the public, because it was on the internet, that I was willing to pay and stay there. So I thought it was actually convenient. Instead of getting just an ad to someplace I'll never go, I got an ad specifically to a place I was -- I was looking to go, so I thought that was convenient. And it wasn't Facebook, although my wife used Facebook to message my mother-in-law this weekend for where we're meeting up, so it's very valuable. We get to do that for free, because your business model relies on consumer-driven data.

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Quebec could well become the new global hub of cryptocurrency mining, raising questions about how well the grid can sustain these energy demands, particularly in the winter. 

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There's still time to contribute to your IRA to save some money on your 2017 taxes

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumored to have a massive 4,000mAh battery

The Note 8 arrived with a palm-stretching 6.3-inch screen, thus necessitating two-hand use for most of us. Whether it's because of a bigger battery, or simply the desire to outdo itself, the company may add even more size to the Note 9 by including a 6.4-inch display.

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