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Scientists accidentally produce an enzyme that devours plastic

Speaking to The Guardian , Professor John McGeehan, who led the research from the University of Portsmouth, said the discovery was "a bit of a shock," but that it could have a significant impact on the mounting global plastics problem. PET bottles that are currently recycled can only be turned into fibers for clothing and carpets. The mutant enzyme could be used to turn plastic back into its original components. "It means we won't need to dig up any more oil and, fundamentally, it should reduce the amount of plastic in the environment," said McGeehan.

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Tesla has suspended Model 3 production . . . again

The suspension is expected to last four to five days with Tesla employees expected to use vacation days or simply stay at home with no pay.

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Report: Apple is planning to launch a news subscription service

The company will launch the premium subscription service in an attempt to generate more revenue from online content and services, reports Bloomberg . The service will reportedly use technology from Texture, a magazine subscription service Apple bought last month. Apple will integrate Texture’s technology into the Apple News app with a premium subscription to the service giving users access to digital magazines. Revenue will be shared among magazine publishers that agree to be part of the new service. There’s no word on what the news service could cost, but Texture gave users access to over 200 publications for $9.99 a month. Apple’s news subscription service is expected to launch within the next year. MG

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Terrifying images emerge after Southwest plane makes emergency landing

One passenger, Marty Martinez of Dallas, went live on Facebook ahead of the emergency landing. Though much of the video is garbled, the video shows Martinez wearing an oxygen mask. In the comments, he shared harrowing details from the moment after the window shattered next to a passenger.

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The Verge on Twitter

@Microsoft need to stop funking with peoples firmware! Stop the O/S updates entirely actually. Windows 8 was a POS but Windows 10 is a nightmare. They going to loose a lot of custom over this.

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

The fastest way to share someone else’s Tweet with your followers is with a Retweet. Tap the icon to send it instantly.

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Techmeme on Twitter

Docs and emails show Cambridge Analytica's plans, now on hold, to launch its own ICO for a token aiming to help people store and sell their online personal data (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/technology/cambridge-analytica-initial-coin-offering.html … http://www.techmeme.com/180417/p29#a180417p29 …

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Every Starbucks in the U.S. is closing for an afternoon for racial bias training

Last weekend, two black men in Philadelphia were arrested in a Starbucks for sitting at a table. This turned into a media firestorm, highlighting injustices people of color face every day–even when they’re just sitting quietly at a café.

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Now Steven Spielberg is making a DC movie

Besides, Blackhawk looks like it won't be ready for a little while yet. There's no start date or release date. Plus, Warner Bros. already has plenty of other DC projects in the pipeline including a Birds of Prey film , which picked up a new director earlier today.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Director John Ridley talks about making a movie of his own comic, The American Way http://gizmo.do/9OZq53t  pic.twitter.com/8HKo52o7r4

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How to tell if Agile is the right project management style for your business

The methodology is more of a philosophy than a prescription, and there are different ways of approaching it. For most companies, the question is no longer, "Should we use Waterfall or Agile for this project?" but instead, "Which Agile framework and practices can be applied to produce the highest value?" Hyde said. "The skill is choosing between frameworks and tailoring them to enable high-performance teams to deliver frequent value for the business reliably," he added.

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Electric scooter permits will be required in San Francisco

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to approve the ordinance that looks to regulate electric scooters in San Francisco. The ordinance seeks to establish regulation and a permitting process that would enable the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency or Department of Public Works to take action against scooters from companies that don’t have an official permit from the city.

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The Verge on Twitter

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Eli Blumenthal on Twitter

#BREAKING Taxpayers to get an extension after IRS website suffers technical difficulties on #TaxDay https://usat.ly/2qD8st0  via @usatoday @KevinMcCoyNYC

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Twitter thinks it's cracked the case of who threatened Stormy Daniels

All jokes aside, Daniels and her attorney are actively pursuing the threat and intimidation, especially as it relates to Trump and the payout Daniels received from Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in the fall of 2016 before the election.

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Ajit Pai’s FCC broadband adviser arrested on fraud charges

"The membership structure and meeting format of the BDAC has skewed the drafting of the proposed recommendations towards industry priorities without regard for a true public-private partnership," Gamino wrote. "These circumstances give me no choice but to step away from this committee in order to direct the City's energy and resources to alternative forums that provide more productive opportunities for achieving the kind of cooperative progress in advancing broadband deployment in the public interest."

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

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The Verge on Twitter

Cambridge Analytica used other quizzes to gather Facebook data, former employee testifies https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/17/17246928/cambridge-analytica-facebook-quizzes-data?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/0ElVee6W7u

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The Verge on Twitter

Alrighty then to me CoD's have been a multiplayer with a campaign on the side since the first MW. There's plenty of good fps single player games out there but CoD's aren't those.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Russia blocks millions of Amazon and Google IPs in bungled attempt to ban Telegram http://gizmo.do/o3ZxSpp  pic.twitter.com/YWuUkwXDWV

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

Facebook to face class action over facial recognition https://usat.ly/2JTKuSG  pic.twitter.com/P1VH3ROwPj

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The Verge on Twitter

Boosted’s first short electric skateboard starts at $749 https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/4/17/17246404/boosted-mini-electric-skateboard-plus-stealth-specs-price?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/2yDwHx4nMv

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Russia wants Apple to pull Telegram from local App Store | Cult of Mac

Russia’s state telecommunications regulator wants Apple and Google to remove the Telegram messenger app service from their respective app stores.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

The Harley Quinn spinoff Birds of Prey has found its director in indie filmmaker Cathy Yan http://gizmo.do/yrmZTs0  pic.twitter.com/V0hVhs0mLy

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Microsoft says its new Linux-based OS will secure IoT devices for a decade

The OS is one part of Azure Sphere, a new service that Microsoft says will secure IoT devices from their manufacture through to the end of their 10-year lifetime.

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IRS' direct online payment system goes down on tax day

Whatever the cause, the failure underscores the challenges of offering such a vital government service online. The IRS' Direct Pay system not only has to cope with tremendous demand from taxpayers (5 million people filed returns at the last moment in 2017), but protect against hacks and brute force denial-of-service attacks. That's a daunting challenge for any organization -- and when the IRS has a less than stellar track record on this front, it's no exception to the rule.

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Apple Seeds iOS 11.4 Beta 2 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Seeded]

This upcoming software comes just a short while after Apple publicly released iOS 11.3, which brought with it ARKit 1.5, new Animoji, the battery health feature for iOS devices, and more. As a result, it is likely that iOS 11.4 does not bear any major forward facing features for the end user, and is more than likely meant to address behind-the-scenes issues, especially any that might have cropped up since the public launch of iOS 11.3 last week.

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You can now buy the Fitbit Versa smartwatch

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Created with artificial intelligence, this "new" Grimm's fairy tale is strange but magical http://gizmo.do/Pd3PiKp  pic.twitter.com/R0ICPmjl28

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Cracking Open the Apple HomePod reveals a mix of iPhone chips

Apple's HomePod delivers superb sound quality, gives you access to Siri without using your iPhone, and lets you control your smart home devices through HomeKit. The $349 (£319, AU$499) smart speaker has a 4-inch high-excursion woofer, seven horn-loaded tweeters, and a six-microphone array (there's a seventh microphone). It offers both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. To find out how Apple packed all this tech into a cylindrical speaker that resembles a 2013 Mac Pro (the trash can Mac) wrapped in cloth mesh, we cracked open the HomePod.

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The best Apple Pencil apps that aren’t for drawing | Cult of Mac

Given the number of PDF apps for the iPad, it may seem odd that I’m picking the native Files app here, but it’s the one I use. To mark up a PDF in Files app, you just start drawing on it. That’s it! There’s no need to enter an edit mode, or anything like that. Just tap the Apple Pencil onto the PDF you’re viewing in Files app, and you will draw a line. If you need to switch to a different pen, or change color, or add fancier markup, tap the little Markup icon at the top right of the screen.

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Many Popular Android Apps Illegally Tracking Kids, Study Finds

The study from researchers at the International Computer Science Institute revealed that 57 percent of the 5,855 most popular free Android children's apps "are potentially in violation" of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ( COPPA ), primarily due to their use of third-party software development kits.

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The League’s algorithm quickly matched Wood, who’d been working in sales at Google and had just been admitted to Stanford University’s business school, with Tracy Thomas, an employee at a Bay Area startup with a wardrobe straight out of preppy clothier Vineyard Vines. Within a week, they’d arranged to meet at a tennis tournament. Sushi, drinks, and frozen yogurt followed. Three years later, they’re engaged and living in Los Angeles while Thomas wraps up his own business degree. “It was important to me that someone I was going on a date with was well-educated and driven, and had a lot of the same goals I did,” says Wood, who now runs a lifestyle blog and coaching service called Brains Over Blonde. “I have big career ambitions, and that had, in the past, intimidated—scared away—people I’d dated.”

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Our first look at Riverdale's take on Carrie: The Musical is as fabulous as you'd dreamed http://gizmo.do/a7JRrtR  pic.twitter.com/FRtLKi8msk

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How to Master iOS 11's New Control Center

With iOS 11 , Apple tweaks the Control Center so it now appears as a floating array of buttons, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness, Volume, and Music. Now you can also add certain icons to or remove them from Control Center so your favorite items appear. Let's check out the new Control Center to see how you can use it and tweak it.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Shady-ass Cambridge Analytica was reportedly developing a shady-ass cryptocoin http://gizmo.do/V6Hk5Jt  pic.twitter.com/hmrdrHBbXt

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The next big Castlevania game is an iOS exclusive | Cult of Mac

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is the next chapter in this side-scrolling game series. It’s the first new installment since 2014, and will only be for iOS.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Computer model offers new insights into Yellowstone’s dreaded supervolcano http://gizmo.do/NxDN7oh  pic.twitter.com/UriOCjKo6n

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Ketamine nasal spray relieves suicidal thoughts, but doctors worry about abuse risk http://gizmo.do/SmX3Np3  pic.twitter.com/FfmfjEpZWf

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Hate TurboTax? Here are 6 alternatives to the dreaded software

It’s Tax Day, which means you have either submitted your tax forms and are downing milkshakes to dull the pain, or you just realized it’s Tax Day and are now frantically Googling “How late can you file your taxes?”

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How to change your iPhone passcode so the cops can't hack it | Cult of Mac

Picking a good passphrase is beyond the scope of this article. But once you have one that is both secure, and that you can remember, type it in. Then type it in again when prompted. You are now protected against cops using GrayKey. Instead of cracking your passcode in a matter of hours or days, they will now take weeks or months, or longer.

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The Verge on Twitter

IRS e-filing system goes down on day of tax deadline https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/17/17248564/irs-direct-pay-online-payment-system-still-down-tax-day-filing?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/3CnMnaXfLO

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Mutated plastic-munching enzyme accidentally created during lab experiment http://gizmo.do/MrH0VXD  pic.twitter.com/FZuPjNJHhA

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Apple doubles down on AI in Seattle | Cult of Mac

Public records show that Apple now has about 70,000 square feet of office space leased at the Seattle location. It’ll have to buy up a lot more space if it wants to catch up to Google though.  The search giant employs nearly 3,000 people in the area. Facebook has space for about 3,000 workers too.

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Kanye West has finally returned to Twitter to share some more sage advice

"Try to avoid any contractual situation where you are held back from your ideas," he continued before dropping some very relatable Kanye proverbs: "distraction is the enemy of vision," and "sometimes you have to get rid of everything."

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Lifehacker on Twitter

Here's how to make sure a budget or foreign airline is safe: http://lifehac.kr/LeER6AT  pic.twitter.com/znXkgnF7La

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How the 'PayPal Mafia' redefined success in Silicon Valley

The PayPal Mafia—a term that's used with affection and awe in Silicon Valley—is defined as the Mountain View PayPal team either pre-IPO or pre-acquisition, depending on which founding member you ask. While those may seem like vastly different stages in a company's life, it's more like splitting hairs, as PayPal's IPO happened only a few months before it was acquired. Former PayPal CEO Peter Thiel estimates the PayPal Mafia to be around 220 people. The PayPal Mafia does not include the 700 person customer service operation that was running in Omaha, Nebraska at the time.

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Would you wear Transitions contact lenses?

"While outdoors the level of activation is always changing in response to the light, so in most situations the lens isn’t in the darkest state. These lenses also fade back to clear quickly when you come inside. The activation and fade rates of ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions® will typically be faster than glasses due to consistent human body temperature and the optimized photochromic additive. Because these lenses are constantly maintained at eye temperature, environmental temperature would have a minimal effect with on-eye photochromic performance (activation, darkness, and fade rates)."

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Duck of the Day is the most pleasant Twitter account around

The solution is Duck of the Day. A perfect Twitter account, Duck of the Day serves up an enjoyable image of a duck each day around the same time. The ducks hail from the University of York in England, and have been gracing feeds around the world since 2009. (There's also an official Duck of the Day website .)

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More Microsoft reorg moves shed light on cross-platform experience plans | ZDNet

Separately, I also heard from one of my contacts that Microsoft has moved the Skype consumer team under Outlook as part of phase 2 of the latest reorg. Gaurav Sareen is the Corporate Vice President currently in charge of Outlook, Yammer and Office 365 Groups. He is expected to add Skype consumer to his responsibilities, I believe.

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56 Samsung will start OLED production for next-gen iPhones next month | Cult of Mac
57 The Verge on Twitter
58 One of Beyoncé's backup dancers predicted he would perform with the Queen exactly two years ago
59 Why router-based attacks could be the next big trend in cybersecurity
60 Gizmodo on Twitter
61 Reddit dude's Photoshopped birthday party is the ultimate 'tag yourself'
62 Gizmodo on Twitter
63 Now you can buy a Pornhub subscription with cryptocurrency
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65 More than 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air
66 IRS E-File system crashes on Tax Day
67 WIREDTransport on Twitter
68 Computerworld on Twitter
69 Tesla aiming to build 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by end-June: report
70 Bloomberg Crypto on Twitter
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73 IRS digital tax filing systems mostly down, as midnight deadline approaches
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76 Huawei cuts staff amid mounting US government pressure
77 Mashable on Twitter
78 Would You Pay $11 for Facebook Subscription?
79 Gizmodo on Twitter
80 Software developers are changing: They want to learn in different ways | ZDNet
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82 Where's the 'edge' in edge computing? Why it matters, and how we use it | ZDNet
83 Techmeme on Twitter
84 Microsoft releases another Windows 10 'Redstone 4' test build with 'reliability' fixes | ZDNet
85 Will GTA 6 Be A PlayStation 5 Game?
86 GDPR Compliance: For many companies, it might be time to panic | ZDNet
87 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
88 This is how it feels to face a major cyber attack | ZDNet
89 Supreme Court drops Microsoft data privacy case, but the battle isn't over | ZDNet
90 Hackers are using botnets to take the hard work out of breaking into networks
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