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University of Michigan launches its own self-driving shuttle service

The University of Michigan is trialling its own self-driving shuttle service, taking students on a two-mile trip between two campuses.

Watch SpaceX launch and land a recycled Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon

This afternoon, SpaceX is set to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time ever. The rocket will take off from SpaceX’s launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and it’s sending a...

Jimmy Kimmel had a serious chat with some kids about the GOP health care bill

"How come if I lose, I don't get healthcare?"

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is coming to PS4 next week

The enhanced version of Call of Duty 4 is now a standalone title — at least on PS4. Today Activision announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available on Sony’s console on...

Mozilla offering $2M to anyone who can decentralize the web

This is not a Silicon Valley plot line. Mozilla wants to make a free and accessible internet for everyone.

Watch this guy play Super Mario Bros. IRL in Central Park using HoloLens

Super Mario Bros. is iconic, so it's a natural target for augmented reality development, where everything nostalgic is new again. This demo, created by..

Scientists think there’s a Mars-shaped object lurking in the solar system past Neptune

Scientists may have uncovered a planet lurking in the dark, all the way out past Neptune. Kathryn Volk and Renu Mal

Evil Russian geniuses created a fidget spinner out of cars

Fidget spinners are here to stay.

Binary Capital partner Justin Caldbeck takes leave of absence after sexual harassment allegations

Yesterday, the Information published a report documenting allegations from six women who accused venture capitalist

Watch SpaceX launch a used rocket and attempt an extra-tricky landing

SpaceX is planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a first stage that has previously been used to deliver satellites into space. The launch -- carrying the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria's history - is expected to be deployed around 12:10 p.m. PT and will be streamed live on YouTube and a site SpaceX has set up here.

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Google Says It Will Stop Scanning Your Emails to Serve Ads

Gmail is free, in part because Google has always scanned the contents of users’ inboxes in order to serve targeted ads. It’s a sleazy business model, but Google certainly isn’t alone: Most other free email services (and, hi, social media platforms) do the same thing.

Watch SpaceX launch and land a reused Falcon 9 rocket

This mission is called BulgariaSat-1 and will carry Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite into a high geostationary orbit around the Earth. It's launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and a drone ship called "Of Course I Still Love You" will be waiting in the Atlantic Ocean for the Falcon 9's first-stage landing. If things don't go as planned, there's another launch window tomorrow at 2:10 PM ET.

Why Competitive Video Gaming Is the Hot New Thing

The players participate in leagues with team franchises and media deals. They display their skills in sold-out arenas as millions of fans watch online. There are superstars and big-name sponsors. No, it’s not the National Football League or the Premier League -- it’s competitive video gaming, or what’s become known as esports. Once a niche world of small online communities, esports are fast becoming a billion-dollar global industry. Advertisers clamor for a shot at the lucrative young, male demographic. Investors are snapping up teams. Now, esports are looking to shed a "Wild West" reputation by adopting a more structured industry model and attracting more investment.

32TB of Windows 10 internal builds, core source code leak online

In addition to this, top-secret builds of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, none of which have been released to the public, have been leaked among copies of officially released versions. The confidential Windows team-only internal builds were created by Microsoft engineers for bug-hunting and testing purposes, and include private debugging symbols that are usually stripped out for public releases.

Johnny Depp would like to apologize for that 'bad joke' about Donald Trump's assassination

“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official,” a statement provided to multiple outlets read.

iPhone: Best and worst features of the past 10 years - TechRepublic

The iPhone's switch from its traditional 30-pin connector to the Lightning jack, introduced with the iPhone 5, was almost as bad an adjustment. Suddenly, all the power charges, connectors, and third-party docks, including music speakers, iPhone users had purchased over the years were obsolete. While the iPhone's elimination of the traditional 3.5mm audio jack stands as a continuing annoyance, the 30-pin-to-Lightning-connector evolution at least permitted new iPhones to be thinner. That said, don't get too attached to all your Lightning chargers and connectors—someday Apple may replace future iPhones' Lightning connectors with USB-C ports.

Beware this Android banking malware posing as a software update | ZDNet

Uncovered by researchers at Zscaler Threatlabz, this version of the banking trojan is using new lure techniques to spread infections, including adult content and links taking advantage of hype around new mobile games. All of the malware downloads are accessed from third-party sites and not via the official Google Play store.

Microsoft says "no known ransomware" runs on Windows 10 S — so we tried to hack it

But given the dangers associated with macros, Word's "protected view" blocks macros from running when a file is downloaded from the internet or received as an email attachment. To get around that restriction, Hickey downloaded the malicious Word document he built from a network share, which Windows considers a trusted location, giving him permission to run the macro, so long as he enabled it from a warning bar at the top of the screen. The document could easily point an arrow to the bar, telling the user to disable protected mode to see the contents of the document -- a common social engineering technique used in macro-based ransomware. (If he had physical access to the computer, he could have also run the file from a USB stick, but he would have to manually unblock the file from the file's properties menu -- as easy as clicking a checkbox.)

Facebook’s latest app is designed just for video creators

Just like Mentions, the new video creation app is said to feature access to Facebook Live plus a new "creative kit" that includes tools like special intros and outros to videos, custom stickers, custom frames and more. Since the app is geared towards celebs, it'll also have a Community tab, where the rich and famous can interact with their fans and followers on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

Female founders accuse VC Justin Caldbeck of making unwanted advances

In a statement responding to The Information’s story, Caldbeck said: “Obviously, I am deeply disturbed by these allegations. While significant context is missing from the incidents reported by The Information, I deeply regret ever causing anyone to feel uncomfortable. The fact is that I have been privileged to have worked with female entrepreneurs throughout my career and I sincerely apologize to anyone who I made uncomfortable by my actions. There’s no denying this is an issue in the venture community, and I hate that my behavior has contributed to it.”


Uber's Happy Days are Still a Long Way Off

And this monstrous news cycle isn't going to calm down anytime soon. First of all, the company needs to hire a CEO, COO, CFO, CMO, GC and an independent board chair. That's a lot of recruiting to do.

Panasonic Joins Push to Put Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs

The latest Prius is the first mass-produced model to be outfitted with solar panels that provide juice for the car’s main battery, according to Toyota. Because of seasonal variations in sunlight, the amount of charge will fluctuate, meaning the average distance traveled on a single charge will range from an average of 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) to 6.1 kilometers depending on the time of year.

iPad Pro 10.5 inch: Back on an Apple computing device, but not the one I anticipated | ZDNet

On launch day I ordered a 256GB Wi-Fi model, but switched to a 64GB cellular one yesterday because I remember how useful integrated LTE was on my last iPad. Even though I can tether a phone, it is still more convenient to have LTE on the iPad itself. I've been using the iPad Pro 10.5 for several days and am pleased to have an Apple computing device, besides my iPhone 7 Plus, back in my hands.

3 critical challenges your business incubator should solve

The Alpha program is built with the sole purpose of providing the initial support to entrepreneurs who are getting started, a little stuck on their next step or looking to enter the San Francisco / Silicon Valley ecosystem. Alpha’s focus is on Internet of Things (IoT) startups and provides office space in downtown San Francisco along with access to an exclusive global network of mentors, investors and corporate partners. The program is three months in duration for $2,000 USD and has been designed with data from working with over 100 top global IoT startups. No matter your stage, if you’re looking for support or growing your network strategically–and you want to be at the center of the action– join Alpha today .

Justin Trudeau's socks demand the world's attention

We've got double the fun in this pic. Trudeau is wearing a lively red and white pair, while also showing off a pair he was gifted with Kelly and Ryan's faces on them.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 launches late September for nearly €1,000

Samsung is making preparations to launch its most expensive cellphone yet, telling partners that its Galaxy Note8 will retail for €999. The 6.3-inch device, with the same edge-to-edge, 18.5:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display as in the Galaxy S8 lineup , will be unveiled in the second half of September, an individual briefed on the company’s plans told VentureBeat .

Nokia rebrands all Withings products a year after acquisition

Nokia has rebranded all Withings products and will be retiring the brand, a year after acquiring the French health-tech company for $191 million.

​Google now removes medical records from search results | ZDNet

While removing medical records from Google results won't remove private records from the web, Google is so central that it will have an impact in instances where medical records are leaked online.


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Airbnb is trialling split payments so you don’t lose friends over your booking

This new feature takes away all that hassle, and it also means that one person isn’t being saddled with the burden of making a hefty initial down payment. This could also be a boon for property owners, allowing more expensive properties that a single person wouldn’t have been able to afford to make payment on to be comfortably split. 

FCC grants OneWeb approval to launch over 700 satellites for ‘space internet’

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has released a statement announcing that the commission has granted OneWeb approval for US market access to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb, which is backed in part by Richard Branson, has been working on providing broadband internet via satellite since 2000, when it acquired the satellite spectrum formerly owned by SkyBridge.

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This is the best phone you can’t buy

The Mi 6 has a 5.15-inch screen with a 1080-pixel display that looks good to the naked eye. Pixel density isn't as sharp on paper as the Galaxy S8, but my eyes didn't strain trying to read news stories or social media updates. Colors pop, and while it has a maximum brightness of 600 nits, it goes all the way down to one at night, helping you not strain your eye. The phone won't take a long dunking like the Galaxy S8 or LG G6, but it is splash-proof, so you shouldn't worry too much about small spills.

Twitch's latest marathon is a a six-day 'MST3K' binge

Netflix dropped 20 classic episodes earlier this year as a teaser for the new season, but Twitch is a particularly apt platform for the show, allowing the audience to access both live and on-demand content accompanied by real-time chat from other viewers. So if you're about watching someone watch a movie and sharing your thoughts about their thoughts with others watching the same thing -- a kind of TV-ception, if you will -- then this is for you.

Satellogic raises $27M for affordable, high-resolution imaging satellites

Space tech company Satellogic has raised $27 million in a Series B round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent, and with participation by CrunchFund (disclosure: co-founded by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington). The company also launches its sixth micro-satellite into orbit on June 15, aboard a Long March-4B rocket that took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Parrot Bebop 2: The FPV drone for work? - TechRepublic

When I got my hands on the Bebop 2, the first thought I had was that to fly the drone around the corporate campus for inspections or security checks. Even though a lot of enterprise IT continues to move to offsite cloud infrastructure, there's still a need to monitor onsite infrastructure and the equipment that keeps it cool and powered. Need to inspect the rooftop HVAC system? Send the Bebop 2 up. Need to inspect the progress of masonry work on the fourth floor? Send the drone. Better yet, strap on the FPV goggles and get fully immersed during your inspection. The camera's focal length of 1.8mm is a lot closer than you'd realize. You'll really feel like you're flying next to the inspection site. With the drone being relatively small, the propellers are small and the quad isn't super loud. Your construction team will barely know the Bebop 2 is buzzing around.

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This 3D-printed map from the original Legend of Zelda was worth every penny

If You Can’t Ban Cars Downtown, Just Take Away The Parking Spaces

To ease the city center into this new iteration–to which there is still a substantial amount of objection, particularly from car owners and businesses–the car-limiting strategy will be rolled out in three phases: In stage one this year, all on-street parking in the central district will be removed, and the planned installations will go up; in 2018, the stage-two year, several streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and 40 miles of bike lanes will be built. During stage three in 2019, the city council will assess its progress, Berg told The Guardian : If the parking ban proves sufficient to set Oslo up to substantially slash carbon emissions, the city will extend the strategy; if it feels inadequate, the city council will resuscitate its initial plan to instigate an all-out car ban.

17 Essential Mail Tips and Tricks for iPhone in GIFs

Mail was one of the apps Steve Jobs demoed at iPhone’s keynote back in 2007. Now, it’s 10 years later, the Mail app is still here and millions of people use it as the default way to get work done using email. While the Mail app might seem simple, just like it did 10 years back, it’s grown quite a bit. And it has enough features (hidden and otherwise) for it to be your default email client and it can hold a candle against third party clients . If you want to use the Mail app better, read our essential Mail tips and tricks for iPhone below.

This Animated Short Illustrates What Happens When You Take Minimalism to an Extreme

The title of Scorch Motion’s short, Life Without Stuff , suggests a solid anti-consumerist philosophy—something everyone, not just hoarders, could probably stand to embrace. Unless, of course, that “stuff” happens to be very much in use and necessary when it suddenly disappears. Poof!

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Health Insurance Giant Agrees to Record $115 Million Payout Over Data Breach

Health insurance giant Anthem Inc. will cough up $115 million to end a court battle over a 2015 data breach that exposed the sensitive information of nearly 80 million Americans. That’s a new record, for those of you keeping count. (Target, for example, settled for a measly $18.5 million last month after a breach exposed the payment cards of 41 million customers.)

TFW when you’re bored on the train and forgot your phone

We have found a savvy train passenger that can teach you a thing or two about using the resources found in your immediate environment to stay busy during your next ride. Twitter user TropicanaMaia posted these pictures of one nosy rider shamelessly using the his fellow passengers' phones as his own personal entertainment.

SpaceX Sets Sights High

SpaceX is positioning itself again as a driving force in the new-age space race. Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is slated to fire up a Falcon 9 rocket for the eighth time this year as soon as Friday, matching its flight total for all of last year. Its next launch is scheduled just two days later. 

Tesla Expands Borrowing Capacity Amid Costly Work Toward Model 3

Tesla Inc. boosted its ability to borrow for the second time in about six months, as Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk spends heavily to bring his cheapest electric car yet to market.

Some of Ethereum's flash-crash victims are getting their money back

Ethereum's price crashed from $296 to $13 around 12:30 p.m. ET time Wednesday on GDAX's exchange. It recovered those losses in a matter of minutes.

Amazon wants to build giant drone delivery towers

The e-commerce giant filed a patent application for a "multi-level fulfillment center" that would allow drones to deliver packages in urban areas. Basically, it sounds like a giant robot-powered tower that would make it easy for drones to zip in and out as they deliver packages around a city.

Man discovers 36-year-old message in a bottle and the original writer is delighted

Ryan Burchett found a message in a bottle last weekend on Little St. Simons in Georgia. The buoyant letter was 36 years ago and thanks to social media he was able to connect with the original sender .

Amazon Dash Buttons are smarter than you think | ZDNet

The Dash Buttons are an easy way to add a little bit of intelligence to devices that don't need to be that smart, anyway. You don't need to have a conversation with your dishwasher, but it would be handy if it could reorder detergent when it runs out. Dash Buttons get you close to that with a trivial outlay, while Amazon gets to lock you into shopping as a service with a piece of inexpensive hardware.

Ringless voicemail messaging: Why advocates are speaking out for and against it - TechRepublic

Something important to understand is that voicemail messages are not sent to or stored on mobile phones; instead, voicemail messages are delivered to a data center used by the phone owner's mobile telco provider. An alert is then sent to the mobile phone notifying the owner there is a voicemail message in the system. The owner dials the voicemail messaging system, enters a PIN, and retrieves the voicemail message. All of this activity is predicated on the phone owner, for whatever reason, electing not to answer the phone when it rings.

Walmart forces tech partners to leave AWS, following Whole Foods acquisition - TechRepublic

"It shouldn't be a big surprise that there are cases in which we'd prefer our most sensitive data isn't sitting on a competitor's platform," Toporek said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. He went on to note that only a "small number" of vendors had been approached about moving off of AWS.

Zuckerberg's New Mission for Facebook: Bringing the World Closer

Zuckerberg has been rethinking Facebook's role, reacting to the rise of isolationism and nationalism, and the decline of membership in local community groups around the world. Connecting people on Facebook, which Zuckerberg says is now "very close" to having 2 billion users, was supposed to make it easier to create bonds across cultures and ideologies. Instead, government elections of the last couple years have shown deep polarization -- and Facebook has been wrapped up in the debate, criticized because its platform has played a role in the spread of misleading news and extremist ideology. "Our mission of connecting people, that was not supposed to be controversial," Zuckerberg said in an interview with Bloomberg. "So now the question is, why is that a controversial thing, and how do you rebuild that?"

Some Uber employees want Kalanick back in the CEO chair

Part of the email reads, "Nobody is perfect, but I fundamentally believe he can evolve into the leader Uber needs today and that he's critical to its future success. I want the Board to hear from Uber employees that it's made the wrong the decision in pressuring Travis to leave and that he should be reinstated in an operational role." It then goes on to ask for colleagues' support, including a link where they can back the effort.

Electric Car Demand Boosts Companies Engaged With Lithium

Lithium demand is surging, boosting shares of the companies linked to mining and manufacturing the light metal used in electric-car batteries.

Uber Made an Unusual Legal Pledge to the Head of Its Driverless Car Project

“This provision shows how serious we were about preventing any Waymo trade secrets from ever coming to Uber,” Matt Kallman, a spokesman for Uber, said in an emailed statement. “We explicitly did not want any Otto employee using any such information, whatever its source. The law in California recognizes that while it is of course not possible to erase people’s memories, that does not prevent employees from changing jobs, even between competitors. The law permits those employees to use their expertise to do their jobs.”

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Facebook debuts new tools to keep your profile photos from being stolen - TechRepublic

If you aren't friends with someone on Facebook, they will not be able to tag anyone in your profile picture with the new controls either, the release said. The firm is also working on ways to prevent other users from screenshotting your profile image as well, the release said. If the new tools are in use on a given photo, it will have a blue border and shield around it.

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60 When Dazzler Comes to X-Men: Dark Phoenix, She Better Not Be Played By Taylor Swift
61 Poor, hip weatherman's forecast thwarted by massive umbrella
62 Sir Ian McKellen Has Some Valid Complaints About His Magneto Costume
63 Harry Potter Is Technically the Second Wizard in His Family With That Name
64 Which Avenger Is Going to Die in Infinity War?
65 Walmart is not considering a fight with Amazon for Whole Foods
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67 Sex, Poop, and Champagne Are Great, But Their Health Benefits Are Overrated
68 Dutch payments processor takes pan-European licence to bypass banks
69 Inside Apple’s rocky road to Hollywood, and what happened to Dr. Dre’s show
70 Instagram tests favorites, a major rethinking of private sharing
71 All the Best Ways to Back Up Your Data
72 BlackBerry Falls Most in Two Years as Software Sales Falter
73 A New Variety of Poppy Seed Won't Make Drug Tests Think You're an Addict
74 This Space Museum in Central Kansas Was Worth the 20 Hour Drive
75 Scientists just turned a 100-million-year-old wasp into a perfect David Bowie tribute
76 PCB Hack Chat with OSH Park
77 The 10 best Mac game deals in the Steam Summer Sale 2017
78 iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy?
79 Old-school Mystery Science Theater 3000 is returning for six days with a Twitch marathon
80 Algorithmia raises $10.5M Series A round led by Google’s new AI fund
81 Gizmodo on Twitter
82 I Found a 15-inch Laptop That's Not a Total Pain
83 Move over, Planet 9. Planet 10 could be hiding beyond Pluto
84 Tesla in Talks to Set Up Electric Car Factory in Shanghai
85 'Overwatch’ loot boxes will have fewer duplicates
86 SpaceX successfully launches reused Falcon 9 rocket, recovers first stage
87 Steam Summer Sale hidden gems: 15 fantastic games under $10
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