Monday, December 10, 2018

MixedTimes - Technology

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says tech giant is no haven for political bias

Embattled Google CEO Sundar Pichai, amid allegations of anti-conservative bias and privacy violations on the platform, plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that his company supports federal privacy legislation and diverse viewpoints.

F-35 ‘tech refresh’ enables new attack technology, AI

The Pentagon and Lockheed are pursuing a "Tech Refresh" effort with the F-35 intended to improve the stealth fighter's targeting attack technology, weapons delivery and on-board computing -- all as part of an effort to try to keep the F-35's combat effectiveness ahead of great power rival nations.

Fox on games: Video game gambling crackdown

While state legislatures across the country consider expanding gambling, Congress is cracking down on what they say is a disturbing new trend of gambling creeping into other aspects of the entertainment industry - starting with video games.

Fox on Tech: Google driverless taxis

It seems like these days, the market is flooded with ride-hailing apps, each promising better service and lower rates than the next.From Uber to Lyft to Gett, there's no shortage of taxi-alternatives for tech-savvy Americans.Now a new company throws its hat into the ring, and it's one that most people are familiar with.

Google vendors, temps and contract workers demand higher pay, more respect

In a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai, Google's vendors, temporary workers, and contractors, who constitute a large percentage of the company's overall workforce, are demanding higher pay, more respect and access to the same information given to full-time staffers.

F-35C stealth fighter undertakes first operational tests at sea

The Navy’s first-of-its-kind carrier-launched F-35C has been conducting aerial maneuvers, weapons integration, “cyclical” flight take-off missions and other war operations from the flight deck of a Nimitz-Class carrier recently, marking the first operational tests of the stealth fighter slated to deploy in 2021.

Facebook's mounting woes weigh on social network's stock

Facebook's mounting problems and newly-disclosed internal documents prompted an investor to lower its stock from buy to holdafter dropping over 2 percent on Tuesday and showing a decline of 2.6 percent in premarket trading on Thursday.

Facebook board backs Sheryl Sandberg's handling of research on George Soros

FacebookInc.’sboard of directors threw its support behind Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday, saying that it was “entirely appropriate” for her to ask if George Soros had shorted the company’s stock after the billionaire investor called the social-media giant a “menace.

New York police unveil drone program

New York City police officials said Tuesday they will deploy drones to assist in rescue missions, traffic-accident investigations and large-scale events, a move that raised privacy concerns among civil-liberty advocates.

AOL violated children's privacy to serve online ads

Verizon-owned Oath has agreed to pay a $5 million penalty for violating a federal privacy law that prohibits online advertisers from tracking children without parental consent.

Air Force sets sights on high-tech laser weapons

The Air Force will one day fire high-tech laser weapons from drones and fighter jets to destroy high-value targets, conduct precision strikes and incinerate enemy locations from the sky.

We don't have enough air and missile defense weapons, Pentagon says

Pentagon weapons developers and military war commanders are expressing concern that deployed forces simply do not have enough Air and Missile defense assets to meet a fast-changing threat environment involving high volumes of dangerous new enemy weapons.

New Apple AirPods design expected in 2020, report says

Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has some new predictions for what's next for Apple's AirPods wireless earphones, but there's not much to get excited about until 2020 if he's right.

5 ways to unearth incredible Amazon deals

For shoppers, Amazon is the ultimate rabbit hole. You can search for one item, but then you see another item and another, and soon you're careening through a maze of products and deals.

Fox on games: Marvel gaming crossover

It's no secret:Marvel is trying to conquer the universe.No, we're not talking about the all-powerful Thanos of "Infinity War." Marvel's quest is for domination of the entertainment world, and they're getting one step closer with their newest property acquisition.

Navy tests and refines new attack submarine 'stealth' technology

The U.S. Navy is arming a new fleet of attack submarines with stealthy “quieting” systems, new weapons, next-gen sonar and additional advanced undersea warfare technologies to enable its future boats to execute massive land-attacks, perform “covert insertions” of forces and conduct reconnaissance missions undetected.

NASA chief tells Elon Musk to stop drinking and smoking pot

Elon Musk will have to lay off the booze and pot if he wants to continue doing work for NASA, the agency’s chief warned this week, while laying into the SpaceX founder for his recent erratic behavior.

Marriott database hack exposes details of 500M guests

Marriott International today admitted that it has suffered a security breach on a massive scale, with the personal details of up to 500 million guests having been exposed due to a database breach.

Fire ant colonies could inspire robot swarms

Aside from the stings and ruined picnics, fire ants are famous for their ability to swarm together and self­–assemble bridges, ladders, and even floating rafts. Researchers have now figured out the statistical rules that govern how fire ants form these structures, and the new study could help scientists build swarming, tiny shape-shifting robots.

Facebook will create independent oversight committee to deal with content issues

Following a scathing report from The New York Times that called into question what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg knew about the Russian disinformation campaign and when,Zuckerberg said the social networking giant would create an independent oversight committee to help deal with moderating certain issues related to content posted on its site.

Fox on Tech: Using lasers to find aliens

Calling all aliens!The search for extraterrestrial life is alive and well, and this week, two scientists from MIT breathed new life into the effort with an out-of-this-world idea for contacting non-earthlings.

Facebook morale takes a tumble along with stock price

FacebookInc.’s difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn for the worse over the past year, according to people familiar with the matter and messages reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

WhatsApp rumor leads to two murders

A mob dragged two men out of police station, savagely beat them and then set them on fire after a false rumor was spread on WhatsApp about them being child kidnappers.

Air Force fast-tracks new deep strike bunker buster bomb

The Air Force is taking the next steps to test, develop and produce a new class of “more penetrating” bunker buster weapons to enable aircraft to destroy a new level of fortified underground targets.

Army evaluates new intel technology for the 'tactical edge of combat'

The Army is evaluating a series of emerging intelligence analysis technologies intended to integrate and organize a range of input sources to include drone videos, satellite imagery, enemy movement information, terrain data and crucial elements of battle planning.

Amazon Echo may have captured audio of murder

An Amazon Echo may have captured audio of a cold-blooded killing in New Hampshire, and prosecutors have won the rights to the recordings, a judge ruled Friday.

5 critical settings so hackers can’t access your bank accounts

You need to assume that your password isn’t strong enough. You might as well believe that someone, somewhere, is working around the clock to break into your accounts and steal your money, your identity, and anything else you have.

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