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Aerial Views of Mexico's Dystopian Housing Developments

Wired - March 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
The Mexican government spent billions trying to provide affordable housing to its citizens. This is the result.

We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

The Register - March 20, 2018 - 3:59pm
Cambridge Analytica brouhaha fallout continues

The Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has demanded Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg “appear before us to give oral evidence” in the fallout over Cambridge Analytica – while an ex-Facebooker is due to spill the beans tomorrow.…

How to extend your Wi-Fi outdoors - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 3:55pm
You have many options for covering your yard in Wi-Fi, but you have to balance cost, reliability and complexity.

Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your data?

BBC Technology News - March 20, 2018 - 3:49pm
What can users do to gain back control of their data or limit how much is shared?

Alphabet's 'Outline' Homebrew VPN Software Offers Open-Source, Easy Set-Up Privacy You Control

Wired - March 20, 2018 - 3:45pm
Alphabet tech incubator Jigsaw wants to make it easy to run your own, more private virtual private network.

JBL Link 300 review - CNET - Reviews - March 20, 2018 - 3:44pm
The Link 300 delivers impressive performance for a Wi-Fi, voice-enabled speaker with Google Assistant.

Is the smart garden growing or wilting? - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 3:21pm
Spring has sprung and we're celebrating with a close look at the state of the smart garden.

Alabama lawmaker seems desperate to keep rocket tech in his home state

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 3:07pm

Enlarge / Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., descends the House steps in 2016. (credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Marshall Space Flight Center has a long and storied history when it comes to rocket design and production. It was there that Wernher von Braun and his German compatriots helped NASA design the Saturn line of rockets that took humans into deep space and landed on the Moon. There, too, key components of the space shuttle's rockets were designed.

Now, however, US rockets and engines are much more commonly developed outside of northern Alabama, where the NASA center is located in Huntsville. SpaceX has designed and built its Merlin rocket engines in California, and it is doing the same thing with its more powerful Raptor engines. Blue Origin has designed four engines in the state of Washington. Both companies have tested their rocket engines in Texas.

Smaller firms, too, such as Virgin Orbit, Vector, Rocket Lab, Relativity Space, Firefly, and a host of other companies have developed innovative new rocket engines and boosters outside the walls of the Marshall Space Flight Center. These companies have at times drawn on the NASA center for its expertise, but these efforts have largely been privately financed and independently led.

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DowDuPont Signs a Deal to Surveil Farms With Satellites

Wired - March 20, 2018 - 3:00pm
Photos from a network of 200 satellites will go into agricultural analytics tools, which could give farmers new insight.

You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

The Register - March 20, 2018 - 2:58pm
Cracking idea or chocolate-coated nightmare?

A Nottingham pub reckons it has cracked Easter PR with the launch of a Cadbury Creme Egg Yorkshire pud*.…

Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company

BBC Technology News - March 20, 2018 - 2:43pm
The firm's servers face scrutiny, as footage emerges appearing to show its boss offering to organise smear campaigns.

Facebook hires digital forensics firm for Cambridge Analytica audit - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 2:38pm
The social network is launching an investigation into a scandal involving misused data by a consultancy used by the Trump campaign.

AT&T, Time Warner battle DOJ for the future of streaming video - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 2:21pm
The two companies face off against the Justice Department in a trial that may sway future media deals. Here's what you need to pay attention to.

Why You Should Be Wary of Financial Robo-Advisors

Wired - March 20, 2018 - 2:20pm
WIRED Columnist Felix Salmon on how companies like Wealthfront are drifting away from low-fee passive investing—and why customers should be skeptical.

He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

The Register - March 20, 2018 - 2:19pm
Technical gubbins still mostly under wraps

Seagate has unveiled a 14TB helium-filled disk drive in the Exos line.…

Video: What younger generations think of their elders online

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 2:18pm

Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript.

I’m a reasonably “with it” fellow when it comes to tech, but I remember the first technology story I read that made me feel absolutely baffled: it was Buzzfeed’s horrifying, incomprehensible piece on how 15-year-old girls use Snapchat. Never before has a piece of tech reporting left me feeling so utterly lost and just... baffled. Like, okay, I get it—teenagers integrate tech into their lives and do whatever with it (I used to do my own incomprehensible stuff when I was a teen) and there’s nothing really to understand about it, but that Snapchat piece hit me like a speeding truck loaded with a cargo of concentrated WTF.

And that's okay. Shaking our fists at the younger generation is just a part of the human condition—as our video today shows. We’ve got a few Millennials and even a representative of “Generation Z” (which much to my disappointment has nothing to do with zombies) opining about what they think about how those senior to them use the Internet and whether or not those seniors “get” what “the Internet” is.

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me

Part of me wants to react to this video with smugness, because I’ve got my own standards about what it means to “get” the Internet—standards that are informed, perhaps unfairly, by more than a decade of tech industry work that by necessity mandated a broad understanding of the connective technologies that make up the networks and endpoints that the Internet is composed of. My instinct is to laugh at people who don’t seem to realize the World Wide Web is only one aspect of the Internet, or who don’t have a working understanding of the OSI model, or whatever—I’ve got a bunch of other arbitrary and esoteric bits of techno-priestly gatekeeping propped up in my head to help me feel superior to those hyperconnected teens.

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Should social media stars face tougher advertising rules?

BBC Technology News - March 20, 2018 - 2:00pm
The regulator says social media stars are still not clearly labelling advertising in posts.

'Pacific Rim Uprising' sinks without Guillermo del Toro - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 2:00pm
Spoiler-free review: The sequel to "Pacific Rim" suffers from the absence of its original director, who left to create "The Shape of Water."

How the Jaegers in *Pacific Rim Uprising* Violate Physics

Wired - March 20, 2018 - 2:00pm
Sometimes real science isn't nearly as exciting as pretend science.

The FCC Should Use Blockchain to Manage Wireless Spectrum

Wired - March 20, 2018 - 2:00pm
Opinion: The FCC's Jessica Rosenworcel argues that using blockchain technology to distribute wireless spectrum would be efficient and economical.

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