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Google employees criticise 'censored China search engine'

BBC Technology News - 46 min 49 sec ago
Employees have written to the firm criticising its plans to launch a 'censored Chinese search service'.

Brave moo world?

BBC Technology News - 48 min 49 sec ago
An offshore dairy farm aims to help Rotterdam produce its own food more sustainably.

Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

The Register - 1 hour 6 min ago
Protip: don't label your folder of warez as "hacky hack hack"

An overzealous Apple fanboy from Australia plead guilty to criminal charges after he allegedly cracked the Cupertino giant's systems in hopes of landing a job.…

GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

The Register - 1 hour 10 min ago
Ruby shop turns to Go, Java, and Kubernetes for platform makeover

Analysis GitHub invited a handful of journalists to its San Francisco headquarters to explain how the social code hosting biz is evolving from a website into a platform.…

Samsung's leaked Odyssey+ headset: A reboot for Microsoft's VR ambitions? - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 10:55pm
We'd heard Samsung had more headsets on the way -- but we didn't expect this.

Polls show little support for Trump’s Space Force

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 10:29pm

Enlarge / Soon to be an actual MOS? (credit: Imgur, uncredited)

President Donald Trump's enthusiasm for a new military branch focused on space is apparently not widely shared. Two polls released today show that a majority—and in one poll, a plurality—of respondents said that the Space Force is a bad idea.

The Trump administration plans to cleave Space Force from the Air Force and have it largely in place by 2020. The first step would be to create US Space Command—a joint command within the Pentagon similar to the Joint Special Operations Command and US Cyber Command that would oversee space operations of all the services—by the end of 2018. The Pentagon will also create a Space Development Agency that will pull military space research, development, and procurement out of the Defense Department's current acquisition system. The agency's goal would be accelerating the development of new space stuff.

The Space Force plan has been widely derided, though some members of Congress have previously voiced support for creating a space-focused branch. Concerns about anti-satellite technology being developed by Russia and China—and the perception that the Air Force is not focused enough on the space portion of its mission, which is under the Air Force Space Command—have driven some support for creation of a separate force. There have been similar discussions about creating a US cyber force as well, though those discussions have gotten significant pushback from the service branches.

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Google clarifies how it tracks you even if Location History is turned off - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 10:14pm
The search giant makes a change to a help page for users, after a backlash over its data collection practices.

3D-printed gun controversy: Everything you need to know - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 9:57pm
Here's a breakdown of the debate that pits free speech and gun rights against public safety.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai knew there was no DDoS attack but stayed quiet on purpose - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 9:56pm
Pai says he doubted claims the FCC's comment system had been taken down by a cyberattack, but adds he was asked to keep quiet until a full report was made public.

The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 9:50pm

Enlarge (credit: State Historical Society of North Dakota)

Bread, like wine, is pivotal in Judeo-Christian rituals. Both products exemplify the use of human ingenuity to re-create what nature provides, and the fermentation they both require must have seemed nothing less than magical to ancient minds. When toasted, rubbed with garlic and tomato, doused with olive oil and sprinkled with salt like the Catalans do, there are few things more delicious than bread.

Wheat is the most widely cultivated crop on the planet, accounting for about a fifth of all calories consumed by humans and more protein than any other food source. Although we have relied on bread wheat so heavily and for so long (14,000 years-ish), an understanding of its genetics has been a challenge. Its genome has been hard to solve because it is ridiculously complex. The genome is huge, about five times larger than ours. It's hexaploid, meaning it has six copies of each of its chromosomes. More than 85 percent of the genetic sequences among these three sets of chromosome pairs are repetitive DNA, and they are quite similar to each other, making it difficult to tease out which sequences reside where.

The genomes of rice and corn—two other staple grain crops—were solved in 2002 and 2009, respectively. In 2005, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium determined to get a reference genome of the bread wheat cultivar Chinese Spring. Thirteen years later, the consortium has finally succeeded.

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Vitamix recalls more than 100,000 blender jars - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 9:45pm
The company says they've received 11 reports of injury.

Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica score with IIHS, Toyota Sienna falls short - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 9:35pm
Both the Honda and Chrysler ended up earning the Top Safety Pick accolade.

Action-packed Battlefield V trailer hints at battle royale mode - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 9:34pm
There's a lot going on in this two-minute trailer.

AirPower, Apple’s wireless charging pad, is still a no-show - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 9:32pm
We don't know how much it costs, or when it's arriving. But it's been almost a year since Apple announced it.

After coffee brewhaha, CA fears cancer warnings have “gone seriously wrong”

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 9:31pm

Enlarge / Delicious, non-cancerous, coffee. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

After a judge ruled in March that coffee should be served with jolting labels that alert drinkers to a cancer risk, the state of California seems to have woken up to the concern that its pervasive health warnings may have gone too far.

There’s a danger to overwarning—it’s important to warn about real health risks,” Sam Delson told The New York Times.

Delson is the deputy director for external and legislative affairs for California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. The office proposed a regulation shortly after a March ruling that would unequivocally declare that any cancer-linked components of roasted and brewed coffee “pose no significant risk of cancer.” Today, August 16, the proposed regulation is getting a public hearing in Sacramento.

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CNET Asks: Will you switch to the Galaxy Note 9? - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 9:31pm
Last week Samsung announced its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 9. But is its new $1,000 price worth it? CNET wants to know your thoughts.

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

The Register - August 16, 2018 - 9:20pm
It has potential, but don't expect anything useful too soon

The world’s smallest transistor can be controlled by a single atom, according to a scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.…

1,000 Google employees reportedly protest work on censored Chinese search engine - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 9:11pm
Remember Google's Project Maven? Employees reportedly have a new ethical axe to grind.

Juno this ain't right! Chinese hackers target Alaska

The Register - August 16, 2018 - 9:11pm
Tsinghua University blamed for espionage attack

An attack on US government facilities in Alaska has been traced back to China's Tsinghua University and a larger hacking effort.…


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