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Meteor lights up southern Michigan

Ars Technica - 1 hour 23 min ago

Enlarge / That's no moon!

Early last night local time, a meteor rocketed through the skies of Southern Michigan, giving local residents a dramatic (if brief) light show. it also generated an imperceptible thump, as the UG Geological Survey confirmed that there was a coincident magnitude 2.0 earthquake.

The American Meteor Society has collected over 350 eyewitness accounts, which ranged from western Pennsylvania out to Illinois and Wisconsin. They were heavily concentrated over southern Michigan, notably around the Detroit area. A number of people have also posted videos of the fireball online; one of the better compilations is below.

A compilation of several videos from

The American Meteor Society estimates that the rock was relatively slow-moving at a sedate 45,000km an hour. Combined with its production of a large fireball, the researchers conclude it was probably a big rock. NASA's meteorwatch Facebook page largely agrees and suggests that this probably means that pieces of the rock made it to Earth. If you were on the flight path, you might want to check your yard.

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Selling used PC games through the blockchain? We’re not buying it

Ars Technica - 1 hour 56 min ago

Enlarge / A foolproof plan! (credit: Aurich / Getty)

Companies in industries ranging from iced tea to image processing to fast-casual dining are jumping on the recent blockchain-mania as a way to try to revolutionize often-moribund businesses. Now, startup Robot Cache wants to bring that same technology to bear in revolutionizing the way we buy and sell PC game downloads, with the backing of game industry luminaries like InXile's Brian Fargo and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell.

Robot Cache CEO Lee Jacobson said in a press release that "expertly leveraging the power, flexibility, safety, and transparency of blockchain technology" will bring benefits like lower fees for game publishers and the ability to resell digital purchases for gamers. But despite the buzzword-heavy promise, there are a lot of risks involved that have us skeptical of whether Robot Cache can actually deliver on its vision.

How it works

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SAP boss promises to cull marketing dross on community network

The Register - 2 hours 3 min ago
Bill McDermott admits hub was seen as a 'channel to promote corporate messages'

CEO Bill McDermott has pledged to improve the SAP Community network previosuly slammed by members for offering a crap user experience and being another mechanism to push marketing messages.…

2019 Ford Ranger Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - 2 hours 7 min ago
After a long break, the Blue Oval's pickup is back, and it's bigger than ever.

Chromecast and Google Homes reportedly overloading home Wi-Fi [Updated]

Ars Technica - 2 hours 14 min ago

Enlarge / The Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, and the Google Home Max. (credit: Google)

Update: Google has posted a support page for this issue promising a fix tomorrow (1/18). The page says the issue is limited to "People with an Android phone and a Chromecast built-in device (such as a Chromecast or Google Home device) on the same Wi-Fi network" and that a fix will be rolling out via Play Services.

The original story is below.

Users on the Google help forums and Reddit are reporting that Google Home and Google Chromecast devices are causing issues with their Wi-Fi networks. Users say hooking up these Google hardware products leads to an unstable Wi-Fi network or a network that goes down entirely.

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Kitty Perry and the copyright lessons for seven-year-olds

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 21 min ago
A new campaign aims to make lessons about intellectual property infringement fun.

Siri will keep you posted with 'give me the news' feature - CNET - News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Now you can reportedly play a news podcast with a voice command.

Airbus casts doubt on A380's future - CNET - News - 2 hours 25 min ago
The airplane maker's chief salesman warns that the A380 program may end unless Emirates airline commits to ordering more of the giant aircraft.

How gold nanoparticles may make killing tumors easier

Ars Technica - 2 hours 36 min ago

Enlarge / Nanoparticles (black dots) sit in the remains of a cell they've helped kill. (credit: University of Michigan)

One of the ways to kill a cancer is to cook it, since heat can kill cells. The trick, of course, is to only cook the cancer and not the surrounding tissue. To do this, you need to have an accurate idea of the extent of a tumor, a precise mechanism for delivering heat, and a damn good thermometer. It may surprise you to learn that gold nanoparticles do a pretty good job of achieving the first two. The third—a good thermometer—has eluded researchers for quite some time. But, now it seems that gold nanoparticles may provide the full trifecta.

Drowning a tumor in molten gold

Some cancers—the ones most people imagine when they think of cancer—form lumps of tissue. At some point, these lumps require a blood supply. Once supplied with blood vessels, the tumor can not only grow, but it has a readily available transport system to deliver the cells that can spread the cancer throughout the body. For the patient, this is not good news.

The development of a blood supply opens up new imaging and treatment options, though. Cancer tumors are not well-organized tissues compared to healthy tissue like muscle or kidney tissue. So there are lots of nooks and crannies in a tumor that can trap small particles. And this disorganization is exactly what researchers hope to take advantage of. Gold nanoparticles are injected into the blood stream; these exit the blood supply, but, in most of the body, they get rapidly cleaned out. Except that, inside tumors, the nanoparticles lodge all over the place.

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Zuckerberg's Facebook post pressures Congress to save DACA - CNET - News - 2 hours 38 min ago
Facebook's CEO posts a call to action: "This is a basic question of whether our government works."

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end

The Register - 2 hours 52 min ago
CEO Patrick Dennis has his work cut out

Comment There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits.…

Instagram and Google are buzzkills for dispensaries (The 3:59, Ep. 340) - CNET - News - 2 hours 56 min ago
We look at the strained relationship between tech companies and legal marijuana shops. Also, VR might have found a solution to one of its biggest annoyances.

2018 Detroit Auto Show debuts: All the new cars, trucks, and concepts - Roadshow - News - 3 hours 17 min ago
Detroit was a crazy-busy show this year. Here are the production debuts and concepts straight from the Motor City.

Microsoft's reportedly ready to revive the Fable franchise - CNET - News - 3 hours 22 min ago
You might soon be able to return to the land of Albion in the rumored Fable 4.

NASA saw that blazing, earth-shaking meteor fireball - CNET - News - 3 hours 26 min ago
A NASA camera got a look at the fireworks caused by a spectacular meteor breaking apart over the US Midwest.

Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

The Register - 3 hours 36 min ago
CEO, CFO in crosshairs after shareholder 'losses'

AMD stands accused of "artificially inflating" its stock price by not making public a CPU design flaw the tech world now knows as Spectre, according to a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors.…

If you can’t beat them… Lamborghini joins the SUV set

Ars Technica - 3 hours 58 min ago

Jim Resnick

Let me pre-empt you.

"Why?" you ask. "You're Lamborghini, not Range Rover!"

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Brave browser begins million-dollar token giveaway - CNET - News - 4 hours 2 min ago
You won't get more than about $5 worth of tokens, but the browser maker hopes you'll help improve online advertising privacy.

YouTube singer Chrissy Chambers wins revenge porn case

BBC Technology News - 4 hours 7 min ago
Chrissy Chambers is awarded damages from her ex-boyfriend who posted sexual videos of her online.

MacBook Air. Apple’s best product ever - CNET - News - 4 hours 10 min ago
The Air is marking its 10th anniversary and I'm celebrating the one Apple product that's never let me down.

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