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Under Pressure to Prove Its Ads Actually Work, Google Opens Up

Wired - February 21, 2017 - 11:30pm
Google has convinced the world that its way of advertising is the best way. But a new period of doubt is setting in. The post Under Pressure to Prove Its Ads Actually Work, Google Opens Up appeared first on WIRED.

iPhone 8 camera overhaul could 3D scan your face, says report - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 11:25pm
Infrared sensors working with its front-facing camera could play a role in facial recognition or iris scans.

Samsung's Note 7 reportedly making comeback... with a smaller battery - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 11:21pm
The refurbished devices would allegedly arrive as early as June.

UPS launches an autonomus drone from a delivery truck in Florida test - IT industry - February 21, 2017 - 11:10pm
In the future, UPS wants its drivers to team up with delivery drones to more efficiently distribute packages to rural areas.

Big Blue's big blunder: IBM accidentally hands over root access to its data science servers

The Register - February 21, 2017 - 11:06pm
Private Docker Swarm keys leak into public containers

IBM left private keys to the Docker host environment in its Data Science Experience service inside freely available containers.…

UPS tucks delivery drone into delivery truck to make a delivery - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 11:04pm
The shipping giant outfits an electric truck with a drone launch pad to test drone-assisted delivery.

More than just a new GT, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 is a marker for the future

Ars Technica - February 21, 2017 - 10:55pm


The new Lexus LC 500 is a bold move for a company that's built a reputation on vehicles that excel at comfort but leave the performance stuff to a light dusting. It's a faithful evolution of the LF-LC concept car and a spiritual successor to the hand-built V10-engined LFA, just 500 of which were made. But the $100,000 LC 500 is real, tangible, and capable in ways that a $375,000 LFA never could be.

Think of the LC 500 as a statement of Lexus' engineering, as it will also provide the basic platform of the next-generation LS sedan and other rear-drive models of the future. But history will look on the LC chiefly as the first time Lexus' current design lexicon—dominated by that massive grille—actually works visually. There's some original thinking in there, with visual harmony uncommon to most other Lexus models. The tail lights, for instance, use 80 concentric-looking LEDs and internal mirrors that filter a certain amount of light to appear three-dimensional and almost like a jet's afterburners. You’d think the LC 500 gives the eye so many interesting visual details that it would seem fussy, but it doesn't.

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You can now fly a toy drone with just hand gestures - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 10:43pm
The Aura quadcopter ditches a traditional stick controller or smartphone for a glove that lets you fly with a wave of your hand.

DHS computer systems reportedly suffer glitch - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 10:28pm
Computer networks at the Department of Homeland Security's appear to experience a hiccup of unknown origin.

Google rents out Nvidia Tesla GPUS in its cloud. 70 cents an hour, bud

The Register - February 21, 2017 - 10:07pm
Chocolate Factory spins up Nvidia-powered VMs

Google has begun offering Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU-equipped virtual machines for its Compute Engine and Cloud Machine Learning hosted services.…

'Leaked' Samsung Galaxy S8 pic shows on-screen controls, no home button - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 9:58pm
Virtual navigation buttons would show up on the screen's bottom edge.

Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tell El Reg

The Register - February 21, 2017 - 9:48pm
Boffins demand rule rewrite to restore glorified moon's dignity

The ongoing argument over whether Pluto is an actual planet or just a dwarf on the outskirts of the solar system has heated up again, with a new proposal to reapply planetary status to the distant iceball.…

'Alien: Covenant' photo confirms James Franco is aboard - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 9:36pm
Here's a picture of a bunch of people who are about to start running for their lives.

What do we know about the effects of medical marijuana?

Ars Technica - February 21, 2017 - 9:33pm

Enlarge (credit: California Medical Cannabis Initiative)

BOSTON—Stacy Gruber of Harvard Medical School laid out the numbers: 28 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws, 17 others allow some cannabis-based products, and eight states now allow recreational use. The US has turned into a grand experiment on the medicinal use of pot, even as the federal government's classification of the drug makes it extremely difficult to do good research on it.

But that doesn't mean research isn't getting done. Gruber and two other researchers described what they're learning about medicinal marijuana at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “This is the direction we’re headed," Gruber said, "and it’s good to be prepared.”

Canadian vigilance

Mark Ware of McGill University had a term for one way of tracking the effect of pot use: pharmacovigilance. Harmful side effects of drugs like acetaminophen and Vioxx weren't caught during clinical trials. Instead, they were identified by tracking the use of these drugs once they became available to the general population. This regular monitoring of drug users is what he called pharmacovigilance. It's the same process that has made us aware of the widespread abuse of prescription opioids.

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The many movie and TV toys of New York Toy Fair 2017 - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 9:32pm
DC's "Justice League", Disney's Star Wars franchise along with many other films and TV shows are getting toy incarnations that are being shown off at the New York Toy Fair.

Jay Z not busy enough so he's reportedly starting a VC fund. - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 9:32pm
The famed entrepreneur, rapper and author will invest in other entrepreneurs. When does he sleep?

Self-driving Ubers are now ready for passengers in Arizona - Roadshow - News - February 21, 2017 - 9:17pm
You can almost hear the shade Uber's throwing at the state of California.

'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

The Register - February 21, 2017 - 9:04pm
Civil liberty groups, security experts, law profs, lawmakers slam looming US policy

Over 50 human rights and civil liberties groups, nearly 100 law professors and security experts, and lawmakers have launched a campaign against digital searches at the US border.…

Uber’s CEO reacts, but who’s buying it? - IT industry - February 21, 2017 - 9:02pm

Don’t retire your #DeleteUber hashtag just yet. In a blog post dated February 19, Susan Fowler, who joined Uber as a systems reliability engineer in 2015, recounts her repeated attempts to report inappropriate conduct by a manager -- only to be brushed off, ignored, threatened and denied transfers.

In a recent blog post titled, "Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber," Fowler alleges that during her first couple weeks at the San Francisco-based tech firm her team manager propositioned her for sex. “I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR. Upper management told me that he 'was a high performer' (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn't feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part.”

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Alexa now works with Sengled carbon neutral LED bulbs - CNET - News - February 21, 2017 - 8:23pm
"Alexa, reassure me that buying this new gadget won't harm the environment."

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