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YouTube's crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

The Register - 37 min 56 sec ago
How's that fake news clampdown going Google?

Comment YouTube is under fire again for promoting fake news, despite promising repeatedly in recent weeks that it is improving its systems to limit the exposure to false information.…

NASA sees Phoenix Mars lander's dusty grave 10 years later - CNET - News - 46 min 5 sec ago
NASA's Phoenix lander is long dead and now the Martian elements are giving it a good dusting over.

Qualcomm disappointed by Broadcom's 'inadequate' shrinking package

The Register - 46 min 16 sec ago
Snapdragon giant confirms: Size really does matter

Qualcomm has told Broadcom to – and this is a technical term, here – go screw itself after Broadcom cynically lowered its per-share buyout offer to the Snapdragon chipset designer.…

Cybercrime hurting businesses to tune of $600 billion - CNET - News - 50 min 1 sec ago
Why? Because the digital era has made crime easier than ever, says a new report from McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Hasbro's new head games want to drive you mad - CNET - News - 51 min 48 sec ago
Heart-rate-sensing games, audio feedback loops, and dangly food helmets: Welcome to Game Night 2018.

Conservatives outraged by #TwitterLockout - CNET - News - 57 min 42 sec ago
If a follower is a bot, is it really a follower? In a move it says is "without political bias," Twitter purges accounts that couldn't prove they're human.

Star Wars robots like R2-D2, C3PO could help you in real life - CNET - News - 1 hour 24 min ago
Scientists have looked into the feasibility of lovable droids like BB-8 and R2-D2, and find they're good for more than just pushing a plot forward.

You Don't Need a Personal Genetics Test to Take Charge of Your Health

Wired - 1 hour 31 min ago
That in-home DNA test won't tell you much about how to eat or exercise. Fortunately, you don't need it to.

New Audi V2I tech lets you pay tolls using the rearview mirror - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 42 min ago
ITM removes the need to attach an EZPass or FasTrak to your windshield.

Florida shooting conspiracy theories trend on YouTube, Facebook - CNET - News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Conspiracy theories surrounding the Florida school shooting are spreading rapidly on Facebook and, at one point, propelled a video to the top-trending spot on YouTube.

How SpaceX plans to bring speedy broadband to the whole world - CNET - News - 1 hour 59 min ago
The first Starlink satellites are set to launch aboard a Falcon 9 on Thursday. It could be the start of a whole new way to share Elon Musk memes.

Intel ships (hopefully stable) microcode for Skylake, Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake

Ars Technica - 2 hours 3 min ago

Enlarge / Intel Core i9 X-series Skylake X. (credit: Intel)

Intel reports that it has developed a stable microcode update to address the Spectre flaw for its Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake processors in all their various variants.

The microcode updates help address Spectre variant 2 attacks. Spectre variant 2 attacks work by persuading a processor's branch predictor to make a specific bad prediction about which code will be executed. This bad prediction can then be used to infer the value of data stored in memory, which, in turn, gives an attacker information that they shouldn't otherwise have. The microcode update is designed to give operating systems greater control over the branch predictor, enabling them to prevent one process from influencing the predictions made in another process.

Intel's first microcode update, developed late last year, was included in system firmware updates for machines with Broadwell, Haswell, Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake processors. But users subsequently discovered that the update was causing systems to crash and reboot. Initially, only Broadwell and Haswell systems were confirmed to be affected, but further examination determined that Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake systems were rebooting, too.

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Snakelike Skin Gives a Robot the Power to Crawl

Wired - 2 hours 7 min ago
Researchers report today that they’ve designed an inflatable robot with its own scales that automatically pop out to get a grip.

Yes, Volvo will do a new V60 Cross Country - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 10 min ago
Volvo tells us there will absolutely be a Cross Country version of the new V60.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 ready for standalone VR headsets - CNET - News - 2 hours 18 min ago
The company has released a headset reference design based around its latest chip for phones and standalone headsets to enable all your realities.

Prehistoric Europe much like a game of Civilization, according to ancient DNA

Ars Technica - 2 hours 23 min ago

Enlarge / Reconstruction of a Bell Beaker burial (National Archaeological Museum of Spain). (credit: Miguel Hermoso Cuesta via Wikimedia Commons)

We can understand the prehistoric past only by interpreting the things people left behind. Finds don't come with words to explain how an object arrived at a site or why people decorated a pot a certain way. So there’s a lot of detail about prehistoric people’s lives, cultures, and interactions that these objects can only hint at. In recent years, however, the DNA of ancient people has added depth and detail to the information gleaned from artifacts. Genomic studies, it turns out, can tell us who the people using those artifacts were and where they came from.

Most of the genomic work so far has been relatively small-scale due to the massive effort involved in sampling and processing ancient DNA, but two new studies add several hundred prehistoric genomes to the existing data.

“The two studies published this week approximately double the size of the entire ancient DNA literature and are similar in their sample sizes to population genetic studies of people living today,” Harvard Medical School geneticist David Reich, who coordinated the studies, told Ars. “We can pick out subtleties in ancient demographic process that were more difficult to appreciate using the small sample size studies available before.”

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'Silicon Valley' trailer: Life's gone to the dogs without Erlich - CNET - News - 2 hours 26 min ago
Pups are peeing on the computers and life at Pied Piper is pretty much its normal chaotic state as season 5 approaches.

The Nest Cam IQ Indoor is now also a Google Assistant speaker - CNET - News - 2 hours 30 min ago
A free software update turns your Nest Cam IQ Indoor into a Google Assistant speaker.

'Consider Phlebas' is Amazon's next stab at must-see sci-fi TV - CNET - News - 2 hours 35 min ago
The company is adapting the first book in Iain M. Banks' Culture series for Prime Video.

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Injects $50 Million in Newly Formed Signal Foundation

Wired - 2 hours 37 min ago
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has taken on the leadership of the non-profit behind that popular encryption app—and given it a serious injection of cash.

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