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Netflix Launches New 'Interactive Shows' That Let Viewers Dictate the Story

(One hour ago)
Netflix announced that it's launching an all-new interactive format that turns viewers in storytellers, letting them dictate each choice and direction the story takes. "In each interactive title, you can make choices for the characters, shaping the story as you go," according to Netflix. "Each choice leads to a different adventure, so you can watch again and again, and see a new story each time." The Next Web reports: The first two interactive shows that will be available on Netflix are Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. Puss in Book launches globally today, with Buddy Thunderstruck slated to make its debut a month from now on July 14. The new experience will be available on most television setups and iOS devices. "Content creators have a desire to tell non-linear stories like these, and Netflix provides the freedom to roam, try new things and do their best work," Product Innovation director Carla Fisher said. "The intertwining of our engineers in Silicon Valley and the creative minds in Hollywood has opened up this new world of storytelling possibilities." Fisher further added that, for the time being, the streaming service will be mainly focusing its efforts on producing interactive content for children -- especially since their research has shown that they already tend to be prone to interacting with the screen.[..]

Toshiba gets earnings report extension, faces delisting risk

(2 hours ago)
Money-losing Japanese electronics and nuclear company Toshiba Corp. has until Aug. 10 to get auditors to sign off on its earnings statements, or else it faces the risk of getting delisted

Exclusive: Amazon to charge $2.8 million for NFL ad packages - sources

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is looking to charge advertisers $2.8 million for packages that include 30-second spots during the Thursday night National Football League games it will stream live to its Prime customers this coming season, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Russia threatens to block Telegram messaging app

(2 hours ago)
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday accused the Telegram messaging app of violating Russian legislation and said it could be blocked if it did not provide the watchdog with information about the company that controls Telegram.

Judge says San Francisco can subpoena Uber for driver information

(2 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company's driver contact information, the city attorney said.

Big Oil turns to big data to save big money on drilling

(2 hours ago)
(Reuters) - In today's U.S. shale fields, tiny sensors attached to production gear harvest data on everything from pumping pressure to the heat and rotational speed of drill bits boring into the rocky earth.

Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets

(2 hours ago)
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Western technology companies, including Cisco , IBM and SAP , are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.

Toshiba stock listing status downgraded, deeper losses flagged

(3 hours ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - Crisis-wracked Toshiba Corp suffered further indignities on Friday, estimating bigger losses for the past financial year and getting demoted to the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

(4 hours ago)
A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital's expansion and plans are to move it two blocks away to city property

ESA Approves Gravitational-Wave Hunting Spacecraft For 2034

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The European Space Agency has approved the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna mission designed to study gravitational waves in space. The spacecraft is slated for launch in in 2034. New Scientist reports: LISA will be made up of three identical satellites orbiting the sun in a triangle formation, each 2.5 million kilometers from the next. The sides of the triangle will be powerful lasers bounced to and fro between the spacecraft. As large objects like black holes move through space they cause gravitational waves, ripples which stretch and squeeze space-time. The LISA satellites will detect how these waves warp space via tiny changes in the distance the laser beams travel. In order to detect these minuscule changes, on scales less than a trillionth of a meter, LISA will have to shrug off cosmic rays and the particles and light from the sun. The LISA Pathfinder mission, a solo probe launched in December 2015, proved that this sensitivity was possible and galvanized researchers working to realize the full LISA mission. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania?

(6 hours ago)
Teams around the world are competing to develop tablet software to replace a teacher in developing countries.

Sega debuts free classic games on mobiles

(6 hours ago)
Launch sees five titles made available but more will appear every fortnight.

Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

(6 hours ago)
The popular Instagram figure was struck in the chest and died of a heart attack, French media say.

Two Britons arrested over Microsoft hack

(6 hours ago)
It is believed the men from Sleaford and Bracknell were part of a larger group.

California earthquake alarm sounded - 92 years late

(6 hours ago)
US geologists apologise for issuing warning about a massive earthquake - that struck in 1925.

UK hacker exploits online bank loophole to steal £100,000

(6 hours ago)
James Ejankowski bought two cars using money stolen from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group.

Hackers claim responsibility for Skype outage

(6 hours ago)
Hacking group CyberTeam says it was behind the Skype connectivity problems over the past two days.

'Bots used to bias online political chats'

(6 hours ago)
Oxford researchers warn that computational propaganda is a powerful tool against democracy.

Indian teen celebrates as Nasa sends satellite to space

(6 hours ago)
The tiny satellite was designed by Rifath Sharrook, 18, and manufactured using a 3-D printer.

Aadhar: Why is India's biometric scheme so controversial?

(6 hours ago)
More than a billion biometric cards have been issued, but the scheme is deeply controversial.

Adults sharing sexual content on teen app

(6 hours ago)
The video app, Monkey, is designed to help teenagers make new friends

Flying car: One way to beat traffic jams

(6 hours ago)
The BBC's Theo Leggett shows us around a new flying car, which is on display at the Paris Airshow.

Famous YouTubers raise thousands for Grenfell Tower victims and families

(6 hours ago)
Stars like Em Ford and Bethan Leadley raise thousands of pounds for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

'I lost my eye'

(6 hours ago)
About two billion people have no insurance, but "pay-by-mobile" policies are growing in popularity.

Precious metals

(6 hours ago)
Some of the metals needed to make many of our tech gadgets are in short supply. Could recycling help?

Baby bytes

(6 hours ago)
Hundreds of apps give breastfeeding and baby advice to new mums, but are they any good?

Staylittle: Village cut off from web finally gets online

(6 hours ago)
At a time when you can email from your phone, one village has remained in the "dark ages" with no mobile phone or broadband internet until now.
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