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No Cash For Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding Firms

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Online fund-raising sites are turning their backs on activists looking to offer financial support for James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into counter-protesters at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. GoFundMe, Kickstarter and other mainstream crowdfunding firms have policies that prohibit hate speech or abuse, the latest example of technology firms making it harder for far-right groups to organize online. Fields is accused of killing one woman and injuring 19 others on Saturday after the rally in Charlottesville turned violent. Supporters of Fields, who was denied bail at a court hearing in Virginia on Monday, have turned to the internet to raise money for his legal defense. GoFundMe, one of the two leading crowdfunding firms, said on Monday it has removed multiple fundraising campaigns for Fields, because the company prohibits the promotion of hate speech and violence. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Accidental deaths of endangered whale threatens its survival

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Marine conservation groups say accidental deaths this year among the endangered North Atlantic right whales threaten the species' survival

Neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer moves to dark web after GoDaddy, Google bans, sharing its .onion address (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:Neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer moves to dark web after GoDaddy, Google bans, sharing its .onion address  —  Prominent neo-Nazi news site the Daily Stormer has apparently moved to the dark web after being denied domain registration from Google and GoDaddy.  The site's status page tweeted a link …

Crowdfunding sites including GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo disallow crowdfunding for Charlottesville murder suspect, with multiple campaigns halted (Sheila Dang/Reuters)

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Sheila Dang / Reuters:Crowdfunding sites including GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo disallow crowdfunding for Charlottesville murder suspect, with multiple campaigns halted  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online fund-raising sites are turning their backs on activists looking to offer financial support for James Fields …

Tech Companies Urge Supreme Court To Boost Cellphone Privacy

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More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals' sensitive cellphone data. From a report: The companies filed a 44-page brief with the court on Monday night in a high-profile dispute over whether police should have to get a warrant before obtaining data that could reveal a cellphone user's whereabouts. Signed by some of Silicon Valley's biggest names, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Snap and Alphabet's Google, the brief said that as individuals' data is increasingly collected through digital devices, greater privacy protections are needed under the law. "That users rely on technology companies to process their data for limited purposes does not mean that they expect their intimate data to be monitored by the government without a warrant," the brief said. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Uber settles U.S. allegations over data privacy

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WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has agreed to two decades of audits after U.S. regulators found the ride-services company failed to protect the personal information of drivers and passengers and deceived the public about efforts to prevent snooping by its employees.

Lawsuit over false online data revived after U.S. top court review

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a California man's lawsuit accusing Spokeo Inc of publishing an online profile about him that was filled with mistakes.

Blackstone ends talks for NSO Group stake that prompted protest: sources

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(Reuters) - Blackstone Group has pulled out of discussions to buy part of Israeli mobile surveillance software maker NSO Group, according to people familiar with the talks that had been criticized by digital privacy activists.

Philippines regulator denies Uber's appeal on one-month suspension

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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' transport regulator on Tuesday denied an appeal by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] against its order suspending the ride-hailing firm's services for a month in the Southeast Asian nation.

Facebook improves Camera with ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs, and make full screen text posts; all can be shared to Story, Messenger, and News Feed (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Facebook improves Camera with ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs, and make full screen text posts; all can be shared to Story, Messenger, and News Feed  —  Despite the tepid reception for Facebook Stories, the social network is doubling down on its full screen Camera feature.

Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad Can Make You Feel Worse

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An anonymous reader writes: Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research. "We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health," said study senior author Iris Mauss, an associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. At this point, researchers can only speculate on why accepting your joyless emotions can defuse them, like dark clouds passing swiftly in front of the sun and out of sight. "Maybe if you have an accepting attitude toward negative emotions, you're not giving them as much attention," Mauss said. "And perhaps, if you're constantly judging your emotions, the negativity can pile up." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Qualcomm unveils new Spectra depth-sensing camera tech, expected to be part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform (Cherlynn Low/Engadget)

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Cherlynn Low / Engadget:Qualcomm unveils new Spectra depth-sensing camera tech, expected to be part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform  —  Dual cameras are so passé.  Qualcomm is getting ready to define the next generation of cameras for the Android ecosystem.

Lawsuit over false online data revived after U.S. top court review

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a California man's lawsuit accusing Spokeo Inc of publishing an online profile about him that was filled with mistakes.

NASA is Sending Bacteria Into the Sky on Balloons During the Eclipse

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An anonymous reader shares a report: As the Moon blocks the Sun's light completely next week in a total solar eclipse, more than 50 high-altitude balloons in over 20 locations across the US will soar up to 100,000 feet in the sky. On board will be Raspberry Pi cameras, weather sensors, and modems to stream live eclipse footage. They'll also have metal tags coated with very hardy bacteria, because NASA wants to know whether they will survive on Mars. Every time we send a rover to the Red Planet, our own microorganisms latch on to them and hitch a ride across space. What happens to these bacteria once they're on Mars? Do they mutate? Do they die? Or can they continue living undisturbed, colonizing worlds other than our own? To answer these questions we need to run experiments here on Earth, and the eclipse on August 21st provides the perfect opportunity. The balloons are being sent up by teams of high school and college students from across the US as part of the Eclipse Ballooning Project, led by Angela Des Jardins of Montana State University. When Jim Greene, the director of planetary science at NASA, first heard that over 50 balloons were being flown to the stratosphere to live stream the eclipse, he couldn't believe his ears. "I said, oh my god, that's like being on Mars!" Greene tells The Verge. NASA couldn't pass on the opportunity.[..]

Intel Officially Reveals Post-8th Generation Core Architecture Code Name: Ice Lake, Built on 10nm+ (Ian Cutress/AnandTech)

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Ian Cutress / AnandTech:Intel Officially Reveals Post-8th Generation Core Architecture Code Name: Ice Lake, Built on 10nm+  —  In an unusual move for Intel, the chip giant has ever so slightly taken the wraps off of one of their future generation Core architectures.  Basic information on the Ice Lake architecture …

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Target expands next-day "everyday essentials" delivery service, Target Restock, a day after announcing Grand Junction acquisition (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Target expands next-day “everyday essentials” delivery service, Target Restock, a day after announcing Grand Junction acquisition  —  A day after Target announced the acquisition of transportation technology company Grand Junction, the retailer this morning is expanding its next-day delivery service, Target Restock.

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It's been five years since NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover landed on the red planet on August 6, 2012. The rover survived the much-publicized "seven minutes of terror" and safely landed near Mount Sharp. The rover accomplished its main goal in less than a year, collecting a rock sample that shows ancient Mars could supported living microbes.

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Ingrem, a Chinese company has created the "husband pod," an arcade booth intended to stave off boredom for men who accompany their partners to the mall.

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Scientists have figured out how to grow organs from skin cells. CNN's Rachel Crane explores a lab that is using this technique to revolutionize cancer treatments.

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A security robot named Steve plunged down four steps into a fountain in Washington, leading to its watery demise.

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Meet GuardBot, a spherical surveillance vehicle that can swim upstream. CNN's Thom Patterson explains how the military hopes to use it.

Zero gravity, fully cute: New Japanese drone in space

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The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has released the first set of images and videos taken by its debut zero-gravity camera drone or "Int-Ball," the cute orb of a drone, will optimize communication between crew in space and on Earth.

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Researchers at the University of Washington demonstrate new techniques to turn audio clips into realistic video, using clips from President Obama's speeches.

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Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople meet in Sun Valley, Idaho, for an exclusive weeklong conference.

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Beneath its heavy cloud cover, Jupiter has been able to keep its secrets from astronomers. Now, first results from NASA's Juno mission are challenging researchers' beliefs about the gas giant.

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While speaking to CNN's Laurie Segall, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Cheryl Yeoh says she was sexually assaulted by her investor.

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In Hong Kong, two engineers have created a smart bicycle helmet with integrated brake and turn-signal lights.

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Michaela Pereira and John Berman talk to Brett Larson and Michael Fertik about a new study focused on internet trolling.

'Satellite catcher' will use magnets to clean up space junk

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Japanese scientists are developing a system to capture and remove space debris.

How Japan is reinventing the future of energy

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Right now, Japan imports 84% of its energy, but all over the country scientists are busy innovating with the goal of changing this.

How Japan is reinventing the automobile

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The future of the car in Japan is not just about what we will drive but also how we will power it.

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Revolutionary developments around the world might mean that life in space for the masses could soon become a reality.

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We're Not Walking Away From Continuum, Says HP

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An anonymous reader shares a report: While Windows roadmaps purportedly leaked to a blog last week appear to have a big hole in them where mobile should be, HP Inc tells us it has been assured by Redmond there are no plans to drop Continuum. HP is the sole major mobile vendor committed to the Windows Mobile Edition of Windows 10 and bet big on Continuum, the multimode "use-your-phone-as-a-PC" feature on which some of HP's ambitions rest. El Reg was impressed by HP's plans to build an ecosystem around the multi-mode capabilities of the HP Elite x3 phone, which doubles up as a PC replacement. (Or tries to.) Launching in over 50 markets, the ecosystem includes a streaming apps service HP Workplace to fill in the app gap, and even a "lap dock." HP pitched it at field workers and verticals. The only thing letting Inc-ers down was the quality of the software from Microsoft. Spring came and went without the expected improvements to Continuum. Unauthorised briefings last week suggest the Windows Mobile branch of Windows 10 is now an orphan. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook is deleting posts linking to an obscene Daily Stormer article on Charlottesville victim, after initially being shared more than 65K times (Casey Newton/The Verge)

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Casey Newton / The Verge:Facebook is deleting posts linking to an obscene Daily Stormer article on Charlottesville victim, after initially being shared more than 65K times  —  Daily Stormer article violated community standards, company says  —  A blog post attacking a victim of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville …

Netflix Co-Founder's Crazy Plan: Pay $10 a Month, Go to the Movies All You Want

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Mitch Lowe, a founder of Netflix, has a crazy idea. Through his new startup MoviePass, he wants to subsidize our film habit, letting us go to the theater once a day for about the price of a single ticket. From a report: Lowe, an early Netflix executive who now runs a startup called MoviePass, plans to drop the price of the company's movie ticket subscriptions on Tuesday to $9.95. The fee will let customers get in to one showing every day at any theater in the U.S. that accepts debit cards. MoviePass will pay theaters the full price of each ticket used by subscribers, excluding 3D or Imax screens. MoviePass could lose a lot of money subsidizing people's movie habits. So the company also raised cash on Tuesday by selling a majority stake to Helios and Matheson Analytics, a small, publicly traded data firm in New York. [...] Theater operators should certainly welcome any effort to increase sales. The top four cinema operators, led by AMC Entertainment, lost $1.3 billion in market value early this month after a disappointing summer. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Amazon launches "Instant Pickup" points to fulfill pickup orders in minutes, now live near a few college campuses in the US (Karissa Bell/Mashable)

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Karissa Bell / Mashable:Amazon launches “Instant Pickup” points to fulfill pickup orders in minutes, now live near a few college campuses in the US  —  If you think speaking to your fellow humans is the worst part about going to the local corner store, Amazon might just have a solution.

64-bit Firefox is the New Default on 64-bit Windows

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An anonymous reader shares a blog post: Users on 64-bit Windows who download Firefox will now get our 64-bit version by default. That means they'll install a more secure version of Firefox, one that also crashes a whole lot less. How much less? In our tests so far, 64-bit Firefox reduced crashes by 39% on machines with 4GB of RAM or more. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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