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It's Too Hot For Some Planes To Fly In Phoenix

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In Phoenix on Tuesday, temperatures were forecast to climb as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit, causing more than 40 American Eagle regional flights out of Phoenix's international airport to be canceled. NPR reports: American Airlines said in a statement that the Bombardier CRJ aircraft used on some shorter routes have a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees. For bigger jets, the threshold is higher. The carrier says that, for example, Airbus aircraft have a maximum operating temperature of 127 degrees and that for Boeing, it is 126 degrees. As USA Today reports: "Extreme heat affects a plane's ability to take off. Hot air is less dense than cold air, and the hotter the temperature, the more speed a plane needs to lift off. A runway might not be long enough to allow a plane to achieve the necessary extra speed." Bianca Hernandez, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tells NPR that Phoenix is seeing an unusually strong high-pressure system, which is causing the soaring temperatures. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

U.S. judge faults CFPB 'indifference' toward Sprint settlement

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday faulted the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's apparent "indifference" toward how to distribute money left over from its 2015 settlement with Sprint Corp over unauthorized customer charges.

Sources: BMC Software and CA consider combining companies to take CA private (Bloomberg)

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Bloomberg:Sources: BMC Software and CA consider combining companies to take CA private  —  New York-based CA has a market value of about $13.2 billion  —  BMC Software has been owned by Bain, Golden Gate since 2013  —  BMC Software Inc. and CA Inc. are considering a potential deal …

As iPhone 8 looms, firms scramble to lock up memory chip supply

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Global electronics makers are scrambling to stock up on memory chips to keep production lines running as Apple Inc's new iPhone 8 launch later this year threatens to worsen a global squeeze on supply.

Uber Finally Adds a Tipping Option To Its App

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After years of complaints, Uber is rolling out a tipping option for drivers. "Tipping is available in Seattle, Minneapolis and Houston as of today. We're starting with only 3 cities so we can create the best tipping experience for you and your riders. We'll be adding more cities over the next few weeks, and will make tips available to all U.S. drivers, by the end of July 2017," Uber said in an email to drivers. Gizmodo reports: Uber will also roll out a full set of driver-friendly features. The cancellation window will narrow to two minutes (it was previously five) and drivers will get a per-minute fee if a rider makes them wait beyond two minutes. Drivers will also get a cut of Uber's "teen fare" which had previously gone exclusively to Uber. Now, drivers will get $2 of the fee. Uber will also offer drivers the option to enroll in injury-protection insurance. Uber has always argued that it offers a seamless experience and that adding a tip feature into its app would interfere with that. The company promises an up-front fare to the rider, with no fumbling around for cash or evaluation of a driver's performance beyond assigning a rating. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Launches Its AI-Powered Jobs Search Engine

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Now you can search for jobs across virtually all of the major online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilders, Facebook and others -- directly from Google's search result pages. The company will also include job listings it finds on a company's homepage. TechCrunch reports: The idea here is to give job seekers an easy way to see which jobs are available without having to go to multiple sites only to find duplicate postings and lots of irrelevant jobs. With this new feature, which is now available in English on desktop and mobile, all you have to type in is a query like "jobs near me," "writing jobs" or something along those lines and the search result page will show you the new job search widget that lets you see a broad range of jobs. From there, you can further refine your query to only include full-time positions, for example. When you click through to get more information about a specific job, you also get to see Glassdoor and Indeed ratings for a company. You can also filter jobs by industry, location, when they were posted, and employer. Once you find a query that works, you can also turn on notifications so you get an immediate alert when a new job is posted that matches your personalized query. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitch signs exclusive esports deal that includes 20 Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes events and in-game content for Twitch Prime members (Mike Minotti/VentureBeat)

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Mike Minotti / VentureBeat:Twitch signs exclusive esports deal that includes 20 Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes events and in-game content for Twitch Prime members  —  If you're paying for Twitch Prime, you're going to be getting free stuff in Blizzard's biggest games thanks to a new deal between the two companies.

Driver Killed In a Tesla Crash Using Autopilot Ignored At Least 7 Safety Warnings

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: U.S. investigators said a driver who was killed while using Tesla's partially self-driving car ignored repeated warnings to put his hands on the wheel. In a 538-page report providing new details of the May 2016 crash that killed Ohio resident Joshua Brown in a highway crash in Florida, the National Transportation Safety Board described the scene of the grisly incident and the minutes leading up to it. The agency, which opened an investigation to explore the possibility that Tesla's Autopilot system was faulty, said it had drawn "no conclusions about how or why the crash occurred." The NTSB report appears to deliver no conflicting information. The agency said the driver was traveling at 74 miles per hour, above the 65 mph limit on the road, when he collided with the truck. The driver used the vehicle's self-driving system for 37.5 minutes of the 41 minutes of his trip, according to NTSB. During the time the self-driving system was activated, he had his hands on the wheel for a total of only about half a minute, investigators concluded. NTSB said the driver received seven visual warnings on the instrument panel, which blared "Hold Steering Wheel," followed by six audible warnings. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

WATCH: Tech stocks rebound

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Wall Street opens in record territory thanks in part to tech stocks

WATCH: Sony debuts Spider Man gameplay trailer at E3 convention

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New Spider Man game for PS4 console is scheduled for release in 2018.

Cisco announces service it claims can detect malware in encrypted traffic, amid fierce competition in its switching biz, 6 straight quarters of falling revenue (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Cisco announces service it claims can detect malware in encrypted traffic, amid fierce competition in its switching biz, 6 straight quarters of falling revenue  —  Cisco Systems Inc. is placing a major bet on security to revive sluggish sales of networking switches, its biggest business …

'Older Fathers Have Geekier Sons'

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An anonymous reader shares a BBC article: Men who delay starting a family are more likely to have "geekier" sons, a study suggests. They were brighter, more focused and less bothered about fitting in -- according to the "Geek Index" devised by King's College London. The mother's age had no impact, and daughters seemed to be immune. One scientist said a trend for delayed parenthood might mean we were heading towards a "society of geniuses" able to solve the world's problems. The findings are rare good news in the science of delayed fatherhood. Repeated studies have shown that older sperm is more prone to genetic errors and children are more likely to develop autism and schizophrenia. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Trump to meet with top executives on wireless tech, drones

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss advanced wireless technologies and drones on Thursday with top executives at AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, T-Mobile US Inc and other firms, focusing on how government can create the right environment for breakthroughs.

A look at AMD's future in servers with today's launch of its EPYC enterprise-class processors, with configurations up to 32 cores and 64 threads per processor (Ian Cutress/AnandTech)

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Ian Cutress / AnandTech:A look at AMD's future in servers with today's launch of its EPYC enterprise-class processors, with configurations up to 32 cores and 64 threads per processor  —  The big news out of AMD was the launch of Zen, the new high-performance core that is designed to underpin the product roadmap for the next few generations of products.

Qatar says news agency hacking linked to states boycotting Doha

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DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's attorney general said on Tuesday his country has evidence that the hacking of Qatar's state news agency was linked to countries that have severed ties with Doha.

Adobe reports net income rising to $374M, up from $244M YoY, revenue up 26.7% to $1.77B (Reuters)

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Reuters:Adobe reports net income rising to $374M, up from $244M YoY, revenue up 26.7% to $1.77B  —  Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE.O) reported a 26.7 percent jump in revenue, the 13th straight quarter of increase, as more customers subscribed to its Creative Cloud package of software tools, which include Photoshop.

EFF Launches New AI Progress Measurement Project

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Reader Peter Eckersley writes: There's a lot of real progress happening in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and also a lot of hype. These technologies already have serious policy implications, and may have more in the future. But what's the ratio of hype to real progress? At EFF, we decided to find out. Today we are launching a pilot project to measure the progress of AI research. It breaks the field into a taxonomy of subproblems like game playing, reading comprehension, computer vision, and asking neural networks to write computer programs, and tracks progress on metrics across these fields. We're hoping to get feedback and contributions from the machine learning community, with the aim of using this data to improve the conversations around the social implications, transparency, safety, and security of AI. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

German police raid homes of 36 accused of hateful posts on social media including threats, coercion, and incitement to racism, amid push for social media bill (David Shimer/New York Times)

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David Shimer / New York Times:German police raid homes of 36 accused of hateful posts on social media including threats, coercion, and incitement to racism, amid push for social media bill  —  In a coordinated campaign across 14 states, the German police on Tuesday raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful postings …

OnePlus found to again manipulate benchmarks to maximize scores, this time with OnePlus 5; firm claims benchmark apps "run in a state similar to daily usage" (Mario Tomás Serrafero/xda-developers)

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Mario Tomás Serrafero / xda-developers:OnePlus found to again manipulate benchmarks to maximize scores, this time with OnePlus 5; firm claims benchmark apps “run in a state similar to daily usage”  —  Our OnePlus 5 Review Unit manipulates benchmarks to maximize scores  —  Earlier this year, we published a report …

South Korean Web Hosting Provider Pays $1 Million In Ransomware Demand

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An anonymous reader writes: Nayana, a web hosting provider based in South Korea, announced it is in the process of paying a three-tier ransom demand of nearly $1 million worth of Bitcoin, following a ransomware infection that encrypted data on customer' servers. The ransomware infection appears has taken place on June 10, but Nayana admitted to the incident two days later, in a statement on its website. Attackers asked for an initial ransom payment of 550 Bitcoin, which was worth nearly $1.62 million at the time of the request. After two days of negotiations, Nayana staff said they managed to reduce the ransom demand to 397.6 Bitcoin, or nearly $1 million. In a subsequent announcement, Nayana officials stated that they negotiated with the attackers to pay the ransom demand in three installments, due to the company's inability to produce such a large amount of cash in a short period of time. On Saturday, June 17, the company said it already paid two of the three payment tranches. In subsequent announcements, Nayana updated clients on the server decryption process, saying the entire operation would take up to ten days due to the vast amount of encrypted data. The company said 153 Linux servers were affected, servers which stored the information of more than 3,400 customers. Read more of this story at[..]

Jaguar Land Rover will fast-track job applicants who perform well in puzzle-based app, echoing a broader industry shift towards screening via apps (Amie Tsang/New York Times)

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Amie Tsang / New York Times:Jaguar Land Rover will fast-track job applicants who perform well in puzzle-based app, echoing a broader industry shift towards screening via apps  —  LONDON — Want to work for Jaguar Land Rover?  You could improve your chances by solving puzzles.  —  The carmaker announced on Monday …

South Korean web host Nayana agrees to $1M extortion fee after 153 servers hit by ransomware, after negotiating the sum down from ~$1.6M (Alfred Ng/CNET)

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Alfred Ng / CNET:South Korean web host Nayana agrees to $1M extortion fee after 153 servers hit by ransomware, after negotiating the sum down from ~$1.6M  —  WannaCry only demanded $300 from each victim.  These hackers extorted $1 million from one South Korean company.  —  Hackers appear to have pulled off …

Source: Khosla, Sam Altman, and a16z-backed Teespring, once valued at $650M, was valued at ~$11M in latest round (Patience Haggin/Wall Street Journal)

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Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:Source: Khosla, Sam Altman, and a16z-backed Teespring, once valued at $650M, was valued at ~$11M in latest round  —  New financing dramatically cuts Teespring's valuation from $650 million as early investors Andreessen Horowitz and Khosla Ventures have stakes slashed to pennies on the dollar in the custom T-shirt marketplace.

Amazon Web Services Quietly Forms a Mixed Reality Team, But What Is It Building?

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Nat Levy, reporting for GeekWire: Amazon is building a new "two pizza team" within Amazon Web Services focused on mixed-reality technology, another sign that the cloud powerhouse is expanding its reach and branching out into new areas. AWS isn't talking publicly about the initiative, but a job posting for a software engineer sheds some light on the team's goals. The posting says the company is "building a set of services, and platform to bring AWS and Amazon into the world of Mixed Reality." The company wants engineers with experience in "Computer Vision, 3D objects, rendering and data storage by designing, developing and testing software solutions." The posting further states that "applications would include real-time 3D modeling, image and video stream processing all within a scalable distributed environment." The posting calls the group a "true start-up within AWS (a real two pizza team)." The two-pizza term goes back to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and his well-known rule that any team or meeting that can't be fed with two pizzas is too large. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Status, a messaging app and mobile browser to help users interact with apps on the ethereum network, raises $44M in its ICO (Corin Faife/Motherboard)

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Corin Faife / Motherboard:Status, a messaging app and mobile browser to help users interact with apps on the ethereum network, raises $44M in its ICO  —  The company is hoping that its user-friendly app design will help bring cryptocurrency to the masses.  —  Starting a little before 12pm EST today, Status …

PayPal and Venmo now allow instant bank transfers, amid competition from Square Cash, Zelle, and Apple's P2P payments in iMessages for iOS 11 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:PayPal and Venmo now allow instant bank transfers, amid competition from Square Cash, Zelle, and Apple's P2P payments in iMessages for iOS 11  —  PayPal announced this morning a plan to speed up money transfers between its service, Venmo and users' bank accounts for those with supported MasterCard and Visa debit cards.

Tim Cook Told Trump Tech Employees Are 'Nervous' About Immigration

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Behind the scenes at the White House tech CEO meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook told President Donald Trump that technology employees are "nervous" about the administration's approach to immigration, CNBC reports, citing a source familiar with the exchange. From the report: The source said the president told the CEOs on Monday that the Senate's health-care bill needs "more heart." That would be a second known instance of the president criticizing the GOP plan in private meetings. To that, the source said, Cook replied that the immigration approach by the administration also "needs more heart." Cook cited the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is under review by the Trump administration. He also said people in tech and their co-workers were nervous about their status, and added that it "would be great" if the president could "send them a signal." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sources on details from WH meeting: Cook and Trump discuss immigration reform as tech pushes on H-1B visas, Google talks AI, Amazon/Palantir talk procurement (Tony Romm/Recode)

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Tony Romm / Recode:Sources on details from WH meeting: Cook and Trump discuss immigration reform as tech pushes on H-1B visas, Google talks AI, Amazon/Palantir talk procurement  —  For many, a meeting at the White House yesterday offered a chance to push their political and business agendas.

3D Printed Airliner Parts Face Regulatory Headwinds

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Some aerospace suppliers are eager to start using 3-D printing technology to turn out large, high-volume structural parts for jetliners, but U.S. safety regulators are taking a go-slow approach toward approving such production. From a report: Three-dimensional printing is a darling of the aerospace industry because it is relatively inexpensive compared with more-prevalent ways of making components. A series of announcements at the Paris Air Show expected in coming days illustrates the immense promise of airliner parts manufactured by 3-D printers -- as well as the formidable regulatory challenges confronting their widespread acceptance (alternative source). On Tuesday, officials of Norsk Titanium AS, a closely held Norwegian company that has developed a novel 3-D printing approach, will unveil a broad partnership with Spirit AeroSystems, a major subcontractor for Boeing and other industry players. Under the arrangement, Spirit sees the potential of eventually using Norsk's technology to produce thousands of different parts at 30% lower cost than traditional milling methods. However, before that can happen, the Federal Aviation Administration has to approve the overall process and certify that the cutting-edge, plasma-deposition technology is reliable enough to ensure identical strength and other properties from batch to batch. FAA officials have said they are moving cautiously, because they want to fully understand the unique technical issues.[..]

Amazon launches 'try-before-you-buy' fashion service

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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc launched on Tuesday a subscription-based box shopping service, Prime Wardrobe, as the world's largest online retailer steps up efforts to boost its apparel business.

Italy investigates foreign ministry hacking attempt

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ROME (Reuters) - Italy's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it was investigating a hacking attempt, after a group calling itself Anonymous published what it said was stolen ministry data.

Uber to allow tipping for drivers, reversing long-standing policy

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] will, for the first time, allow drivers to collect tips through the Uber smartphone app, the company said on Tuesday, part of a broader effort to improve its often-contentious relationship with its drivers.

Netflix tests interactive episodes for kids which allow different storylines to be chosen, available on select smart TVs, Roku, and iOS devices (Casey Newton/The Verge)

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Casey Newton / The Verge:Netflix tests interactive episodes for kids which allow different storylines to be chosen, available on select smart TVs, Roku, and iOS devices  —  Can ‘choose your own adventure’ work on TV?  —  Netflix's first interactive episode arrives on the service today, giving viewers a chance …

Uber to allow tipping for drivers, reversing long-standing policy

(5 days ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] will, for the first time, allow drivers to collect tips through the Uber smartphone app, the company said on Tuesday, part of a broader effort to improve its often-contentious relationship with its drivers.

OnePlus 5, 'The Best Sub-$500 Phone You Can Buy', Launched

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From an ArsTechnica article: Smartphone companies don't seem to care about cultivating a true "lineup" of phones. If you aren't spending at least $650, most companies will offer you anonymous, second-rate devices that seem like they've had no thought put into them. Enter the OnePlus 5, which continues the company's tradition of offering an all-business, high-end smartphone for a great price. Today OnePlus is both announcing the OnePlus 5 and lifting the review embargo on the device, which we've had for about two weeks now. $479 gets you an aluminum-clad pocket computer with a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. You still get OnePlus' physical 3-way alert switch, a USB-C port, capacitive buttons with a front-mounted fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack. The phone has two cameras on the back: one 16MP main camera and one 20MP telephoto camera, arranged in the most iPhone-y way possible. Besides the $479 version, there's a more expensive $539 version, which ups the RAM from 6GB to a whopping 8GB, adds another 64GB of storage for a total of 128GB, and changes the color from "Slate Grey" to "Midnight Black." Further reading: OnePlus 5 review: as fast and smooth as Google Pixel, without the price tag - The Guardian;OnePlus 5 review: the me-too phone - The Verge; OnePlus 5 Review - Wired.[..]
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