Uber Employees Used the Platform To Stalk Celebrities and Their Exes, Says Former Employee

Slashdot - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 8:10pm
Uber employees are able to view customer trip information, and many of them are using it to spy on ex-girlfriends and celebrities like Beyonce, according to a former employee. From a report on BusinessInsider: A new piece out from Reveal's Will Evans details Uber's history with security and privacy. The story cites the experience of Ward Spangenberg, Uber's former forensic investigator who was fired from the company last February. Spangenberg is suing Uber for, among other things, wrongful termination, defamation, and age discrimination. In a stunning October court declaration, Spangenberg alleges that Uber employees freely accessed trip information about celebrities and politicians and helped each other spy on ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends by tracking where and when they travelled. Spangenberg, who worked at Uber for 11 months, said the company's lack of security violated consumer privacy and data protection regulations.

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Watch a Resting Brain Light Up With Activity

Wired News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 8:00pm
The blood rushing around in your brain is actually a good indicator of what your neurons are doing. The post Watch a Resting Brain Light Up With Activity appeared first on WIRED.
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Google Makes Embedding Projector an Open Source Project

Slashdot - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 7:30pm
Reader BrianFagioli writes: One of the best way to digest and present data is with visualizations and dashboards. Not everyone is a data scientist, so how you tell a story matters. Today, Google is making a rather nifty data visualization tool an open source project. Called "Embedding Projector", it can show what the search giant calls high-dimensional data. "To enable a more intuitive exploration process, we are open-sourcing the Embedding Projector, a web application for interactive visualization and analysis of high-dimensional data recently shown as an A.I. Experiment, as part of TensorFlow. We are also releasing a standalone version at projector.tensorflow.org, where users can visualize their high-dimensional data without the need to install and run TensorFlow," says Google.

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American Express Will Give All Parents 20 Weeks Of Paid Leave

Slashdot - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 7:05pm
Starting in January, the financial services giant will expand its paid parental leave policy for mothers and fathers to 20 weeks at full pay, plus another six to eight weeks for women who give birth and require medical leave. Full-time and part-time employees who have worked at Amex for at least a year are eligible. CNN adds: That's a big shift from the company's current policy of offering six weeks of paid leave for the primary parent plus another six to eight weeks for birth mothers who require medical leave. Secondary caregivers, meanwhile, have gotten just two weeks. Under the new policy, parents will also have access to a 24-hour lactation consultant. And mothers who go on business trips will be able to ship their breast milk home for free.

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How Netflix’s The Crown Captures the Turmoil of Post-War London

Wired News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:50pm
Tatters don't come cheap in this royal drama. The post How Netflix’s The Crown Captures the Turmoil of Post-War London appeared first on WIRED.
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Drinking 'settings' tied to college sexual assault

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:46pm
Although alcohol is believed to play a role in college sexual assaults, there is no evidence that male students' binge drinking per se boosts their odds of becoming a perpetrator, according to a study.
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Anesthetic cream best for relieving vaccination pain in infants

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:46pm
For babies under age one year, lidocaine cream, combined with a small amount of sugar given by mouth and infant soothing, can help relieve pain from routine vaccinations, according to a study.
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Details of information processing in the brain revealed

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:46pm
New research shows that when we're paying attention to something, that information is processed in a continuous manner. But when we're trying to ignore something, we perceive and experience information in waves or frames, like scenes in a movie. We are better at prioritizing certain times when we are not attending to that space in the world. research shows that the two processes for attending to space and attending to time interact with one another.
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Get better customer service by choosing your words wisely

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:46pm
The next time you make a complaint to your cellphone or cable company, don't get personal.
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Researchers develop new approach for better big data prediction

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:46pm
A new approach for analyzing big data has been developed that can drastically improve the ability to make accurate predictions about medicine, complex diseases, social science phenomena, and other issues.
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Why we walk on our heels instead of our toes: Longer virtual limbs

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:46pm
While many animals walk on the balls of their feet, humans use a heel-first stride. Researchers suggest that this gives humans the advantage of longer 'virtual limbs.'
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New robot has a human touch

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:46pm
Most robots achieve grasping and tactile sensing through motorized means, which can be excessively bulky and rigid. Scientists have now devised a way for a soft robot to feel its surroundings internally, in much the same way humans do. Stretchable optical waveguides act as curvature, elongation and force sensors in a soft robotic hand.
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Some Bangladesh Bank Officials Involved In Heist, Says Investigator

Slashdot - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:40pm
Ruma Paul, reporting for Reuters: Some Bangladesh central bank officials deliberately exposed its computer systems and enabled hackers to steal $81 million from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in February, a top investigator in Dhaka told Reuters on Monday. The comments by Mohammad Shah Alam of the Dhaka police are the first sign that investigators have got a firm lead in one of the world's biggest cyber heists. Arrests are soon likely, he said. On Thursday, the head of a Bangladesh government panel that investigated the heist said five bank officials were guilty of negligence but that they were only unwitting accomplices. Alam told Reuters his investigations had discovered that some bank officials had knowingly created vulnerabilities in the bank's connection to the SWIFT system, used for global transactions.Early this year, hackers targeted Bangladesh's central bank to get away with $1bn. At the time, it was reported that the gang behind the raid used stolen credentials to make requests to transfer cash look legitimate. If all the requests had gone unchallenged, the gang would have got away with about $1bn. However, the transfers were stopped when the volume of requests raised suspicions at other banks.

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Enzyme that regulates DNA repair may offer new precision treatments for breast and ovarian cancer

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:38pm
Researchers have identified an enzyme called UCHL3 that regulates the BRCA2 pathway, which is important for DNA repair, report scientists.
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Silent heart attack in women

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:38pm
Women often neglect their own heart health during the holidays and can suffer serious health problems, suggests a new report.
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Fasting kills cancer cells of most common type of childhood leukemia,study shows

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:36pm
Intermittent fasting inhibits the development and progression of the most common type of childhood leukemia, researchers have found.
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Baby boomers on a bender: Emerging trends in alcohol binge and use disorders among older adults

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:36pm
Trends of self-reported past-month binge alcohol use and alcohol use disorder were examined among adults age 50 and older. The researchers found significant increases in past-year alcohol use, past-month alcohol use, past-month binge drinking, and alcohol use disorders.
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A new light on stellar death

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:36pm
Back in 2015 when astronomers discovered an intense flare in a distant galaxy, they considered it the brightest supernova ever observed. Now, astrophysicists offer an entirely different interpretation based on new astronomical observation data.
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Public willing to pay to reduce toxic algae, but maybe not enough

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:36pm
A collaboration of universities and government agencies has identified three key agricultural management plans for curtailing harmful algal blooms. They have also identified a looming funding gap for enacting those plans.
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Jersey was a must-see tourist destination for Neanderthals for over 100,000 years

Science Daily - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:34pm
Neanderthals kept coming back to a coastal cave site in Jersey from at least 180,000 years ago until around 40,000 years ago. researchers report. As part of a re-examination of La Cotte de St Brelade and its surrounding landscape, archaeologists have taken a fresh look at artefacts and mammoth bones originally excavated from within the site's granite cliffs in the 1970s.
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