If You Want to Like The Dark Tower, Reset Your Expectations

Wired News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 9:57pm
The sprawling fantasy epic adaptation may well be a movie folks like. But it won't be the movie they need. The post If You Want to Like The Dark Tower, Reset Your Expectations appeared first on WIRED.
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WhatsApp Users Are Reporting Outages Worldwide

Slashdot - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 9:40pm
sombragris writes: WhatsApp, a proprietary instant messaging platform owned by Facebook and used by millions of users, is currently down according to user reports from various parts of the world. There's no official word yet on the cause but I'm among the many affected by the outages. UPDATE 5/3/17: "Earlier today, WhatsApp users in all parts of the world were unable to access WhatsApp for a few hours. We have now fixed the issue and apologize for the inconvenience," WhatsApp said in an email late Wednesday afternoon.

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The One Hire Facebook Really Needs to Make to Curb Violence

Wired News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 9:36pm
By involving ethicists and social scientists in its product-building process, Facebook could better anticipate problems before they fester. The post The One Hire Facebook Really Needs to Make to Curb Violence appeared first on WIRED.
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Don’t Open That Google Doc Unless You’re Positive It’s Legit

Wired News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 9:22pm
A sneaky new phishing scam has taken Gmail inboxes by storm. The post Don't Open That Google Doc Unless You're Positive It's Legit appeared first on WIRED.
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Hulu Launches Its Live TV Streaming Service

Slashdot - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 9:20pm
Hulu has officially unveiled its $40-a-month live-television streaming service to help it better compete against larger rivals like Netflix. Fortune reports: On Wednesday morning, Hulu announced the launch of the public beta version of Hulu with Live TV, which starts at $39.99 and allows users to stream live and on-demand programming from more than 50 TV channels running the gamut of live news, entertainment, and sports. The cost of the new service also includes access to Hulu's existing $7.99 premium streaming subscription and access to the company's library of archived content, which includes more than 3,500 film and TV titles. Subscribers to the new live service also get 50 hours of storage for recording programming, the ability to create up to six separate Hulu viewer profiles, and two simultaneous streams per account. The launch comes days after Hulu announced that it secured the final major piece in its live-television puzzle in the form of an agreement with Comcast's NBCUniversal to add several NBC- and Telemundo-owned channels to the Live TV lineup. That deal gave Hulu access to all four major broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. The new live service also includes popular cable networks such as CNN, ESPN, FX, Fox News, TBS, TNT, and the Disney Channel. The only premium cable network currently available on the new live service is Showtime, which costs an additional $8.99 per month. Cable networks such as HBO, AMC Networks, Viacom's Comedy Central and MTV are among those not currently included in Hulu's new service, though the company said on Wednesday that additional premium network add-ons will be available soon.

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Want a True Bionic Limb? Good Luck Without Machine Learning

Wired News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 8:45pm
Conscious thought is holding back the cyborg revolution. Which is why the next generation of prosthetics will use computer vision and neural nets instead. The post Want a True Bionic Limb? Good Luck Without Machine Learning appeared first on WIRED.
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Gmail, Google Docs Users Hit By Massive Email Phishing Scam

Slashdot - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 8:40pm
New submitter reyahtbor warns of a "massive" phishing attack sweeping the web: Multiple media sources are now reporting on a massive Gmail/Google Docs phishing attack. The Independent is among the top publications reporting about it: "Huge numbers of people may have been compromised by the phishing scam that allows hackers to take over people's email accounts. It's not clear who is running the quickly spreading scam or why. But it gives people access to people's most personal details and information, and so the damage may be massive. The scam works by sending users an innocent looking Google Doc link, which appears to have come from someone you might know. But if it's clicked then it will give over access to your Gmail account -- and turn it into a tool for spreading the hack further. As such, experts have advised people to only click on Google Doc links they are absolutely sure about. If you have already clicked on such a link, or may have done, inform your workplace IT staff as the account may have been compromised. The hack doesn't only appear to be affecting Gmail accounts but a range of corporate and business ones that use Google's email service too. If you think you may have clicked on it, you should head to Google's My Account page. Head to the permissions option and remove the 'Google Doc' app, which appears the same as any other." UPDATE 5/3/17: Here's Google's official statement on today's phishing attack: "We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs & have disabled offending accounts. We've removed the fake pages, pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again. We encourage users to report phishing emails in Gmail."

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Waymo: Uber Plotted With Former Exec Before He Left Google

Slashdot - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:26pm
Ina Fried, writing for Axios: Lawyers for Google's former self-driving car unit showed internal Uber emails Wednesday that it says bolster its case that former executive Anthony Levandowski was conspiring to steal trade secrets before he left Waymo. The parties are in court Wednesday trying to convince a federal judge to halt Uber's work on self-driving cars. In arguing for an injunction, Waymo lawyers argued that Uber and Levandowski devised a plan to come up with a company for Uber to later buy. Uber did later purchase Otto, a self-driving truck company where Levandowski was a founder. "Clandestine plan": "Secretly Levandowski and Uber were planning while he was still at waymo and negotiating a deal," Waymo outside attorney Charles Verhoeven said, siting internal Uber e-mails, including some from former Uber executive Brian McClendon, a former Google Maps head who ran some of Uber's advanced technology operations before leaving the company in March. "There was this clandestine plan all along that Uber and Levandowski had a deal."

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Stopping the brain's memory circuits from overheating

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:20pm
In the absence of CA2 activity, mice experience epilepsy-like activity, a sign that this area is essential for regulating the balance of excitation and inhibition in the brain. A silenced CA2 region has broader implications for information processing in hippocampal circuits, according to a new study.
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Fish step up to lead when predators are near

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:20pm
Some fish within a shoal take on the responsibilities of leader when they are under threat from predators, new research concludes.
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Earth sank twice, flooding the Eastern Amazon

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:20pm
A tiny shark tooth, part of a mantis shrimp and other microscopic marine organisms reveal that as the Andes mountains rose, the Eastern Amazon sank twice, each time for less than a million years.
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Elephant herpes: Super-shedders endanger young animals

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:19pm
Elephants have species-specific herpesviruses, which frequently lead to death, especially in the young. Researchers have traced the infection transmission route of different elephant calves, recognizing the following in the process: some animals do not shed the virus or shed it only rarely, while other do so frequently. In the process, these super-shedders and their offspring are only mildly affected by the virus, but endanger the juveniles of non-shedders in particular.
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Mysterious molecule's function in skin cancer identified

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:19pm
A researcher has uncovered the M.O. of a mysterious molecule called SPRIGHTLY that acts as a hub for cancer-related genes in the nucleus. The study identified 'major' RNA binding partners -- genes already implicated in a variety of cancers. In a mouse model of melanoma, tumors with reduced SPRIGHTLY grew more slowly, indicating use as a therapeutic target or biomarker.
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Migrating mule deer track 'green waves' of spring forage

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:19pm
New research has documented that these economically and ecologically important game animals are not just moving from low-elevation winter range to high-elevation summer range. Rather, the daily movements of migratory mule deer are closely timed to track spring green-up, known as 'surfing the green wave.'
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Marine conservation must consider human rights

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:19pm
Ocean conservation is essential for protecting the marine environment and safeguarding the resources that people rely on for livelihoods and food security. But there are many documented cases where conservation has bumped up against the people who share the same places and resources, even leading to human rights abuses, say authors of a new report.
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Modified soybeans yield more in future climate conditions

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:19pm
Researchers proved engineered soybeans yield more than conventional soybeans in 2050's predicted climatic conditions after a three-year field study.
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Diving deep, researchers find wealth of fish

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:19pm
Marine biologists for the first time have documented a wealth of fish in the 'vastly underexplored' deep coral reefs off Hawaii Island. The study gives fishery managers a more complete picture of fish species and habitat around the Big Island, home to a thriving aquarium fish trade, as well as other deep waters around the globe.
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Researchers advance low-cost, low-tech Zika virus surveillance tool

Science Daily - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 7:19pm
Using loop-mediated isothermal amplification, or LAMP, researchers found that they could easily detect Zika virus in human and mosquito samples from the United States, Brazil and Nicaragua.
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Facebook Hiring 3,000 To Monitor Videos After Murders, Violence Shown Live

Slashdot - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 6:40pm
Facebook will add 3,000 more people to its community team to review videos on the social network, says CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after several surfaced in recent weeks including a father livestreaming the killing of his daughter. From a report: In a statement published to Facebook on Wednesday, Zuckerberg says it is "heartbreaking" to see videos streamed or posted to the platform showing users "hurting themselves or others." He says 4,500 employees currently work on the community team reviewing reports on videos, and will add 3,000 over the next year. "If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly," said Zuckerberg. "We're working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner -- whether that's responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down." Will Oremus, reporter at Slate said, "I asked Facebook whether the 3,000 new content-moderation jobs will be employees or contractors. The company declined to comment."

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RIP About.com: A Look at the Tumultuous Life of a Web Legend

Wired News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 6:34pm
About.com was one of the biggest and oldest web sites on the internet. Then it died. Why? The post RIP About.com: A Look at the Tumultuous Life of a Web Legend appeared first on WIRED.
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