Netflix Is Killing It—Big Time—After Pouring Cash Into Original Shows

Wired News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 6:20pm
Netflix is killing it. And its strategy is actually shockingly simple: spend aggressively, dominate, and make it way too difficult to compete. The post Netflix Is Killing It—Big Time—After Pouring Cash Into Original Shows appeared first on WIRED.
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After Probing Tesla’s Deadly Crash, Feds Say Yay to Self-Driving

Wired News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 6:07pm
Tesla's Autopilot system isn't defective, investigators say—and it's stopping crashes. The post After Probing Tesla's Deadly Crash, Feds Say Yay to Self-Driving appeared first on WIRED.
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Donald Trump Is Sworn In As the 45th US President

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:50pm
Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that he has declared will lead to "America First" policies at home and abroad. Reuters reports: As scattered protests erupted elsewhere in Washington, Trump raised his right hand and put his left on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln and repeated a 35-word oath of office from the U.S. Constitution, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.

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Watch a Surprisingly Touching Stream of Unwatched YouTube Videos

Wired News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:45pm
This new website lets you peek into the lives of strangers, one obscure YouTube clip at a time. The post Watch a Surprisingly Touching Stream of Unwatched YouTube Videos appeared first on WIRED.
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Moonshine Glow: See Pluto's Moon Charon as a Crescent in NASA Photo

Space.com - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:30pm
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft keeps showing us things we've never seen before.The probe's latest unprecedented photo is simultaneously familiar and exotic: Pluto's largest moon, Charon, in crescent phase.
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Uber Will Pay $20 Million For Exaggerating Drivers' Earnings

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:20pm
Uber is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car. From a report: The FTC claimed that Uber was advertising an annual median income of over $90,000 per year for uberX drivers in New York and more than $74,000 for uberX drivers in San Francisco. But, as the commission found out, less than 10 percent of all drivers in those cities actually make that much. The complaint also alleges that Uber was inflating the hourly earnings on job boards like Craigslist. New drivers who financed a new car through Uber's Vehicle Solutions Program found out the company's claims were too good to be true as well. Although Uber told new drivers they would be able to lease a new car for around $119 per week, the actual lease rates never dipped below $200 from late 2013 to April 2015. And, despite its promise of delivering "the best financing options available," it turns out that Uber's rates were actually worse than consumers with similar credit scores could have gotten elsewhere. Adding insult to overpriced injury, Uber tacked on mileage limits to lease agreements that were advertised with unlimited mileage.

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Researchers unlock mechanism of drug resistance in aggressive breast cancer

Science Daily - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:11pm
Scientists report findings of how triple negative breast cancer cells are able to bypass treatment with trametinib, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug that belongs to a class of commonly used anti-cancer drugs called kinase inhibitors. The researchers also reported findings from laboratory models of breast cancer testing a potential treatment approach that could prevent the onset of resistance.
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Destination Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Mission in Pictures

Space.com - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:00pm
See photos from NASA's New Horizons mission to explore the dwarf planet Pluto.
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Space Station Flies in the Face of the Moon - Skywatching Video

Space.com - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:58pm
On January 14, 2017, Michel Breitfellner, Manuel Castillo, Abel de Burgos and Miguel Perez Ayucar set up telescopes near ESA’s Space Science Center in Madrid, Spain. They captured the International Space Station traverse the face of the moon.
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Ten Atomic Clocks Have Failed on Europe's Galileo Navigation Satellites

Space.com - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:56pm
Ten atomic clocks have failed onboard the European Union's Galileo navigation satellites, casting doubt on when the unfinished constellation's next batch of spacecraft will be orbited.
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Japan is Testing USB Phone Charging Stations in Public Transport Buses

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:40pm
According to Japanese news outlet IT Media, a public transport bus in the Tokyo area has introduced, and is currently testing, USB charging stations for commuter phones and tablets. From a report: While the local Bureau of Transportation hasn't formally announced or confirmed the trials, numerous passengers so far have reported seeing the charging ports. The service runs free of charge, with at least five of these wall-mounted charging hotspots placed inside the bus. According to reports, the service is currently available solely in a single bus. It remains unclear how long testing will continue or whether it will eventually roll out to more buses. Japan isn't the only country to have offered phone charging stations in public transport vehicles. Last September, London also equipped a limited number of busses with USB chargers. Similarly, Singapore ran trials with wall-mounted phone chargers on at least 10 buses in September last year.

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Anne Hathaway Makes a Kaiju Dance in New Colossal Trailer

Wired News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:39pm
In Nacho Vigalondo's upcoming film, Anne Hathaway realizes she's controlling a city-crushing monster. The post Anne Hathaway Makes a Kaiju Dance in New Colossal Trailer appeared first on WIRED.
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News Briefs 20-01-2017

Underground Stream - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:18pm

“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”

Quote of the Day:

“Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.”

Ray Bradbury

Here’s a Bright Idea: A Lamp That Lights Up When You Whistle

Wired News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:00pm
The most delightful way to turn on the light? Pucker up and blow. The post Here's a Bright Idea: A Lamp That Lights Up When You Whistle appeared first on WIRED.
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Dear Angelica Is the Film—and Filmmaking Tool—VR Needs

Wired News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:00pm
Making a female-led VR experience sets a precedent for the industry, and the animation tool Quill puts the creative power in VR users' hands. The post Dear Angelica Is the Film—and Filmmaking Tool—VR Needs appeared first on WIRED.
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Top Security Researchers Ask The Guardian To Retract Its WhatsApp Backdoor Report

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:00pm
Earlier this month The Guardian reported what it called a "backdoor" in WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned instant messaging app. Some security researchers were quick to call out The Guardian for what they concluded was irresponsible journalism and misleading story. Now, a group of over three dozen security researchers including Matthew Green and Bruce Schneier (as well as some from companies such as Google, Mozilla, Cloudflare, and EFF) have signed a long editorial post, pointing out where The Guardian's report fell short, and also asking the publication to retract the story. From the story: The WhatsApp behavior described is not a backdoor, but a defensible user-interface trade-off. A debate on this trade-off is fine, but calling this a "loophole" or a "backdoor" is not productive or accurate. The threat is remote, quite limited in scope, applicability (requiring a server or phone number compromise) and stealthiness (users who have the setting enabled still see a warning; "even if after the fact). The fact that warnings exist means that such attacks would almost certainly be quickly detected by security-aware users. This limits this method. Telling people to switch away from WhatsApp is very concretely endangering people. Signal is not an option for many people. These concerns are concrete, and my alarm is from observing what's actually been happening since the publication of this story and years of experience in these areas. You never should have reported on such a crucial issue without interviewing a wide range of experts. The vaccine metaphor is apt: you effectively ran a "vaccines can kill you" story without interviewing doctors, and your defense seems to be, "but vaccines do kill people [through extremely rare side effects]."

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Viral Chinese Selfie App Meitu, Valued at Over $5 Billion, Phones Home With Personal Data

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:20pm
The Meitu selfie horrorshow app going viral through Western audiences is a privacy nightmare, researchers say. The app, which has been featured on several popular outlets including the NYTimes, USA Today, and NYMag, harvests information about the devices on which it runs, includes invasive advertising tracking features and is just badly coded. From a report: But worst of all, the free app appears to be phoning some to share personal data with its makers. Meitu, a Chinese production, includes in its code up to three checks to determine if an iPhone handset is jailbroken, according to respected forensics man Jonathan Zdziarski, a function to grab mobile provider information, and various analytics capabilities. Zdziarski says the app also appears to build a unique device profile based in part on a handset's MAC address. "Meitu is a throw-together of multiple analytics and marketing/ad tracking packages, with something cute to get people to use it," Zdziarski says. Unique phone IMEI numbers are shipped to dozens of Chinese servers, malware researcher FourOctets found. The app, which was valued at over $5 billion last year due its popularity, seeks access to device and app history; accurate location; phone status; USB, photos, and files storage read and write; camera; Wifi connections; device ID & call information; full network access, run at startup, and prevent device from sleeping on Android phones.

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Canadian Company UrtheCast Sells Two Satellites to Unnamed Government

Space.com - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:16pm
Canadian remote sensing company UrtheCast has sold two satellites of a planned constellation to an unnamed government.
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New 'smart needle' to make brain surgery safer

Science Daily - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:09pm
A new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has now been developed.
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Hawaiian Road Cut Off By Lava Flow Seen From Space | Video

Space.com - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 2:43pm
The volcanoes of Big Island, Hawaii have been imaged by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-2A satellite. A road along the coast line has been “discontinued” by a lava flow according to Kelsea Brennan-Wessels of ESA’s Earth From Space series.
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