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American Technology News for 21 Jun 2018

Star Wars' Ships Have TerribleWhen you're flying around in space, where there's no air or wind resistance, aerodynamics aren't important. That's why the Star Trek Borg ship is just a giant cube and still works just fine. But when... ships are also visiting planets with atmospheres, aerodynamics do come into play--and apparently neither the Rebels nor...
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Apple-backed car consortiumThe Car Connectivity Consortium, which counts Apple among its charter members, on Wednesday announced the publication of new "digital key" standard that allows drivers to actuate vehicle systems like... door locks and the engine via an NFC-enabled smartphone.
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Anyone trying to buy opioids or seeking addiction treatment through Facebook should now instead see information for a federal crisis helpline. Facebook has worked with a policy team on the measure... over the last few months, according to Stat. Next wee...
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Turns Out All Kinds of TechDays after Microsoft came under intense scrutiny for working with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a report from NBC News revealed that a number of major tech firms have been raking in... millions of dollars from the government agency that has, under the advisement of the Trump administration, taken to ...
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Huge dust storm on Mars nowOne rover on the planet's surface is down while another presents a unique opportunity for science.
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Xbox One won't have VR, mixedThe Sony PlayStation might be getting a lot of flak lately over its Fortnite cross-play snub, but PS fans can now gloat over the Xbox rivals over one aspect. The PlayStation has its own VR system and,... if things continue as they are now, the Xbox won't. Microsoft is now practically going back on its own marketing that plays up …
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Facebook stock hits newTo say that the past few months have been incredibly challenging for Facebook would be a gross understatement. Not only has the company had to address a myriad of privacy concerns from pundits and... users alike, the company's entire ad-based business model has been called into question. And though Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg seemingly handled the fallout resulting from the Cambridge Analytica scandal as best they could, it sometimes seems as if new privacy controversies are emerging every few weeks. Nonetheless, Facebook shares have rebounded completely from the lows they experienced in the immediate aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica debacle. At the time, Facebook shares plummeted by nearly 20%, dropping down to a low of $152 in late March. Since then, Facebook shares have steadily been...
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Having Allegedly Failed toTinder's parent company Match Group, the online dating conglomerate that owns a number of dating sites including OKCupid and Match.com, has acquired rival service Hinge. Per the Verge, that leaves... women-centric Bumble as the "only notable dating app" outside Match's control, though not for lack of trying.
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Microsoft's AI Platform Gets ABonsai is Microsoft's most strategic acquisition in the AI segment. If executed well, this move will turn Azure into an AI powerhouse.
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New video shows Hawaii's lavaThe US Geological Survey has released a new video of the highly active Fissure 8, which has been releasing lava from the Kilauea for over a month. The lava flows out of fissure 8 and into a main... channel, where the lava is moving up to 15 miles per hour, about the speed an average human can sprint over good ground. The flow slows down significantly before it reaches the ocean. The USGS has been providing all kinds of video and photos of the ongoing eruption, which it has been studying closely. "In this video taken from the Leilani Estates subdivision, lava at fissure 8 pulses above the cinder cone adding fragments of lava (spatter) that build the cone higher," the USGS explains. "From fissure 8, lava flows freely over small cascades (rapids) into a well-established channel. Near the vent,...
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California Net Neutrality BillBackers of a bill that would have created the nation's strongest net neutrality protections criticize changes to the proposal.
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How an Advanced CivilizationIn a new study, an astrophysicist proposed how an advanced civilization might survive the inevitable expansion of the Universe, and how me might search for them. The post How an Advanced Civilization... Could Stop Dark Energy From Preventing Their Future Exploration appeared first on Universe Today.
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NASA outlines its plan toMove over, Space Force.
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Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park lies on top of an active volcano. Since it's erupted nine times in the past few months, scientists are trying to figure out what's behind the spike in... activity. CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas reports.
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Apple Pay 'fast lanes,'In what appears to be a new marketing thrust, Apple Pay is being accepted at concession stand "fast lanes" operating at major concerts and festivals this summer, offering customers a quick and easy... option to pay for food and drink.
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Google, Unlike Apple, isMobile app subscriptions are usually a pain in the ass to cancel, but Google is doing its part to make it slightly easier to get out of the fees with its new Subscriptions Center. The feature,... announced at Google I/O earlier this year, rolled out to most Android users Wednesday.
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Dollar-backed cryptocurrencyRecent research showed that Bitcoin's all-time high price might have been increased artificially with the help of Tether, a cryptocoin that should never increase in value relative to the dollar.... That's because a real dollar should be held up in a bank for each Tether coin in circulation at exchanges. At the time, we told you that the company behind Tether never proved that it has cash reserves to match all the Tethers out there, and this particular controversy precedes last week's research. Fast-forward to Wednesday, and Tether Limited announced that as of June 1st it had more than $2.54 billion in cash deposits, exceeding the 2.53 billion Tether tokens out there. The company said in an announcement that US law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP (FSS) is the legal entity that actually...
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Highway traffic monitoring is frequently... less than efficient. Fixed cameras can't catch problems beyond their immediate location, while aircraft are both costly and inevitably have to fly back to a... distant base to refuel. These systems may soon...
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Tesla sues former GigafactoryTesla alleges in a federal lawsuit that an ex-Gigafactory employee stole data and leaked information to the media.        
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Twitter suspends accounts forNews site allegedly told you how to reach the architect of Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.
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Tinder's parent company MatchThe online relationship behemoth, which owns apps like OkCupid, Match and Tinder, has added another platform to its ranks.
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FTC hearings on tap to assessThe Federal Trade Commission will conduct a series of hearings beginning in the fall to assess the need for changes in laws involving marketplace competition and consumer protection enforcement law,... FTC Chairman Joe Simons said Wednesday.        
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Microsoft introduces its AppleMicrosoft today has officially rolled out its brand new ‘Microsoft News’ apps on iOS and Android. The company boasts that this new platform is a way to “keep you informed in an easily... accessible, compressive, and trustworthy way.” more…
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Tech companies quietly workThe contracts highlight how technology companies are putting their innovations to work with the U.S. government in ways that are often not visible to the public.
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Mars rover still silent as redA dust storm at Mars is now global, keeping NASA's Opportunity rover out of touch with Earth
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