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American Technology News for 18 Feb 2018

Today Was the NASA OpportunitySaturday, February 17th marks the 5,000th local day (sol) of operations for NASA's Mars Opportunity rover, which was originally designed to last for just 90 sols after its January 2004 landing date,... but has instead continued to set milestones like completing a marathon-length tour of its surroundings and taking huge...
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Airport Controllers Trade theAt the newly expanded Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, controllers watch their planes through radar and video, not line-of-sight.
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Facebook has a new yet very old solution to fighting Russian manipulation attempts during future US elections: conventional mail. Global policy program director Katie Harbath has revealed that the... social network will send postcards to verify the ide...
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Social platforms are an effective tool for marketers -- and nation states who want to disrupt an election. We've known for more than a year that Russian actors used social media to try and influence... the 2016 presidential election. Now we know more about those campaigns, thanks to a lengthy indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller which details the Russian effort. The key takeaway: The Russians pulled it off with the help of giant platforms like Facebook and Twitter. That's because Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies did exactly what they tell marketers they can do: They let the the Russians efficiently deliver messages to large groups of targeted people, much more effectively than they could if they bought TV ads or any other traditional ad campaign. Russian agents took...
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Light pollution threatensIt seems nothing can escape the inexorable spread of light pollution--not even the giant telescopes probing the heavens above northern Chile, a region whose pristine dark skies, long considered a... paradise for astronomers, are under increasing threat.
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Vermont becomes fifth state toVermont's governor has signed an executive order mandating that state agencies only work with telecom providers that agree to support the principles of net neutrality. The post Vermont becomes fifth... state to sign order supporting net neutrality appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Trump Eagerly Jumps onFacebook and Donald Trump, two large, terrible sons of our broken society that truly deserve each other, slow-motion collided on Saturday when the president decided to lift wholesale a new line of... defense over the ongoing Russian election scandal from the social media giant's vice president of advertising Rob Goldman.
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Elon Musk gets permission toIt's been far easier for Elon Musk to send a rocket to the Mars than move a pebble in Washington, D.C. That could be changing, according to The Washington Post. The SpaceX entrepreneur's tunnel... digging company, The Boring Company, recently received vague permission to do some exploratory digging at 53 New York Avenue NE. SEE ALSO: Watch: Even Elon Musk was starstruck during the Falcon Heavy launch Musk is hoping to build a high speed hyperloop between New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and D.C. The loop will be capable of moving passengers at very high speeds thanks to depressurized tubes and magnet-levitated pods. 
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As promised, Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show is premiering on February 18th -- and you now have a better idea of what to expect going in. The streaming service has posted a preview of The Joel... McHale Show with Joel McHale that gives a feel for wha...
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Engineering against all odds,Never ask a wireless engineer working on the NYC subway system “What can go wrong?” Flooding, ice, brake dust, and power outages relentlessly attack the network components. Rats — many, many... rats — can eat power and fiber optic cables and bring down the whole system. Humans are no different, as their curiosity or malice strikes a blow against wireless hardware…
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How to Mute an Entire Web Site in Chrome

OS X Daily - 18 Feb 2018 00:17
The Chrome web browser now allows you to mute any website completely. This is great if you often visit a website that frequently has auto-playing videos or auto-play audio that you’re constantly... having to mute, or find and pause – a fairly common situation with many news and sports websites – since you can mute ...
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Facebook plans to mail out verification postcards through the US postal service to anyone purchasing ads related to US elections, according to Reuters. The postcards will contain a special code that... advertisers must provide back to Facebook to prove they're in the United States. This new verification system will be required for all advertising that mentions a specific candidate running for a federal office -- such as the presidency. It will be implemented in time for the mid-term elections this coming November. "If you run an ad mentioning a candidate, we are going to mail you a postcard and you will have to use that code to prove you are in the United States," Katie Harbath, Facebook's global director of policy programs, said on...
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