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Top 100 Stories to Know for 19 Apr 2018 - United States

TESS planet-hunting satelliteThere are millions if not billions of planets in the known universe but we know very little about them. Thwarted by distance and technology, the best we could do is set up and train our best and... brightest eyes on the sky to catch a glimpse and a clue of their nature and composition. That is exactly what TESS, short …
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Amazon has a plan to narc onAlthough initial coin offerings and the blockchain have taken over seemingly every company, tech-related or not, the big tech companies have been understandably reluctant to get into something so... associated with a scam. The US Patent and Trademark Office have released a blockchain-related patent that Amazon first filed for in 2014, and it's not exactly what you'd expect. Rather than coming up with a way to secure the delivery chain or drones using blockchain, Amazon instead has appeared to work out a way to de-anonymize cryptocurrencies, and make money selling the data to law enforcement (or anyone else). Crypto-libertarian this is not. The patent, first discovered by Motherboard, describes a "streaming data marketplace" for associating data from multiple sources. The potential...
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Qualcomm cutting jobs amidstU.S. chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday confirmed it is conducting layoffs as part of cost-cutting measures announced in January. The firm is fighting to remain afloat after a tumultuous few months that... saw a failed hostile takeover by Broadcom, multiple government inquiries into unsavory business practices and a protracted legal war with Apple.
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Man Forced To Undergo SecondFrench man Jerome Hamon underwent a second face transplant due to drugs that interfered with his first face transplant. He took drugs that caused his facial tissue to die.
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Tesla hit with workplaceCal/OSHA's inspections of the Tesla Fremont factory seek to determine whether the electric car company is reporting serious injuries fast enough.        
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Tech conferences like RSAThey may be trying, but that doesn't mean it's enough. The RSA Conference still has a diversity problem.  The lack of gender diversity in the tech industry as a whole has been highly criticized and... making headlines for some time, ahem CES. And yet the 40,000-plus person yearly cybersecurity event taking place this week in San Francisco has been particularly adept at tripping over its own feet when it comes to including women. This, perhaps, was one factor contributing to the front and center acknowledgement Wednesday morning by Cisco Chief Security and Trust Officer John Stewart that the industry needs to do better. 
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Cryptocurrencies are the newChain CEO Adam Ludwin talks blockchain, ICOs, and central banking.        
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Qualcomm reportedly beginsChipmaker in January promised to cut expenses to curry investor support against Broadcom's hostile takeover bid.
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NASA launches planet-hunting spacecraft

USA Today - 19 Apr 2018 01:19
NASA launches planet-huntingNASA and SpaceX launch a planet-hunting rocket in hopes to answer the goal of their project: Are we really alone?        
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Google Just Launched aThousands of people have already used the app, called Grasshopper
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Facebook will have to face aRemember that Facebook feature that lets you tag friends in photos with the help of facial recognition? Well, it might be illegal for Facebook to do that -- at least that's what a lawsuit in Illinois... alleges. And a US federal judge just ruled that Facebook has to face the class action. In a worst-case scenario for Facebook, the company would have to pay billions in damages for this new type of user privacy breach. US District Judge James Donato ruled on Monday in San Francisco federal court that a class action is the most efficient way to resolve the matter, Reuters reports. A trio of Facebook users sued the company in 2015, alleging the company is violating an Illinois state law -- the Biometric Information Privacy Act -- that covers the privacy of biometric data. In other words, you have...
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Jordan Peele Uses MachineAs our descent into national madness continues, some have been sounding warning bells about a possible "fake news apocalypse"--the idea that technology is making it easier than ever to generate... disinformation and propaganda and quickly disseminate it to legions of people online, with little checks on the process....
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Air Force moves to expandThe Air Force will invite allied militaries, starting in 2019, to attend U.S. military schools where Air Force space officers learn about space warfare. SpaceNews.com
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This is what happens when anCommentary: TED, the organization that brings you many interesting talks, offers a discussion between a robot and a therapist circa 2118.
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Russia wants Telegram removed from Google Play Store

Android Authority - 18 Apr 2018 01:01
Russia wants Telegram removedThe Telegram Google Play Store listing may be in jeopardy, as Russia has officially reached out to Google requesting its removal.
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Researchers claim hackers canA recent paper published by researchers from the University of New Haven in Connecticut shows that a vulnerability in OpenGL enables the team to alter the playing space and virtual environment on the... HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The post Researchers claim hackers can create havoc in the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Blocking entire app storesTwo media companies are seeking one of the most sweeping legal orders we've seen yet from an Australian court, in an effort to reduce the use of paid pirate IPTV services. The two motions are being... brought by a Hong Kong-based TV firm and Australia's Roadshow Films, ComputerWorld reports, and they're trying to shut down pirated IPTV services, normally delivered via Android TV boxes that are cheaply available with software that provides a cable-esque experience without actually paying for channels. IPTV pirate boxes aren't new. But what is is the legal strategy that the content owners are trying to get the boxes shut down. Rather than go after the companies selling the boxes or individual users, the rightsholders are trying to get the app stores that host the Android app shut down. Those...
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Amid #DeleteFacebook Scandal,Dating app Bumble changed its login and registration system to bypass Facebook altogether. The change goes into effect on April 17 as a response to the whole #DeleteFacebook scandal.
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Intel, Microsoft to use GPU toThe company is also using its processors' performance monitoring to detect malicious code.
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Tesla on temporary Model 3Tesla's implemented a Model 3 production break this week as the company struggles to meet demand, reportedly catching employees off guard.  All eyes are on Model 3 production as Tesla has been... lagging behind its production goals for the sedan and CEO Elon Musk has stepped in to oversee the process — even sleeping at the factory to get more cars on the road. For Tesla's part, the company says the break was planned and is necessary to increase production. But BuzzFeed reported Monday that employees were blindsided by the multi-day shutdown. Employees told the outlet they would have to use vacation days, stay home without pay, or — if lucky — get paid to work somewhere else within Tesla.
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Microsoft turns to formerMicrosoft is turning to a former rival, Linux, to improve the security of computing devices
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Drone near-miss withCommentary: UK authorities say that a drone passed a mere 20 feet over an Airbus 319 during takeoff.
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The White House Warns onBy scolding Russia for what looks like typical espionage, the US and UK are blurring red lines in cybersecurity.
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Is the VR Universe in ReadyIn 2018, nearly everything is in place for a descent into a Ready Player One-style dystopia. The way things are going, we should be destitute and beaten down by climate change long before the 2040s.... All we're missing, for now, is the technology. People are already more than happy to spend huge percentages of their...
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Google's loss in right to beSometimes winning a court case isn’t a complete victory, especially if the case wasn’t dismissed outright. At the very least, it could set a legal precedent for more of the same cases. Naturally,... the chances of that happening increase even more when you lose. That is the situation Google will find itself in soon in Europe after it lost what …
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