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American Technology News for 24 Feb 2018

Cardano: a risingOn Oct. 1, 2017, an unusual event caused a collective gasp in the world of cryptocurrencies. A little known cryptocurrency called Cardano — or ADA, as its corresponding coin is called — showed up... on crypto-tracking sites with a market cap of about $600 million. At the time, it was unusual to see a new coin appear out of thin air with such a high market cap. But Cardano is different. It's an incredibly ambitious product with a strong team and tons of buzz. By year's end, the market cap of Cardano was more than $10 billion, despite the fact that the project was in a fairly early stage. In January, it briefly soared to more than $33 billion before receding back to roughly $10 billion as the overall cryptocurrency market shrunk. It is currently the sixth largest cryptocurrency by market...
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Tesla offers to installBefore Tesla stands any chance of breaking into the mainstream and competing with the industry leaders, charging stations for its vehicles need to be significantly easier to find than they are now. To... that end, Tesla announced a new "workplace charging" program this week which will see charging stations installed in office parking lots all around the country for free. All the business has to do is meet a set of qualifications and apply for the stations online. Businesses that qualify for the program will receive Tesla Wall Connectors at their workplace, with Tesla covering the cost of the installation. But once the chargers are installed, the business will be responsible for energy costs as well as any potential zoning, construction or labor costs that might be incurred during the...
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Even Elon Musk doesn't buyAlthough Bitcoin has captured the hearts and minds of amateur gamblers and Ponzi schemers, it's still an orphan child among most financial managers. Warren Buffett thinks the crypto-currency "will... come to a bad ending," while his long-time adviser Charlie Munger described it as "noxious poison." Now, Elon Musk doesn't fit any stereotype about multibillionaire CEOs -- unless you've been watching too many Iron Man reruns -- but he also doesn't appear to be on the hype train. He does own a tiny amount of Bitcoin, but as he recently revealed, it's not even enough to buy new tires for his Tesla. In a tweet (very) early this morning, Musk said that his friend sent him 0.25BTC a few years ago, but that's all the crypto he has: In another tweet last year, Musk said the same thing, but said he...
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FCC chairman who killed netFederal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai was set to give a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland Friday afternoon, but instead the organization surprised... him with a "Courage Under Fire" award for standing up to net neutrality supporters.  Pai introduced a repeal to the net neutrality regulations brought in during the Obama administration. The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal the rules last year and on April 23 it will be officially dead, barring any successful legal challenges. SEE ALSO: The clock for ending (or saving?) net neutrality has officially started
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Science Organizations CancelFor years, women have quietly warned each other to stay away from Lawrence Krauss, the internationally lauded theoretical physicist and torchbearer for the secular, skeptic, and atheist movement,... according to a BuzzFeed News investigation published on Thursday. Now, multiple organizations have canceled events...
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Can legislation fix gaming'sLast year's gaming controversy has turned into this year's legislative battleground. Fans were outraged when Star Wars: Battlefront II launched with buyable loot boxes that unbalanced multiplayer... combat, and other games like Need For Speed: Payback a...
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SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9SpaceX has delayed its weekend launch of a Spanish communications satellite to allow time for extra tests on the mission's Falcon 9 rocket. A new launch date has not been set.
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The Fungi That Cause Athlete'sFor the vast majority of living things, there's nothing particularly sexy about sex. It's mostly just an exhausting and dangerous hassle (just ask the insects who get their body parts stabbed or... bitten off while mating).
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Renaissance Mapmaker Was aThe enormous, rotating map is filled with horribly drawn sea monsters.
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The Czech Republic's pro-Moscow president has repeatedly lobbied for a Russian hacker held in Prague and wanted by the US to be extradited to Russia, the justice minister was quoted as saying... Saturday.
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CDC Says Flu Season Appears ToIt appears the United States has gotten through one of the worst flu season s in recent memory. New data from the CDC shows that hospitalization rates from flu-related cases are on the decline.
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Nokia through the years: 34Nokia is back. The brand is competing amongst the big boys with its Android phones. And with several new handsets expected to be announced at Mobile World
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A New Way to Recycle Batteries Uses Half the Energy

Scientific American - 24 Feb 2018 10:00
A New Way to Recycle BatteriesA new recycling process could provide a way to restore lithium ion battery cathodes to “mint condition.” What’s better, this new process only uses half the energy of conventional... --
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Most Popular AntidepressantA popular antidepressant drug is found to be among the least effective of the medicines used for treating depression. What were the best antidepressants based on efficacy and tolerability?
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Drug That Can Kill Flu VirusXofluza has just been approved by Japanese authorities as a swift and effective antiviral drug that can kill the flu in a day. It stops the virus by preventing it from taking over human cells to begin... with.
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Android dark mode isn'tGoogle briefly made waves in the Android community today after a post in its forums said that a dark mode would be added to a future Android release. Users have been requesting this feature for years... and now, finally, it seemed official. Otherwise cautious Android users got their hopes up, and now Google has come around to drag them back …
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Facebook removes VR shootingThis week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Facebook chose to maintain a booth for attendees that includes an Oculus virtual reality demo. Now This writer Sean Morrow noticed that... it included a demo of a shooting game, Bullet Tra...
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Tesla installs 300 PowerwallsThe governor of Hawaii issued a challenge to the Hawaii State Department of Education to cool its kids without running up energy bills, and Tesla's Powerwall was the answer.
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Making is now part of theMaking is now part of the AirBnB experience
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Ghostbusters World AR mobileMobile gamers will soon have a new augmented reality game based on the Ghostbusters franchise: “Ghostbusters World.” This AR game offers a more immersive gaming experience than an ordinary mobile... title, one where players will get to capture hundreds of ghosts that appear to exist within their physical world. This is the latest instance of a franchise that capitalizes on …
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Tesla's Autopilot featureWhen Tesla released its Autopilot feature a few years ago, it didn't take long before enthusiastic Tesla owners began pushing the feature to the limit. In fact, some of the early Autopilot videos we... saw were so harrowing that Tesla was effectively forced to enact a number of safeguards around the feature. As a quick example, one video which made the rounds a few years ago featured a Tesla driver sitting in the backseat while Autopilot busied itself with the navigation. In the years since, Tesla's Autopilot feature has seen a few transformations. In addition to implementing a number of safeguards, Tesla in 2016 cut ties with Mobileye, an Israeli company that provided Tesla with the advanced sensors that helped form the foundation for Autopilot. With Mobileye out of the picture, Tesla began...
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Dropbox seeking to raise $500Online document storage service Dropbox is opening its files in an initial public offering of stock
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Nope, Android isn't getting aAccording to a number of reports today, the next version of Android would include a “dark mode” — something that’s been a long-time feature request from those who prefer the dark-themed and... power-saving option that’s already available in apps like YouTube and Twitter. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. News that Android was getting its own dark mode…
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The FCC's revamped internetA big part of the FCC’s mandate is to ensure broadband is rolled out all over the country, and it issues regular reports along those lines — but there’s nothing presenting information visually... to get the point across. A new FCC map of broadband access lets you browse block by block and see just what options are on offer, from gigabit fiber to DSL that would have been inadequate…
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Google Brings Its 'ARCore' toThis is essentially Google’s answer to Apple’s ARKit, and Bryan Chaffin can’t help but think it illustrates Apple’s advantage and Google’s disadvantages in the smartphone business.
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