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Top 100 Stories to Know for 17 Feb 2019 - Global

You might already know that AI can put real faces in implausible scenarios, but it's now clear that it can create faces that otherwise wouldn't exist. Developer Phillip Wang has created a website,... ThisPersonDoesNotExist, that uses AI to generate a s...
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Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found.
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NASA sets likely funeral forThe solar-powered rover hasn't called home since being swamped by a massive dust storm months ago.
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Google reportedly scored taxThe news comes a day after Amazon said it was canceling plans for a New York hub.
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Toy Fair 2019: Nerf Fortnite,Here are all the best toys we saw.
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NASA’s Opportunity rover has reached the end of its life. Initially designed to last 90 days, and to travel only 1000 meters (1100 yards), the rover spent almost 15 years exploring the surface of... Mars. During that time, it travelled more than 45 kilometers (28 miles.) The last signal from Opportunity was on June 10th, …
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Data Breach Bonanza: DatingData-exposure "lowlights" for the week ending Feb. 15, 2019.
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Underground volcanoes couldLast year scientists discovered there could be liquid water on Mars. Now a research team argues that for there to be liquid water, there must be an underground source of heat -- and they believe... underground volcanoes could be responsible. The post Underground volcanoes could explain possible liquid water on Mars appeared first on Digital Trends.
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NASA's MAVEN orbiter has a newNASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter has been collecting atmospheric readings but now is taking on a new job as a data relay satellite for the Mars 2020 mission that launches... next year. The post NASA’s MAVEN orbiter has a new job as a communication relay for Mars 2020 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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That Toilet Paper SpitballDespite being one of the many poop-themed, gross-out toy reveals at last year's New York Toy Fair, Jakks Pacific's toilet-paper shooting Skid Shot turned out to be a fun alternative to traditional toy... blasters that just shoot foam ammo. For 2019, Jakks is releasing an improved version called the Sheet Storm that fixes...
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Australian iron ore miner Fortescue said on Friday that one of its driverless trucks, traveling at low speed, ran into another that was parked at its remote Western Australian operations in an... incident earlier this week.
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Scientists think Mars lake mayThe dead, Red Planet may be more alive than we previously believed -- giving life a chance at surviving.
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Scientists developed aAs the United States continues to struggle with a rising number of opioid addicts who were previously prescribed powerful painkillers due to a variety of ailments, the medical community is stuck... between a rock and a hard place. As pain medication, opioids are incredibly potent, but they're also highly addictive, and alternatives are hard to come by. Now, researchers in France believe they may have come up with something that will help. It's a new kind of "nano-drug" painkiller that actually replicates some of the action of opioid-based drugs like morphine but offers relief with less potential for abuse and overuse. As the team explains in a new paper published in Science Advances, development of the medication was based on compounds that bind to the same receptors as opioids do. Much of...
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Thousands of Android apps haveNew research out of the International Computer Science Institute in California has turned up a worrisome finding: About 17,000 Android apps have apparently been not only tracking your activity over... the long-term (even in instances where users make it clear they don't want that), but they've also been creating a permanent record on your device of every single thing you do, which a CNET report today notes in most cases is a violation of Google's policy on collecting data that can be used to target advertising to users. According to that report, the Android apps in question track you by connecting your so-called Advertising ID to other identifying information from your own device that there is no way to change or limit. Google's recommended best practices for app developers include only using...
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High-speed surveillance inA research team at Osaka University has developed an improved method for producing microscope images that can spot speedy electrons zipping through nanomaterials used in solar panels. By applying... laser light to the device at just the right times, this group achieved nanosecond time resolution for the first time while maintaining the magnification. This work could improve the quality of photovoltaic materials for devices such as solar panels by helping to identify and eliminate inefficiencies during the manufacturing process.
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Merging neutron stars: HowThe opportunity to measure the gravitational waves of two merging neutron stars could offer answers to some of the fundamental questions about the structure of matter. At the extremely high... temperatures and densities in the merger, scientists have conjectured a phase transition in which neutrons dissolve into their constituent quarks and gluons. In the current issue of Physical Review Letters, two international research groups report on their calculations of what the signature of such a phase transition in a gravitational wave would look like.
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Spacecraft measurements revealQueen Mary University of London has led a study which describes the first direct measurement of how energy is transferred from the chaotic electromagnetic fields in space to the particles that make up... the solar wind, leading to the heating of interplanetary space.
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Fujifilm X-T30 Sample Images

Photography Blog - 14 Feb 2019 07:00
Fujifilm X-T30 Sample Images​Ahead of our full review, here are some full-size JPEG and RAW sample images taken with the brand new Fujifilm X-T30 mirrorless​ camera.
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A New Robo-Car Report Cardhe numbers are a little jumbly, but reports published by the state's DMV show progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel.
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NASA declares Opportunity MarsNASA announced Feb. 13 that it was ending efforts to restore contact with the Opportunity Mars rover, bringing its mission to an end more than 15 years after it landed on the planet. SpaceNews.com
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Reddit 2018 transparencyTurn over the front page of the internet, and you're liable to discover that it's not just Reddit users interested in what's going on behind the scenes.  The company released its annual transparency... report on Feb. 13, offering both a detailed look at data-disclosure requests from governments around the world and content removal numbers from Reddit admins. The data provides an inside look into how frequently the company decides to play ball with government officials, as well as how often it tells them to buzz off.  SEE ALSO: Reddit users are valuable, even if it's hard to milk them for dollars
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SEC charges former AppleThe former exec traded on insider information three times in 2015 and 2016, profiting and avoiding losses of around $382,000, the suit says.
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9 Geeky and OccasionallyIt's the most romantic season--but it's also go-for-broke tax time, and your well-worn DVDs of The Princess Bride and Shaun of the Dead could use a rest. Fear not, nerds! We've scoured the three big... streaming services to find sweet (and not-so-sweet) genre picks perfect for Valentine's Day viewing.
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Windows Executable Masks Mac Malware

Dark Reading - 14 Feb 2019 00:30
Windows Executable Masks MacA new strain of MacOS malware hides inside a Windows executable to avoid detection.
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A Giant Atmospheric River IsCalifornia gets most of its rain during the winter, but this wet season has proven especially juicy so far. The moisture parade continued on Wednesday with a major atmospheric river descended on the... Golden State, raising concerns of flooding and mudslides as it dumps heavy rain and snow across a wide region through...
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