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FCC To Seeks To Halt ISP Privacy Rules It Passed In October

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
FCC To Seeks To Halt ISP Privacy Rules It Passed In October

The new chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans on  requesting a stay on privacy rules for broadband providers that the agency just passed in October. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will ask for either a full commission vote on the stay before parts of the rules take effect next Thursday or he will instruct FCC staff to delay part of the rules pending a commission vote, a spokesman said Friday. The rules, passed when the FCC had a Democratic majority, require broadband providers to... 

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Tesla Plans Three More Gigafactories

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Plans Three More Gigafactories

Tesla is making plans for a total of five Gigafactories, where it will manufacture solar panels and battery systems for both its electric vehicles and for home and commercial energy storage. “Later this year, we expect to finalize locations for Gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5,” the company stated in a letter to shareholders. Tesla has already begun installing Model 3 manufacturing equipment in its Fremont, Calif. plant and at Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nev. It’s first Gigafactory... 

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Self-driving Car Wars Heat Up In Waymo, Uber Lawsuit

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Self-driving Car Wars Heat Up In Waymo, Uber Lawsuit

Alphabet Inc’s  Waymo self-driving car unit filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto last Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential and proprietary sensor technology. Waymo accused Uber and Otto, acquired by the ride services company in August, with stealing confidential information on Waymo’s Lidar sensor technology to help speed its own efforts in autonomous technology. “Uber’s LiDAR technology is actually Waymo’s... 

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Did The Universe Ever Go Dark?

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Universe Ever Go Dark?

About 5 billion years ago, everything changed. The expansion of the universe, which had been gradually decelerating for billions of years, reversed course and entered into a period of unbridled acceleration. (It was sort of like a car that switches from decelerating to accelerating, but is still moving forward the whole time.) The unhurried, deliberate process of structure formation — the gradual buildup of ever-larger assemblies of matter from galaxies to groups to clusters — froze and began... 

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Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

Alphabet Inc’s Google and subsidiary Jigsaw rolled out a new technology to aid news organizations and online platforms  in identifying abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organizations such as The Guardian... 

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The ESA Plan To Launch PLATO in 2024 To Search For Alien Planets

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
The ESA Plan To Launch PLATO in 2024 To Search For Alien Planets

PLATO is a European Space Agency telescope set to launch in 2024. The name is an acronym for “PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars.” The overall goal of the mission is to figure out under what conditions planets form and whether those conditions are favorable for life.  To do this, PLATO will seek out and investigate Earth-size exoplanets, especially planets that orbit in the habitable zone around sun-like stars. (The habitable zone is usually defined as the area around a star... 

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Facebook Pursuing Deal To Live Stream MLB Baseball Games

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Pursuing Deal To Live Stream MLB Baseball Games

Facebook Inc is currently negotiating with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation. Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants. For social media platforms... 

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Yahoo Agrees To Verizon’s Discounted Acquisition Deal

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Agrees To Verizon’s Discounted Acquisition Deal

Verizon Communications Inc reconfirmed plans to acquire Yahoo Inc’s  core business for $4.48 billion, lowering its original offer by $350 million in the wake of two massive cyber attacks at the internet company. The closing of the deal, which was first announced in July, had been delayed as the companies assessed the fallout from two data breaches that Yahoo disclosed last year. The No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms of the agreement following... 

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Astronomers Find The Building Blocks Of Life On Ceres

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find The Building Blocks Of Life On Ceres

The dwarf planet Ceres keeps looking better and better as a possible home for alien life. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spotted organic molecules — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it — on Ceres for the first time, a study published today (Feb. 16) in the journal Science reports. And these organics appear to be native, likely forming on Ceres rather than arriving via asteroid or comet strikes, study team members said. “Because Ceres is a dwarf planet that may... 

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Toshiba Wants Nearly $9B For Memory Chip Business

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Toshiba Wants Nearly $9B For Memory Chip Business

Japan’s Toshiba Corp wished to receive at least 1 trillion yen ($8.8 billion) by selling most of its flash memory chip business, seeking to create a buffer for any fresh financial problems, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. The beleaguered conglomerate was pressured to abandon an initial plan to sell just under 20 percent by its main creditor banks which are worried about potential writedowns that may come on top of $6.3 billion hit to its U.S. nuclear unit, financial sources... 

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TransferWise Users Can Now Send Cash Via Facebook Messenger

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
TransferWise Users Can Now Send Cash Via Facebook Messenger

Money transfer company TransferWise debuted a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc’s chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies. The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it had developed a Facebook Messenger “chatbot”, or an automated program that can help users communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases. TransferWise’s chatbot enables customers to send money... 

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Is Blackberry Taking Nokia To Court?

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Blackberry Taking Nokia To Court?

A patent war is being fought between two of the industry smartphone leaders of yesteryear – Nokia and Blackberry. Blackberry filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nokia Oyj, demanding royalties on the Finnish company’s mobile network products that use an industry wide technology standard. Blackberry moaned that Nokia’s Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers and Liquid Radio software are using technology covered by as many as 11 patents owned by BlackBerry. It added... 

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Is Kepler Capable Of Finding Exomoons?

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Kepler Capable Of Finding Exomoons?

  In 2012, a team of scientists from the Kepler mission announced they would start to hunt for moons orbiting distant exoplanets. While Kepler has discovered thousands of extrasolar planets, the hunt for these so-called “exomoons” has so far come up empty. The major problem has been that for a moon to be detectable in the Kepler data, it would have to be about 10 percent the mass of Earth, or roughly the mass of Mars. This is about ten times larger than the largest moons in our own... 

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Alibaba Goes Deeper Into Brick-and-mortar Retail

February 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba Goes Deeper Into Brick-and-mortar Retail

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd announced that it has  formed a strategic partnership with Bailian Group, the largest retailer by store numbers to join the e-commerce giant’s drive to use big data to improve and profit from brick-and-mortar sales. The deal, which does not include any financial investment in Bailian, is the latest in Alibaba’s still nascent efforts to capture a bigger share of the retail market as online sales growth slows. It has also spent $4.6 billion on a... 

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Snapchat Wants In On Hardware Development Too

February 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Snapchat Wants In On Hardware Development Too

Snap Inc hit the roads of London on Monday promoting its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook. No longer just a purveyor of a smartphone app for disappearing messages, Snap has hired hundreds of hardware engineers, built a secretive product development lab and scoured the landscape for acquisitions as it pursues its newly stated ambition to be “a camera... 

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