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Tuesday
Mar282017

Ransomware scammers exploited Safari bug to extort porn-viewing iOS users

[Link] : Apple fixes flaw attackers used to trick uninformed users into paying a fine.<p>Ransomware scammers have been exploiting a flaw in Apple's Mobile Safari …
Monday
Mar272017

Ikea is getting into home automation with a new smart hub

[Link] : Smart lights on a budget<p>Ikea is finally getting into the home automation game with its own system for smart lighting. The new range of products is called Trådfri — which means “wireless” in Swedish — and is built around the ZigBee Light Link standard for connected lights (the same as Philips Hue). …
Monday
Mar272017

Wonders of a Marine National Monument

[NyTimes] : "One of the great treasures in ocean preserves is the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, established in 2009 and expanded in 2014 to cover about 370,000 square miles.<p>That's a lot of water to explore, and this year the research vessel Okeanos Explorer has been doing just that, …"

Sunday
Mar262017

Banks and Tech Firms Battle Over Something Akin to Gold: Your Data

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — The big banks and Silicon Valley are waging an escalating battle over your personal financial data, including the amount you spent on dinner last week and how much you are paying for your mortgage.<p>Technology start-ups like Mint and Betterment have been building services that pull …"

Sunday
Mar262017

Waking From Hibernation, the Hard Work of Spring Begins

[NyTimes] : "For animals that hibernate, making it to spring is no small feat. Torpor — the state of reduced bodily activity that occurs during hibernation — is not restful. By the time they emerge, hibernating animals are often sleep-deprived: Most expend huge bursts of energy to arouse themselves occasionally …"

Saturday
Mar252017

Amid Trump Inquiry, a Primer on Surveillance Practices and Privacy

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — The assertion by the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes, that he saw intelligence reports showing that government surveillance programs “incidentally” collected communications involving Trump transition team members between November and …"

Saturday
Mar252017

18 Hours With a Network That Shapes America

[NyTimes] : "“I know maybe the president is watching.”<p>So said Brian Kilmeade, co-host of “Fox and Friends,” on Thursday morning's show. It was no mere boast, since President Trump has publicly stated his affection for the show and for Fox News, the channel on which it airs. If Mr. Trump was indeed tuning in, he …"

Friday
Mar242017

California Upholds Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

[NyTimes] : "California's clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state's plan to reduce planet-warming gases.<p>The vote, by the California Air Resources Board, is the boldest …"

Thursday
Mar232017

Self-Driving Cars Could Offer Older Adults Chance to Age in Place

[NyTimes] : "Single, childless and 68, Steven Gold has begun to think about future mobility and independence. Although in good health, he can foresee a time when he won't be a confident driver, if he can drive at all. While he hopes to continue to live in his suburban Detroit home, he wonders how he will be …"

Wednesday
Mar222017

Google Tries to Stop Ads From Appearing Next to Hate Speech

[NyTimes] : "Google moved on Tuesday to protect its lucrative advertising business by giving marketers greater control over where their ads appear online, after major clients withdrew spots that were shown next to hate speech and other offensive material.<p>Google has become a global advertising behemoth, …"

Tuesday
Mar212017

How Tyler Brûlé has extended Monocle beyond simply a magazine for the jet set » Nieman Journalism Lab

[Link] : — It’s lunchtime on a Tuesday, and the Monocle Cafe in the Marylebone neighborhood here is packed. All but one of the tables in the cafe’s lower level is occupied while the counters and couches on the main level are filled with customers eating sandwiches and drinking coffee.<p>Monocle was initially …
Tuesday
Mar212017

NVIDIA's Jetson TX2 Takes Machine Learning To The Edge

[Link] : Small development boards have become a key enabler of a recent wave of hardware startups. The most popular boards such as the Arduino and Raspberry Pi have inspired many projects and many knock-offs. These boards are great to kick start a project like a beer brewing machine, but they are limited in …
Tuesday
Mar212017

The Consequences of Bad Typography

[Link] : Bad typography has been plaguing award shows, beauty pageants, elections, and even your prescriptions for years. These poor design choices have not …
Tuesday
Mar212017

Alexsey’s TTPs

[Link] : <i>(.. Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures)</i><p>Mike Arpaia and I flew out of JFK on the morning of January 22nd, 2012. We were gainfully employed by NCC …
Tuesday
Mar212017

A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions

[NyTimes] : "As biological research races forward, ethical quandaries are piling up. In a report published Tuesday in the journal eLife, researchers at Harvard Medical School said it was time to ponder a startling new prospect: synthetic embryos.<p>In recent years, scientists have moved beyond in vitro …"

Tuesday
Mar212017

Platform Companies Are Becoming More Powerful — but What Exactly Do They Want?

[NyTimes] : "During a February ride in San Francisco, Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, was recorded arguing with and eventually berating an Uber driver from the back seat of his car. The driver, who had been working with the company since 2011, accused Kalanick of undercutting drivers of high-end …"

Tuesday
Mar212017

Bonds That Combat the Isolation of Military Life

[NyTimes] : "When Amanda Yeram was 17, she left her home in Southern Maine, and, following in her father's footsteps, joined the Marines. “I was chasing my boyfriend, who had previously enlisted,” Yeram said. “I thought what a great adventure and opportunity to be with the one I love.”<p>The couple soon married, …"

Monday
Mar202017

How a Water Bear Survives, Even When It’s Dry

[NyTimes] : "“Tough” takes on new meaning when it is used to describe the tardigrade.<p>This microscopic animal, also known as the water bear for its tubby appearance, can survive being frozen, boiled, exposed to extreme radiation and high pressures, being starved for several years and put into the vacuum of space …"

Sunday
Mar192017

Mark Nathan on Bringing Your Teflon to Get Honest Feedback

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Mark Nathan</b>, C.E.O. of Zipari, a health insurance software company, was conducted and condensed by <b>Adam Bryant</b>.<p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I grew up in a small town, Delmar, outside of Albany, N.Y. I was always building stuff, like forts and BMX trails. They were big …"

Sunday
Mar192017

In Silicon Valley, a Voice of Caution Scolds a High-Flying Uber

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Kalanick, the famously combative chief executive of Uber, took the stage at a Vanity Fair conference in San Francisco last October and quickly faced a prickly question. Why all the blunders at the company, Vanity Fair's editor, Graydon Carter, asked. And had Mr. Kalanick …"