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Tuesday
Apr252017

Geological Insights from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Search

[Link] : The tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March 2014 led to a deep-ocean search effort of unprecedented scale and detail. …
Tuesday
Apr252017

Hipchat was hacked over the weekend, and it's bad

[Link] : Over the weekend, an unknown intruder broke into HipChat, the Atlassian-owned team communication platform, and made off with a significant amount of data.<p>According to a security notice published on the HipChat blog, the attacker was able to access user-account information, including names, email …
Tuesday
Apr252017

As Rains Ease in the West, Cacti Shine Brighter Than Ever

[NyTimes] : "ANZA BORREGO, Calif. — A cactus in bloom is pure poetry — particularly that famous line by Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself.” ¶ In the desert here, the thick, spine-studded paddles of a beavertail cactus look as surly as always, ready to smack you into next …"

Tuesday
Apr252017

Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data

[NyTimes] : "For months, Uber has paid a public price for some of the questionable tactics it has used to conquer the transportation industry. Now another company is experiencing some of the fallout for working with Uber.<p>Slice Intelligence, a data firm that uses an email management program called Unroll.me to …"

Monday
Apr242017

Young Pole-Vaulter’s Career Path Looks Like His Soaring Vault

[NyTimes] : "LAFAYETTE, La. — A pole-vaulting runway extends about 125 feet from the side of the Duplantis family's Acadian-style home, under a gate and into the backyard, where it ends at a foam landing pit, floodlit by a light made for an oil rig.<p>It was, until recently, the training site for the family's …"

Monday
Apr242017

How Google Cashes In on the Space Right Under the Search Bar

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Before Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google, they wrote a research paper as doctoral students at Stanford University in which they questioned the appropriateness of ads on search engines.<p>“It could be argued from the consumer point of view that the better the search engine is, …"

Monday
Apr242017

No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

[NyTimes] : "CLEARLAKE, Calif. — On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco.<p>Kitty Hawk's flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke …"

Sunday
Apr232017

One Hundred Days

[Link] : On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this. His Presidency has become the demoralizing …
Sunday
Apr232017

Leila Janah on Knowing When to Let Go

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Leila Janah</b>, founder and chief executive of Samasource, an antipoverty nonprofit, and LXMI, a skin care line, was conducted and condensed by <b>Adam Bryant</b>.<p><b>Q. Tell me about your early years.</b><p><b>A.</b> I was born in upstate New York. My parents came here in the late '70s from Mumbai, but my …"

Sunday
Apr232017

Misty Copeland and Sally Field on the Social Significance of Their Success

[NyTimes] : "After the lunch plates were cleared away and the tape recorder was switched off, Sally Field turned to Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer in the history of American Ballet Theater, and quietly said, “You may think you're fighting for a select group of women — for girls and …"

Sunday
Apr232017

The March for Science: What You Need to Know

[NyTimes] : "The March for Science started with a few scientists on social media who felt their community was threatened under the Trump administration. Now, thousands of people are expected to demonstrate in Washington and in smaller events around the world on Saturday, which is also Earth Day. Here's what you …"

Saturday
Apr222017

Remembering the World’s Oldest Person, in the Objects She Left Behind

[NyTimes] : "VERBANIA, Italy — The last time Emma Morano left her apartment, she was 102 years old. Fame came late in life — after she hit 110. Last year, she was feted as the oldest person on earth. She had fans the world over. The mayor of her Italian town thanked her for putting it on the map.<p>Ms. Morano, the …"

Saturday
Apr222017

Android Geo-Location Spyware Installed By Up To 5 Million Users

[Link] : 4/21/2017<br>04:05 PM<p>50%<p>50%<p>SMSVova, disguised itself as a system update app and duped between 1 million and 5 million users into downloading it from the …
Saturday
Apr222017

The augmented reality gold rush is afoot

[Link] : Who will be the Pixar of AR? Someone oughta be rounding up Hollywood special effects engineers and animated character designers to build an augmented reality content startup.<p>This week’s launch of Facebook’s Camera Effects platform means there are suddenly 1.8 billion people waiting to be …
Friday
Apr212017

I.R.S. Enlists Debt Collectors to Recover Overdue Taxes

[NyTimes] : "The Internal Revenue Service is about to start using four private debt-collection companies to chase down overdue payments from hundreds of thousands of people who owe money to the federal government, a job it has handled in house for years.<p>Unlike I.R.S. agents, who are not usually allowed to call …"

Friday
Apr212017

Vacation’s Over: Obama Returns to Public Life Next Week

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's extended post-presidential vacation is about to end. After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of the movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey — Mr. Obama will return to Chicago on Monday for his …"

Thursday
Apr202017

A New Exoplanet May Be the Most Promising Yet in Search for Signs of Life

[NyTimes] : "A prime planet listing has just appeared on the cosmic real estate market, possibly the most promising place yet to search for signs of life beyond the solar system, the astronomers who discovered it say.<p>It is a rocky orb about one and a half times the size of Earth, about 40 light years from here. …"

Thursday
Apr202017

Where Did All the Black Teachers Go?

[NyTimes] : "I started first grade at an all-black elementary school in Chester, Pa., a deeply segregated factory town near Philadelphia, in 1957 — three years after the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that school segregation was unconstitutional.<p>The crisply dressed first graders who moved …"

Wednesday
Apr192017

Google Earth Launched an Enthralling Virtual Travel Tool

[Link] : Whether you’d rather dive into shark-filled waters off the coast of Fiji or hover above the frigid Mirny Airport in Siberia, Google Earth’s new …
Tuesday
Apr182017

Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook

[NyTimes] : "SAN JOSE, Calif. — Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has long rued the day that Apple and Google beat him to building smartphones, which now underpin many people's digital lives. Ever since, he has searched for modern computing's next frontier and how to be a part of it from the …"