Notoriously sexy video game toned down because of #MeToo


The “Dead or Alive” series is known as much for its female characters and their preposterous physiques. The game has even been known for the programming of specific exaggerated “breast physics” — but not this time. The game’s director and producer, Yohei Shimbori, admitted that the #MeToo movement and other shifts in society since “Dead […]

Apple’s Tim Cook urges FTC to help consumers protect data


Tim Cook is stepping up his crusade over online privacy, calling on the Federal Trade Commission to create tools for consumers to safeguard their data. In an op-ed in Time magazine, the Apple CEO blasted what he called the “shadow economy” of data collectors and sellers, and said users must have full control over their […]

Lizard robot brings ancient creature to life


WASHINGTON — How did the earliest land animals move? Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life. Evolutionary biologist John Nyakatura at Humboldt University in Berlin has spent years studying a 290-million-year-old fossil dug up in central Germany’s Bromacker quarry in […]

Facebook denies ‘10-year challenge’ is all a data-harvesting ploy


Facebook has denied it’s using a viral social media challenge to harvest data about your face. Suspicions were raised this week that the 10-year challenge, which has people sharing dramatic side-by-side photos of how their appearance has changed, is part of a sinister Facebook campaign to upgrade its creepy facial recognition robots. But the scandal-hit […]

Tesla customer referral plan to end due to cost, Musk tweets


Tesla customer referral incentive plan will end on Feb. 1, the electric carmaker’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday, citing costs. Musk tweeted that the referral program is ending because “it’s adding too much cost to the cars, especially Model 3.” The billionaire in the past few months has been pushing for cost-cutting […]

Most distant object ever explored makes its screen debut


WASHINGTON — The tumbling space snowman is making its out-of-this-world film premiere. Scientists from NASA’s New Horizons mission on Tuesday released the first stitched together animation of Ultima Thule, the most distant object ever explored by humans. The small, icy object is shown spinning end-over-end like a propeller. It is about 4 billion miles from […]

Match Group sues Tinder co-founder Sean Rad for theft


Online dating company Match Group and its owner, IAC/InterActiveCorp, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit accusing Sean Rad, a former employee known for co-founding the popular dating service Tinder, of stealing company files and other proprietary information. The lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan, came six months after Rad and other Tinder co-founders sued IAC, […]

Match Group sues Tinder co-founder Sean Rad for $250M


Tinder’s corporate owner is suing the hookup app’s co-founder and ex-Chief Executive Sean Rad for $250 million, accusing him of stealing company secrets before he was fired. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan state court Tuesday night, Match Group accuses Rad of “surreptitiously [copying] a large volume of documents belonging to his employers in order […]

HP restricting 3-D printers’ ability to create guns


IT company Hewlett-Packard (HP) says it won’t allow users of its 3-D printers to produce guns unless those users are firearms manufacturers and the weapons that are created can be detected by airport security. The Silicon Valley-based company — one of the world’s biggest sellers of personal computers and printers — cited its “regular use” […]

Verizon to offer free Apple Music to top-tier customers


Verizon Communications said on Tuesday it will include free Apple Music subscriptions in some of its top-tier data plans, deepening its ties with the iPhone maker. Apple is increasingly turning for growth to its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage, Apple Music and the App Store, and has been partnering with rivals […]

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