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Facebook announces plan to create its own currency


SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too. The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost […]

Can this electric shock bracelet zap you out of bad habits?


Dog trainers, prepare for a taste of your own medicine. Similar to a shock-collar for your disobedient pup, the updated Pavlok bracelet (like Pavlov. Get it?) will give the wearer a 350-volt jolt every time they cross a line. Looking to quit smoking, reduce cookie intake or stop hitting the snooze button? Engineers at Behavioral […]

Genius hid Morse code in song lyrics to prove Google was cheating


Did you ever notice how you tend to google the lyrics of a song and then you’re not going to Genius’s website because Google is displaying them on the Search results all along? Well, Genius alleges that Google has been copying its lyrics for years and posting them directly on Google Search, thus preventing visitors […]

NASA’s Spitzer telescope refuses to die


NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is finally nearing the end of an absolutely incredible journey. The spacecraft has been peering deep into space for well over a decade and a half, and it’s outlived its original planned mission timeline by over 11 years. In that time, it’s made some incredible discoveries and offered scientists new insights […]

Researchers: bitcoin’s carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas


BERLIN — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday. A study by researchers at the Technical University of Munich and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examined how […]

Amazon sued for recording children’s voices via Alexa


Amazon was slapped with a pair of class-action lawsuits this week over its Alexa voice assistant, which is getting accused of recording and storing the voices of children without their or their parents’ consent. Both cases portray kids as vulnerable to Alexa’s voice recording and transcription technology, which allows Amazon to amass “a vast level […]

Chinese cyberattack hits encrypted messaging app used by Hong Kong protesters


BEIJING — An encrypted messaging app said Thursday that it was hit by a powerful cyberattack from China as a major protest unfolded in Hong Kong. The attack on the Telegram app, which slowed connectivity but did not compromise user data, came as thousands surrounded Hong Kong government headquarters on Wednesday to protest legislation that […]

Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets, experts find


LONDON — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into Washington’s political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who’s-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation. She was connected to a deputy assistant secretary of state, a senior aide to a […]

India set to land rover on moon in second lunar mission


BENGALURU — India said on Wednesday it will launch its second lunar mission in mid-July, as it moves to consolidate its status as a leader in space technology by achieving a controlled landing on the moon. The mission, if successful, would make India only the fourth country behind the United States, Russia and China to […]

Facebook won’t take down sinister Mark Zuckerberg ‘deepfake’ video


Facebook will not remove a fake video of boss Mark Zuckerberg from Instagram that falsely portrays him boasting he can “control the future” thanks to stolen data. The doctored clip was uploaded to Instagram – which is owned by Facebook – in a bid to test the company’s moderation tools. It’s what’s known as a […]

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