Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more profound than electricity or fire
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at a taped television event hosted by MSNBC and The Verge’s sister site Recode, said artificial intelligence is one of the most profound things that humanity is...
Reddit says it has banned cryptocurrency ads since 2016
Tech companies like Facebook and recently today, Google, have announced that they’re banning ads for digital currencies. It turns out that Reddit has been banning cryptocurrency ads since early 2016, but just never announced it outright in a press release.
Lockheed's 'Son of Blackbird' spy plane might already be here
The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most recognizable aircraft designs in history. Few other planes have captured the public's attention and imagination in quite the same way as the SR-71 has since it was declassified in 1990 (nearly 30 years after it entered service). And though we're now two decades on from the Blackbird's retirement, America's need for supersonic, high-altitude surveillance has not diminished.
Twitter is notifying anyone who followed a Russian spam account
Last week, Twitter missed the deadline Congress set to turn over information on Russia-backed meddling in the 2016 election. Today, the social media company posted a public update on their internal investigation. First, they found thousands of additional accounts associated with the Russian government-linked Internet Research Agency (IRA). But most importantly, Twitter is emailing notifications to everyone in the US who inadvertently followed one or retweeted or liked one of their messages…
When China hoards its hackers everyone loses
They say you don't notice something good until it's gone. With China's decision to restrict its information security researchers from participating in global hacking competitions, we're about to see what that looks like on the global "zero day" stage.
Disney hires former Apple, Samsung exec for its streaming service
As Disney prepares for its streaming service that's launching next year, Variety reports it has snagged an executive to run operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) worked at Apple for five years, eventually running its iTunes movies business worldwide, before managing content and launching Milk Video at Samsung. Now, as the SVP and GM of Disney's BAMTech Media company, he'll be in charge of creating and running the company's new Netflix competitor. The new service will be home to Disney's new…
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Strictly judge Len Goodman graduates from Santander's Scam Avoidance School
Former Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman has become the first graduate of the Scam Avoidance School (SAS), a new in-branch initiative from Santander designed to help the over 60s beat fraudsters.
'Destiny 2' has another problem with diminishing rewards
Bungie previously promised to both tackle complaints about diminishing rewards in Destiny 2 and to be more transparent going forward, but it's apparent the studio still has some work to do. Players have discovered that the game is throttling the number of tokens it hands out for Faction Rallies (where you pledge allegiance and collect tokens in hopes of scoring a rare weapon at a discount) when you loot Lost Sectors. The company had actually patched this in as of mid-December, but it wasn't…
A Worrying Shift for Pensions: Retirees Will Soon Outnumber Kids
For those worried about the ability of U.S. state and local governments to cover promised pension checks, the Census Bureau announced a milestone that should add to their fears: by 2030, for the first time, senior citizens will outnumber children.
Colbert reads porn star Stormy Daniels sex affair with Trump
https://youtu.be/0NeuAFz7NFk In 2011, before she signed her non-disclosure agreement with Trump, porn actress Stormy Daniels gave a detailed account of her 2006 sex affair with Trump to InTouch magazine. During last night's airing of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert read some of the choice bits. When she arrived, he was wearing sweatpants, and they ended…
Here Are the Names in the Mix to Become China's Most Powerful Banker
President Xi Jinping’s pick to lead the People’s Bank of China will finally be announced March 19, five months after incumbent governor Zhou Xiaochuan said he’d retire “soon.”
Spectroscopic thermometer for nanomaterials
A scientific team has found a new way to take the local temperature of a material from an area about a billionth of a meter wide, or approximately 100,000 times thinner than a human hair. This discovery promises to improve the understanding of useful yet unusual physical and chemical behaviors that arise in materials and structures at the nanoscale.