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Ransomware locks up San Francisco public transportation ticket machines

Some systems now restored; attacker demanded $73,000.<p>Black Friday was a dark day for San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency, as an apparent …

San Francisco

Facebook and Google ban fake news sites from ad networks

Facebook and Google will attempt to ease the proliferation of fake news by preventing sites publishing it from buying advertising space or using …

Sony sued for not preventing piracy of movie leaked in 2014 hack

The fall 2014 Sony megahack leaked a massive amount of internal documents and content, resulting in plenty of fallout. Even two years later, they company is still not off the hook. The film <i>To Write Love On Her Arms</i> was one of four movies released online in the colossal data dump, and its producers …

Facebook to pledge 1,500 housing units for general public

To help offset real-estate demand in Menlo Park, Facebook is constructing 1,500 housing units and dedicating a percentage of that for low-income families.<p>As the influx of Facebook employees continue to drive up demand (and prices) of housing in Menlo Park, California, where its headquarters are …

Housing

Robert Fano, 98, Dies; Engineer Who Helped Develop Interactive Computers

Robert Fano, an electrical engineer who was instrumental in creating a world of instantly responsive computers, died on July 13 in Naples, Fla. He was 98.<p>His daughter Paola Nisonger confirmed his death.<p>As a pioneering computer designer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Fano made …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook 'anti-spam systems' blocked Democrat emails dump

<b>Facebook has said its anti-spam filters were to blame for its website briefly blocking access to internal emails from US Democratic Party committee members published by Wikileaks.</b><p>"Anti-spam systems briefly flagged links to these documents as unsafe," Facebook told BBC News.<p>Earlier, Facebook's chief …

Bernie Sanders

Tesla's autopilot remains in the spotlight

The federal government released preliminary findings Tuesday from an investigation into the fatal Tesla crash that killed a driver using autopilot in May.<p>The National Transportation Safety Board report found that Joshua Brown was driving 74 mph in a 65 mph zone prior to striking a tractor-trailer. …

Tesla

Facebook Quietly Tests A New Kind Of 'Trending' Topics Module

The company appears to be listening to complaints.<p>Facebook is apparently testing a new version of its controversial “Trending” module that removes editorialized blurbs written by staffers of the social network.<p>The Huffington Post noticed the change Tuesday night, though others may have received the …

A one-armed Australian robot can build a house four times quicker than a human

The Hadrian 105 robot, named after the Roman emperor who built a wall in ancient Britain, has hit a bricklaying speed of 225 standard brick equivalents per hour, or about half a day's work for a top human bricklayer.<p>To prove it, the company released a time lapse video, showing the robot at work. …

Robotics

Check out Lockheed Martin's robotic blimp inspector

Lockheed Martin's hybrid airships are as big as a football field, and it's a huge challenge making sure their surfaces are don't have tiny pinholes in them. That's why the company developed a robot called Self-Propelled Instrument for Damage Evaluation and Repair or SPIDER to crawl on the vehicle's …

Android's new Emergency Location Service could save your life

Google is rolling out a feature that will give your exact location to emergency services if you dial their number.<p>A new utility from Google could save your life.<p>The company on Monday announced that emergency services will be given your precise location if you call them with an Android …

Android News

Tor confirms sexual harassment claims against former developer

Jacob Appelbaum isn't going to get any sympathy from the Tor Project over allegations of sexual harassment. An internal investigation at Tor has determined that the claims against Appelbaum, who's accused of humiliating and intimidating women, are accurate. This doesn't mean that charges are …

Density raises $4 million to track crowds at the DMV, theme parks and corporate campuses

[gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="1358475,1358474"]<p>The Department of Motor Vehicles is one of the most notorious ways to waste your life away. Density could help ease this pain. Today, Density is launching its people-counting sensor for measuring how many people are inside a space at any …

300-pound mall robot runs over toddler

For Silicon Valley toddlers who are learning to walk, there's a new lesson -- watch out for the robots.<p>A mother and father watched in horror as a security robot at a mall in California knocked their 16-month-old to the ground and ran over one of his feet. The family and the company that makes the …

Robotics

The FBI has collected 430,000 iris scans in a so-called 'pilot program'

As a modestly sized department — policing 2 million citizens with just over 1,800 sworn officers — the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department doesn’t seem like it would be on the cutting edge of surveillance technology. But the department has quietly become one of the most productive nodes in a …

SEC Is Reportedly Investigating Tesla for Not Disclosing Autopilot Death

The Securities and Exchange Commission would like to know a little bit more about what Tesla Motors and Elon Musk knew about a fatal Tesla crash in …

Democrats take a page from Amazon to appeal to millennials

The Democratic National Convention will cruise through Philadelphia from July 25th-28th and the party would love for more people in and out of the event to engage with it. But instead of the usual Twitter and Facebook outreach, they'll be taking cues from the retail industry by posting a flow of …

How Uber secretly investigated its legal foes — and got caught

When a young labor lawyer named Andrew Schmidt first filed suit against Uber in December of last year, he couldn’t have predicted it would make him a target. Schmidt’s suit was a legal long shot, alleging that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick coordinated surge pricing in violation of anti-trust laws — but …

When Should Hacking Be Legal?

A group of academics and journalists say a federal computer-fraud law criminalizes their work.<p>When Aaron Swartz, a prominent programmer and digital activist, was arrested in 2011, he was halfway through a fellowship at Harvard’s Center for Ethics. Police took him in after he entered a computer …

Amazon Kindle's New Page Flip Feature Simplifies Jumping Between Pages

The Kindle is great for reading, but it’s horrible for research. If you need to bounce back and forth between pages for comparison, it has always …

August, Canary, Withings, D-Link, Ring & others confirm Apple HomeKit support coming w/ iOS 10

These products from August, Canary, Withings, Kuna, D-Link, Ring & others will be next to gain support for Apple’s HomeKit in the coming months.<p>It wasn’t too long ago that I was recommending the average person stay away from investing in HomeKit until Apple’s home automation platform matures to get …

Elon Musk's $1 billion nonprofit wants to build a robot to do housework

OpenAI — the artificial-intelligence research nonprofit cochaired by Tesla Motors CEO Musk and Y Combinator President Sam Altman— wants to build a robot for your home.<p>Building a robot, OpenAI's leadership explains in a blog entry on Monday, is a good way to test and refine a machine's ability to …

Obama finally upgraded from his BlackBerry

But he still wants something better<p>President Obama has finally been allowed to replace his BlackBerry with something more modern — but he apparently isn't thrilled with this new phone either.<p>"I get the thing, and they're all like, 'Well, Mr. President, for security reasons ... it doesn't take …

Mobile Technology

Samsung Confirms Radical New Galaxy Phone

Samsung’s first foldable phone is “right around the corner” according to Gregory Lee, President and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America.<p>Speaking at the Future:Mobile conference, and reported by Recode, Lee said that the new bendable phones are incoming. Explaining the delay behind getting …

Mobile

Less Big Brother, More Big Mother: Three Ways To Use Big Data To Enhance Customer Experience

The combination of Big Data and Customer Experience faces an ongoing challenge. How can you leverage Big Data in a way that’s to less creepy and more nurturing? It’s the difference between being Big Brother and Big Mother. Let’s look at both:<p>Big Brother is a fictional character and symbol in George …

Customer Experience

Technology and the death of civilisation

It is a failing of human nature to detest anything that young people do just because older people are not used to it or have trouble learning it. So …

Controlling A Smart Home Can Be As Easy As Tossing Keys In A Bowl

Memodo is a concept for controlling your home with small totems, like keys, toys, and coins.<p>The smart home of the future will likely be controlled with your voice, which is why companies like Google and Amazon are putting so much effort into getting their ears into your living room. But voice …

Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft really, REALLY wants you to upgrade to Windows 10.<p>Since last summer, the tech giant has pushed and prodded PC owners …

Windows 10

The Latest: Solar-powered airplane lands in Pennsylvania

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a solar-powered plane's flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania (all times local):<p>8:45 p.m.<p>A solar-powered airplane has …

Airports