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Maine governor defies ballot initiative expanding Medicaid

The tea party Republican is refusing to adopt the Obamacare program after the state’s voters approved it last fall.<p>Maine residents voted decisively last fall to expand the state’s Medicaid program. But almost six months later, Gov. Paul LePage, a tea party Republican, still refuses to take action …

Health Care

Safeguards for social media ‘inadequate’, says Jeremy Hunt

Health secretary calls big tech firms ‘irresponsible’ for failing to improve online security controls<p>The health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a blistering attack on Sunday on social media companies for “turning a blind eye” to emotional problems and mental health damage suffered by children who …

Social Media

SEC charges third 'mastermind' in ICO fraud case

The SEC is clearly determined to crack down on everyone involved in Centra Tech's allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering. Officials have filed fraud charges against a third "mastermind" in the case, Raymond Trapani, for reportedly helping to whip up false claims about the $32 million ICO and …

Cryptocurrency

Nintendo Labo templates are now available for spare parts

You’ll still need the software to make it all work, of course<p>Nintendo Labo’s blueprint patterns are now available for free, online, through Nintendo itself — but remember that Labo requires more than just cardboard to work as designed.<p>Software, of course, is needed to govern the Joy-Con …

Nintendo Labo

The US Army is developing AI that can recognize faces in the dark and through walls

The US Army is developing a machine learning method for identifying faces from thermal imagery. Soon the American government will be able to film people from outside of buildings, using cameras that can see through walls in near-total darkness, and an AI will recognize the people in the images.<p>Army …

Artificial Intelligence

WikiLeaks loses access to a key cryptocurrency account

This hasn't been the best week for WikiLeaks, to put it mildly. Coinbase has shut off the WikiLeaks Shop's account for allegedly violating the cryptocurrency exchange's terms of service. In other words, the leak site just lost its existing means of converting payments like bitcoin into conventional …

Cryptocurrency

Verge coin’s own Twitter account is not verified but its imposter’s is

It seems Twitter is incapable of putting an end to the rampant cryptocurrency scams on its platforms.<p>Just last week, we reported on Twitter’s ‘blue badge’ profile scams in the cryptocurrency space that have been going on unchecked for two months at least.<p>Now, we’ve discovered that while Verge …

Cryptocurrency

Huawei’s upcoming AI assistant is a Black Mirror episode in real life

• Huawei is looking to provide emotional interactions through its AI assistant.<br>• The company’s team is inspired by the movie <i>Her</i> and envisions that soon enough, we won’t even need to touch our smartphones to use them.<br>• While Huawei’s vision sounds ambitious and exciting, its plans to essentially replace …

Black Mirror

Netflix may buy movie theaters in hopes of scoring some Academy Awards

Netflix is quickly becoming a movie powerhouse, yet the company still thinks it gets no respect in Hollywood. Despite plans to release 80 original …

The Oscars

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

Political scrutiny on Google continues to grow in Europe

• The European Parliament adopted a report which recommends that Google be restructured.<br>• Though the report was adopted 445-104, it is not a binding one.<br>• The European Commission has two open cases against Google, which will take years to be completed.<p>The European Parliament just adopted a report which …

Europe

Texas 'revenge porn' law goes too far, court rules

A Texas appeals court last week struck down a state law that criminalized the sharing of sexually explicit photos and videos of an individual online without their consent, ruling the “revenge porn” measure a violation of the First Amendment.<p>The 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler — about 98 miles east …

Judiciary

Plover lets you share files between any devices over Wi-Fi, AirDrop-style

Apple’s AirDrop service is great for beaming files between your iOS and Mac devices over Wi-Fi – but it sadly doesn’t work with other platforms. Thankfully, a bunch of young developers have built a handy tool to make it just as easy to transfer files over your local network, using anything that has …

Apps

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal

SAN FRANCISCO — Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a wind turbine in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia.<p>In fact, your clicks and taps may have helped build them.<p>Since 2008, renewable energy …

Renewable Energy

Tesla faces investigation of safety procedures after workplace injury

Tesla is under investigation by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health for a workplace injury that left a factory worker …

Tesla

Verizon Follows Facebook and Google's Lead Into Targeted Ads

The telco wants to read your AOL and Yahoo e-mails.<p><b>Verizon</b>'s (NYSE:VZ) Oath, the company it created by merging AOL and Yahoo's internet properties, …

Telecoms

Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies.<p>Russia has ordered the popular Telegram messaging app to shut down because it won't share its encryption key …

Personal Data

Experts say Tesla has repeated car industry mistakes from the 1980s | Ars Technica

GM spent billions on a mostly fruitless attempt to automate carmaking.<p>Production had been halted for much of last week in Tesla's car factory in …

Tesla

Google celebrating Project Fi’s 3rd birthday w/ $150 off the Pixel 2 XL for today only

Three years ago today Google revealed that it was entering the U.S wireless business as a mobile virtual network operator. Since then, Project Fi has gained new features and slowly added more devices, with the service considered easy to understand and a good deal for some, particularly …

Mobile

Holden's Young Founders Offer Cheaper, Customized Wedding Rings -- Thanks To 3D Printing

Two college buddies who’ve been running a small jewelry business today launched Holden, a direct-to-consumer wedding band brand that offers cheaper, customized rings in platinum alloy, gold or platinum (all recycled) at prices starting at just $250 – thanks to 3D printing.<p>Andrew Lim, 26, and Simon …

3D Printing

Google Chrome Canary reveals new ‘refreshed’ Material Design look [Gallery]

Since the launch of Android P in March, there has been a lot of discussion about Google’s future design direction. Falling under the general banner of “Material Design 2,” that possible “refresh” is now live in the latest version of Chrome Canary for Windows.<p>After enabling the corresponding …

Google Chrome

Nigeria’s ruling party may have sold its verified Twitter handle to John McAfee

In one of the most bizarre things on social media in 2018, Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress political party seems to have sold its verified Twitter handle which now spots a profile photo and biography of John McAfee.<p>As it stands, the account violates one of Twitter’s rules (which results in loss …

Africa

Audible's founder talks about selling his company to Amazon for $300 million, bonding with Jeff Bezos, and how he managed to have a 'nontoxic' midlife crisis

Don Katz sounds more like a college English professor than a tech CEO. He's obsessed with literature and writing.<p>And it's why he started Audible, the audiobook company owned by Amazon, in 1995.<p>"It was all about the stories, and it was all about the voice of the stories," Katz said on Business …

Middle Age

Gmail accounts appear to send out spam, and their owners are baffled

Something is not right in the land of Gmail.<p>Numerous account holders woke up Sunday morning to discover a raft of spam emails sitting in their sent …

Security

Microsoft Is Sunsetting OneNote 2016: Here's What You Need To Know

Microsoft is sunsetting OneNote 2016 and gently pushing users to OneNote for Windows 10. The change relieves Microsoft from having to develop two versions of the same app, but it tasks users of OneNote 2016 with moving to an unfamiliar version of OneNote.<p>OneNote 2016 is the version of OneNote that …

Software

Amazon bars trolls from review-bombing James Comey's new book

Amazon isn't letting Donald Trump trolls mire former FBI director James Comey's new book in negative one-star reviews.<p>The online retailer has placed …

Donald Trump

Surface Phone: Possible Announcement For Foldable Device Might Be Set For Next Month

Microsoft has been incredibly silent about the development of the Surface Phone, with the tech giant not even confirming the existence of the mobile …

Andromeda

Martin Lewis sues Facebook over fake adverts with his name

MoneySavingExpert founder says firm failed to stop false adverts luring victims into scams<p>Martin Lewis, the consumer advice and money-saving expert, is suing Facebook for defamation after it published dozens of fake adverts featuring his face and name.<p>He is seeking exemplary damages in the high …

Internet

Cambridge Analytica researcher fires back at Facebook

Aleksandr Kogan tells 60 Minutes that tech companies assume users know their data is being sold and shared.<p>Aleksandr Kogan, the app developer at the center of Facebook's data privacy scandal, says he isn't sure whether he ever read the social network's developer policy, which prohibited apps like …

Cambridge Analytica

Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban

A shower of paper airplanes darted through the skies of Moscow and other towns in Russia today, as users answered the call of entrepreneur Pavel Durov to send the blank missives out of their windows at a pre-appointed time in support of Telegram, a messaging app he founded that was blocked last …

Privacy