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Supreme Court rules states can force online retailers to collect sales tax

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can compel retailers to collect sales taxes even if they don't have a physical presence in the state.<p>The 5-4 decision overturns a 1992 Supreme Court precedent that effectively barred states from collecting such taxes, and could leave consumers paying …

Online Life

General Electric gets booted from the Dow

For the first time in 110 years, General Electric will not be a member of the elite Dow Jones Industrial Average.<p>S&P Dow Jones Indices announced on Tuesday that the iconic maker of light bulbs and jet engines will be replaced in the 30-stock index by Walgreens Boots Alliance.<p>GE (GE) was an original …

Stock Markets

The end of net neutrality is here

The way the internet is regulated in the US is about to change.<p>The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules.<p>The …

Net Neutrality

Facebook bug set 14 million users' sharing settings to public

For a period of four days in May, about 14 million Facebook users around the world had their default sharing setting for all new posts set to public, the company revealed Thursday.<p>The bug, which affected those users from May 18 to May 22, occurred while Facebook was testing a new feature.<p>After …

Social Media

F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

Hoping to thwart a sophisticated malware system linked to Russia that has infected hundreds of thousands of internet routers, the F.B.I. has made an urgent request to anybody with one of the devices: Turn it off, and then turn it back on.<p>The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting …

Cybersecurity

How an Alexa speaker recorded and shared a private conversation

Alexa has many talents. Amazon's voice assistant can play music, set timers, order a pizza, and send recordings of private conversations to random people in its users' contact list.<p>An Amazon Echo user in Portland, Oregon,says she was shocked to learn her Echo had recorded a conversation with her …

Smart Homes

The constitutional crisis is here

Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It’s here.<p>On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing …

Donald Trump

Andrew Sullivan: Obama’s Legacy Has Already Been Destroyed

In one respect, it seems to me, the presidency of Donald Trump has been remarkably successful. In 17 months, he has effectively erased Barack Obama’s …

Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal

Senate defies "armies of lobbyists," but House may help FCC kill net neutrality.<p>The US Senate today voted to reverse the Federal Communications …

Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical …

Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' Video, Explained

From Jim Crow to Gwara Gwara, there are a lot of references you might've missed.<p>Childish Gambino took the internet by storm this weekend with the release of his new single “This Is America” and its accompanying music video loaded with haunting images of black oppression and gun violence.<p>Childish …

Exclusive: Comcast prepares all-cash bid to gate-crash Disney-Fox deal - sources

(Reuters) - U.S. cable operator Comcast Corp is asking investment banks to increase a bridge financing facility by as much as $60 billion so it can make an all-cash offer for the media assets that Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has agreed to sell to Walt Disney Co for $52 billion, three people …

Scientists Have Figured Out When And How Our Sun Will Die, And It's Going to Be Epic

Too bad humans won't be around to see it.<p>What will our Sun look like after it dies? Scientists have made new predictions about what the end will look …

New galactic map shows the positions and brightness of 1.7 billion stars

Get all the details on the Milky Way’s celestial objects<p>This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way Galaxy that showcases the brightness and positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars. It’s the most comprehensive catalog of stars to date, and it …

Astronaut’s Gene Expression No Longer Same as His Identical Twin, NASA Finds

Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your gene expression.<p>Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study reveal that 7% …

Space Science

Toys R Us to close all 800 of its U.S. stores

Toy store chain Toys R Us is planning to sell or close all 800 of its U.S. stores, affecting as many as 33,000 jobs as the company winds down its operations after six decades, according to a source familiar with the matter.<p>The news comes six months after the retailer filed for bankruptcy. The …

Toys "R" Us

LHC Measurements Hint at Entirely New Physics Just Outside Our Reach

More tests are needed, though.<p>During the mid- to late-twentieth century, quantum physicists picked apart the unified theory of physics that …

Here’s how scientists know the ‘Oumuamua’ asteroid isn’t from our solar system

Outer space has once again proven to be strange and full of surprises. Astronomers have detected an asteroid visiting from interstellar space for the …

Astronomy

Either stars are strange, or 234 alien species are trying to contact us

We all want there to be aliens. Green ones, pink ones, brown ones, Greys. Or maybe Vulcans, Klingons, even a being of pure energy. Any type will …

Somebody Break Up The NBA’s Eastern Conference

It probably won’t last, but the East is holding its own.<p>For most of this millennium, the West has ruled the NBA with zero debate, boasting a long …

Monster Planet, Tiny Star: Record-Breaking Duo Puzzles Astronomers

A giant planet has been found orbiting an ultracool dwarf star — the largest planet compared to its star ever found — leaving scientists baffled at …

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

In 1985, when Carl Sagan was writing the novel <i>Contact</i>, he needed to quickly transport his protagonist Dr. Ellie Arroway from Earth to the star Vega. …

Quantum Mechanics

Yu Darvish reacted “graciously” to Yuli Gurriel’s racist gesture and slur. He didn’t have to.

As we reported on earlier, Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel appeared to mock Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in a racist way after homering off of him in …

A space rock from another star is spotted in our solar system — a cosmic first

For the first time, a space rock from another solar system has been spotted cruising through our corner of the universe.<p>The asteroid is about 400 meters across and moving at a clip of nearly 27 miles a second, according to NASA. For months, this interstellar interloper — a fragment of an alien …

Astronomy

A Nine-Year Collaboration Has Just Shown How Sugar Influences Cancer Cell Growth

This is huge.<p>There's a long-known relationship between cancer and sugar, but figuring out exactly how it works has proven elusive. Now, thanks to a …

Red wine: the unexpected health benefits

Another day, another story about red wine being good for you. Today's happy news comes from scientific researchers at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, who have found that drinking at least one glass of red wine a week boosts fertility in women.<p>The research investigated how alcohol …

China Claims To Have Built A Version Of NASA's 'Impossible Engine' That Uses NO Fuel

For it to work it actually has to break the laws of physics.<p>The USSR-USA space race might be history, but China has confirmed that NASA still has …

Our only mission to Saturn is over. Here's what we've learned.

The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn for 13 years, beaming data and photographs back to Earth. When it deliberately dove into …

Astronomy

Billions of Bluetooth devices could get hit by this attack

More than 5.3 billion devices with Bluetooth signals are at risk of a malware attack newly identified by an internet of things security company.<p>If you're not keeping count, that's most of the estimated 8.2 billion devices that use Bluetooth, which allows for our gadgets to connect and communicate …

Cybersecurity

Trump lashes out at black CEO who quit council

One of America's most prominent black CEOs quit President Trump's manufacturing council on Monday over Trump's initial failure to condemn white supremacists.<p>Kenneth Frazier of Merck (MRK) said in a statement: "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of …