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Astronomers Say a New, Huge Satellite Is As Bright As the Brightest Stars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last month, a Texas-based company announced that it had successfully deployed the largest-ever commercial communications satellite in low-Earth orbit. This BlueWalker 3 demonstration satellite measures nearly 65 square meters, or about one-third the size of a tennis court. … ⌘ Read more

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Chess’ $100 Million Showdown: Carlsen Moves To Dismiss Niemann Lawsuit Over Cheating Allegations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: Lawyers representing Norwegian World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and online chess platform Chess.com asked a federal judge Friday to toss a $100 million lawsuit filed by chess grandmaster Hans Niemann in October, which marked a dramatic e … ⌘ Read more

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Prime Video Replaces Netflix As No. 1 Streaming Service In US
Prime Video has supplanted Netflix as the No. 1 subscription streaming outlet in the U.S. in an annual ranking compiled by research firm Parks Associates. Deadline reports: The company didn’t disclose its methodology for how it isolates the number of Prime Video subscribers, a metric long cloaked in secrecy due to Amazon’s general reluctance to … ⌘ Read more

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iPhone 14 Satellite Feature Saves Stranded Man In Alaska
Apple’s iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature was put to the test in Alaska yesterday, when a man became stranded in a rural area. MacRumors reports: In the early hours of the morning on December 1, Alaska State Troopers received an alert that a man traveling by snow machine from Noorvik to Kotzebue had become stranded. The man was in a cold, remote lo … ⌘ Read more

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Tesla Delivers Its First Electric Semi Trucks
Electrek recaps yesterday’s Tesla’s Semi Delivery Event in Nevada: As expected, Tesla delivered the first electric trucks to PepsiCo, a long-time reservation holder, and held a presentation to reveal more details about the production version of the Tesla Semi. There wasn’t any big surprise during the presentation. Tesla basically delivered on its original promises made in 2017 when i … ⌘ Read more

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Australia Says Law Making Facebook and Google Pay For News Has Worked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: An Australian law giving the government power to make internet giants Facebook owner Meta and Alphabet’s Google negotiate content supply deals with media outlets has largely worked, a government report said. But the law, which took effect in March 2021 after talks with the big tech firms … ⌘ Read more

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Edward Snowden Receives Russian Passport
Beerismydad shares a report from the Associated Press: Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing highly classified surveillance programs, has received a Russian passport and taken the citizenship oath, Russian news agencies quoted his lawyer as saying Friday. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena was reported as saying that Snowden got the passport and took the … ⌘ Read more

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Huawei Teases a Smartwatch With Built-In Wireless Earbuds
Huawei has confirmed the existence of a smartwatch it’s working on featuring a pair of built-in wireless earbuds. “Huawei’s account on Chinese Twitter-like site Weibo announced the existence of the device on Wednesday and promised all would be revealed on December 2,” reports The Register. “But Huawei has since postponed its Winter 2022 consumer kit launch for … ⌘ Read more

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FBI, CISA Say Cuba Ransomware Gang Extorted $60 Million From Victims This Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The Cuba ransomware gang extorted more than $60 million in ransom payments from victims between December 2021 and August 2022, a joint advisory from CISA and the FBI has warned. The latest advisory is a follow-up to a flash alert (PDF) released by the FBI in December 202 … ⌘ Read more

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Florida State Tax Website Bug Exposed Filers’ Data
A security flaw on the Florida Department of Revenue website exposed at least hundreds of taxpayers’ Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, a security researcher found. From a report: Kamran Mohsin said the security flaw – now fixed – allowed him, or anyone else who was logged in to the state’s business tax registration website, to access, modify and delete the pe … ⌘ Read more

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DHS Board Starts Investigating Lapsus$ Teen Hacker Group
A group of federal cyber advisers is putting a suspected teen hacking group under the microscope in the second investigation ever conducted by the Cyber Safety Review Board. From a report: The Department of Homeland Security review board – a group of 15 federal government and private-sector cyber experts – announced Friday morning that it will study and provide … ⌘ Read more

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Intel Offers Irish Staff a Three-Month Break From Being Paid
guest reader writes: Chipmaker Intel is offering staff in Ireland the opportunity to take three months’ leave from their jobs, with the catch being that it is unpaid. The move is part of cost saving measures at the company. According to various reports in the Irish media, thousands of workers at Intel’s manufacturing plant in Leixlip, County Kildare, were off … ⌘ Read more

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PCI Standards Group Deflects, Assigns Blame for Melting GPU Power Connectors
An anonymous reader shares a report: Nvidia’s new RTX 4090 and 4080 GPUs both use a new connector called 12VHPWR to deliver power as a way to satisfy ever-more power-hungry graphics cards without needing to set aside the physical space required for three or four 8-pin power connectors. But that power connector and its s … ⌘ Read more

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Google Shuts Down Duplex on the Web, Its Attempt To Bring AI Smarts To Retail Sites and More
Google is shutting down Duplex on the Web, its AI-powered set of services that navigated sites to simplify the process of ordering food, purchasing movie tickets and more. From a report: According to a note on a Google support page, Google on the Web and any automation features enabled by it … ⌘ Read more

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US Army Planned To Pay Streamers Millions To Reach Gen-Z Through Call of Duty
The U.S. Army allocated millions of dollars to sponsor a wide range of esports tournaments, individual high profile Call of Duty streamers, and Twitch events in the last year to specifically grow its audience with Gen-Z viewers, and especially women and Black and Hispanic people, according to internal Army documents obta … ⌘ Read more

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Using Rust at a Startup: A Cautionary Tale
“Rust is awesome, for certain things. But think twice before picking it up for a startup that needs to move fast,” Matt Welsh, co-founder and chief executive of Fixie.ai and former Google engineering director, writes in a blog post. From the post: I hesitated writing this post, because I don’t want to start, or get into, a holy war over programming languages. (Just to get the flame bait out o … ⌘ Read more

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IBM and Maersk Abandon Ship on TradeLens Logistics Blockchain
Maersk and IBM will wind down their shipping blockchain TradeLens by early 2023, ending the pair’s five-year project to improve global trade by connecting supply chains on a permissioned blockchain. From a report: TradeLens emerged during the “enterprise blockchain” era of 2018 as a high-flying effort to make inter-corporate trade more efficient. Open … ⌘ Read more

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Smartphones Wiped 97% of Compact Digital Camera Market
Japanese camera manufacturers are bidding farewell to a once-major component of their operations, with Panasonic Holdings and Nikon suspending development of entry-level point-and-shoot cameras under their flagship brands. From a report: The companies will instead focus resources on pricier mirrorless models going forward, aiming to navigate a market upended by smar … ⌘ Read more

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Pentagon Debuts Its New Stealth Bomber, the B-21 Raider
America’s newest nuclear stealth bomber is making its public debut after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon’s answer to rising concerns over a future conflict with China. From a report: The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber aircraft in more than 30 years. Almost every aspect of the program is classified. Ahead of its unveiling Friday … ⌘ Read more

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Meta Urges Washington To Take Hands-Off Approach To Regulating the Metaverse
Meta is urging policymakers to hold off on creating new rules governing the metaverse. From a report: In a policy paper released Friday, Meta argues that many of the world’s existing laws and regulations will also apply to activity in the metaverse – a catch-all term that refers to an immersive virtual world that doesn’t … ⌘ Read more

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BloomTech, Previously Lambda School, Cuts Half of Staff
A little over a year after buzzy coding bootcamp Lambda School rebranded as Bloom Institute of Technology, the venture-backed startup is conducting massive layoffs, TechCrunch reported, citing sources. From the report: The workforce reduction, per people familiar with the matter, has impacted half of the company’s staff across content, product, data and engineering … ⌘ Read more

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Mozilla Acquires Active Replica To Build On its Metaverse Vision
An automated status updater for Slack isn’t the only thing Mozilla acquired this week. From a report: On Wednesday, the company announced that it snatched up Active Replica, a Vancouver-based startup developing a “web-based metaverse.” According to Mozilla SVP Imo Udom, Active Replica will support Mozilla’s ongoing work with Hubs, the latter’s VR … ⌘ Read more

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Hive Social Turns Off Servers After Researchers Warn Hackers Can Access All Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hive Social, a social media platform that has seen meteoric growth since Elon Musk took over Twitter, abruptly shut down its service on Wednesday after a security advisory warned the site was riddled with vulnerabilities that exposed all data stored in user acco … ⌘ Read more

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Government Scientists ‘Approaching What is Required for Fusion’ in Breakthrough Energy Research
Scientists hoping to harness nuclear fusion – the same energy source that powers the Sun and other stars – have confirmed that magnetic fields can enhance the energy output of their experiments, reports a new study. The results suggest that magnets may play a key role in the develo … ⌘ Read more

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An Ancient Asteroid Impact May Have Caused a Megatsunami on Mars
The Viking 1 lander arrived on the Martian surface 46 years ago to investigate the planet. It dropped down into what was thought to be an ancient outflow channel. Now, a team of researchers believes they’ve found evidence of an ancient megatsunami that swept across the planet billions of years ago, less than 600 miles from where Viking landed. … ⌘ Read more

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