• Amazon Starts Air Cargo Arm in Europe With Jet Hub Near Leipzig

    Amazon Starts Air Cargo Arm in Europe With Jet Hub Near Leipzig
    Amazon.com is launching air cargo operations in Europe, the online retailer's first such expansion outside of the U.S. as it looks to bring more freight operations in-house. From a report: Amazon Air will run a 20,000-square-meter regional air hub at Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany, with two branded Boeing Co. 737-800 freighters flown by ASL Airlines, the company said in a statement. The facility will employ 200 people. Operating its own aircraft will let the world's largest e-commerce company
  • UK Appeals Court Rules AI Cannot Be Listed As a Patent Inventor

    UK Appeals Court Rules AI Cannot Be Listed As a Patent Inventor
    The United Kingdom is the latest country to rule that an artificial intelligence can't be legally credited as an inventor. Engadget reports: Per the BBC, the UK Court of Appeal recently ruled against Dr. Stephen Thaler in a case involving the country's Intellectual Property Office. In 2018, Thaler filed two patent applications in which he didn't list himself as the creator of the inventions mentioned in the documents. Instead, he put down his AI DABUS and said the patent should go to him "by own
  • Samoa Scraps Daylight Saving Time

    Samoa Scraps Daylight Saving Time
    Samoa is joining Japan, India, and China in scrapping daylight saving time, which was first proposed in 1895 so entomologist and astronomer George Hudson could study insects at night. "Hudson is dead, so daylight saving is no longer necessary," writes Mark Frauenfelder via BoingBoing. "It's time for the rest of the world to wake up and do the same." Time and Date reports: "The Ministry hereby advises that the Daylight Saving Time (DST) policy has ceased as per Cabinet Decision [...]. There will
  • Engineers Figured Out How To Cook 3D-Printed Chicken With Lasers

    Engineers Figured Out How To Cook 3D-Printed Chicken With Lasers
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Engineers at Columbia University [...] figured out how to simultaneously 3D-print and cook layers of pureed chicken, according to a recent paper published in the journal npj Science of Food. [...] The scientists purchased raw chicken breast from a local convenience store and then pureed it in a food processor to get a smooth, uniform consistency. They removed any tendons and refrigerated the samples before repackaging them into 3D-printing s
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  • Scientists Use AI To Create Drug Regime For Rare Form of Brain Cancer In Children

    Scientists Use AI To Create Drug Regime For Rare Form of Brain Cancer In Children
    Scientists have successfully used artificial intelligence to create a new drug regime for children with a deadly form of brain cancer that has not seen survival rates improve for more than half a century. The Guardian reports: The breakthrough, revealed in the journal Cancer Discovery, is set to usher in an "exciting" new era where AI can be harnessed to invent and develop new treatments for all types of cancer, experts say. Computer scientists and cancer specialists at the ICR and the Royal Mar
  • Impossible Foods To Launch Meatless Pork In US, Hong Kong and Singapore

    Impossible Foods To Launch Meatless Pork In US, Hong Kong and Singapore
    Impossible Foods' latest meatless product is set to hit tables from Thursday: plant-based pork that claims to be tastier and healthier than the real deal. CNBC reports: The ground pork product will first be available in restaurants in the U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore, with further plans for retail expansion in those markets in the coming months. It marks the California-based company's third commercial launch after ground beef and chicken nuggets as it seeks to solidify its position in the growi
  • Hackers Breached Computer Network At Key US Port But Did Not Disrupt Operations

    Hackers Breached Computer Network At Key US Port But Did Not Disrupt Operations
    Suspected foreign government-backed hackers last month breached a computer network at one of the largest ports on the US Gulf Coast, but early detection of the incident meant the intruders weren't in a position to disrupt shipping operations, according to a Coast Guard analysis of the incident obtained by CNN and a public statement from a senior US cybersecurity official. CNN reports: The incident at the Port of Houston is an example of the interest that foreign spies have in surveilling key US
  • California Passes Law Targeting Amazon Labor Algorithms

    California Passes Law Targeting Amazon Labor Algorithms
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill Wednesday that would block Amazon and other companies from punishing warehouse workers who fail to meet certain performance metrics for taking rest or meal breaks. The California Senate approved the measure earlier this month. The law allows warehouse workers to challenge performance goals that many say discourage them from taking bathroom breaks or other rest breaks throughout the work day. The bi
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  • 'Facebook Is What's Wrong With America'

    'Facebook Is What's Wrong With America'
    The Salesforce CEO and owner of Time Magazine, Marc Benioff, sees a common thread for what ails America today: deception that is allowed to spread like wildfire on Facebook. "This digital revolution really kind of has the world in its grip. And in that grip, you can see the amount of mistrust and misinformation that is happening," Benioff told CNN. From a report: "Look at how it is affecting the world. You can talk about the political process. You can talk about climate. You can talk about the p
  • New York Passes Sweeping Bills To Improve Conditions for Delivery Workers

    New York Passes Sweeping Bills To Improve Conditions for Delivery Workers
    The New York City Council overwhelmingly approved a groundbreaking package of legislation on Thursday that will set minimum pay and improve working conditions for couriers employed by app-based food delivery services like Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats. From a report: The bills, which have the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, are the latest and most broad example of the city's continuing effort to regulate the multimillion dollar industry. While other cities have taken steps to restrict the foo
  • 2021 Has Broken the Record For Zero-Day Hacking Attacks

    2021 Has Broken the Record For Zero-Day Hacking Attacks
    According to multiple databases, researchers, and cybersecurity companies who spoke to MIT Technology Review, 2021 has had the highest number of zero-day exploits on record. "At least 66 zero-days have been found in use this year, according to databases such as the 0-day tracking project -- almost double the total for 2020, and more than in any other year on record," the report says. From the report: One contributing factor in the higher rate of reported zero-days is the rapid global proliferati
  • Hackers Leak LinkedIn 700 Million Data Scrape

    Hackers Leak LinkedIn 700 Million Data Scrape
    A collection containing data about more than 700 million users, believed to have been scraped from LinkedIn, was leaked online this week after hackers previously tried to sell it earlier this year in June. From a report: The collection, obtained by The Record from a source, is currently being shared in private Telegram channels in the form of a torrent file containing approximately 187 GB of archived data. The Record analyzed files from this collection and found the data to be authentic, with da
  • The Imaginary Rocket Driving a Small-Town Spaceport

    The Imaginary Rocket Driving a Small-Town Spaceport
    Is the FAA licensing spaceports that are doomed to fail? From a report: The latest launch attempt out of Kodiak, Alaska's spaceport shows in vivid detail just how quickly things can go sideways. In the video, rocket maker Astra's 3.3 skids horizontally for hundreds of yards, then shoots some 20 miles upwards, listing off course. Ground crew terminates the flight, and the craft free falls back to Earth in pieces, landing in a fireball. None of Astra's six test flights from Kodiak's Pacific Spacep
  • CDC Panel Endorses Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shots For People 65 and Older

    CDC Panel Endorses Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shots For People 65 and Older
    A key Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group unanimously voted Thursday to recommend distributing Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 booster shots to older Americans and nursing home residents, clearing the way for the agency to give the final OK as early as this evening. CNBC reports: The agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices specifically endorsed giving third Pfizer shots to people 65 and older in the first of four votes. The panel will also vote on whether to re
  • Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure Is a Winged Microchip, Scientists Say

    Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure Is a Winged Microchip, Scientists Say
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: It's neither a bird nor a plane, but a winged microchip as small as a grain of sand that can be carried by the wind as it monitors such things as pollution levels or the spread of airborne diseases. The tiny microfliers, whose development by engineers at Northwestern University was detailed in an article published by Nature this week, are being billed as the smallest-ever human-made flying structures.The devices don't have a motor; engineers were ins
  • Why Deliveries Are So Slow

    Why Deliveries Are So Slow
    Americans are habitually unattuned to the massive and profoundly human apparatus that brings us basically everything in our lives. Much of the country's pandemic response has treated us as somehow separate from the rest of the world and the challenges it endures, but unpredictably empty shelves, rising prices, and long waits are just more proof of how foolish that belief has always been. The Atlantic: When I called up Dan Hearsch, a managing director at the consulting firm AlixPartners who speci
  • A Stalkerware Firm Is Leaking Real-Time Screenshots of People's Phones Online

    A Stalkerware Firm Is Leaking Real-Time Screenshots of People's Phones Online
    A stalkerware company that's designed to let customers spy on their spouses's, children's, or employees' devices is exposing victims' data, allowing anyone on the internet to see screenshots of phones simply by visiting a specific URL. From a report: The news highlights the continuing lax security practices that many stalkerware companies use; not only do these companies sometimes market their tools specifically for illegal surveillance, but the targets are re-victimized by these breaches. In re
  • Twitter Adds Bitcoin Tipping, Pushes Further Into NFTs

    Twitter Adds Bitcoin Tipping, Pushes Further Into NFTs
    Twitter will let users send and receive tips using Bitcoin as part of a broader push to help users make money from the service. From a report: Twitter also said Thursday that it's looking into authenticating users' nonfungible tokens -- digital goods ranging from high art to pictures of digital apes. Some users already showcase NFTs on their profiles, but there's no easy way to authenticate if the person displaying a picture actually owns it. "There's this growing interest among creators to use
  • Tracking Stolen Crypto is a Booming Business

    Tracking Stolen Crypto is a Booming Business
    Crypto heists are becoming increasingly common, but forensic investigators are getting savvier at figuring out who is behind specific accounts. From a report: Paolo Ardoino was on the front lines of one of the largest cryptocurrency heists of all time. He was flooded with calls and messages in August alerting him to a breach at Poly Network, a platform where users swap tokens among popular cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Binance and Dogecoin. Hackers had made off with $610 million in crypto, bel
  • Tech Firms' Nightmare: Vanishing Green Cards

    Tech Firms' Nightmare: Vanishing Green Cards
    Thousands of green cards are about to go to waste, leaving Google, Microsoft and other tech companies fuming -- and pushing the Biden administration to ensure it doesn't happen again. Axios: Tech workers have waited years for green cards that will grant them permanent legal status in the U.S. -- but because of pandemic-related processing delays, they will have to wait even longer. The U.S. makes a certain number of family-based and employment-based green cards available each fiscal year. [...] G
  • Today's Students Don't Understand the Basics of Computer Operations

    Today's Students Don't Understand the Basics of Computer Operations
    DesScorp writes: A new article in The Verge reports that professors are increasingly seeing the rise of a generation that can't understand even the basic fundamentals of how computers and operating systems work. The very concept of things like directories, folders, and even what a file is seem to baffle a generation that was raised on Google and smartphones, and have no concept of what storage is or how it works. To this generation, all your "stuff" just goes someplace where stuff is kept. Physi
  • How Google Spies on Its Employees

    How Google Spies on Its Employees
    At Google, a seemingly innocuous action can earn an employee the attention of the company's corporate security department. The Information: For example, when Google wants to find out who has been accessing or leaking sensitive corporate information, the company often homes in on employees who are thinking about leaving it. In the past, its security teams have flagged employees who search an internal website listing the cost of COBRA health insurance -- which gives workers a way to continue their
  • Spain To Ban Sale of Fruit and Vegetables in Plastic Wrapping From 2023

    Spain To Ban Sale of Fruit and Vegetables in Plastic Wrapping From 2023
    The sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping will be prohibited in Spain's supermarkets and grocery stores starting in 2023. From a report: This is one of the measures in a decree being drafted by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, according to sources familiar with the initiative. The new regulation also contains measures to encourage the purchase of loose, unpackaged produce and use of non-bottled water. The ban on fruit and vegetable packaging will apply to produce weighing under
  • EU Proposes Mandatory USB-C on All Devices, Including iPhones

    EU Proposes Mandatory USB-C on All Devices, Including iPhones
    The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has announced plans to force smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices. From a report: The proposal is likely to have the biggest impact on Apple, which continues to use its proprietary Lightning connector rather than the USB-C connector adopted by most of its competitors. The rules are intended to cut down on electronic waste by allowing people to re-use existing chargers
  • CISA Releases Guidance: IPv6 Considerations for TIC 3.0

    Original release date: September 23, 2021
    The federal government has prioritized the transition of federal networks to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) since the release of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum 05-22 in 2005. In 2020, OMB renewed its focus on IPv6 through the publication of OMB Memorandum 21-07. That memorandum specifically entrusts CISA with enhancing the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) program to fully support the implementation of IPv6 in federal IT syste
  • Discord Starts Testing YouTube Integration

    Discord Starts Testing YouTube Integration
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Discord is starting to test YouTube integration, just weeks after Google-owned YouTube forced two popular Discord music bots offline. YouTube integration has started appearing in a small number of Discord servers today as part of what appears to be a new test of a collaboration between Discord and YouTube. The feature is called Watch Together, and as the name implies, it allows Discord members to watch YouTube videos together. A test of a simil
  • FedEx Uses Autonomous Trucks For First Time On Delivery Route

    FedEx Uses Autonomous Trucks For First Time On Delivery Route
    On Wednesday FedEx announced its first autonomously-driven Class 8 truck delivery route. Mashable reports: Working with truck maker PACCAR and self-driving company Aurora, which is backed by Amazon, FedEx will start making deliveries in Texas using an autonomous semi. The route on Interstate 45 between Houston and Dallas is about 500 miles round trip, and expected to be busy as the holiday shopping season approaches. The test route will run multiple times each week starting Wednesday. The Aurora
  • Judge Releases Redacted Lunar Lander Lawsuit From Bezos' Blue Origin Against NASA-SpaceX Contract

    Judge Releases Redacted Lunar Lander Lawsuit From Bezos' Blue Origin Against NASA-SpaceX Contract
    ytene writes: As reported by CNBC, the US Court of Federal Claims has released a redacted version of the lawsuit, filed by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, in a complaint against NASA. Earlier this year, the agency had awarded a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX for the design and development of a lunar lander.Although NASA has a long history of awarding contracts to promote innovation and competition, the Blue Origin suit seemed a little unusual given the company's current lack of launch experience (they
  • 'We Need Software Updates Forever'

    'We Need Software Updates Forever'
    The creator of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) and founder of the first virtual reality startup, Mark Pesce, opines an IEEE Spectrum piece that we need software updates forever. Slashdot reader joshuark shares an excerpt from the article: Device makers are apt to drop support for old gadgets faster than the gadgets themselves wear out. Consumers have relied on the good graces of device makers to keep our gadget firmware and software secure and up-to-date. Doing so costs the manufact
  • 'Jumping Gene' May Have Erased Tails In Humans and Other Apes

    'Jumping Gene' May Have Erased Tails In Humans and Other Apes
    sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Mammals from mice to monkeys have tails. But humans and our cousins the great apes lack them. Now, researchers may have unearthed a simple genetic change that led to our abbreviated back end: an itinerant piece of DNA -- in a gene known as TBTX -- that leapt into a new chromosomal home and changed how great apes make a key developmental protein. The finding also suggests the genetic shift came with a less visible and more dangerous effect: a hi

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