Technology and Money

House Committee axes NSA bulk phone metadata collection
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raindog808 A House committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to end the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone metadata collection program. The vote by the House Judiciary Committee was 32-0. The measure moves to the full House, where its passage is uncertain. “Today’s strong, bipartisan vote by the House Judiciary Committee takes us one step closer to […]

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NASA discovers star clusters like Orion may have formed from the outside in
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Astronomers have long thought that star clusters form when clouds of gas and dust condense, constructing themselves from the center out. But as recent findings suggest, this might not be the case. Researchers combing through data from NASA’s Chandra…

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FCC's new net neutrality rules face heavy opposition (update: vote still on schedule)
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​ Despite FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s insistence that he is on the side of an open internet, the controversy over proposed net neutrality rules continues to expand. Resistance to the new rules is now coming from voices within the FCC and major…

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GitHub Unleashes Atom Into Open Source Realm
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After launching its Atom text editor into beta back in February, GitHub on Tuesday announced that the software is now fully open source under the MIT License. “Much of Atom’s functionality is provided by packages, and every Atom package has been open source since the day we launched the beta,” explained GitHub developer Nathan Sobo. […]

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Polio Declared An International Health Emergency
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  In a move that is simultaneously discouraging, urgent and deeply unusual, the World Health Organization has declared that the resurgence of polio is a “public health emergency of international concern.” It’s an extraordinary statement, coming less than four months after India — once considered a place where polio might never be vanquished — was […]

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Yellowstone Caldera: More Magma, Less Eruptible
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New research has used seismic waves to map the amount of magma under Yellowstone, and it’s a doozy. Despite the massive magma deposit, a volcanic supereruption (the kind doomsday people are always ranting about) is still very unlikely.

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What Google’s King of Crazy Ideas Wants to Take On Next
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If Astro Teller had his way, Google’s next big moonshots would take on the worlds of energy and agriculture.

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The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You
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Suppose that an autonomous car is faced with a terrible decision to crash into one of two objects. It could swerve to the left and hit a Volvo sport utility vehicle (SUV), or it could swerve to the right and hit a Mini Cooper. If you were programming the car to minimize harm to others–a […]

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“There Are Things That Are More Important Than Money …
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“If you look at the way the culture industry or investment models work, someone gives you money and hopes that they will make money themselves — and obviously that is the point of investment but I think art works by different rules, creative things work by different rules. … Every week, tens of thousands of […]

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