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Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could change
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Spotify isn't as much of a haven from harassment as many might like. Since the service shares your plays with followers by default, it's possible for harassers to keep up with your listening habits and exploit that to their advantage (say, by findin…

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Mitsubishi hopes you'll trade driving data for a cheaper oil change
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Companies and cities love it when you supply driving data, but how do they convince you to hand it over? In Mitsubishi's case, it's simple: shower people with gifts. The automaker has launched a mobile app that asks American commuters to share data…

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Cryptocurrency has been great for GPU makers—that might change soon
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Enlarge / Mostly bare shelves in the graphics card case at a Washington, DC, Best Buy in January. (credit: Timothy B. Lee) Nvidia announced its financial results on Thursday, and they were spectacular. For the company’s first fiscal quarter—which runs from late January through late April—the company had revenues of $3.2 billion. That’s up 10 […]

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Star Wars has a new 2nd unit director and she's a big change     – CNET
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Director Ava DuVernay uses Twitter to announce that Victoria Mahoney will be the first black woman to take the second unit director role on a Star Wars film.

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EPA to its employees: Ignore science when talking about climate change
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Enlarge / NEW YORK: Scott Pruitt, administrator of US EPA speaks at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. (credit: Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit) On Wednesday, an internal Environmental Protection Agency memo was leaked to the Huffington Post. Under the guise of developing “consistent messages about EPA’s climate adaptation efforts,” […]

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LittleThings blames its shutdown on Facebook algorithm change
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 A recent Facebook algorithm change seems to have claimed a high-profile casualty: LittleThings, a digital publisher focused on inspirational and how-to content for women, which shut down yesterday. I wrote about the company at the beginning of 2016, when it raised debt funding from City National Bank. At the time, it seemed to be flying […]

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Apple iCloud security change in China raises privacy questions     – CNET
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Apple is moving encryption keys for China-based users’ data from the US to the Asian country. Some say that’s bad for dissidents. Apple says the keys are safe.

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Half-Assed Solar Geoengineering Is Worse Than Climate Change Itself
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New submitter beccaf writes: Ecologists and climate scientists investigated the consequences of rapid initiation of solar geoengineering (pumping sulfuric aerosols into the atmosphere) in 2020 and then rapid termination of this solar geoengineering fifty years later. It provides only short-term benefits to biodiversity, and, if stopped abruptly, temperatures will soar faster than they would with […]

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Intel tried desperately to change the subject from Spectre and Meltdown at CES
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 Intel had a bad week last week. It was so bad that the chip maker has to be thrilled to have CES, the massive consumer technology show going on this week in Las Vegas, as a way to change the subject and focus on the other work they are doing. Read More

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