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Europe's influence over US tech was more formidable than ever in 2018     – CNET
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From GDPR to antitrust to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Europe is always looking over Silicon Valley’s shoulder.

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'Great Dying': Rapid Warming Caused Largest Extinction Event Ever, Report Says
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Rapid global warming caused the largest extinction event in the Earth’s history, which wiped out the vast majority of marine and terrestrial animals on the planet, scientists have found. The mass extinction, known as the “great dying,” occurred around 252m years ago and marked the end […]

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First Ever Plane With No Moving Parts Takes Flight
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The first ever “solid state” plane, with no moving parts in its propulsion system, has successfully flown for a distance of 60 meters, proving that heavier-than-air flight is possible without jets or propellers. The flight represents a breakthrough in “ionic wind” technology, which uses a powerful […]

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Black Friday 2018 deals at Best Buy: TVs, Sonos, Google — and the best HomePod price ever     – CNET
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The original big box tech retailer busts out the bargains for the biggest sale day of the season, and some of them are available now.

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First ever drone-delivered kidney is no worse for wear
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Drone delivery really only seems practical for two things: take-out and organ transplants. Both are relatively light and also extremely time sensitive. Well, experiments in flying a kidney around Baltimore in a refrigerated box have yielded positive results — which also seems promising for getting your pad thai to you in good kit. The test […]

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Fallout 76 is online and lonelier than ever
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Enlarge / All hail Hypnotoad! The first few hours in Fallout 76 are strange. It’s both familiar and foreign. The well-trod path of creating a character and exiting the safety of an underground vault is sharply juxtaposed with a distinct lack of scripted NPCs. Instead, in a departure from Fallout’s decades-long history of single-player titles, […]

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The Morning After: The cheapest Tesla Model 3 ever
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Friday morning has arrived, and with it we're looking at the cheapest Model 3 ever. Also, Apple opened orders for the iPhone XR and set a date for its event where we expect to meet new iPads and Macs. Plus, there's groundbreaking news in the worlds o…

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Supermicro boards were so bug ridden, why would hackers ever need implants?
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Enlarge / A Supermicro motherboard. (credit: Supermicro) By now, everyone knows the premise behind two unconfirmed Bloomberg articles that have dominated security headlines over the past week: spies from China got multiple factories to sneak data-stealing hardware into Supermicro motherboards before the servers that used them were shipped to Apple, Amazon, an unnamed major US […]

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Android Apps Riskier Than Ever: Report
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Widespread use of unpatched open source code in the most popular Android apps distributed by Google Play has caused significant security vulnerabilities, suggests an American Consumer Institute report. Thirty-two percent — or 105 apps out of 330 of the most popular apps in 16 categories sampled — averaged 19 vulnerabilities per app, according to the […]

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