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The Morning After: How AI assistants found their funny bone
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Hey, good morning! Happy hump day! Increasingly funny AI assistants get critiqued, a new version of macOS previewed and so many questions on the notion of dual-screen laptops.

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Potential New Cure Found For Baldness
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A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis. BBC reports: Researchers found the drug had a dramatic effect on hair follicles in the lab, stimulating them to grow. It contains a compound which targets a protein that acts as a brake on hair growth and plays […]

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Thousands of servers found leaking 750MB worth of passwords and keys
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Enlarge (credit: Mike Pratt) Thousands of servers operated by businesses and other organizations are openly sharing credentials that may allow anyone on the Internet to log in and read or modify potentially sensitive data stored online. In a blog post published late last week, researcher Giovanni Collazo said a quick query on the Shodan search […]

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Westworld at SXSW: We found Sweetwater and it was exactly as we hoped     – CNET
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Can’t make it to Austin? Well here’s the closest you can get.

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Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious
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Enlarge (credit: ICEBRG) Researchers have uncovered four malicious extensions with more than 500,000 combined downloads from the Google Chrome Web Store, a finding that highlights a key weakness in what’s widely considered to be the Internet’s most secure browser. Google has since removed the extensions. Researchers from security firm ICEBRG stumbled on the find after […]

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How a Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found One of the Worst CPU Bugs Ever Found
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Reuters tells the story of how Daniel Gruss, a 31-year-old information security researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Austria’s Graz Technical University, hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the Intel chips made in the past two decades. Prior to his discovery, Gruss and his colleagues Moritz Lipp and Michael Schwarz had […]

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Darth Vader's 'helmet' found in prehistoric fossils     – CNET
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The space villain’s iconic head gear was being worn, in a way, long before it was ever sci-fi fashionable.

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The 10 best Black Friday camera deals we've found so far     – CNET
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Rather than dump every available Black Friday discount on you, we’ve hand-picked the seasonal deals we think are actually worth your money.

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The strangest things archaeologists have found on the ancient Silk Roads
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(video link) One of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world wasn’t contained in a nation or a city. It was a series of trade routes that crisscrossed Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Swahili Coast of Africa, and dubbed the “Silk Road” by modern explorers. For centuries, these routes passed through wealthy cities […]

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