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What is going on at Google? video     – CNET
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Google announced a new council to handle AI concerns and dissolved it after employees revolted. Meanwhile, a report says YouTube might have had its priorities messed up. All that, Android Q Beta 2, your comments and more in this episode of Alphabet City!

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USB 3.2 is going to make the current USB branding even worse
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Enlarge / USB Type-C cable and port. (credit: USB-IF) USB 3.2, which doubles the maximum speed of a USB connection to 20Gb/s, is likely to materialize in systems later this year. In preparation for this, the USB-IF—the industry group that together develops the various USB specifications—has announced the branding and naming that the new revision […]

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Google: Software is never going to be able to fix Spectre-type bugs
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Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Researchers from Google investigating the scope and impact of the Spectre attack have published a paper asserting that Spectre-like vulnerabilities are likely to be a continued feature of processors and, further, that software-based techniques for protecting against them will impose a high performance cost. And whatever the cost, […]

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Hard-to-detect credential-theft malware has infected 1,200 and is still going
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Enlarge (credit: Kit / Flickr) A deceptively simple malware attack has stolen a wide array of credentials from thousands of computers over the past few weeks and continues to steal more, a researcher warned on Tuesday. The ongoing attack is the latest wave of Separ, a credential stealer that has been known to exist since […]

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Is high-speed rail in the US ever going to happen?     – CNET
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After decades of languishing development and stagnated projects, true high-speed rail in the US could be just around the corner.

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FTC v. Qualcomm: What Really Is Going On
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I’ve been watching antitrust cases actively since the 1980s. I had to study historical antitrust cases going back to Standard Oil and RCA, in order to ensure compliance with a related consent decree When I worked at IBM. Each of the other cases had one thing in common: Both of the companies being charged were […]

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Where Linux Went in 2018 – and Where It's Going
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For those who try to keep their finger on the Linux community’s pulse, 2018 was a surprisingly eventful year. Spread over the last 12 months, we’ve seen various projects in the Linux ecosystem make great strides, as well as suffer their share of stumbles. All told, the year wrapped up leaving plenty to be optimistic […]

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Everyone's going to the moon! And more space news coming in 2019     – CNET
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Fifty years after Neil Armstrong, robots from China, India, Israel, NASA and elsewhere are heading back this year.

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Richard Branson Says He's Going to Send People Into Space by Christmas
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Would you pay $200,000 for a ride into space? I ask beause billionaire Richard Branson “really, really wants you to believe he’s going to send people to space — and soon,” reports Gizmodo. “In a new interview with CNN, the Virgin Group founder now says he’s “reasonably confident” his spaceflight company can beat out competitors […]

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