Category Archives: SCIENCE & TECH

How smart TVs in millions of U.S. homes track more than what’s on tonight…

The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge. In recent years, data companies have harnessed new technology to immediately identify what people are watching on internet-connected

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Tech Companies Win Reprieve as EU Parliament Delays Copyright Law

European Union lawmakers rejected new copyright rules Thursday, instead opting for more debate and handing a victory to tech firms that face a broader European effort to rein them in on privacy, taxes and other rules. The contested rules, part of an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright framework, are aimed at granting new rights to news publishers and content owners,

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WhatsApp in India says partnership with government, society needed to combat misinformation

On Sunday, five more people were lynched in the western state of Maharashtra on suspicion of being child abductors. The rise in such incidents prompted the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Tuesday to ask WhatsApp to take immediate steps to prevent the circulation of false information and provocative content. The ministry also said WhatsApp “cannot evade accountability and

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FDA approves first medicine made from marijuana

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the country’s first drug derived from marijuana, a medication that treats two rare and devastating forms of epilepsy. The drug, GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex, is made of cannabidiol, or CBD, a component of marijuana that does not give users a high. It is given as an oil, and in clinical trials, it was

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Synthetic biology raises risk of new bioweapons, US report warns

The rapid rise of synthetic biology, a futuristic field of science that seeks to master the machinery of life, has raised the risk of a new generation of bioweapons, according a major US report into the state of the art. Advances in the area mean that scientists now have the capability to recreate dangerous viruses from scratch; make harmful bacteria

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Facebook Will Harass You Mercilessly if You Try to Break up with the app

Breaking up with Facebook is apparently as difficult as breaking up with a bad boyfriend or girlfriend who won’t accept your decision. That’s the experience Henry Grabar of Slate had when he stopped signing on. He stopped logging in on June 6 and stayed off Facebook for ten days. He had been a member for over ten years and this

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Can Ultrasonic Noise Make You Sick?

Can what you don’t hear hurt you? Researchers are studying whether the largely inaudible interplay of ultrasound beams from sensors and other devices can trigger headaches and dizziness. Those were among symptoms reported……………… FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-ultrasonic-noise-make-you-sick-1529147100

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