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Autonomous Truck – Microsoft Ditching Internet Explorer – Perfect Remote Working Setup

Autonomous Truck Crosses Hoover Dam

Automaker Daimler introduced an autonomous truck on Tuesday night. The company says a driver must be present, but that driver has the option to relinquish control to the vehicle.

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Microsoft is tossing Internet Explorer this fall. Is its replacement any better?

Well, the good news is, this browser isn’t Internet Explorer. If you’re a hardcore Chrome or Firefox user with a half dozen extensions, you probably won’t be tempted away immediately. For now, though, it does look promising. Microsoft is making an effort to add genuinely useful features to a browser that’s shedding its worst parts and starting over on a solid foundation.

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Anti-Kardashian Pollution App

Tired of Kim Kardashian trying to break the Internet? Then break free of any Kardashian-related news with KardBlock, a new app that erases any mention of the family famous for being famous from your web browsing experience.

“If there’s anything on your newsfeed, the website you’re on, whatever, we simply make it disappear,” developer James Shamsi explains in a beta launch for the AdBlock program created to erase the Kardashians. “You won’t ever know the stories about the Kardashians are there, because you won’t ever see them.”

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Paying for Social Is Better Than ‘Doing’ Social Media Yourself

Social networks are showing signs of decreased reach. None losing more rapidly than Facebook. There are two widely cited reasons for it: 1) Social media sites want to encourage businesses to pay them money for the value they now get for free; and 2) As more people and businesses post to social media more often, everyone gets less attention, so supply and demand push reach down and rates up.

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NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Americans’ Phone Data Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

The National Security Agency’s practice of collecting data about Americans’ telephone calls in bulk goes beyond what Congress intended when it wrote Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel punted on the constitutional claim, deciding the program was simply not authorized by federal law.

One of the big reasons it is hard to discern congressional intent in this case, the court wrote, is that the bulk collection program has been shrouded in secrecy. So it cannot “reasonably be said” that Congress OK’d “a program of which many members of Congress — and all members of the public — were not aware.”

http://n.pr/1EW77xB

How to Find the Perfect Remote Working Setup for You

Remote working doesn’t suit everyone, but for those who do love the extra flexibility and autonomy, here is the where, when, why, and how of finding your perfect remote working setup.

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Recruiting for “digital natives” is age discrimination, lawyers say.

How do you recruit for youthful workers? How about just recruiting for “digital natives”?

“Young people are just smarter,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, famously said on a conference stage in 2007 when he was 22. In 2013, Facebook settled a lawsuit with California’s Fair Employment and Housing Department for posting an employment ad that stated “Class of 2007 or 2008 preferred.”

Apple, Yahoo, Dropbox, and video game maker Electronic Arts all have listed openings with “new grad” as a preference.

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FCC Commissioner: Feds May Come for Drudge

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to “net neutrality” regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family.

“It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that.’”

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Apple to Push Paid Streaming Music Service With Free Trials and SoundCloud-Like Sharing

Ahead of the rumored debut of Apple’s upcoming streaming music service, Re/code has shared several details on the initiative, sourced from industry insiders. As we’ve learned previously, Apple will charge $9.99 per month for the service and will not offer a freemium streaming tier as other music services like Spotify do, but the company is aiming to introduce ways to let people listen to come content for free. First and foremost, Apple hopes to offer listeners a free trial period

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Pizza Hut App anyone? Woman held hostage asks for help in online pizza order

A quick-thinking Highlands County woman saved herself and her children from possible harm when she ordered an online pizza with a secret message saying she was being held hostage.

“We’ve never seen that before,” the restaurant’s manager, Candy Hamilton, said. “I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.”

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Mobile Search Queries Start to Surpass Desktop: Here’s What You Can Do About It

Now that mobile search queries have surpassed desktop queries, the business implication of the mobile algorithm update has become that much clearer: If you’re still thinking of mobile as a secondary priority, your business’ online presence will start to suffer. As Dischler says, “The future of mobile is now.”

http://bit.ly/1F4Tqh7

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Alzheimers Cure – American Airlines Tablet Disaster – Feds Looking for Back Door – Show Notes

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue.

If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions, and Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of both types.

The team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

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Third-party app crashed American Airlines pilots’ iPads and caused flight delays

Dozens of American Airlines flights were delayed on Tuesday after “a faulty iPad navigation app” caused the tablets to crash. Despite Boeing 737 pilots’ claims of all 737’s being grounded and a system-wide outage, American Airlines spokesperson Casey Norton said, “Initial reports on social media of a system-wide problem affecting a specific type of aircraft are inaccurate.” Instead, “several dozen” flights were affected by the outage.

In 2013, American Airlines was the first commercial carrier to deploy electronic flight bags and discontinue paper charts. At that time, more than 8,000 iPads were deployed to replace the 3,000-page, 35-pound paper-based manuals in the airline’s Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD-80. The change saved the airline “a minimum of 400,000 gallons and $1.2 million of fuel annually” and eliminated “24 million pages of paper documents.”

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Feds trying to get a “Back Door” for encrypted communications. Irate Congressman gives cops easy rule: “Just follow the damn Constitution”

Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot. “Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data.”

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement to convince a Congressional subcommittee that technology firms actually need to weaken encryption in order to serve the public interest, lawmakers were not having it.

Daniel Conley, the district attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, testified Wednesday before the committee that companies like Apple and Google were helping criminals by hardening encryption on their smartphones.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said “It is clear to me that creating a pathway for decryption only for good guys is technologically stupid, you just can’t do that,” he said, underscoring that he found Conley’s remarks “offensive.”

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Robbery suspect pulls guilty plea after stingray disclosure, case dropped.

“They won’t go to trial because they don’t want to explain this stuff, so they ended up dismissing it,” said the lead attorney involved in the case.

Stingrays, known more generically as cell-site simulators, are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, although new documents have recently been released showing how they have been purchased and used in some limited instances. And cops have lied to courts about their use. Not only can stingrays be used to determine location by spoofing a cell tower, they can also be used to intercept calls and text messages. Typically, police deploy them without first obtaining a search warrant.

It is highly likely that the St. Louis Police Department has a non-disclosure agreement with the FBI along the lines of one recently revealed in a court case in Erie County, New York. In that case, a rare unredacted form demonstrated the full extent of the FBI’s attempt to quash public disclosure of stringray information. The most egregious example from the document showed that the FBI would prefer to drop a criminal case in order to protect secrecy surrounding the stingray.

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Tesla’s Battery Could Power Utilities

Elon Musk had to resist the urge to strike a Dr. Evil pose Thursday night as he talked about “billions” of batteries like Tesla Motors TSLA -0.01 % ’ new Powerpack effectively ending the energy business as we know it.

Tesla may be taking a page from Apple’s book. Decades ago, Apple took a technically difficult tool used mainly by die-hards, the personal computer, and popularized it. In the same way, Tesla’s sleekly packaged take on distributed power is “talking to the 99% of people who think it can’t be done and making something people think can be done,” says Rob Day, partner at Black Coral Capital, a clean technology venture-capital fund.

http://on.wsj.com/1zCo2q8

See how old a computer thinks you are with Microsoft’s new website

Don’t waste the whole day on this, but Microsoft introduced How-Old.net, a website to guess how old you are, at today’s Microsoft conference this Friday.

How-Old.net isn’t highly accurate, but it’s close, and it’s getting better. It thinks Vin Diesel is 28 (actual age is 47) and Jennifer Lawrence is 29 (actual age 24). Vin must have better makeup 😉

http://bit.ly/1Je6LDo

Mobilegeddon has arrived!

From now on, mobile friendliness of websites is a ranking signal all over the world. This update affects all mobile search queries. So, we analyzed the winners and losers of this update for rankings on google.com.

Get the report at http://bit.ly/1Q9RIP4

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License-Plate Tracking – Common Core Tests by a Yale Graduate – Under 30s Aren’t Starting Businesses

A year after firestorm, DHS wants access to license-plate tracking system

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking bids from companies able to provide law enforcement officials with access to a national license-plate tracking system — a year after canceling a similar solicitation over privacy issues.

How is it keeping information private? It won’t collect the data itself, it is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they would charge to grant access to law enforcement officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency. “If this goes forward, DHS will have warrantless access to location information going back at least five years about virtually every adult driver in the U.S., and sometimes to their image as well,” said Gregory T. Nojeim, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology.

http://wapo.st/1GgJYUt

No More ‘Speeding’ For You!

Tomorrow, you may not be able to “speed” even if you wanted to.

Because your car will not allow you to.

The uber governor — Ford’s Intelligent Speed Limiter — will see to that.

It uses cameras and GPS mapping technology to keep track of the speed limit in real time — that is, as you drive — on whatever road you happen to be on at any given moment and — by dialing back the throttle — prevents the vehicle from exceeding it. Mash the pedal all you like. Resistance is futile.

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What happens when a Yale grad takes the 8th grade Common Core exam?

More than half of the sample exam had essay questions listed after the fiction and non-fiction passages that make up the content of the test . I was pleased with the specificity of the essay question instructions. As opposed to the multiple choice responses, the essays allowed for detailed and specific answers.

In the hour and three minutes I had available to take the test, I scored 22 points out of 25, or 88 percent. And that was the score of a grownup who reads for a living. Compare that to a child knowing that a lot is riding on the exam.

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Why Aren’t Young People Starting Businesses Anymore?

According to the Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances, the share of people under 35 who own a stake in private businesses has fallen from 10.2 percent in 1989 to 6.5 percent in 2013, the latest year data is available, and it is likely all the following reasons have played a part:

  • It has become more difficult to run a small business with various government entities pushing new regulations at entrepreneurs. Government regulations ranked as one of the biggest challenges facing small businesses in a recent survey of 1,000 small business owners.
  • Older people who have run businesses for years have learned to navigate the regulatory regime, but younger entrepreneurs struggle to jump through all the hoops required to start a business.
  • Would-be entrepreneurs are emerging from college with more debt than in the past, making it hard to get additional loans to start businesses.
  • Banks faced with higher costs and new regulations themselves are not willing to make as many small business loans as they did in the past.

http://dailysign.al/1FkOCoe

Smartmeters Being Used by California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters

“It collects the data every five minutes, then after midnight, the cellphone that’s built in here comes on, makes one call, and calls it in to the database that we and the customer, through a password security system, have online access to their consumption.”

Using this data, the town knew the precise moment to send his employees to videotape the infractions to use as evidence.

“We are using it specifically for an enforcement tool to go after those customers who we’ve gotten lots of complaints about,” Wattier said.

http://cbsloc.al/1DIBX96

NYCLU releases details of EC Sheriff’s cell phone spying

Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been using taxpayer-funded cell phone spying equipment. The cell phone surveillance equipment is called the Stingray, which costs $350,000. It allows the sheriff’s office to track and record the location of a person through their cell phone.

Records show it has been used at least 47 times, but the sheriff’s office obtained a court order only once, even though the sheriff made statement to local media and the Erie County Legislature that each use of the device was subject to “judicial review.”

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How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch.

For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Including slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside: some grogginess upon waking.

Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. Waking up after REM sleep usually means a minimal amount of sleep inertia, Dr. Mednick said.

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14 Year Olds Driving Cars – Knee-Jerk Reaction to 9/11 Leads to Germanwings Crash – Shownotes March 28, 2015

France Is Letting 14-Year-Olds Drive an Electric Car

Beg your parents to buy you a Renault Twizy, a $7,600 “car” that 14-year-olds can now legally drive.

The Twizy is a quadricycle, a 1,000-pound, two-seat electric car meant for zipping around cramped European cities. It’s designed to be a safer alternative to bicycles and scooters for the urban set, sporting a 13-horsepower electric motor and enough batteries to take you 60 miles at a maximum speed of 50 mph.

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Andreas Lubitz: Knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 enabled mass murder

[I’ve been saying this for more than a decade. We may be up to 3 crashes caused by our stupidity.]

Andreas Lubitz used his expertise to lock the captain out of the flight deck of the Airbus A320. He knew that the procedures implemented since 11 September 2001 enabled someone on the flight deck to take total control.

After the terrorist attacks, airlines began to install reinforced doors. Costing hundreds of thousands of pounds each, they are intruder-proof and bullet-proof. The system includes a keypad that is intended to allow authorized crew to enter the flight deck if the pilots become incapacitated. But a promotional video made by Airbus demonstrates how easy it is to deny access even to fellow crew who know the emergency code.

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Exclusive: TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.

The checklist ranges from the mind-numbingly obvious, like “appears to be in disguise,” which is worth three points, to the downright dubious, like a bobbing Adam’s apple. Many indicators, like “trembling” and “arriving late for flight,” appear to confirm allegations that the program picks out signs and emotions that are common to many people who fly.

http://bit.ly/1BRx50k

Media Giants Are Ready to Publish Inside Facebook’s Walls. Will They Ever Get Out?

As the late David Carr poetically wrote when first breaking the news of Facebook’s publishing plans in October, “For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park. More often than not, it’s hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.”

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Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I’ve heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid. How much of it is real psychology and how much is technophobic hype?

http://bit.ly/1CiXqI5

Tim Cook Named ‘World’s Greatest Leader,’ Reflects on Leading Post-Jobs Era at Apple

Cook brings a different leadership style to Apple, placing more trust in others instead of being as impulsive and manipulative as Jobs often was. The results have been favorable, as Apple has grown to become the world’s most valuable company during the three-and-a-half years since Cook took over the helm.

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Arrogant? Facebook unveils platform to integrate third-party apps, customer support for businesses into Messenger

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New Ice Age – Tax Scams – Craig Show Notes for March 7th, 2015

And That’s the Way It Was: In 1972, Cronkite Warned of ‘New Ice Age’

walter-cronkite-at-broadcast-deskSome winters are “bone-chilling,” like this one has been, others are mild, and some like the 1972-1973 winter started early and harsh, but grew surprisingly mild. That was the same year Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America” in 1972, according to polls. A 2009 CBS obituary for the journalist said, “Cronkite was the biggest name in television news, the king of the anchormen; in fact, he was the reporter for whom the term ‘anchorman’ was coined.”

On September 11, 1972, Cronkite cited scientists’ predictions that there was a “new ice age” coming. He called that prediction from British scientist Hubert Lamb “a bit of bad news.”

Global warming activists have claimed for years that the 1970s global cooling scare never existed. They have tried to erase the inconvenient history which ironically blamed extreme weather like tornadoes, droughts, record cold and blizzards on global cooling.

Climate fear promoters switched effortlessly from global cooling fears in the 1970s to global warming fears in the 1980s. In the present day, the phrase ‘global warming’ has lost favor in favor of ‘climate change’ or ‘global climate disruption’ or even ‘global weirding,’ Morano added. “’Settled science’ has never seemed so unsettled.

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Unprecedented surge in online tax scams raises questions about TurboTax

As fraud rises sharply — Intuit, which makes TurboTax, said some states have seen a 37-fold increase in suspicious returns this year — it remains unclear who is responsible for combating the problem. Each year, TurboTax files millions of returns that its internal screening algorithms have flagged as “suspicious,” internal documents show. The company said it does not immediately alert taxation authorities.

Rejecting a return and determining whether it is fraudulent are ultimately up to the IRS, Intuit added. “We do not have that authority,” the company said in a statement.

Who’s responsible to police fraudulent returns? How do you find out if there’s been fraud against you?

http://wapo.st/1aPRBsQ

Secrets of Clinton emails revealed: Chelsea’s alias was Diane Reynolds. Hillary planned Chelsea’s wedding on same account she used as Secretary of State.

At the center of the controversy: Hillary Clinton’s personal email account – hrd22@clintonemail.com

Domain name was registered to Eric Hothem, the aide who packed up and carted off furniture from the White House that he said was ‘Clinton’s personal property’. The furnishings were later determined to be government’s and the Clintons were required to pay $86,000 in restitution for the items they kept.

Clinton’s arrangement to have her correspondence run through a private domain name and server have set off alarms. Her sensitive communications could be being hacked or destroyed: Republicans want investigations into the matter

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16 Ways Modern Dating Is Changing The Way We Think About Love

1. We’ve all but made dating the equivalent of online shopping.
2. We’re almost equating ‘committing’ to ‘giving up’ on finding better.
3. Many people believe that sex is meaningless when you are literally inside another human being, but calling rather than texting? That’s a huge deal.
4. We make snap judgments based on someone’s online presence more than we actually get the chance to know them.
5. Things are only official when they’re public.
6. It’s easier now, more than ever, to compare yourself to other people, and to start making decisions and judgments about your life based on those comparisons.
7. We are so caught up in being the person who cares less, that we become afraid of even caring at all.
8. We don’t even know what romance means anymore. We feel gratified by a “good morning” text.
9. We’ve been squeezed into an environment where “pursuing our dreams” has become increasingly paramount.
10. “Casual dating” is obsolete.

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Health checks by smartphone raise privacy fears

In a few years, new technology will be able to monitor numerous essential physiological indicators by telephone and to send alerts to patients and the specialists who look after them.

More and more patients are using smartphone apps to monitor signs such as their blood sugar and pressure.

There is a steady increase in remote consultations with medical practitioners. Your doctor can be someone who’s based in Mumbai. We have to be very careful about our data, because they’re the ones who probably will end up storing your data and keeping a record of it.

http://yhoo.it/1FjtHit

Report: China Believes Space War Is Inevitable, Sets Goal Of Space Supremacy

The report, compiled by the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), was released by the commission on Monday and reveals that China is interested in attaining space supremacy, adding that Chinese military leaders think that control of space determines control of Earth.

Chinese and Russian military leaders understand the unique information advantages afforded by space systems and services and are developing capabilities to deny access in a conflict. Chinese military writing highlights the need to interfere with, damage and destroy reconnaissance, navigation and communication satellites.

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You Should Really Consider Installing Signal, an Encrypted Messaging App for iPhone

Signal 2.0, folds in support for encrypted text messages using a protocol called TextSecure, meaning users can communicate using voice and text while remaining confident nothing can be intercepted in transit over the internet.

Other apps with encryption tend to enter insecure modes at unpredictable times — unpredictable for many users, at least. Apple’s iMessage, for example, employs strong encryption, but only when communicating between two Apple devices and only when there is a proper data connection. Otherwise, iMessage falls back on insecure SMS messaging.

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