South Park banned in China
1 month ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • In response to the episode's criticism of the Chinese government, South Park has been entirely banned in China - en.wikipedia.org

Apple removes ‘Quartz’ news app from Chinese App Store
1 month ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • In an opinion piece published in the People’s Daily, the Communist Party slammed Apple for approving the controversial HKmap Live protest app. - 9to5mac.com
  • This isn’t the first time Apple has removed a news app from the Chinese App Store at the request of the government. - 9to5mac.com
  • In 2017, Apple removed the New York Times app from the App Store. - 9to5mac.com

Attorney General Bill Barr will ask Zuckerberg to halt plans for End-To-End encryption across Facebook's apps
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 2 facts | 1 comments | 3 votes

  • "We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services" - www.buzzfeednews.com
  • Facebook asked to delay plans for end-to-end encryption in its messaging services until it can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety. - www.buzzfeednews.com

Google announces three new ways to hide your personal activity from Google
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • The company has confirmed that it’s launching incognito mode for Maps, which will debut on Android this month before expanding to iOS “soon.” - www.theverge.com
  • Google is introducing the same rolling auto-delete feature that can already automatically clear out your location history and web data at an interval. - www.theverge.com

North Korean projectile lands in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Tokyo says
1 month, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the North fired two ballistic missiles from the country’s east coast. - www.cnbc.com
  • South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff did not immediately confirm what the weapons were, how many were fired or how far they flew. - www.cnbc.com

US and UK agree to force WhatsApp backdoor
1 month, 2 weeks ago by feanaro | 1 facts | 1 comments | 70 votes

  • A new treaty between the UK and the US will force Facebook to share encrypted WhatsApp messages with British police, according to reports. - www.independent.co.uk

Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent
1 month, 4 weeks ago by john | 3 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • When contacted by Ars, Amazon said it does not optimize the ranking of its search results for profitability. - arstechnica.com
  • Amazon changed its search algorithm in ways that boost its own products despite concerns raised by employees who opposed the move - www.wsj.com
  • Instead of adding profitability into the algorithm itself, Amazon changed the algorithm to prioritize factors that correlate with profitability. - arstechnica.com

MoviePass will shut down for good on Sept. 14
2 months ago by john | 3 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Shares of MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics dropped 10% Friday afternoon, though the stock trades for a fraction of a penny. - www.cnbc.com
  • MoviePass announced on Friday it’s shutting down the discount ticketing service on Sept. 14. - www.cnbc.com
  • The company informed subscribers that it was ending the service because its “efforts to recapitalize MoviePass have not been successful to date.” - www.cnbc.com

Facebook dating announced
2 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 7 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • By the end of the year, we’ll make it possible to add Facebook and Instagram Stories to your Dating profile too. - newsroom.fb.com
  • Facebook Dating won’t match you with friends, unless you choose to use Secret Crush and you both add each other to your list. - newsroom.fb.com
  • People will soon be able to connect and share with Facebook and Instagram Stories. - newsroom.fb.com
  • Secret Crush lets you match with people you already know on Facebook and/or Instagram. - newsroom.fb.com
  • If you choose to use Secret Crush, you can select up to nine of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers who you’re interested in. - newsroom.fb.com
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Woman is first to receive cornea made from ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells
2 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • A Japanese woman in her forties has become the first person in the world to have her cornea repaired using reprogrammed stem cells. - www.nature.com

YouTube to pay $170 million penalty over collecting kids' personal info
2 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • The companies allegedly collected information of children viewing videos on YouTube by tracking users of channels that are directed at kids. - www.npr.org

Apple sends invites for Sept. 10 event
2 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Apple sent out invitations to the media for its annual September event, where it's expected to announce new iPhone models. - www.cnbc.com
  • Apple is also expected to give final details and pricing on its streaming TV service, Apple TV+. - www.cnbc.com

Fairphone 3 announced
2 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 2 votes

  • The Fairphone 3 will be available from September 3rd, and you can preorder it directly from Fairphone for €450 starting today. - shop.fairphone.com
  • Fairphone 2 earned a 10/10 repairability score from iFixit. - www.ifixit.com
  • Fairphone says that its latest handset is easy to repair thanks to being constructed out of seven modules. - www.theverge.com
  • This is so much more than a phone – to Fairphone, to our community, to an entire industry, and to me. - www.fairphone.com
  • I admire Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, for how she transformed the way we think about the ethics and sustainability of personal care products. - www.fairphone.com
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Stock dividends are yielding more than the 30-year Treasury note for the first time in a decade
2 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • For the first time since the financial crisis, stocks are earning more for investors than key long-term Treasury notes. - www.cnbc.com
  • "The outlook is much better for stocks than it is for long-term Treasurys right now," Bespoke co-founder Paul Hickey told CNBC in a phone interview Tuesday. - www.cnbc.com
  • While investors may be shunning risk near-term, Hickey said the stock-bond yield inversion is a bullish sign for equities. - www.cnbc.com
  • Individual stocks now yield more than 5, 10, and 30 year US Treasury notes, according to Bespoke's research. - www.cnbc.com

Huawei seeks independence from the US with RISC-V and Ascend chips
2 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Huawei has launched its 7nm Ascend 910 artificial intelligence chip for data centers together with a new comprehensive AI framework MindSpore. - www.tomshardware.com
  • In a similar vein, Huawei has launched MindSpore, a development framework for AI applications in all scenarios. - www.tomshardware.com
  • Nvidia continues to reign supreme in the data center DL training market as other companies begin more focused development efforts. - www.tomshardware.com
  • “If ARM's new technologies are not available in the future, we can also use RISC-V, an architecture which is open to all companies. - www.tomshardware.com
  • However, the company also said it had not started any efforts yet to migrate to RISC-V, preferring to continue using ARM. - www.tomshardware.com

OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 7 Pro get official Lineage support
2 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes


EU chief Tusk says will ‘respond in kind’ if US imposes tariffs on France over digital tax
2 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • Earlier on Saturday, Trump criticized the French digital tax aimed at big U.S. technology companies and threatened again to retaliate by taxing French wine. - www.cnbc.com
  • Trump said he is not a “big fan” of tech companies but “those are great American companies and frankly I don’t want France going out and taxing our companies.” - www.cnbc.com
  • France passed a 3% tax in July that targets roughly 30 big tech companies including Facebook, Amazon and Google. - www.cnbc.com
  • The U.S. Trade Representative launched an investigation into France’s digital tax, saying it “unfairly targets American companies.” - www.cnbc.com
  • Amazon has also said it will pass some of the costs of the new measure down to thousands of small and medium-sized French businesses selling on its platform. - www.cnbc.com

Amazon hosts thousands of unsafe or banned products, new investigation finds
2 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • A Wall Street Journal investigation found that Amazon continues to host thousands of unsafe or banned products on its site. - www.wsj.com
  • Among the findings were toys and medications that lacked the proper health risk disclosures. - www.cnbc.com

Amazon rainforest on fire
2 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • A satellite image from August 11, 2019, shows plumes of smoke above Brazilian states. - www.cbsnews.com
  • Almost 73,000 fires have been detected by Brazil's space research center INPE - www.cbsnews.com
  • The state of Amazonas declared a national emergency earlier this month due to the fires. - www.cbsnews.com
  • NASA said the satellite observations revealed the "total fire activity in the Amazon basin" was slightly below average, compared to the past 15 years. - earthobservatory.nasa.gov

David Koch has died
2 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 8 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • David Koch, the billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, who was lauded by the right and rebuked by the left, has died. - www.nbcnews.com
  • David Hamilton Koch (; May 3, 1940 – August 23, 2019) was an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. - en.wikipedia.org
  • He founded the company's New York City office and in 1979 he became the president of his own division, Koch Engineering, renamed Chemical Technology Group. - en.wikipedia.org
  • As of 2010, David Koch owned 42 percent of Koch Industries, as did his brother Charles.[2] He held 4 U.S patents.[citation needed] - en.wikipedia.org
  • In 2015, he committed $150 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to build the David H. - en.wikipedia.org
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