Jeffrey Epstein found dead in jail cell
1 week, 2 days ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 7 votes

  • He was accused of running a sex trafficking ring -
  • Epstein was found "unresponsive in his cell" about 6:39 a.m. Saturday and given life-saving measures. -
  • The Bureau of Prisons said the FBI would be investigating the incident. -

TikTok parent ByteDance announces plans to launch a search product
1 week, 3 days ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

  • "In summary, ByteDance is highly likely to take a significant bite out of Baidu's market share." -
  • TikTok parent ByteDance recently announced plans to launch a search product to challenge incumbent Baidu. -
  • The search engine will likely launch within ByteDance’s existing products like Toutiao. -
  • Baidu has more than 80% market share on mobile, the platform ByteDance is trying to challenge it in, and this could make it tough for the TikTok owner. -

Huawei launches new operating system called HongmengOS
1 week, 3 days ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

  • HarmonyOS is open-source, which means that other device-makers could theoretically use its operating system. -
  • That could ultimately help its business, as the company sells products from smart speakers to smartphones. -
  • Yu said the operating system can be used across different devices from smartphones to smart speakers and even sensors. -
  • Huawei’s operating system will be called the HongmengOS, known in English as the HarmonyOS. -

LibreOffice 6.3 released
1 week, 4 days ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • The Tabbed Compact version of the NotebookBar user interface, introduced in LibreOffice 6.2, is now available for Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw. -
  • The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3 -
  • In Calc, a new drop-down widget in the formula bar replaces the old Sum tool, giving the user quick access to the most frequently used functions. -
  • Documents can now be redacted to remove or hide sensitive information such as personal data before exporting or sharing the file. -
  • Export as PDF has been improved with the support for the standard PDF/A-2 document format. -

Ubuntu 19.10 will offer experimental ZFS file system option
1 week, 4 days ago by kyle | 6 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • We announced 6 months ago that support for deploying Ubuntu root on ZFS with MAAS was available as an experimental feature. -
  • As has already been reported, spotted in our weekly team report on Ubuntu discourse, we are going to enhance ZFS on root support in the coming cycles. -
  • We want to support ZFS on root as an experimental installer option, initially for desktop, but keeping the layout extensible for server later on. -
  • Any existing ZFS on root user will automatically get those benefits as soon as they update to Ubuntu 19.10. -
  • Finally, we want to provide some best practices in terms of the ZFS dataset layout for various needs. -
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AMD lands Google, Twitter as customers with newest server chip
1 week, 4 days ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • AMD lands Google, Twitter as customers with newest server chip -

Nike aquires startup Celect
1 week, 5 days ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 7 votes

  • The company announced that it has acquired the Boston-area startup Celect to help Nike beef up its predictive analytics strengths. -

A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises
1 week, 5 days ago by sFP7 | 2 facts | 0 comments | 18 votes

  • By 2030, the number of cities in the extremely high stress category is expected to rise to 45 and include nearly 470 million people. -
  • For Bangalore, a couple of years of paltry rains revealed how badly the city has managed its water. -

Unpatched KDE vulnerability disclosed on Twitter
1 week, 6 days ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 7 votes

  • The vulnerability occurs because of the way the KDesktopFile class (part of KDE Frameworks) handles .desktop or .directory files. -
  • The researcher said KDE "will execute our command whenever the file is viewed." A demo of an attack is available. -

U.S. designates China as currency manipulator
1 week, 6 days ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

  • The U.S. Treasury labeled China a currency manipulator after the Chinese central bank let the yuan depreciate. -
  • China’s yuan fell as much as 1.9% to a record offshore low of 7.1087 to the dollar in Hong Kong. -
  • Mr. Trump has long complained that China keeps the yuan’s value artificially low to make its goods cheaper on global markets. -

Roblox hits 100 million monthly active users
1 week, 6 days ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

  • User-generated content is a big part of that number, and the company notes that it has around 40 million user-created experiences in the game at present. -
  • Per the new numbers, around 40% of Roblox users are female, with players spread out across 200 countries. -

Toni Morrison has Died
1 week, 6 days ago by kyle | 14 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

  • Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved (1987). -
  • Children's literature (with Slade Morrison) [ edit ] -
  • Although her novels typically concentrate on black women, Morrison did not identify her works as feminist. -
  • Morrison had stopped working on her latest novel when her son died. -
  • Before the third novel of the trilogy came out, in 1993 Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. -
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Libraries are fighting to preserve your right to borrow e-books
2 weeks ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 7 votes

  • For the first two months after a Macmillan book is published, a library can only buy one copy, at a discount. -
  • And Macmillan's statement, saying that people can just borrow e-books from any library, betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of how public libraries work. -
  • Sixty-four percent of US public libraries are members of consortia for e-book purchasing. -

Yield curve blares loudest US recession warning since 2007
2 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 7 votes

  • Many major investors expect this slide in 10-year yields to continue given the risk this creates for markets. -
  • He says the signal from the curve suggests money markets should be pricing in a higher probability of the Fed’s policy rate going to zero in the coming year. -

Cloudflare terminating service for 8Chan
2 weeks, 1 day ago by kyle | 9 facts | 0 comments | 10 votes

  • In the case of the El Paso shooting, the suspected terrorist gunman appears to have been inspired by the forum website known as 8chan. -
  • In a separate tragedy, the suspected killer in the Poway, California synagogue shooting also posted a hate-filled “open letter” on 8chan. -
  • 8chan is among the more than 19 million Internet properties that use Cloudflare's service. -
  • Almost exactly two years ago we made the determination to kick another disgusting site off Cloudflare's network: the Daily Stormer. -
  • While removing 8chan from our network takes heat off of us, it does nothing to address why hateful sites fester online. -
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Linux Mint 19.2 “Tina” Cinnamon released
2 weeks, 1 day ago by kyle | 7 facts | 0 comments | 6 votes

Apple is spending more than ever on R&D to fulfill the ‘Tim Cook doctrine’
2 weeks, 1 day ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 5 votes

  • Apple R&D spending is at all-time highs. -
  • It’s also spending the largest proportion of its revenue on R&D since 2003. -
  • The company’s $1 billion purchase of 2,000 Intel employees will require “upfront investment.” -

Alphabet overtakes Apple to become most cash-rich company
2 weeks, 3 days ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • Alphabet holds $117 billion in liquid reserves, compared to $102 billion, net of debt, for Apple. -
  • Apple has now been overtaken by both Amazon and Microsoft, the latter of which is the only company to currently have a market cap above 1 trillion dollars. -

Saudi Arabia backs $550 million investment in health start-up Babylon
2 weeks, 3 days ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • British health technology start-up Babylon has raised $550 million in an investment round backed by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. -
  • The London-based company said Friday that it was now worth $2 billion following the fundraising. -
  • Babylon said that $450 million of capital has already been committed, and includes an option for one investor to pump another $50 million at a later date. -

Apple suspends program that let its employees listen to your Siri recordings
2 weeks, 3 days ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • Apple said it will suspend a program that allowed its staff to listen to conversations people have had with the Siri voice assistant. -
  • Google and Amazon let you review and delete everything you've asked their voice assistants. -
  • Apple called it “grading,” used for improving the accuracy of Siri’s voice recognition. -

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