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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Mashable » iPhone and iPad users went on a spending spree on the first day of 2018

Thursday 4 January 23:58:10 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe App Store just blew through another record, even as Apple fights off complaints for deliberately slowing down older iPhones. Together, iPhone and iPad users spent $300 million in the App Store on the first day of 2018 alone, Apple announced Thursday.  SEE ALSO: The 12 best apps of 2017 The company claims it set a new holiday record. "During the … [Link]

Slashdot » How a Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found One of the Worst CPU Bugs Ever Found

Thursday 4 January 23:20:00 UTC 2018

Reuters tells the story of how Daniel Gruss, a 31-year-old information security researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Austria's Graz Technical University, hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the Intel chips made in the past two decades. Prior to his discovery, Gruss and his colleagues Moritz Lipp and Michael Schwarz had thought such an attack on … [Link]

Mashable » The 'bomb cyclone' has people looking for love online

Thursday 4 January 23:08:38 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe "bomb cyclone" winter storm dumping snow all over the East Coast might conjure images of potential nuclear war for some of us. For others, it conjures images of potential romance. Per some new data insights sent over from Hinge, the dating app has seen a surge in activity over the past two days. Ahead of the storm on Wednesday, usage … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Blocks Pirate Search Results Prophylactically

Thursday 4 January 22:40:00 UTC 2018

Google is accepting "prophylactic" takedown requests to keep pirated content out of its search results, an anonymous reader writes, citing a TorrentFreak report. From the article: Over the past year, we've noticed on a few occasions that Google is processing takedown notices for non-indexed links. While we assumed that this was an 'error' on the sender's part, it appears to … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » SparrowOne Launches Managed Payment Services API

Thursday 4 January 22:24:33 UTC 2018

SparrowOne, managed payments services provider, has announced the release of its Services API. The new offering provides API access to SparrowOne's secure payments gateway. The API allows merchants to integrate gateway payment functions into their checkout process, whether the checkout exists in a mobile app, supply chain system, order management system, or elsewhere. [Link]

Mashable » 4 days in January: How 2018 went completely off the rails

Thursday 4 January 22:19:15 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou may have thought 2016 was as horrific and just plain bizarre as years could get. You may have considered 2017 to be the Upside Down, or perhaps the ultimate proof of the increasingly credible scientific theory that we're all living inside a holographic simulation instead of a real universe.  If so, 2018 has three words for you: Hold my beer.  … [Link]

Mashable » Nightmare alert: 5-foot snake found hiding in someone's toilet in Texas

Thursday 4 January 22:07:53 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Just another day on the ranch.  William Tedrick of Texas made a startling discovery at his ranch recently, which had been laying dormant for several years. During a little bit of cleaning, someone realized that the ranch house had a squatter on the premises: a five-foot snake. Thankfully, the intruder was identified before it bit someone's naked butt or worse. … [Link]

Mashable » Anthony Rapp reveals what inspired him to go public against Kevin Spacey

Thursday 4 January 22:05:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen actor Anthony Rapp alleged in October that Kevin Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance on him when he was 14, he was inspired to do so by the dozens and dozens of women who spoke up about sexual abuse and misconduct before him, he revealed to the magazine Attitude. Amidst the unending amounts of allegations being made against men in … [Link]

Mashable » Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone's 'love story' involves a slightly creepy third party

Thursday 4 January 22:02:24 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere’s a third character in the friendship tale of Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone: John the Orchestra Guy. Who is John? An orchestra guy, that's who — an orchestra guy who used to constantly, "accidentally" text both Stone and Lawrence. "He wasn't really a stalker. He's just this guy who has a lot of people's phone numbers," Stone said in an … [Link]

Slashdot » US Airlines No Longer Operate the Boeing 747

Thursday 4 January 22:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, Delta Airlines flight 9771 flew from Atlanta to Pinal Airpark in Arizona. It wasn't a full flight — just 48 people on board. But it was a milestone — and not just for the two people who got married mid-flight — for it marked the very last flight of … [Link]

Mashable » This universal DSLR lens cap could be the last one you'll ever need

Thursday 4 January 21:58:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. To DSLR photography enthusiasts, camera lenses are our babies. And while we do as much as we can to be the best camera parents, lens caps fall out of bags and get … [Link]

Mashable » You ever wanted to see quadruplet babies hugging? Well, here it is.

Thursday 4 January 21:57:52 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Ever wonder would it be like to see baby quadruplets hugging? The answer is exactly what you think: perfect. For a whopping one minute and 35 seconds they all take turns hugging each other, and yes, it's super cute. They're even color coordinated.  Now I know your biggest question is probably "do they hug each other all at once at … [Link]

Mashable » Keep hackers at bay with this smart home privacy device that's seeking funding on Kickstarter

Thursday 4 January 21:39:42 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Smart homes should be fun and help make your life easier. Your relaxation shouldn't have come with a constant worry that someone could be using your devices to hack into your life. … [Link]

Mashable » Hulu is rebooting 'Animaniacs' with two new seasons

Thursday 4 January 21:36:14 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBecause Emmys and handmaids aren't enough, Hulu is jumping into the family TV market with a revival of the kooky '90s series Animaniacs.  Steven Spielberg will executive produce the Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment series for two brand-new seasons. SEE ALSO: 'Animaniacs' is your latest childhood obsession to get a reboot Animaniacs first debuted on the WB in 1993 and ran … [Link]

Mashable » Save $850 on a Dell Gaming Laptop, plus more of today's top tech deals

Thursday 4 January 21:22:04 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Now that the holidays are over and the East Coast is being slammed with a huge snowstorm, hibernation season has officially begun. It's the perfect time to catch up on your Steam … [Link]

Mashable » 'Bomb cyclone' leads to historic coastal flooding in Massachusetts

Thursday 4 January 21:19:45 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSnow may be dominating headlines in the wake of Thursday's "bomb cyclone," but coastal flooding has proven to be another serious danger in places along the East Coast. In addition to blizzard conditions, Massachusetts has been walloped with the combination of astronomical high tides and strong onshore winds up to 75 mph. The resulting coastal flooding reached record levels in Boston, … [Link]

Mashable » Defend Westeros against White Walkers in this GoT-themed 'Settlers of Catan' game

Thursday 4 January 21:13:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Catan players, it's time to take all of your skills up north to the Wall and defend the Seven Kingdoms from the Night King in this version of Catan modeled after A … [Link]

Slashdot » Largest Prime Number Discovered – With More Than 23m Digits

Thursday 4 January 21:11:00 UTC 2018

chalsall writes: Persistence pays off. Jonathan Pace, a GIMPS volunteer for over 14 years, discovered the 50th known Mersenne prime, 2^77,232,917 — 1 on December 26, 2017. The prime number is calculated by multiplying together 77,232,917 twos, and then subtracting one. It weighs in at 23,249,425 digits, becoming the largest prime number known to mankind. It bests the previous record … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to make your inbox more manageable

Thursday 4 January 21:03:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Does merely looking at hundreds of unread emails in your inbox make you anxious? Well, you're not alone. The average professional receives 121 emails per day, and when you take paid time … [Link]

Mashable » Tesla made this feature to quell concerns about becoming stranded in the middle of nowhere

Thursday 4 January 21:01:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTesla’s latest feature doesn't even require owning one of its vehicles.  The electric car company today launched an online trip planning tool that shows people where they can drive around the U.S. in a Tesla.  Although anyone is free to explore the tool, it's designed for prospective Tesla customers — perhaps those concerned about running out of battery life while stranded … [Link]

Mashable » Gal Gadot non-response to James Cameron's bad 'Wonder Woman' take was the perfect answer

Thursday 4 January 20:38:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJames Cameron had thoughts on Wonder Woman, and he wasn't been shy about sharing them. But if Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, had any thoughts on James Cameron in return, she's been keeping them to herself. Turns out there's a reason for that. SEE ALSO: Lynda Carter is having none of James Cameron's anti-Wonder Woman nonsense Over the summer, Cameron blasted … [Link]

Mashable » A giant balloon that's part of an art installation is causing traffic chaos in London

Thursday 4 January 20:36:47 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookA giant, unpredictable balloon roaming free in the streets of London? What could possibly go wrong? The giant inflatable balloon was placed in Oxford Circus in honor of the Lumiere Light art festival in London. The art installation was put in the middle of a busy area, during rush hour, on a very windy day in the city. SEE ALSO: This … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Opioids that hit different brain target could be less addictive

Thursday 4 January 20:36:44 UTC 2018

Researchers have determined how morphine derivatives bind to the kappa opioid receptor, which should enable safer painkillers to be developed [Link]

New Scientist – News » Iconic tree from Twin Peaks threatened by climate change

Thursday 4 January 20:36:43 UTC 2018

The Douglas fir is one of the most ecologically and economically vital species in the Pacific Northwest, but global warming may pose a serious threat to it [Link]

New Scientist – News » Baby skeleton from Alaska reveals origins of Native Americans

Thursday 4 January 20:36:35 UTC 2018

DNA from an infant girl who died 11,500 years ago reveals where America’s first human settlers came from and when they arrived [Link]

Mashable » Lenovo will display nine new ThinkPads at CES 2018

Thursday 4 January 20:33:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLenovo has given its ThinkPads a makeover.  The Chinese tech company has unveiled nine new ThinkPad models just in time for CES 2018, the world's largest electronics show. They include two lightweight X-series devices designed for mobility, three larger T-series devices with integrated graphics for gaming and video editing, and four in the more budget-friendly L-series devices.   SEE ALSO: Lenovo … [Link]

Mashable » Keep your camping trip from turning into 'The Revenant' with this outdoor emergency kit

Thursday 4 January 20:26:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. From enduring inclement weather and fending off grizzly beasts, to navigating through seemingly endless (not to mention identical) forests, anything can happen in the woods.  So when it comes to prepping for an outdoor … [Link]

Mashable » EyeVac is a touchless, motion-activated dustpan

Thursday 4 January 20:03:24 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2018%2f1%2f71c4dcc3 8c3b dfc9%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ no dust behind.","image":&qu~ is a touchless, motion-activated dustpan","sources":[~ vacuum","sec0":null,~ vacuum","videoSeriesName&~ More about Shopping Video, Eye Vac, Touchless Vacuum, Lifestyle, and Consumer Tech [Link]

Mashable » Toyota tries to make its most advanced autonomous car look slightly normal

Thursday 4 January 19:55:55 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookToyota is bringing a sleek prototypical autonomous vehicle to this year's 2018 CES tech conference. But the car certainly won't be driving itself there.  Similar to many automotive showings at CES, this vehicle, which the Toyota Research Institute calls the "Platform 3.0," is not yet consumer-ready. But it does provide some insight into what some of the first completely self-driving vehicles … [Link]

Mashable » Here's what every Chrome user should do in the wake of #Spectre

Thursday 4 January 19:40:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe new year kicked off with a bang on Jan. 3 when security researchers revealed two major software vulnerabilities that affect, to some extent, most types of computer processors on the planet. Laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, smartphones, and enterprise machines are all potentially at risk, theoretically allowing attackers exploiting what have been dubbed Meltdown and Spectre to steal your passwords and other … [Link]

New Scientist – News » SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket test is the start of a race to Mars

Thursday 4 January 19:35:00 UTC 2018

The imminent first flight of Elon Musk's giant new rocket could mark a spectacular start to a new era in space flight, says Paul Marks [Link]

Mashable » It's official: 'Game of Thrones' will wait until 2019 to kill all your favorite characters

Thursday 4 January 19:28:49 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThough we figured this was coming for quite a while, HBO has finally confirmed that there will be no new Game of Thrones in 2018 and, instead, we'll have to wait until 2019 to see the final season. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' comes to theaters to distract you from the long wait for Season 8 The announcement came via a … [Link]

Slashdot » Oceans Suffocating as Huge Dead Zones Quadruple Since 1950, Scientists Warn

Thursday 4 January 19:25:00 UTC 2018

Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold. From a report: Most sea creatures cannot survive in these zones and current trends would lead to mass extinction in the long run, risking dire consequences for the hundreds of millions of … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to invest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin

Thursday 4 January 19:13:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If we're to believe every plot point from the movie The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg allegedly stole the idea for Facebook from the Winklevoss twins and went on to become one of … [Link]

Mashable » Your iPhone Is Filthier Than You Think

Thursday 4 January 19:03:39 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Read more…More about Iphone, Mashable Reels, Sn Reels, Tech, and Iphone [Link]

Mashable » Which dating app is right for you? Use this guide to figure it out.

Thursday 4 January 19:03:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Online dating is officially mainstream. "We met on Tinder" is the new "we met at a bar." Countless children have been born whose parents met on Match.com. According to a survey conducted … [Link]

Mashable » Cybersecurity agency: The only sure defense against huge chip flaw is a new chip

Thursday 4 January 18:54:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe tech world continues to come to grips with Wednesday's revelation of very serious vulnerabilities associated with central processing units (CPUs) that affect, well, just about everyone with a computer.  SEE ALSO: Intel's CEO sold a ton of stock after finding out about chip security flaw Two flaws have been identified by researchers: Meltdown, which is believed to affect most Intel … [Link]

Mashable » Why Hillary Clinton’s former CTO left politics for a fitness startup

Thursday 4 January 18:51:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStephanie Hannon, 43, didn't consider herself an athlete until age 39. In 2014, a looming surgery for personal health reasons had encouraged her to start working out. She began with a hike, and like millions of people worldwide, she turned to her smartphone for some help on where to go and downloaded an app called Strava. This week, Hannon joined Strava … [Link]

Slashdot » By Next Week, Intel Expects To Issue Updates To More Than 90% of Processor Products Introduced Within Past Five Years

Thursday 4 January 18:40:00 UTC 2018

Intel said on Thursday that by next week it expects to have patched 90 percent of its processors that it released within the last five years, making PCs and servers "immune" from both the Spectre and Meltdown exploits. The company adds: Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. By the … [Link]

Mashable » Why the iPhone's huge slowdown problem doesn't affect Android

Thursday 4 January 18:38:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookAfter it was revealed in late 2017 that Apple intentionally slows down the performance of older iPhones as their batteries deteriorate, people freaked out. There were explanations, recriminations, apologies, lawsuits, and, finally, solutions. But in the wake of that specific controversy, a question arose: Does this happen to Android phones, too? SEE ALSO: Why this year in smartphone design has been … [Link]

Mashable » Evaporation transforms these pieces of paper into tiny ballet dancers

Thursday 4 January 18:15:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThomas Kovachevich is a retired physician and incredible artist that focuses on the invisible and mundane in his paintings and sculptures. Inside his studio in Downtown Manhattan, he demonstrated one of his most touching performances involving tiny pieces of tracing paper that curl, leap and move as they respond to water vapor. Read more…More about Art, Mashable Video, Culture, New York, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Largest prime number ever found has over 23 million digits

Thursday 4 January 18:08:00 UTC 2018

Two multiplied by itself nearly eighty million times minus one is the biggest prime number ever discovered by the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search [Link]

Mashable » Yes, Golden Globes host Seth Meyers will take on Hollywood's sexual harassment problem

Thursday 4 January 18:02:57 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf this year's Golden Globes represent a unique challenge (how does a glitzy awards show deal with a horrifying sexual harassment crisis?), it also offers a rare opportunity.  At least, that's how this year's host, Seth Meyers, sees it – as a chance to "be able to say some things that you wouldn't be able to say in previous years." SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Mark Zuckerberg's 2018 Personal Challenge Is To Do His Job As CEO

Thursday 4 January 18:02:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Fun fact about Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Every year he gives himself a "personal challenge," which is not to be confused with the "New Year's resolutions" us plebs do every year. Over the years, he says, thanks to these challenges, he's taken up running as well as learned foreign languages and read books. But this … [Link]

Mashable » What sparked the 'bomb cyclone'? Huge temperature contrasts, jet stream energy

Thursday 4 January 17:58:48 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt all started innocently enough.  Shortly before New Year's celebrations kicked off in the Southeast, a record-cold air mass blew in from the north. This air had a direct connection to the Arctic, spilling out as if someone left the Northern Hemisphere's refrigerator door open. This frigid air oozed across the Gulf of Mexico, into Florida, and served as one of … [Link]

Mashable » Clever sister made a Tinder account and PowerPoint of potential suiters as a lovely Christmas gift

Thursday 4 January 17:49:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookBecause it's cuffing season, and because we could all use more efficiency in the new year, let us point you to the most organized approach to online dating we've seen. Per a highly successful tweet highlighting her hard work, Megan Steffen of Chicago, Illinois, played generous matchmaker for her sister Emily, interviewing 39 potential suiters and building a comprehensive PowerPoint guide … [Link]

Mashable » Microsoft announces pre-order details for its Cortana-enabled thermostat

Thursday 4 January 17:46:50 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHey, remember Microsoft Cortana, the digital assistant who's always at your beck and call? Well, now it can now warm up your house.  Microsoft and Johnson Controls have announced an official release date for GLAS, a smart thermostat featuring Microsoft Cortana, and powered by Windows 10 IoT Core, Microsoft's operating system optimized for smaller devices. Microsoft first unveiled the product in … [Link]

Mashable » Logan Paul announces he's (thankfully) taking a break from YouTube

Thursday 4 January 17:46:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLogan Paul, the YouTuber who posted a video earlier this week showing an apparent victim of suicide, is taking a break from YouTube. Good. SEE ALSO: Here's why Logan Paul's video showing suicide is so dangerous The 22-year-old Vine star-turned-YouTube celebrity announced Thursday that he is taking a break from vlogging to reflect on his actions after receiving criticism for his … [Link]

Mashable » Ansel Elgort perfectly reenacts 'Baby Driver' in the bomb cyclone

Thursday 4 January 17:28:06 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThere are lots of ways to celebrate a snow day, but Ansel Elgort may have us all beat.  The Baby Driver star took his car out for a literal spin during the East Coast "bomb cyclone" for a few speedy loops in the snow. Please note: Baby is a professional Baby Driver. Do not try this at home. SEE ALSO: Gripping … [Link]

Slashdot » Personal Data of a Billion Indians Sold Online For $8, Report Claims

Thursday 4 January 17:23:00 UTC 2018

Michael Safi, reporting for The Guardian: The personal information of more than a billion Indians stored in the world's largest biometric database can be bought online for less than $8, according to an investigation by an Indian newspaper. The reported breach is the latest in a series of alleged leaks from the Aadhaar database, which has been collecting the photographs, … [Link]

Mashable » Why this UK public figure deleted 50K tweets in a day

Thursday 4 January 17:12:24 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe name Toby Young has been plastered all over Brits' Twitter feeds this week after he was appointed the UK's new universities regulator — a position created by the government to uphold free speech at third level, among other things. But just days after his appointment, Young deleted a huge chunk of his digital footprint. All in the space of a … [Link]

Mashable » Trump lawyer sends cease and desist letters — but the 'Fire and Fury' keeps comin'

Thursday 4 January 17:00:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump is reportedly "furious" about Michael Wolff's forthcoming behind-the-scenes book on the Trump presidency, and now the president is making his tantrum official. On Thursday, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House author Michael Wolff and book publisher Henry Holt & Co. received a cease and desist letter from a lawyer representing President Trump, according to the Washington Post. … [Link]

Mashable » Resurrect your DVD collection with help from this external reader that's on sale

Thursday 4 January 16:46:51 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Remember CDs and DVDs? Those flat, doughnut-shaped things that had music and games and movies on them? If you can't seem to part with them despite not having any way to play … [Link]

Slashdot » Opinion: Chrome is Turning Into the New Internet Explorer 6

Thursday 4 January 16:45:00 UTC 2018

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Chrome now has the type of dominance that Internet Explorer once did, and we're starting to see Google's own apps diverge from supporting web standards much in the same way Microsoft did a decade and a half ago. Whether you blame Google or the often slow moving World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the results … [Link]

Mashable » The time has come for Mark Zuckerberg to reveal his 2018 personal challenge

Thursday 4 January 16:38:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookMark Zuckerberg is using 2018 as even further incentive to fix the hot mess that is Facebook. On Thursday Zuck announced — via Facebook of course — his annual "personal challenge." It's a tradition he started in 2009 in which he kicks off each new year by committing to learning something new. Over the years, he says, he's visited every state … [Link]

Mashable » Even weather experts are in awe of the 'bomb cyclone'

Thursday 4 January 16:32:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe bomb cyclone is here, and it's astounding even the most seasoned weather experts. This storm intensified at one of the fastest rates ever recorded for an East Coast, non-tropical storm system, which caught the attention of even the most jaded weather geeks. On Twitter, they're marveling at images of the storm, which — it must be admitted — does look … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A new bitcoin Ponzi scheme or scam pops up almost every day

Thursday 4 January 16:28:13 UTC 2018

Everyone seems to be investing in bitcoin, but it can be a financial minefield. Now researchers have shown that new scams are popping up every day [Link]

Mashable » With Samsung's newest chip, the Galaxy S9 could mimic the iPhone X

Thursday 4 January 16:06:56 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSamsung may not have created the iPhone X, but its next phone could be the next best thing.  The Korean company has launched its latest premium application processor (AP), Exynos 9 Series 9810. The chip is a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree.  The company claims Exynos 9810 is "the industry's most advanced 10nm process technology." Many of the features it promises … [Link]

Mashable » Nissan’s latest invention plugs into your brain to help avoid car accidents

Thursday 4 January 16:05:07 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookJapanese automobile manufacturer, Nissan, has just unveiled a new technology that interprets the drivers' brain signals to tell which actions they intend to take next. The system, called "Brain-to-Vehicle" technology, can then transmit this information to the car's driver assist functions so that they initiate the desired maneuver hundreds of milliseconds before the driver can actually react. Nissan will demonstrate the … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Memory Access Design Flaw Partially Addressed by Apple in macOS 10.13.2 [Unconfirmed]

Thursday 4 January 16:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: A serious design flaw and security vulnerability discovered in Intel CPUs has reportedly already been partially addressed by Apple in the recent macOS 10.13.2 update, which was released to the public on December 6. According to developer Alex Ionescu, Apple introduced a fix in macOS 10.13.2, with additional tweaks set to be introduced in … [Link]

Mashable » Doug Jones' gay son sentences Mike Pence to life in side-eye prison

Thursday 4 January 15:44:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYesterday was a historic moment for side-eye — and, you know, the state of Alabama or whatever. Democrat Doug Jones was sworn in Wednesday by Vice President Mike Pence, making him Alabama's first Democratic Senator in 25 years. Alongside the newly minted senator was his son, Carson Jones, who is gay. During the swearing in, Carson delivered  some seriously harsh side-eye … [Link]

Mashable » LG wants these large robots to follow you around airports and hotels

Thursday 4 January 15:41:46 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLG electronics announced some rather large, human-sized conceptual robots today that it seems to be marketing to people that don't want to schlep around their luggage or groceries. The announcement comes just before the start of  CES, a time rife with of ideas — some which turn out to be useful and innovative, but many of which are junk. LG is … [Link]

Mashable » Melinda Gates on why we should invest in women in 2018: "Simply put, women get things done"

Thursday 4 January 15:36:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIt may be a new year, but Melinda Gates is still committed to using her platform and voice to empower women throughout the world. The co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and well-known philanthropist kicked off 2018 by writing an op-ed for Time, which was guest edited by Bill Gates, titled, "It's Time for a New Era for Women." … [Link]

Mashable » Read SD cards on your phone without downloading them using this handy plug that's on sale

Thursday 4 January 15:34:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you're taking pics and videos on your digital camera and you want to take a look at them on your phone, then this Amazon's Choice SD/TF micro card reader is what … [Link]

Mashable » The best shows to binge during this wild winter storm weekend

Thursday 4 January 15:31:09 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookClimate change is probably coming for us like the Night King's army on Game of Thrones, but at least we get to start the year with a snow day and some work-mandated remote hours. So now that you're out of school or the office and trapped in swirling vortex of icy tomb, WHAT SHOULD YOU WATCH FIRST? Fear not, cold brethren, … [Link]

Mashable » Incredible photos from space show off the historic East Coast 'bomb cyclone'

Thursday 4 January 15:28:35 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe East Coast "bomb cyclone" on Thursday looks both beautiful and sinister from space.  While scientists have been tracking storms using satellites in orbit for decades, they now have a brand new tool at their disposal: GOES-16, also called GOES-East.  The brand new satellite — which wasn't available to scientists last winter — is one of the most powerful weather-watching tools … [Link]

Mashable » Ethereum crosses historic $1,000 milestone

Thursday 4 January 15:20:33 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEthereum, the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has crossed the price of $1,000 per one ETH for the first time.  It's currently trading at $1,016 with a $98.3 billion market cap, according to CoinMarketCap.  SEE ALSO: Ripple and Ethereum keep breaking records while Bitcoin takes a back seat Often referred to as Bitcoin's little brother, Ethereum is actually a vastly … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Issues Rare Out-of-Band Emergency Windows Update For Processor Security Bugs

Thursday 4 January 15:20:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is issuing a rare out-of-band security update to supported versions of Windows today (Wednesday). The software update is part of a number of fixes that will protect against a newly-discovered processor bug in Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsets. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that the company will issue a Windows … [Link]

Mashable » The Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console ever in the U.S.

Thursday 4 January 15:18:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe Nintendo Switch just hit a huge sales milestone, becoming the fastest selling home console of all time in the United States. Nintendo announced Thursday morning that the Switch has surpassed every other home console in U.S. history with more than 4.8 million units sold in 10 months. In early December, Nintendo reported that the Switch had reached 10 million sales … [Link]

Mashable » Amazon is having a huge sale on this wine aerator decanter today — it's just $16

Thursday 4 January 15:17:40 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right? Make that daily glass of wine taste a little bit better with help from this Wine Aerator Decanter that's on sale. SEE ALSO: Impress your dinner guests … [Link]

Mashable » Ellen DeGeneres hates to disappoint Eric Trump, but promises she's not in the #Deep State

Thursday 4 January 15:16:57 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Yesterday, Trump's son Eric had some concerns about Twitter's follower recommendations, when the social media platform suggested he follow Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Ellen DeGeneres. It didn't sit well with him and he called the whole thing #DeepState.  On Wednesday's The Ellen Show, the host said she had a hard time believing why her name was trending.  "I saw … [Link]

Mashable » When a T-Rex leads a symphony in the 'Jurassic Park' theme, everything is right with the world

Thursday 4 January 15:12:39 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIf this is how the rest of 2018 will go, hold on to your butts. Last night, Ailyn Marie watched a symphony play the Jurassic Park theme song, which would be great by itself. But, this one had the honor of being conducted by a T-Rex.  The result was truly moving. My entire life has led to this moment… T-Rex conducting … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah launch their campaigns for the 'Dishonest Media Awards'

Thursday 4 January 15:09:30 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWho needs an Emmy when you can have a meaningless award issued by our slightly unhinged, wannabe authoritarian president? Both Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah would proudly take the latterThe Daily Show and Late Night with Stephen Colbert launched their campaigns yesterday for the "MOST DISHONEST AND CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR" President Trump is holding Monday, so help us … [Link]

Mashable » Images and video pour in as 'bomb cyclone' buries U.S. northeast

Thursday 4 January 15:07:29 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWell, we were warned. A giant swath of the east coast is getting a heaping dose of winter thanks to a powerful, fast-moving "bomb cyclone" winter storm that whipped straight along the coast, having already dumped snow across parts of the South not accustomed to such winter weather. Now, it's your turn, North Atlantic. Parts of Virginia and New Jersey have … [Link]

Mashable » '9-1-1' premiere recap: Come for the stars, stay for the headless snakes

Thursday 4 January 15:00:02 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook "What's your emergency?" asks the pilot of Fox's new drama 9-1-1. According to the pilot, there are two types of emergencies: The first are personal emergencies, the ones the define our individual day-to-day, and the second are life-or-death Emergencies with a capital E, the kind that prompt you to dial those three numbers that the show is all about. On … [Link]

Mashable » Kendrick Lamar is producing the 'Black Panther' soundtrack, and he just dropped the first song

Thursday 4 January 14:59:05 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThought you couldn't possibly get any more excited for Marvel's Black Panther?  SEE ALSO: Happy holidays, here's 30 seconds of new 'Black Panther' excellence What if we told you Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack? And that the first song from it is a new song by him and SZA? And that you can listen to it right here, right now? That's … [Link]

Mashable » Very relatable Corgi couldn't contain her happiness while shopping at Target

Thursday 4 January 14:58:37 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookOne dog just gave the exact expression we all have when shopping at Target.  Zira the Corgi didn't hold back her excitement when strolling down the aisles. Her owner Jesse (@virgoprincxss) captured the moment in two candid photos.  You simply can't go wrong with posting an image of a dog and one of the happiest place on earth.  SEE ALSO: This … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Says CEO Dumping Tons of Stock Last Year 'Unrelated' To Big Security Exploit

Thursday 4 January 14:40:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader shares a report: Late last year, the CEO of Intel sold millions of dollars in company stock, as CEOs often do. The sale appears to have occurred while developers were reportedly rushing to fix a major security flaw affecting Intel processors made in the last decade. According to a report published by the Register this week, "a … [Link]

Mashable » Intel's CEO sold a ton of stock after finding out about chip security flaw

Thursday 4 January 14:29:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookIntel’s CEO reportedly sold $24 million worth of company stock and options after being informed of a serious security flaw in its chips — but before the flaw became publicly known.  The stock sale was first reported by Business Insider. SEE ALSO: The most useless gadgets of 2017 In late 2017, Brian Krzanich, who has been chief executive of Intel since … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Says Almost All CPUs Since 1995 Vulnerable To 'Meltdown' And 'Spectre' Flaws

Thursday 4 January 14:00:00 UTC 2018

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Google has just published details on two vulnerabilities named Meltdown and Spectre that in the company's assessment affect "every processor [released] since 1995." Google says the two bugs can be exploited to "to steal data which is currently processed on the computer," which includes "your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal … [Link]

Mashable » Heaven’s AI is named Janet, and she's way smarter than Alexa

Thursday 4 January 13:58:44 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookSpoiler alert: This post contains spoilers regarding Janet from The Good Place, but it avoids other big plot points. In heaven, everyone shares an omniscient personal assistant named Janet. At least that’s the case in the hit NBC show The Good Place, which follows the journey of a woman who mistakenly ends up on the wrong side of the afterlife.  Janet, … [Link]

Mashable » 'Black Mirror' gets it dangerously wrong about abortion

Thursday 4 January 13:17:26 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThis story contains spoilers about Black Mirror Season Four, Episode Two. The new season of Black Mirror makes a completely misleading, and medically inaccurate error in its portrayal of abortion. An error that's actually really dangerous.  To recap, "Arkangel"—the second episode of the dystopian series' fourth season— tells the story of a mother, Marie, who surveils her teen daughter Sara using … [Link]

Mashable » The top keynote speakers at CES are all men. Here's why that's a problem

Thursday 4 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookCES, the world's largest electronics trade show, kicks off next week, with the first official events starting Sunday, Jan. 7. At the conference, attendees will get a glimpse of the year's newest technology, hear keynote speeches from top industry's leaders, and try futuristic products.  But this year will be marred by a glaring weakness in the CES lineup: The list of … [Link]

Slashdot » Asus Is Turning Its Old Routers Into Mesh Wi-Fi Networks

Thursday 4 January 13:00:00 UTC 2018

Asus' new AiMesh system lets you repurpose your existing Asus routers as part of a mesh network, potentially saving you lots of money since you won't have to replace your whole network with a bunch of new devices. The Verge reports: For now, the mesh support is coming to a few routers today in beta, including the ASUS RT-AC68U, RT-AC1900P, … [Link]

Mashable » These British grandpas made a grime track and it's actually super catchy

Thursday 4 January 12:20:51 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook If someone told you a grime music video made by two British grandfathers was going viral, you'd probably expect it to fall into the "so bad it's good" category. But the video above is just plain good. SEE ALSO: This hidden gem of a game will make you want to hug your grandpa The track was posted on YouTube about … [Link]

Mashable » Woman gets entire airplane to herself after getting booked onto flight meant for staff

Thursday 4 January 11:46:27 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookYou know that delicious feeling you get when you're on a half-empty flight and the seats next to you are free? Well, imagine getting the whole plane to yourself. SEE ALSO: Man jumps from emergency exit on airplane, stands on wing This was exactly the situation Redditor shadybaby22 found herself in recently after she got accidentally booked onto a flight from … [Link]

Mashable » 7 tech trends that will rule CES 2018

Thursday 4 January 11:00:00 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWith the new year comes new tech, and it's not a gradual process. The world's biggest tech show, CES, kicks off before the first week of 2018 is over, with the first official product unveilings on Sunday, Jan. 7. So what will CES 2018 have in store? First off, brace yourself: CES is a massive blast of technology news, most of … [Link]

Mashable » Live TV news anchor handles fire alarm in the most British way possible

Thursday 4 January 10:53:58 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhen you're working in the hectic world of live news, dealing with unexpected circumstances is all part of the job. Struggling to find the right cameraA badly-timed text messageKids. It happens. SEE ALSO: 11 of the most hilariously awkward live British TV moments of 2017 The latest live news incident came courtesy of ITV, when anchor Tom Bradby was interrupted mid-broadcast … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Tides and atmospheres on TRAPPIST-1 planets may help life thrive

Thursday 4 January 10:48:14 UTC 2018

The planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system could be complex worlds with volcanoes, atmospheres and warm subsurface oceans. Some might even be able to host life [Link]

New Scientist – News » Your computer may run 30 per cent slower due to Intel chip bug

Thursday 4 January 10:48:09 UTC 2018

The details of a massive issue with Intel chips built over the last decade are slowly being revealed in what could be the biggest security flaw of the century [Link]

Mashable » Witness this woman's rollercoaster ride of emotions as she wins $11 on HQ Trivia

Thursday 4 January 10:37:11 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe fool who said it's not about winning, it's the taking part that counts was horribly, horribly mistaken. It's aaaaall about winning. And, this woman who won at HQ trivia is proof that winning really is the most glorious feeling in the world. OK, so she did only win $11, but still. She won!  SEE ALSO: This secret HQ trivia cheat … [Link]

Mashable » Kid's super deep response to classroom riddle is way better than the actual answer

Thursday 4 January 10:34:52 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKids may say some spectacularly funny things at times, but every now and then they can be impressively wise too. SEE ALSO: Smart-ass kid has the perfect response to a confusing math question On Tuesday, teacher Bret Turner tweeted about a recent puzzle he'd set for his first grade class. "I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere," reads … [Link]

Slashdot » AI System Sorts News Articles By Whether Or Not They Contain Actual Information

Thursday 4 January 10:00:00 UTC 2018

In a new paper published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, computer scientists from Google and the University of Pennsylvania describe a new machine learning approach to classifying written journalism according to a formalized idea of "content density." "With an average accuracy of around 80 percent, their system was able to accurately classify news stories across a wide range … [Link]

Mashable » Trump and Bannon are locked in a 'cuck fight' on the cover of the NY Daily News

Thursday 4 January 7:40:23 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookThe feathers are flying in the White House, and on the front of the New York Daily News. The publisher has revealed quite the cover, depicting President Donald Trump and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as chickens engaged in a "cuck fight." SEE ALSO: Bannon called that Trump Jr. meeting 'treasonous' and the internet is losing it The cover … [Link]

Slashdot » Google's Project Zero Team Discovered Critical CPU Flaw Last Year

Thursday 4 January 7:00:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In a blog post published minutes ago, Google's Security team announced what they have done to protect Google Cloud customers against the chip vulnerability announced earlier today. They also indicated their Project Zero team discovered this vulnerability last year (although they weren't specific with the timing). The company stated that it informed … [Link]

Mashable » People in Oregon are freaking out about pumping their own gas

Thursday 4 January 6:51:16 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookFor many people around the world, refilling your own car at self-service stations has been a very normal thing for years. Not for many people rural Oregon, who from Jan. 1 were allowed to pump their own gas as a result of the introduction of new bill introduced in the state. SEE ALSO: Facebook's new facial recognition efforts help blind users … [Link]

New Scientist – News » A daily blast of sound and electrical pulses may tame tinnitus

Thursday 4 January 6:48:42 UTC 2018

A new technique to tackle the phantom noises of tinnitus brought total relief for some patients and eased symptoms in half those who tried it [Link]

New Scientist – News » NHS is switching to cheaper mimics of expensive cancer drugs

Thursday 4 January 6:48:41 UTC 2018

Biological drugs like some antibodies used to fight cancer are difficult to make. The NHS is now turning to cheaper alternatives, but some doctors fear they won’t work as well [Link]

New Scientist – News » China’s plan to stop recycling the world’s rubbish may backfire

Thursday 4 January 6:48:40 UTC 2018

China is giving Western nations a headache with a ban on imports of "foreign garbage" to recycle, but the move is also creating a Chinese cardboard shortage [Link]

New Scientist – News » Baby skeleton from Alaska reveals origins of Native Americans

Thursday 4 January 6:48:39 UTC 2018

DNA from an infant girl who died 11,500 years ago reveals where America’s first human settlers came from and when they arrived [Link]

New Scientist – News » Your computer may run 30 per cent slower due to Intel chip bug

Thursday 4 January 6:48:38 UTC 2018

The details of a massive issue with Intel chips built over the last decade are slowly being revealed in what could be the biggest security flaw of the century [Link]

New Scientist – News » Weird dim star isn’t due to alien megastructure – it’s just dust

Thursday 4 January 6:48:37 UTC 2018

Tabby’s star flickers like no other star we’ve seen. Some have suggested that’s due to an alien structure blocking its light, but it’s likely just dust [Link]

New Scientist – News » The universe may be full of ex-moons flung from their home worlds

Thursday 4 January 6:48:25 UTC 2018

Moons in other stellar systems may be hurled away from their planets up to 90 per cent of the time, leaving up to 100 former moons per star in the Milky Way [Link]

Mashable » Watch Cardi B and Bruno Mars pay homage to 'In Living Color' in new video

Thursday 4 January 6:23:28 UTC 2018

Twitter Facebook Bruno Mars and Cardi B have teamed up for a '90s-inspired video for their rework of R&B track "Finesse," from Mars' 2016 album, 24K Magic.  While the track was teased with artwork and images on social media as a plain and simple single release, the pair dropped a video at midnight on Wednesday as well. With Cardi B added on … [Link]

Mashable » $1.3 million vodka which appeared in 'House of Cards' stolen from bar

Thursday 4 January 5:22:22 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookWhile people might steal art, cars, or a whole lot of Bitcoin, one thief is on the run after allegedly stealing a very expensive bottle of vodka. A bottle of Russo-Baltique vodka claimed to be worth $1.3 million was taken in the early hours of Tuesday morning from Café 33, a bar located in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to TV2 Lorry. SEE … [Link]

Mashable » White House might take away staffer cellphones like they're in junior high

Thursday 4 January 5:00:25 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookLike an angry math teacher, Donald Trump could take away his staffers' cellphones.  The president was "furious" and "disgusted" by excerpts of a book that were made public Wednesday, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. SEE ALSO: Twitter says Trump's nuclear button tweet doesn't violate its rules against abusive behavior Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump … [Link]

Mashable » Ellen Page and Emma Portner announced their marriage in an adorable Instagram

Thursday 4 January 4:12:34 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookInstagram is usually a stream of holiday feet selfies and everyone's brunch. But Ellen Page just blew it all out of the water with a cheeky wedding post.  SEE ALSO: 9 Stars Who Completely Owned 2017 The Hollywood actor announced her marriage to dancer Emma Portner on Instagram. Uploading three photos on Wednesday, Page wrote, "Can’t believe I get to call … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT #2480: Disgusted by the Internet

Thursday 4 January 3:37:30 UTC 2018

JoT thumbYouTube feel the same? [Link]

Slashdot » Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine

Thursday 4 January 3:30:00 UTC 2018

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: CNBC reports that Amazon is in discussions with huge companies that want to promote their goods on Echo devices. Proctor & Gamble as well as Clorox are reportedly in talks for major advertising deals that would allow Alexa to suggest products for you to buy. CNBC uses the example of asking Alexa … [Link]

Mashable » Google says it's got your back on major CPU vulnerability

Thursday 4 January 3:07:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookTwo newly disclosed processor vulnerabilities threaten the security of devices around the globe, but Google is here to tell you that it totally has your back. Well, for one of them, at least.  The Mountain View-based company explained Wednesday on its security blog that it's been aware of the risks posed by the “speculative execution” vulnerability for some time now, and … [Link]

Mashable » HQ Trivia competitor booted from the Google Play Store

Thursday 4 January 2:18:43 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. HQ Trivia is not messing around when it comes to its competition. The trivia app filed a trademark complaint with Google against competing app The Q. That resulted in The Q's Android app being removed from … [Link]

Mashable » Overrated In-N-Out adds new menu item and it's severely disappointing

Thursday 4 January 1:22:41 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookKick me out of California because it's about to get awkward in here. The beloved and simplistic California burger chain that draws long lines for its cheaply priced and Instagramable food has added a new menu item, which is big news for anyone who's willing to wait in line for soggy, cold, unsalted fries covered in dressing that tastes an awful … [Link]

Mashable » The 1980s were the golden age for winter coats

Thursday 4 January 1:09:32 UTC 2018

Twitter FacebookStep onto any train during a New York winter and you're likely to see a frozen mass of sad humans, silent as they're consumed by their ravenous, head-to-toe black puffers.  It wasn't always this way. Back in the '80s, people were miserable and fashionable. Teenagers as well as their rad moms weren't scared of using color or trashy animal prints. In … [Link]

Slashdot » Ajit Pai Backs Out of Planned CES 2018 Appearance

Thursday 4 January 1:05:00 UTC 2018

New submitter sdinfoserv writes: Ajit Pai, the most hated person in tech since Darl McBride, backed out of a speaking engagement at CES 2018. Apparently he lacks the spine to justify himself before the group of individuals his decisions affect most. Consumer Technology Association head Gary Shapiro announced: "Unfortunately, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is unable to attend CES … [Link]

Slashdot » After Beating Cable Lobby, Colorado City Moves Ahead With Muni Broadband

Thursday 4 January 0:20:00 UTC 2018

Last night, the city council in Fort Collins, Colorado, voted to move ahead with a municipal fiber broadband network providing gigabit speeds, two months after the cable industry failed to stop the project. Ars Technica reports: Last night's city council vote came after residents of Fort Collins approved a ballot question that authorized the city to build a broadband network. … [Link]

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