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What's Up With ProtonMail Outages?

ProtonMail, a secure email service provider used by more than two million users and references of which has been made in shows like Mr. Robot, has been facing outages for the last two days as it

Inside the Effort To Print Lungs and Breathe Life Into Them With Stem Cells

United Therapeutics, a startup that sells drugs to treat lung ailments, plans to use a 3-D printer to manufacture human lungs in "unlimited quantities." Bioprinting isn't a new idea. 3-D printers can

Words with Multiple Meanings Pose a Special Challenge To Algorithms

Sample this: Me: So that's the marshmallow but you're going to eat it with this graham cracker and chocolate. [My son looks at me like I am the dumbest person alive.] Sebastian: No, I'm going to eat

Home Security Camera Sends Video To Wrong User

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A leading security camera-maker has sent footage from inside a family's home to the wrong person's app. Swann Security has blamed a factory error for

Scientists Develop Thermal Camouflage That Can Dupe Infrared Cameras

Writing in the journal Nano Letters, scientists from Turkey, the U.S. and U.K. describe a material that acts as thermal camouflage. Cosmos reports: Coskun Kocabas and colleagues created a film

Ocean Spray On Saturn Moon Contains Crucial Constituents For Life

Astronomers have found that blasts of ocean spray erupting from the Saturn moon of Enceladus contain complex organic molecules, "making it the only place beyond Earth known to harbor crucial

Facebook, Google, and Microsoft Use Design To Trick You Into Handing Over Your Data, Report Warns

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A study from the Norwegian Consumer Council dug into the underhanded tactics used by Microsoft, Facebook, and Google to collect user data. "The

Bill To Save Net Neutrality Is 46 Votes Short In US House

Congressional Democrats seeking to reinstate net neutrality rules are still 46 votes short of getting the measure through the House of Representatives. Ars Technica reports: The U.S. Senate voted last

AT&T Is Screwing Customers By Almost Tripling a Bogus Fee

AT&T has almost tripled the cost of the "Administrative Fee" featured in its wireless service bills. "Up until early this year, that 'fee' was typically assessed at $0.76 per postpaid line -- not

Feds Ran a Bitcoin-Laundering Sting For Over a Year

More than 40 alleged dark-web drug dealers have been arrested as part of a sweeping federal effort by the Department of Justice as "the first national undercover operation targeting dark net vendors."

Plastic Recycling Is a Problem Consumers Can't Solve

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: University of Georgia engineering professor Jenna Jambeck said that indeed, part of the reason China is now refusing to process American and

Facebook Patent Imagines Triggering Your Phone's Mic When a Hidden Signal Plays on TV

Based on a recently published patent application, Facebook could one day use ads on television to further violate a user's privacy. From a report: The patent is titled "broadcast content view analysis

BBC Releases Computer History Archive

An anonymous reader shares a report: A slice of computing history has been made public, giving people the opportunity to delve into an archive that inspired a generation of coders. The Computer

New Snapdragon Chips Bring Dual Cameras To More Mid-Tier Phones

Qualcomm is launching three new chips for mid-tier smartphones -- the Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 -- all of which promise to make dual cameras more commonplace. Engadget reports: The octa-core 632 is

Microsoft Teases First-Ever 'Stream-To-Win' Option Built Into Xbox

At this month's E3, Microsoft confirmed "a first in the booming world of game streaming," reports Ars Technica. "It's a subtle thing, which we're dubbing 'stream-to-win,' and it sees Microsoft take

Ticketmaster UK Admits Personal Data Stolen In Hack Attack

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Ticketmaster has admitted that it has suffered a security breach, which the BBC understands has affected up to 40,000 UK customers. Malicious software on

Betting Giant BetVictor Leaked a List of Its Own Internal Systems Passwords

A popular betting platform left a password list for its internal systems on its website for anyone to find. From a report: BetVictor, a Gibraltar-based betting site, has since removed the two-page

Google Doubles Down on Linux and Open Source

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for ZDNet: Google couldn't exist without Linux and open-source software. While you may not think of Google as a Linux company in the same way as you do Canonical,

Apple, Samsung Settle After Fighting Seven Years in Court

Apple and Samsung reached a settlement in their U.S. patent battle, putting an end to a seven-year fight over smartphone designs. From a report: The string of lawsuits started in 2011 when Apple sued

Laptop Vendors Are Left Sitting On the Sidelines Waiting For the Next Waltz To Start

An anonymous reader shares a report: Intel's delayed release of a new processor is going to have a noticeable effect on the laptop market this year. As there is little chance of seeing anything new