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Google Releases Info On 2.4 Million 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests

According to Google's latest transparency report, the company has received 2.4 million "right to be forgotten" requests since 2014, most of which came from private individuals. Engadget reports:

Net Neutrality Repeal Will Get a Senate Vote In the Spring, Democrats Say

Congressional Democrats today introduced legislation that would prevent the repeal of net neutrality rules, but they still need more support from Republicans in order to pass the measure. According to

Bill Gates: Cryptocurrency Is 'Rare Technology That Has Caused Deaths In a Fairly Direct Way'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: During a recent "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, the Microsoft co-founder said that the main feature of cryptocurrencies is the anonymity they

ESRB Introducing 'In-Game Purchases' Label in Response To Loot Box Controversy

The Entertainment Software Rating Board will begin labeling video games that contain in-game purchases, a response to lawmakers who have noticed the outcry over so-called loot crate systems and have

Microbes Found in Earth's Deep Ocean Might Grow on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Life as we know it needs three things: energy, water and chemistry. Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has them all, as NASA spacecraft Cassini confirmed in the final years of its mission to that planet.

Supreme Court Wrestles With Microsoft Data Privacy Fight

Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with Microsoft's dispute with the U.S. Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas, with

China To Crack Down on Cryptocurrency Trading Loophole

China is opening a new front in its battle against cryptocurrencies, targeting platforms that allow the nation's investors to trade digital assets on overseas exchanges, Bloomberg reported Tuesday

Forget Learning To Code, Bosses Value Collaboration and Communication

The top priority for developing talent is to train for soft skills, according to LinkedIn's 2018 Workplace Learning Report which surveyed more than 4,000 professionals. From a report: The report found

After Rising For 100 Years, Electricity Demand is Flat

An anonymous reader shares a report: The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its

German Cities Can Ban Diesel Cars, Court Rules

A German court has ruled that cities in Germany are allowed to enact bans on diesel vehicles, Reuters reports. It's unlikely that bans will magically appear across the country overnight, but not

California Scraps Safety Driver Rules for Self-Driving Cars

California regulators have given the green light to truly driverless cars. From a report: The state's Department of Motor Vehicles said Monday that it was eliminating a requirement for autonomous

Relying on Renewables Alone Significantly Inflates the Cost of Overhauling Energy

A growing number of US cities and states have proposed or even passed legislation that would require producing all electricity from renewable energy sources like solar and wind within a few decades.

Code.org Celebrates 5th Anniversary, Success In Changing K-12 Education Policy

theodp writes: It's exactly five years since Code.org launched with the video What Most Schools Don't Teach ," noted Code.org in a Monday blog post entitled Dedicating Our 5 year Anniversary to our

Microsoft Updates Guideline on Windows Driver Security

An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft has released an updated guide on driver security. This new guide offers advice that developers could use to ensure Windows drivers are secured against

Children Struggle To Hold Pencils Due To Too Much Tech, Doctors Say

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology, senior pediatric doctors have

HBO's Fahrenheit 451 Trailer Teases Dystopian World Filled With Burning 'Chaos'

HBO has released the first trailer of its film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's best-selling 1953 dystopian tale, Fahrenheit 451, which depicts a time period where history is outlawed and "firemen" burn

Math Shows Some Black Holes Erase Your Past and Give You Unlimited Futures

dmoberhaus writes: An international team of mathematicians has found that there are theoretical black holes that would allow an observer to survive passage through the event horizon. This would result

Chrome OS Could Be Getting Containers for Running Linux VMs

Chromebook users may soon have a simpler way to run their favorite Linux distribution and applications on Google's Chrome OS hardware. From a report: As spotted by Chrome Unboxed, there's a newly

Coinbase: We Will Send Data On 13,000 Users To IRS

Coinbase has formally notified its customers that it will be complying with a court order and handing over the user data for about 13,000 of its customers to the Internal Revenue Service. Ars Technica

Apple To Suspend iTunes Store Support For 'Obsolete' First-Gen Apple TV

The original Apple TV, first introduced in 2007, will no longer be able to connect to the iTunes Store due to new security changes to be implemented by Apple. The news comes from a support document,