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After Inspecting 50 Airplanes, Boeing Found Foreign Object Debris in 35 Fuel Tanks

Boeing has found debris in the fuel tanks of 35 of their 737 Max aircraft. After inspecting just 50 of the 400 planes which were awaiting delivery to customers, Boeing found debris in "about two-thirds" of them reports the Wall Street Journal, citing both federal and aviation-industry officials. "The revelation comes as the plane maker struggles to restore public and airline confidence in the grounded fleet." Materials left behind include tools, rags and boot coverings, according to industry ...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Air Force, Seattle, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, North Charleston, Qatar Airways, Everett, U S Air Force, David Calhoun, Everett Washington Boeing


Canadian Privacy Commissioners to Investigate Creepy Facial Recognition Firm Clearview AI

Canadian authorities are investigating shady face recognition company Clearview AI on the grounds that its scraping of billions of photos from the web might violate privacy laws, Reuters reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Surveillance, Canada, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Mass Surveillance, Reuters, Face Recognition, Clearview AI


Bill Gates can buy any car he wants — but maybe Elon Musk should care it's a Porsche and not a Tesla (TSLA, MSFT)

Bill Gates recently said he'd bought an all-electric Porsche Taycan, prompting Tesla CEO Elon Musk to characterize his billionaire-on-billionaire interactions with the Microsoft co-founder as "underwhelming." Gates can buy any car he wants — and he has a track record for favoring Porsches. For now, Tesla is selling some high-performing versions of its vehicles, but it lacks a car that competes with Taycan on newness and sizzle. Interestingly, if Tesla continues to grow, the company might find ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Porsche, Ford, Bill Gates, Tom Cruise, Ridley Scott, Gates, Musk


Weekend reading: Vanguard is ready to let you SIPP

What caught my eye this week. H ard to make this sound anything like a (not paid for) plug, but I’m sure our many readers who’ve been waiting for it will all want to know that Vanguard is finally ready to take your money into its Personal Pension (SIPP). I covered the main features of Vanguard’s SIPP back in December, so won’t repeat that again. Instead here’s a couple of other articles that have run to mark the launch. From ThisIsMoney: Jeremy Fawcett, head of Platforum, said the Vanguard Per...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, London, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Marketing, US, Bbc, New York Times, Financial Conduct Authority, Manchester, Jp Morgan, Hargreaves Lansdown, Financial Times, Turner


SONY Launches New Music Video That You Can Not See

To encourage corneas donations, Wunderman Thompson, a WPP agency, Sony, and the renowned Argentine musician Dante Spinetta created a video clip in collaboration with INCUCAI (Argentina´s best known NGO for organ donation). The video can only be seen on mobile devices if it is aimed at the eyes of another person. When you don't aim it directly at another person’s eyes, the images are blurred, and the person sees saturated colors and shadows.Through this technological and artistic innovation, Wund...
Tags: New York, Technology, Advertising, Sony, Argentina, WPP, Juan, Dany Minaker, Gloria J, Wunderman Thompson, Wunderman Thompson Argentina, Dante Spinetta, Tokyyto, MATIAS MARTTYCOPYWRITER, JAVIER CORRADEVELOPER, ROXANA FONTANAPR


Here are the 11 companies that experts think Microsoft could try to acquire in 2020, including Salesforce, Twilio, and Workday (MSFT, CRM, TWLO, WDAY)

Microsoft spent more than $9 billion on acquisitions during its last fiscal year, mostly attributable to its $7.5 billion purchase of GitHub. Analysts expect the buying spree to continue, and speculated on a few big names that Microsoft might try to buy. The list includes Salesforce, Twilio and Workday — though be advised that there's no indication that anybody at Microsoft has so much as thought of buying any of these companies; this is all speculation from industry analysts. Also of note is ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Linkedin, Autodesk, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Rbc, Coupe, AT T, RBC Capital Markets, Wedbush Securities, Avaya, Ringcentral, Brent Bracelin, Bracelin


A Google manager was arrested, then released, as part of a murder investigation after his wife was found dead in Hawaii

Google product manager Sonam Saxena was arrested and then released as police continue their investigation into the disappearance and death of his wife, Smriti Saxena. Smriti, who was a Microsoft business program manager, was reported missing by Sonam on Tuesday while the Seattle couple was vacationing in Hawaii. Smriti's body was discovered on a beach on Wednesday, and Sonam was arrested on a count of second-degree murder, then released the following day as police said an investigation was ong...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, India, NFL, Trends, Hawaii, Seattle, Hawaii Island, West Hawaii, Sonam, Jiang, West Hawaii Today, Saxena, Smriti, Skykick, Irene Jiang


CS Swag Bag: Rob McElhenney & the Mythic Quest Cast!

CS Video: Rob McElhenney & the Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet Cast! Welcome to a special Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet edition of ComingSoon.net’s video feature CS Swag Bag, where we chat on camera with our favorite actors and directors about the strangest or most interesting pieces of swag they’ve ever been given. This installment features Rob McElhenney, Megan Ganz (producer), Ashly Burch, F. Murray Abraham, David Hornsby, Charlotte Nicdao, Imani Hakim, Danny Pudi and Jessie Ennis from the h...
Tags: Apple, TV, Movies, Lionsgate, TV News, Philadelphia, Ubisoft, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, Rachel, Jacob, Ganz, Michael Rotenberg, Raven, Rob McElhenney


US Defense Agency That Secures Trump's Communications Confirms Data Breach

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The Department of Defense agency responsible for securing the communications of President Trump has suffered a data breach. Here's what is known so far. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) describes itself as a combat support agency of the Department of Defense (DoD) and is tasked with the responsibility for supporting secure White House communications, including those of President Trump. As well as overseeing Trump's secure calls t...
Tags: White House, US, Tech, Department Of Defense, Trump, Reuters, Department of Defense DOD, DISA, U S Defense Information Systems Agency DISA, Roger S Greenwell


Do phones need to fold?

As Samsung (re)unveiled its clamshell folding phone last week, I kept seeing the same question pop up amongst my social circles: why? I was wondering the same thing myself, to be honest. I’m not sure even Samsung knows; they’d win me over by the end, but only somewhat. The halfway-folded, laptop-style “Flex Mode” allows you to place the phone on a table for hands-free video calling. That’s pretty neat, I guess. But… is that it? The best answer to “why?” I’ve come up with so far isn’t a very sati...
Tags: Iphone, Android, TC, Gadgets, Motorola, Hardware, Nokia, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Sony, Lg, Samsung Electronics, Consumer Electronics, Kim Kulish Corbis, Foldables


'I like being in the trenches': Fastly CEO steps down after disappointing market debuts, citing his 'true strengths and passions' as a developer instead of company leader (FSLY)

On Thursday, Fastly CEO Artur Bergman announced he would be stepping down as CEO less than a year after the internet infrastructure company went public. "At my core, I am a developer," Bergman wrote in an email to Fastly employees, saying his "true strengths and passions lie in building the architecture and innovation, including our compute platform." The tech company went public last April, and was considered one of the best performing tech IPOs that included several disappointing market debu...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Trends, New York Stock Exchange, Joshua, Bergman, Bixby, Fastly, Artur Bergman, Joshua Bixby, The New York Times Alaska Airlines Spotify, Stanley Park Ventures, Pitchbook Fastly


I tried the new wireless earbuds Samsung launched to challenge Apple's AirPods — and found 3 things I loved about them and 2 ways they fall short

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Plus offer clear sound, a comfortable fit, and convenient integration with Spotify at an affordable price. But they do lack some features found on alternatives from Apple and Amazon that are similarly priced. For example, they don't support the ability to launch voice commands hands-free, like Apple's second-generation AirPods and Amazon's Echo Buds.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The wireless earbuds space has become increasingly crowded in the yea...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Samsung, Trends, Don, Bixby, AirPods, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds Plus, Pros the Galaxy Buds Plus, Samsung s Galaxy Buds Plus


'Hutter Prize' for Lossless Compression of Human Knowledge Increased to 500,000€

Baldrson (Slashdot reader #78,598) writes: First announced on Slashdot in 2006, AI professor Marcus Hutter has gone big with his challenge to the artificial intelligence [and data compression] community. A 500,000€ purse now backs The Hutter Prize for Lossless Compression of Human Knowledge... Hutter's prize incrementally awards distillation of Wikipedia's storehouse of human knowledge to its essence. That essence is a 1-billion-character excerpt of Wikipedia called "enwik9" -- approximately t...
Tags: Wikipedia, Tech, Slashdot, Ockham, Hutter, Marcus Hutter, Baldrson Slashdot, Baldrson


Who made and owns TikTok?

With 1.5 billion users, this makes TikTok the most popular social media app in the world right now, but who owns the short form video sharing app and is your personal information on the app safe? TikTok is the number one (non-gaming) app in the world, but the app largely remains a mystery to those outside of Gen Z. After the death of Vine in 2016, ByteDance were quick to fill the void with a similar short form video app, largely focused around lip-syncing. Chinese company ByteDance, ...
Tags: Video, Music, Technology, Safety, Parents, Children, Internet, China, Censorship, Social Media, Startup, Data, Sharing, App, World, Chinese


How Peloton Bricked the Screens On Flywheel's Stationary Bikes

DevNull127 writes: Let me get this straight. Peloton's main product is a stationary bicycle costing over $2,000 with a built-in touchscreen for streaming exercise classes. ("A front facing camera and microphone mean you can interact with friends and encourage one another while you ride," explained the Kickstarter campaign which helped launch the company in 2013, with 297 backers pledging $307,332.) Soon after they went public last summer, Bloomberg began calling them "the unprofitable fitness co...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Kickstarter, Flywheel, Peloton, Peloton Peloton


AT&T Loses Key Ruling In Class Action Over Unlimited-Data Throttling

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T's mandatory-arbitration clause is unenforceable in a class-action case over AT&T's throttling of unlimited data, a panel of U.S. appeals court judges ruled this week. The nearly five-year-old case has gone through twists and turns, with AT&T's forced-arbitration clause initially being upheld in March 2016. If that decision had stood, the customers would have been forced to have any complaints heard individually in arbitration. But an Ap...
Tags: California, Tech, California Supreme Court, Mcgill, U S District Court, Blair, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Nonprofit Argues Germany Can't Ratify the 'Unitary Patent' Because of Brexit

Long-time Slashdot reader zoobab shares this update from the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, a Munich-based non-profit opposing ratification of a "Unified Patent Court" by Germany. They argue such a court will "validate and expand software patents in Europe," and they've come up with a novel argument to stop it. "Germany cannot ratify the current Unitary Patent due to Brexit..." The U.K. is now a "third state" within the meaning of AETR case-law, [which] makes clear that: "E...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Tech, Munich, Brexit, Slashdot, Unified Patent Court, Nonprofit Argues Germany Can, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure


China Roundup: Amid coronavirus, tech firms offer ways to maintain China’s lifeblood

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The coronavirus outbreak is posing a devastating impact on people’s life and the economy in China, but there’s a silver lining that the epidemic might have benefited a few players in the technology industry as the population remains indoors. The SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that infected thousands and killed hu...
Tags: TC, Asia, China, Digital, Tech, Shanghai, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Facial Recognition, Jack Ma, Shenzhen, Taobao, Chinese New Year, Hubei, Lark


Sunday A La Carte

Happy Sunday! If you have a few spare moments to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon, here are some links that may be of interest. “Christ Be All” Here’s a beautiful new hymn that makes for good listening on a Sunday morning. Why I’d Go to Church If I Were Not a Pastor H.B. Charles Jr. tells why he would go to church even if his livelihood didn’t depend on it. If you’re reading this early on a Sunday morning and thinking about not going to church, well, let him persuade you to ...
Tags: Apple, Yahoo, Steve Jobs, Blogging, A La Carte, John Piper, La Carte, Tesler, Xerox Amazon, H B Charles Jr, Larry Tesler Larry Tesler, Time Video WSJ


City Sues Drug Manufacture Mallinckrodt Over 97,500% Price Increase

McGruber quotes Atlanta TV station WSB: The city of Marietta, Georgia is suing drug manufacturer Mallinckrodt after Mallinckrodt increased the price of the drug Acthar by 97,500%. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, claims one city employee needs the drug Acthar, which is used to treat seizures in small children. "Acthar used to cost $40, but Mallinckrodt has raised the price of the drug to over $39,000 per vial," the city claims in the lawsuit. "This eye-popping 97,500% price increase i...
Tags: Tech, Atlanta, Marietta Georgia, Katz, Mallinckrodt, City Sues Drug Manufacture Mallinckrodt, Ira Katz


Would Star Trek's Transporters Kill and Replace You?

schwit1 quotes Syfy Wire: There is, admittedly, some ambiguity about precisely how Trek's transporters work. The events of some episodes subtly contradict events in others. The closest thing to an official word we have is the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, which states that when a person enters a transporter, they are scanned by molecular imaging scanners that convert a person into a subatomically deconstructed matter stream. That's all a fancy-pants way of saying it takes you ...
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Wine Marketing 101: 5 Tips to Sweeten Your Wineries Sales

by Robert Clough Marketing a winery and making it stand out in a crowded field is a tough ask.  There are over 10,000 wineries in the United States. Your marketing needs to be flawless to sell your wines. Read on to learn the top wine marketing tips that you can implement right away to boost your wine sales. 1. Have a Great Story People are naturally drawn to stories. Stories are the reason why some wineries do so much better than others. People care about where and how the grapes are ...
Tags: Google, Small Business, Marketing, Seo, United States, Niche Markets, Robert Clough


Co-Creator of the First Star Trek Convention Has Died

Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shared this report from the Hugo award-winning science fiction fanzine File 770: North Bellmore, New York fan Elyse Rosenstein, 69, died suddenly on February 20th. She had been undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a broken leg. At the time of her death, she was a retired secondary school science teacher. With Joyce Yasner, Joan Winston, Linda Deneroff and Devra Langsam, she organized the very first Star Trek convention, held in New York City in 1972. The...
Tags: New York City, Tech, Star Trek, Slashdot, Isaac Asimov, New York Academy of Sciences, North Bellmore New York, Elyse Rosenstein, Joyce Yasner Joan Winston Linda Deneroff, Devra Langsam, Long Island Physics Teachers Association


Signing Up With Amazon, Wal-Mart, Or Uber Forfeits Your Right To Sue Them

Long-time Slashdot reader DogDude shared this article from CNN: Tucked into the sign-up process for many popular e-commerce sites and apps are dense terms-of-service agreements that legal experts say are changing the nature of consumer transactions, creating a veil of secrecy around how these companies function. The small print in these documents requires all signatories to agree to binding arbitration and to clauses that ban class actions. Just by signing up for these services, consumers give u...
Tags: Tech, Walmart, Slashdot, Amazon Uber, Amazon Wal Mart, Imre Szalai, DogDude, Loyola University New Orleans Read


Google’s Message to Huawei Device Users: Do Not Use the Side Door to Install Google Apps

Google wants to clear things up for Huawei device users: Google’s apps and services cannot be preloaded on new Huawei devices and are not available due to U.S. government restrictions. If users try to download Google apps and services through a side door, or essentially download them from somewhere other than the Play…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Play Store, Huawei


Creative Selection – Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age

Creative Selection Steve Jobs is a business icon whose influence beyond his company Apple is still felt today. Much was written about him and his legacy after his death, and since Jobs’ passing Apple has transitioned into a new era under current CEO Tim Cook. With all the attention Jobs received, I find it fascinating to hear about the experiences about other role players in Apple’s history. One book that shed a light on Apple’s process is Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process Dur...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Steve Jobs, Sales, Business Books, New York Times, Tim Cook, Biographies, Darwin, Thomas Edison, Vince Lombardi, Bob Taylor, Management Books, Technology Books, Ken Kocienda, Kocienda


Human emotions must adapt to thrive in the machine age

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to bringing the biggest names in tech to showcase inspiring talks from those driving the future of technology this year? Tim Leberecht, who authored this piece, is one of the speakers. Check out the full ‘Impact‘ program here. “If there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out, don’t be brutal with it. Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watching others forget us sooner than we’d wan...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Tim Leberecht, Syndication


Safari Will Stop Trusting Certs Older Than 13 Months

"Safari will, later this year, no longer accept new HTTPS certificates that expire more than 13 months from their creation date..." writes the Register. Long-time Slashdot reader nimbius shares their report: The policy was unveiled by the iGiant at a Certification Authority Browser Forum (CA/Browser) meeting on Wednesday. Specifically, according to those present at the confab, from September 1, any new website cert valid for more than 398 days will not be trusted by the Safari browser and inst...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Slashdot, Safari Apple, Certification Authority Browser Forum CA Browser


This Week in Apps: HQ Trivia’s dramatic death, Android 11, Apple mulls a more open iOS

Welcome back to This Week  in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, App Stores, App Annie, Colin Kroll, HQ Trivia, This Week In Apps


Iranian Hackers Exploit VPNs Worldwide

Iranian Hackers Exploit VPNs Worldwide Last year major companies that make VPN servers were found to have security holes in them and now it appears according to a recent report that government cyber hackers from Iran have been exploiting these publicly announced security holes so they could gain e...
Tags: Security, Updates, Business, Technology, Networking, Privacy, Internet, Iran, Sem, Cybersecurity, Exploit, Anonymity, Vpn, Backdoor, Iranian Hackers, Threats