Google workers protest censored China search

SAN FRANCISCO — More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. “Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about […]

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Google clarifies its location-tracking policy

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has revised a help page that erroneously described how its “Location History” setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off. On Monday, an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned […]

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After denying link, interior secretary says climate change impacts wildfires

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suggested that climate change may have a role in the recent wildfires that have ravaged California. When asked by CBS News reporter Weija Jiang whether he accepted that climate change was part of the problem, Zinke said “of course.” He also acknowledged that “temperatures are rising.” However, Zinke also reiterated an […]

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Researchers may be on brink of solving deadly red tides

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Researchers in southwest Florida think they’ve found a solution to the red tides that have killed millions of sea animals, CBS Miami reports. Scientists from Mote Marin Laboratory are testing a system in a canal near Fort Myers. Two pumps installed on the canal mix water with ozone, which removes toxins. […]

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Live stream: FCC Chair Ajit Pai testifies at Senate hearing

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is testifying at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Thursday. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET. Pai may be asked about the commission’s actions regarding the issue known as “net neutrality,” an Obama-era policy the FCC scrapped under President Trump. The issue gained widespread attention in […]

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Sea critters imperiled by major increase in “marine heat waves”

WASHINGTON — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916.  “Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the ocean,” said Art Miller of the […]

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Newspaper clipping from 1912 mentions link between burning coal and a warmer planet

A newspaper blurb published in a 1912 mentions a link between burning coal and a warmer Earth. An Aug. 14, 1912, blurb in the New Zealand newspaper Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette, reads, “The furnaces of the world are now burning about 2,000,000,000 tons of coal a year. When this is burned, […]

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How to find and delete where Google knows you’ve been

Even if “Location History” is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location. Here are some things you can do to delete those markers and keep your location as private as possible. But there’s no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address, a numeric designation […]

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Space Force is in the market for a logo and President Trump is letting Americans vote

It’s a title reminiscent of a cheesy sci-fi movie or an ’80s cartoon. An idea that conjures up images of storm troopers marching in formation and light sabers locked in battle. But Space Force is very real and it’s conceptualization is now taking place at the highest levels of American politics. Space Force all the […]

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Grieving orca still carrying her dead calf more than 2 weeks later

Last Updated Aug 9, 2018 2:57 PM EDT An endangered, grieving orca is still carrying her dead calf more than two weeks after the newborn died, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reports. Researchers spotted the 20-year-old whale and the calf off of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday, the station says. The calf died July 24 and images […]

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NASA’s solar probe cleared for launch on mission to “touch the sun”

NASA managers have cleared the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe for launch early Saturday on a daring mission to “touch the sun.” The spacecraft will repeatedly fly through the sun’s outer atmosphere to find out why the blazing corona is millions of degrees hotter than our star’s visible surface. The probe’s instruments also will map […]

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Hackers could use facial recognition AI to sway political campaigns

U.S. intelligence officials have warned that the upcoming midterm elections are under threat, but there may be more concerns down the road as technology becomes even more sophisticated.  CNET senior producer Dan Patterson, who is covering the Black Hat USA hacker convention in Las Vegas, says artificial intelligence (AI) could soon play a role in […]

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Hackers reportedly target PGA’s servers, demand Bitcoin ransom

ST. LOUIS — Golfweek is reporting the PGA of America is trying to regain control of computer servers that have kept officials from accessing files for the PGA Championship.  The magazine says on its website that PGA staff members discovered their systems had been compromised when attempts to access files generated a message that the network […]

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