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Elon Musk on 60 Minutes: “I do not respect the SEC”

Ars Technica - December 10, 2018 - 4:11pm

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If anyone thought that Elon Musk had turned over a new leaf following a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over illegally manipulating Tesla's stock price, think again. On Sunday, CBS' 60 Minutes interviewed the Tesla CEO, which gave Musk an opportunity to let the world know exactly what he thinks about SEC. Spoiler alert: not much.

As you may recall, this all started in August, when Musk took to Twitter to tell his 23.6 million followers that he had secured funding to return Tesla to private ownership via way of an oblique drug reference.

Despite adding "Funding secured," it turned out there was in fact no such commitment. The resulting yo-yo effect on Tesla's stock price led to a deluge of complaints with the SEC from investors both short and long who lost money as a result, and it caused us to question whether or not Musk's presence at Tesla was actually a good thing for the company.

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App-happy SAP Santa offers partners free access to Cloud Platform

The Register - December 10, 2018 - 4:02pm
All the better to lock customers into its fluffy white services

So desperate keen is SAP to lure more developers to write apps using its cloud tools that it is promising them a year's worth of platform access for free.…

Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal

Ars Technica - December 10, 2018 - 3:29pm

Enlarge / China launches Chang'e-4 lunar probe in the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 8, 2018. (credit: Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing via Getty Images)

Late last week, China launched an ambitious mission that will send a lander and rover to the far side of the Moon. This Chang'e-4 spacecraft represents a significant achievement for China, as no other nation has ever softly landed a rover on the side of the Moon facing away from Earth.

If successful, this mission will carry out several lines of important scientific research on the still somewhat unknown far side of the Moon. However, the launch and landing of Chang'e-4 also helps to reveal the full scope of China's spaceflight ambitions and how the space program furthers the country's ambitious geopolitical goals. In this post, we try to unpack some of the implications.

What happened?

On Saturday morning (local time in China) a Long March 3B rocket sent a 4-ton lander and a 140kg rover into space, and then this Chang'e-4 spacecraft performed a trans-lunar injection to send it flying toward the Moon. The spacecraft should reach lunar orbit on Wednesday.

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Alas, poor Lotus/IBM Notes, we knew ye well

ZDnet News - December 10, 2018 - 3:29pm
Lotus (and then IBM) Notes was way ahead of its time -- it was enterprise software before enterprise software was cool. As ownership transfers to HCL, we reflect back on all Notes meant to a generation of IT professionals.

Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras

BBC Technology News - December 10, 2018 - 3:21pm
Two smartphones with cameras encircled by their screens are launched within hours of each other.

New Stranger Things 3 teaser confirms 2019 release, reveals episode titles

Ars Technica - December 10, 2018 - 3:10pm

Netflix, YouTube

As 2018 comes to a close, Stranger Things fans continue to wait (somewhat) patiently for season 3. Netflix has a bunch of new hints about next season's adventures with a new teaser trailer that dropped Sunday and includes episode titles for the forthcoming season:

  • Suzie, Do You Copy?
  • The Mall Rats
  • The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
  • The Sauna Test
  • The Source
  • The Birthday
  • The Bite
  • The Battle of Starcourt

The episode titles play over the show's recognizable intro sequence, featuring that foreboding, electronic theme song that many have come to associate with the antics of Mike, Eleven, Steve, Nancy, and the rest of the gang in Hawkins, Indiana.

The final lines of the teaser tell us that "the adventure continues" in the summer of 1985, the time period in which most of the third season will likely take place. The teaser also confirms what has been rumored for some time: the third season will debut sometime in 2019.

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CNET Book Club: Holiday 2018 gift guide special - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
Find a great gift idea with these books that are only available, or only really work, in physical dead-tree form, from a lavishly illustrated history of Dungeons and Dragons to the creativity-inspiring Wonderbook.

Google Doodle celebrates Nazi Germany survivor Nelly Sachs - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 2:57pm
The poet and playwright, who fled into exile in the early days of World War II, would've been 127 Monday.

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

The Register - December 10, 2018 - 2:56pm
Sweet Jesus! It includes Brussels sprouts

Nothing says festive fun like a Chrimbo dinner encased in lovely crispy batter, and as luck would have it, a chippy north of the border is serving up such a wonder to its clientele.…

Deal alert: The 2018 iPad is back to its Black Friday sale price of $250 - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 2:56pm
Get $80 off at Target on the 32GB or 128GB versions.

China's new games censors take tough stance

BBC Technology News - December 10, 2018 - 2:48pm
A panel of experts bans nine mobile games and sends another 11 back for changes.

Ars Technica’s ultimate board game gift guide, 2018 edition

Ars Technica - December 10, 2018 - 2:30pm

If there's one thing board gamers love more than playing games, it's buying them. And what better time of year to stock up on games for a loved one (or yourself) than the holidays? But with so many options coming out of a booming board game industry, narrowing down the choices can be a pain.

Friends, you're in the right place. Whether you're a board game newbie or someone who's been in the hobby for years, we've got something for everyone below. For 2018, we've updated our massive 10,000-word guide by adding new entries, deleting others, and generally just bringing things up to date with our current recommendations. Entries are organized generally into categories, so you can jump around to the stuff that interests you most (some games could arguably be included in several categories, of course).

If we've missed your go-to recommendations, be sure to share them in the comments below.

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Europe's influence over US tech was more formidable than ever in 2018 - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 2:30pm
From GDPR to antitrust to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Europe is always looking over Silicon Valley's shoulder.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards?'s digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

The Register - December 10, 2018 - 2:20pm
Yeah, how about you work for us...

Digital minister Margot James reckons Brits need to "get over" their concerns about privacy and cyber security and let the government assign them with ID cards.…

Elon Musk has 'no respect' for US regulator

BBC Technology News - December 10, 2018 - 2:04pm
Tesla's co-founder says he has no respect for the regulator, which fined him over tweets about making the company private.

Facebook's hidden battle against ad-blockers

BBC Technology News - December 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
The methods Facebook uses to thwart ad-blocking technology have been criticised by web developers.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Prototype first drive review: Staying the course - Roadshow - News - December 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
VW’s refreshed Passat gets a new look, more torque and different features across its trim levels.

Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are still viable (and cheaper) phone options than Apple's 2018 phones. And they need protection. Here's our picks for the top iPhone 8/Plus cases in 2018.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

The Register - December 10, 2018 - 1:36pm
Trusts to be subjected to quarterly searches for contraband machines

NHS trusts have just 20 days to buy in fax machines – because from January 2019 they will be banned from purchasing the outdated devices.…

The best Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases are now hugely discounted - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 1:00pm
Looking for a new case for your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus? Clearance deals abound.

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