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GE's Alexa-controlled Scan-to-Cook Microwave makes the simplest appliance even simpler - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 5:34pm
Now you don't have to worry about the intricacies of using your microwave.

What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

The Register - July 17, 2018 - 5:20pm
Seized servers, 'disappointing' offers, stolen laptops – it ain't easy being CA's administrator

Administrators dealing with the group of firms affiliated with Cambridge Analytica were offered a pound for the now infamous brand – but didn't accept.…

Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: 30 percent off AmazonBasics products - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 5:19pm
Amazon has plenty of budget-priced AmazonBasics products -- and several are still discounted as Prime Day deals.

BMW ReachNow combines ride hailing, car sharing in one app - Roadshow - News - July 17, 2018 - 5:08pm
It's the first company to put both mobility options in a single app.

Nickelodeon AR app makes slime fly out of your TV - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 5:08pm
The app might slime your kids while they watch the network.

Facebook's adding to its AI college partnerships in London, Seattle and Pittsburgh - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 5:06pm
The world's largest social network is bringing academics into its worldwide offices in an effort to attract artificial intelligence researchers.

Ars on your lunch break: Robert Green on what darkness lurks in our DNA

Ars Technica - July 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Enlarge / No matter how many times you stick your head in a microwave, this probably won't happen. (credit: 20th Century Fox)

This week we’re serializing yet another episode of the After On Podcast here on Ars. The broader series is built around deep-dive interviews with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists and tends to be very tech- and science-heavy. You can access the excerpts on Ars via an embedded audio player or by reading accompanying transcripts (both of which are below).

My guest this week is medical geneticist Robert Green, and our topic is the promise and peril that could come from reading your full genome. The cost of full-genome sequencing is falling so quickly and the actionable insights it can reveal are growing fast enough that this data will eventually be as widely collected as cholesterol levels (perhaps within a decade or so).

This will divulge the precise contents of your 20,000-ish genes to you and your doctor. Since some human genes literally have thousands of known mutations, that’s a lot of data—and on the day you first receive it, we still won't know how to interpret the crushing majority of it.

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Here's why Siemens' autonomous Mustang had a bad time at Goodwood - Roadshow - News - July 17, 2018 - 5:00pm
Long story short, it was a confluence of bad luck and bad advice.

Stranger Things, Rick and Morty growing into Chia Pets - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 4:58pm
You can also cultivate a mini-garden of Predator, Golden Girls, Ghostbusters and Gremlins characters.

Cryptocurrency: The bubble is over, here comes the boom

ZDnet News - July 17, 2018 - 4:49pm
Like the early stages of the dot com boom, the initial speculative crypto bubble is over. Expect waves of rapid evolution next, as maturity kicks in and serious players emerge and scale.

Verizon will no longer activate your old 3G-only phone - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 4:46pm
The carrier is transitioning to 4G LTE-only service, so older phones won't make the cut.

Russia's national vulnerability database is a bit like the Soviet Union – sparse and slow

The Register - July 17, 2018 - 4:45pm
By design, though, not... er, general rubbishness

Russia's vulnerability database is much thinner than its US or Chinese counterparts – but it does contain a surprisingly high percentage of security bugs exploited by its cyber-spies.…

Samsung's new DRAM chip could make your mobile device run faster and longer - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 4:44pm
Samsung's LPDDR5 offers speed improvements over the previous generation as well as a new "deep sleep mode" for better battery life.

First Republican Congressman joins Democrats to save net neutrality - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 4:36pm
Will any other Republicans join Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado in supporting the CRA resolution to void FCC's efforts to roll back net neutrality rules?

Chinese space official seems unimpressed with NASA’s lunar gateway

Ars Technica - July 17, 2018 - 4:36pm

Enlarge / ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer joined Chinese colleagues in Yantai, China, to take part in their sea survival training on August 19, 2017. (credit: ESA)

This week, the European and Chinese space agencies held a workshop in Amsterdam to discuss cooperation between Europe and China on lunar science missions. The meeting comes as Europe seems increasingly content to work with China on spaceflight programs.

Although the meeting is not being streamed online, space systems designer and lunar exploration enthusiast Angeliki Kapoglou has been providing some coverage of the meeting via Twitter. Among the most interesting things she has shared are slides from a presentation by Pei Zhaoyu, who is deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.

Very very interesting statement by CNSA’s Pei Zhaoyu. “NASA will focus on building the LOPG. CNSA will build the lunar scientific research station on the surface” Moreover, according to Pei the LOPG has low economic effectiveness.

Bill to save net neutrality gets first Republican vote in US House

Ars Technica - July 17, 2018 - 4:28pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Linda Braucht)

The congressional bill to reinstate net neutrality rules has finally received support from a House Republican.

US Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) today announced his support for the bill. Coffman is signing a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution; the resolution would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its net neutrality rules.

The US Senate approved the CRA resolution in May, with votes from all members of the Democratic caucus and three Republican senators. While 176 House Democrats have signed the discharge petition, Coffman is the first House Republican to do so.

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Dealmaster: The best non-Amazon deals if Prime Day doesn’t matter to you [Updated]

Ars Technica - July 17, 2018 - 4:21pm

Update (7/17/2018 11:20am ET): We've updated our anti-Prime Day deals list with new discounts on the Nest Learning Thermostat, Google Pixelbook, Samsung 860 EVO SSD, and a nice sitewide discount code from eBay that slashes devices like the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, and 9.7-inch iPad down to new lows. Have a look for yourself below.

Original article (7/16/2018 11:10am ET): Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today, as you may have heard, Amazon Prime Day begins—it's the annual sales event/advertisement/sunk cost celebration in which Amazon discounts thousands of items for members of its Prime subscription service.

While more than 100 million people now subscribe to Prime, the event still leaves a big chunk of would-be bargain hunters out in the cold, and the recent price hikes to the service don't make it any more welcoming. Naturally, this has left the door open for competing stores to swoop in and try to capitalize on the Prime Day buzz with alternative deals of their own.

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TalkTalk shrugs off moaning customers to claim 80,000 more

The Register - July 17, 2018 - 4:05pm
Back in black

UK comms provider TalkTalk grew its customer base by a net 80,000 in the first quarter of FY19, the company said in a trading update today. 2.1 million subscribers are now on fixed-price plans.…

How the Russian hackers infiltrated the DNC: A timeline - CNET - News - July 17, 2018 - 4:05pm
A dozen Russian operatives released thousands of stolen emails ahead of the 2016 US election. Here’s how it happened.

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