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Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT

The Register - 2 hours 2 min ago
Intel tosses in code because data centre hypervisors are too bloated for embedded use

The Linux Foundation has announced a new hypervizor for use in embedded and internet of things scenarios.…

I went to buy a Galaxy S9 at Verizon and AT&T. It didn't go well - CNET - News - 3 hours 40 min ago
Commentary: A new Samsung phone emerges. So I thought I'd see how it's being sold in carrier stores. It ended up being a very strange day.

Facebook probes employee's ties to Cambridge Analytica - CNET - News - 3 hours 40 min ago
A current Facebook researcher formerly worked for a company that reportedly provided information to the controversial data firm.

Can Facebook be blamed for Cambridge Analytica? - CNET - News - 4 hours 4 min ago
Facebook’s user data is a powerful tool for marketing and research. What responsibility does the social network have when an app maker allegedly breaks its terms and lies about it?

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Trump: What you need to know - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 11:57pm
The world's largest social network is at the center of an international scandal involving voter data, the 2016 US presidential election and Brexit.

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn’t default browser

The Register - March 18, 2018 - 11:52pm
Grab some popcorn: Redmond’s asked for feedback on the idea

Microsoft’s about to test a new feature of Windows 10 that will force users to employ its Edge browser under some circumstances.…

Every photo from 'Westworld' season two - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 11:41pm
The HBO series begins season two on April 22. So until then, here's every image released and some ridiculous theories and speculation.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet review - Roadshow - Reviews - March 18, 2018 - 10:50pm
Need proof that the Mercedes-Benz is the benchmark for luxury cars? Look no further than the S-Class Cabriolet.

Facebook suspends whistleblower's account after report - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 10:43pm
Facebook says the suspension is due to reports Christopher Wylie's former employer allegedly held onto 50 million Facebook profiles' worth of information.

CNET asks: Are you excited about the new Fitbit Versa? - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 10:11pm
Fitbit this week announced the Versa, the company's latest attempt at a full-on smartwatch. We want to know your thoughts on Fitbit’s newest offering!

Sorry, Lara Croft: 'Black Panther' rules box office for 5th week - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 9:19pm
Nice try, "Tomb Raider" and "Wrinkle in Time," but this is still T'Challa's kingdom, at least when it comes to movie money.

Facebook and Trump data firm accused of 'misleading' MPs

BBC Technology News - March 18, 2018 - 9:07pm
A committee asks more questions over the alleged access of millions of Facebook profiles without consent.

Hyper-efficient gas engines, next-gen wind turbines, and more early-stage wonders

Ars Technica - March 18, 2018 - 9:00pm

Enlarge / A crop monitoring robot: Like a Roomba, but with more sensors and responsibility. (credit: Megan Geuss)

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—Last week's ARPA-E summit was full of big ideas about the future of energy, and nowhere was that more evident than on the summit's show floor. In the basement of the sprawling Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, dozens of academic institutions and companies set up booths to show off what they had been working on with their grant money.

From cars to recycling to electricity-generating turbines to biofuels, the warehouse temporarily turned into a montage of early-stage ideas. Most importantly, it also showed off the breadth of ARPA-E's work: though the Department of Energy's early-stage grant program has at times been cast as an accelerator for renewable energy exclusively, ARPA-E projects span a variety of fuels and even include some non-energy projects whose application could save industry a significant amount of energy.

Flip through the gallery below to see what we mean.

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CNET remembers Toys R Us, 'the world's greatest toy store' - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 7:01pm
If you haven't heard, Toys R Us is shutting down.

'Wrinkle in Time' production designer has feelings about CG - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 6:00pm
Production designer Naomi Shohan explains how a film's visuals are conjured, and why she thinks digital visual effects may have gone too far.

'Jurassic Park' fake 'SNL' auditions bring '90s back to life - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 5:53pm
If the decade of grunge, Urkel and O.J. Simpson is frozen in amber for you, relive it in this "SNL" skit.

Ether plunges after SEC says “dozens” of ICO investigations underway

Ars Technica - March 18, 2018 - 5:00pm

Enlarge (credit: BTC Keychain)

The price of ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network, has fallen below $500 for the first time this year. The decline comes days after a senior official from the Securities and Exchange Commission acknowledged that the agency had "dozens" of open investigations into initial coin offerings. The price of ether has fallen 19 percent in the last 24 hours, from $580 to $470.

“We’re doing obviously a lot in the crypto space, and we’re seeing a lot in the crypto space,” said Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC's Enforcement Division, at a conference on Thursday. “We are very active, and I would just expect to see more and more."

The SEC's decision to aggressively police cryptocurrency offerings is particularly significant for the Ethereum community because many new cryptocurrency offerings are built on top of the Ethereum platform. People creating a new token on the Ethereum blockchain need to buy ether, the currency used to pay for Ethereum transactions. So if aggressive SEC enforcement ends the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) boom—which seems to be cooling anyway—it would remove a major factor that pushed ether's value upward during 2017.

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'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman will host 'SNL' - CNET - News - March 18, 2018 - 4:38pm
Live, from Wakanda, it's King T'Challa, hosting the comedy show in April with rapper Cardi B as the musical guest.

Unstable climate forced early humans to be more social and creative

Ars Technica - March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

Enlarge / images from the prehistoric site of Olorgesailie, Kenya (credit: Human Origins Program, Smithsonian)

Three new studies suggest that early humans in East Africa started doing much more complex things—making more sophisticated tools, trading with neighboring groups for better stone, and maybe even using symbols to communicate—in order to survive rapid climate shifts 320,000 ago. Those findings may support the theory that bigger social networks, more complicated tool-making technology, and symbolic thinking helped drive early humans to evolve larger brains by the Middle Pleistocene, around 200,000 years ago.

But that kind of development doesn't just happen. Brains are expensive organs to maintain, in terms of the energy required to keep them nourished and oxygenated, and that size upgrade would have come at a cost. To succeed, bigger brains would have to offer enough of a survival advantage to outweigh the extra burdens they entail.

For that to be the case, humans' ability to survive and reproduce would have to depend on the things we might need such a big brain for, like communicating with lots of other humans in more complex ways or making and using more complex tools. That's why many paleoanthropologists have suggested that the kinds of cultural developments we see in Middle Stone Age sites in East Africa could have been responsible. Cultural development, in other words, drove the physical evolution of our brains in a really major way.

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People’s Republic of Desire film review: Yes, Black Mirror is already here

Ars Technica - March 18, 2018 - 3:00pm

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AUSTIN, Texas—If you've ever asked yourself how long a Black Mirror episode might take to turn into real life, the new documentary People's Republic of Desire has an answer: roughly four years.

Really, the best way to describe this feature-length look at Chinese Internet streamers is to point to the British series' first-season episode "Fifteen Million Merits," which aired in 2011 and starred Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya. The episode imagined a future, Internet-driven popularity contest that tore people's lives apart. According to the filmmakers behind People's Republic of Desire, that episode's level of life-bending insanity had already unfolded in China by 2015, fueled largely by the millions-strong video-sharing site YY. And the results aren't pretty.

The result, with its millimeter-range focus on major YY personalities, deservedly won this week's South by Southwest jury prize for best documentary. Though it leaves some questions and topics unexplored, People's Republic of Desire still delivers a fascinating, character-driven story that Internet fans in the West should pay particular heed to—especially as live-streaming services develop and mature on our side of the Pacific.

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