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Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

The Register - 1 hour 46 min ago
Market correction leaves faithful shaken but undeterred

Amid a cryptocurrency price correction that has seen the price of Bitcoin drop by half from its mid-December peak, UK-based cyber-cash lending and exchange biz BitConnect said it is shutting down.…

Tim Cook: People didn't pay attention to iPhone battery update - CNET - News - 2 hours 9 min ago
Commentary: In an interview with ABC News, Apple's CEO concedes the company could have been clearer in communicating what it was doing to their phones.

YouTube yanks videos showing dangerous 'Tide Pod challenge' - CNET - News - 2 hours 20 min ago
Video site is working to combat what health officials describe as a spike in teens purposely ingesting laundry detergent packets.

Free gift for all readers: Google's AutoML launch translated into plain English (where possible)

The Register - 2 hours 25 min ago
It's an image-recognition thing

Google today tore the covers off something called Cloud AutoML, a new service that's part of its "mission to democratize AI."…

Nintendo Labo lets you build Switch accessories from cardboard - CNET - News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Nintendo is taking a DIY approach with Labo, which lets you create paper-craft "toy-cons." Clever.

Net neutrality allies are ready to fight. But can it be saved? - CNET - News - 2 hours 46 min ago
It's been a busy few weeks on the net neutrality battleground. Here's a refresher on where things stand in the form of an FAQ.

Apple's first comedy series to star Kristen Wiig - CNET - News - 2 hours 50 min ago
The untitled show is just one of three projects Apple has ordered from Reese Witherspoon's production company.

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

The Register - 3 hours 6 min ago
Triumphant Trump touts terrific tax tactic

Apple announced today it will start to repatriate back to America some of the massive profits it accumulated outside the USA – and will use the cash to Make America Great Again.…

Buy a Galaxy S8 or Note 8, get a free pair of AKG Bluetooth headphones - CNET - News - 3 hours 25 min ago
Samsung's latest phone promotion includes a free pair of wireless headphones.

Apple employee commuter buses reportedly attacked near SF - CNET - News - 3 hours 37 min ago
Windows were smashed on five commuter shuttles in suspected pellet gun attacks, according to an Apple memo seen by the Guardian.

How tech giants plan to keep fake news out of 2018 election - CNET - News - 3 hours 45 min ago
Facebook, Google and Twitter explain during a Senate committee hearing what they're doing to stop propaganda from spreading during the midterm elections.

Apple to invest $30 billion, add 20,000 jobs over next 5 years - CNET - News - 4 hours 5 min ago
Tech giant says that -- factoring in current spending, product sales tax and taxes on employees' wagers -- it expects to contribute $350 billion to the US economy.

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

The Register - 4 hours 6 min ago
Oh, yeah, and learning new tricks and protecting stuff, sure

Ethical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering.…

Facebook watch party turns video into a group experience - CNET - News - 4 hours 21 min ago
A test lets people in Facebook groups simultaneously watch and comment on the same Facebook video -- live or already published.

Facebook to continue its probe into Russian meddling on Brexit - CNET - News - 4 hours 33 min ago
The social network agrees to reopen its investigation after initially saying it found only a minimal amount of UK-related activity.

Scientists racing to save vital medical isotopes imperiled by shabby reactors

Ars Technica - 4 hours 34 min ago

Enlarge / A dose of Tc-99m to be used in an upcoming scan. (credit: Getty | Rene Johnston)

There’s a mad dash for a vital radioactive isotope that’s used in about 50,000 medical procedures every day in the US, including spotting deadly cancers and looming heart problems. Currently, access to it hinges on a shaky supply chain and a handful of aging nuclear reactors in foreign countries. But federal regulators and a few US companies are pushing hard and spending millions to produce it domestically and shore up access, Kaiser Health News reports.

The isotope, molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), decays to the short-lived Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) and other isotopes, which are used as radiotracers in medical imaging. Injected into patients, the isotopes spotlight how the heart is pumping, what parts of the brain are active, or if tumors are forming in bones.

But, to get to those useful endpoints, Mo-99 has to wind through a fraught journey. According to KHN, most Mo-99 in the US is made by irradiating Cold War-era uranium from America’s nuclear stockpile. The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration secretly ships it to aging reactors abroad. The reactors—and five subsequent processing plants—are in Australia, Canada, Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, and the Czech Republic), and South Africa, according to a 2016 report by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Private companies then rent irradiation time at the reactors, send the resulting medley of isotopes to processing plants, book the final Mo-99 on commercial flights back to the US, and distribute it to hospitals and pharmacies.

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Google to fix Wi-Fi-slaying Chromecast bug on Thursday - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 11:37pm
An Android update should keep your home network from succumbing to potentially crippling data bursts.

Hey. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Get in here... so we can shake your hands – US Senate cyber-terror panel

The Register - January 17, 2018 - 11:36pm
So much for that grilling

The US Senate's commerce committee basically gave executives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube a back-rub at a hearing on Wednesday morning.…

New biggest radio telescope to help detect alien signals - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 11:31pm
China plans to build another big radio telescope that could boost the quest to determine if we're alone in the universe, and solve other long-standing mysteries.

Nintendo’s Labo playset slaps the Switch into build-your-own cardboard toys

Ars Technica - January 17, 2018 - 11:24pm

Enlarge / Labo looks like a trip, Nintendo. (credit: Nintendo)

Nintendo has announced a new build-your-own-accessories line for the Switch console, dubbed Nintendo Labo. It will arrive on April 20 in the United States and Japan and April 27 in Europe.

Labo's two playsets, the $69.99 Variety Kit and the $79.99 Robot Kit, will come with marked cardboard sheets that must be punched and folded by players, along with connecting string, reflective stickers (for controller-sensing purposes), and other accessories. The foldable parts resemble everything from pianos to fishing rods, along with a full-body robot outfit. They accept both the Switch console and its Joy-Con controllers in various slots.

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