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Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

BBC Technology News - 31 min 27 sec ago
The former Liberal Democrat leader will head Facebook's global affairs and communications team.

Two orbiters begin their long journey to Mercury Friday night

Ars Technica - 1 hour 59 min ago


One might think it's a relatively easy thing to reach Mercury, the innermost planet in the Solar System. At its closest approach, Mercury is just 77 million kilometers from Earth, or not all that much further than the closest that Earth comes to Mars. The Earth-Mars transit typically only takes about six months.

However, the Sun's enormous gravity makes putting a spacecraft into orbit around Mercury quite difficult. How much gravity are we talking about? The g-force at the surface of the Earth is 9.8 meters per second. By comparison, the Sun's gravity is nearly 30 times greater, at 274 m/s.

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Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

The Register - 2 hours 9 min ago
Zuck and Clegg in Silicon Valley – no, it's not the latest Netflix satire

Facebook has hired former British deputy PM Nick Clegg to head up its global affairs – a move that reportedly involved boss Mark Zuckerberg spending months “wooing” the Lib Dem has-been.…

Campaign 2018: Artificial intelligence is automating attacks on political campaigns - CNET - News - 2 hours 27 min ago
Google and Microsoft are helping political campaigns defend themselves against hackers using automated attacks.

Heck yeah, Porsche confirms Mission E Cross Turismo for production - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 42 min ago
What time is it? It's electric wagon time, y'all.

Tesla quietly drops “full self-driving” option as it adds $45,000 Model 3

Ars Technica - 2 hours 47 min ago

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Elon Musk took to Twitter (where else, right?) on Thursday evening to inform his followers of a new addition to the Model 3 lineup. This is not the long-awaited $35,000 version, however; the mid-range Model 3 starts at $45,000. Musk also revealed that the Model 3 ordering process has been simplified and now has fewer options. One that's missing—from all new Tesla orders, not just the Model 3—is the controversial "full self-driving" option. The reason? It was "causing too much confusion," Musk tweeted.

The mid-range Model 3s will be rear-wheel drive only, prompting some to wonder if the company was using software to limit battery capacity on existing RWD inventory in order to get it out of the door. But Tesla says it's able to build these slightly cheaper cars by using the same battery pack as the more expensive, longer-range cars but with fewer cells inside.

However, Tesla is promoting the car as costing as little as $30,700 by factoring in "gas savings" and all possible federal and local electric vehicle tax incentives (but not the destination charge). That it did so is a little surprising; just seven days ago Tesla said that it could not guarantee any order received after October 15th would ship before the beginning of next year. Any new Tesla delivered after January 1st 2019 (but before July 1st 2019) is only eligible for a $3,750 IRS credit. Tesla says delivery for the new mid-range Model 3 should take six to 10 weeks.

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Dyson Airwrap review: Dyson's Airwrap hair styler uses low heat, but it's full of hot air - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 53 min ago
This $550 hair styling multitool has some kinks to work out.

Apple content restrictions don't catch all porn or extremist sites - CNET - News - 2 hours 54 min ago
Sorry, kids. The Screen Time settings seem quite limited.

Twitter reportedly removes pro-Saudi bots after Jamal Khashoggi disappearance - CNET - News - 2 hours 57 min ago
NBC News gave the social network a list of suspected bot accounts.

Facebook hires former UK deputy prime minister as head of global affairs - CNET - News - 3 hours 28 sec ago
Nick Clegg is the most senior European politician to be hired by Silicon Valley company.

iPhone XS Max camera takes on Fleet Week - CNET - News - 3 hours 3 min ago
We get up close to an amphibious assault ship, grab high-speed shots of the Blue Angels and meet sailors on shore leave.

Metadata-farming, data-silo-killing startup: Go on. Bring us your unstructured stuff

The Register - 3 hours 4 min ago
Former Primary Data boss talks to El Reg about Hammerspace

+Comment Newcomer on the storage software-as-a-service scene Hammerspace announced the general availability of its eponymous SaaS application this week. This software has been engineered using technology from Primary Data – yes, that Primary Data – applied to hybrid IT and cloud environments, providing a SaaS cloud-control plane.…

Sounds like a massive, risky scheme, but let's not keep too many tabs on it, OK?

The Register - 3 hours 6 min ago
Spending watchdog slams transparency and record-keeping on major projects

The UK's spending watchdog has said it isn't possible to tell whether the biggest and most risky government projects are doing what they're supposed to because of poor records and incomplete reporting.…

These $35 AirPod alternatives are way better than you'd expect - CNET - News - 3 hours 15 min ago
Cheapskate exclusive! Smart design, secure fit, great sound -- what more could you want? Plus: stock up on scary movies with Vudu's KILLER $4.99 deal. (Come on, you liked it.)

Vivaldi 2.0 review: The modern Web browser does not have to be so bland

Ars Technica - 3 hours 30 min ago


The Web browser is likely the most important piece of software on your hardware, whatever that hardware may be. In fact, whenever a new bit of hardware arrives that somehow lacks a way to browse the Web, invariably one of the first things enthusiasts will do is figure out a way to run a browser on it.

Despite their ubiquity, though, there remains very little difference between common Web browsers. Most people seem to get by with whatever was installed by default, and no wonder. Modern browsers like Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera are largely indistinguishable both in appearance and features—why bother with one over the other?

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5G is coming, but not everyone is happy about it - CNET - News - 3 hours 36 min ago
Despite the promises of better wireless service, the prospect of more antennas on city streets is prompting one California neighborhood to fight Verizon and the FCC.

iPhone XR hands-on: Colorful phones make a great first impression - CNET - News - 4 hours 10 min ago
We take an early look at what sets the iPhone XR apart from the XS.

Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

The Register - 4 hours 20 min ago
Sightings of Asian stink bug in French capital spike

Oh, c'est mal, les punaises diaboliques sont arrivés à Paris! But before you pack the holy water if sojourning in the French capital this winter, you should know a clothes peg might be more suitable.…

We take the iPhone XS Max to Fleet Week - CNET - News - 4 hours 25 min ago
We wanted to find out how well Apple's new iPhone captures the color and detail of San Francisco's annual fest.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s space photos put your Insta feed to shame - CNET - News - 4 hours 39 min ago
After spending a year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly now has a pretty sweet photo album.

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