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Tesla and SpaceX just scrubbed their Facebook pages

Ars Technica - March 23, 2018 - 7:56pm

Enlarge / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (credit: Mark Brake/Getty Images)

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has deleted the companies’ Facebook pages in response to the ongoing Cambridge Analytica brouhaha, joining some now-former Facebook users in their protest of the social media giant’s corporate behavior.

The move comes a week after revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a British data firm that contracted with the Donald Trump presidential campaign, retained private data from 50 million Facebook users despite claiming to have deleted it.

(credit: Cyrus Farivar)

New reporting on Cambridge Analytica has spurred massive public outcry from users and politicians, with even CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling it a "breach of trust." At least two lawsuits have been filed as a result.

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Sliced-ketchup Kickstarter takes the chaos out of condiments - CNET - News - March 23, 2018 - 7:56pm
Never again suffer the anguish of watery, messy ketchup from a bottle. Slice of Sauce ketchup slices on Kickstarter are here to save you.

JBL Link 300 review - CNET - Reviews - March 23, 2018 - 7:48pm
The Link 300 delivers impressive performance for a Wi-Fi, voice-enabled speaker with Google Assistant.

Lynk & Co teases 02 crossover before March 26 debut - Roadshow - News - March 23, 2018 - 7:47pm
It doesn't look much different from the 01 that debuted last year.

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

The Register - March 23, 2018 - 7:41pm
Hark, dear reader, the echoes of Enron

Comment I've a special reason to remember Enron and the summers of 2000 and 2001. The mighty Enron was being lauded as a pioneer and an innovator. It was a Wall Street darling. IBM and AOL jumped into bed with Enron to create a new retail energy provider. The sun shone, and Californians had plenty of energy capacity.…

Chrome 66 will try to block unwanted noisy autoplaying video

Ars Technica - March 23, 2018 - 7:40pm

Google is continuing to work to crack down on autoplaying video around the Web. On the one hand, having a new tab unexpectedly start squawking and making a racket is tremendously annoying. But on the other hand, we visit sites like YouTube explicitly to watch video and probably want those videos to play as soon as the page loads. Chrome 66, due for release in mid-April, will include a new heuristic system that will attempt to block noisy autoplaying video when it's unwanted while still permitting it on sites like YouTube and Netflix where the video is the entire purpose of the site.


Under the new policy, Google is defining four classes of video that will be allowed to autoplay. The first three categories are fairly straightforward. Silent videos with no audio content at all will always be allowed to autoplay. If a user interacts with a site (an action that includes tapping or clicking on a site, not merely scrolling on it), the site will be able to autoplay video during that browser session. Sites that are pinned to the Android home screen are also allowed to autoplay.

The fourth category is more complex. In the desktop browser, sites that are frequently used for media playback will be allowed to autoplay video, provided that the video meets certain criteria. Chrome will track each visit to such sites and make a record of interaction to play the video. To qualify for autoplaying, a user must have made at least five visits to a site and must have elected to play "significant" video on the site on at least 70 percent of those visits. If over time the number of video playbacks drops to below 50 percent, autoplay will be disabled on the site. Video is only deemed to be "significant" if it's larger than 200×140, has an audio track, isn't muted, and is on a visible tab.

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MoviePass: See all the movies you want for under $7 a month - CNET - News - March 23, 2018 - 7:38pm
The "Netflix of movie theaters" wants to lure in new subscribers.

Apple hid an iPhone X bug on YouTube, and people noticed - CNET - News - March 23, 2018 - 7:20pm
An iOS 11 bug that was there one day is gone another.

Blind cavefish seem to ignore insulin without health consequences

Ars Technica - March 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Enlarge (credit: Zachary Zakibe)

The Mexican tetra comes in different flavors. In normal river habitats, it’s a small, standard-looking, silvery fish. But some groups within the species have made their home in dark, food-scarce caves. Evolution has quickly rid these groups of their resource-hungry eyes and turned them into pinkish, chubby, blind cavefish—with a bunch of metabolic changes that help them survive in the extreme environment.

A paper in Nature this week reports that the cavefish are resistant to insulin, a condition that can cause damage on its own and is often a precursor to diabetes. But the fish somehow don’t suffer the same kinds of tissue damage that humans do when we have insulin resistance. The authors of the paper, led by Harvard geneticist Misty Riddle, report on how they tried to get to the bottom of the genetic mutations that contribute to this metabolic mystery. Their results show just how much variety exists in how different species respond to insulin—and that studying these fish more could help our understanding of diabetes.

High blood sugar

After you eat something, your blood sugar rises, and your pancreas releases insulin to deal with the increase. The insulin binds to specialized receptors, found on the surfaces of muscle, fat, and liver cells, telling them to absorb glucose from the blood. In between meals when blood glucose levels drop, a different hormone (glucagon) prompts the liver to release its stored glucose back into the blood.

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Uber sensor supplier says its tech isn't to blame in fatal Arizona crash - Roadshow - News - March 23, 2018 - 6:56pm
Velodyne, one of Uber's main self-driving sensor suppliers, denies that its lidar technology had anything to do with this week's fatal crash.

Tumblr Names Russian Propaganda Accounts After Long Silence

Wired - March 23, 2018 - 6:51pm
On Friday, after months of silence, Tumblr named 84 accounts it says were devoted to spreading propaganda and disinformation on the platform.

Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX from Facebook

BBC Technology News - March 23, 2018 - 6:20pm
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has the official Facebook pages for his Tesla and SpaceX companies deleted.

Sonos temporarily halts advertising on Facebook, Google - CNET - News - March 23, 2018 - 6:19pm
In a small protest over whether Silicon Valley is doing enough to safeguard customers' privacy, the audio company is briefly cutting off advertising to several digital tech platforms.

What happened to the dual-clutch transmission? - Roadshow - News - March 23, 2018 - 6:09pm
Did this automatic manual gearbox miss the mark or change the industry?

Good news: The only thing standing between NASA and $20bn is...

The Register - March 23, 2018 - 6:07pm
Oh. US President Donald Trump's signature. And he's threatening a veto

Updated US Congress has approved a $1.3tr budget [PDF] that would see, among other science boosts, NASA's funding surpass $20bn.…

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