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Goshen has a small stack of papers sitting on a table beside him, should he need to consult any notes. He never actually looks over, however. After months of behind the scenes meetings, he's got the company's new line down, pat. His voice rarely raises above a whisper during our [...]
Anyone who thinks paper books are dead has never been in a Barcelona bookshop the day before Sant Jordi. The Patron Saint festival is Catalunya's equivalent of Valentine's day. But as well as giving long-stemmed red roses people give books. Lots and lots of books. Some €20 million worth of [...]
Farmdrop, a farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has raised £7 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Atomico, the London VC fund founded by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström. Read More [...]
Gillmor Gang Artcard
The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 21, 2017. Big Media meets the Big Algorithm as we reach subscription saturation. B=V/T: Self-service Bundling based on Value prioritized by Trust erases the distinction between short and long form. + G3: Denise [...]
Manchester Watch Works aka MWW makes small batch watches that are sometimes homages to historic timepieces and are sometimes entirely new design. This model, the Iconik 3 – the third in the Iconik line – is based on the Blancpain TR-900, a military spec diver's watch used by navies worldwide [...]
Twitter has evolved dramatically since its founding. What the founders fully envisioned we cannot know. Nonetheless, there is one thing we do know: Many business entities have millions of followers and communicate with these followers using Twitter. This is free advertising, no ifs, ands or buts. So, here's a proposal [...]
When Bill Gates recently suggested robots should pay income tax like any other employee, I didn't immediately disagree. I applaud Gates' bold thinking to help solve one of society's biggest upcoming challenges: embracing automation in a way that “lifts all boats” instead of leaving large swaths of society behind. A [...]
A company called “Hailo Technologies, LLC”, has sued both Uber and Lyft over alleged infringement of U.S. patent 5,973,619, which describes an “automated vehicle dispatch and payment honoring system.” The patent, filed by Alexis Paredes in 1997 and granted in 1999, describes a software system that allows a user to [...]
The creator of the PowerEgg, an ovoid flying robot, has begun accepting orders for its newest creation, a submersible camera drone for home use. Dubbed the PowerRay, the waterproof device can find, attract and record fish. It operates at a depth of 30 meters, or about 98 feet, for up [...]
Apple has developed a testing procedure for drivers who would act as failsafe controls during autonomous vehicle testing, documents discovered by Business Insider via a public records request show. The documents detail the testing procedure that Apple has created in order to comply with the California Department of Motor Vehicle's [...]

SLASHDOT

wisebabo quotes Science Daily: Until now, researchers had not had a good way to study how people actually experienced what is called "epiphany learning." In new research, scientists at The Ohio State University used eye-tracking and pupil dilation technology to see what happens as people figured out how to win a [...]
An anonymous reader quotes CBS: CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools [...]
This question was inspired by news that Stanford's computer science professor Eric Roberts will try JavaScript instead of Java in a new version of the college's introductory computer programming course. The Stanford Daily reports: When Roberts came to Stanford in 1990, CS106A was still taught in Pascal, a programming language he [...]
Archive.org argues robots.txt files are geared toward search engines, and now plans instead to represent the web "as it really was, and is, from a user's perspective." We have also seen an upsurge of the use of robots.txt files to remove entire domains from search engines when they transition from a [...]
An anonymous reader quotes Liliputing: System76 is one of only a handful of PC vendors that exclusively sells computers with Linux-based software. Up until now, that's meant the company has chosen hardware that it could guarantee would work well with custom firmware and the Ubuntu Linux operating system... Starting in 2018 [...]
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is still encouraging businesses to rent their Office software, according to TechRadar. "In a bid to further persuade users of the standalone versions of Office to shift over to a cloud subscription (Office 365), Microsoft has announced that those who made a one-off purchase of an [...]
MIT Technology Review reports: David Mitchell, a lanky, soft-spoken atmospheric physicist, believes frigid clouds in the upper troposphere may offer one of our best fallback plans for combating climate change... Fleets of large drones would crisscross the upper latitudes of the globe during winter months, sprinkling the skies with tons of [...]
Long-time reader Esther Schindler writes: Innovation occurs outside the Bay Area, New York, Boston, and Austin. So why is it so hard for a startup to get attention and acquire venture capital? Steve Case and Kara Swisher discussed this never-ending-topic recently, such as the fact 78% of U.S. venture capital last [...]
"We have decided to close down our email business," Verizon has announced -- in a move which affects 4.5 million accounts. Slashdot reader tomservo84 writes: Strangely enough, I didn't find out about this from Verizon, itself, but SiriusXM, who sent me an email saying that since I have a Verizon.net email [...]
Slashdot user #1083, downwa, writes: Canonical engineer Simon Fels has publicly released an Alpha version of Anbox. Similar to the method employed for Android apps on ChromeOS, Anbox runs an entire Android system (7.1.1 at present) in an LXC container. Developed over the last year and a half, the software promises [...]

TheVerge

The car industry is in a delirious moment of change. Industry experts say more changes will happened in the next five years than have happened in the last fifty. As self-driving technology and ride-hailing companies circle, change is not only part of the pursuit of profit, but a [...]
In recent years, the reputation of horror author H.P. Lovecraft has come under fire. On one hand, he's responsible for an entire branch of cosmic horror that remains extraordinarily influential with writers and filmmakers today. On the other hand, he was emphatically, vocally racist and anti-Semitic, which has given some [...]
Scientists aren't usually known for taking to the streets, but that's just what they did in New York yesterday as part of the March for Science. It was one of more than 600 rallies yesterday for scientists and their supporters. Donald Trump has threatened many federal agencies that fund scientific [...]
Birds look mean, you can't pet them, and they shit on you. Maybe I loathe them because I've lived in cities my whole life, and my few interactions with birds consist of the following: pigeons (aka rats with wings) clogging the pavement and flying in your face seagulls pooping on my head [...]
Great Britain has gone an entire day without using electricity produced from coal for the first time since the industrial revolution says National Grid, the country's energy utility. The country has gone without coal-produced power numerous times before, but never for an entire day. Instead, the country used power produced from [...]
Just inside the entrance to the Washington Monument, a handful of people hold black and white signs bearing the words ADA assistance. As one one man walks by, he briefly pauses to consider their message. “Americans with Disabilities Act, or Ada Lovelace?” he says. “She was a great mathematician.” It's [...]
Deadpool 2 will officially be a summer blockbuster. The Hollywood Reporter reports that 20th Century Fox has scheduled the David Leitch film for June 1st, 2018. It's also announced release dates for two other X-Men universe films: New Mutants will hit theaters on April 13th, while X-Men: Dark Phoenix is [...]
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is starting to arrive in customers' hands, we're also starting to see tons of durability tests and teardown videos on YouTube. Some viewers might notice from a few videos that there is a peculiar icon on the Galaxy S8 battery that depicts a dog [...]
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are gorgeous phones, so it's a shame that you're probably going to want to use a case to keep your expensive device intact. Imagine that massive display with a crack, though. I scoured the internet today in an effort to find the [...]
Neil Young's high-fidelity audio project Pono is undergoing a new change. In a post to Pono's Community site, the singer informed users that after the company shut down its music store last summer, it will become a high-quality streaming audio service. The new service will be called Xstream, and comes [...]

 

BBC TECH NEWS 

The mobile phone company says some customers were unable to send texts or make calls on Saturday. [...]
The order comes after an investigation into the sharing of images of female marines on Facebook. [...]
The veteran hardware maker worked on the Eniac machine and helped Alan Turing build a computer. [...]
Charity urges caution after a ruling in Italy about mobile phone use and brain tumour growth. [...]
Newsbeat gets an exclusive demonstration of a new app that uses facial recognition technology, to allow people to register for elections and cast a vote. [...]
Hacker Jake Davis says he was motivated by the idea of the internet as a 'Utopian space' [...]
President Paul Biya's order comes three months after the internet was cut off in Anglophone regions. [...]
Juicero ridiculed after it emerges sachets of ingredients can be squeezed just as easily by hand. [...]
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories. [...]
Easy to use hacking tools make it easy for teenagers to get started in cyber-crime, finds a report. [...]

LIFEHACKER

Photo by Michigan Municipal League.If you're looking to start a small business this year, you might want to know where in the U.S. you'll have a better shot at keeping it running. These small cities are the best spots to build from the ground up.A new report from the financial [...]
I used to have a problem; my attention was skipping from notifications to notifications, apps to apps, sometimes to a quick check to see the number of likes my last Instagram post received. It didn't stop there as my phone kept buzzing with Vodafone's message about new plans or Dunkin [...]
When was the last time you got a 'thank you' or 'appreciation' email from your boss? Well, you wouldn't remember and would go searching for it among thousand other mails. From now on, save such mails to a "happy folder". And, whenever you are having a stressful day at work, [...]
Photo by AminaResheidat.Video games keep getting more complex and visually appealing, so it's no wonder more people are drawn to them nowadays. But this new era of compelling digital entertainment could have a dark side for unemployed young men.It might sound like something an old man shouts from his rocking [...]
If you are someone who panics over going for an interview even though you know you are well-qualified for the role, here is an interesting hack. This will help you crack any interview with ease. Carry a cheat sheet for interview. Write down some additional information about you or how [...]
Two years ago Jeremiah Dillon, Head of Product Marketing at Google wrote an email to his team explaining a simple challenge in time management. The response was surprising, as the email went viral leading Google Apps team to produce a video on their Youtube channel. Here is the important time [...]
Photo by Caleb Roenigk Goals are easy to set but hard to reach, and maintaining your motivation is everything (which is why focusing on a system is so much better than focusing on the goal itself). A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology sheds some light on [...]
Various studies on productivity suggest that Monday is the most unproductive day of the week. Almost 50 per cent of the employees take double the time it usually takes to complete any task on Monday. It is not only because every Monday morning you waste time trying to battle blues, [...]
Image by blupics.As a freelancer, one of the hardest things to do is to tell potential clients what you're about and why they should hire you, a.k.a. your elevator pitch. It's not just about what's in your spiel, but it's also about the why that can really make people care.Knowing [...]
The spaces we live in, work at and interact in, influences how we behave and who we will become. Whether it is your classroom, office or home, the workspace influences your productivity and psychological well-being. It is often said that what's happening around you is just as important as what's [...]