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A pair of security researchers dominated Pwn2Own, the annual high-profile hacking contest, taking home $375,000 in prizes including a Tesla Model 3 — their reward for successfully exposing a vulnerability in the electric vehicle's infotainment system. Tesla handed over its new Model 3 sedan to Pwn2Own this year, the first [...]
One year after a $38 million Series B valued on-demand aviation startup Blade at $140 million, the company has begun taxiing the Bay Area's elite. As part of a new pilot program, Blade has given 200 people in San Francisco and Silicon Valley exclusive access to its mobile app, allowing them [...]
A popular family tracking app was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks after the developer left a server exposed without a password. The app, Family Locator, built by Australia-based software house React Apps, allows families to track each other in real-time, such as spouses or parents [...]
From Extra Crunch We hope all of you enjoyed the conversation with Eric Peckham and Lucas Matney on GDC and game streaming. For those who couldn't join, a transcript should be coming shortly. Our enterprise reporter Ron Miller has a dive into how Salesforce became the model for enterprise SaaS companies, with [...]
In a recently published, roughly 75-page report, British non-profit organization The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (RSA) outlined several scenarios for how the UK labor market will be impacted by frontier technologies such as automation, AI, AVs and more. The analysis titled “The Four Futures of Work” was [...]
Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor 2019 US VC funds take a more boutique approach VCs aren't falling in love with dating startups Biotech venture funding has been on a tear for the past couple of years, and corporate investors in the space are doing their part to boost the totals. Here at Crunchbase, [...]
Apple popped out a new pair of AirPods this week. The design looks exactly like the old pair of AirPods. Which means I'm never going to use them because Apple's bulbous earbuds don't fit my ears. Think square peg, round hole. The only way I could rock AirPods would be [...]
Autonomous delivery startup Nuro is bursting with ideas since SoftBank invested nearly $1 billion in February, new filings reveal. A recent patent application details how its R1 self-driving vehicle could carry smaller robots to cross lawns or climb stairs to drop off packages. The company has even taken the step [...]
As I'm sure everyone reading this knows, female-founded businesses receive just over 2 percent of venture capital on an annual basis. Most of those checks are written to early-stage startups. It's extremely difficult for female founders to garner late-stage support, let alone cash $100 million checks. Maybe that's finally changing. This [...]
Tesla CEO Elon Musk argued Friday that his Twitter use did not violate a settlement agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that the agency's request to have him held in contempt is based on a “radical interpretation” of the order, according to court papers filed in [...]

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A research duo who hacked a Tesla were the big winners at the annual Pwn2Own white hat security contest, reports ZDNet. "The duo earned $375,000 in prize money, of the total of $545,000 awarded during the whole three-day competition... They also get to keep the car." Team Fluoroacetate -- made up [...]
In what may be his final year of technology predictions, columnist Robert X. Cringely argues "I can't say that we're going to see anything beyond more beta tests of self-driving cars in 2019... We simply aren't ready and probably won't be for years to come...." "The problem isn't with the [...]
Long-time Slashdot reader memnock quotes Nature: In the next month or so, orange trees across Florida will erupt in white blossoms, signalling the start of another citrus season. But this year, something different will be blowing in the winds. Farmers are preparing to spray their trees with hundreds of thousands of [...]
Google's Play Store made a bad mistake on Tuesday, long-time Slashdot reader sombragris writes: KDE Connect, a project designed to enable seamless communcation and control between a desktop computer and a mobile phone, was suddenly removed from Android's Google Play store. According to a Twitter thread by Albert Vaca, KDE [...]
This weekend's annual LibrePlanet conference, hosted by the Free Software Foundation, prompted a new essay about "install fests" from Richard Stallman: Install fests invite users to bring their computers so that experts can install GNU/Linux on them... The problem is that most computers can't run with a completely free GNU/Linux distro. [...]
Esther Schindler (Slashdot reader #16,185) shared this story from Hewlett Packard's Enterprise blog: Storage is a staple of both science and science fiction, and forms the basis, or a crucial component, of many a piece of speculative fiction... [H]ere are eight past visions of the storage future that either passed their [...]
Several major ISPs in Australia temporarily blocked access to 8chan, along with "dozens" of web sites that hosted video of last week's mass shooting in Christchurch New Zealand, Ars Technica reports -- noting that the ISPs acted on their own in response to "community expectations." Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal [...]
New York magazine's Intelligencer remembers last month's crash of a Boeing 767 carrying cargo for Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service -- and shares a new theory that its cause wasn't a suicidal pilot or an autopilot malfunction: In online pilot discussion forums, a third idea has been gaining adherents: that [...]
"The fight against robocalls can even bring telecom rivals together," reports USA Today: AT&T and Comcast said Wednesday that they can authenticate calls made between the two different phone providers' networks, a potential industry first and the latest in the long-running battle against spam calls... The system, which uses a method [...]
"More than 3 million people have signed a petition to cancel Brexit on the U.K. government's official petitions website -- so many that the website crashed multiple times," reports Time: The petition had received some 600,000 signatures at a rate of 1,500 every 60 seconds before the site crashed at about [...]

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Shazam! takes place in the same universe as other films adapted from DC Comics, but writer Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo) and director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) seem determined to turn that universe upside down. Or at least, they want to blow a raspberry at the glum-and-glummer world established [...]
Like something out of Rushmore or Bob's Burgers, a group of highly-motivated students and teachers in New Jersey staged an elaborate play based on Ridley Scott's classic science fiction film Alien earlier this week as spotted by The AV Club. It's not your typical high school spring play. North Bergen [...]
Last week, Netflix released its 18-episode animated anthology Love, Death + Robots, a decidedly NSFW series that adapted a number of short stories from well-known science fiction authors. It's clear from watching the series that there's a nearly endless supply of source material out there for another season, if Netflix [...]
On Monday, Apple is supposed to unveil its take on a movie and TV streaming service. It's not clear if it'll be a full-on Netflix competitor, or if it'll basically be a digital take on the cable bundle with some bonus Apple-made original content thrown in. But either way, we're [...]
Huawei and Samsung recently introduced a helpful feature in some of their latest phones — the ability charge other devices wirelessly off of the new phones, allowing you to share a bit of your battery life in a pinch. Japanese blog Macotakara (via 9to5Mac) reports that Apple's next iPhone might [...]
Several of the week's best deals have been happening for the past few days, but they're worth highlighting again. The new iMac with a Retina 4K display is $200 off during the preorder phase at B&H Photo. This model features an 8th Gen Intel Core i3 processor, AMD Radeon Pro 555X [...]
Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chromium. The software maker has been testing versions of this browser internally at Microsoft, and now The Verge has secured an exclusive first look at the early work thanks to source who wishes to remain anonymous. While the previously leaked screenshots made Edge [...]
Apple has been trying to do something big with TV for more than a decade, dating all the way back to when it first previewed the “iTV” streaming box in 2006. Years later, Apple is still trying to break into the TV industry with its biggest push yet: a streaming [...]
Apple is expected to announce new services in TV, news, and finance (with a rumored credit card linked to Goldman Sachs) at its March 25th event. But there's a chance we might also get a look at the company's iOS game subscription service come Monday, as well. Bloomberg is reporting [...]
Until it fell victim to the Flexgate calamity, my MacBook Pro had been spending the past few months comfortably ensconced in a stick-on Toast leather cover. I've always been a fan of phones with leather backs, so when the opportunity arose to have the same on my laptop, it just [...]

 

BBC TECH NEWS 

Software designed to prevent cyber-attacks had a bug that could have let hackers get at machines. [...]
The self-driving shuttle will be available to workers at a large site in Brooklyn. [...]
Questions have been asked about whether all the 3m signatures on the petition are genuine. [...]
Facebook says concerns raised about data-scraping were not related to the previously reported scandal. [...]
BBC Click's Omar Mehtab looks at some of the best tech news stories of the week. [...]
The firm's public stock offering is expected in the coming months and may be one of the biggest in 2019. [...]
New technologies are helping track the provenance of food throughout the supply chain. [...]
Developers working for Facebook logged the passwords in plain text as they wrote code for the site. [...]
The gang behind the net TV services offered access to hundreds of channels in 30 countries. [...]
The boss of mobile operator Three said he was confident the Chinese firm was not a threat to customers. [...]

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