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An Intern At Apple Stole And Then Leaked Critical iPhone Source Code, Says Report

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  by Eric Lieberman A former intern at Apple reportedly leaked a portion of source code for iOS, the proprietary iPhone operating system. Reports of the stolen data first surfaced earlier this week after the exclusive computing language was found online on GitHub, a web-based hosting service where anyone can post computer code for communal use. But now the culprit ...

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Facebook Is Experimenting With A ‘Downvote’ Button

  by Eric Lieberman Facebook is testing a new feature in which users can “downvote” certain comments made on posts, thus triaging the ones communally deemed most worthy of more public attention. The experiment, one of many for the social media company turned tech conglomerate, was spotted and publicized by multiple Twitter users, including tech writer Taylor Lorenz. A quick video of what the ...

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Watch: Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is in outer space

Star Man Tesla Roadster above Earth

update: SpaceX has shut down the live stream likely due to reception issues as the Tesla continues on its journey away from Earth. The 4.5-hour video captured during the live stream is included below. Elon Musk’s private space transportation company, SpaceX, successfully launched their first Falcon Heavy rocket with a payload entirely made up of Mr.Musk’s midnight-red Tesla Roadster and ...

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Watch: Elon Musk sends his car to Mars … sort of

Falcon Heavy launch of Tesla Roadster to Mars

Video of the launch and current live stream available at the bottom of the post SpaceX has scheduled the first Falcon Heavy launch for Tuesday the goal of which is to put CEO Elon Musk‘s midnight-cherry red Tesla Roadster in an orbit going between Earth and Mars repeatedly. The Falcon Heavy launch would place the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, meaning that ...

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eSports Athletes Won Over $2.7 Million in 2017

Grossing over $2.7 million in total prizes, the top 10 mobile video game player rankings were dominated by women who accounted for 70% of the list. The top mobile athlete claimed tournament prizes totaling over $420,000 in 2017, placing her in the top 25 highest-earning eSports athletes in the world, according to eSportsEarnings.com. Top Skillz Competitors of 2017 Ranking Username State Prizes Won 1 yutourmaline ...

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Watch: SpaceX Launch of GovSat-1/SES-16 on 1-31-18

SpaceX SES-10 Falcon 9 used booster launch 3-30-17

SpaceX is targeting Wednesday afternoon for a Falcon 9 launch of the GovSat-1 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Elon Musk’s successful private space launch company expects to launch during a 2-hour and 31-minute window beginning at 4:25 p.m. EST. The payload will be delivered to a transfer orbit ...

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Is Elon Musk Now Selling $600 Flamethrowers?

  by Chris White Tech guru Elon Musk promised last December that his newest company would develop a flamethrower, and now it looks like this might be one promise he’ll follow through on. Reddit users on several Musk-related subreddits noticed earlier this month that the URL “boringcompany.com/flamethrower” began redirecting to a page with singular password box. One user managed to guess the original ...

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Report: Twitter COO Resigns

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  by Eric Lieberman Twitter COO Anthony Noto is resigning from his post at the social media company and heading to the helm of a growing personal finance company. After a career on Wall Street, Noto joined Twitter as CFO in 2014, then took over as head of operations in 2016, according to Bloomberg, which was the first to report the move. ...

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Latest victim of the #SchumerShutdown : SpaceX

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

Private space launch company SpaceX is the latest victim of the Democrat-led government shutdown. Elon Musk’s rocket company had planned to launch the Falcon Heavy rocket by the end of January and had rescheduled a test for today in preparation for the launch, but the furlough of government workers has caused the test to be canceled. “This shutdown impacts SpaceX’s ...

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Facebook Admits Social Media May Be Bad For Democracy

  by Eric Lieberman A top Facebook executive admitted Monday that the social media platform may have a harmful effect on democracy, an apparently dire concern of the company. There have been many moments in the past where it appeared like social media helped cultivate democratic principles and institutions, however, more recent events changed Facebook’s perception. “From the Arab Spring ...

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Engine Test Delayed – Update: Tuesday?

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

Update: Tuesday’s static fire test was canceled, but more wet dress rehearsals, where the rocket is loaded with fuel but the engines are not lit, are expected. The static fire test was rescheduled to Wednesday, then Thursday then Friday when it was pushed off to Saturday due to a rescheduled ULA rocket launch. The government shutdown canceled Monday’s test. The ...

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Amazon Narrows Its Second Headquarters Search To 20 Cities

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  by Eric Lieberman Amazon has whittled down its search for a city to be home of its next massive headquarters, known as HQ2. “Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host HQ2,” a press release published Thursday reads. Now, there are only “20 metropolitan areas” still in consideration: – Atlanta, GA – Austin, TX – Boston, MA – Chicago, IL ...

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Watch: Twitter ‘direct messages’ aren’t as private as you thought

Internet Privacy

Twitter employees admitted to shadow banning Conservative viewpoints in a video that aired last week and this week they let it be known that nothing posted on Twitter, even direct messages (DM’s), is private. “Everything you send is stored on my [Twitter’s] server… So all your sex messages and you, like, d*ck pics are on my server now,” Twitter Direct ...

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Watch: Ultra Gaming on a $200 PC with GeForce NOW

High end gaming on a cheap laptop

Overclock Media’s Austin Evans takes another look at NVIDIA’s streaming technology that allows slower, older desktops and laptops to play games otherwise only possible on high-end machines. Austin demonstrates the difference by playing several modern video games on budget laptops using their internal graphics chips then by using the GeForce cloud service – the results are amazing. Evans had previously ...

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Watch: SpaceX to Launch secret ‘Zuma’ mission tonight

spacex falcon 9 on pad

SpaceX is targeting launch of the Zuma spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The two-hour primary launch window opens at 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 7, or 1:00 UTC on Monday, January 8. A backup two-hour launch window opens at 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 8, or 1:00 UTC on ...

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