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NASA Announces Finalists in Competition to Build Shelters On Mars

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced on Thursday the three final teams who will compete for the privilege of completing a project tasking them with building shelters that will make life habitable on Mars and the moon. NASA, on Thursday, named the top three finalists in its 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, CNN reported Monday. Three teams were selected out of ...

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Mark Zuckerberg Takes Another Crack At Making Facebook A Hub For News

Facebook is considering jumping into news curation, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday night in a video posted on the company’s platform. Such a service would be fused into Facebook’s platform and would rely on third-party publishers to provide the content,  Zuckerberg told Mathias Döpfner, CEO of German publisher Axel Springer. Facebook significantly altered its newsfeed in 2018 to downplay the ...

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Twitter Temporarily Suspended ‘Unplanned’ Movie Account On Opening Weekend

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‘Unplanned’ opened in theaters on Friday, but Twitter temporarily suspended the ‘Unplanned’ twitter account on Saturday causing pro-lifers to rally against censorship. The twitter account was suspended without explanation Saturday morning and then reinstated later in the day. The suspension came during the movie’s opening weekend. The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Twitter for comment and was told ...

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HUD Is Also Probing Twitter And Google For Housing Discrimination Practices

Federal officials alerted Twitter and Google in 2018 that they are peering into the tech giants’ business practices for possible housing discrimination, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources. Reports about the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to alert the two Silicon Valley companies comes hours after officials charged Facebook with housing discrimination. Facebook’s targeting tools enable ...

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Twitter Might Have A Plan for How To Handle Trump Tweets They Dislike Without Deleting Them

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A top Twitter executive announced Wednesday that Twitter is pondering adding explanatory notes to hateful rhetoric in what might be an effort to censor Trump tweets without openly banning them. Vijaya Gadde, the head of Twitter’s legal, policy, and trust and safety, announced on stage at the Technology 202 Live, a Washington Post Live forum in San Francisco, that Twitter ...

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Google, Amazon And Other Corporate Giants Target Texas Religious Protection Bills

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Google, Amazon, IBM and Texas businesses banded together to oppose several Texas bills offering religious exemptions to businesses and state license holders. The group of businesses, along with several local Texas chambers of commerce, sent a letter to the Texas state legislature Wednesday declaring that they will oppose any legislation that affords protections to business owners who refuse service to ...

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What Would It Mean for AI to Become Conscious?

As artificial intelligence systems take on more tasks and solve more problems, it’s hard to say which is rising faster: our interest in them or our fear of them. Futurist Ray Kurzweil famously predicted that “By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people.” We don’t know how accurate this prediction will turn out to be. Even ...

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Insurance Companies Could Start Tracking Social Media Accounts To Determine Premiums

“Fox & Friends” contributor Kurt Knutsson said insurance companies will likely start looking at social media accounts to determine premiums for their customers. “There’s very little of anything that’s stopping insurance company representatives from scouring through history of all of our online posts,” Knutsson said Friday. “A warning this morning to really pay attention to what’s on there from, well ...

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Are ‘Rogue’ Agents At Facebook Responsible For A Security Lapse Exposing User Passwords?

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Tech analysts are scrutinizing Facebook after recent reports reveal the social media company left millions of passwords open to staff members. Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices, analysts say after the company confirmed that millions of passwords readily available to staff. Basic security practices require organizations and website hold sensitive information in a scrambled form that makes it virtually impossible to ...

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Instagram To Block Anti-Vaccine Ads By Labeling Them Misinformation

Instagram To Block Anti-Vaccine Ads By Labeling Them Misinformation Mary Margaret Olohan on March 22, 2019 Instagram announced Thursday a mission to block all anti-vaccine hash tags and ads by labeling them “misinformation.” Facebook (also the owner of Instagram) announced March 7 that due to complaints from users who had seen large amounts of anti-vaccine content, they would be taking ...

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SETI Is Making a New ‘Mixtape for Aliens’, and You Can Contribute

For centuries, people have looked up at the sky and wondered whether we’re alone in the universe. Science fiction and popular media have imagined various ways humans might encounter and communicate with life from other parts of the galaxy. When the Voyager spacecrafts were launched in 1977, they carried copies of the Golden Record, a compilation of sounds and images ...

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EU Regulators Take Aim At Google Over Silicon Valley Giant’s Business Model

European Union regulators fined Google a hefty $1.7 billion Wednesday on the basis that the Silicon Valley giant violated various anti-trust laws, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Google engaged in “illegal practices” in a bid to “cement its dominant market position” in advertising markets, Margrethe Vestager, EU’s top competition commissioner, said in a press statement announcing the penalty. Additional criticisms ...

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The story of Snowball Earth

By Laura Poppick, Knowable Magazine The Earth has endured many changes in its 4.5-billion-year history, with some tumultuous twists and turns along the way. One especially dramatic episode appears to have come between 700 million and 600 million years ago, when scientists think ice smothered the entire planet, from the poles to the equator — twice in quick succession. Drawing ...

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Facebook Reveals How New Zealand Shooter’s Livestream Video Went Viral

The New Zealand’s shooter’s video flew across the platform in record time despite receiving fewer than 200 total views during the live broadcast, Facebook noted in a blog post Monday night. “Before we were alerted … a user on [troll site] 8-chan posted a link to a copy of the video on a file-sharing site,” Facebook stated in the post. ...

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