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Palantir’s God’s-Eye View of Afghanistan | WIRED

This is an excerpt from the book First Platoon, by Annie Jacobsen, about the US Defense Departments quest to build the most powerful biometrics database in the world: a system that can tag, track, and locate suspected terrorists in a war zone.
Y Combinator is hiring a product engineer to help more YC companies hire | Hacker News

We've had some success with Work at a Startup, and we're now looking to hire a second engineer to build more features, scale the product and help more people find jobs at YC startups.
Welder — Record high-quality content remotely

Start the call hit record get high-quality locally recorded video from each participant. In browser.
Stepping up for a truly open source Elasticsearch | AWS Open Source Blog

Last week, Elastic announced they will change their software licensing strategy, and will not release new versions of Elasticsearch and Kibana under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (ALv2).
leah blogs: Remembering the work of David M. Tilbrook and the QED editor

Last week, I learned that David M. Tilbrook has died, which made me sad. Idid not know him personally and cannot say much about his life, but Istudied his publications and software ideas a lot, and consider them interesting, especially from a histo...
Have We Already Been Visited by Aliens? | The New Yorker

An eminent astrophysicistargues that signs of intelligentextraterrestriallife have appeared in our skies. Whats the evidence for his extraordinary claim?
The pandemic is speeding up the mass disappearance of men in college

While enrollment in higher education overall fell 2.5 percent in the fall, or by more than 461,000 students compared to the fall of 2019, the decline among men was more than seven times as steep as the decline among women,
Treasury nominee Yellen is looking to curtail use of cryptocurrency | Ars Technica

Cryptocurrencies could come under renewed regulatory scrutiny over the next four years if Janet Yellen, Joe Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Department, gets her way.
Why cats are crazy for catnip | Science | AAAS

Now, a study suggests the key intoxicating chemicals in the plants activate cats opioid systems much like heroin and morphine do in people.
Why Do We Assume Extraterrestrials Might Want to Visit Us? - Scientific American

It is presumptuous to assume that we are worthy of special attention from advanced species in the Milky Way.
The mathematical case against blaming people for their misfortune | Psyche Ideas

Rather, insights from complexity science specifically, computational complexity theory show mathematically that there are hard limits on our capacity to make accurate and precise calculations of risk.
A 19th-Century Vision of the Year 2000 – The Public Domain Review

Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the then distant year of 2000.
JS Online: JS Online

The genius who built a multimillion-dollar software company known worldwide for its pioneering
I wasted $40k on a fantastic startup idea - TJCX

On July 2, 2018, GlacierMD powered the world's largest depression meta-analysis, using data from 846 trials, beating Cipriani's previous record of 522.
How to leave Google and why — Michal Jach.

You should already know how big tech companies like Google or Facebook are using your private data to make revenue from targeted ads (and sometimes maybe sell it under the hood without your knowledge).
Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law | Reuters

Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.
How Blocking Trump Puts the Future of the Internet at Risk — The Information

Most people who discuss internet policy like to draw a distinction between what they see as good control and regulation of public spaces compared with the freedoms that should exist in private spaces. But as I have written for many years, this is a f...
WhatsApp delays privacy changes following backlash | News | DW | 15.01.2021

Facebook-owned WhatsApp said they would delay the rollout of a change to its data sharing practice and work to
(476) How Amazon manipulates customers to stay subscribed - YouTube

It should be as easy to end a subscription as it was to subscribe in the first place. Unfortunately consumers who want to leave Amazon Prime are faced with a large number of hurdles
Why Your To-Do List Never Ends - The Atlantic

But two developments that are making a substantial group of Americans busier, Sayer explained, are that a larger share of the country now takes on the combined social roles of worker, spouse, and parent
The Classic Movies

Traveler, pull up a stool. Youve grown weary. However, you have discovered a top secret archive containing a very elite collection of ridiculously awesome classic movies for your own merriment. Please proceed onward and enjoy!
Facebook will pay more than $300 each to 1.6M Illinois users in settlement | Ars Technica

Millions of Facebook users in Illinois will be receiving about $340 each as Facebook settles a case alleging it broke state law when it collected facial recognition data on users without their consent.
Google tries to allay Fitbit-deal privacy fears - BBC News

Google has big ambitions in fitness and healthcare but has also faced controversy.
Samsung will gradually remove chargers and earbuds from future phones - The Verge

Maybe Samsung wants to keep the charger around in cheaper phones so people who arent tech enthusiasts will have a higher likelihood of buying them, or maybe it doesnt want to upset the people who buy its $2,000 phones.
Microsoft to fix Windows 10 bug that can easily corrupt a hard drive - The Verge

All a Windows 10 user needs to do is extract the ZIP file or simply look at a folder that contains a malicious shortcut and it will automatically trigger hard drive corruption.
2021 MacBook Pro will ditch the Touch Bar and bring back MagSafe, say reports - The Verge

The new MacBook Pro is said to have squared-off sides like the iPad Pro and the iPhone 12; the current laptop already has sharp edges, but it sounds like the top and bottom panels are going to be flatter than before as well
This tiny shortcut can completely crash your Windows 10 device | TechRadar

A zero-day exploit has been discovered that can crash your Windows 10 device and, even more worrying, can be delivered inside a seemingly harmless shortcut file.
Federal appeals court rejects proposed supervised drug-injection site - JURIST - News - Legal News & Commentary

The appeals court cited the Controlled Substance Act and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act to establish that the proposed site violates federal law. It is illegal to create an establishment for the purpose of drug use.
DOJ: Visa, Plaid abandon planned $5.3 billion merger - JURIST - News - Legal News & Commentary

Visa, a multinational financial services corporation, facilitates electronic fund transfers. In 2019 Visas revenues were about $23 billion.Plaid is a financial services company that builds a data transfer network powering digital finance products.
MicroLED vs OLED: the battle of the high-end display tech | TechRadar

A microLED display, barring outside forces, will stay at its peak brightness with no natural degradation.
Airbnb canceling and blocking DC reservations during inauguration week

Guests who had reserved a place will be refunded in full, Airbnb said. It will also reimburse the hosts with the money that would have been earned from the canceled reservations. HotelTonight reservations will also be canceled
Scoop: Snapchat will permanently ban Trump\'s account - Axios

What's happening: Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trumps Snapchat account, and have been assessing what long term action is in the best interest of our Snapchat community,
Connecticut Investigating Amazon\'s E-Book Business - WSJ

State attorney general looking into whether tech giants dealings with certain publishers are anticompetitive
How To Become a Data Engineer

The demand for data engineers is growing rapidly. According to the demand has increased by 45% in 2019. The median salary for Data Engineers in SF Bay Area is around $160k. So the question is: how to become a data engineer?
The 432-year-old manual on social distancing - BBC Future

In this spookily prescient booklet, people are advised to keep six feet apart, avoid shaking hands and only send one person per household out to do the shopping.
Facebook to staff: Avoid company-branded clothing for own safety - Business Insider

Facebook told its employees on Monday to avoid wearing clothing that suggests they work at the company as a safety precaution.
Disney+\'s original executive team says \

75% of the original Disney executive team is no longer overseeing Disney . 75% of the original Disney executive team is no longer at Disney. - xdavidhu\'s bug bounty writeups.

Back in December 2019, a few months after I started hacking on Google VRP, I was looking at YouTube. I wanted to find a way to get access to a Private video which I did not own.
Archaeologists in Turkey Unearth 2,500-Year-Old Temple of Aphrodite | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

Researchers surveying the Urla-eşme peninsula in western Turkey have unearthed a sixth-century B.C. temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite.
Feds say police found a pickup truck full of bombs and guns near Capitol insurrection as wide-ranging investigation unfurls - CNNPolitics

An Alabama man allegedly parked a pickup truck packed with 11 homemade bombs, an assault rifle and a handgun two blocks from the US Capitol building on Wednesday for hours before authorities ever noticed, according to federal prosecutors.
Identical twins are not so identical, study suggests | Genetics | The Guardian

Genetic differences between identical twins can begin very early in embryonic development, according to a study that researchers say has implications for examining the effects of nature versus nurture.
Michael Apted: TV documentary pioneer and film-maker dies aged 79 - BBC News

Film director Michael Apted, best known for the Up series of TV documentaries following the lives of 14 people every seven years, has died aged 79.
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears effective against mutation in new coronavirus variants, study suggests | CBC News

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine appeared to work against a key mutation in the highly transmissible new variants of the coronavirus discovered in Britain and South Africa, according to a laboratory study conducted by the U.S. drugmaker.
How Neil Sheehan Got the Pentagon Papers - The New York Times

In 2015, however, at a reporters request, he agreed to tell his story on the condition that it not be published while he was alive. Beset by scoliosis and Parkinsons disease, he recounted, in a four-hour interview at his home in Washington
Google Chrome browser privacy plan investigated in UK - BBC News

But Google intends to go further by ending support for all cookies except first-party ones - those used by sites to track activity within their own pages.
Who Wants To Be a Thousandaire? • Damn Interesting

The scoreboard on Larsons podium read $90,351, an amount unheard of in the history of Press Your Luck. In fact, this total was far greater than any person had ever earned in one sitting on any television game show.
Does the iPhone 12 deactivate implantable cardioverter defibrillators?

An interesting article came out a few days ago in Heart Rhythm, raising concern that new hardware in the iPhone 12 may deactivate implanted cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
Online banker Simple, once among Portland’s most promising tech companies, is closing down -

Online banker Simple, one of Portlands most prominent tech businesses for the past decade, is shutting down as part of its parent banks own sale process.