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European Parliament vote takes another big step toward ‘right to repair’ rules - The Verge

The EU has just taken a big step toward establishing stronger right to repair rules, with the the European Parliament voting overwhelmingly in support of a resolution on a sustainable single market, according to iFixit.
Bring back the ease of 80s and 90s personal computing | by probono | Medium

Can we make a friendly Libre Desktop operating system with focus on simplicity, minimalist elegance, and usability?
Most Americans Object to Government Tracking of Their Activities Through Cellphones - WSJ

A new survey found widespread concern among Americans about government tracking of their whereabouts through their digital devices, with an overwhelming majority saying that a warrant should be required to obtain such data.
How to Live to the Full While Dying: The Extraordinary Diary of Alice James, William and Henry James’s Brilliant Sister – Brain Pickings

Hardly any writer has chronicled their own drift toward death with more dignified composure and attentive aliveness than Alice James
Pushed by Pandemic, Amazon Goes on a Hiring Spree Without Equal - The New York Times

Amazon has embarked on an extraordinary hiring binge this year, vacuuming up an average of 1,400 new workers a day and solidifying its power as online shopping becomes more entrenched in the coronavirus pandemic.
How to Think for Yourself

But if you surround yourself with independent-minded people, you'll have the opposite experience: hearing other people say surprising things will encourage you to, and to think of more.
Opinion | Your Brain Is Not for Thinking - The New York Times

Your brains most important job isnt thinking; its running the systems of your body to keep you alive and well.
People Can\'t Vacuum Or Use Their Doorbell Because Amazon\'s Cloud Servers Are Down - Eminetra Australia

People Cant Vacuum Or Use Their Doorbell Because Amazons Cloud Servers Are Down
Tripping through IBM’s astonishingly insane 1937 corporate songbook | Ars Technica

The 1937 edition of the songbook is a 54-page monument to glassey-eyed corporate inhumanity, with every page overflowing with trite praise to The Company and Its Men.
Amazon Workers to Stage Coordinated Black Friday Protests in 15 Countries

The day of action includes strikes and protests from garment manufacturers in Bangladesh to call center workers in the Philippines to warehouse workers in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico.
How to Think for Yourself

There's room for a little novelty in most kinds of work, but in practice there's a fairly sharp distinction between the kinds of work where it's essential to be independent-minded, and the kinds where it's not.
Salesforce is in talks to buy Slack, deal could be announced next week

Salesforce is in talks to acquire Slack, and a deal could be announced as soon as next week, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Does Manifesting Money Really Work?

Id love to write full-time, but I struggle with confidence, self-discipline and focus. Will that change with a positive mindset? I set out on a mission to manifest 1,000 in five days.
In a Pandemic, We Buy What We Know

Our recent large-scale analyses and lab experiments confirmed that simultaneous surges in sales of both Big Macs and kale salads are logical expressions of two key emotions that consumers are experiencing right now: disgust and fear.
How Magic Mushrooms Are Changing the Lives of Terminal Cancer Patients | The Tyee

The federal government has taken first steps to allow psilocybin-assisted therapy. A Victoria non-profit says much more can be done.
Ornstein: Players to sue for hundreds of millions over use of their statistics – The Athletic

The English football season may be drawing to a close but behind the scenes, work is just getting started on a potentially groundbreaking lawsuit that could have major ramifications for the game.
Mozilla Foundation - Police in Mississippi To Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

The police surveillance center in Jackson, Mississippi, will be conducting a 45-day pilot program to live stream the security cameras, including Amazon Ring cameras, of participating residents.
Tech CEOs Are Saying Goodbye to San Francisco — The Information

Now, all three companies embody a new trend: Their chief executives are leaving the Bay Area. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston and Splunk CEO Douglas Merritt both recently bought homes in Austin, with plans to make the Texas capital their permanent residences,
Oxford University breakthrough on global COVID-19 vaccine | University of Oxford

Phase 3 interim analysis including 131 Covid-19 cases indicates that the vaccine is 70.4% effective when combining data from two dosing regimens
Booting from a vinyl record – BOGIN, JR.

Fun, eh? Boring! Why dont we try to boot from a record player for a change?
Inside the New York Public Library\'s Last, Secret Apartments - Atlas Obscura

Many of the apartments have vanished, too, absorbed back into the buildings through renovations for more modern uses. Today there are just 13 library apartments left in the New York Public Library system.
Welcome to the new Middle Ages - UnHerd

Most of us grew up in the industrial age of politics, when the great divide was over class and economics. But that is something of an anomaly and the culture wars that were first identified in the mid-90s are just the return to normal, of people sc...
AI Fraud-Detection Company Forter Raises $125 Million

Were not just focused on the payment transactions, which is of course very important, but also on account takeover, loyalty fraud, return and promotion abuse, Mr. Reitblat said. Essentially any fraud challenges that can arrive from the simple fac...
About Reading 100 Books |

In this article, Ill share with you 10 thoughts after reading 100 books. The goal is not only to help you become a better reader and better book-picker, but also to share with you some insights about how books can change you for the better.
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AirBnB handed over phone numbers, email addresses, and messages between users and the company to the Chinese government.
Human ageing reversed in ‘Holy Grail’ study, scientists say | The Independent

Ageing can, indeed, be targeted and reversed at the basic cellular-biological level, lead researcher says
Why Eating Meat Was Banned in Japan for Centuries - Gastro Obscura

For both religious and practical reasons, the Japanese mostly avoided eating meat for more than 12 centuries. Beef was especially taboo, with certain shrines demanding more than 100 days of fasting as penance for consuming it.
roguelazer\'s website: I miss working from the office

Despite how weird it is, I still miss working out of the office.
‘Extremely aggressive’ internet censorship spreads in the world’s democracies | University of Michigan News

The largest collection of public internet censorship data ever compiled shows that even citizens of what are considered the worlds freest countries arent safe from internet censorship.
Watchdog Fights Back as Facebook Attempts to Shut Down Research Exposing \'Political Disinformation\' in Ad Practices | Common Dreams News

Rather than combat the rampant disinformation and hate on its platform, Facebook has decided to go after the people who are helping voters understand who is trying to influence their votes.
Idea Napkins

Idea Napkins make a great gift for the dreamer, entrepreneur, or creative in your life!
As Antitrust Pressure Mounts, Google to Pull Back Benefit to News Sites That Adopted Its Preferred Mobile Technology – The Markup

Four years after offering special placement in a top stories carousel in search results to entice publishers to use a format it created for mobile pages, called AMP, Google announced last week that it will end that preferential treatment
Stanford researchers solve the mystery of the dancing droplets

Curious about some odd behavior by droplets of food coloring, a trio of Stanford bioengineers discovered the physics that enables certain fluid mixtures to sense one another and move in a molecular minuet.
Apple announces App Store Small Business Program - Apple

Apple today announced an industry-leading new developer program to accelerate innovation and help small businesses and independent developers propel their businesses forward with the next generation of groundbreaking apps on the App Store.
The Horseshoe Crab: Same as It Ever Was? | JSTOR Daily

Horseshoe crabs have undergone little morphological evolution during their 480 millionyear historythe fossil record shows them to be virtually unchanged.
What You Can Learn from Living in Antarctica - Issue 92: Frontiers - Nautilus

A lover of solitude who manages teams, an engineer who writes poetry and paints, a family man who spends several months a year on remote Antarctic glaciers, installing delicate scientific instruments.
Man Becomes Overnight Millionaire After Meteorite Crashes Through His Roof

An Indonesian man became a millionaire overnight after a meteor crashed through his roof. Josua Hutagalung, 33, is a coffin maker from Sumatra whobecame astronomically richer after he recently sold the meteorite for over 1 million pounds
YouTube Will Now Show Ads On All Videos Even If Creators Don’t Want Them

YouTube just changed its rules on video monetization, and YouTube creators arent happy. Essentially, Google will now show ads on all videos, even if their creators dont want ads.
The woman who is allergic to water - BBC Future

Rachels rare condition means that a bath is agony; even her own tears will scorch her face. How can the human body reject lifes most basic necessity? Music to improve focus, meditation & sleep.

Our science-first approach creates music that sounds differentand affects your brain differentlythan any other music.
Twitter names famed hacker \'Mudge\' as head of security | Reuters

t Twitter TWTR.N Inc, under increased threat of regulation and plagued by serious security breaches, is appointing one of the world's best-regarded hackers to tackle everything from engineering missteps to misinformation.
Amazon launches Amazon Pharmacy for prescription medicine delivery - The Verge

Amazon is making its biggest push into the healthcare industry yet with the launch today of Amazon Pharmacy: a new service offering home delivery for prescription medication.
Texas astronomers revive idea for \'Ultimately Large Telescope\' on the moon

A group of astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin has found that a telescope idea shelved by NASA a decade ago can solve a problem that no other telescope can
Jeff Bezos Invested Millions in a Startup So He Could Sell This Product at Whole Foods |

The company that makes NotMilk, a nondairy milk-like beverage designed by artificial intelligence, just landed an $85 million funding C round that includes Jeff Bezos's VC firm Bezos Expeditions
Less screen time and more sleep critical for preventing depression | Western Sydney University

lifestyle factors such as less screen time, adequate sleep, a better-quality diet, and physical activity strongly impact depression.
GM recalling nearly 69,000 Bolt EVs for fire risks | Reuters

General Motors Co GM.N said on Friday it was recalling 68,677 electric cars worldwide that pose a fire risk after five reported fires and two minor injuries.
A court ruling in Austria could censor the internet worldwide.

the Austrian Supreme Court ordered, pursuant to local defamation rules, that Facebook remove a post insulting a former Green Party leader, keep equivalent posts off its site, and do so on a global scale.
Never Use Google to Sign-In | Gurjeet Singh

Every respectable service allows you to create accounts using your email address, so please use that method to create your accounts.
Mark Zuckerberg: “Joe Biden Is Going To Be Our Next President”

As false claims declaring that Joe Biden isnt the president-elect flourish on his platform, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees on Thursday that the Democratic nominee is going to be our next president.
Exclusive: Top official on U.S. election cybersecurity tells associates he expects to be fired | Reuters

Top official on U.S. election cybersecurity tells associates he expects to be fired
An updated daily front page of The New York Times as artwork on your wall | by Alexander Klöpping | Nov, 2020 | Medium

When I saw this post about a Google engineer who built an e-ink device that displays the current front page of The New York Times on his wall, I immediately wanted one.
141 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena

Optical illusions dont trick the eye nor fool the brain, nor reveal that our brain sucks, but are fascinating!
Winners of Close-Up Photographer of the Year - The Atlantic

The second year of the Close-Up Photographer of the Year competition has just come to a close, and the winners have been announced.
The intriguing maps that reveal alternate histories - BBC Future

What if major elections, wars and events had turned out differently? Samuel Arbesman explores the detail and delights of maps that plot alternative worlds to our own.
Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021 - The Verge

After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at high quality, Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used.
The U.S. Divorce Rate Has Hit a 50-Year Low | Institute for Family Studies

Divorce in America has been falling fast in recent years, and it just hit a record low in 2019. For every 1,000 marriages in the last year, only 14.9 ended in divorce
Why You Should Never Pay For Online Dating « OkTrends

Today I'd like to show why the practice of paying for dates on sites like and eHarmony is fundamentally broken, and broken in ways that most people don't realize.
Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Google Maps knows everything. Not just about every street, and every cafe, bar and shop on that street, but the people who go to them.
You Are Not Free to Move Out of the Country ❧ Current Affairs

An American passport isnt worth what it used to bebut its also never opened as many doors as you mightve thought.
Slingbox discontinued, services sunsetting - SlashGear

Slingbox will no longer function as of November 9, 2022. Sling Media, a subsidiary of DISH, announced that they were closing shop on November 9, 2020.
What to expect from Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ event - The Verge

The company is promising the new chips will deliver improved performance with less power consumption, and the switch also means Apple computers will support native iOS apps due to Apples A-series mobile and tablet chips sharing 64-bit Arm architecture.
iOS apps will run on Apple Silicon Macs, but major developers have already opted out of the Mac App Store - 9to5Mac

Since Apple Silicon Macs will have the same processors as iPhone and iPad, Apple will let users download and install iOS apps on these Macs even if the developer doesnt offer a specific version of the app for macOS.
EU accuses Amazon of breaching antitrust rules | Financial Times

The EU has hit Amazon with formal antitrust charges over the way it treats the 150,000 European merchants selling goods through its website.
Biden calls for major investments into carbon removal | MIT Technology Review

The president-elects transition plan also recommends research and development funding for batteries, renewable hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
A doctor and medical ethicist argues life after 75 is not worth living | MIT Technology Review

In the early 1980s, we had a theory that as we live longer, were going to stay in better health. You know, at 70, were going to be like our parents were when they were 50. Well, if you look at the data, maybe not. Were having more disabilities. We...
Tim Berners Lee’s startup Inrupt releases Solid privacy platform for enterprises | TechCrunch

The core idea behind this approach is that users control their data in online storage entities called Personal Online Data Stores or Pods for short. The enterprise version consists of Solid Server to manage the Pods, and developers can build applicat...
What Comes After Liberalism: An excerpt from Bruno Maçães’ new book, ‘History Has Begun’ - Tablet Magazine

You almost forgot the whole point of a free society was to let people decide important questions in their own lives.
How to write warm emails | akhilkg

The best warm emails are honest, actionable, and waste no time for the reader. There is no fluff nor beating around the bush and ideally, it wouldnt even cross 2 or 3 paragraphs.
World first: Dutch brewery burns iron as a clean, recyclable fuel

Ground very fine, cheap iron powder burns readily at high temperatures, releasing energy as it oxidizes in a process that emits no carbon and produces easily collectable rust, or iron oxide, as its only emission.
Keys to your Startup’s success — Conquer a niche market | by Adebayo Ijidakinro | Nov, 2020 | Medium

How can you go from an unknown David to a standard in a market governed by Goliaths?The answer can be summed up in one phrase. Conquer a niche market.
Older Workers Are Less Susceptible to Pandemic Burnout

In a new survey of 2,800 U.S. employees by staffing company Robert Half, 29 percent of those age 55 and older said they are feeling more burned out today than a year ago.
100 Years on a Dirty Dog: The History of Greyhound | Mental Floss

Greyhound has been busing Americans around for a century. It's hard to believe that after all these years, the company is still riding high.
The US government seized $1 billion in bitcoin from dark web marketplace Silk Road - The Verge

In a press statement, US Attorney David L. Anderson celebrated the operation as a big success for the government. Silk Road was the most notorious online criminal marketplace of its day, said Anderson.
Proctorio used DMCA to take down a student’s critical tweets | TechCrunch

A series of tweets by one Miami University student that were critical of a proctoring software company have been hidden by Twitter after the company filed a copyright takedown notice.
Apple says new ‘nutrition labels’ for app privacy will be required starting December 8 - 9to5Mac

These privacy nutrition labels were first introduced at WWDC over the summer, with Apple saying the goal is to better inform consumers of the privacy practices of individual applications.
iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max hands-on impressions - The Verge

Apple also has two more new devices: the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. One is Apples smallest iPhone in years and the other is its biggest iPhone ever.
Steve Bannon’s show pulled off Twitter and YouTube over calls for violence | TechCrunch

Bannon, speaking with co-host Jack Maxey, was discussing what Trump should do in a hypothetical second term. He suggested firing Wray and Fauci, but then went further, saying Id actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England
(294) Building an artificial sun that looks unbelievably realistic... - YouTube

In this video we'll be building an artificial SUN!
Rant: It\'s 2020. Why Do Printers Still Suck? | WIRED

I HATE PRINTERS. Just when we need them the most, with print shops locked down, online schooling in session, and everyone working from home, they fail to step up.
The University of Miami claims they didn’t use facial recognition to intimidate student protesters. We have proof they’re lying. | by Fight for the Future | Oct, 2020 | Medium

Students at University of Miami are outraged after learning that university police used recognition technology to target and intimidate students protesting the administrations insufficient COVID-19 safety precautions.
Public Affairs Detail | Federal Housing Finance Agency

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to delay the implementation date of their Adverse Market Refinance Fee until December 1, 2020.
So You Want To Buy A Farm?. I get a few calls every week these days… | by Sameer Shisodia | Oct, 2020 | Medium

I get a few calls every week these days from folks wanting to buy a small farm, start growing food, and even maybe settle down there now or later.
UN drugs and crime wing advises Kenya to use blockchain against corruption

David Robinson, the regional anti-corruption advisor at the UNs Office on Drugs and Crime, believes that new technologies like blockchain will help Kenya combat government corruption and other economic crimes.
Coronavirus: NHS COVID app failed to record potential exposures due to error | Science & Tech News | Sky News

More than 19 million people have downloaded the English contact-tracing app since 24 September, but it has had the wrong settings to record whether these people were close enough to each other to transmit the coronavirus.
Lafayette Square protester accused of assault ID\'d with facial recognition - The Washington Post

Amid screams and smoke, a man in a tie-dye T-shirt pulled an officer to the ground and punched him in the face, before disappearing into the chaos, according to charging documents.
Walmart Scraps Plan to Have Robots Scan Shelves - WSJ

. As more shoppers flock to online delivery and pickup because of Covid-19 concerns, Walmart has more workers walking the aisles frequently to collect online orders, gleaning new data on inventory problems, said some of these people.
Apple Announces November 10 Event, Apple Silicon Macs Expected to Debut - MacRumors

Apple has promised the first ‌Apple Silicon‌ Mac with an Arm-based chip is coming before the end of 2020, and it looks like the November event will be all about ‌Apple Silicon‌ Macs.
Facebook Quietly Suspended Political Group Recommendations Ahead Of The US Presidential Election

During a contentious presidential election in the US, Facebook quietly stopped recommending that people join online groups dealing with political or social issues.
Apple One now available, bundling Apple’s services into a single subscription - The Verge

Apple One, a bundle combining services like Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, and Apple Arcade into one monthly subscription, is now available.
Waymo pulls back the curtain on 6.1 million miles of self-driving car data in Phoenix - The Verge

InIn its first report on its autonomous vehicle operations in Phoenix, Arizona, Waymo said that it was involved in 18 crashes and 29 near-miss collisions during 2019 and the first nine months of 2020.
How Google Cloud\'s Kelsey Hightower became one of the most respected people in cloud computing - Protocol

A self-taught technologist with a storyteller's voice, Kelsey Hightower defied the enterprise tech sector's notorious diversity problems to become one of the industry's leading figures. Now he wants everyone's voice to be heard.
Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90 - BBC News

Sir Sean died overnight in his sleep, while in the Bahamas. It is understood he had been unwell for some time.
Does Deep Learning Still Need Backpropagation? | by Synced | SyncedReview | Medium

Now, researchers from the Victoria University of Wellington School of Engineering and Computer Science have introduced the HSIC (Hilbert-Schemidt independence criterion) bottleneck as an alternative to backpropagation for finding good representations.