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Facebook Will Introduce Ads As Videos Start Playing

Today at 02:30 AM, via Slashdot

Facebook is going to start running pre-roll ads on its “Watch” videos next year. While you won’t see your News Feed full of video ads, you will start to see pre-rolls, which will run for up to six seconds, on videos in Facebook’s “Watch” hub. Recode reports: Facebook launched its Watch hub earlier this year, using “mid-roll” ads (another ad format Facebook tried to avoid for a long time). The...

Lawmakers Are Fighting For Net Neutrality

Today at 01:50 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Lawmakers and public officials are responding to the FCC’s decision to gut net neutrality with promises of action. In the hours following the FCC hearing, officials from around the country announced lawsuits and bills intended to counter the FCC’s decision. In New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that he’s leading a multi-state...

Could drinking tea really be linked to a lower risk of glaucoma?

Today at 01:30 AM, via The Guardian

A study has found a link between hot tea and a lower risk of glaucoma, but experts say there’s no evidence that a cuppa will protect you from the condition

Drinking hot tea could be linked to a lower risk of having an eye condition that can lead to blindness, research has suggested – although experts say the study does not show that the brew offers any protective effect.

Glaucoma is an eye...

Attackers Deploy ‘Triton’ Malware Against Industrial Safety Equipment

Today at 01:10 AM, via Slashdot

wiredmikey writes: A new piece of malware designed to target industrial control systems (ICS) has been used in an attack aimed at a critical infrastructure organization, FireEye said on Thursday. The malware, which has been dubbed “Triton,” is designed to target Schneider Electric’s Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers, which are used to monitor the state of a process and...

PSA: AIM Will Be Discontinued Tomorrow

Today at 00:30 AM, via Slashdot

Cutting_Crew writes: Along with Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and ICQ, I used AIM extensively (without an AOL subscription of course). AIM will finally come to a halt on December 15th, 2017, as reported a few months ago and explained in AOL fashion over on their website.
I remember using AIM to keep in touch with friends, co-workers and yes, even tried dating back in the day using the “looking...

EFF: Accessing Publicly Available Information On the Internet Is Not a Crime

Yesterday at 23:50 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from EFF: EFF is fighting another attempt by a giant corporation to take advantage of our poorly drafted federal computer crime statute for commercial advantage — without any regard for the impact on the rest of us. This time the culprit is LinkedIn. The social networking giant wants violations of its corporate policy against using automated scripts to access...

NASA, Google Spot Eighth Planet in Solar System Rivaling Ours

Yesterday at 23:10 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a report: Google isn’t just good for finding cat videos on the internet. The search giant’s machine learning technology is also helping search the universe for planets outside our solar system. NASA on Thursday revealed the discovery of blazing-hot exoplanet Kepler-90i thanks to the use of a Google neural network trained to identify planets from the NASA Kepler space...

Amazon Will Resume Selling Apple TV, Google’s Chromecast

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via Slashdot

Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: Amazon confirmed Thursday that it will again sell the Apple TV set-top box and Google Chromecast dongle. The company had stopped selling the devices amid disputes with both giants. There’s a lot of frenemy stuff at play here, with Google, Apple and Amazon all selling their own streaming devices, but also looking to offer their own services on one another’s...

Fortinet VPN Client Exposes VPN Creds; Palo Alto Firewalls Allow Remote Attacks

Yesterday at 21:30 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a report: It’s been a bad week for two of the world’s biggest vendors of enterprise hardware and software — Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. The worst of the bunch is a credentials leak affecting Fortinet’s FortiClient, an antivirus product provided by Fortinet for both home and enterprise-level clients. Researchers from SEC Consult said in an advisory released this...

Nasa find first alien solar system with as many worlds as our own

Yesterday at 21:14 PM, via The Guardian

Kepler scientists team up with Google AI specialists to detect eighth planet orbiting distant star

Scientists on Nasa’s Kepler mission have spotted an eighth planet around a distant star, making it the first alien solar system known to host as many planets as our own.

The newfound world orbits a star named Kepler 90 which is larger and hotter than the sun and lies 2,500 light years from Earth...

Fast/slow lanes

Yesterday at 21:12 PM, via BBC News

An introduction to the net neutrality debate after US regulators voted to change the rules.

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

Yesterday at 20:57 PM, via New York Times

In a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, the agency scrapped Obama-era rules meant to protect an open internet.

The Trump Administration Just Voted To Repeal the US Government’s Net Neutrality Rules

Yesterday at 20:50 PM, via Slashdot

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences. The agency scrapped so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or...

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