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Stephen Powelson recently flew his Phantom 3 drone over Tesla's battery factory in Fremont, California and recorded the flight. Almost as soon as he posted the video to a Tesla Motors Club forum, other commenters began warning Powelson of the legal trouble he might be in.
Powelson quickly assured concerned posters that Tesla employees had no problem with the video. In fact, he'd worked at the company for almost five years, until March of this year.
The video gives the viewer a sense of how big the factory is. At 5.3 million sq. feet, the Fremont facility is dwarfed by the proposed gigafactory that Tesla is building in Nevada, which is estimated to be about 10 million sq. feet when completed — one of the biggest in the world.
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Some Android users since June have seen a small, but significant tweak to Twitter: more hearts and fewer stars. Now it's iOS users' turn.
The social network has begun rolling out an experimental feature to some iOS users that largely swaps out stars for hearts when users "favorite" or save tweets. However different users are seeing different things. For example, some report seeing hearts only in the Notifications area, while others are seeing the symbols pop up in their feeds, too.
A federal appeals court has handed Microsoft a win against Google in a long-running lawsuit over patent licensing that was originally filed against Motorola in 2010.
A panel of three judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a lower court ruling that set a licensing rate for some patents owned by Motorola that was significantly lower than the company had originally asked for.
The dispute began after Motorola sent a letter to Microsoft asking it to pay as much as $4 billion per year to license patents relating to the 802.11 standard that underpins Wi-Fi and the H.264 video encoding standard. Since then, Google purchased Motorola Mobility and its patent portfolio, including the patents at issue in this case. It then sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo while retaining ownership of the patents.
If your Windows chops extend in any capacity beyond novice, you’ve no doubt encountered the ever-cryptic Windows Registry, DLL files, User Account Control, and other tools with seemingly dark and mysterious powers. Here, we’ll explain some of Windows’ most confusing features, so you know exactly what’s happening when you go to edit them.
Blast from the past is a weekly feature at Lifehacker in which we revive old, but still relevant, posts for your reading and hacking pleasure. In honor of the Windows 10 launch, we’re revisiting one of our favorite Windows explainers.
Yahoo said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion startup Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings.
Yahoo, which did not disclose terms of the deal, said Polyvore will accelerate its “Mavens” growth strategy.
The company has been focusing on four areas — mobile, video, native advertising and social — which it calls Mavens, to drive user engagement and ad sales as it battles intense competition from Google and Facebook.
It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been.
Last year, NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched a project called Global Precipitation Management that uses 12 satellites to create a precipitation map that spans the entire globe—according to NASA, that’s a first, and it allows scientists the vital data they need in studying global weather patterns. The system uses both microwave measurement and radar to figure out exactly how storm systems move across the globe—and even how these systems look in three dimensions, like this incredible 3D view of a typhoon.
Marissa Mayer opened up the Yahoo warchest once again, and this time it was to buy the "leading social shopping site," Polyvore. Yahoo's purchasing the whole kit and caboodle from the sounds of it too with Mayer writing on her Tumblr page that it's acquiring not just the service, but the team that built it as well. She says the purchase will work to bolster Yahoo's digital content growth and that current CEO Jess Lee (apparently a Polyvore community member prior to joining the company proper) will report directly to her. And if you're a current Polyvore enthusiast yourself, it doesn't sound like too much should change aside from where current employees report for work -- we'll let you know if those turn out to be offices for ants.
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After months of anticipation, Windows 10 finally arrived this week, and our Computing Editor Matt Smith (also a self-proclaimed abacus expert) has been hands on from the beginning. Matt fills listeners in on the ins and outs of the new OS, and whether or not it would be enough to convince an Apple user to make the switch.
Have you heard of Luminor? It’s a paint-like substance that responds to electrical current, and a team of car customizers recently envisioned a creative new use for it: Slap it on a Lexus, strap up a driver with a wireless heart monitor, and all of the sudden you’ve got paint that changes colors and patterns based on your heartbeat. Will we see more automotive uses for it, or is this a one-time gimmick?
Amazon has been advocating the use of drone deliveries for quite some time, and now the company is taking it to another level. In meetings with NASA, Amazon has concocted a proposal for regulating drone versus human airspace. Oh, and Samsung is developing a selfie drone. And you thought selfie sticks were intrusive!
We know at least one story about walking on water, and we've even seen a Chinese robot with this superpower, but now a team of engineers from Harvard and Korea's Seoul National University (SNU) has made the next leap and figured out how to build tiny robots that can also jump where most others sink.
By mimicking the mechanics of a familiar insect -- the water strider -- the team was able to create a small robot that can not only stride across the surface of water, but actually leap upward from it in much the same way as the actual bug.
Seoul National University
Can you find yourself under a red dot on this map?
NSA, via NBC News
NBC has released a 2014 slide from a secret NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC) briefing—a map that shows the locations of "every single successful computer intrusion" by Chinese state-sponsored hackers over a five-year period. More than 600 US businesses and institutions were breached during that period.
It looks like we might actually get that rumored Channing Tatum Ghostbusters movie.
In March, we started to hear that Sony was planning on expanding on the franchise beyond the currently in production Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig with a second movie maybe starring Channing Tatum and maybe starring Chris Pratt. At the time it was being referred to as the “male” Ghostbusters movie because the Feig movie stars four women: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. That all-female team’s film didn’t go into production until June, so everyone had lost track of that rumored Ghostbusters movie that maybe had Joe and Anthony Russo (directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier) on as producers.
Chris Pratt went on to further cement his super stardom with Jurassic World, the third highest grossing movie of all time and told GQ: “No one has ever even spoken to me about [Ghostbusters]. Never. I’ve even seen Channing a couple times. As far as I know, that’s complete bulls–t.”
Computer scientists have devised an attack on the Tor privacy network that in certain cases allows them to deanonymize hidden service websites with 88 percent accuracy.
Such hidden services allow people to host websites without end users or anyone else knowing the true IP address of the service. The deanonymization requires the adversary to control the Tor entry point for the computer hosting the hidden service. It also requires the attacker to have previously collected unique network characteristics that can serve as a fingerprint for that particular service. Tor officials say the requirements reduce the effectiveness of the attack. Still, the new research underscores the limits to anonymity on Tor, which journalists, activists, and criminals alike rely on to evade online surveillance and monitoring.
"Our goal is to show that it is possible for a local passive adversary to deanonymize users with hidden service activities without the need to perform end-to-end traffic analysis," the researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Qatar Computing Research Institute wrote in a research paper. "We assume that the attacker is able to monitor the traffic between the user and the Tor network. The attacker’s goal is to identify that a user is either operating or connected to a hidden service. In addition, the attacker then aims to identify the hidden service associated with the user."
-- Abe List (@abelist) July 15, 2015
Furthermore, it's fairly clear that, given the context -- both Twitter and Abe List's usual tweets that the tweet that so concerns Woods is, at best, hyperbolic mocking on the internet, which wouldn't be defamation either.
And here's the real kicker in all of this: this was a random @reply tweet from a user with around 2000 followers (2,276 when I took a screenshot of his account, right before he took it down entirely). If you're not familiar with how @replies work, if you start a tweet with @username, the only people who will see it directly in their timelines are those who follow both users. That is, the only people who would have seen that tweet show up are people who happen to follow both @RealJamesWoods and @abelist. That venn diagram is likely to be tiny and well less than the 2,276 followers of @abelist. It's possible that if someone opened Woods' original tweet to see how others responded then some of them might have also seen the @abelist tweet -- but the likely number is tiny. And, of course, the only people who would have taken it seriously are idiots. It's pretty clearly just someone spouting off, as people are known to do on the internet.
Greetings, mobile accomplishers! It’s been a big week for phones, so this week The Vergecast is a tech show. Dieter Bohn, Chris Ziegler, Dan Seifert, and Sam Sheffer are on hand to reflect on Motorola’s new phones, Microsoft’s new OS and mobile strategy, cars, and various Palm products. It’s a trip down memory lane into the future.