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Apple and BMW have in fact held talks about a potential Apple Car, but the German automaker has been reluctant to reach an agreement, as it is afraid it could just become a supplier to the world's largest company.

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Further details on Apple's alleged talks with BMW were revealed on Friday by Reuters. The news organization reaffirmed that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook visited BMW's headquarters last year, and toured its Leipzig factory to see how it manufactures the i3 series.Apple's apparent interest in building a passenger car has earned reluctance in return from BMW, as the company is said to be taking a cautious approach.Executives from Apple were said to be particularly impressed by the fact that BMW "abandoned traditional approaches to car making" in developing the i3. Apple's top brass apparently indicated they were interested in taking a similar fresh approach to the automobile.Though nothing concrete came out of the meeting, a source told Reuters that negotiations between the two iconic companies could resume at some point in the future.German publication Manager Magazin was first to report on Apple's talks with BMW last week. It claimed that BMW's i3 commuter car would have served as the basis of an Apple-built vehicle.AppleInsider uncovered evidence that Apple was indeed conducting car-related research
The Titan team is alleged to involve
several hundred workers, and Apple has been accused of illegally poaching high-ranking executives from A123, a battery maker whose technology has been applied in high-performance electric vehicles.
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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.”

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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."

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Eriq Gardner, over at the Hollywood Reporter was the first of a few sites to post the story of how actor James Woods is ridiculously suing a trollish Twitter user for $10 million, arguing that a single tweet from this guy, Abe List, who had all of 2,000ish followers, somehow hurt Woods' reputation. This is not just hard to believe, but it seems to be dipping into flat out SLAPP territory. The full filing is worth reading, and suggests that maybe, just maybe, Woods needs a hobby (and slightly thicker skin). At issue is the Twitter user who goes by the name "Abe List." Whoever that is appears to be a slightly annoying/trollish Twitter user, who particularly delighted in annoying conservatives on Twitter. A few weeks ago, Woods made a bizarre and slightly nonsensical tweet involving Caitlyn Jenner and Planned Parenthood (don't ask), and Abe List shot back with:
"@RealJamesWoods @benshapiro cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting."

-- Abe List (@abelist) July 15, 2015

There are a few other historical tweets from Abe List mocking Woods, including one from December calling him a "clown-boy." Clown-boy is clearly not defamatory. The question here is if "cocaine addict" is defamatory. It is a statement of fact, and if it's not actually true, it could potentially be defamatory, but that's hardly the end of the story. As a very public person, Woods would have to show that whoever is behind "Abe List" published the claim "with actual malice." And "hey, I don't like James Woods and think he's a clown boy with stupid views" is hardly "actual malice." It would mean that Abe List either knew it was false and tweeted it anyway, or had "reckless disregard for the truth." That seems unlikely to hold up.

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.

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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.

You may also notice that The Vergecast has its very own YouTube channel now! Subscribe, share, and Chromecast to your heart's content.

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ARM HAS ACQUIRED Sansa Security to bolster protection against cyber threats in its Internet of Things (IoT) offerings.

Sansa is an Israel-based company that provides hardware security intellectual property (IP) and software for system-on-chip components that end up in around 150 million devices every year.

The technology makes it easier for manufacturers to build secure products by offering a complete hardware subsystem that adds additional isolation of security operations from the main application processor.

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Want to dazzle your friends this weekend. Why not learn a new language and really turn their heads. My first immersion into learning a new language was when my high school counselor suggested I take French and Russian together. This was over 40 years ago and I took both languages only one year at the same time and I can only recall how to say hello and goodbye. But I speak great English!

Although learning a new language will undoubtedly take time and effort, there are benefits besides ease of international travel and the ability to order authentic foreign dishes. Studies show that studying a new language improves cognition, delays dementia, and improves memory and attention span. Knowing another language can also fundamentally alter how we see the world.

Today's infographic is to inform you of the effort it will take to learn a new language. Using the Foreign Service Institute, among other sources, this infographic divides some commonly learned languages into three categories...easy, medium, and hard...based on various factors. The estimated time to achieve proficiency in each category is also included at the top of the sections. This time-frame is tempered with a reminder that each learner is different.

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Last month, French data protection agency CNIL ordered Google to comply with the European "right to be forgotten" order by delisting certain search results not just on the European versions of Google's search engine, but on all versions. Google has now publicly rejected that demand. CNIL has promised a response, and it's likely the case will go before local courts. Google says, This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web. While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be "gay propaganda." If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place.
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Cities are happening places, every neighborhood a different personality, each street a new experience. And around every corner, a different atmospheric mixture of pollutants to clog your lungs, cloud your eyes, and congest your heart.

It’s no secret that cities have bad air, but until now it’s only been possible to describe how bad in ordinal terms: Los Angeles is bad, but not as bad as Bakersfield, but both are nowhere near as nasty as Beijing. Now Google has partnered with an environmental testing startup to measure air quality within a city. And not just block by block, but hour to hour, day to night.

On July 29, Google announced that three of its Street View cars had spent over a month driving through Denver, gathering data on nine different pollutants. Each car was equipped with a suite of environmental sensors built by Aclima, a San Francisco-based company. Now the project—which also involved partnering with the EPA, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—is coming to San Francisco, and its creators hope it will lead to a global network of air quality sensors with open data that will let you plan your outdoor excursions (and inhalations) to avoid the most polluted locations and times of day.

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A hacker extracted customer log-in credentials from a server owned by Bitdefender that hosted the cloud-based management dashboards for its small and medium-size business clients.

The antivirus firm confirmed the security breach, but said in an emailed statement that the attack affected less than 1 percent of its SMB customers, whose passwords have since been reset. Consumer and enterprise customers were not affected, the company said.

The hacker, who uses the online alias DetoxRansome, first bragged about the breach on Twitter Saturday and later messaged Bitdefender threatening to release the company’s “customer base” unless he was paid US$15,000.

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One of the strangest scenes you'll ever see on a Major League Baseball diamond unfolded Wednesday night at Citi Field in New York City.

It began with reports from Twitter, continued with a Mets player openly crying on the field mid-game — and ended with a cruel "just kidding" that had general manager Sandy Alderson offering a mini-lesson on Journalism in the Digital Age.

Let's dive into the weirdness of something that could only happen to the darkly comic New York Mets.

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Of course we are a Windows world. We have been relying on Windows to do our business efforts or personal efforts for a long time now. Ever since November 1985 when we were introduced to Windows 1.0. we became GUI (Graphical User Interface) users.

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Enable This Flag to View Chrome Downloads As Card Notifications

Chrome (Dev): If you’re downloading a file in Chrome, you have to watch the little bar at the bottom for a vague green circle to fill. If you’d rather get a bit more information (and you’re running the Chrome Dev channel), you can enable this flag to put your downloads in Google’s notification tray.

As Google+ user Benjamin Staneck points out, in the newest version of Chrome in the Dev channel, you can enable a flag to show your downloads in a Google notification card. This is handier than the current method which is only visible in one window and doesn’t really offer much information. To turn it on, follow these steps:

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Apple may have some work to do to restore its reputation for software, but third-party developers have got the company's back.
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Apple's software hasn't been as good as it should be lately. Developer Marco Arment raised the issue in a widely read blog post in January. And former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée explored it further, noting several others who had voiced similar concerns.

Apple's acknowledgement of the issue can be inferred from the focus of its next desktop operating system, OS X El Capitan: "Refining the experience and improving performance in lots of little ways that make a big difference." It can also be seen in the company's decision to replace its recently introduced discoveryd networking software in June's OS X 10.10.4 update with its older, more stable mDNSResponder code. Apple is paying attention.

Awareness of the issue hasn't made it go away. Consider Apple Music, the streaming service that Apple recently added to its iTunes app. iTunes is the turducken of apps, a hodgepodge of individually interesting ingredients combined in a way that just seems wrong. The Telegraph's characterization of Apple Music as "clunky, fussing, confusing, and flawed" was echoed by a number of other reviewers. Arment's description of the iTunes app (and its supporting cloud services) as "toxic hellstew" should be read in its entirety.

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Google seemed as though it had killed off Google Glass, its failed attempt to make wearable computers for the masses. But now it is working on a version specifically designed for enterprise and industrial use, which makes much more sense.
[Eric Johnson and Mark Bergen | Re/code]

Old media, meet the Internet: NBCUniversal is set to make big investments in BuzzFeed and Vox Media, the company that owns Re/code. The deals seem reminiscent of the investment A&E made in Vice last year: The TV guys get the promise of millennial-friendly content, the Web guys get access to the TV guys' reach and revenue streams.
[Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka | Re/code]

Snapchat's ad business is picking up steam; it may generate $50 million in revenue this year and $200 million in 2016. It needs a CFO to manage all of that money, but CEO Evan Spiegel -- who is overseeing the search himself -- is taking his time.
[Kurt Wagner | Re/code]

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Libya's Dunes Look Like a Rusty Steel Plate From Space

It’s only a month since the the European Space Agency lofted its Sentinel-2A satellite started beaming back images from space—but it’s already producing some amazing images, like this one of Libya.

In this stunning image, you can see the deep, rustry red-and-orange sand dunes of the country.

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Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has a history of creating tiny, insect-inspired robots, and its latest one can stand and jump on water just like a strider. The Wyss group has teamed up with scientists from Korea's Seoul National University and Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to design a machine that can mimic a water strider's "most complex maneuver." In order to accomplish that, they captured actual insects jumping on camera and studied their movements closely to determine their secret.

According to one of the study's senior authors, Kyu Jin Cho:

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“Ethan Hunt is a gambler, and one day, his luck will run out, and thousands of people will pay the price. Who will be the villain then?”

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When Syndicate super villain Solomon Lane slithers these words out of his serpentine lips, my first instinct is to scoff. Of course Ethan Hunt will never become the villain. He’s Tom Cruise realized in all of his action hero glory. There’s no chance that the moral worm will ever turn for this legendary IMF operative.

And then the words of another pop culture good-guy-gone-rogue come to mind: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

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