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The Higher Your Salary, the More Time Your Employer Will Pay You Not To Work

99714175 story Posted by msmash from the closer-look dept. The best-paid workers in the US not only make more money than many of their colleagues, they also tend to get more paid vacation days . An anonymous reader shares a report: An annual survey of of employee benefits conducted by the US government shows that, in 2017, nearly half of the people in the top 25% of earners received at least 10 days of paid vacation. The bottom 25% was not ...
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Cambridge Analytica Planned To Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

99662991 story Posted by BeauHD from the under-the-radar dept. Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm that harvested millions of Facebook profiles of U.S. voters, attempted to develop its own cryptocurrency this past year and intended to raise funds through an initial coin offering. The digital coin would have helped people store online personal data and even sell it, former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser told The New Yo...
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Linus Torvalds Says Linux Kernel v5.0 'Should Be Meaningless'

99625753 story Posted by msmash from the how-about-that dept. An anonymous reader shares a report: Following the release of Linux kernel 4.16, Linus Torvalds has said that the next kernel will be version 5.0. Or maybe it won't, because version numbers are meaningless . The announcement -- of sorts -- came in Torvalds' message over the weekend about the first release candidate for version 4.17. He warns that it is not "shaping up to be a par...
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Facebook Competitor Orkut Relaunches as 'Hello'

An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:In 2004, one of the world's most popular social networks, Orkut , was founded by a former Google employee named Orkut Buyukkokten... Orkut was shut down by Google in 2014, but in its heyday, the network had hit 300 million users around the world... " Hello.com is a spiritual successor of Orkut.com ," Buyukkokten told BloombergQuint... "People have lost trust in social networks and the main reason is soci...
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438 Bitcoins Worth Nearly $3.5 Million Stolen From Exchange In India, CSO Accused

99475427 story Posted by BeauHD from the tom-foolery dept. William Robinson shares a report from The Economic Times: Nearly 438 bitcoins, worth nearly $3.5 million, were stolen from a top exchange firm in India in what is being billed as the biggest cryptocurrency theft in the country so far. The exchange, which has over two hundred thousand users across the country, found that all the bitcoins that were stored offline had vanished. It was ...
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Apple Is Developing a TV Show Based On Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Deadline:In a competitive situation, Apple has nabbed a TV series adaptation of Foundation , the seminal Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy. The project, from Skydance Television, has been put in development for straight-to-series consideration. Deadline revealed last June that Skydance had made a deal with the Asimov estate and that David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman were cracking the code on ...
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How Much VR User Data Is Oculus Giving To Facebook?

Facebook owns many other apps and services, including the Oculus virtual-reality platform, which collects incredibly detailed information about where users are looking and how they're moving. Since most of the discussion about how Facebook handles user information is focused on the social network itself,The Verge's Adi Robertson looks into the link between Facebook and Oculus :A VR platform like Oculus offers lots of data points that could ...
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Is Microsoft Trying To Make Windows 10 Mail Worse?

Emil Protalinski via VentureBeat argues that "Windows Mail is unusable, and instead of improving it, Microsoft is looking to drive users away ":Microsoft started forcing Mail to use Edge for email links in Windows 10 build 17623 last month. This week, the company started including Office 365 ads right at the bottom of the app. But even these poor decisions are just extra nails in the coffin. Windows Mail has difficulty sending and receiving...
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Hot-Air Dryers Suck In Nasty Bathroom Bacteria, Shoot Them At Your Hands

99351939 story Posted by BeauHD from the brutal-blowout dept. An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hot-air dryers suck in bacteria and hardy bacterial spores loitering in the bathroom -- perhaps launched into the air by whooshing toilet flushes -- and fire them directly at your freshly cleaned hands, according to a study published in the April issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology . The authors of the study, led ...
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Slashdot Asks: Should Android OEMs Adopt the iPhone's Notch?

Earlier this year,Bloombergreported that Google was currently working on a "dramatic redesign " of its Android OS -- one that embraces the "notch" made popular by the iPhone X. A couple weeks after that report was published, Mobile World Congress was happening, and the biggest trend among Android OEMs was the introduction of a notch in their smartphones. The Verge's Vlad Savov argues that Android smartphone manufacturers are straight up cop...
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