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Watch live: SpaceX to launch a small planet hunter for NASA [Updated]

TESS launch Wednesday update: SpaceX had to scrub Monday's launch attempt due to an unspecified issue with the Falcon 9 rocket's guidance, navigation, and control system. However, after engineers with the California-based company looked at the rocket, it has been declared ready for flight. The 30-second launch window opens at 6:51pm ET (22:51 UTC). Weather conditions in Florida at the launch site are nearly perfect. The webcast (above) shou...
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Intel, Microsoft to use GPU to scan memory for malware

Since the news of the Metldown and Spectre attacks earlier this year, Intel has been working to reassure the computer industry that it takes security issues very seriously and that, in spite of the Meltdown issue, the Intel platform is a sound choice the security conscious. To that end, the company is announcing some new initiatives that use features specific to the Intel hardware platform to boost security. First up is Intel Threat Detecti...
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Perry seems in favor of emergency order to bail out coal, nuclear plants

At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry expressed his willingness to help coal and nuclear plants out with an emergency order similar to one requested by energy firm FirstEnergy earlier this month. Two weeks ago, FirstEnergy asked the Department of Energy (DOE) to invoke Section 202(c), which allows the department to order certain US power plants to keep running during wartime or during a natural disaster. The ...
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Fortnite studio called out by Gears of War director over hiring practices

Former Epic Games developer and director Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski took public shots at his former employer on Friday in what appears to be a hiring dispute. "Hey @epicgames, could you please stop trying to hire away my team?" Bleszinski, who currently runs a studio called Boss Key Productions, wrote on Twitter on Friday afternoon. "We just launched @Radical_Heights on #UE4 and are really happy with how it’s going." The tweet included a GI...
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Tesla blames driver in last month’s fatal crash with Autopilot engaged

Tesla on Tuesday escalated its media battle with the family of Apple engineer Walter Huang. Huang died in Silicon Valley last month when his Model X vehicle crashed into a concrete lane divider at high speed . Tesla's Autopilot driver assistance system was engaged at the time. Tesla made its clearest statement yet that Huang—not Tesla—bore responsibility for his death on a Mountain View freeway. Huang's family has hired an attorney to sue T...
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Facebook CEO puts on suit and a smile to try to seduce, assuage senators

View more stories Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees in a Tuesday hearing that lasted hours. Zuckerberg reiterated numerous times in both written and spoken testimony that, yes, the company made mistakes when dealing with Cambridge Analytica , the now-maligned British data analytics firm that worked with the Donald Trump presidential campaign. He also underscored the numerous new pol...
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Gallery: The streamers, game makers, and costumed players of PAX East 2018

The best and possibly only-est shyguy cosplay I've ever seen at PAX. I asked for a fist bump after this photo and got one. You don't see too many opportunities for selfies with inflatable dinosaurs outside of shows like this. I didn't see a coat anywhere near this guy as he wandered out of the convention center into 40 degree Boston weather. Ssssssssssssssssss. This guy was literally springing across the crosswalk on those bouncy stilts. Th...
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The puzzling case of two women who lost their hair after eating bitter squash

For those who hate eating their vegetables, it’s easy to imagine that they’re actually toxic plants masquerading as food. But, as Ars has reported before , many of the common vegetables, fruits, spices, and other plant matter that we shovel in do in fact contain toxins—albeit at minor, generally harmless amounts. This includes veggies in the Cucurbitaceae family also called cucurbits or gourds (see gallery of family members below), which co...
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Facebook can’t catch a break: Medical data-sharing plan halted

View more stories Facebook has been in contact with “several major US hospitals” as part of now-cancelled plans to combine patients’ anonymized information with Facebook’s own user data as part of a research project However, according to CNBC , the plan has been “put on pause” in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica debacle. “This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and we have not received, shared, or analyzed anyone’s data,” a...
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YouTube shooter IDed as woman angry at site’s “age-restricted” policies

The San Bruno Police Department has identified  the suspect in Tuesday's shooting at the YouTube campus as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman from San Diego. The confirmation came hours after numerous media sources  had initially named Aghdam as the suspect. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Aghdam’s car was towed from the YouTube parking lot. Aghdam seemingly had a website  in which she promotes numerous YouTube channels, including ...
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