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Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote
The prime minister is returning to Brussels to seek new assurances from the EU over the Irish backstop.
Michael Spavor: Second Canadian 'missing' in China
Canada says it has not heard from Michael Spavor since he said he was being questioned by officials.
Climate change is 'shrinking winter'
Snowy mountain winters are being squeezed into shorter periods, threatening water supplies and increasing wildfire risk.
'Every day I go to work and pray I'm safe'
Hotel room cleaners have long battled sexual harassment by guests. Now they are hitting back.
EastEnders set revamp goes £27m over budget
The National Audit Office says the BBC soap's new set "will not be able to deliver value for money".
Organ donors to be asked if they are religious
It is hoped the measure can boost the low proportion of donors from black and Asian backgrounds.
Josh Clayton's mother blames police for 'three years of torment'
Tracey Clayton says police missed chances to find out how her son Josh died on the Isles of Scilly.
Strasbourg shooting: Police appeal to find Chérif Chekatt
They name Chérif Chekatt, 29, as the man suspected of opening fire in the French city, killing two.
Ambulance vandalism: Bins and scooters used in attacks
More than 200 acts of vandalism against ambulances have been recorded over the past three years.
Sit-down meals 'less healthy than fast-food'
Only one in 10 meals was classed as healthy which is a cause for concern, say researchers.
Hamleys pulls slime toy amid safety fears
Tests found Frootiputti slime exceeded EU limits for boron, a chemical that can impair fertility.
California man freed after two days trapped in restaurant grease vent
Fire crews free the 29-year-old from a small duct at a vacant Chinese restaurant in California.
Cheers as vote win declared
Sir Graham Brady announces that Theresa May has won the party confidence vote by 200 votes to 117.
Brexit battles: How Theresa May keeps fighting on
It's been a struggle that's lasted two years – but for now the PM's fighting talk means she's kept her job.
Pound sheds some earlier gains as May wins confidence vote
Sterling sheds some of its earlier gains after leadership confidence vote result is revealed.
How Tory MPs said they would vote in no confidence ballot
A full list of the Conservative MPs who publicly said whether or not they would Theresa May.
Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU
Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.
Brexit, the Irish border, backstop - does anyone really understand?
Newsbeat's De'Graft Mensah cuts through the difficult stuff and answers "What's The Fuss about Brexit?"
Paper review: Damaged May survives, but for how long?
Despite winning confidence vote, the scale of opposition puts PM's future - and Brexit - in danger.
Kenyan model: 'I won't wear make-up to hide my scars'
Claudiah Wanjiru says that after a difficult journey her scars have made her beautiful.
Why Brazil same-sex couples are rushing to tie the knot
Some people fear the country's president-elect will challenge the right to same-sex marriage.
Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?
Superfast 5G mobile connectivity may not be able to reach inside buildings. Could light help?
Pebbles and penguins: The Falklands island up for sale
Pebble Island on the Falklands comes with an army of animals and a four-mile long beach.
How Apollo 8 Astronauts took the famous 'Earthrise' photograph
Frank Borman was the Commander of the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. The astronauts took an iconic photo of the Earth rising above the lunar surface.
Chocolate meltdown closes German road
Some 25 firefighters were called in after a tank of liquid chocolate poured out into a street.
Robot turns out to be man in suit
A robot has featured on Russian TV but turns out to be a man in a suit.
'Planet of the chickens': How the bird took over the world
With around 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, the bird is a symbol of our times, say scientists.
The India girl who took her dad to the police over a toilet
The Indian girl accused her father of "cheating" because he broke his promise to build her a toilet.
Santa brings sense of calm and comfort to autistic teen
A busy mall can make 19-year-old Jack anxious but when Santa is there he's comfortable and calm.
Colchester Zoo's orangutan Rajang dies aged 50
Paying tribute to one of its best-loved residents, Colchester Zoo said Rajang would never be forgotten.
Aquaman reviews: Does the blockbuster sink or swim?
Here's what the critics thought of DC's new fantasy film.
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Trump Russia affair: Key questions answered
Get your head around the sprawling saga of alleged collusion between the Trump team and Moscow.
The secret life of a fantasy shopper
Some people take window-shopping to the next level. Sue Elliott-Nicholls describes the escapist allure of a posh fitting room.
Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food
From pigs-in-blankets tea to Christmas tree crisps, retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food.
'If the factory closes what could I afford to eat?'
As the EU threatens to end Cambodia's tariff-free status, textile workers fear it could lead to factory closures and job losses.
Lake Titicaca: Underwater museum brings hope to shores
The underwater museum will showcase archaeological sites found at the bottom of Lake Titicaca.
Face to face with the Strasbourg gunman
Eyewitnesses to the shooting in a Strasbourg Christmas market share their stories.
Mrs Wilson: Still searching for the real Alexander Wilson
As the BBC drama Mrs Wilson ends, Alexander Wilson's family don't know what to believe, his grandson writes.
The Germans solving rising rents with people power
Living in gentrified areas of Munich is getting pricey - but these renters say they have the answer.
Instagram tightens eating disorder filters after BBC investigation
The photo network’s filters don’t always halt posts that can promote anorexia and bulimia.
Why Wales' quietest station, Sugar Loaf, got busier
Railway enthusiasts have made this remote halt an unlikely "tourist destination".
Yemen war: Billions in aid, but where's it going?
Peace talks in Sweden aim at ending nearly four years of civil war.
Man Utd finish second in group after limp Valencia defeat
Manchester United fall to a Champions League defeat in Valencia as a Phil Jones own goal follows a glaring miss by Paul Pogba.
Sane double helps Man City beat Hoffenheim and top group
Manchester City's qualification for the Champions League last 16 was an "incredible success", says manager Pep Guardiola.
Football must unite to stamp out the 'ugly' spectre of racism - West Brom boss Darren Moore
West Brom boss Darren Moore is calling on football to unite to stamp out the "ugly" spectre of racism.
'Jiffy-bag doctor' Freeman pulls out of Varnish tribunal
The doctor involved in cycling's jiffy-bag scandal has pulled out of giving evidence to Jess Varnish's employment tribunal on legal grounds.
Watch: England into World Cup semi-finals after five-goal thriller
England make it through to the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup after a thrilling 3-2 win over Argentina in the quarter-finals in India.
Celtic's Griffiths faces spell out to seek help for 'ongoing issues'
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths will be "out of football for a little period of time" as he receives help with "ongoing issues", including some relating to his mental health.
Maitland-Niles claims he was racially abused as youth player
Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles says he was the victim of racial abuse when playing for the Gunners youth team
Triple child murders: The lodger who destroyed a family
David McGreavy murdered and mutilated three young children 45 years ago, a crime that remains as shocking as it was inexplicable.
I helped send my adoptive father to jail for 5,000 years
Thirty-six years after surviving a massacre, Ramiro Osorio Cristales testified last month against one of the killers - the man who raised him.
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Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle
<h4>Texan-led team find ancient oddity that's full of the stuff</h4> <p>An accidental discovery by a team of astronomers has helped answer one of the burning questions about dark matter and where it came from.…</p>
Huawei exec out of jail, just as US accuses China of Marriott hack
<h4>Tensions continue to build between two countries</h4> <p>The trade tensions between the US and China continue to build as American officials have accused Beijing of backing the massive Marriott data breach.…</p>
Kubernetes has become 'boring' and that's good, Google tells devs
<h4>Thrill-seeking infrastructure devs accept end of caffeine-fueled ops frenzy with murmur</h4> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://kubernetes.io/">Kubernetes</a> "is now very, very boring," declared Janet Kuo, software engineer at Google, at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday.…</p>
Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures
<h4>And the FCC and AT&amp;T claim everything is hunky dory</h4> <p>Just how much do you hate Comcast? Enough to spend $1m of your own money to escape its clutches?…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you hackers are targeting 'nuclear, defense, energy, financial' biz
<h4>Sharpshooter takes aim at critical infrastructure</h4> <p>Hackers are targetting critical infrastructure providers, including nuclear power and defense agencies, in what may be a state-sponsored attack that's hiding behind North Korean code.…</p>
Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit
<h4>State TV can't decide whether it was duped or not</h4> <p><strong>Video</strong> Every year Russia holds – and broadcasts on state television – a tech showcase of its latest products for an audience of hundreds of school kids.…</p>
Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit
<h4>In Soviet Russia, comrade find small hole by making much bigger hole</h4> <p>Spacewalking cosmonauts <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2018/12/11/russian-spacewalkers-complete-crew-vehicle-inspection/">clambered outside the ISS yesterday</a> to get an external view of the mystery hole drilled into the Soyuz, which is due to return three crew members to Earth next week.…</p>
Doubles all round for the server-makers: Market inhales $23.36bn for the quarter
<h4>Dell EMC, HPE and ODMs frolic as cloud rains cash</h4> <p>The continued data centre refresh cycle and seemingly insatiable demand from the big cloud slingers to bulk out their infrastructure saw server vendors make hay while the sun shone in Q3.…</p>
Thwack... boing: Amazon EFS rival Elastifile flings out multi-cloud file store through Google
<h4>Ain't no marketplace like a third-party marketplace</h4> <p>Scale-out software filer supplier Elastifile has buddied up with Google to thrust its NAS file system into Mountain View's Cloud Platform.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court
<h4>Liberty and pals seek to prove intrusive spy powers can never be justified</h4> <p>A band of human rights organisations have appealed against a top European court's ruling on bulk surveillance, arguing that any form of mass spying breaches rights to privacy and free expression.…</p>
Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut
<h4>Pr0n to be gated despite misgivings, says UK.gov minister</h4> <p>Age checks for online porn are expected to come into force around Easter 2019, as peers yesterday signed off on the final regulations and guidance despite acknowledging they will not be wholly efficient.…</p>
Britain approved £2.5m of snooping kit exports to thoroughly snuggly regime in Saudi Arabia
<h4>Who was Jamal Khashoggi, anyway?</h4> <p>British ministers have approved the export of more than £2.4m worth of telecoms snooping gear to Saudi Arabia, in spite of its very obvious human rights problems, according to a report.…</p>
Webinar: Supermicro and Intel offer a taste of cloud innovations
<h4>Test your own workload at their Cloud Center of Excellence</h4> <p><strong>Promo</strong> Server giant Supermicro recently teamed up with Intel to set up its Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) at its logistics hub and manufacturing facility in the Netherlands.…</p>
JFrog to open freebie central repository for Go fans in the new year
<h4>Your code is immutable, and always believed in... 'cause you use Go(Center)</h4> <p>Self-proclaimed "Database of DevOps" JFrog is about to fling open the first central repository for Go modules in the form of GoCenter.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors
<h4>3D stacks of Arm-like core clusters, APIs, and more coming some time soon</h4> <p>"We have humble pie to eat right now, and we're eating it," Murthy Renduchintala, Intel's chief engineering officer, said yesterday. "My view on [Intel's] 10nm is that brilliant engineers took a risk, and now they're retracing their steps and getting it right."…</p>
Need continuous Kubernetes satisfaction? CloudBees has just the thing
<h4>DevOps outfit also unleashes commercial support for Jenkins X</h4> <p>The gang at DevOps darlings CloudBees have been busy, er, bees and flung out a new continuous delivery product for Kubernetes development in the form of Core while also kicking off commercial support for Jenkins X.…</p>
Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz
<h4>No one's buying new friggin' handsets, says retailer</h4> <p>Dixons Carphone today reported a £440m statutory loss at the halfway stage of its fiscal '19 after writing down the goodwill of its mobile division, sending its shares tumbling by almost 12 per cent.…</p>
DXC Technology turns to BT Security to nab its infosec bossman
<h4>Waves bye to yet ANOTHER HPE exec, internal memo confirms</h4> <p>DXC Technology UK arm has hired former BT Security CEO Mark Hughes to run its global security function, replacing yet another old timer from the Hewlett Packard Enterprise side of the merger.…</p>
Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage
<h4>Uh, hello? Didn't you put third-party Javascript on a payment page?</h4> <p>Ticketmaster is telling its customers that it wasn't to blame for the infection of its site by a strain of the Magecart cred-stealing malware – despite embedding third-party Javascript into its payments page.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Qualcomm all ye faithful: 5G's soon triumphant... like 2020 soon. Really
<h4>We just modem down with that headline (OK maybe not)</h4> <p>As the chip supplier to <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.telecomlead.com/telecom-chips/smartphone-chipset-market-share-trends-in-q3-2017-81477">almost half the phone market</a>, Qualcomm should be able to make a decent guess about when 5G will condense from vapourware into something more solid.…</p>
Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago
<h4>Deadly radiation bouncing around could have killed off animals in the Pliocene era</h4> <p>A gigantic supernova explosion may have triggered mass extinctions for creatures living in Earth’s prehistoric oceans some 2.6 million years ago, according to new research <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ast.2018.1902">published</a> in Astrobiology.…</p>
Boffins build bugged bees bearing backpacks
<h4>Bees harvest data, but would be more fun if they had lasers</h4> <p>Boffins at the University of Washington have developed a portable sensor system for bumblebees, an improvement on previous research that saddled bees with GPS tracking chips, if not a prelude to the autonomous drone insects depicted in <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.netflix.com/title/70264888">Black Mirror</a>.…</p>
It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff
<h4>Windows, Office, Acrobat, SAP... you know the deal</h4> <p>Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP are finishing up the year with a flurry of activity, combining to patch more than 140 CVE-listed security flaws between them.…</p>
Waymo presents ChaufferNet, an neural net designed to copy human driving
<h4>TL;DR: The engineers realize that human data isn't enough to teach robots how to drive</h4> <p>Self-driving cars won’t learn to drive well if they only copy human behaviour, according to Waymo.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards
<h4>Vendor opens new investigation to refute bugging claims</h4> <p>Hardware builder Super Micro has delivered another effort to prove to the public its machines were not bugged by the Chinese government.…</p>
Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China
<h4>Also, none of you have any idea what you are talking about</h4> <p>Google's CEO Sundar Pichai appeared in front of a Congressional hearing this morning in a session that revealed two main things: he is still going to take the company into China, and Congresscritters have absolutely no idea what they are talking about when it comes to technology.…</p>
Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC
<h4>It's just not fair on profit-making companies otherwise</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> ISPs should be paid to provide slower internet speeds to poor people.…</p>
Kubernetes caretaker auditions for Hoarders; takes in another open source project
<h4>Etcd joins growing collection of code tended by Cloud Native Computing Foundation</h4> <p>At the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's (CNCF) KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 meetup on Tuesday, the CNCF revealed it will adopt, shelter and nourish an itinerant jumble of letters known on the street as "<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://github.com/etcd-io/etcd">etcd</a>."…</p>
Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory
<h4>'Entirely preventable' theft down to traffic-monitoring certificate left expired for 19 months</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> A US Congressional report outlining the breakdowns that led to the 2017 theft of 148 million personal records from Equifax has revealed a stunning catalog of failure.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security
<h4>Not like there's been a major incident recently to kick them into gear or anything</h4> <p>A quarter of NHS trusts in the UK responding to a Freedom of Information request have no staff with security qualifications, despite some employing up to 16,000 people.…</p>
Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly
<h4>What's she going to do? 'Engage' with people</h4> <p>Mega-bucks CRM titan Salesforce has appointed a loftily titled "chief ethical and humane use officer" to counteract the problems of being a tech giant in 2019.…</p>
Google's rent-a-cloud biz revs Istio for its Kubernetes service
<h4>K8's kitchen puts self-serve Istio on menu as managed offering takes shape</h4> <p><strong>KubeCon</strong> As a gathering of DevOps types at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/10/kubecon_conference/">KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018</a> gets under way in Seattle, Washington, Google plans to tell anyone who will listen that its managed Kubernetes service, GKE, now can be ordered with <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://cloud.google.com/istio">Istio</a> on the side, though you'll have to ladle it on yourself.…</p>
They say software will eat the world. Here are some software bugs that took a stab at it
<h4>Well, you know what we mean. Variable quality comes with increasing quantity</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> "On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts," said <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/09/security-update/">Facebook's Guy Rosen</a> in a security update in September.…</p>
They said yes, grins Dell Technologies: Expects to go public this month
<h4>Class V shareholders agree to sell or swap the stock</h4> <p>Class C shares in Dell Technologies are to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange before the year is out, after it today removed an obstacle that was hindering its ability to do so.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Microsoft to rule the biz chat roost – survey
<h4>Slack off, hipsters</h4> <p>Microsoft shows no sign of yielding its enterprise chat and conferencing users to a hipster-friendly upstart like Slack. A snapshot of US businesses who use work chat shows that Microsoft's Teams is taking advantage of Google's enterprise missteps rather than those of Slack.…</p>
Oracle takes its gripes about Pentagon's JEDI contract to federal court
<h4>Great way to make friends during procurement for a $10bn contract, eh Larry?</h4> <p>Fresh from defeat at the hands of the US Government Accountability Office, Oracle has taken its battle against the single-vendor Pentagon cloud contract to court.…</p>
IBM is trying to throttle my age-discrimination lawsuit – axed ace cloud salesman
<h4>Non-millennial claims Big Blue is hiding evidence of anti-greybeard HR policies</h4> <p>A former high-flying IBM salesman yesterday accused the American mainframe megalith of using "obstructionist" legal tactics to block disclosure of incriminating documents that would help him win a landmark age discrimination lawsuit.…</p>
LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing
<h4>Water + capsule + 2 weeks = 5 litres of beer</h4> <p>Fan of those trendy coffee machines shilled by George Clooney? Wish there was one that did beer? Of course you don't, but LG has gone and done it anyway.…</p>
Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked
<h4>That's thousands of employees' names, monthly salaries, bank details</h4> <p><strong>Exclusive</strong> A corporate-issued laptop lifted from a Lenovo employee in Singapore contained a cornucopia of unencrypted payroll data on staff based in the Asia Pacific region, <i>The Register</i> can exclusively reveal.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks
<h4>Fixes aplenty, but not so many shiny baubles – which is great</h4> <p>With less than two weeks to go before Christmas, Microsoft has lobbed a fresh build of next year's Windows 10 down the chimney.…</p>
Texas Instruments flicks Armis' Bluetooth chip vuln off its shoulder
<h4>Yeah, we've patched that one, adds Cisco</h4> <p>Texas Instruments has rather feebly slapped down infosec researchers' findings on a so-called Bleedingbit Bluetooth Low Energy vulnerability after a more detailed explanation of the chipset's weakness emerged.…</p>
Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?
<h4>Principles AND work for Google – it's been known to happen</h4> <p>AI is reported in extreme terms: it's revolutionising our roads, our workplaces and our homes – or it's stealing our jobs and will eradicate humanity. But what about operating in a war zone?…</p>
NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight
<h4>But will there be any 'nauts left on the ISS after AI bot CIMON has finished with them?</h4> <p>A resumption of crewed flights from US soil has inched closer after NASA named a date for SpaceX's Demo-1. But the latest Delta IV Heavy remains firmly earthbound following the second and latest abort.…</p>
OSIRIS-REx space probe catches a whiff of water on asteroid Bennu
<h4>But how Earth ended up with all its water is still a mystery</h4> <p>NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered water on the asteroid Bennu less than a week after its arrival at the hunk of space rock.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies
<h4>How things change</h4> <p>Well, it's official. For years, at <em>El Reg</em> offices we have commented on how Facebook is the new Microsoft – and not in a good way.…</p>
The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it
<h4>Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other identify lots of problems, few solutions</h4> <p>If ever there was doubt that 2018 is the year of fear, it was confirmed by a panel discussion involving the two men that are credited with inventing the internet and the world wide web.…</p>
Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early
<h4>52.5 million accounts at risk, tens of people are worried</h4> <p>Google says it will be speeding up the dismantling of its Google+ social network following the discovery of a new security bug that affected 52.5 million users.…</p>
Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins
<h4>Who cares? Let's whip out the BFG and blow up the boss</h4> <p>On December 10, 1993, after a marathon 30-hour coding session, the developers at id Software uploaded the first finished copy of <i>Doom</i> for download, the game that was to redefine first-person shooter (FPS) genre. Hours later IT admins wanted id's guts for garters.…</p>
China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon
<h4>Chang'e-4 is in the pipe; 5 by 5</h4> <p>China has successfully launched a spacecraft aiming to become the first lander to touch down on the far side of the Moon.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did
<h4>Malware hides cheap Android clicks as high-end Apple traffic</h4> <p>An enterprising malware writer has been masquerading infected Android devices as Apple gear in order to make a few extra bucks.…</p>

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9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most
After Michael Cohen's sentencing, plenty more people and entities in Trump's orbit potentially sit in the special counsel's crosshairs.
In the Sierras and Rockies, the Snowpack Is Shrinking Fast
An analysis of 36 years of snowpack shows that the US's peaks are shrinking, and that means more wildfires, less drinking water ... and less skiing.
If China Hacked Marriott, 2014 Marked a Full-on Assault
It increasingly appears that China was behind the Marriott hack, making 2014 a landmark year in cyberattacks against the US.
Google’s AI Guru Wants Computers to Think More Like Brains
Google's top AI researcher, Geoff Hinton, discusses a controversial Pentagon contract, a shortage of radical ideas, and fears of an "AI winter."
The Case for Viral ‘Callout’ Culture
Making memes out of racist rants is not frivolous: It’s crafting a nuanced picture of American racism—and laughing at it.
Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery
Come get your qubits! The builders of quantum computers want more coders to use their machines and figure out what they're actually good for.
An Intel Breakthrough Rethinks How Chips Are Made
Intel recently demonstrated Foveros, a method of stacking logic chips vertically that could reinvigorate Moore’s Law.
Tovala Steam Oven Review: Interesting, But Undercooked
This countertop oven toasts, bakes, reheats, broils, and steams—but the concept doesn't quite succeed.
Google Glass Wasn't a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns
With each new device, we open up a legal conversation about privacy standards. Google Glass was a rare example of people pushing back.
How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India
The messaging app owned by Facebook has become a major channel for hate speech and false stories in India. The government is demanding changes.
Streaming Isn’t Everything, and Blu-Rays Are Back to Prove It
As the gaps in streaming libraries become greater, so does physical media's comeback story.
How Self-Driving Cars Handle Tricky Highway Merges
For tech that can struggle to understand how humans drive, the communication-heavy, high-speed highway merge is no easy thing.
Amazon’s Holiday Toy Catalog Is Advertising Parents Actually Want
And some people are mad they didn't get one.
The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation
In an echo of the US in 2016, accounts linked to Russia and right-wing conspiracy theorists are spreading misinformation on Twitter.
Congress Blew Its Hearing With Google CEO Sundar Pichai
The House Judiciary Committee spent more time on partisan squabbles than urgent questions around Google's data and privacy practices.
Burger King’s 1-Cent Whopper Is a Taste of the Robocar Future
With the spread of self-driving technology, gimmicks like the Whopper Detour will become much more pervasive—and a little bit creepy.
Photo Gallery: A Look at 20 Years of Drought Ravaging Southeast Iran
Hashem Shakeri documents the loss of the Hamoun Wetlands in Sistan and Baluchestan Province*.
Don't Ask Jude Law About 'Captain Marvel'—He Fears Snipers
The actor doesn't want to be the first one taken out for spoiling a secret too soon.
Watch Google CEO Sundar Pichai Testify Before Congress
Google's CEO will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing focused on transparency and search practices.
Cake's Electric Kalk Motorcycle Is a Silent Dirt Biking Joy
Want to get a rookie into off-roading? Let them ride Cake's $13,000, all-electric motorcycle.
To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon
The latest efforts to corral space debris employ a wide-ranging bag of tricks including orbital fishing gear, tiny thrusters, and "space feathers."
How Shared, Open Data Can Help Us Better Overcome Disasters
Citizen collection of radiation information after Fukushima and of air quality information after California's wildfires should serve as a model.
15 Smart-Home Gift Ideas (2018): Ecobee, Dyson, Wemo, and More
Robot vacuums, smart thermostats, and more awesome gift ideas for that person in your life who can activate everything in their home with a sneeze.
How to Use Siri Shortcuts to Get Through Your Daily Grind
Siri Shortcuts might be the virtual assistant's most useful feature yet.
Crispr Scandal: How Do You Publish a Scientific Villain's Data?
The scientific community is at a loss over how, and whether, to publish the controversial gene-editing work of He Jiankui.
Elon Musk Abuses Tesla Autopilot on *60 Minutes*
By ignoring his company's instructions, Musk risked making the public even more confused about how to safely use the semi-autonomous system.
Earth's Depths Are Teeming With Otherworldly Microbes
Scientists have discovered a vast subterranean ecosystem of microbial life deep underground, stretching our sense of life's limits.
Google+ Exposed Data of 52.5 Million Users and Will Shut Down in April
A month after Google had already decided to shut down Google+, a new bug made its problems much, much worse.
Watch the New 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Trailer Now
Plus: Aquaman just made a big splash in China, and Netflix is getting closer to an Oscar.
The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree
Is your tree robust to cold? Do its needles cling to their branches? Christmas tree scientists ask these questions so we don't have to.

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