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Majority of conservatives don't trust Facebook to treat everyone equally, study says

July 10, 2019

A whopping 76.7 of conservatives don’t trust that Facebook treats all of its user equally, regardless of political beliefs, according to a new poll. The Media Research Center’s TechWatch published findings of the poll, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, on Tuesday. “More than three-fourths of conservatives don’t trust Facebook,” TechWatch’s Corinne Weaver wrote.

Blackburn says China building 'spy network' through Huawei technology

July 10, 2019

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Sunday accused China of building a “spy network” through the use of telecommunications group Huawei around the world and said it would be dangerous to allow Huawei access to U.S. fifth generation (5G) wireless networks. “We do not need to let Huawei get into building out these 5G networks, not for us and not for any of our allies because of the dangers there,"...

Huawei staff share deep links with Chinese military, new study claims

July 10, 2019

A new analysis of CVs of Huawei staff appeared to reveal deeper links between the technology giant and China’s military and intelligence bodies than had been previously acknowledged by the firm. The paper, which looks at employment records of Huawei employees, concluded that “key mid-level technical personnel employed by Huawei have strong backgrounds in work closely associated with intelligence gathering and military activities.”

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak says most people should 'figure out a way to get off Facebook'

July 09, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stressed the company's focus on privacy in recent months, particularly during its developers conference. But Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak isn't convinced that Facebook is keeping our personal interactions confidential. He recently suggested that "most people" should "figure out a way to get off Facebook"

Robots are slowly replacing us

July 09, 2019

The robots are here. A new study shows that firms that adopt robots see large increases in productivity and displace less innovative firms. But there is a problem. Robots are different from other types of capital investments. They perform tasks without direct or constant human interaction. Thus, robots can replace humans in the production process. Some studies suggest that as much as 47% of total U.S. employment could be automated. The question is this good or bad for workers.

Scientists: Sorry, 'Oumuamua Still Isn't an Alien Spaceship

July 08, 2019

Astronomers have been pondering the nature of our first interstellar visitor ever since its discovery. ‘Oumuamua is bizarre -- not only is it from beyond the stars, but it’s also long and cigar-shaped. That led some to wonder if it wasn’t really an alien spacecraft, but past studies of ‘Oumuamua have suggested that it’s just a space rock.

China Is Installing Android Malware on Tourists' Phones

July 08, 2019

Chinese authorities are reportedly installing surveillance apps on tourists’ phones at certain border crossings that collect data and scan for a range of files, according to a sweeping new investigation. According to the Times’s report, border officials in certain crossings into Xinjiang will install an app called Fengcai onto travelers’ Android devices. For travelers with Apple devices, their phones were reportedly plugged into a USB cable connected to a handheld device.

The U.S. now has 4 live 5G networks, but good luck actually using them

July 08, 2019

As the first half of 2019 came to a close, every major cellular carrier in the United States was officially offering 5G service to customers: Just days after blasting rivals AT&T and Verizon for lying about their limited 5G offerings, T-Mobile commenced initial service on June 28, becoming the last U.S. national carrier to launch 5G.

Tech war with the US is spurring Chinese firms to develop their own chips

July 08, 2019

“Huge amounts of capital and talent are going to be thrown at building self-reliance and establishing a kind of parallel ecosystem here without dependence on U.S. chips, operating systems,” said Ben Harburg, managing partner of MSA Capital, a Beijing-based venture capital firm. “The rationale is that this moment created demand. Previously, it didn’t have demand for those Chinese chips...

NASA's Orion Capsule Passes Launch Abort Test With Flying Colors

July 08, 2019

NASA has successfully tested the launch abort system for the Orion crew capsule designed to take astronauts to the Moon. An unmanned test version of the Orion crew capsule was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop a modified Peacekeeper missile early Tuesday. After reaching an altitude of six miles...

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