Unknown Language Discovered in Malaysia

Researchers have cataloged close to 7,000 distinct human languages on Earth, per Linguistic Society of America’s latest count. That may seem like a pretty exhaustive list, but it hasn’t stopped anthropologists and linguists from continuing to encounter new languages, like one recently discovered in a village in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula. From a report: According to a press release, researchers from Lund University in Sweden discovered the…

February 12, 2018
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Microsoft says it will add Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 this summer (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

February 12, 2018

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft says it will add Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 this summer  —  Microsoft is adding Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 to the list of protected end-points covered by Windows Defender ATP, starting this summer. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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The Quest To Find the Longest-Serving Programmer

In 2014, the National Museum of Computing published a blog post in which it tried to find the person who has been programming the longest. At the time, it declared Bill Williams, a 70-year old to be one of the world’s most durable programmers, who claimed to have started coding for a living in 1969 and was still doing so at the time of publication. The post has been updated…

February 12, 2018
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Instagram tests a feature showing users who has taken screenshots of their stories (Fitz Tepper/TechCrunch)

February 12, 2018

Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch: Instagram tests a feature showing users who has taken screenshots of their stories  —  Instagram is testing a feature that will show users when someone else takes a screenshot of their story.  Users included in the test are getting a warning that the next time they take a screenshot … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Uber will require drivers in the US to take six-hour breaks after driving a total of 12 hours in a single shift (Andrew J. Hawkins/The Verge)

February 12, 2018

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge: Uber will require drivers in the US to take six-hour breaks after driving a total of 12 hours in a single shift  —  The app will use GPS and telematics to track driving time  —  In an effort to combat drowsy driving, Uber announced today that it would require its most frequent drivers … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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The Flu and Airports

An anonymous reader writes: The CDC says this year’s flu season is on track to either rival or dethrone 2009’s swine flu. 3,000 people across the U.S. have died as a result of the flu in the first 20 days of 2018, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and that number has likely risen. If you want to avoid the flu (and of course you do) the National…

February 12, 2018
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Facebook is promoting its user data tracking Onavo VPN, which it acquired in 2013, under a “Protect” tab within its main mobile app on iOS (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

February 12, 2018

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Facebook is promoting its user data tracking Onavo VPN, which it acquired in 2013, under a “Protect” tab within its main mobile app on iOS  —  Onavo Protect, the VPN client from the data-security app maker acquired by Facebook back in 2013, has now popped up in the Facebook app itself … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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IDG Contributor Network: Why retail is the new data industry

At massive tech conferences like CES, SXSW, Web Summit or even Dreamforce, data is at the core of many innovations and conversations. But it’s time we add another annual event to that list: The National Retail Federation’s Big Show. More and more, the retail industry is driven by data insights and the technologies powering them. So, it came as no surprise to me when visiting NRF in New York last…

February 12, 2018
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