Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command and NSA, confirms he created a Russia Small Group, a special task force to address Russian cyber-threats (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

July 22, 2018

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command and NSA, confirms he created a Russia Small Group, a special task force to address Russian cyber-threats  —  Paul Nakasone, U.S. cyber commander and director of the National Security Agency, confirmed that he’s created a special task force to address Russian threats in cyberspace. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Open Gov’t Advocates Fear that Private Messaging Apps Are Being Misused by Public Officials To Conduct Business in Secret

The proliferation of digital tools that make text and email messages vanish may be welcome to Americans seeking to guard their privacy. But open government advocates fear they are being misused by public officials to conduct business in secret and evade transparency laws. From a report: Whether communications on those platforms should be part of the public record is a growing but unsettled debate in states across the country. Updates…

July 22, 2018
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Snapchat to discontinue Snapcash, its peer-to-peer payment feature, on August 30; the feature was created in partnership with Square in 2014 (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

July 22, 2018

Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Snapchat to discontinue Snapcash, its peer-to-peer payment feature, on August 30; the feature was created in partnership with Square in 2014  —  Snapcash ended up a way to pay adult performers for private content over Snapchat, not just a way to pay your friends. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Boston Dynamics Is Gearing Up To Produce Thousands of Robot Dogs

Boston Dynamics, maker of uncannily agile robots, is poised to bring its first commercial product to market — a small, dog-like robot called the SpotMini. From a report: The launch was announced in May, and founder Marc Raibert recently said that by July of next year, Boston Dynamics will be producing the SpotMini at the rate of around 1,000 units per year. The broader goal, as reported by Inverse, is…

July 22, 2018
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Facebook Confirms It’s Working on a New Internet Satellite

A host of companies believe the better way to connect the estimated half of Earth’s population that’s still offline is to launch “constellations” of smaller satellites into low Earth orbit, around 100 to 1,250 miles above our planet. According to emails from the Federal Communications Commission, which Wired obtained by filing a Freedom of Information Act request, Facebook is officially one such company. From the report: The emails show that…

July 22, 2018
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People Like Getting Thank You Notes, Research Finds

From a report: O.K., it’s not that surprising. But what did surprise two psychologist as they attempted to get to bottom of why so few people actually send thank yous is that many people totally “miscalibrate” the effect of an appreciative email. They underestimate the positive feelings it will bring. “They think it’s not going to be that big a deal,” said Amit Kumar, a professor at the University of…

July 22, 2018
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The amount of ether staked on Augur, a peer-to-peer protocol to create prediction markets from user-posed questions, grew to ~$1M and first bets paid out $20K (David Floyd/CoinDesk)

July 22, 2018

David Floyd / CoinDesk: The amount of ether staked on Augur, a peer-to-peer protocol to create prediction markets from user-posed questions, grew to ~$1M and first bets paid out $20K  —  Augur, a decentralized platform for creating predictions markets, just hit a major milestone.  —  “The first markets … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Rome’s Subway Expansion Reveals Artifacts From The Ancient Past

All roads may lead to Rome, but once you get there, good luck taking the subway. The sprawling metropolis is expanding its mass transit system — a sluggish process made even slower as workers keep running into buried ancient ruins. From a report: “I found some gold rings. I found glasswork laminated in gold depicting a Roman god, some amphoras,” says Gilberto Pagani, a bulldozer operator at the Amba Aradam…

July 22, 2018
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Some Colleges Cautiously Embrace Wikipedia

Megan Zahneis, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education: Academics have traditionally distrusted Wikipedia, citing the inaccuracies that arise from its communally edited design and lamenting students’ tendency to sometimes plagiarize assignments from it. Now, LiAnna Davis, director of programs for Wikipedia’s higher-education-focused nonprofit arm Wiki Education, said, higher education and Wikipedia don’t seem like such strange bedfellows. At conferences these days, “everyone’s like, ‘Oh, Wikipedia, of course you guys…

July 22, 2018
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