Should The US Government Break Up Google, Twitter, and Facebook?

The Bay Area Newsgroup reports: Political momentum for a crackdown on Silicon Valley’s social media giants got a boost this week when a state attorney general said he would tell U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions next week that Google, Facebook and Twitter should be broken up. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry wants the federal government to do to the social media firms what it did to Standard Oil in 1911,…

September 22, 2018
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White House: draft EO ordering probes into practices of Facebook and Google is not an official document; sources: Yelp sent email with the draft EO to WH aides (Washington Post)

September 22, 2018

Washington Post: White House: draft EO ordering probes into practices of Facebook and Google is not an official document; sources: Yelp sent email with the draft EO to WH aides  —  The White House sought to distance itself Saturday from reports that President Trump is considering an executive order … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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As it gets ready to launch its first commercial robot, Boston Dynamics is still struggling to articulate what the big application for its robots is (New York Times)

September 22, 2018

New York Times: As it gets ready to launch its first commercial robot, Boston Dynamics is still struggling to articulate what the big application for its robots is  —  WALTHAM, Mass. — Moving like a large dog, knees bent and hips swaying, the robot walked across a parking lot and into a rain puddle. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Cody Wilson, 3D-Printed Gun Pioneer, Arrested In Taiwan

Cody Wilson, maker of the first 3D-printed plastic gun, has been arrested in Taiwan. Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes Reason: Earlier this week, Texas police issued a warrant for his arrest. Wilson, they claimed, found a woman on sugardaddymeet.com, a website that requires all users to assert they are 18 or over, then met her and paid for sex with her. Police say the woman was actually 16, which made…

September 22, 2018
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Space Junk Successfully Captured In Orbit For the First Time (with Video)

“The Surrey Space Center successfully used a net to capture a piece of artificial space junk in orbit for the first time in history on Sunday,” writes Slashdot reader dmoberhaus. “The video was just released Wednesday and is quite stunning.” “Not only does the net look cool as hell, it’s addressing a major problem for the future of space exploration,” reports Motherboard: The test was carried about by the RemoveDEBRIS…

September 22, 2018
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NextVR now supports Oculus Rift and Oculus Go for its live sports and entertainment broadcasts (Mariella Moon/Engadget)

September 22, 2018

Mariella Moon / Engadget: NextVR now supports Oculus Rift and Oculus Go for its live sports and entertainment broadcasts  —  NextVR provides access to immersive sports and entertainment broadcasts for a number of virtual reality headsets, but it had a huge Oculus-shaped gap in its compatibility list. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Purism Launches First Security Key with Tamper-Evident Protection for Laptops

An anonymous reader quotes Softpedia: Purism announced Thursday that its highly anticipated Librem Key security key is now available for purchase as the first and only OpenPGP-based smart card to offer a Heads-firmware-integrated tamper-evident boot process for laptops. Developed in partnership with Nitrokey, a company known for manufacturing open-source USB keys that enable secure encryption and signing of data for laptops, Purism’s Librem Key is dedicated to Librem laptop users,…

September 22, 2018
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Did John Deere Just Swindle California’s Farmers Out of Their Right to Repair?

An anonymous reader quotes a new Wired opinion piece by Kyle Wiens and Elizabeth Chamberlain from iFixit: A big California farmers’ lobbying group just blithely signed away farmers’ right to access or modify the source code of any farm equipment software. As an organization representing 2.5 million California agriculture jobs, the California Farm Bureau gave up the right to purchase repair parts without going through a dealer. Farmers can’t change…

September 22, 2018
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Sources: Apple delayed launch of a streaming video service twice, most recently until March, and spiked a Dr. Dre series as it seeks less edgy content (Wall Street Journal)

September 22, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Sources: Apple delayed launch of a streaming video service twice, most recently until March, and spiked a Dr. Dre series as it seeks less edgy content  —  The tech giant wants to make scripted shows for streaming, only without violence, politics and risqué story lines Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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New Custom Linux Distro is Systemd-Free, Debian-Based, and Optimized for Windows 10

An anonymous reader quotes MSPowerUser: Nearly every Linux distro is already available in the Microsoft Store, allowing developers to use Linux scripting and other tools running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Now another distro has popped up in the Store, and unlike the others it claims to be specifically optimised for WSL, meaning a smaller and more appropriate package with sane defaults which helps developers get up and…

September 22, 2018
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