Scientists Are Working To Eliminate Senescent Cells

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In a lab just south of San Francisco I am looking at two blown-up images of microscope slides on a computer screen, side by side. The slides are the same cross-sections of mouse knees from a six-month-old and an 18-month-old animal. The older mouse’s image has a splattering of little yellow dots, the younger barely any. That staining indicates the presence…

October 7, 2018
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Sources say Honda reached a deal with GM to develop autonomous vehicles after its talks with Waymo fell apart due to Waymo’s reluctance to share core technology (Bloomberg)

October 7, 2018

Bloomberg: Sources say Honda reached a deal with GM to develop autonomous vehicles after its talks with Waymo fell apart due to Waymo’s reluctance to share core technology  —  – Alphabet unit wanted to keep technology to itself, people say  — Japanese company turned to GM for help with batteries Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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iFixit Confirms You Can Still Repair Your Own iMac Pro Or MacBook Pro — At Least For Now

After it was reported that proprietary diagnostic software was needed in order to replace key parts on computers equipped with Apple’s T2 chip, iFixit decided to put that claim to the test by replacing a part on a brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro. They found that after pulling it apart and replacing the display, it still worked — even without the software. Engadget reports: As they put it, any “secret repair…

October 7, 2018
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Canadian Music Group Proposes ‘Copyright Tax’ On Internet Use

After ongoing discussions and proposals about new taxes and fees to compensate creators for “missed revenue,” the Screen Composers Guild of Canada is calling for a copyright tax on all broadband data use above 15 gigabytes per month. TorrentFreak reports: A proposal from the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC), put forward during last week’s Government hearings, suggests to simply add a levy on Internet use above 15 gigabytes per…

October 7, 2018
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UK Cyber Security Agency Backs Apple, Amazon China Hack Denials

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Britain’s national cyber security agency said on Friday it had no reason to doubt the assessments made by Apple and Amazon challenging a Bloomberg report that their systems contained malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence services. “We are aware of the media reports but at this stage have no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by AWS and Apple,” said…

October 7, 2018
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Saudi Arabia says it will invest $45B in SoftBank’s planned second Vision Fund (Bloomberg)

October 7, 2018

Bloomberg: Saudi Arabia says it will invest $45B in SoftBank’s planned second Vision Fund  —  – Sovereign fund set to recieve windfall from Sabic, Aramco  — Crown Prince says PIF assets will hit $600 billion by 2020  —  Saudi Arabia is preparing to double-down on its bet that Masayoshi Son can pick the technology giants of the future. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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National Theater In London Offers Glasses With Live Subtitles

The National Theater in London has introduced “smart caption glasses” that display dialogue on the lenses as actors speak (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The glasses should drastically improve the experience for audience members who have hearing difficulties. According to The New York Times, “The glasses can be used without charge for the play ‘War Horse’ and for the musical ‘Hadestown,’ and they will be available for all…

October 7, 2018
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Microsoft Open Sources Parts of Minecraft’s Java Code

Four years after Microsoft acquired Minecraft developer Mojang, the company has decided to open source some of Minecraft’s Java code. According to Kotaku, Microsoft and Mojang released two parts of Minecraft’s Java code in library form, so that “anyone can pick them up and use them in their own game,” says Lead Engineer Nathan Adams. From the report: For now, there’s just the two libraries: “Brigadier,” a “command parser and…

October 7, 2018
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The new NAFTA deal extends the protections from liability that US internet companies enjoy under Section 230 of Communications Decency Act, to Mexico and Canada (Quartz)

October 7, 2018

Quartz: The new NAFTA deal extends the protections from liability that US internet companies enjoy under Section 230 of Communications Decency Act, to Mexico and Canada  —  The new “USMCA” deal the US, Canada, and Mexico tentatively agreed to provides wide-reaching protection to internet giants … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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