Robot Combines Vision and Touch To Learn the Game of Jenga

In the basement of MIT’s Building 3, a robot is carefully contemplating its next move. It gently pokes at a tower of blocks, looking for the best block to extract without toppling the tower, in a solitary, slow-moving, yet surprisingly agile game of Jenga. From a report: The robot, developed by MIT engineers, is equipped with a soft-pronged gripper, a force-sensing wrist cuff, and an external camera, all of which…

February 1, 2019
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Snopes pulls out of Facebook partnership, says Facebook’s closed, manual fact-checking entry system is too labor intensive and fails to benefit the whole web (Daniel Funke/Poynter)

February 1, 2019

Daniel Funke / Poynter: Snopes pulls out of Facebook partnership, says Facebook’s closed, manual fact-checking entry system is too labor intensive and fails to benefit the whole web  —  Snopes is no longer debunking misinformation in partnership with Facebook.  In a statement published Friday … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Apple Will Store Russian User Data Locally, Possibly Decrypt on Request: Report

After resisting local government’s mandates for years, Apple appears to have agreed to store Russian citizens’ data within the country, a report says. From a report: According to a Foreign Policy report, Russia’s telecommunications and media agency Roskomnadzor has confirmed that Apple will comply with the local data storage law, which appears to have major implications for the company’s privacy initiatives. Apple’s obligations in Russia would at least parallel ones…

February 1, 2019
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New Net Neutrality Bill Headed To Congress

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) said today he would “soon” introduce a bill to permanently reinstate the net neutrality rules that were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission, led by chairman Ajit Pai, in 2017. From a report: Markey’s announcement comes as a federal court is set to hear oral arguments over the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality regulations in 2017. Markey, who is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee,…

February 1, 2019
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NSA Releases Updated Guidance on Side-Channel Vulnerabilities

Original release date: February 01, 2019 The National Security Agency (NSA) has released updated information on a set of side-channel vulnerabilities affecting modern computer processors. An attacker can exploit these vulnerabilities to obtain sensitive information. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), encourages users and administrators to review the NSA Cybersecurity Advisory on Updated Guidance for Vulnerabilities Affecting Modern Processors…

February 1, 2019
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Binance Users Can Now Pay for Cryptocurrency With Credit Cards

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange based on trading volume, now lets users spend money they don’t have thanks to the additional support for credit cards from Visa and Mastercard. From a report: The exchange announced Thursday that it has partnered with Israel-based payments processing firm Simplex to enable purchases with Visa and MasterCard credit cards. At launch, the exchange is supporting credit card purchase for bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH),…

February 1, 2019
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