Facebook Begins Hiding Anti-Vaccine Misinformation

America now has 206 confirmed cases of measles, its highest year-to-date number in over 25 years . Now USA Today reports on how Facebook is responding: In mid-February, Facebook told USA TODAY it had “taken steps” to reduce fake health news and anti-vaxx posts and said it was considering making anti-vaccination content on its site less visible amid a measles outbreak that has reignited a conversation about preventative shots. At…

March 9, 2019
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Many Android VPN Apps Request ‘Dangerous’ Permissions They Don’t Need

A VPN researcher found that many Android VPN apps request access to sensitive permissions that they don’t need, according to an article shared by WaitingForSupport. ZDNet reports: The study, carried out by John Mason from TheBestVPN.com, analyzed 81 Android apps available for download through the Google Play Store. Mason said he downloaded and extracted the permissions requested by each VPN app from their respective APK installer files…. According to Mason,…

March 9, 2019
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Major League Baseball Finally Begins Experimenting With Robot Umpires

“Baseball’s potential future will be showcased in the independent Atlantic League this year, and it includes robot umpires…” reports ESPN, calling it part of “a wide variety of experiments that the Atlantic League will run this season as part of its new partnership with Major League Baseball.” While MLB has long tested potential rule changes in the minor leagues, its three-year partnership with the Atlantic League — an eight-team league…

March 9, 2019
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Apple Is Now Forcing Its Suppliers to Go ‘Green’

Apple is already running on 100% green energy, according to Fast Company. But Apple is still “keen to show it’s a good corporate citizen,” reports the Australian Financial Review: Apple’s annual supplier responsibility report released on Thursday revealed 20 manufacturing supplier facilities had been removed from the company’s supply chain for breaches of environmental permits or workplace rules. “Smelters and refiners deeper in our supply chain are held to similar…

March 9, 2019
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VMware Touts Dismissal of Linux GPL Lawsuit

“For over a decade, VMware has been accused of illegally using Linux code in its VMware ESX bare-metal virtual machine hypervisor,” reports ZDNet, adding that “A German court has dismissed the case, but the struggle may not be over.” VMware stood accused of illegally using Linux code in its flagship VMware ESX bare-metal virtual machine (VM) hypervisor… In 2011, the Software Freedom Conservancy, a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software,…

March 9, 2019
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Satellite Magnate Argues Post-Brexit Britain Will Be ‘Lost In Space’

PolygamousRanchKid quotes the BBC: Will Marshall’s “Planet” company operates the world’s largest satellite imaging network, with 150 spacecraft able to fully picture Earth on a daily basis. He warns EU withdrawal will do immense harm to Britain’s space industry. The UK will be “lost in space”, he says. The UK Space Agency responded by saying home businesses had a positive outlook. The most recent survey of confidence across the sector…

March 9, 2019
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Will A No-Deal Brexit Void 340,000 British-Owned .EU Domains?

The Guardian reports on what may happen next to British businesses and individuals who own .EU domains: There are about 340,000 registered British holders of these web addresses, and the government has urged them to make contingency plans as their web addresses will disappear if the UK does not agree on a deal with Brussels. The domains were introduced in 2006 as a rival to the likes of .com and…

March 9, 2019
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