Most Amazon Brands Are Duds, Not Disrupters, Study Finds

An anonymous reader shares a report: The explosion of Amazon’s private-label products — batteries, baby wipes, jeans, tortilla chips, sofas — has prompted concern that the world’s biggest online retailer could use its clout to promote these house brands at the expense of merchants selling similar products on the web store. The issue even surfaced in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s recent proposal to break up big technology companies. Turns out most…

March 18, 2019
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Flawed Analysis, Failed Oversight: How Boeing, FAA Certified the Suspect 737 MAX Flight Control System

In one of the most detailed descriptions yet of the relationship between Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration during the 737 Max’s certification process, the Seattle Times reports that the U.S. regulator delegated much of the safety assessment to Boeing and that the analysis the planemaker in turn delivered to the authorities had crucial flaws. 0x2A shares the report: Both Boeing and the FAA were informed of the specifics of…

March 18, 2019
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Apple Announces 10.5-inch iPad Air and Refreshed iPad Mini

Ahead of a planned event next week, Apple today unveiled two new iPads. From a report: The new, larger, 10.5-inch iPad Air will arrive with a 70 percent performance boost compared to its predecessor, thanks to the company’s A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine. That’ll be useful alongside the now 20-percent larger display — which is compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil too. A new iPad Mini has been…

March 18, 2019
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MySpace Has Reportedly Lost All Photos, Videos and Songs Uploaded Over 12 Years Due To Data Corruption During a Server Migration Project

MySpace may have lost your digital memories in a server migration. From a report: “As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” it said in a note at the top of the site. “We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data…

March 18, 2019
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Astronomers Discover 83 Supermassive Black Holes at the Edge of the Universe

“A team of international astronomers have been hunting for ancient, supermassive black holes — and they’ve hit the motherlode, discovering 83 previously unknown quasars,” reports CNET: The Japanese team turned the ultra-powerful “Hyper Suprime-Cam”, mounted to the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, toward the cosmos’ darkest corners, surveying the sky over a period of five years. By studying the snapshots, they’ve been able to pick potential quasar candidates out of the…

March 18, 2019
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Wells Fargo Sued By 63-Year-Old Pastor They Wrongfully Accused of Forging Checks

Wells Fargo has been hit with a lawsuit from a 63-year-old pastor at the United Methodist Church of Parsippany. Wells Fargo sent his ATM photos to the police, which he says led to false arrest, malicious prosecution — and humiliation. NJ.com reports: In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Morris County Superior Court, attorneys for the 63-year-old pastor sought unspecified damages against Wells Fargo, which has come under fire over a…

March 18, 2019
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BBC Visits ‘Hated and Hunted’ Ransomware Expert

In “Hated and hunted,” a BBC reporter describes visiting a ransomware expert “who has devoted himself, at huge personal cost, to helping victims of ransomware around the world.” They hate him so much that they leave him angry threats buried deep inside the code of their own viruses… “I was shocked but I also felt a real sense of pride,” says Fabian. “Almost like, a little bit cocky. I’m not…

March 18, 2019
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Vaccines Can Help Fight the Rise of Drug-Resistant Microbes

An anonymous reader quotes the Harvard School of Public Health: Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and many other disease-causing agents are flourishing around the world, and the consequences are disastrous — at least 700,000 people die globally as a result of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) annually, according to a 2016 review on antimicrobial resistance commissioned by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. It’s a perilous situation, but…

March 18, 2019
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Bacteria Discovered In Irish Soil Kills Four Drug-Resistant Superbugs

NBC News reports on how microbiologist Gerry Quinn “followed up on some folklore his family had passed on to him.” Old timers insisted that the dirt in the vicinity of a nearly 1,500-year-old church in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, an area once occupied by the Druids, had almost miraculous curative powers…. “Here in the western fringes of Ireland there is still a tradition of having this folk cure,” Quinn…

March 18, 2019
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Nevada Lawmakers Want Police To Scan Cellphones After Car Crashes

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash… If the Nevada measure passes, it would allow police to use a device known as the “textalyzer,” which connects to a cellphone…

March 18, 2019
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