Bioacoustic Devices Could Help Save Rainforests

“Researchers writing in Science argue that networked audio recording devices mounted in trees could be used to monitor wildlife populations and better evaluate whether conservation projects are working or not,” writes Slashdot reader Damien1972. From the report: Compared to ground surveys and camera traps, the technology provides cheap continuous, real-time biodiversity monitoring at the landscape scale. Thousands of hours of recordings can now be collected with long-lasting batteries and stored…

January 18, 2019
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Court Rejects FCC Request To Delay Net Neutrality Case

A federal appeals court denied the FCC’s request to postpone oral arguments in a court battle over the agency’s decision to repeal its net neutrality rules. The FCC had asked for the hearing to be postponed since the commission’s workforce has largely been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. The hearing remains set for February 1. The Hill reports: After the FCC repealed the rules requiring internet service providers…

January 18, 2019
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Adding New DNA Letters Make Novel Proteins Possible

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: The fuzzy specks growing on discs of jelly in Floyd Romesberg’s lab at Scripps Research in La Jolla look much like any other culture of E. coli. But appearances deceive — for the dna of these bacteria is written in an alphabet that has six chemical letters instead of the usual four. Every other organism on Earth relies on a quartet…

January 18, 2019
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Jack Bogle, the Man Who Revolutionized Investing, Dies At 89

Thelasko shares a report from MarketWatch: You can thank Thomas Edison for the light bulb casting light in your home, Henry Ford for your affordable, mass-produced car, and Apple’s Steve Jobs for the astonishing computer in your pocket. And Jack Bogle, who died Wednesday [at the age of 89]. The low-cost mutual funds he helped pioneer at Vanguard aren’t as sexy or dramatic as other inventions. And you can’t really…

January 18, 2019
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Twitter Bug Exposed Some Android Users’ Protected Tweets For Years

Twitter disclosed on its Help Center page today that some Android users had their private tweets revealed for years due to a security flaw. “The issue caused the Twitter for Android app to disable the ‘Protect your Tweets’ setting for some Android users who made changes to their account settings, such as changing the email address associated with their account, between November 3rd, 2014 and January 14th, 2019,” reports The…

January 18, 2019
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Verizon Blames School Text Provider In Dispute Over ‘Spam’ Fee

Last week, Ars Technica reported that Verizon’s new “spam” fee for texts sent from teachers to students might stop working on the network because of a dispute over texting fees that Verizon demanded from Remind, the company that operates the service. Now, it appears that Verizon “has backed down from its original position slightly, and ongoing negotiations could allow the free texting service to continue,” reports Ars. From the report:…

January 18, 2019
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Oklahoma Government Data Leak Exposes FBI Investigation Records, Millions of Department Files

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Researchers have disclosed the existence of a server exposed to the public which not only contained terabytes of confidential government data but information relating to FBI investigations. According to UpGuard cybersecurity researchers Greg Pollock and Chris Vickery, the open storage server belonged to the Oklahoma Department of Securities (ODS), a U.S. government department which deals with securities cases and complaints. The database…

January 18, 2019
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Google Just Spent $40 Million For Fossil’s Secret Smartwatch Tech

Google and watchmaker Fossil Group today announced an agreement for the search giant to acquire some of Fossil’s smartwatch technology and members of the research and development division responsible for creating it. From a report: The deal is worth roughly $40 million, and under the current terms Fossil will transfer a “portion” of its R&D team, the portion directly responsible for the intellectual property being sold, over to Google. As…

January 18, 2019
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Saturn Put A Ring On It Relatively Recently, Study Says

Saturn is famous for its lovely rings, but a new study suggests the planet has spent most of its 4.5 billion years without them. From a report: That’s because the rings are likely only 10 million to 100 million years old, according to a newly published report in the journal Science that’s based on findings from NASA’s Cassini probe. Cassini spent some 13 years orbiting Saturn before plunging down and…

January 17, 2019
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Michael Cohen Says He Tried To Rig Online Polls ‘at the Direction’ of Donald Trump

Dan Mangan, writing for CNBC: President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen on Thursday said he tried to rig online polls — including one conducted by CNBC — “at the direction and for the sole benefit of” Trump when he was thinking about making a run for the White House. “I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it,” Cohen said in…

January 17, 2019
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