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NASA Awards Blue Origin, Nanoracks, Northrop Grumman Over $400M In Contracts To Avoid Space Station Gap
Just two days after officially (and quietly) confirming that it intends to replace the International Space Station with a commercial station by 2030, NASA has awarded over $400 million in agreements to three companies to further develop private station plans. TechCrun … ⌘ Read more

US Satellites Are Being Attacked Every Day According To Space Force General
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Drive: U.S. Space Force’s General David Thompson, the service’s second in command, said last week that Russia and China are launching “reversible attacks,” such as electronic warfare jamming, temporarily blinding optics with lasers, and cyber attacks, on U.S. satellites “ever … ⌘ Read more

Former Ubiquiti Dev Charged For Trying To Extort His Employer
Long-time Slashdot reader tinskip shares a report from BleepingComputer: Nickolas Sharp, a former employee of networking device maker Ubiquiti, was arrested and charged today with data theft and attempting to extort his employer while posing as a whistleblower and an anonymous hacker. “As alleged, Nickolas Sharp exploited his access as a trusted inside … ⌘ Read more

Trump’s Social Media Site Quietly Admits It’s Based On Mastodon
mrflash818 shares a report from PCMag: To avoid a lawsuit, Donald Trump’s social media site is quietly acknowledging the computer code powering the platform comes from Mastodon. Trump’s “Truth Social” site now features a dedicated section labeled “open source,” which contains a Zip archive to Mastodon’s source code. “Our goal is to support the open … ⌘ Read more

Google Readies ‘Pixel Watch’ For 2022 Launch
According to Insider, Google is planning to launch its own in-house smartwatch in 2022. “Two employees said a spring launch was possible if the latest testing round is a success, however all sources stressed that details and timelines were subject to change depending on feedback from employees testing the device,” reports Insider. From the report: The device, which is internally codena … ⌘ Read more

New York Anime Convention Possibly Infected With Omicron
Long-time Slashdot reader Aighearach shares a report from Reuters: President Joe Biden on Thursday laid out his strategy to fight the coronavirus as the highly contagious Omicron spread across the globe with winter coming and hours after the first known U.S. case of community transmission of the variant was reported. […] In California and Colorado, … ⌘ Read more

Microsoft Makes Breakthrough In the Quest To Use DNA As Data Storage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Microsoft, one of the pioneers of DNA storage, is making some headway, working with the University of Washington’s Molecular Information Systems Laboratory, or MISL. The company announced in a new research paper the first nanoscale DNA storage writer, which the research group expects … ⌘ Read more

Google Removes Pirate Bay Domains from Search Results Citing Dutch Court Order
Google has removed The Pirate Bay and more than 100 related domains from its search results in the Netherlands. The search engine points to a local pirate site-blocking order that was forwarded by anti-piracy group BREIN. The order targets ISPs and doesn’t name Google but the company chose to voluntarily comply. Torre … ⌘ Read more

White To Unveil Alliance To Curb Human Rights Abuse of Tech
The White House will unveil a group of countries next week that have pledged to work together to curb exports of technology that can be used by bad actors and repressive governments to violate human rights, senior administration officials said on Thursday. Reuters reports: The announcement, which will be made as part of U.S. President Joe Biden’s Summit … ⌘ Read more

Really Stupid ‘Smart Contract’ Bug Let Hackers Steal $31 Million In Digital Coin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Blockchain startup MonoX Finance said on Wednesday that a hacker stole $31 million by exploiting a bug in software the service uses to draft smart contracts. The company uses a decentralized finance protocol known as MonoX that lets users trade digital currency tok … ⌘ Read more

FTC Sues To Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block Nvidia’s $40 billion acquisition of a fellow chip company, Arm, halting one of the biggest semiconductor industry deals in history. From a report: The F.T.C. said the deal between Nvidia, which is based in California and makes chips, and Arm, a British company that designs chips, would stifle com … ⌘ Read more

Goldman Sachs, Other Wall Street Banks Exploring Bitcoin-Backed Loans
Goldman Sachs is among a handful of tier-one U.S. banks figuring out how to use bitcoin as collateral for cash loans to institutions, CoinDesk reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the plans. From the report: Banks such as Goldman will not touch cryptocurrency spot markets but lean towards synthetic crypto products such as futures. … ⌘ Read more

Californian Firm Touts ‘Mushroom Leather’ as Sustainability Gamechanger
An anonymous reader shares a report: Vegan alternatives to leather could save more than just animals. The scientists behind fashion’s new latest must-have – the “mushroom leather” handbag – believe that mycelium, a material grown from fungi which can be engineered to look and feel like calfskin or sheepskin, could help save the … ⌘ Read more

The US Crackdown on Chinese Economic Espionage is a Mess
The US government’s China Initiative sought to protect national security. In the most comprehensive analysis of cases to date, MIT Technology Review reveals how far it has strayed from its goals. Technology Review: A visiting researcher at UCLA accused of hiding his connection to China’s People’s Liberation Army. A hacker indicted for breaking into video game … ⌘ Read more

Microsoft’s New Office UI is Now Rolling Out To Everyone
Microsoft is starting to roll out its new Office UI to all users this week. The visual update was originally announced earlier this year and went into testing over the summer. Now it’s starting to roll out to all Office 365 and Office 2021 users. From a report: This new Office UI is designed to match the visual changes in Windows 11, and it includes a more rounde … ⌘ Read more

AWS Brings M1 Mac Minis To Its Cloud
At today’s AWS re:Invent keynote, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced that AWS will now offer M1 Mac minis as part of its EC2 compute service. From a report: It was only last year, that AWS first brought Mac minis to its cloud. Using the Thunderbolt port, these minis connect to the AWS Nitro System, which helps make them available in the EC2 cloud, just like any other instance. The minis used here are the … ⌘ Read more

Meta Builds Tool To Stop the Spread of ‘Revenge Porn’
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has worked with the U.K.-based nonprofit Revenge Porn Helpline to build a tool that lets people prevent their intimate images from being uploaded to Facebook, Instagram and other participating platforms without their consent. From a report: The tool, which builds on a pilot program Facebook started in Australia in 2017, launched Thursd … ⌘ Read more

US Government Agencies Bought Chinese Surveillance Tech Despite Federal Ban
schwit1 writes: At least three U.S. federal agencies, including the military, have purchased China-made video surveillance equipment banned from use in the federal government. Purchasing records seen by TechCrunch and video surveillance news site IPVM show the agencies collectively spent thousands of dollars on purchasing … ⌘ Read more

SiFive’s New RISC-V Chip Challenges Decades-old Computing Designs
The Performance P650 won’t beat a top-end Arm chip in a Samsung or Apple smartphone, but the startup believes its designs eventually could. From a report: It’s really hard to get a new chip family to catch on when companies like Intel and Qualcomm ship their products by the millions, but SiFive has a faster new design it hopes will carve a nic … ⌘ Read more

Tesla is Now Selling a $1,900 Electric Cyberquad ATV for Kids
Tesla has launched a mini Cyberquad designed for the kiddos starting in 2-4 weeks if you order one right now from its website. From a report: The Tesla ‘Cyberquad for Kids’ is available to purchase on Tesla’s site for $1,900 – a steep price relative to your average Power Wheels, but the lowest-priced vehicle in Tesla’s existing lineup by far. And the … ⌘ Read more

Microsoft’s New Windows Prompts Try To Stop People Downloading Chrome
Microsoft has never been a fan of Windows users downloading Chrome instead of using Edge, but the company has now stepped up its campaign to keep people using its built-in browser. From a report: Windows 10 and Windows 11 have both started displaying new prompts when people navigate to the Chrome download page, in an effort to discourage pe … ⌘ Read more

Apple Tells Suppliers iPhone Demand Has Slowed as Holidays Near
Apple, suffering from a global supply crunch, is now confronting a different problem: slowing demand. From a report: The company has told its component suppliers that demand for the iPhone 13 lineup has weakened, people familiar with the matter said, signaling that some consumers have decided against trying to get the hard-to-find item. Already, … ⌘ Read more

Many Severe Covid-19 Survivors Die Within a Year, Study Finds
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Gizmodo: New research this week finds that people hospitalized with severe covid-19 often pay a heavy price afterward. The study concluded that these survivors were more than twice as likely to die in the subsequent 12 months compared to people who had tested negative for the virus. This relatively increased risk of … ⌘ Read more

Crypto CEOs Will Testify Before US House Panel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Crypto Briefing: The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services has announced that several cryptocurrency executives will testify at a panel hearing. Jeremy Allaire, CEO of the USD Coin company Circle, is first on the list of executives that will attend the panel. The list also includes Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and founder of the crypto exchan … ⌘ Read more

Trigger of Rare Blood Clots In AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Found
Long-time Slashdot reader tlhIngan writes: The AstraZeneca vaccine, one of the few approved vaccines to fight COVID-19, was under fire earlier this year for causing blood clots. While the vaccine is still approved for use, and is being used, scientists have been working hard to figure out the cause. The main trigger appears to be caused by … ⌘ Read more

Renewable Energy Has ‘Another Record Year of Growth’ Says IEA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: It has been another record year for renewable energy, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and rising costs for raw materials around the world, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). About 290GW of new renewable energy generation capacity, mostly in the form of wind turbines and solar panels, … ⌘ Read more

Meta Allows More Cryptocurrency Ads
Meta is backing away from its longstanding (if not absolute) ban on cryptocurrency ads. Engadget reports: As CNBC reports, Meta has greatly loosened its ban by expanding the number of regulatory licenses it accepts from three to 27. The crypto landscape has “matured and stabilized” enough to justify the change of heart, the company said, including an increased amount of government regulation that sets … ⌘ Read more

EU Official: Semiconductor Independence Is Impossible
According to Margrethe Vestager, EU’s Commissioner for Competition, it’s unlikely that the EU will ever become completely independent from other countries as far as semiconductor supply is concerned. Tom’s Hardware reports: Leading contract makers of semiconductors – such as Intel, Samsung Foundry, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. – spend around $30 b … ⌘ Read more

Apple Loses Key Autos Engineer To Electric Aviation Startup Archer
Michael Schwekutsch, a director of engineering in the Apple Special Projects Group that’s reportedly working on self-driving cars, has left to join electric air taxi start-up Archer as its senior VP of engineering. Schwekutsch noted the change on his LinkedIn page on Wednesday. CNBC reports: The move is the latest example of staff turnover … ⌘ Read more

HashiCorp’s IPO Will Place It Among the Most Richly Valued Open Source Tech Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The HashiCorp IPO intends to shoot the narrows between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with its first IPO pricing interval set to give it among the richest valuations of any technology company with a strong open source component to its core business. In a … ⌘ Read more

More Than a Third of World’s Population Have Never Used Internet, Says UN
Nearly 3 billion people – or 37% of the world’s population – have never used the internet, according to the United Nations, despite the Covid-19 pandemic driving people online. From a report: The UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimated that 96% of the 2.9 billion people who have not accessed the web live in … ⌘ Read more

Qualcomm’s New Always-On Smartphone Camera Is a Privacy Nightmare
At the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021 yesterday, Qualcomm introduced their new always-on camera capabilities in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which is expected to arrive in high-end Android phones early next year. The company says this new feature will let users wake and unlock their phone without having to pick it up or have it instantly lock … ⌘ Read more

Jack Dorsey’s Square Changes Corporate Name To Block
Square, the financial services and digital payments company founded by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey in 2010, announced today that it is changing its name to Block. From a press release: Block will be the name for the company as a corporate entity. The Square name has become synonymous with the company’s Seller business, which provides an integrated ecosystem of commerce sol … ⌘ Read more

Reddit Introduces New Real-Time Features To Keep Users Engaged
Social media platform Reddit said on Wednesday it would launch several real-time features, including voting animations and typing indicators, […] to boost engagement on the platform that has fueled a ‘meme-stock’ frenzy in the recent past. Reuters reports: While Reddit has been a well-known internet name for years, attracting millions of experts … ⌘ Read more

US Confirms Nation’s First Case of Omicron Covid Variant In California
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: U.S. health officials have confirmed the country’s first case of the new, heavily mutated coronavirus variant called omicron in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said the individual, who was f … ⌘ Read more

Stripe is On a Hiring Spree. But It’s Also Rescinding Job Offers and Angering Engineers.
The prevailing narrative about tech workers assumes that they have more power than ever before. This even has a term – the Great Resignation. But at the booming, much-revered payments company Stripe, some applicants have found themselves accepting job offers only to learn they have been rescin … ⌘ Read more

Twitch Unleashes AI Tool To Spot Banned Users
Twitch has launched a tool that uses machine learning to detect users trying to rejoin chat channels from which they have been banned for abusive behaviour. The gaming-focused livestreaming website said “bad actors” often created new accounts to continue to harass people. From a report: But the new system would warn streamers and chat moderators if a user was a “likely” or “possibl … ⌘ Read more

Windows 11 is Getting Some Much-needed Taskbar and Start Menu Improvements
Windows 11’s taskbar is a giant step back in usability compared to Windows 10, and now Microsoft is starting to make improvements. A new update that’s currently being tested by Windows Insiders brings the clock and date back to the taskbar on secondary or multiple monitors. From a report: It’s a change that multiple monitor u … ⌘ Read more

Delivery, Ride-Hailing Firms Fight EU Plan for Gig Workers
Companies that run food delivery and ride-hailing apps are concerned that the European Union will push for gig workers to be considered employees rather than self-employed under a forthcoming proposal aimed at bolstering their labor rights. From a report: The draft European Commission proposal, seen by Bloomberg, would apply to any company that controls digital w … ⌘ Read more

British Man Given 3D Printed Eye in World First, Hospital Says
A British man has become the first patient in the world to be fitted with a 3D printed eye, according to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. From a report: Steve Verze, who is 47 and an engineer from Hackney, east London, was given the left eye on Thursday and first tried it for size earlier this month. Moorfields Eye Hospital said in a press rele … ⌘ Read more

WHO Says Omicron Has Been Found in 23 Countries Across the World
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that 23 countries across the world have reported cases of the highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant. From a report: “At least 23 countries from five of six WHO regions have now reported cases of omicron and we expect that number to grow,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told repo … ⌘ Read more

Biden Administration Issues New Framework for Space Policy, With a Focus on Climate Change
Today, Vice President Kamala Harris’ office released a new framework for US space policy, detailing how the Biden administration plans to approach commercial, civil, and military space activity moving forward. From a report: Called the United States Space Priorities Framework, the document keep … ⌘ Read more

Apple Renews Bid To Halt Court-Ordered App Store Change
Apple is asking a higher court to halt a judge’s decision that will force changes to its App Store while a legal fight with Epic Games continues. From a report: Lawyers for the company filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, seeking action by Dec. 8. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers rejected Apple’s requ … ⌘ Read more

China To Close Loophole Used by Tech Firms for Foreign IPOs
China is planning to ban companies from going public on foreign stock markets through variable interest entities – Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter – closing a loophole long used by the country’s technology industry to raise capital from overseas investors. From the report: The ban, intended in part to address concer … ⌘ Read more

Thousands of AT&T Customers in the US Infected by New Data-stealing Malware
Thousands of networking devices belonging to AT&T Internet subscribers in the US have been infected with newly discovered malware that allows the devices to be used in denial-of-service attacks and attacks on internal networks, researchers said on Tuesday. From a report: The device model under attack is the EdgeMarc Enter … ⌘ Read more

Wanted: A Town Willing to Host a Dump for U.S. Nuclear Waste
The Biden administration is looking for communities willing to serve as temporary homes for tens of thousands of metric tons of nuclear waste currently stranded at power plants around the country. Bloomberg reports: The Energy Department filed (PDF) a public notice Tuesday that it is restarting the process for finding a voluntary host for spent nuclear fu … ⌘ Read more

Princeton Team Disables Long-Targeted Gene Behind Spread of Major Cancers
An anonymous reader writes: The mysterious ways cancer spreads through the body, a process known as metastasis, is what can make it such a difficult enemy to keep at bay. Researchers at Princeton University working in this area have been tugging at a particular thread for more than 15 years, focusing on a single gene centra … ⌘ Read more

Over 300,000 Android Users Have Downloaded These Banking Trojan Malware Apps, Say Security Researchers
Over 300,000 Android smartphone users have downloaded what turned out to be banking trojans after falling victim to malware that has bypassed detection by the Google Play app store. ZDNet reports: Detailed by cybersecurity researchers at ThreatFabric, the four different form … ⌘ Read more

Browser Extension Shows How Many Brands On Amazon Are Actually Just Amazon
A new browser extension promises to show you which products in your Amazon search results are sold by brands that are either owned by or are exclusive to Amazon, giving you a better idea of who’s selling what you’re buying. The Verge reports: It’s called Amazon Brand Detector, and it uses a list of Amazon brands created by T … ⌘ Read more

‘Massive’ Startup Wants To Rent Your Spare Compute Power To Pay For Apps
What if users could pay for apps or services not with money or attention, but with their spare compute power? A startup called “Massive” is working to take this concept “into the modern world as an alternative to charging users or pounding them with advertisements to generate revenue,” writes TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm. From th … ⌘ Read more