Marvel’s Black Widow movie finally has a director

... | Jul 12 @ 19:28

Besides, there’s no release date attached to the Black Widow film yet. Johansson’s Black Widow was first introduced to the MCU in 2010’s Iron Man 2, and she has since appeared in The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel’s first female-led film will hit theaters next year: Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Earlier this year, Marvel hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write the script, which is reportedly set before the events of the first Avengers film. The film got a prominent tease in a post-credits scene for Avengers: Infinity War, and it just finished shooting a few days ago, so it’ll certainly beat Black Widow to screens.

Experts warn DeepFakes could influence 2020 US election

... | Jul 12 @ 19:26

Just about anyone can set up and train a DeepFakes neural network to produce a semi-convincing fake video. But, there’s never going to be an ubiquitous system to protect the entire population from seeing fake videos. But, with even a modest hardware setup, a bad actor can spit out DeepFakes videos in minutes. The US government is working on a fake video detector, as are private-sector researchers around the globe. A recently released study indicates that DeepFakes, a neural network that creates fake videos of real people, represents one of the largest threats posed by artificial intelligence.

For the first time, Netflix tops HBO for most Emmy nominations

... | Jul 12 @ 19:23

For the first time, Netflix tops HBO for most Emmy nominationsNetflix has broken HBO’s 17-year streak as the most nominated network at the Emmy Awards. In the nominations released this afternoon, Netflix came out slightly ahead, with 112 nominations compared to HBO’s 108. )Meanwhile, Amazon’s shows received 22 nominations, including a Best Comedy nod for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Hulu received 27 nominations, with last year’s Best Drama winner The Handmaid’s Tale up for the big award again. Other Netflix shows got some love as well.

Elon Musk's Flint Water Plan Doesn't Address the City's Real Needs

... | Jul 12 @ 19:14

And when you look at it from that perspective, two, three, maybe even four years of bottled water is not much.”Community aid stations that were once open daily to distribute bottled water now operate just three times a week. Bottle It UpIn April, the state of Michigan stopped providing free bottled water to Flint. “Bottled water is really the life and death issue,” Villarreal says. 'There are many people in Flint, I think it’s safe to say, who are never going to trust tap water again. “The bottled water is necessary as a short-term intervention for a long-term, structural water system problem,” says Pastor Monica Villarreal, who has helped organize community-based efforts to provide clean water resources in Flint.

Uber lets riders pay with Venmo

... | Jul 12 @ 19:13

The service introduced 'Pay with Venmo' last fall, which enabled retailers to let customers make purchases with the feature, though that shifts transaction fees to the company. "There have been 6 million transactions inside of Venmo in the last year alone that were discussing Uber," BIll Ready, COO of the Venmo parent company PayPal Holdings, told Bloomberg. Uber is now the largest retailer to accept Venmo payments, according to Bloomberg.

Microsoft offers extended support for Windows, SQL 2008: but with a catch

... | Jul 12 @ 19:06

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, as well as SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, are due to move out of extended support over the next few years; SQL Server in July 2019, and Windows Server in January 2020. Microsoft is extending the support window by three years (until July 2022 for SQL Server, January 2023 for Windows Server) for workloads hosted on Azure in the cloud. Azure SQL Database, which is Microsoft's current cloud database system, is very similar to SQL Server, but has a number of cloud-specific capabilities, such as the ability to scale out using elastic pools. And to make that migration a little easier, Microsoft announced that the general availability of Azure SQL Database Managed Instances is going to happen in the fourth quarter this year. This extended support means that customers that make the switch to the cloud will receive another three years of security fixes.

Microsoft Teams’ new free plan looks like a better deal than Slack’s

... | Jul 12 @ 18:52

By comparison, Slack’s free plan looks rather paltry. In a clear attempt to one-up Slack, Microsoft’s Teams is actually surprisingly robust. Granted, there’s always the chance Slack could improve its free offering to counter Microsoft, but we’ve heard of no such plans yet. 10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage. Those are all neat, but I’d argue the free version covers the basics well enough for most teams.

Marketers could harvest member data from closed Facebook groups as recently as June, report says

... | Jul 12 @ 18:50

CNBC found that third parties could still get sensitive data on private groups, including group members’ names, as recently as June. According to CNBC, a moderator of a private Facebook group discovered a Chrome extension called, which purported the ability for people to scrape information from Facebook groups. In closed groups, the messages were private, but up until recently, people could search for a closed group and see a list of people in that group. Now, only admins and moderators of closed groups are still available to non-members. Facebook continues to struggle with keeping user info private after years of encouraging developers and marketers to scrape large amounts of data, as a new report shows.

Google introduces AI for drug discovery protein recognition

... | Jul 12 @ 18:42

Protein crystallization determines the shape of cells and can play a role in discovery of drugs to treat various illnesses. Members of the Google Brain team today announced that they have crafted computer vision for the identification of protein crystallization, claiming accuracy rates around 94 percent. Verily Life Sciences — like Google, a property of Alphabet — is also interested in the area of drug discovery. Results of work between Google Brain and the MARCO initiative have been open-sourced and made available on GitHub and detailed in a paper published in the journal PLOS One. Earlier this year, Google shared a computer vision model that can detect diabetic retinopathy, a key indicator of cardiovascular disease.

The latest Spike Lee Joint is all about Uber drivers

... | Jul 12 @ 18:42

"That's how we do it in Brooklyn – that's the Brooklyn hustle. The auteur apparently chose the featured folks by himself out of thousands of Uber non-employees in the area. The five films are subtitled for Uber drivers in Brooklyn (that Uber paid for their participation), including an aspiring actress, and art restorationist, a serial entrepreneur, a "passionate carer" for animals and a hairstylist (and mother of two). "I was attracted to this project because I know a lot of people who drive on the Uber platform and it gives them the flexibility they need to pursue their dreams," wrote Lee in a statement.

Nintendo hid a load-your-own NES emulator inside a GameCube classic

... | Jul 12 @ 18:36

What players back then didn't know is that the NES emulator in Animal Crossing can also be used to play any generic NES ROM stored on a GameCube memory card. The key to opening Animal Crossing's NES emulator is the game's generic "NES console" item. Or maybe, in an alternate timeline, a machine akin to Japan's Japanese Famicom disk-writer kiosk could have let players load NES games onto their own memory cards. That strongly suggests Nintendo was at some point planning an official way to load additional NES files into Animal Crossing through the memory card. Security researcher James Chambers discovered the previously unused and undocumented feature buried in the original Animal Crossing game code and detailed his methodology and findings in a technically oriented Medium post this week.

Sensor Tower: Arena of Valor hits 1 million downloads on iOS and Android in U.S.

... | Jul 12 @ 18:35

Tencent’s mobile multiplayer online battle arena Honor of Kings is a massive hit particularly in its home turf: China. It has had a slower start in the U.S., where it launched in December with a revamped roster and a new name, Arena of Valor. “Despite their popularity in China and Southeast Asia, mobile MOBAs have struggled to gain traction among U.S. smartphone gamers,” said Sensor Tower cofounder Oliver Yeh in an email to GamesBeat. Sensor Tower speculates that Arena of Valor’s slow growth in the U.S. is partly because it has been overshadowed by popular battle royale titles like Fortnite, which has raked in over $100 million in 90 days after launching on iOS. Now, over six months since its release, it has been downloaded over one million times in the U.S. on the Apple App Store and Google Play and generated over $3 million in revenue, according to market researcher Sensor Tower.

The Department of Justice isn’t done fighting the AT&T-Time Warner merger

... | Jul 12 @ 18:32

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed to appeal a federal judge’s decision to approve AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. )“The Court’s decision could hardly have been more thorough, fact-based, and well-reasoned,” said AT&T General Counsel David McAtee in a statement. We are ready to defend the Court’s decision at the D.C. Last month, however, U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that the deal could move forward without conditions. (TechCrunch was already a very small part of this trend, since we’re owned by Verizon.

In Mission: Impossible - Fallout, being the good guy has serious consequences

... | Jul 12 @ 18:30

But should this end up as the series’ final entry, it’s hard to imagine a better, more fitting end than Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Over the past two decades, the Mission: Impossible film franchise has become the reliable, comforting home that’s always ready to shelter Tom Cruise. Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible - Fallout builds that core idea into an entire film. But there’s been an interesting wrinkle in the franchise, starting with Brad Bird’s 2011 take, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Merges the franchise’s big-budget spectacle with an utterly ferocious style of action filmmakingIt sometimes feels like Fallout is more action reel than movie.

TerminalView – A terminal inside Sublime Text 3

... | Jul 12 @ 18:23

To make it work find the missing keybinding in the TerminalView keymap and copy it to your user keymap. When you are done you can close the terminal by closing the view ( ctrl + shift + q or ctrl + shift + w as default) or exiting the shell (by e.g. If some of the keybindings are not working they are probably shadowed by keybindings in your user keymap. To fix this find the missing keybindings in the default keymap and copy them into your user keymap. Integrating with Sublime Text build systemIn a Sublime Text build system, you can use the terminal_view_exec command as a "target" key.

SEC is reportedly investigating how Facebook disclosed data scandal

... | Jul 12 @ 18:21

News that third-party firm Cambridge Analytica acquired millions of Facebook users' data without their consent emerged in March. From the start of the scandal, the social media company has denied this was a data breach, preferring instead to call it 'a breach of trust. The SEC's probe is one of several simultaneous investigations, along with the DOJ, FTC and FBI, into Facebook's handling of user data. Given its role governing what incidents companies must disclose to shareholders, the former commission is exploring whether the Cambridge Analytica event merited mention to Facebook's investors. Back in 2015, the company's officials didn't think so, a source told The Wall Street Journal: The data shared with the security firm wasn't as sensitive as others they could have acquired, like payment information.

Trump administration appeals court loss in AT&T/Time Warner case

... | Jul 12 @ 18:17

Further Reading Trump administration fails to block AT&T/Time Warner mergerA court could theoretically force AT&T and Time Warner to reverse the merger. The former Time Warner properties—HBO, Turner Broadcasting System, and Warner Bros.—are part of a new AT&T business unit called WarnerMedia. The Trump administration's Justice Department did not seek a stay of the ruling, so AT&T was able to take ownership of Time Warner. But the DOJ is appealing the judge's ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the DOJ said in a court filing today. The US Department of Justice will appeal the court ruling that allowed AT&T to purchase Time Warner Inc.AT&T completed the merger after getting a favorable ruling from a judge at the US District Court for the District of Columbia last month.

Postmortem for Malicious Packages Published on July 12th, 2018

... | Jul 12 @ 18:06

Postmortem for Malicious Packages Published on July 12th, 2018SummaryOn July 12th, 2018, an attacker compromised the npm account of an ESLint maintainer and published malicious versions of the eslint-scope and eslint-config-eslint packages to the npm registry. The malicious package versions are [email protected] and [email protected] , both of which have been unpublished from npm. 2018-07-12 17:41 UTC : The ESLint team published [email protected] with the code from [email protected] so that caches could pick up the new version. : The ESLint team published with the code from so that caches could pick up the new version. Early morning July 12th, 2018 : The attacker generated an authentication token in the maintainer’s npm account.

A new hope: AI for news media

... | Jul 12 @ 18:00

Today, social media platforms, search engines and content aggregators control user flows to the media content and affect directly what kind of news content is created. AI solutions would help reflect the reporting and storytelling and their effects more thoroughly, also giving new tools for decision-making, e.g. As the mobile technologies and interfaces started to get more prominent, social media with News Feed and tweets took over, changing again the way people discovered media content, now emphasizing the role of our social networks. And the only way to fully realize this is for the news organizations to start building their own AI solutions. AI solutions for news mediaIf the news media wants to affect how news content is created, developed, presented and delivered to us in the future, they need to take an active role in AI development.

The Wirecutter's best deals: A 500GB Samsung SSD, and more

... | Jul 12 @ 18:00

The Samsung 860 Evo is our runner-up pick in our guide to the best SSD. "Street price: $120; deal price: $94Down to $94, this is a new low on this recommended gaming keyboard. It's flatter than the Expert Mouse, which can be more comfortable, and the scroll ring moves more slowly. "Because great deals don't just happen on Thursday, sign up for our daily deals email and we'll send you the best deals we find every weekday. The Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring is a budget pick in our trackball guide.

Robinhood CEO Baiju Bhatt to talk fintech at Disrupt SF

... | Jul 12 @ 17:58

Robinhood has gone from being a little consumer-facing fintech app to an absolutely giant consumer-facing fintech app. That’s why we’re absolutely thrilled to have Robinhood cofounder and CEO Baiju Bhatt join us on the Disrupt SF 2018 stage. At Disrupt, we’ll ask Bhatt about how Robinhood Crypto is progressing and what the company has in store as we head into next year. The key to everything here is that Robinhood offered a simple consumer demand: free transactions on financial services. The app has also grown to 5 million users, as of today, with more than $150 billion in transaction volume.

The Ultimate Carbon-Saving Tip? Travel by Cargo Ship

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Ulrika Ajemark Åsland, a colleague of Fernström Nåtby at the Swedish Mission who worked closely with her on these projects, was in awe of how Fernström Nåtby chose to travel home, especially given how expensive it was. Cargo ships do emit a lot of greenhouse gases, but it works out to a lot less per ton. “The first taxi company yelled at me as well, but the second was very helpful!”Regardless, Fernström Nåtby is happy with her travel choice. After a 14-hour train ride from New York, Fernström Nåtby arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, where her ship was waiting to depart. “I do understand that I, as an individual, cannot make a huge difference," Fernström Nåtby writes.

Gartner: Global PC shipments grew 1.4% in Q2 2018, first increase in 6 years

... | Jul 12 @ 17:52

Gartner estimates that worldwide PC shipments grew 1.4 percent to 62.1 million units in Q2 2018. The streak is over: Gartner found PC shipments were up globally in Q2 2018, the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since the first quarter of 2012. The PC market has seen its first growth quarter in six years, according to research firm Gartner. As you can see in the chart below, Gartner found that all companies in the top five experienced increases in PC shipments. The top five vendors were Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer.

The Terrible Timing of Tesla's Expiring $7,500 Tax Credit

... | Jul 12 @ 17:41

Now European companies are entering a more mature market, with the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron, and Porsche Taycan, whose buyers will still qualify for the full tax credit. By 2020, Tesla customers won't be able to count on any financial help from the feds. Those first 200,000 cars were nearly all luxury Model S sedans and Model X SUVs, going to owners for whom a tax credit is more nice than necessary. This milestone, however, is more cause for concern than celebration: From here on out, Elon Musk's customers will start to lose access to the $7,500 federal tax credit that softens the blow of buying an expensive electric. The tax credit scheme dates to the 2008 Energy Improvement and Extension Act, which boosted the budding electric car industry by artificially closing the price gap between EVs and cheaper gasoline-powered cars.

Justice Department appeals approval of Time Warner-AT&T merger

... | Jul 12 @ 17:38

Shortly after the merger, AT&T wasted no time hiking user fees to pay for it. "We are ready to defend the Court's decision at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Big News: DOJ appeals AT&T, Time Warner decision. "The Court's decision could hardly have been more thorough, fact-based, and well-reasoned. Deal already closed back in June but can be unwound if DOJ wins on appeal.

Justice Department appeals ruling in attempt to block massive AT&T–Time Warner merger

... | Jul 12 @ 17:33

The Justice Department will appeal a court ruling that allowed the merger between AT&T and Time Warner. “The Court’s decision could hardly have been more thorough, fact-based, and well-reasoned,” AT&T general counsel David McAtee said in a statement. In court records released today, the agency said it plans to take the lower court’s decision to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, in another attempt to block the deal. The Justice Department did not provide a comment beyond the brief court filing. We are ready to defend the Court’s decision at the D.C.

Marketers collected personal info from closed Facebook groups

... | Jul 12 @ 17:32

Downing consulted a security researcher about the discovery who found that closed Facebook groups had a privacy loophole allowing to gain access to their information. However, it said that the ability to download group members' detailed personal information has not been a function of Facebook groups. "While we recently made a change to closed groups, there was not a privacy loophole," said a company spokesperson. " After some back and forth between Facebook and members of the group Downing moderates, Facebook shut down the ability to collect this sort of information from closed groups. Update: Facebook told Engadget that prior to its recent change, membership lists of closed groups were visible to others -- a feature that was communicated to those in the group.

Unlimited data plans are a mess: here’s how to pick the best one

... | Jul 12 @ 17:30

Unlimited data is still technically unlimited, but somehow carriers have turned their services into a confusing mess. WatchTV is a free perk for customers on AT&T’s latest unlimited plans: Unlimited &More and Unlimited &More Premium. But that all changed on July 12th, when Sprint announced it would instead offer two different unlimited data plans. Sprint Unlimited Basic: You get unlimited data free of potential slowdowns until you pass 50GB of usage in a month. Even so, unlimited data today is much different than in the early days of the iPhone and Android smartphones.

The FCC is changing up the country’s emergency alert system to prevent another Hawaii incident

... | Jul 12 @ 17:27

The agency also says that public service announcements about the Emergency Alert System will now be able to use the same alert sounds as an actual emergency. The FCC announced today that it’ll bolster the country’s Emergency Alert System to prevent unexpected false alarms, like the one that happened in Hawaii earlier this year. ) Finally, anyone who uses the emergency system will be required to tell the FCC if it accidentally triggers a false alert. It also wants to have a plan in place in the event that a false alert is sent out. The agency does note, however, that alert fatigue is real, and too many practice runs could blunt the effectiveness of a real test.

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