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Updated 2018-03-22 17:30
Drunk man accidentally takes $1,600 Uber from West Virginia to New Jersey
Uber says it took the man to his requested destination.
Dealmaster: Get Amazon’s Fire TV Stick with Alexa for $30
Plus deals on budget gaming laptops, 4K TVs, wireless charging pads, and more.
AT&T has good and bad news for users of its limit-ridden unlimited plans
AT&T ends one speed limit but introduces a new one; some prices are going up.
13 million people tracked over 300 years to build massive human family tree
Geneticists built a family tree linking millions of people across 300 years.
Forget submarine steel: The 2019 GMC Sierra truck is made from carbon fiber
Even the truck’s tailgate has a Ph.D.
Gut bacteria key to the vampire bat’s ability to survive on blood
The vampire bat’s genome only explains part of its blood-eating capabilities.
Asking how your friends will vote could increase polling accuracy
Social circle questions came closer to 2016 election results than standard polls.
Trustico website goes dark after someone drops critical flaw on Twitter
Outage comes a day after CEO admitted emailing private keys for 23k HTTPS certs.
Intel’s latest set of Spectre microcode fixes is coming to a Windows update
Windows users will no longer be beholden to their motherboard makers.
Couple freaks after tabloids spread medical pics of their worm-infested bums
Despite no errors or liability, the journal kindly dumped the butt pics.
F1 champ Williams made a cool new carbon platform for electric cars
The FW-EVX platform could be used to build new midsize or large electric vehicles.
Judge bars student from violent games after alleged shooting threat
"You can play all the Mario Kart you want," judge says.
Video: Scott Kelly walks (floats?) us through the International Space Station
After a year in residence, the former astronaut is very familiar with the orbiting outpost.
This is the All Twinster, a new torque-vectoring hybrid system for SUVs
The system can vary torque to all four wheels via mechanical and electric drive.
Trump says violent games are OK for his young son, maybe not for yours
"I look at some of the things he's watching and I say, 'How is that possible?'"
In response to Trump budget, NASA ending separate technology plan
"We need Space Technology if we want NASA to have a bold future."
23,000 HTTPS certificates axed after CEO emails private keys
Flap that goes public renews troubling questions about issuance of certificates.
Female Google engineer says she faced “frequent sexual harassment”
Woman charges “Google was fully aware” of sexist behavior but didn’t stop it.
Man involved in shooting cop and found via stingray given 20 years
Purvis Ellis, of Oakland, tells judge: “I just hope not to be defined by this.”
Cellebrite can unlock any iPhone (for some values of “any”)
Forensics contractor’s “Advanced Unlocking Service” still has to brute-force passcodes.
Bill Gates says cryptocurrencies have “caused deaths in a fairly direct way”
Gates says cryptocurrencies’ main feature is anonymity.
Nintendo: letting our fans review video games might not be a good idea [Updated]
Change comes only five days after Nintendo caught up with rivals' review systems.
Instagram image of Lego assault rifle, threat lead to 14-year-old’s arrest
San Diego County teen wrote Tuesday evening: "Don’t come to school tomorrow."
Verizon and a company it bought just paid $614M in biggest FCC fine ever
Straight Path failed to use spectrum, resulting in $614M fine and sale to Verizon.
Teams, Microsoft’s Slack competitor, is about to become a whole lot more competitive
Two large feature deficits should be getting fixed.
Chinese ban on small coal-burning ovens took 15 years
Delay in enforcement cost 15 years and 2,000 cases of lung cancer.
James Webb Telescope sun shield snags, further launch delays likely
The telescope project now has just 1.5 months of schedule reserve.
Ruff replicas: Barbra Streisand cloned her dog—with mixed results
For ~$50K you can clone your beloved pet, too. But should you?
Simple telescope picks up hint of the Universe’s first stars, dark matter
The Universe cooled faster than we thought, possibly due to weird form of dark matter.
Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph 2 plans to “break the Internet” this Thanksgiving
2012’s CGI surprise poked fun at video games; now, Ralph will “wreck” the Internet.
House passes sex trafficking bill that could limit free speech online
A bipartisan bill would enable states to prosecute sites like Backpage.
Defying Pai’s FCC, Washington state passes law protecting net neutrality
Washington may be the first state to impose net neutrality rules on all ISPs.
New “Android Go” phones show how much you can get for $100
Android Go is stripped down for low-end devices, and here's our first look at them.
War Stories: Brad Wardell on how poor memory management crippled Elemental
Video: How Stardock's ambitious fantasy game ran aground on technical limitations.
Self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator accused of $5 billion crypto heist
Craig Wright accused of "perpetrating a scheme" to con Dave Kleiman and his estate.
Sega’s Yakuza 6 demo accidentally included the full game
Lucky downloaders got the entire game well ahead of April 17 release.
Why US “cyber-warriors” can’t do anything about Russian “cyber-meddling”
There’s not much USCYBERCOM, NSA can do without presidential order—maybe even with one.
Amazon splurges on Ring, hopes smart doorbells bolster in-home deliveries
The company's new acquisition brings video doorbells into its smart home family.
Financial documents raise questions about AR1 engine’s readiness
"We are committed to delivering an engine in 2019," the company said.
Toyota’s new magnet won’t depend on some key rare-earth minerals
Permanent magnet motors are here to stay, but we can make them less costly.
More than half a century later, where’s the male pill?
In 2018, there are 17 FDA-approved forms of female-controlled contraception—men have just two.
Details emerge about Porsche’s new electric car, charging network
The company will equip all its dealerships with 800V fast chargers, among other plans.
The Google Clips smart camera is now available for $249
The camera automatically takes short clips when it sees something interesting.
African rainforests vanished for 600 years, then bounced back—why?
A new study argues humans caused a rainforest crisis, but not everyone's convinced.
King of the crossovers? The 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 makes a convincing case
In the hottest corner of the new vehicle market, Volvo has the goods.
One main mystery makes survival in Subnautica worthwhile
An actual story, with an actual ending, lessens the aimless survival grind.
Report: Apple plans three new iPhones for 2018—and they’re all like the iPhone X
The iPhone X’s basic design and features will live on in each model.
Extreme UV chip defects may force a new approach to processor design
EUV has been the next big thing in chip manufacturing for nearly 30 years.
Democrats submit plan to save net neutrality, still one vote short in Senate
Democrats still trying to convince Republicans to keep net neutrality rules.
Microsoft doesn’t want to turn over foreign server data, SCOTUS to weigh in
Silicon Valley fears that if US wins, its data held abroad will be vulnerable.