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Google Glass May Have an Afterlife as a Device to Teach Autistic Children

NY Times - 2 hours 34 min ago
Privacy concerns caused the computerized eyewear to fail with the general public. But researchers believe it could help autistic children learn to recognize emotion and make eye contact.

Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

NY Times - 2 hours 38 min ago
The World Health Organization issued the order as the ebola virus has infected more than 2,500 people and killed more than 1,660.

Censored Chinese search project is “terminated,” Google rep testifies

Ars - 2 hours 45 min ago

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Google has ended all work on its censored Chinese search engine, a company representative testified on Tuesday.

“We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” said Karan Bhatia, Google's vice president of public policy, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The secret project was first revealed by the Intercept a year ago. The new search engine would have initially been offered as an Android app, and it would have reportedly blacklisted "websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest," according to the Intercept.

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Democrats divided as House to vote on whether to consider Trump impeachment

Washington Post - 2 hours 46 min ago
The effort by Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) is likely to fail as Democratic leaders are expected to sideline his resolution on a procedural vote.

Moulton, not expected to qualify for second Democratic debate, questions criteria

Washington Post - 2 hours 48 min ago
The campaign of the Massachusetts congressman wrote the DNC to take issue with polling and fundraising requirements.

Camping on Staten Island, an Outdoor Adventure Without Leaving N.Y.C.

NY Times - 2 hours 51 min ago
Yes, this is a thing you can do, and yes, it is awesome. For just $30 a night, you can set up camp with up to six people and enjoy an urban escape.

An 11-year-old's clever 'ice cold beer' sign sure got the cops' attention

CNN - 3 hours 18 sec ago
Everyone loves a lemonade on a hot summer day, but 11-year old Seth had an even better idea.

Bluetooth Vulnerability Could Allow iOS and macOS Devices Be Tracked and Identified

MacRumors - 3 hours 47 sec ago
A security vulnerability in the Bluetooth communication protocol has the potential to allow malicious actors to track and identify devices from Apple and Microsoft, according to new research from Boston University that was highlighted by ZDNet.

Apple devices including Macs, iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch are impacted, as are Microsoft tablets and laptops. Android devices are not affected.


As outlined in the research paper [PDF], Bluetooth devices use public channels to announce their presence to other devices.

To prevent tracking, most devices broadcast a randomized address that periodically changes rather than a Media Access Control (MAC) address, but the researchers have found that it is possible to extract identifying tokens that allow a device to be tracked even when this randomized address changes by exploiting the address-carryover algorithm.We present an online algorithm called the address-carryover algorithm, which exploits the fact that identifying tokens and the random address do not change in sync, to continuously track a device despite implementing anonymization measures. To our knowledge, this approach affects all Windows 10, iOS, and macOS devices.

The algorithm does not require message decryption or breaking Bluetooth security in any way, as it is based entirely on public, unencrypted advertising traffic.The tracking method explained in the research paper has the potential to allow for an identity-exposing attack that allows for "permanent, non-continuous tracking," plus an iOS side-channel that "allows insights into user activity."iOS or macOS devices have two identifying tokens (nearby, handoff) which change in different intervals. In many cases, the values of the identifying tokens change in sync with the address. However, in some cases the token change does not happen in the same moment, which allows the carry-over algorithm to identify the next random address.Android devices do not use the same advertising approach as Microsoft and Apple, and are immune to the data tracking methods used by the researchers.

It's not clear if the method described has been used by any bad actors for the purpose of tracking Apple devices using Bluetooth, but it would be undetectable as it does not require breaking Bluetooth security. The research paper contains several recommendations on how to mitigate the tracking vulnerability, and Apple is often quick to patch any security issues that come up, so we could see a fix for this problem in the near future.

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Beachgoers record emergency landing

CNN - 3 hours 4 min ago
When a small plane made an emergency landing Tuesday evening just feet off the Maryland coast, Graysen Levy couldn't believe what she was seeing.

How Notre-Dame Was Saved: 5 Things We Know

NY Times - 3 hours 10 min ago
The cause of the fire that nearly destroyed one of Europe's most famous landmarks remains unknown. But it's clear that the flames might have been contained. This is what we learned in our investigation.

New archaeological layer discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows

Ars - 3 hours 18 min ago

Enlarge / Paul Ledger and Véronique Forbes examining the cultural horizon. (credit: Linus Girdland-Flink)

L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland is famed for being a site where Norse travelers set up a colony hundreds of years before Europe at large became aware of North America's existence. The colony was thought to be short-lived, but a new find may extend the length of its occupancy.

While taking sediment cores from a nearby peat bog to help study the ancient environment, archaeologist Paul Ledger and his colleagues discovered a previously unknown chapter in the story of L’Anse aux Meadows. Buried about 35cm (14 inches) beneath the modern surface, they found signs of an ancient occupancy: a layer of trampled mud littered with woodworking debris, charcoal, and the remains of plants and insects.

Based on its depth and the insect species present, the layer looks like similar surfaces from the edges of Viking Age Norse settlements in Greenland and Iceland. But organic material from the layer radiocarbon dated to the late 1100s or early 1200s, long after the Norse were thought to have left Newfoundland for good.

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These are some of the leaked chats at the center of the scandal

CNN - 3 hours 19 min ago
Puerto Rico's embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is rejecting calls to step down after the leaks of hundreds of derisive and offensive private chat messages between him and members of his inner circle.

Johnny Clegg gave South Africa reason to believe

CNN - 3 hours 23 min ago
I still remember that night back in the early 1970s. It was one of those rare moments at the height of apartheid, when I saw tangible proof that there was hope for a democratic South Africa in which all of us could live together as equals.

Apple Renews 'Carpool Karaoke' for a Third Season

MacRumors - 3 hours 24 min ago
Apple is renewing its "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" show for a third season, Apple announced on YouTube today via James Corden's YouTube channel. The new season is already in production and will feature an episode with the cast of hit Netflix show "Stranger Things."

First launched in 2017, "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" is based on the "Carpool Karaoke" segment made popular by late night talk show host James Corden.


Apple's version of the show pairs up celebrities, musicians, athletes, and more, putting them in a car together to sing popular songs.

Last season featured pairings like Jason Sudeikis and the Muppets, Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg, Weird Al paired and Andy Samberg, Nick Offerman and his wife Megan Mullally, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, and more.

While "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" was initially developed as a way to promote Apple Music, Apple has been making the episodes available for free through the TV app. Previously, it was limited to Apple Music subscribers.

The second season of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" began airing in October 2018, so third season episodes could come this fall.


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6-year-old killed by golf ball hit by her dad

CNN - 3 hours 25 min ago
A six-year-old girl died Monday after she was hit in the head by a golf ball that her father hit, authorities said.

LeBron James’s Agent, Rich Paul, Starts a Sports Division at a Hollywood Firm

NY Times - 3 hours 27 min ago
Paul, the agent for nearly two dozen N.B.A. stars including James, will lead a new sports division for United Talent Agency.

A shark was found growing around a plastic ring deep in her muscles

CNN - 3 hours 28 min ago
When Dr. James Sulikowski, a professor of marine science at the University of New England, and his team was chumming the waters off the coast of Maine just after dawn July 2, they hoped to attract a porbeagle shark that they could tag and collect samples for research.
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