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Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware To Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims

Facebook representatives approached controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group to try and buy a tool that could help Facebook better monitor a subset of its users, according to an extraordinary court filing from NSO in an ongoing lawsuit. From a report: Facebook is currently suing NSO for how the hacking firm leveraged a vulnerability in WhatsApp… Read More »

Posted on 3 April 2020 | 10:24 am

Google Is Publishing Location Data From 131 Countries To Show How Coronavirus Lockdowns Are Working

Google is using the location data it collects from billions of smartphones to show how people's movements have changed as governments around the world lock down cities and issue shelter in place orders to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. From a report: Reports generated using this data, which is normally used to show how busy a certain… Read More »

Posted on 3 April 2020 | 9:41 am

Disney+ Launches in India For $20 a Year, Includes Shows From HBO, Showtime, and Live TV Channels

Disney+ has arrived in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer the giant conglomerate picked up as part of the Fox deal. From a report: To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, Disney is charging users 1,499 Indian rupees (about $19.5) for a year, the most affordable plan in any of the more than a… Read More »

Posted on 3 April 2020 | 9:00 am

Scientists Develop AI That Can Turn Brain Activity Into Text

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Writing in the journal Nature Neuroscience, [researchers from the University of California, San Francisco] reveal how they developed their system by recruiting four participants who had electrode arrays implanted in their brain to monitor epileptic seizures. These participants were asked to… Read More »

Posted on 3 April 2020 | 8:00 am

Nikon Is Streaming Online Photography Courses For Free This Month

Nikon USA is offering 10 classes from the its online school for free during the month of April. Engadget reports: The courses range in length from 15 minutes to well over an hour, and all are taught by pro photographers and often Nikon ambassadors. Each class runs between $15 and $50, so Nikon is offering $250 worth of photography training for… Read More »

Posted on 3 April 2020 | 5:00 am

Modern Meteorology Was Born 60 Years Ago Today

Ars Technica's Eric Berger. "Effectively, this launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station marked the beginning of the era of modern weather forecasting." From the report:… Read More »

Posted on 3 April 2020 | 2:00 am