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Bigelow Aerospace partners with ULA to launch private space habitats

Apr 14, 4:04AM

bigelow Through a new partnership announced this week, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will work with Bigelow Aerospace to launch a large inflatable habitat on an Atlas V rocket in 2020. The size of the habitat will be based off of Bigelow’s B330 module, which is named for its total expanded volume of 330 cubic meters. The announcement comes shortly after Bigelow Aerospace had their smaller… Read More

Gestigon and Renault know if you're ready to take the wheel

Apr 14, 2:34AM

nissan_silicon_valley_innovation_tour_17_small Between the current advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and the future, the completely autonomous car rests in some potentially treacherous semi-autonomous territory. Renault has enlisted the help of gesture-control experts at gestigon to help ease the transition from vehicles taking care of driving tasks to humans taking over driving duties. Read More

Obama appoints tech veterans from Microsoft and Uber to cybersecurity commission

Apr 14, 1:13AM

800px-WhiteHouseSouthFacade The President has just released the list of appointees to the Committee on Enhancing National Cybersecurity — and it’s more or less what you’d expect: higher-ups from the big players in tech, plus some academics and the former director of the NSA. Wait, what? Read More

Interim guidelines to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

Apr 14, 1:00AM

whisper Despite the objections of many privacy advocates and security professionals, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is now the law of the land. Slipped into the 2016 federal omnibus spending bill, CISA permits private entities to share information about cyberthreat indicators (CTIs) and defensive measures against cyber attacks, both with each other and with the federal government. Read More

Burr-Feinstein encryption bill is officially here in all its scary glory

Apr 14, 12:14AM

Dianne Feinstein Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein released the official version of their anti-encryption bill today after a draft appeared online last week. The bill, titled the Compliance with Court Orders Act 2016, would require tech firms to decrypt customers’ data at a court’s request. Read More

PayPal Credit expands to the UK with an interest-free option for purchases over £150

Apr 13, 11:12PM

paypal-credit After separating from eBay, PayPal has been on a march to grow both its international business and transactions beyond basic e-commerce. Today it is taking a step to do both, with the U.K. launch of PayPal Credit — a service that lets consumers use their PayPal accounts to spread out online payments for goods as a replacement for traditional credit cards. It will give consumers… Read More

Facebook's new chatbots still need work

Apr 13, 10:34PM

Facebook Chatbots Facebook debuted chatbots for Messenger this week to much fanfare, promising consumers a new way to interact with their favorite businesses over the company’s popular messaging service. The idea is that Messenger users could simply “chat” with these automated software programs to do things like read the latest news from CNN, get a weather report or even go shopping. In… Read More

Ohio State's woven-in antennas take us one step closer to smart jeans

Apr 13, 10:23PM

Job # 160176  Asimina Kiourti, Embroidered antennas  Electro Science Lab  APR-08-2016  Photo by Jo McCulty  The Ohio State University Wearables may be the next big thing, but what about the wearables we already wear? Integrating electronics into everyday clothes is still some distance off, but researchers at Ohio State University have taken an important step: weaving circuits into clothes with enough precision to integrate them with ordinary PCBs. Read More

Airbnb's VP of engineering on the sharing economy

Apr 13, 9:30PM

The sharing economy, which is sometimes referred to as collaborative consumption, has become a household term — at least in the tech industry — that signifies peer-to-peer exchanges through technology. “The fact that there are so many terms going around these things is almost a function of the fact the industry is so new,” Airbnb VP of Engineering Mike Curtis told me… Read More

Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years in hacking case

Apr 13, 9:27PM

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 23:  Former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys (R) leaves the federal courthouse after being arraigned April 23, 2013 in Sacramento, California. Keys was in court to face charges he conspired with the hacking group Anonymous.  (Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images) Former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys was sentenced today to two years in prison on hacking charges. He faced a maximum sentence of 25 years. During his sentencing hearing, Keys tweeted, “This whole process has been exhausting.” Keys was convicted last October of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), in a bizarre case that led to the temporary defacement of a… Read More

House committee votes unanimously for Email Privacy Act

Apr 13, 9:18PM

house of representatives us capitol Maybe you’ve delighted in reading some of Hillary Clinton’s more humorous emails, released in several stages over the past year — there’s the one where she calls Harriet Tubman her “home girl,” or the time she jokes about Chinese hackers messing with her contacts. But imagine someone digging into your old emails and reading through all your bad jokes,… Read More

Vine releases a Watch button because scrolling is too much work

Apr 13, 9:10PM

vine-logo Vine, Twitter’s social network turned entertainment platform, is today announcing a new way to consume content on the app. The company is introducing a “Watch” button, which will let users watch a particular channel or account without needing to scroll. When a user presses the watch button on a certain account or channel, videos in that feed will play back-to-back… Read More

Threaded messaging is coming to Slack

Apr 13, 7:19PM

slackdroid_2x In an interview with Walt Mossberg, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said threaded messaging — perhaps one of the service’s most important missing components — is finally coming. Butterfield told Mossberg that Slack had been using threading internally for months while testing what the best version of the tool would be for the service, which will hopefully come out in the… Read More

Everything announced at Facebook's F8 conference

Apr 13, 7:15PM

DSC05415 This means developers will now be able to use React Native to write apps for the Windows laptops, tablets and phones, as well as Samsung devices that run on Tizen, including some of its smartwatches and TVs. Read More

Regulators plan to revoke Theranos' federal license and ban founder Elizabeth Holmes

Apr 13, 7:06PM

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Theranos might find itself homeless soon. A federal agency plans to force founder Elizabeth Holmes out of her blood analysis startup for two years and take away the California lab’s federal license. First reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter dated March 18 proposing sanctions barring Holmes and company president Sunny… Read More

Regina Dugan exits Google to lead Facebook's Building 8, a new R&D lab

Apr 13, 6:51PM

Dr. Regina Dugan Talent wars may never cease in Silicon Valley. Facebook today announced it has hired former Google vice president of advanced technology and projects, Regina Dugan, to head up a new group dubbed Building 8. According to a company statement, Dr. Dugan’s department will combine R&D with product development, and focus on technologies that “fluidly blend physical and digital… Read More

Veteran Apple designer leaves for GoPro to be VP of Design

Apr 13, 6:39PM

21009278863_3b862e8b51_k Longtime Apple industrial designer Danny Coster is joining GoPro. Coster had worked at Apple since the early 1990s, and helped Apple re-establish itself after Steve Jobs returned. Now he has to do that to GoPro. GoPro’s stock popped on the news and is trading up on the day. The news comes from The Information and an internal email sent from GoPro’s founder and CEO, Nick… Read More

Facebook will soon be able to automatically tag your friends in videos

Apr 13, 6:19PM

DSC05880 Facebook is making big strides in using its artificial intelligence systems for image recognition, but it’s also working on bringing this technology to video. As the company demoed at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, it has a team working on automatically tagging people in videos. As Facebook’s director of machine learning Joaquin QuiƱonero Candela said during… Read More

Android N Developer Preview 2 hits with Vulkan, shortcuts, less-generic emoji

Apr 13, 6:17PM

androidn_devprev2 Developers, start your fastboots! Android N’s Developer Preview 2 is now live for OTA updates or manual flashing. This update brings a mixed bag of features and fixes. Read More

Legal health isn't easy for digital health companies

Apr 13, 6:00PM

health With the recent announcement of the Apple CareKit, an open-source platform to simplify the development of healthcare apps for iOS devices, it appears that the digital health industry is primed to become even more robust in 2016. As the convergence of healthcare and technology continues, technology companies (and investors) are increasingly finding themselves lost in a thicket of unique… Read More

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