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Netflix’s Live-Action One Piece Series Is Coming In 2023
Netflix has confirmed that its live-action take on One Piece will be streaming in 2023. The Verge reports: That’s about all we know so far; Netflix didn’t give a specific date, though the company did show off a new poster for its adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s long-running pirate manga / anime. The adaptation was first announced back in 2020 and will be led … ⌘ Read more

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After a Failure 4 Months Ago, the New Shepard Spacecraft Remains In Limbo
schwit1 shares a report from Ars Technica: More than four months have passed since the launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ended in failure. No humans were onboard the vehicle because it was conducting a suborbital scientific research mission, but the failure has grounded the New Shepard fleet ever since. The rocket’s si … ⌘ Read more

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AI-Generated Voice Firm Clamps Down After 4chan Makes Celebrity Voices For Abuse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: It was only a matter of time before the wave of artificial intelligence-generated voice startups became a play thing of internet trolls. On Monday, ElevenLabs, founded by ex-Google and Palantir staffers, said it had found an “increasing number of voice cloning m … ⌘ Read more

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KeePass Disputes Vulnerability Allowing Stealthy Password Theft
The development team behind the open-source password management software KeePass is disputing what is described as a newly found vulnerability that allows attackers to stealthily export the entire database in plain text. BleepingComputer reports: KeePass is a very popular open-source password manager that allows you to manage your passwords using a l … ⌘ Read more

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Students Lost One-Third of a School Year To Pandemic, Study Finds
Children experienced learning deficits during the Covid pandemic that amounted to about one-third of a school year’s worth of knowledge and skills, according to a new global analysis, and had not recovered from those losses more than two years later. The New York Times reports: Learning delays and regressions were most severe in developing count … ⌘ Read more

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Frontier’s Bringing Its 5-Gig Fiber Network Across the Country
Frontier, an internet service provider (ISP) that services 25 US states, has just launched 5 Gig fiber internet service across its entire network. The Verge reports: Frontier launched 2 Gig fiber internet service less than a year ago, and the 5 Gig plan is currently available in all of Frontier’s fiber-connected markets, with no phased rollouts. Com … ⌘ Read more

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Massive Yandex Code Leak Reveals Russian Search Engine’s Ranking Factors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly 45GB of source code files, allegedly stolen by a former employee, have revealed the underpinnings of Russian tech giant Yandex’s many apps and services. It also revealed key ranking factors for Yandex’s search engine, the kind almost never revealed in public. […] While … ⌘ Read more

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JD Sports Admits Intruder Accessed 10 Million Customers’ Data
Sports fashion retailer JD Sports has confirmed miscreants broke into a system that contained data on a whopping 10 million customers, but no payment information was among the mix. The Register reports: In a post to investors this morning, the London Stock Exchange-listed business said the intrusion related to infrastructure that housed data for online or … ⌘ Read more

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Impossible Foods Plans To Lay Off About 20% of Workers
Impossible Foods, which makes plant-based nuggets, burgers and patties, is reportedly laying off 20% of its staff, Bloomberg reported first. TechCrunch reports: According to the story, the 12-year-old company currently employs about 700 workers, which could then affect over 100 employees. This comes as the company made a 6% reduction in its workforce last October. … ⌘ Read more

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PikaOS Is a Next-Gen Linux Distribution Aimed Specifically Towards Gamers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet, written by Jack Wallen: PikaOS is very similar to that of Nobara Linux, which opts for a Fedora base. But what are these two Linux distributions? Simply put, they are Linux for gamers. […] So, what does PikaOS do that so many other distributions do not? The most obvious thing is … ⌘ Read more

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Philips To Cut 13% of Jobs in Safety and Profitability Drive
Dutch health technology company Philips will scrap another 6,000 jobs worldwide as it tries to restore its profitability and improve the safety of its products following a recall of respiratory devices that knocked off 70% of its market value. From a report: Half of the job cuts will be made this year, the company said on Monday, adding that the other hal … ⌘ Read more

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US Renewable Energy Farms Outstrip 99% of Coal Plants Economically
Coal in the US is now being economically outmatched by renewables to such an extent that it’s more expensive for 99% of the country’s coal-fired power plants to keep running than it is to build an entirely new solar or wind energy operation nearby, a new analysis has found. From a report: The plummeting cost of renewable energy, which has been … ⌘ Read more

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Taxes Slow India’s Solar Power Rollout But Boost Manufacture
An anonymous reader shares a report: In May last year Fortum India, a subsidiary of a Finnish solar developer, won the bid for a solar power project in the state of Gujarat. The project was due to be completed three months ago and would have generated enough electricity for 200,000 homes. But like many other solar power projects in the country, it’s been d … ⌘ Read more

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Japan Plans New Government Unit To Deal With Disinformation Campaigns
Japan’s government is making arrangements to launch a new unit next year that deals with the spread of disinformation. From a report: Experts say disinformation spread through social media networks could influence public opinion and cause social turmoil. Some analysts say Russia has employed such methods against Ukraine and that China ha … ⌘ Read more

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China Smartphone Market Slumps To 10-Year Low
After a decade of frantic growth, China’s smartphone market is hitting a speed bump as COVID-19 roils the world’s second-largest economy. From a report: The country’s smartphone shipments dropped 14% year-over-year in 2022, reaching a ten-year low, according to research firm Counterpoint. It was also the first time that China’s handset sales had slid below 300 million units in ten years, … ⌘ Read more

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EU Weighs Proposal To Charge Data-Heavy Streamers for Telecom Upgrades
The European Union is weighing a proposal to make technology companies that use the most bandwidth, like Netflix and Alphabet, to help pay for the next generation of internet infrastructure, according to a draft document seen by Bloomberg. From the report: The suggestions are part of a “fair-share” vision from the EU’s executive arm t … ⌘ Read more

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What Time Is It On the Moon?
Satellite navigation systems for lunar settlements will require local atomic clocks. Scientists are working out what time they will keep. From a report: It’s not obvious what form a universal lunar time would take. Clocks on Earth and the Moon naturally tick at different speeds, because of the differing gravitational fields of the two bodies. Official lunar time could be based on a clock system designed to synchron … ⌘ Read more

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Cash-strapped EV Startup Arrival is Laying Off Half Its Workforce
Arrival, an electric vehicle startup based in the UK, said it was laying off 50 percent of its employees in a bid to reduce costs. The company also named a new CEO, Igor Torgov, who previously served as executive vice president of digital at the company. From a report: Arrival, which announced last year that it was winding down its UK operation … ⌘ Read more

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DOJ Suit To Break Up Google Was Years in the Making for Antitrust Chief
An anonymous reader shares a report: Jonathan Kanter has been one of Google’s main legal foes for nearly 15 years. Last week, as the nation’s top antitrust cop, he delivered a threat to break up the internet company. Mr. Kanter, the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for antitrust, filed a lawsuit alleging that Google is … ⌘ Read more

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US FAA Adopts New Safeguards After Computer Outage Halted Flights
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told lawmakers Monday it had made a series of changes to prevent a repeat of a key computer system outage that forced a nationwide Jan. 11 ground stop disrupting more than 11,000 flights. From a report: The FAA said it has implemented “a one-hour synchronization delay for one of the backup databases. Th … ⌘ Read more

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Chinese Search Giant Baidu To Launch ChatGPT-Style Bot
Baidu is planning to roll out an artificial intelligence chatbot service similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT potentially China’s most prominent entry in a race touched off by the tech phenomenon. From a report: China’s largest search engine company plans to debut a ChatGPT-style application in March, initially embedding it into its main search services, said the person, ask … ⌘ Read more

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Foldable iPad Could Arrive as Early as Next Year
Apple could be on track to release a foldable iPad as early as next year, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. From a report: “I’m positive about the foldable iPad in 2024 and expect this new model will boost shipments and improve the product mix,” he tweeted early Monday. Kuo expects it to be joined by a revamped iPad Mini, due to enter mass production in early 202 … ⌘ Read more

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A Drug Company Made $114 Billion Gaming America’s Patent System
The New York Times looks at the AbbVie’s anti-inflammatory drug Humira and their “savvy but legal exploitation of the U.S. patent system.” Though AbbVie’s patent was supposed to expire in 2016, since then it’s maintained a monopoly that generated $114 billion in revenue by using “a formidable wall of intellectual property protection and suing would … ⌘ Read more

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Can Stack Overflow’s Survey Predict Next Year’s Most Loved Programming Language?
What happens when Stack Overflow’s senior research analyst delves more deeply into results from their annual Developer Survey?

Rust, Elixir, Clojure, Typescript, and Julia are at the top of the list of Most Loved Programming Languages. However, in looking at the last three years, we see a bit of movement. [Whil … ⌘ Read more

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Amazon is Selling Its 29-Acre Bay Area Property as Return to Office Stalls
Amazon is “selling a vacant Bay Area office complex purchased about 16 months ago,” reports Bloomberg, “the company’s latest effort to unwind a pandemic-era expansion that left it with a surfeit of warehouses and employees.”
Amazon in October 2021 paid $123 million for the 29-acre property in Milpitas, California, part of a stra … ⌘ Read more

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