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Kingdom mixes zombie outbreak with political intrigue in winning combo

Kingdom turn fast, move fast, and seem to only come out at night.’> Enlarge / Not your typical “Romero” zombies: the undead in Kingdom turn fast, move fast, and seem to only come out at night. (credit: YouTube/Netflix) A disgraced crown prince in medieval Korea must outsmart a power-hungry rival clan and battle a zombie …

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San Francisco lawmaker: Our cops should be banned from using facial recognition

Enlarge (credit: Thomas Hawk) If a new proposed municipal ordinance passes in the coming months, San Francisco could become the first city in America to outright ban the use of facial recognition technology by its police department or any other city agency. According to a new bill unveiled Tuesday and first reported by the San …

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Trump’s industry-friendly interior secretary has pivoted to blockchain

Enlarge / Interior secretary turned blockchain booster Ryan Zinke. (credit: William Campbell-Corbis via Getty Images) Ryan Zinke spent most of the last two years pursuing an industry-friendly agenda as secretary of the interior. Then, last month, he announced his resignation under pressure from the White House. Now Zinke is joining the blockchain industry. “There is some …

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Earth’s magnetic field nearly died during critical transition

Enlarge (credit: NASA/Peter Reid, University of Edinburgh) You’ve almost certainly seen the diagram—the layers of the Earth exposed like a slightly more complicated hard-boiled egg. The crust we live on is actually a thin shell, with the hot (but still solid) mantle forming a thick layer below that. At the center—contra Jules Verne—there are inner …

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Google Acts After Apple Slaps Facebook for Data Collection, Disables Screenwise Meter on iOS

Hours after Apple revoked Facebook’s iOS developer certificate for using an app that closely tracked some users’ data, a report from TechCrunch said Wednesday that Google also has an app that closely monitors traffic and data on smartphones. On Tuesday, TechCrunch reported that Facebook “had been secretly paying people to install a ‘Facebook Research’ VPN …

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Democratic Congresswomen Put Forth ‘Long Overdue’ Legislation Demanding Fair Pay for Women

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined several Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday to announce that they are reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a U.S. House Representative from Connecticut, and Senator Patty Murray, who represents the state of Washington, introduced the legislation meant to bolster equal pay protections for women and strengthen the Equal …

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Microsoft Stock Falls Nearly 4% Thanks, in Part, to a Slowdown in Its Azure Cloud Business

Microsoft’s Azure, the platform at the center of the software giant’s thriving enterprise-cloud services, saw its growth rate slow in the fourth quarter of 2018, helping to drag the company’s revenue and earnings below analyst expectations. Overall revenue rose 12% to $32.5 billion in the quarter, Microsoft said Wednesday, while GAAP earnings per share came …

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Brainstorm Health: Livongo Acquisition, Israeli Cancer ‘Cure’, Roche Alzheimer’s Failure

Hello and happy hump day, readers. On Wednesday, the digital health-powered chronic disease management firm Livongo announced it was acquiring Denver-based myStrength, a company focused on digital behavioral health programs for conditions like depression, anxiety, and even chronic pain. If that sounds familiar, it might be because, less than a month ago, Livongo rival Omada …

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Taxes 2019: When Should You File Your Returns? And What Should You Expect?

Now that the government shutdown is over and the United States government has reopened–at least for now–many people are wondering how to approach the 2019 tax season, which officially opened on Jan. 28. As of Monday, the Internal Revenue Service is accepting tax returns. If you were one of the prepared people hoping the government …

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