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Facebook’s auto-captions for a recent launch video are hilariously bad

Well, at least the bots got the launch countdown right. [credit: NASA/Facebook ] An Antares rocket built by Northrop Grumman launched on Wednesday afternoon, boosting a Cygnus spacecraft with 3.4 tons of cargo toward the International Space Station. The launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, went flawlessly, and the spacecraft arrived at the station on Friday. …

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Anti-vax parents lose in NY court, face steep fines for not vaccinating

Enlarge / A sign warns people of measles in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg on April 10, 2019 in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a state of emergency and mandated residents at the center of the outbreak to get vaccinated for the viral disease. (credit: Getty | Spencer Platt) A …

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Unexpected protection added to Microsoft Edge subverts IE security

Enlarge (credit: Brian Smithson / Flickr) A researcher has uncovered strange and unexpected behavior in Windows 10 that allows remote attackers to steal data stored on hard drives when a user opens a malicious file downloaded with the Edge browser. The threat partially surfaced last week when a different researcher, John Page, reported what he …

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Rocket Report: A new Delta 2, Blue Origin inks with NASA, a fiery Falcon Heavy

Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace) Welcome to Edition 1.45 of the Rocket Report! This week, half of our stories concern the biggest rockets on the planet, from Blue Origin engine tests at Marshall Space Flight Center to NASA’s efforts to accelerate development of the Space Launch System. As always, we …

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In new gaffe, Facebook improperly collects email contacts for 1.5 million

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Facebook’s privacy gaffes keep coming. On Wednesday, the social media company said it collected the stored email address lists of as many as 1.5 million users without permission. On Thursday, the company said the number of Instagram users affected by a previously reported password storage error was in the “millions,” not …

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Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa, Google Assistant

Enlarge / Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both Portal devices have built-in Amazon Alexa. (credit: Facebook) Facebook is working on developing an AI voice assistant similar in functionality to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, according to a report from CNBC and a later statement from a Facebook representative. The CNBC report, which …

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Microsoft buys Express Logic, adds a third operating system to its IoT range

Enlarge / Multi-threading. (credit: Jamie Golden / Flickr) Not content with having a Windows-based Internet of Things platform (Windows 10 IoT) and a Linux-based Internet of Things platform (Azure Sphere), Microsoft has added a third option. The company has announced that it has bought Express Logic and its ThreadX real-time operating system for an undisclosed …

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Idris Elba steals the show as “Black Superman” in Hobbs and Shaw trailer

Hobbs and Shaw trailer. Universal Pictures dropped a second trailer for the studio’s forthcoming Hobbs and Shaw, the first spinoff of its wildly popular Fast and Furious franchise. It looks like it will be the perfect summer popcorn movie, with ludicrous over-the-top action, Idris Elba stealing every scene as a cocky super-soldier, and the lovable, …

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