Vaping-Related Lung Illness Likely Caused by Chemical Exposure, Says CDC

Sudden, serious lung illnesses that have struck people who used vaping devices have been tied in many cases to products that contain THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Health authorities have identified 450 cases of lung disease in people who used vaping products and have …

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Google Bans Ads for Unproven Medical Treatments. Critics Ask: What Took So Long?

Years after ads for unproven medical treatments and therapies spread across the Internet, Google is finally cracking down on them. The search giant said on Friday that it would prohibit ads promoting experimental medical techniques, like most stem cell and gene therapies, as well as those that have no scientific backing. The ban also includes …

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How to Watch New York Fashion Week From Your Phone

New York Fashion Week has just started and it’s being streamed live on two new direct-to-consumer streaming video platforms, giving fashion fans unparalleled access to the runway shows and the buzz around them. International Management Group (IMG) and Endeavor Streaming has its NYFW: All Access, a web-enabled live streaming service available online and through an …

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Exploit for wormable Bluekeep Windows bug released into the wild

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) For months, security practitioners have worried about the public release of attack code exploiting Bluekeep, the critical vulnerability in older versions of Microsoft Windows that’s “wormable,” meaning it can spread from computer to computer with no user interaction. On Friday, that dreaded day arrived when the Metasploit framework—an open source tool …

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Say goodbye to a “regular schedule” of emulated classics on Switch

Enlarge / We’ll no longer be seeing regular monthly additions to this selection of SNES classics playable on the Switch, nor their NES counterparts. Fans of classic Nintendo re-releases got some good news this week, as Nintendo finally released emulated versions of 20 Super NES games as part of its $20-per-year Switch Online service. But …

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Hydride predicted to be superconductive at room temperature

Enlarge / Electrons pair up by exchanging phonons in a superconductor. Superconductivity came with a lot of unfulfilled promises. Power without loss? Sign me up. Superconducting magnetic resonance imaging magnets? They’re, ahem, cool. And CERN couldn’t operate without buckets of liquid helium to keep its magnets superconducting. But those examples highlight the problem: pretty much …

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Liveblog: All the news from Apple’s “By Innovation Only” iPhone event

Enlarge / This image accompanied invitations Apple sent to the press for the September 10 event. (credit: Apple) Liveblog starts in: View Liveblog CUPERTINO, Calif.—At 10:00 AM Pacific time on Tuesday, September 10, Apple executives will take the stage in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s headquarters to announce a slate of new products. Those …

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Facebook on the hook as states launch competition, privacy probe

Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto | Getty Images) A coalition of states attorneys general is joining together to launch yet another antitrust probe of Facebook, joining several investigations already in progress. “I’m launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether their actions endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising,” …

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China is close to releasing a Libra-like digital currency

Enlarge / An employee counts 100-yuan notes at a bank in Nantong in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on July 23, 2018. (credit: -/AFP/Getty Images) China’s central bank is working on a cryptocurrency that will be similar to Facebook’s Libra, a government official said this week, according to Reuters. China’s central bank has had a group …

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