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METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

Researchers have undertaken a controversial plan to get aliens to contact humans: sending an invitation out into space. The efforts come from METI, which stands for Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and it involved sending messages toward a star system located about 12 light-years from our own. Assuming the messages are received and a reply is sent, we should get it about 25 years from now.

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YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

YouTube has increasingly faced criticism for a large library of bizarre videos collectively dubbed the 'ElsaGate' collection. These videos feature keyword-stuffed titles that seem to be aimed at luring in as many clicks as possible, and many of these involve the fictional character Elsa, as well as Spiderman and other superhero characters. Many of the videos have been criticized for containing disturbing, sometimes violent or inappropriate content that is targeted at the platform's youngest viewers.

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Logitech is getting roasted for blindsiding angry users

Logitech is getting roasted for blindsiding angry users

Logitech finds itself facing a user revolt, with the news that it's unexpectedly killing off the Harmony Link in just a few months time. Owners of the box, which promised to replace up to eight remote controls for AV equipment like TVs, Blu-ray players, and more, were informed today that, as of March 2018, their system would stop working. Unsurprisingly, they're not particularly pleased with Logitech right now.

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Science piracy site Sci-Hub ordered to shut down again, but it won’t listen

Science piracy site Sci-Hub ordered to shut down again, but it won’t listen

Entertainment piracy may get the most attention, but it's far from the only type of unauthorized online sharing. Another major variety is educational piracy, both in the form of over-priced college textbooks and in the unauthorized sharing of scientific papers that would otherwise be hidden behind a paywall. A court has just ordered one of those sites, Sci-Hub, to close down.

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Broadcom makes $130bn Qualcomm bid: Why it matters to Apple

Broadcom makes $130bn Qualcomm bid: Why it matters to Apple

Get ready for a big shake-up in what's inside your next smartphone, as Broadcom makes a huge bid to snap up silicon rival Qualcomm. The proposal comes in at a whopping $130 billion, and would see two of the most prolific semiconductor companies combine. It's big news for shareholders, but could give clients of the two firms - like Apple - some sleepless nights.

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Amazon Fresh grocery delivery will close in many places this month

Amazon Fresh grocery delivery will close in many places this month

Amazon is shutting down its Fresh grocery delivery service in many neighborhoods, according to emails going out to customers, and it's not limited to just small cities. Amazon Fresh users across several states have received emails notifying them that starting later this month, grocery delivery serivce will no longer be available to their location. This doesn't mean the Amazon service is going away entirely, though, as others in larger regions haven't received the same notification.

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Climate Science Special Report blames humans for a warming planet

Climate Science Special Report blames humans for a warming planet

The planet is getting warmer, that's no secret, but many skeptics express doubt about whether human activities are to blame for these increasingly warm temperatures. Here to answer that question is the Climate Science Special Report, the US's most comprehensive report on current climate science. To put it simply, this report -- using existing scientific data about the issue -- says it is 'extremely likely' that humans are to blame for our warming planet.

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Here One earbuds firm Doppler Labs has shut down

Here One earbuds firm Doppler Labs has shut down

Doppler Labs, makers of the Here One earbuds which promised AI in your ear, are closing down, it's been confirmed today. The company's clever earbuds aimed to beat Apple's AirPods to market while also being smarter, all based on the concept of enhanced hearing functionality. However sales have been far less impressive than initially predicted.

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This AI uses brain scans to figure out if someone is depressed

This AI uses brain scans to figure out if someone is depressed

Diagnosing depression is tricky and usually boils down to patients providing their doctor with a list of problems. Diagnosing the condition in the future may be far faster, though, as one AI has learned to identify depressed people using nothing more than their brain scans. The AI was trained to identify the brain patterns of individuals who are depressed versus those who aren't, something itself achieved using fMRI machines while quizzing people on how they think and feel about certain words.

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Uber Visa Card offers Millennial-friendly perks to lock in riders

Uber Visa Card offers Millennial-friendly perks to lock in riders

Uber is wading into the credit card business, launching its own Uber Visa Card which promises to specifically reward users of its various services. The card, which the company says was "designed specifically with our riders in mind," will charge no annual fee, but include up to 4-percent back on select purchases. It's part of Uber's push to make its services more sticky among users.

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Soylent banned in Canada over its meal replacement claim

Soylent banned in Canada over its meal replacement claim

Soylent founder and CEO Rob Rhinehart has announced that his company's 'meal replacement' drink has been banned in Canada. The ban comes from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, essentially Canada's equivalent to the US's FDA, which found that Soylent doesn't meet the nation's requirements to be labelled as a 'food replacement' product. Rhinehart indicated that the ban will be a temporary one as the company works out the regulatory problem.

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Delphi’s $450m nuTonomy buy sees a self-driving empire grow

Delphi’s $450m nuTonomy buy sees a self-driving empire grow

The race to be at the heart of tomorrow's autonomous vehicles continues, with automotive tech firm and component supplier Delphi snapping up driverless startup nuTonomy. The deal, announced today, will see Delphi spend $400m on the company and a further $50m on earn-outs, for a total of $450m. It will effectively double Delphi's autonomous driving team.

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