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Pet food retailer Zooplus hits out at Royal Canin’s ‘excessive’ price increases – and offers customers 10% off its competitors

[…] Customers have been reporting steep price increases across a number of items from Royal Canin – with one saying her food had increased by £15 for a 10kg bag in less than a year. Zooplus, an online pet food seller that stocks Royal Canin – among other brands – said it did not want Read more about Pet food retailer Zooplus hits out at Royal Canin’s ‘excessive’ price increases – and offers customers 10% off its competitors[…]

Meta’s WhatsApp fined 5.5 mln euro by lead EU privacy regulator

Meta’s (META.O) WhatsApp subsidiary was fined 5.5 million euros ($5.95 million) on Thursday by Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner (DPC), its lead EU privacy regulator, for an additional breach of the bloc’s privacy laws. The DPC also told WhatsApp to reassess how it uses personal data for service improvements following a similar order it issued this Read more about Meta’s WhatsApp fined 5.5 mln euro by lead EU privacy regulator[…]

Microsoft rummages through your PC to look at Office installs

Microsoft wants to know how many out-of-support copies of Office are installed on Windows PCs, and it intends to find out by pushing a patch through Microsoft Update that it swears is safe, not that you asked. Quietly mentioned in a support post this week, update KB5021751 is targeting versions of Office “including” 2007 and Read more about Microsoft rummages through your PC to look at Office installs[…]

Up to 925000 Norton LifeLock Accounts Targeted in credential stuffing attack

Thousands of people who use Norton password manager began receiving emailed notices this month alerting them that an unauthorized party may have gained access to their personal information along with the passwords they have stored in their vaults. Gen Digital, Norton’s parent company, said the security incident was the result of a credential-stuffing attack rather Read more about Up to 925000 Norton LifeLock Accounts Targeted in credential stuffing attack[…]

Google Accused of Creating Digital Ad Monopoly in New Justice Dept. Suit

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Google Tuesday, accusing the tech giant of using its market power to create a monopoly in the digital advertising business over the course of 15 years. Google “corrupted legitimate competition in the ad tech industry by engaging in a systematic campaign to seize control of the wide Read more about Google Accused of Creating Digital Ad Monopoly in New Justice Dept. Suit[…]

Perfectly Good MacBooks From 2020 Are Being Sold for Scrap Because of Activation Lock

Secondhand MacBooks that retailed for as much as $3,000 are being turned into parts because recyclers have no way to login and factory reset the machines, which are often just a couple years old. “How many of you out there would like a 2-year-old M1 MacBook? Well, too bad, because your local recycler just took Read more about Perfectly Good MacBooks From 2020 Are Being Sold for Scrap Because of Activation Lock[…]

Indian Android Users Can Finally Use Alternate Search and Payment Methods and forked Google apps

Android users in India will soon have more control over their devices, thanks to a court ruling. Beginning next month, Indian Android wielders can choose a different billing system when paying for apps and in-app smartphone purchases rather than default to going through the Play Store. Google will also allow Indian users to select a Read more about Indian Android Users Can Finally Use Alternate Search and Payment Methods and forked Google apps[…]

Airline owned through open Jenkins and hardcoded AWS – TSA NoFly List found and exposed

how to completely own an airline in 3 easy steps and grab the TSA nofly list along the way note: this is a slightly more technical* and comedic write up of the story covered by my friends over at dailydot, which you can read here *i say slightly since there isnt a whole lot of Read more about Airline owned through open Jenkins and hardcoded AWS – TSA NoFly List found and exposed[…]

US law enforcement has warrantless access to many money transfers

Your international money transfers might not be as discreet as you think. Senator Ron Wyden and The Wall Street Journal have learned that US law enforcement can access details of money transfers without a warrant through an obscure surveillance program the Arizona attorney general’s office created in 2014. A database stored at a nonprofit, the Read more about US law enforcement has warrantless access to many money transfers[…]

Locust antenna / AI driven cyborg can identify scents

[…]In a study published Monday in the journal Biosensor and Bioelectronics, a group of researchers from Tel Aviv University (via Neuroscience News) said they recently created a robot that can identify a handful of smells with 10,000 times more sensitivity than some specialized electronics. They describe their robot as a bio-hybrid platform (read: cyborg). It Read more about Locust antenna / AI driven cyborg can identify scents[…]

Coating to protect spacecraft from heat and harvest sun energy developed

[…]The research team working with Airbus at the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute claims its nano-coating, referred to as a Multifunctional Nanobarrier Structure (MFNS), can be applied to the surfaces of equipment, including antennas, and it has been shown to be able to reduce the operating temperature of such surfaces from 120°C to 60°C Read more about Coating to protect spacecraft from heat and harvest sun energy developed[…]

Researchers Breed Naturally Flame-Resistant Cotton

Chemical flame retardants can make us safer by preventing or slowing fires, but they’re linked to a range of unsettling health effects. To get around that concern, researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have bred a new population of cotton that can self-extinguish after encountering a flame. The team of scientists from the USDA’s Read more about Researchers Breed Naturally Flame-Resistant Cotton[…]

Revealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider Verra are worthless, may be damaging, analysis shows

The forest carbon offsets approved by the world’s leading provider and used by Disney, Shell, Gucci and other big corporations are largely worthless and could make global heating worse, according to a new investigation. The research into Verra, the world’s leading carbon standard for the rapidly growing $2bn (£1.6bn) voluntary offsets market, has found that, Read more about Revealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider Verra are worthless, may be damaging, analysis shows[…]

DARPA’s New X-Plane Aims To Maneuver With Nothing But Bursts Of Air

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has moved into the next phase of its Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors program, or CRANE. The project is centered on an experimental uncrewed aircraft, which Aurora Flight Sciences is developing, that does not have traditional moving surfaces to control the aircraft in flight. Aurora Flight Sciences’ Read more about DARPA’s New X-Plane Aims To Maneuver With Nothing But Bursts Of Air[…]

This man used AI to write and illustrate a children’s book in one weekend. He wasn’t prepared for the backlash.

Ammaar Reshi wrote and illustrated a children’s book in 72 hours using ChatGPT and Midjourney. The book went viral on Twitter after it was met with intense backlash from artists. Reshi said he respected the artists’ concerns but felt some of the anger was misdirected. Ammaar Reshi was reading a bedtime story to his friend’s Read more about This man used AI to write and illustrate a children’s book in one weekend. He wasn’t prepared for the backlash.[…]

High-powered lasers can be used to steer lightning strikes

[…] European researchers have successfully tested a system that uses terawatt-level laser pulses to steer lighting toward a 26-foot rod. It’s not limited by its physical height, and can cover much wider areas — in this case, 590 feet — while penetrating clouds and fog. The design ionizes nitrogen and oxygen molecules, releasing electrons and Read more about High-powered lasers can be used to steer lightning strikes[…]

Quantum Dots / NanoLED Is the Next-Generation Display Technology

[…] Nanosys, a company whose quantum dot technology is in millions of TVs, offered to show me a top-secret prototype of a next-generation display. Not just any next-gen display, but one I’ve been writing about for years and which has the potential to dethrone OLED as the king of displays. […] Electroluminescent quantum dots. These are Read more about Quantum Dots / NanoLED Is the Next-Generation Display Technology[…]

Contrails Cause 57% of a Plane’s Climate Impact. Can That Be Changed?

Contrails — the wispy ice clouds trailing behind flying jets — “are surprisingly bad for the environment,” reports CNN: A study that looked at aviation’s contribution to climate change between 2000 and 2018 concluded that contrails create 57% of the sector’s warming impact, significantly more than the CO2 emissions from burning fuel. They do so Read more about Contrails Cause 57% of a Plane’s Climate Impact. Can That Be Changed?[…]

Meta sues surveillance company for allegedly scraping more than 600,000 accounts – pots and kettles

Meta has filed a lawsuit against Voyager Labs, which it has accused of creating tens of thousands of fake accounts to scrape data from more than 600,000 Facebook users’ profiles. It says the surveillance company pulled information such as posts, likes, friend lists, photos, and comments, along with other details from groups and pages. Meta Read more about Meta sues surveillance company for allegedly scraping more than 600,000 accounts – pots and kettles[…]

YouTube may fix controversial policy to demonetize videos with swearing – wait why can’t you swear on YouTube? US prudish sensibilities suck ass

YouTube is rethinking its approach to colorful language after an uproar. In a statement to The Verge, the Google brand says it’s “making some adjustments” to a profanity policy it unveiled in November after receiving blowback from creators. The rule limits or removes ads on videos where someone swears within the first 15 seconds or Read more about YouTube may fix controversial policy to demonetize videos with swearing – wait why can’t you swear on YouTube? US prudish sensibilities suck ass[…]

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AI discovers new nanostructures, reduces experiment time from months to hours

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have successfully demonstrated that autonomous methods can discover new materials. The artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technique led to the discovery of three new nanostructures, including a first-of-its-kind nanoscale “ladder.” The research was published today in Science Advances.. The newly discovered structures were formed by a Read more about AI discovers new nanostructures, reduces experiment time from months to hours[…]

A team of physicists devise a model that maps a star’s surprising orbit about a supermassive black hole

Hundreds of millions of light-years away in a distant galaxy, a star orbiting a supermassive black hole is being violently ripped apart under the black hole’s immense gravitational pull. As the star is shredded, its remnants are transformed into a stream of debris that rains back down onto the black hole to form a very Read more about A team of physicists devise a model that maps a star’s surprising orbit about a supermassive black hole[…]

D&D Publisher In All kinds of trouble Over Controversial License changes – unsubscribes caused server crash, PR statement made

After a week of silence amid intense backlash, Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast (WoTC) has finally addressed its community’s concerns about changes to the open gaming license. The open gaming license (OGL) has existed since 2000 and has made it possible for a diverse ecosystem of third-party creators to publish virtual tabletop Read more about D&D Publisher In All kinds of trouble Over Controversial License changes – unsubscribes caused server crash, PR statement made[…]

Rape survivor secretly recorded her abuser’s confession – despite audio + written confessions, jury verdict not unanimous

A woman who released audio of her rapist’s confession said she wanted to show how “manipulative” abusers can be. Ellie Wilson, 25, secretly captured Daniel McFarlane admitting to his crimes by setting her phone to record in her handbag. McFarlane was found guilty of two rape charges and sentenced to five years in prison in Read more about Rape survivor secretly recorded her abuser’s confession – despite audio + written confessions, jury verdict not unanimous[…]

We Exist Inside a Giant Space Bubble, And Scientists Have Finally Mapped the magnetic field around it

You may not realize it in your day-to-day life, but we are all enveloped by a giant “superbubble” that was blown into space by the explosive deaths of a dozen-odd stars. Known as the Local Bubble, this structure extends for about 1,000 light years around the solar system, and is one of countless similar bubbles Read more about We Exist Inside a Giant Space Bubble, And Scientists Have Finally Mapped the magnetic field around it[…]