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Apple Buys Self-Driving Car Startup Drive.ai in Sign It's Not Through With Autonomous Vehicles Apple Buys Self-Driving Car Startup Drive.ai in Sign It's Not Through With Autonomous Vehicles

Apple appeared to be pulling back from the autonomous car business when it dismissed some 200 employees from its Project Titan initiative in January 2019. But it would appear that it’s shifting gears in a big way with news on Tuesday that it has acquired startup Drive.ai “in what appears to be part of a renewed effort…

Police Pull Nearly a Dozen Dockless Scooters From Their Watery Graves in Portland, Say More to Come Police Pull Nearly a Dozen Dockless Scooters From Their Watery Graves in Portland, Say More to Come

A county sheriff’s dive team recovered 11 e-scooters from downtown Portland’s Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge on Tuesday after they were discovered by police divers, the Oregonian reported.

Target Is Starting Its Own Goddamn Prime Day, OK? Target Is Starting Its Own Goddamn Prime Day, OK?

If there are those among you who have thought to yourselves, “Boy—the number of corporate faux-holidays devoted entirely to trying to get me to buy things is one too few,” then congratulations: Target is launching its own damn version of Prime Day.

At Least 10 Global Telecom Carriers Hacked in Suspected Chinese Espionage Campaign, Security Firm Says At Least 10 Global Telecom Carriers Hacked in Suspected Chinese Espionage Campaign, Security Firm Says

Hackers believed to have ties to China’s government infiltrated the systems of at least 10 telecommunications companies around the globe, swiping swaths of data on the companies and targeted individuals, according to an investigation by cybersecurity firm Cybereason.

Japanese High-Speed Rail Line Was Brought to Standstill by Tiny Slug That Fried on Power Cable Japanese High-Speed Rail Line Was Brought to Standstill by Tiny Slug That Fried on Power Cable

Japanese rail company JR Kitakyushu says that one small slug was responsible for a power outage and subsequent delays for an estimated 12,000 commuters on a high-speed rail line in Kyushu on May 30, CNN reported on Monday.

Investigators Say Late Owner of QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange Siphoned Client Holdings Investigators Say Late Owner of QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange Siphoned Client Holdings

The late founder of catastrophically failed Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX (QCX) “took most of the money entrusted to him by clients and spent much of it on himself and his wife,” the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a report released last week by court-ordered monitors.

A Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid, Hong Kong Protests, and Jean-Luc Picard: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week A Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid, Hong Kong Protests, and Jean-Luc Picard: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Another week, another crisis—The U.S. is reportedly launching cyberattacks on assets tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, including a group of hackers believed to spy on ships passing through the Gulf of Oman and on computer-controlled rocket and missile launchers, in retaliation for a series of allegedly…

Report: Trump Admin Considering Ordering All US 5G Gear Be Made Outside of China Report: Trump Admin Considering Ordering All US 5G Gear Be Made Outside of China

Donald Trump’s administration is considering issuing requirements that would mandate all 5G telecommunications equipment installed in the U.S. be manufactured outside China, according to a Sunday report in the Wall Street Journal.

Minneapolis Police Officer Awarded $585,000 in Suit Over Abuse of State Driver's License Database Minneapolis Police Officer Awarded $585,000 in Suit Over Abuse of State Driver's License Database

Minneapolis police officer Amy Krekelberg won $585,000 in a jury verdict this week, including $300,000 in punitive damages, after suing the city and two officers over unauthorized access to a government database of driver’s license information, Wired reported.

Steam Is About to Drop Official Support for Ubuntu Steam Is About to Drop Official Support for Ubuntu

Valve is dropping official support for Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases for its mega-popular Steam video game distribution platform, per Engadget, as the upcoming version of the OS will eliminate updates to 32-bit x86 components. According to Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, the company will “evaluate ways to…

Microsoft Bans Employees From Using Slack, Has AWS and Google Docs on a 'Discouraged' List Microsoft Bans Employees From Using Slack, Has AWS and Google Docs on a 'Discouraged' List

PC giant Microsoft has informed its staff not to use popular chat app and competitor Slack, adding it to a list of “prohibited and discouraged technology” comprised of software and services that it does not want employees using outside of specific circumstances, Geekwire reported on Friday.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Detects Spike in Methane on Mars NASA's Curiosity Rover Detects Spike in Methane on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered “startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air” on Wednesday in what could potentially be a sign of life on the Red Planet, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Report: US Carried Out Cyber Attacks on Iranian Assets Tied to Revolutionary Guard Corps Report: US Carried Out Cyber Attacks on Iranian Assets Tied to Revolutionary Guard Corps

Donald Trump called off a military strike on undisclosed Iranian assets this week after reports Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance drone, the incident itself following accusations of Iranian responsibility for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. But U.S. Cyber Command…

Report: Senators Are Suddenly Really Interested in UFOs Report: Senators Are Suddenly Really Interested in UFOs

Three U.S. senators received a classified briefing on reported Navy encounters with unidentified flying objects, Politico reported on Wednesday, including vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Mark Warner.

UK Reportedly Thwarted Yet Again in Quest Against Horny Teens UK Reportedly Thwarted Yet Again in Quest Against Horny Teens

The UK government’s plan to implement a mandatory, nationwide age verification system for pornographic websites attracted ridicule from technical experts who pointed out it could easily be evaded by anyone with minimal technical know-how, but would likely require sweeping tracking of porn viewers’ identities and web…

Senate Banking Committee Schedules Hearing on Facebook's Massive Cryptocurrency Project Senate Banking Committee Schedules Hearing on Facebook's Massive Cryptocurrency Project

The U.S. Senate Banking Committee is set to scrutinize Facebook’s cryptocurrency ambitions at a hearing set for July 16, Reuters reported on Wednesday, in yet another sign that legislators are extremely wary (to put it mildly) of the company’s shift into global financial services.

T-Mobile and Sprint May Offload $6 Billion in Assets to Dish As Part of Merger Deal With DOJ T-Mobile and Sprint May Offload $6 Billion in Assets to Dish As Part of Merger Deal With DOJ

Dish Network Corp. is “in talks” to buy up assets that T-Mobile and Sprint are planning to sell off in order to have their terrible merger approved by antitrust authorities, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

San Francisco Set to Approve First-of-Its-Kind Ban on E-Cigarette Sales San Francisco Set to Approve First-of-Its-Kind Ban on E-Cigarette Sales

The city of San Francisco has become the first in the U.S. to move to ban all sales of e-cigarettes in a unanimous vote by city supervisors, SFGate reported on Tuesday, in what officials characterized as an effort to fight back against youth vaping.

Iran Says It Will Begin Enriching Uranium Beyond Nuclear Deal Limits Iran Says It Will Begin Enriching Uranium Beyond Nuclear Deal Limits

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Monday that it has increased production of low-enriched uranium—of the type suitable for use in nuclear power generators, but not nuclear warheads—to levels that will exceed limits imposed in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers by June 27, the New York…

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Takes Stunning Photo of Asteroid Bennu From Just 0.4 Miles Away NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Takes Stunning Photo of Asteroid Bennu From Just 0.4 Miles Away

NASA’s asteroid-sampling OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is currently in position around the tiny, near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu, has transmitted its closest shot of the asteroid’s surface yet.

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