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Elon Musk: ‘Increasingly probable’ that artificial intelligence will be ‘more dangerous than nukes’

Billionaire investor Elon Musk took to Twitter over the weekend to urge people to be “super careful with [artificial intelligence],” claiming that that it is “potentially more dangerous than nukes,” the Verge reported. Musk was reading Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at Oxford University,…

Hacker to demonstrate passenger jets are vulnerable to cyber-attacks

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems – a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security. Santamarta, a consultant with…

How Minecraft has bewitched 40 million of us worldwide

The worldwide domination of Markus Persson’s building-blocks game is a triumph for the power of human imagination, writes John Naughton A funny thing happened on the way to this column. Browsing idly through the Publishers Weekly site, I came on the list of the Nielsen bestselling books of 2014 (so far) in the…

Lions Gate sues piracy sites over leak of ‘The Expendables 3′

The movie has already been downloaded more than a million times since then, according to the Hollywood Reporter.…

Microsoft sues Samsung for allegedly reneging on payment for patent licenses

By Dan Levine (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia’s handset business. The Microsoft lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court,…

Google and Facebook begin paying for shuttles to stop at San Francisco bus stations

By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Commuter shuttles run by Google Inc, Facebook Inc and other Silicon Valley companies began paying on Friday to make stops at San Francisco bus stations after protests blamed them for gentrification. The private buses, which for years have taken tech workers from San…

Facebook restores service after outage in many countries

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said service to the world’s largest online social network was fully restored on Friday, following a widespread outage that affected users in multiple countries. “Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and…

Facebook down for less than 1 hour and Twitter explodes with dismay, existential dread, wit

Facebook, the social networking site that boasts 829 million daily active users, crashed to the Earth today, interrupting the flow of breaking world news and keeping proud grandparents from sharing pictures of their grandchildren. Seeking an outlet to express to the world their dismay — which would normally be expressed…

Edward Snowden continues life as a recluse after one year of asylum in Russia

Fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden marked on Thursday one year of political asylum in Russia, where he continues to live a life shrouded in mystery amid a dearth of public appearances. Little has been heard on the movements of the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor since he first…

Trolls quickly drown ReaganBook social media site in sea of profanity, pornography

A half-cooked attempt to set up a conservative social network quickly collapsed into a heap of phony accounts, crude swearing, and pornographic GIFs. Ohio Republican Janet Porter pre-launched ReaganBook – “Facebook for Patriots” – in April, after employees from the more well-known social media site took part in a LGBT…

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