Day: September 23, 2021

Texas law banning platforms from social media moderation challenged in lawsuit

Tech trade groups argue prohibition on moderation is unconstitutional Two IT trade groups on Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of Texas’ new social media law, arguing that it compels companies to host speech they disagree with in violation of their First Amendment rights.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

Hackers Leak LinkedIn 700 Million Data Scrape

A collection containing data about more than 700 million users, believed to have been scraped from LinkedIn, was leaked online this week after hackers previously tried to sell it earlier this year in June. From a report: The collection, obtained by The Record from a source, is currently being shared in private Telegram channels in…

Dell bids adieu to the era of big acquisitions, concentrates on paying down debt and Michael’s new book

Partnerships are our future, says tycoon Dell CEO Michael Dell once loved big-ticket acquisitions, but not anymore.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

Progress Software stock surges as fiscal Q3 results crush expectations, raises year view

Progress said it will acquire privately held Kemp, a maker of application experience management software. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Apple releases patches for Catalina and iOS 12.5.5 vulnerabilities

One of the vulnerabilities was discovered by Citizen Lab and another was found by the Google Threat Analysis team. …read more Source:: ZDNet

The Imaginary Rocket Driving a Small-Town Spaceport

Is the FAA licensing spaceports that are doomed to fail? From a report: The latest launch attempt out of Kodiak, Alaska’s spaceport shows in vivid detail just how quickly things can go sideways. In the video, rocket maker Astra’s 3.3 skids horizontally for hundreds of yards, then shoots some 20 miles upwards, listing off course….

Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot embarks on its latest thrilling adventure: Insurance!

US company equips cybernetic pooch to help in building inspections, post-disaster assessments Boston Dynamics’ creepy robot dog Spot has found another new employer for its unique skillset.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

CDC Panel Endorses Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shots For People 65 and Older

A key Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group unanimously voted Thursday to recommend distributing Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 booster shots to older Americans and nursing home residents, clearing the way for the agency to give the final OK as early as this evening. CNBC reports: The agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices specifically…

CDC panel recommends Pfizer booster for some people – CNET

Pfizer recipients 65 and older and those living in long-term care facilities would be eligible for a booster. People ages 18 to 64 with an underlying health condition would be eligible too. …read more Source:: CNet

Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure Is a Winged Microchip, Scientists Say

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: It’s neither a bird nor a plane, but a winged microchip as small as a grain of sand that can be carried by the wind as it monitors such things as pollution levels or the spread of airborne diseases. The tiny microfliers, whose development by engineers at…