Amazon’s Jeff Bezos interrupted by protester on stage
Jun06

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos interrupted by protester on stage

An on-stage talk by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos in Las Vegas was briefly interrupted Thursday by a protester who rushed on stage and yelled about chicken farms. Bezos was attending Amazon’s re:Mars conference at the Aria resort. He was explaining Amazon plans to send satellites into space when the woman appeared on stage. She was quickly surrounded and ushered away by security guards. Direct Action Everywhere spokesman...

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Feds to finally examine 2016 NC poll books for hacking
Jun06

Feds to finally examine 2016 NC poll books for hacking

More than two years after voter check-in software failed on Election Day in a North Carolina county, federal authorities will finally conduct a forensic analysis of electronic poll books to see if Russian military hackers who targeted the software provider may have tampered with registration information to disrupt voting. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security analysis of laptops used in Durham County is the first known federal...

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Google to acquire data firm Looker for $2.6 billion
Jun06

Google to acquire data firm Looker for $2.6 billion

Google is acquiring data analytics firm Looker for $2.6 billion cash in an effort to expand its Google Cloud business. The company says Looker will give its cloud-computing customers more ways to use their data. The companies were already working together and share about 350 customers including Buzzfeed, Hearst and Yahoo! The deal is expected to close later this year. Cloud computing involves companies using remote servers to house...

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Old oil rigs could be used as fish habitats
Jun06

Old oil rigs could be used as fish habitats

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — Off the coast of Southern California, a herd of aging oil rigs has an uncertain future. After about three to five decades of pumping oil, the rigs are set to be decommissioned — but what to do with them after that? New research shows one potential solution: Let the rigs remain in place to become artificial reef habitats for marine life. It could be a possibility for the...

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Huawei warns US hurting itself with tough tech policy
Jun06

Huawei warns US hurting itself with tough tech policy

A senior executive for Chinese technology giant Huawei says he is hoping the company’s animosity with the United States will be resolved and warned that the U.S. will be shooting itself in the foot if it were to shun Chinese technology. Mika Lauhde, Huawei’s vice-president for cybersecurity and privacy, told The Associated Press Thursday that he hopes for a “positive resolution” of the standoff with the U.S....

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