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  • US Sues Google Over Ad Market in Escalation of Antitrust Fight (1351 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 12:42:00 -0500US Sues Google Over Ad Market in Escalation of Antitrust FightSlashdot

    The US Justice Department and eight states sued Alphabet's Google, calling for the break up of the search giant's ad-technology business over alleged illegal monopolization of the digital advertising market. From a report: "Google abuses its monopoly power to disadvantage website publishers and advertisers who dare to use competing ad tech products in a search for higher quality, or lower cost, matches," the Justice Department said in the complaint, which was filed in federal court in Virginia. New York, California and Virginia were among the states that signed on to the complaint. The lawsuit represents the Biden administration's first major case challenging the power of one of the nation's largest tech companies, following through on a probe that began under former President Donald Trump. It also marks one of the few times the Justice Department has called for the breakup of a major company since it dismantled the Bell telecom system in 1982. Google is the dominant player in the $278.6 billion US digital-ad market, controlling most of the technology used to buy, sell and serve online advertising. A resolution in the case could be years away. The lawsuit marks the DOJ's second antitrust suit against Google and the fifth major case in the US challenging the company's business practices.

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  • There's Bipartisan Agreement on One Thing: Ticketmaster Sucks (2127 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 12:20:00 -0500There's Bipartisan Agreement on One Thing: Ticketmaster SucksSlashdot

    The partisan divisions we've become used to on Capitol Hill are if anything even more stark in the new 118th Congress. But so far, there is one thing Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate seem to agree on: Ticketmaster is a problem. From a report: "In terms of their monopoly power, I'm concerned about it," Senator Josh Hawley told The New Republic in December. "I think we should look into it." Finally, the Senate is going to. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee, the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Judiciary Committee's subcommittee that oversees antitrust issues, jointly announced a hearing for Tuesday that will be assisted by committee Chair Dick Durbin and ranking member Lindsey Graham. "I look forward to hearing more about how we got here, and identifying solutions," said Graham in a statement. Ticketmaster has a dark history of confronting political rivals within the music industry. Pearl Jam was the last major live act to challenge the company in Congress in 1994. Pearl Jam filed a complaint with the Justice Department accusing Ticketmaster of being a monopoly. In an obscure House subcommittee, the complaint became an open airing of grievances on MTV by the band and its music industry allies against Ticketmaster CEO Fred Rosen, who, in turn, wrecked the Seattle grunge band's subsequent tours with last-minute ticketing shenanigans. The government all this time has done nothing to rein in the company. In fact, quite the opposite: In 2010, the Justice Department approved Ticketmaster's merger with Live Nation Entertainment, the company that owns the venues (and therein the concessions) where live music acts Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny perform for millions of adoring fans. For the world's biggest acts, Live Nation offers an all-in-one vendor that can pack stadiums for the artist who, in turn, doesn't have to deal with a galaxy of local players in the live events space, like venue owners, concert promoters, food and beverage vendors, public officials, and other hometown luminaries looking to dictate terms for the show.

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  • Elinchrom FIVE Review: Powerful and Portable Battery Lighting (252 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 12:16:00 -0500Elinchrom FIVE Review: Powerful and Portable Battery LightingPetaPixel

    While there are a multitude of lightweight portable strobes, few are powerful enough to compete with the sun or have enough juice to double as a studio strobe. Those are exactly the problems Elinchrom looked to address with its FIVE system.

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  • NYC Jails Want To Ban Physical Mail, then Privatize Scanning of Digital Versions (2043 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 11:41:00 -0500NYC Jails Want To Ban Physical Mail, then Privatize Scanning of Digital VersionsSlashdot

    The New York City Department of Correction wants to stop incarcerated people from receiving physical mail inside city jails. From a report: The department, known as DOC, said the proposed changes are part of an effort to increase safety in the jail system by cracking down on illegal contraband following the deaths of 19 people last year at Rikers Island, the city's jail complex. Several of the people died from apparent drug overdoses, including at least one from fentanyl. The main source of contraband inside city jails, though, has been corrections staff, not mail, critics of the policy change said. Instead, the move to scrap physical mail opens the door to private firms to set up surveillance systems against incarcerated people. City officials and advocates are concerned about an apparent plan to contract with a company called Securus -- a leading provider of phone calling systems for prisons and jails with a controversial past -- to digitize detainees' mail and make it available to searches. "Contractors are explicitly advertising unprecedented surveillance," said Stephanie Krent, a staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, speaking about firms like Securus that specialize in prison communications. "That's surveillance that's going to fall most harshly on marginalized communities." The proposed changes follow a nationwide trend of prisons and jails moving to stop incarcerated people from receiving physical mail. Prisons in Pennsylvania stopped physical mail in 2018, and prisons in Massachusetts started sending incarcerated people photocopies of original letters. Last year, prisons in New Mexico and Florida adopted similar changes, and Texas has also limited in-person mail. There is little evidence that those changes have stopped the flow of drugs, the Vera Institute wrote in a March report: "With no evidence that these bans improve security, it's only the for-profit contractors that stand to benefit from these arrangements."

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  • GoTo Says Hackers Stole Customers' Backups and Encryption Key (1302 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 11:00:00 -0500GoTo Says Hackers Stole Customers' Backups and Encryption KeySlashdot

    GoTo (formerly LogMeIn) is warning customers that threat actors who breached its development environment in November 2022 stole encrypted backups containing customer information and an encryption key for a portion of that data. From a report: GoTo provides a platform for cloud-based remote working, collaboration, and communication, as well as remote IT management and technical support solutions. In November 2022, the company disclosed a security breach on its development environment and a cloud storage service used by both them and its affiliate, LastPass. At the time, the impact on the client data had yet to become known as the company's investigation into the incident with the help of cybersecurity firm Mandiant had just begun. The internal investigation so far has revealed that the incident had a significant impact on GoTo's customers. According to a GoTo's security incident notification a reader shared with BleepingComputer, the attack affected backups relating to the Central and Pro product tiers stored in a third-party cloud storage facility. "Our investigation to date has determined that a threat actor exfiltrated encrypted backups related to Central and Pro from a third-party cloud storage facility," reads the notice to customers.

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  • Marvel Boss Doesn't Think Audiences Will Ever Get Tired of Superhero Movies (1404 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 10:20:00 -0500Marvel Boss Doesn't Think Audiences Will Ever Get Tired of Superhero MoviesSlashdot

    Will moviegoers ever get superhero fatigue? Marvel boss Kevin Feige doesn't buy it, saying on a new podcast interview that there are 80 years of "groundbreaking" stories told in the Marvel comics that they can adapt into "different genres." From a report: "I've been at Marvel Studios for over 22 years, and most of us here at Marvel Studios have been around a decade or longer together," Feige said on "The Movie Business Podcast," hosted by Jason E. Squire, an author and professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. "From probably my second year at Marvel, people were asking, 'Well, how long is this going to last? Is this fad of comic book movies going to end?'" Feige continued, "I didn't really understand the question. Because to me, it was akin to saying after 'Gone With the Wind,' 'Well, how many more movies can be made off of novels? Do you think the audience will sour on movies being adapted from books?' You would never ask that because there's an inherent understanding among most people that a book can be anything. A novel can have any type of story whatsoever. So it all depends on what story you're translating. Non-comic readers don't understand that it's the same thing in comics." Referencing the rich catalog of Marvel comics, which date back to 1939, Feige said there are countless stories for the studio to adapt in various genres.

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  • Inspiring Night Photography: How To Capture Powerful Images At Night (458 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 10:00:00 -0500Inspiring Night Photography: How To Capture Powerful Images At NightLight Stalking

    There is something quite magical about images taken at night, isn?t there? Night photography, especially late-night photography, can often convey a sense of calm and tranquillity that we rarely see at other times of the day.  But there is so much more to night photography than taking a simple photograph of a lit-up building. We […]

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  • ChatGPT 'Not Particularly Innovative' and 'Nothing Revolutionary', Says Meta's Chief AI Scientist (1923 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 09:40:00 -0500ChatGPT 'Not Particularly Innovative' and 'Nothing Revolutionary', Says Meta's Chief AI ScientistSlashdot

    Much ink has been spilled of late about the tremendous promise of OpenAI's ChatGPT program for generating natural-language utterances in response to human prompts. The program strikes many people as so fresh and intriguing that ChatGPT must be unique in the universe. Scholars of AI beg to differ. From a report: "In terms of underlying techniques, ChatGPT is not particularly innovative," said Yann LeCun, Meta's chief AI scientist, in a small gathering of press and executives on Zoom last week. "It's nothing revolutionary, although that's the way it's perceived in the public," said LeCun. "It's just that, you know, it's well put together, it's nicely done." Such data-driven AI systems have been built in the past by many companies and research labs, said LeCun. The idea of OpenAI being alone in its type of work is inaccurate, he said. "OpenAI is not particularly an advance compared to the other labs, at all," said LeCun. "It's not only just Google and Meta, but there are half a dozen startups that basically have very similar technology to it," added LeCun. "I don't want to say it's not rocket science, but it's really shared, there's no secret behind it, if you will." LeCun noted the many ways in which ChatGPT, and the program upon which it builds, OpenAI's GPT-3, is composed of multiple pieces of technology developed over many years by many parties. "You have to realize, ChatGPT uses Transformer architectures that are pre-trained in this self-supervised manner," observed LeCun. "Self-supervised-learning is something I've been advocating for a long time, even before OpenAI existed," he said. "Transformers is a Google invention," noted LeCun, referring to the language neural net unveiled by Google in 2017, which has become the basis for a vast array of language programs, including GPT-3. The work on such language programs goes back decades, said LeCun.

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  • Amazon Deepens Healthcare Push With $5 Monthly Subscription (1025 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 09:00:00 -0500Amazon Deepens Healthcare Push With $5 Monthly SubscriptionSlashdot

    Amazon said on Tuesday it is offering a $5 monthly subscription plan for U.S. Prime members that will cover a range of generic drugs and their doorstep delivery, furthering the ecommerce giant's push into healthcare. From a report: The program, named RxPass, includes more than 50 medications addressing over 80 chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety, diabetes and male pattern baldness, Vin Gupta, Amazon Pharmacy's chief medical officer, told Reuters. However, customers enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid or any other government healthcare program will not be able to enroll in Amazon Pharmacy's RxPass service. The average Prime member would save about $100 per year with RxPass, John Love, vice president of Amazon Pharmacy, said in an interview. Amazon Prime members in most U.S. states can sign up for the program from Tuesday. The flat $5 charge would be without insurance and on top of the Prime membership fee, which costs $139 per year in the United States.

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  • Google's Fuchsia OS Was One of the Hardest Hit By Last Week's Layoffs (1618 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 08:00:00 -0500Google's Fuchsia OS Was One of the Hardest Hit By Last Week's LayoffsSlashdot

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from ArsTechnica: Google is still reeling from the biggest layoff in company history last Friday. Earlier cost cuts over the past six months have resulted in several projects being shut down or deprioritized at Google, and it's hard to fire 12,000 people without some additional projects taking a hit. The New York Times has a report about which divisions are being hit the hardest, and a big one is Google's future OS development group, Fuchsia. While the overall company cut 6 percent of its employees, the Times pointed out that Fuchsia saw an outsize 16 percent of the 400-person staff take a hit. While it's not clear what that means for the future of the division, the future of Fuchsia's division has never really been clear. Fuchsia has been a continuous mystery inside Google since it first saw widespread press coverage in 2017. Google rarely officially talks about it, leaving mostly rumors and Github documentation for figuring out what's going on. The OS isn't a small project, though -- it's not even based on Linux, opting instead to use a custom, in-house kernel, so Google really is building an entire OS from scratch. Google actually ships the OS today to consumers in its Nest smart displays, where it replaced the older Cast OS. The in-place operating system swap was completely invisible to consumers compared to the old OS, came with zero benefits, and was never officially announced or promoted. There's not much you can do with it on a locked-down smart display, so even after shipping, Fuchsia is still a mystery.

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  • China Launches 100-MPH Hydrogen/Supercapacitor Train (1053 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 05:00:00 -0500China Launches 100-MPH Hydrogen/Supercapacitor TrainSlashdot

    The world's largest rail vehicle manufacturer has rolled out a zero-emissions train running on hydrogen fuel cells with a supercapacitor buffer. The four-car train is capable of 100 mph (160 km/h), making it the fastest hydrogen train to date. New Atlas reports: Jointly developed by state-owned industrial monolith CRRC and Chengdu Rail Transit, this is China's first hydrogen-powered passenger train, offering a range of 373 miles (600 km), and emitting nothing but water. It's capable of self-driving, with 5G communications, automatic wake-up, start and stop, and return to depot functionality. Germany is ahead on this kind of thing, with some 14 hydrogen-fueled Alstom trains already in service as of last year. The CRRC machine can beat the German trains for speed by around 20 km/h (12 mph), but the German trains currently offer a much greater range at ~620 miles (1,000 km). According to Information Trends, there are just over 1,000 hydrogen stations in the world -- one-third of them being in China.

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  • ViewPoint Photo Competition 2023 (428 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 04:41:00 -0500ViewPoint Photo Competition 2023

  • Exotic Green Comet Not Seen Since Stone Age Returns To Skies Above Earth (1937 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 02:00:00 -0500Exotic Green Comet Not Seen Since Stone Age Returns To Skies Above EarthSlashdot

    An exotic green comet that has not passed Earth since the time of the Neanderthals has reappeared in the sky ready for its closest approach to the planet next week. The Guardian reports: Discovered last March by astronomers at the Zwicky Transient Facility at the Palomar Observatory in California, comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was calculated to orbit the sun every 50,000 years, meaning it last tore past our home planet in the stone age. The comet, which comes from the Oort cloud at the edge of the solar system, will come closest to Earth on Wednesday and Thursday next week when it shoots past the planet at a distance of 2.5 light minutes -- a mere 27m miles. Comets are balls of primordial dust and ice that swing around the sun in giant elliptical orbits. As they approach the sun, the bodies warm up, turning surface ice into gas and dislodging dust. Together, this creates the cloud or coma which surrounds the comet's hard nucleus and the dusty tail that stretches out behind. Images already taken of comet C/2022 E3 reveal a subtle green glow that is thought to arise from the presence of diatomic carbon -- pairs of carbon atoms that are bound together -- in the head of the comet. The molecule emits green light when excited by the ultraviolet rays in solar radiation. Since mid-January, the comet has been easier to spot with a telescope or binoculars. It is visible in the northern hemisphere, clouds permitting, as the sky darkens in the evening, below and to the left of the handle of the Plough constellation. It is heading for a fly-by of the pole star, the brightest star in Ursa Minor, next week. The window for spotting the comet does not stay open long. While the best views may be had about February 1 and 2, by the middle of the month the comet will have dimmed again and slipped from view as it hurtles back out into the solar system on its return trip to the Oort cloud.

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  • Nikon Z50 firmware update version 2.40 released (687 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:33:00 -0500Nikon Z50 firmware update version 2.40 releasedNikon Rumors


    Nikon released firmware update version 2.40 for the Nikon Z50 camera:

    Nikon Z50 firmware update version 2.40

    • Eye-detection AF is now available during video recording.
    • Improved eye-detection performance for [Auto-area AF].
    • Improved the refresh rate for the focus points displayed in live view during subject-tracking and face/eye-detection AF.

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  • Acqualina Resort Unveils Refreshed Luxury Enhancements Elevating The... (627 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0500Acqualina Resort Unveils Refreshed Luxury Enhancements Elevating The...Business: Travel

    <p>From a refreshed gallery lobby, adult pool, rooms, suites, the new Avra Miami restaurant and more, Acqualina?s newly unveiled enhancements are a study in style, glamour and timeless beauty.</p><p>(PRWeb January 24, 2023)</p><p>Read the full story at <a href="https://www.prweb.com/releases/acqualina_resort_unveils_refreshed_luxury_enhancements_elevating_the_resort_experience/prweb19129969.htm" rel="nofollow">https://www.prweb.com/releases/acqualina_resort_unveils_refreshed_luxury_enhancements_elevating_the_resort_experience/prweb19129969.htm</a></p>

  • Campspot Kicks Off Annual Awards Program with a Contest to Visit the... (451 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0500Campspot Kicks Off Annual Awards Program with a Contest to Visit the...Business: Travel

    <p>Campspot, the leading camping booking site, is inviting Americans to vote on the top campgrounds in the country for a chance to win a free stay at all ten winning destinations</p><p>(PRWeb January 24, 2023)</p><p>Read the full story at <a href="https://www.prweb.com/releases/2023/1/prweb19129777.htm" rel="nofollow">https://www.prweb.com/releases/2023/1/prweb19129777.htm</a></p>

  • Joe Sapp, CAE named next President of Talley Management Group, Inc. (451 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0500Joe Sapp, CAE named next President of Talley Management Group, Inc.Business: Travel

    <p>Talley, a 34-year-old, employee-owned, event and association management company, proudly announces the promotion of long-time employee, Joe Sapp, CAE to the role of President.</p><p>(PRWeb January 24, 2023)</p><p>Read the full story at <a href="https://www.prweb.com/releases/2023/1/prweb19129792.htm" rel="nofollow">https://www.prweb.com/releases/2023/1/prweb19129792.htm</a></p>

  • Campspot Kicks Off Annual Awards Program with a Contest to Visit the... (451 characters)

    Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0500Campspot Kicks Off Annual Awards Program with a Contest to Visit the...Business: Web sites / Internet

    <p>Campspot, the leading camping booking site, is inviting Americans to vote on the top campgrounds in the country for a chance to win a free stay at all ten winning destinations</p><p>(PRWeb January 24, 2023)</p><p>Read the full story at <a href="https://www.prweb.com/releases/2023/1/prweb19129777.htm" rel="nofollow">https://www.prweb.com/releases/2023/1/prweb19129777.htm</a></p>

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