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Ontario Launches Universal Basic Income Pilot

Slashdot - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:00pm
Reader epiphani writes: The Ontario Government will pilot universal basic income in a $50M program supporting 4,000 households over a 3 year period. While Slashdot has vigorously debated universal basic income in the past, and even Elon Musk has predicted it's necessity, experts continue to debate and gather data on the approach in the face of increasing automation. Ontario's plan will study three communities over three years, with participants receiving up to $17,000 annually if single, and $24,000 for families.

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Categories: Open Source, Technology

The EPA Won't Be Shutting Down Its Open Data Website After All

Slashdot - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:20pm
An anonymous reader shares an article: Scientists and data experts are closely tracking the websites of federal agencies, noting changes to pages dealing with climate change and energy since President Donald Trump took office. On Monday, they noticed an alarming message posted to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) open data website, indicating it would shut down on Friday, April 28. [...] By Monday afternoon, visitors to Open Data received a different pop-up notification, which clarifies that data on the site will still be available come Friday.

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DJI's new FPV headset, called DJI Goggles, lets you control your drone with head movements, shipping after May 20 for $499 (Fitz Tepper/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:10pm

Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
DJI's new FPV headset, called DJI Goggles, lets you control your drone with head movements, shipping after May 20 for $499  —  When DJI announced the Mavic Pro last year they also teased a pair of FPV goggles that could be used to see first-person video from DJI's drones.

Categories: Technology

Source: Square acquired the engineering team of Yik Yak, which had raised ~$74M in total funding, for less than $3M (Selina Wang/Bloomberg)

TechMeme - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:40pm

Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Source: Square acquired the engineering team of Yik Yak, which had raised ~$74M in total funding, for less than $3M  —  Company pays less than $3 million for small team of engineers  —  The deal is a sign of the once high-flying app's decline  —  Square Inc. acquired the engineering team of Yik Yak …

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Amazon Might Be Planning To Use Driverless Cars for Delivery

Slashdot - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:40pm
Amazon could be eyeing driverless car technology as a way to get items to people's doors faster, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. From an article: It seems nearly every tech and auto giant are now evaluating autonomous vehicle technology. Google-owner Alphabet recently spun out its self-driving car unit, Waymo, into its own subsidiary. Apple was just granted a license in California to test autonomous vehicles. Ford and General Motors are also doubling down on creating autonomous vehicles. Amazon's ambitions, however, may not be to actually build these cars. Instead, the e-commerce giant has a team of around a dozen employees thinking of ways to potentially use the nascent technology to expand its own retail and logistics operations. Operating fleets of driverless trucks to ship items bought from its marketplace could help lower costs for the company.

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Unroll.me CEO says it's "heartbreaking" that users are upset Unroll.me sold their anonymized email data to Uber (Shona Ghosh/Business Insider)

TechMeme - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:10pm

Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Unroll.me CEO says it's “heartbreaking” that users are upset Unroll.me sold their anonymized email data to Uber  —  Sorry not sorry.  —  That's the tone of the apology posted by Unroll.me, an email decluttering service which takes a look at the subscriptions clogging up your inbox …

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March for Science: Live Updates from Washington DC and Around the US

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:00pm
WIRED Science writers across the United States follow the March for Science from Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco. The post March for Science: Live Updates from Washington DC and Around the US appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

Why Magic: The Gathering Beats Poker or Chess Any Day

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 9:00am
There are just some things 'Magic' has that other games don't. The post Why Magic: The Gathering Beats Poker or Chess Any Day appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

Security News This Week: A Coachella Smartphone Thief Forgot About ‘Find My iPhone’

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:00am
Each weekend we round up the news stories that we didn't break or cover in depth but that still deserve your attention. The post Security News This Week: A Coachella Smartphone Thief Forgot About 'Find My iPhone' appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

Want to Stop Facebook Violence? You Won’t Like the Choices

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:00am
No one wants murder videos on Facebook. But no one wants Facebook to censor their baby videos, either. The post Want to Stop Facebook Violence? You Won't Like the Choices appeared first on WIRED.
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Space Photos of the Week: Galaxies That Pass Gas Together, Stay Together

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:00am
Bursts of energy from a black hole, lava on Mars, and Jupiter's cloud tops. The post Space Photos of the Week: Galaxies That Pass Gas Together, Stay Together appeared first on WIRED.
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