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Net filters help avoid dodgy domains
A free service that helps stop consumers visiting websites known to be malicious has been set up by IBM and two other industry bodies. The Quad 9 service requires people to change the settings on their home router so web addresses can be checked. It uses 19 separate lists of web-based threats to spot those used by phishing gangs or other cyber-thieves. The Quad 9 service is backed by IBM and two other partners - the Packet Clearing House and the Global Cyber Alliance.
Tesla's unfettered ambition to drain finances
Tesla spent $1.1 billion on its auto business in the third quarter, and expects expenses of $1 billion in the current one. Osborne said Tesla's cumulative capex announcements now exceed $15 billion to $20 billion over the next few years. Tesla's last debt sale in August was well received in a hot bond market, allowing the company to upsize the offering to $1.8 billion from $1.5 billion.
Bubbly bitcoin not worth the wager: investors
Bitcoin may have surged a staggering 700 percent since the start of the year but most investors at a Reuters Summit this week said they had not been tempted to play the volatile cryptocurrency. Bitcoin was created in 2008 as a Web-based cryptocurrency to move money around quickly and anonymously but the market is not yet regulated by any mainstream financial institution.
Richard Spencer, other white supremacists lose Twitter verification
A week after the ruckus over blue checks on Twitter, the company has updated its policy on verifications and revoked the verifications of some white supremacists. Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler and others have lost the blue check marks next to their names on Twitter. Such activity is also against the company's broader rules, and could result in the suspension of a Twitter account. Jason Kessler has written for the Daily Caller and organized the Charlottesville white supremacist rally that turned deadly over the summer.
Google buys plot near Apple's planned Danish data centre
Alphabet Inc's Google said it has bought a plot of land in southern Denmark adjacent to a planned Apple Inc data centre to make sure it has the option of building one there too. Apple said in July it would spend around $950 million to build a centre with a planned opening in 2019. If Google follows suit it would make the area one of the world's largest data centre hubs, the local municipality Aabenraa said.
J.B. Hunt orders Tesla's electric truck, others wait and see
JB Hunt Transport Services Inc was the first major US trucking company to back Tesla Inc's new Semi electric trucks on Friday, saying it had reserved multiple vehicles for use on the US West Coast. Neither company responded to calls seeking to clarify exactly how many of the vehicles Hunt was reserving after Tesla unveiled the Semi on Thursday without specifying prices. (J.B Hunt) the first mover, particularly with regard to Tesla, but we expect other carriers to follow as electric tractor viability becomes proven.
Inventor Brian Krohn combats snoring, creates wizard tools
Brian Krohn has developed brain surgery tools, pioneered biodiesel innovations and briefed members of Congress on how to turn waste oils into energy. He's CWO for a startup that will make a wizard staff that actually does wizard stuff. You can do it for snoring and magic wizard staffs and brain surgery, he said. He's just one of those people who are naturally innovative, said Davis Fay, an engineer working with Krohn on the Magic Wizard Staff project.
Germany bans children's smartwatches
It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. There is a shocking lack of regulation of the 'internet of things', which allows lax manufacturers to sell us dangerously insecure smart products. Using privacy regulation to ban such devices is a game-changer, stopping these manufacturers playing fast and loose with our kids' security, he added. Most are equipped with a Sim card and a limited telephony function and are set up and controlled via an app.
New iPhone X teardown study estimates cost to build Apple's deluxe phone
The United Kingdom-based analytics company IHS Markit tore apart the iPhone X to examine how much each part costs. It concluded the overall cost to construct an iPhone X at 64 gigabytes was $370.25, the most expensive in iPhone history and $75 more than its most expensive predecessor, the iPhone 8 Plus with 256 gigabytes. When compared to its direct competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S8 with 64 gigabytes of memory, the iPhone X costs $68 more to construct.
Want safe travels? Find freeways with these features
New BYU research commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows a number of highway features that make accidents less likely. Among them are some that are intuitive: minimal hills and curves, paved right shoulders and concrete-barrier medians. I think the speed limit was the shocker, said statistics professor Matt Heaton, who coauthored the study, recently published in Statistical Modelling. One method examined roadway features correlated with incidences of crashes, and another looked specifically at high-crash areas, controlled for the factors in the other analysis.
Haze particles in atmosphere makes Pluto colder than expected
A cooling mechanism controlled by haze particles could be responsible for keeping Pluto's atmosphere more frigid than scientists expected, a study says. The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. Pluto is the first planetary body we know of where the atmospheric energy budget is dominated by solid-phase haze particles instead of by gases, Zhang added.
'Lost' satellite mission reveals secrets about Perseus galaxy cluster
Data captured by a 'lost' satellite mission has provided scientists with vital information about gases in a galaxy cluster 240 million light years from Earth. The Japanese Hitomi X-ray satellite, developed jointly by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has given astronomers an important insight into the Perseus galaxy cluster - a collection of thousands of galaxies orbiting within a thin hot gas.
New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster
A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis is presented for the first time in the journal Nuclear Technology, an official journal of the American Nuclear Society. These isotopes were the product of recent nuclear fission, suggesting they could be the result of a recent nuclear explosion. In contrast, the main Chernobyl debris which tracked northwest to Scandinavia contained equilibrium xenon isotopes from the reactor's core.
Now smart pills can track your health and send statistics to your doctor
Well, computers will clad themselves so closely in our lives that you will find it hard to swallow it, literally. The FDA has approved of next-generation smart pills that will track the vital health statistics of the patient and send it directly to the user or the doctor. Known by the name of Abilify MyCite, the drug is an antipsychotic intended to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Toyota and Suzuki in tie-up to sell electric vehicles in India
Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp have agreed to cooperate in selling electric vehicles in India from around 2020, they said on Friday, aiming to give each other a leg up in emerging markets and low-emission technology. The announcement comes after the Japanese companies agreed in February to trade expertise in parts supplies and research and development. The partnership could help Toyota to expand in India's massive car market, where drivers prefer the type of affordable compact vehicles in which Suzuki excels.
Ericsson demonstrates 5G technology live in India
Aiming to bring the latest innovations and creating a 5G ecosystem in India, global communications technology leader Ericsson on Friday showcased the first-ever live 5G end-to-end demonstration in the country. According to a latest Ericsson study, 5G technology will enable a $27.3 billion revenue potential for the Indian telecom operators by 2026. We are strengthening our commitment to the Indian market by pioneering the first live 5G demonstration in the country.
Virgin Hyperloop One to cut Mumbai-Pune travel time to 20 minutes
Besides Karnataka and Maharashtra, the company will also study the hyperloop possibility in Andhra Pradesh. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said: A hyperloop route requires high-density traffic to become viable as a means of rapid public transit. By reducing travel time to under 20 minutes, a hyperloop route will help intensify the connectivity between the metropolitan regions of Pune and Mumbai, transforming the two cities into India's first and largest Megapolis.
IBS Software sets up unit in SmartCity Kochi
IBS Software (IBS), a leading technology provider to the global travel, transportation and logistics industry has expanded its operation to SmartCity Kochi. The newly-opened facility at SmartCity Kochi covers an area of 27, 489 sq. Ft IBS, which has nearly 3000 employees from 20 different nationalities on its payroll, will have around 250 people in its facility at SmartCity. Kochi has been an important development centre for us and will be one of our fastest growing development centres.

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