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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Two-Thirds of All Cancer Mutations Are Unavoidable, Scientists Claim - Gizmodo (google.com)


Gizmodo

Two-Thirds of All Cancer Mutations Are Unavoidable, Scientists Claim
Gizmodo
In a study that's bound to attract considerable controversy, a pair of researchers are claiming that between 60 and 66 percent of all cancer-causing mutations are the result of random DNA copying errors, making them essentially unavoidable. The new...

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: New research shakes up dinosaur family tree - Washington Post (google.com)


Washington Post

New research shakes up dinosaur family tree
Washington Post
Tyrannosaurus rex and his buddies could be on the move as a new study proposes a massive shake-up of the dinosaur family tree. Scientists who took a deeper look at dinosaur fossils suggest a different evolutionary history for dinosaurs, moving meat ...
A Surprising New Rearrangement Of The Dinosaur Family TreeForbes
Correction: Dinos on Move StoryU.S. News & World Report
Scientists get 'hip' to major findings and a shakeup in the dinosaur family tree (+video)Christian Science Monitor
Business Insider-ValueWalk-Mashable-History
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Lucid Air vs Tesla Model S: Could The Newcomer Truly Be A Fierce Competition For Tesla? - Tech Times (google.com)


Tech Times

Lucid Air vs Tesla Model S: Could The Newcomer Truly Be A Fierce Competition For Tesla?
Tech Times
Lucid Motors just publicly unveiled the prototype of its first Lucid Air model, but experts already believe that Tesla's luxury electric vehicle line has met its match. ( Lucid Motors ). Advertisement. Tech Times reported in December 2016 that Lucid ...
Musk: Tesla Model 3 Won't Upstage Model SCar and Driver (blog)
Elon Musk Offers Tesla Model 3 Sneak PeekPC Magazine
Tesla Model 3 'release candidate' drives off the lotEngadget
CleanTechnica-The Mercury News-BGR-TechnoBuffalo
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Would Twitter's Proposed Premium Offering Effectively Lead To 'Two Twitters'? - Forbes (google.com)


Forbes

Would Twitter's Proposed Premium Offering Effectively Lead To 'Two Twitters'?
Forbes
Twitter confirmed yesterday that it is exploring what amounts to a premium user tier through a subscription fee-based version of its Tweetdeck application which would provide power users with a wealth of advanced features to absolutely maximize the ...
ProBeat: Dear Twitter, bring back TweetDeck for Android and iOSVentureBeat
Twitter May Bring Advanced Features In Paid Version Of TweetDeckValueWalk
Twitter Considers New Revenue StreamsMediaPost Communications
Variety-Yahoo News-CIO Today-Android Headlines
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Splatoon 2 Beta Starts Today, Preload Available Now - GameSpot (google.com)


GameSpot

Splatoon 2 Beta Starts Today, Preload Available Now
GameSpot
Splatoon 2's Global Testfire starts today and will run throought the weekend. The app is available to download on Nintendo Switch now. You can grab the application from the Switch eShop, though until the event starts, booting the game up will just give ...
Splatoon 2's lobby contains a cool musical easter eggPolygon
Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Times in Every Time ZoneIGN
Splatoon 2 is still hip — watch us play the sequel on SwitchVentureBeat
FanSided-Heavy.com-Twinfinite-Neowin
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Feed Techdirt: Encryption Workarounds Paper Shows Why 'Going Dark' Is Not A Problem, And In Fact Is As Old As Humanity Itself (techdirt.com)

It was October 2014 when FBI Director James Comey made his famous claim that things were "going dark" in the world of law enforcement because of the increasing use of encryption. Since then, Techdirt has had dozens of posts on the topic, many of them reporting on further dire warnings that the very fabric of civilization was under threat thanks to what was claimed to be a frightening new ability to keep things secret. Many others pointed out that the resulting calls for backdoors to encryption systems were a stunningly foolish idea that only people unable to understand the underlying technology could make.

One Techdirt post on the topic mentioned a great paper with the title "Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications," which ran through all the problems with the backdoor idea. It was written by many of the top experts in this field, including Bruce Schneier. He's just published another paper, co-authored with Orin Kerr, who is a professor at George Washington University Law School, which looks at the other side of things -- how to circumvent encryption:

The widespread use of encryption has triggered a new step in many criminal investigations: the encryption workaround. We define an encryption workaround as any lawful government effort to reveal an unencrypted version of a target's data that has been concealed by encryption. This essay provides an overview of encryption workaround.

The various possibilities are largely self-explanatory:

We classify six kinds of workarounds: find the key, guess the key, compel the key, exploit a flaw in the encryption software, access plaintext while the device is in use, and locate another plaintext copy. For each approach, we consider the practical, technological, and legal hurdles raised by its use.

What's interesting is not so much what the workarounds are, as is the fact that there are a number of them, and that they can all work in the right circumstances. This gives the lie to the idea that we are entering a terrible new era where things are "going dark," and it is simply impossible to obtain important information. But as the authors point out:

there is no magic way for the government to get around encryption. The nature of the problem is one of probabilities rather than certainty. Different approaches will work more or less often in different kinds of cases.

Schneier and Kerr go on to draw an analogy:

When the police have a suspect and want a confession, the law gives the police a set of tools they may use in an effort to persuade the suspect to confess. None of the interrogation methods work every time. In some cases, no matter what the government does, suspects will confess. In other cases, no matter what the government does, suspects will assert their rights and refuse to speak. The government must work with the inherently probabilistic nature of obtaining confessions. Similarly, the government must work with the inherently probabilistic nature of encryption workarounds.

That analogy reveals something profound: that the supposedly new problem of "going dark" -- of not being able to find out information -- has existed as long as humans have been around. After all, there is no way -- yet, at least -- of accessing information held in a person's mind unless some kind of interrogation technique is used to extract it. And as the analogy shows us, that is exactly like needing to find some encryption workaround when information is held on a digital device. It may be possible, or it may not; but the only difference between the problems faced by those demanding answers thousands of years ago and today is that some of the required information may be held external to the mind in an encrypted digital form. Asking for guaranteed backdoors to that digital data is as unreasonable as demanding a foolproof method to extract information from any person's mind. We accept that it may not be possible to do the latter, so why not accept the former may not be feasible either?

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Splatoon 2 is still hip — watch us play the sequel on Switch - VentureBeat (google.com)


VentureBeat

Splatoon 2 is still hip — watch us play the sequel on Switch
VentureBeat
Nintendo is wasting little time bringing one of the breakout Wii U games to the Switch, and we've already got a chance to go hands on with it. The publisher held its first Global Testfire event for Splatoon 2 on the Switch today, and we got to see what ...
Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Times in Every Time ZoneIGN
Splatoon 2's lobby contains a cool musical easter eggPolygon
We're playing 'Splatoon 2's Global Testfire and you should tooEngadget
FanSided
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Google Axing SMS Texting From Hangouts - PC Magazine (google.com)


PC Magazine

Google Axing SMS Texting From Hangouts
PC Magazine
If you use Google Hangouts as your main text messaging app, we have some bad news. In an email reportedly sent to GSuite admins, Google announced plans to remove SMS text messaging from Hangouts on Android. The message, posted to Reddit, notes...
Hangouts is Losing SMS Integration on May 22Droid Life (press release) (blog)
Goodbye, GChat! Hello, HangoutsCNET
Google is killing Gchat for good and replacing it with HangoutsThe Verge
eWeek-Engadget-Ubergizmo-Android Headlines
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: How Mass Effect: Andromeda builds on the series' legacy - PC Gamer (google.com)


PC Gamer

How Mass Effect: Andromeda builds on the series' legacy
PC Gamer
Andromeda's new direction is imperfect, but fits squarely into Mass Effect's tradition of imperfect reinvention. Shares. I've spent a couple of afternoons this week finishing up Mass Effect: Andromeda, dropping in and out of the sidequests that I didn ...
Naughty Dog Animator Breaks Down Mass Effect: Andromeda's Animations, Offers Explanation for Low QualityPlayStation LifeStyle
Mass Effect: Andromeda guide: Peebee's loyalty missionsPolygon
Mass Effect: Andromeda's achingly slow travel animations help me savor the universeThe Verge
Game Revolution-Engadget-Twinfinite-GameZone
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Tesla Model 3 'release candidate' drives off the lot - Engadget (google.com)


Engadget

Tesla Model 3 'release candidate' drives off the lot
Engadget
As Tesla continues its march towards producing a mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk gave us a brief glimpse at the latest prototype. This Vine-length clip showed the first drive of a "release candidate" Model 3. Autoblog explains that unless ...
Musk: Tesla Model 3 Won't Upstage Model SCar and Driver (blog)
Elon Musk Offers Tesla Model 3 Sneak PeekPC Magazine
Tesla Model 3 Release Candidate In Action (Video)CleanTechnica
The Mercury News-BGR-Yahoo News-TechnoBuffalo
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Google Warns Users It Plans to Remove SMS Texting From Hangouts - eWeek (google.com)


eWeek

Google Warns Users It Plans to Remove SMS Texting From Hangouts
eWeek
Google said it is removing carrier SMS texting as part of a broader effort to make Hangouts and Gmail more streamlined and useful for enterprises. SMS Texting Tools. Organizations using the Short Message Service (SMS) functionality in Google's Hangout...
Hangouts is Losing SMS Integration on May 22Droid Life (press release) (blog)
Google Axing SMS Texting From HangoutsPC Magazine
Goodbye, GChat! Hello, HangoutsCNET
The Verge-Engadget-Android Headlines-Phandroid.com
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