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A lawmaker wants to end ‘social media addiction’ by killing features that enable mindless scrolling

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) July 30 at 4:08 PM The youngest senator in Congress, and one of its toughest crusaders against Big Tech, proposed a bill Tuesday meant to curb social media addiction by regulating the techniques that prolong engagement on the platforms. Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley’s bill, the Social Media Addiction […]

Gears & Gadgets

Apple wants to acquire Intel’s 5G business to build its own modems, sources claim

Enlarge / A 5G Intel logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona. Miquel Benitez/Getty Images Apple is still looking into the possibility of acquiring Intel’s Germany-based modem business, The Information claimed yesterday, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans. Intel has reportedly considered selling off pieces of its modem […]

Gears & Gadgets

Fear the Man in the Middle? This company wants to sell quantum key distribution

Enlarge / That’s a lofty promise you got there, quantum key distribution company. Quantum XChange When reviewing the WireGuard VPN last fall, one of the things that came up was WireGuard’s support for an optional, additional PSK (Pre Shared Key) layer of security. Like most modern crypto, WireGuard’s basic encryption is asymmetrical, meaning you encrypt the […]

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Ashton Kutcher’s nonprofit wants to abolish child sex abuse on the internet with backing from a $280 million TED-sponsored fund

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Ashton Kutcher’s nonprofit company, Thorn, is one of eight organizations to receive money from the Audacious Project, a TED-backed fund giving away $ 280 million this year. Thorn’s technology helps companies and law enforcement agents defend children from online sexual abuse. The company plans to use the Audacious funding to build out […]

Emerging Tech

Amazon wants to launch 3,236 satellites so it can rain down internet from space

Brent Lewis/Getty Images Amazon started off selling books over the internet. Jump forward almost 25 years to the present day and CEO Jeff Bezos’ retail behemoth has expanded its aspirations to cover science fiction-sounding concepts like drone-based deliveries and flying warehouses. Its latest goal may be its most potentially world-changing, however. According to recent filings […]