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USDA wants public comments on its plan to label GMO foods
Genetically modified foods have been used for decades with no major safety issues; more than 90 percent of the soybeans and all of the sugar beets grown in the US are now GMO. Yet the technology remains controversial, with worries about the crops cutting across the entire political spectrum. One controversial solution to societal unease has been the call to…

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Prostate cancer screening is back on the table for men 55 to 69
Prostate cancer screening is now something to consider for men aged 55 to 69, according to the federal panel tasked with making recommendations for such preventative care options. In a finalized recommendation released Tuesday, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revealed that it has officially warmed to the screening—ever so slightly.

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Georgia governor vetoes cyber bill that would criminalize “unauthorized access”
A bill passed by Georgia's legislature that would have criminalized unauthorized access of computer systems and allowed companies to "hack back" in defense against breaches was vetoed on May 8 by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. The veto came after many weeks of opposition from information security firms and professionals, as well as major technology companies—including Google and Microsoft executives, who…

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Apple reportedly removing apps that share location data with third parties
Apple is reportedly enforcing some of its privacy rules more stringently for apps in its App Store. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the iPhone maker started removing apps that share location data with third-parties without "explicit consent" from users. Apps that have been removed from the App Store in this instance have been cited for violating sections 5.1.1 and…

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Apple: All app updates must support the iPhone X and iOS 11 come July
Apple posted a note to developers this week saying that, soon, all new app updates in the iOS App Store must support both the iPhone X's display—that is, the notch and the phone's unique screen dimensions—and the iOS 11 SDK. The company will begin enforcing this rule in July. This is the next phase in a series of announcements and…

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Critical Windows bug fixed today is actively being exploited to hack users
Microsoft on Tuesday patched two Windows vulnerabilities that attackers are actively exploiting in the wild to install malicious apps on the computers of unwitting users. The first vulnerability resides in the VBScript Engine included in all currently supported versions of Windows. A so-called use-after-free flaw involving the way the engine handles computer memory allows attackers to execute code of their…

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Notepad gets a major upgrade, now does Unix line endings
Notepad, the text editor that ships with Windows, is not a complicated application. For many, this is its major advantage—by having virtually no features, it cannot go wrong—but especially for software developers, it has often proven an annoyance. That's because Notepad has traditionally only understood Windows line endings. Windows, Unix, and "classic" MacOS all use different conventions for indicating the…

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Google’s ARCore 1.2 enables multiplayer AR across Android and iOS
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Google is launching a new version of its augmented reality platform for Android, ARCore 1.2. Version 1.2 adds support for wall detection, launching an AR experience via image recognition, a new "Sceneform" framework, and a "Cloud Anchors" feature that enables shared experiences not just across Android devices—it works on top of iOS' ARKit, too.

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NASA chief on Moon return: “This will not be Lucy and the football again”
In his first public speech as NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine had a short and clear message for the aerospace community: "We are going to the Moon." Bridenstine's address to a lunar conference at NASA Headquarters was a mere five minutes long, but during that time he demonstrated a refreshing grasp of space-policy history.