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The future of high-speed computing may be larger CPUs with optics
Contrary to current trends, the CPU may get bigger in the future. Yes, the size of CPUs are larger today than they were in the past, but they also pack in more transistors. The future may involve larger CPUs but with a much lower density of transistors. Why? Because of optics.

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Facebook fights to “shield Zuckerberg” from punishment in US privacy probe
Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing whether to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook's privacy failures, according to reports by The Washington Post and NBC News. Facebook has been trying to protect Zuckerberg from that possibility in negotiations with the FTC, the Post wrote. Federal regulators investigating Facebook are "exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing…

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Latest Windows patch having problems with a growing number of anti-virus software
The most recent Windows patch, released April 9, seems to have done (still to be determined) that's causing problems with anti-malware software. Over the last few days, Microsoft has been adding more and more anti-virus scanners to its list of known issues. At the time of writing, client-side anti-virus software from Sophos, Avira, ArcaBit, Avast, and most recently McAfee are…

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Get a look at Android’s browser and search ballots for the EU
Last year the European Commission ruled that Google had illegally used Android to dominate search. Last month the European Commission gave Google feedback that bundling Chrome with the OS was also frowned upon. This week Google is implementing actual software changes to Android. The company has created a Windows-style ballot system which will encourage users to actively pick alternative browsers…

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Anti-vax parents lose in NY court, face steep fines for not vaccinating
A Brooklyn judge on Thursday rejected the petition from five anonymous anti-vaccine mothers who attempted to block the city’s recent vaccination mandate amid the largest measles outbreak the city has seen in several decades. Further ReadingAnti-vax moms sue NYC as US heads toward record measles spreadAnd the city wasted no time enforcing its upheld order.

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Toyota leads $1B investment in Uber’s self-driving tech
On Thursday, news broke that Toyota, Denso, and the SoftBank Vision Fund are investing heavily in Uber's autonomous driving operation. Together, the three companies will put $1 billion into Uber's Advanced Technologies Group: $667 million from Toyota and Denso, with an additional $333 million coming from SoftBank. "Leveraging the strengths of Uber ATG’s autonomous vehicle technology and service network and…

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Unexpected protection added to Microsoft Edge subverts IE security
A researcher has uncovered strange and unexpected behavior in Windows 10 that allows remote attackers to steal data stored on hard drives when a user opens a malicious file downloaded with the Edge browser. The threat partially surfaced last week when a different researcher, John Page, reported what he called a flaw in Internet Explorer.

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Facebook’s auto-captions for a recent launch video are hilariously bad
An Antares rocket built by Northrop Grumman launched on Wednesday afternoon, boosting a Cygnus spacecraft with 3.4 tons of cargo toward the International Space Station. The launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, went flawlessly, and the spacecraft arrived at the station on Friday. However, when NASA's International Space Station program posted the launch video to its Facebook page on Thursday, there…

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Iron Man VR preview makes me want to put on nerdy headgear again
AUSTIN, Texas—In some ways, I am the worst candidate among the Ars Technica gaming braintrust to demo the world premiere of , a video game slated to launch on PlayStation VR by the end of this year. I have never used a PSVR, let alone VR headset between the pricey HTC Vive and the build-it-yourself Nintendo Labo VR.