• Nintendo will pay you up to $20,000 to hack the 3DS

    Nintendo will pay you up to $20,000 to hack the 3DS

    So you bought a Nintendo 3DS to play some Pokemon Sun… but now your Pokedex is complete and you’ve explored every inch of Alola. Now what? If you’ve got a technical background, you might consider poking around the 3DS itself. There might just be a big ol’ stack of cash in it for you. Nintendo has just launched a bug bounty program by way of HackerOne. Find a bug that… Read More

  • Nvidia is now clear to test self-driving vehicles on California roads

    Nvidia is now clear to test self-driving vehicles on California roads

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles posts a list of all the companies and entities cleared to test self-driving vehicles on public roads in the state, and that list has a new member: Nvidia. The graphics card-maker also builds processing units for use in autonomous driving systems, including those capable of deep learning. Nvidia is working with a number of companies on the list as… Read More

  • The Libreboot C201 from Minifree is really really really ridiculously open source

    The Libreboot C201 from Minifree is really really really ridiculously open source

    Open source laptops — ones not running any commercial software whatsoever — have been the holy grail for free software fans for years. Now, with the introduction of libreboot, a truly open source boot firmware, the dream is close to fruition. The $730 laptop is a bog standard piece of hardware but it contains only open source software. The OS, Debian, is completely open source… Read More

  • Berkeley project tests tracking imperiled forests with 3D multispectral drone imaging

    Berkeley project tests tracking imperiled forests with 3D multispectral drone imaging

    Droughts, climate change and deforestation are putting forests at risk worldwide, so studying these ecosystems closely is more important than ever — but it’s a hell of a lot of work to climb every tree in the Sierra Nevada. Drones and advanced imaging, however, present an increasingly practical alternative to that, as a UC Berkeley project shows. Read More

  • The NSA eavesdrops on in-flight mobile use too

    The NSA eavesdrops on in-flight mobile use too

    If you’ve been taking your sensitive phone calls at 30,000 feet, well, it’s time to stop. Apparently, the NSA knows about your extremely elaborate privacy workaround — putting your iPhone in the freezer is so 2013 — and can hear your calls at cruising altitude just the same. According to a new joint report from Le Monde and The Intercept on previously unreported… Read More

  • Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

    Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

    Yik Yak, the once universally recognized anonymous social network that virally took over college campuses back in 2014, is planning to lay off a “significant” number of employees, first noted by The Verge. The company is said to be retaining mostly engineers as it notified its team of about 50 employees earlier this morning. In a statement to TechCrunch, Tyler Droll, CEO of Yik… Read More

  • See you tomorrow in Wroclaw

    See you tomorrow in Wroclaw

    One more meetup in Poland! I’ll see you all tomorrow in Wroclaw and it’s going to be a hoot! Tomorrow’s meetup is after the IN-FERENCE conference on Friday, December 9 and it’s part of the IN-FERENCE conference. We’ll be talking medtech, biotech and anything non-fintech related. You can submit an application to pitch here. Please note that unless you hear from… Read More

  • John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, has died at 95

    John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, has died at 95

    John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and the oldest human to travel into space, died today at 95 years old. Today, we join the world in mourning the passing of legendary astronaut, senator and Ohioan John Glenn. https://t.co/L66WmMJgHi pic.twitter.com/ny3NPpm0nk — Ohio State (@OhioState) December 8, 2016 Glenn was hospitalized over a week ago at the The James Cancer… Read More

  • BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

    BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

    BuzzFeed has a new vice president leading its data science team. Gilad Lotan has a long résumé in the field, having most recently served as chief data scientist at New York-based startup studio Betaworks, and before that working in data-related roles at SocialFlow, Microsoft and Endemol. Publisher Dao Nguyen told me that this is a new role at BuzzFeed — the closest equivalent being… Read More

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