Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired New at Amazon: Its Own Chips for Cloud Computing

Hexbyte Tech News Wired New at Amazon: Its Own Chips for Cloud Computing

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Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy speaks at an event in San Francisco in 2017.David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesBig software companies don’t just stick to software any more—they build computer chips. The latest proof comes from Amazon, which announced late Monday that its cloud computing division has created its own chips to power customers’ websites and…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired GM’s Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

Hexbyte Tech News Wired GM’s Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

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If GM’s crystal ball is working, the future of cars has more pickups for now, and less of everything in the future.Cole Burston/Getty ImagesIf America’s biggest automaker’s crystal ball is working, the future of cars has way fewer cars.That’s the thinking driving General Motors’ major internal restructuring announcement, which came Monday. The company plans to…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Scientist Who Crispr’d Babies Bucked His Own Ethics Policy

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Scientist Who Crispr’d Babies Bucked His Own Ethics Policy

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We said “don’t freak out,” when scientists first used Crispr to edit DNA in non-viable human embryos. When they tried it in embryos that could theoretically produce babies, we said “don’t panic.” Many years and years of boring bench science remain before anyone could even think about putting it near a woman’s uterus. Well, we…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Left a Legacy in Memes

Hexbyte Tech News Wired SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Left a Legacy in Memes

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While Stephen Hillenburg’s titular creation has shown up in theme parks and parades, SpongeBob’s singular legacy is on online culture.Paul Goguen/Getty ImagesWhen Stephen Hillenburg premiered SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999, there’s no way he could’ve known what would become of his animated creation. Sure, he may have foreseen success: the cartoon’s years on Nickelodeon, multiple feature…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Cyber Monday 2018: 40 Extended Deals You Can Still Buy

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Cyber Monday 2018: 40 Extended Deals You Can Still Buy

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If you slept in yesterday, or were lucky enough to spend a day away from screens, you missed a bunch of sales. Cyber Monday is the epic conclusion to what has become an extended weekend of deals beginning with Black Friday (or Thanksgiving for some retailers and shoppers).No big deal. We combed through our many…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Come Touch Google’s Bizarre View of Your Computing Future

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Come Touch Google’s Bizarre View of Your Computing Future

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Personal computing is in an angsty place. With the rise of Frankensoftware comes the promise of an effortless computing future, one in which mobile apps and “regular” apps co-exist peacefully on shiny glass displays and there isn’t so much debate about what a modern computer is. That’s the promise, anyway. But right now, we’re still…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Everything You Should Know About Facebook’s UK Privacy Drama

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Everything You Should Know About Facebook’s UK Privacy Drama

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A British lawmaker suggested that Facebook was made aware of suspicious Russian behavior on its platform as early as 2014 during a hearing on fake news and disinformation that took place in London on Tuesday. The MP, Damian Collins, was drawing on a cache of internal Facebook documents that he seized last week, and which…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Armageddon Looms Over The World Chess Championship After Magnus Carlsen’s Shocking Decision

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Armageddon Looms Over The World Chess Championship After Magnus Carlsen’s Shocking Decision

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Photo: Tristan Fewings (Getty)LONDON — There’s been drama worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy at the World Chess Championship, as Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana have fought to a draw in each of their 12 head-to-head games, sending the match to overtime with a day of tiebreaks to decide the winner. Games 9-12 featured a black…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers South Koreans lock themselves up to escape prison of daily life

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers South Koreans lock themselves up to escape prison of daily life

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HONGCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – For most people, prison is a place to escape from. For South Koreans in need of a break from the demands of everyday life, a day in a faux jail is the escape. “This prison gives me a sense of freedom,” said Park Hye-ri, a 28-year-old office worker who paid…