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Chinese baby born 4 years after parents died in a car crash – CNET

The child was born after grandparents won a legal battle to use their children’s embryos.
Source: CNET

Trump orders review of Postal Service amid Amazon accusations – CNET

Executive order demands task force evaluate the post office’s operations and finances.
Source: CNET

The 22 best games on the Xbox One – CNET

Just picked up an Xbox One and wondering what games to pick up alongside it? We’ve got you covered.
Source: CNET

Backpage pleads guilty to sex trafficking, CEO faces up to 5 years for money laundering

Backpage .com, for years the primary online platform for the sex trade, has pleaded guilty as a company to charges of sex trafficking in Texas, the state’s attorney general announced today. Its CEO, Carl Ferrer, pleaded guilty to money laundering, for which he may be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.

The site was seized last week and a 93-count indictment issued days later.

Ferrer was arrested back in 2016, and will be sentenced “once he’s fulfilled the terms of his plea agreement.”

The Texas AG’s office does not elaborate beyond the charges mentioned in the press release, except to say that Ferrer’s cooperation could lead to new ones. Considering the site was an international and popular platform for all kinds of sex-related commerce — allegedly including child trafficking — it seems likely there’s far more yet to come, including pleas for similar crimes in different jurisdictions.

The execution of this strike against Backpage, the culmination of an 18-month investigation (beginning around the arrest of Ferrer), is coincident but not directly related to the passage and signing of FOSTA. The bill, just this week signed into law, effectively removes the “safe harbor” enjoyed by internet companies protecting them from having liability for the actions of their users. Under FOSTA, a company like Craigslist would be responsible if, for example, a prostitute listed their services on the site.

Unsurprisingly Craigslist and other sites have removed listings or services that may put them at risk under FOSTA, prompting criticism from the more legitimate sides of the sex industry that relied on them.


Source: TechCrunch

Sen. Warner: Silicon Valley needs to work with Congress more video – CNET

The Virginia Democrat tells CNET that Congress must learn how tech businesses and products work to help better national security and inform new laws.
Source: CNET

FCC declines to punish Sinclair for its ‘must-run’ segments and scripts

It was hard to avoid seeing the video posted last week showing local news stations reciting a “must-run” script about fake news from their parent company, Sinclair broadcasting, in eerie synchrony. It creeped out a dozen Senators so much that they asked the FCC to look into it — and Chairman Ajit Pai has responded, saying that’s not going to happen.

The Senators’ letter, which you can read here, expresses concern that Sinclair is clearly using its power over local news stations to advance a political agenda at a national level:

Sinclair may have violated the FCC’s longstanding policy against broadcast licensees deliberately distorting news by staging, slanting, or falsifying information…Multiple news outlets report that Sinclair has been forcing local news anchors to read Sinclair-mandated scripts warning of the dangers of “one-sided news stories plaguing our country,” over the protests from local news teams.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for ensuring that broadcast licensees use the public airwaves to serve the public interest. We call on the FCC to investigate whether Sinclair’s production of distorted news reports fails the public interest test.

There’s a clear irony in what amounts to fake news warning viewers of itself, but the concerns of these Senators are more straightforward. Note that they don’t simply dislike the message; the message is only mentioned by the by. The real issue is that if Sinclair is systematically distorting the news that appears on its stations, that should be investigated as a potential violation of its FCC-issued broadcast license.

And as icing on the cake, they bring up the fact that Sinclair ought to be under extra scrutiny since it is in the middle of a merger that would give it unprecedented reach in broadcast, and the FCC is also accused by many of favoring Sinclair in particular with some of its deregulatory policies.

Chairman Pai responded today with a letter essentially answering a straw man version of the problems presented above.

In light of my commitment to protecting the First Amendment and freedom of the press, I must respectfully decline.

I have repeatedly made clear that the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast.

I understand that you disliked or disagreed with the content of particular broadcasts, but I can hardly think of an action more chilling of free speech than the federal government investigating a broadcast station because of disagreement with its news coverage or promotion of that coverage.

Pai completely mischaracterizes the issues brought up by the Senators, and responds as if they had asked him to shut down a local news station because of a report they “disliked or disagreed with.”

In no way does the Senators’ letter reference “a particular newscast” or the “content of particular broadcasts.” The problem is specifically described throughout as the parent company, Sinclair, blatantly forcing its local news broadcasters to air politically-slanted segments word for word, some against their will.

Funnily enough, what he pretends the Senators are asking him is what Trump actually did propose — that the FCC revoke the license of “NBC and the Networks” because of “all the Fake News coming out of” them. It took Pai a week to make his inability to do so clear that time, though Commissioner Rosenworcel did so within an hour.


Source: TechCrunch

What is an ASIC miner?

Although some cryptocurrencies can be mined with general purpose hardware like graphics cards, the biggest like Bitcoin, need ASIC miners; hardware that’s designed specifically to do one thing and one thing only: mine.

The post What is an ASIC miner? appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Qualcomm ex-CEO Paul Jacobs reportedly gets serious about takeover – CNET

The former executive, whose father co-founded the chipmaker, reportedly is talking to strategic investors, including Arm, to take Qualcomm private in the next two months.
Source: CNET

New Google Go app tackles slow internet speeds in Africa – CNET

Google Go reduces the amount of data needed to display search results by 40 percent.
Source: CNET

Firefox for iPhones now stops websites from tracking you – CNET

Mozilla makes a privacy-protecting option the new default for its web browser running on iOS devices.
Source: CNET

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