YouTube Toughens Advert Payment Rules

YouTube Toughens Advert Payment Rules
Published on January 17, 2018 at 08:30PM
YouTube is introducing tougher requirements for video publishers who want to make money from its platform. From a report: In addition, it has said staff will manually review all clips before they are added to a premium service that pairs big brand advertisers with popular content. The moves follow a series of advertiser boycotts and a controversial vlog that featured an apparent suicide victim. One expert said that the Google-owned service had been slow to react. “Google presents the impression of acting reactively rather than proactively,” said Mark Mulligan, from the consultancy Midia Research. […] The first part of the new strategy involves a stricter requirement that publishers must fulfil before they can make money from their uploads. Clips will no longer have adverts attached unless the publisher meets two criteria — that they have: read more

Apple Says It Will ‘Contribute’ $350 Billion in the US Economy Over the Next 5 Years

Apple Says It Will ‘Contribute’ $350 Billion in the US Economy Over the Next 5 Years
Published on January 17, 2018 at 07:50PM
Apple said on Wednesday it will invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, touting the creation of 20,000 new jobs and a new campus thanks, in part, to the prospect of tax reform. From a report: The company said it expects tax repatriation payments of about $38 billion, indicating that it will bring a portion of its $250 billion overseas cash back to the U.S. As of November, the company had $268.9 billion in cash, both domestically and overseas. The job creation will focus on direct employment, but also suppliers and its app business, which it had already planned to grow substantially. “We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible,” chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement.

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Mozilla Restricts All New Firefox Features To HTTPS Only

Mozilla Restricts All New Firefox Features To HTTPS Only
Published on January 17, 2018 at 07:10PM
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a groundbreaking statement earlier this week, Mozilla announced that all web-based features that will ship with Firefox in the future must be served on over a secure HTTPS connection (a “secure context”). “Effective immediately, all new features that are web-exposed are to be restricted to secure contexts,” said Anne van Kesteren, a Mozilla engineer and author of several open web standards. This means that if Firefox will add support for a new standard/feature starting tomorrow, if that standard/feature carries out communications between the browser and an external server, those communications must be carried out via HTTPS or the standard/feature will not work in Firefox. The decision does not affect already existing standards/features, but Mozilla hopes all Firefox features “will read more

Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions
Published on January 17, 2018 at 06:30PM
This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They’re doing it, though, not because it’s cheaper or better, but because they’re required to, by law. From a report: The law is the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. For some, especially Midwestern farmers, it’s the key to creating clean energy from American soil and sun. For others — like many economists — it’s a wasteful misuse of resources. And the most wasteful part of the RFS, according to some, is biodiesel. It’s different from ethanol, a fuel that’s made from corn and mixed into gasoline, also as required by the RFS. In fact, gasoline companies probably would use ethanol even if there were no law requiring it, because ethanol is a useful fuel additive read more

Bitcoin Watchers Running Out of Explanations Blame Slump on Moon

Bitcoin Watchers Running Out of Explanations Blame Slump on Moon
Published on January 17, 2018 at 05:50PM
If regulatory concerns aren’t enough to explain Bitcoin’s 50 percent slump from its record high reached last month, how about blaming it on the moon? An anonymous reader writes: The Lunar New Year, which marks the first day of the year in the Chinese calendar, is being cited by some as contributing to Bitcoin’s slump as Asian traders cash out their cryptocurrencies to travel and buy gifts for the holiday that starts Feb. 16 this year. The festivity is celebrated not just in China, but in other Asian countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Thailand. “The January drop is a recurring theme in cryptocurrencies as people celebrating the Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year, exchange their crypto for fiat currency,” said Alexander Wallin, chief executive officer of trading social network read more

‘No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore’

‘No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore’
Published on January 17, 2018 at 05:13PM
An anonymous reader shares a report: For decades, the donation bin has offered consumers in rich countries a guilt-free way to unload their old clothing. In a virtuous and profitable cycle, a global network of traders would collect these garments, grade them, and transport them around the world to be recycled, worn again, or turned into rags and stuffing. Now that cycle is breaking down. Fashion trends are accelerating, new clothes are becoming as cheap as used ones, and poor countries are turning their backs on the secondhand trade. Without significant changes in the way that clothes are made and marketed, this could add up to an environmental disaster in the making. […] The tide of secondhand clothes keeps growing even as the markets to reuse them are disappearing. From an environmental standpoint, that’s a big problem. Already, the read more

Within Next Five Years Your Pizzas Will Probably Be Delivered by Autonomous Cars, Domino’s Pizza CEO Says

Within Next Five Years Your Pizzas Will Probably Be Delivered by Autonomous Cars, Domino’s Pizza CEO Says
Published on January 17, 2018 at 04:34PM
In an interview with The Street, Domino’s Pizza outgoing CEO Patrick Doyle said in three to five years at the earliest he expects driverless cars and voice orders to shift the way the world orders pizza. From the report: “We have been investing in natural voice for ordering for a few years. We rolled that out in our own apps before Amazon launched Alexa and Alphabet launched Google Home…[and] we are making investments…to understand how consumers will want to interact with autonomous vehicles and pizza delivery,” Doyle said.

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Days After Hawaii’s False Missile Alarm, a New One in Japan

Days After Hawaii’s False Missile Alarm, a New One in Japan
Published on January 17, 2018 at 03:50PM
An anonymous reader shares a report: Japan’s public broadcaster on Tuesday accidentally sent news alerts that North Korea had launched a missile and that citizens should take shelter — just days after the government of Hawaii had sent a similar warning to its citizens. The broadcaster, NHK, corrected itself five minutes later and apologized for the error on its evening news (Editor’s note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source). The initial texts cited J-Alert, a system used by the government to issue warnings to its citizens about missiles, tsunamis and other natural disasters. But NHK later said that the system was not to blame for the false alarm. Makoto Sasaki, a spokesman for NHK, apologized, saying that “staff had mistakenly operated the equipment to deliver news alerts over the internet.”

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Philippine Lawmakers Worry China Telecom May Be a ‘Trojan horse’

Philippine Lawmakers Worry China Telecom May Be a ‘Trojan horse’
Published on January 17, 2018 at 03:08PM
An anonymous reader shares a report: Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp, which may enter the Philippine industry, could be a “Trojan horse” aimed at giving China access to state secrets. The Southeast Asian country aims to name a third telecom operator within the first quarter that will break the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom State-run China Telecom has been named as a possible investor in that third entity. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has warned both PLDT and Globe to shape up or face competition, has welcomed Chinese entities specifically to become the third telecoms operator. Beijing has selected China Telecom to invest in the Philippines, according to Philippine officials, but it would need to partner with a local company as it cannot operate read more

Salmonella Probably Killed the Aztecs

Salmonella Probably Killed the Aztecs
Published on January 17, 2018 at 02:00PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Within five years as many as 15 million people — an estimated 80% of the population — were wiped out in an epidemic the locals named “cocoliztli.” The word means pestilence in the Aztec Nahuatl language. Its cause, however, has been questioned for nearly 500 years. On Monday scientists swept aside smallpox, measles, mumps, and influenza as likely suspects, identifying a typhoid-like “enteric fever” for which they found DNA evidence on the teeth of long-dead victims.

Scientists now say they have probably unmasked the culprit. Analysing DNA extracted from 29 skeletons buried in a cocoliztli cemetery, they found traces of read more