Dating app OkCupid has pledged to donate one dollar to the abortion mill operator Planned Parenthood for every user who promotes abortion on their profile with a special “pro-choice” badge. OkCupid launched a “pro-choice” badge, which users can add to their profiles to inform the people they plan on meeting through the dating app that they support abortion. The company says it will donate one dollar to Planned Parenthood for every user who adds the feature to their profile, according to a report by the New York Times . NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 25: Pro-choice activists, politicians and others associated with Planned Parenthood gather for a news conference and demonstration at City Hall against the Trump administrations title X rule change on February 25, 2019 in New York City. The proposed final rule for the Title X Family Planning Program, called the “Gag Rule,” would force a medical provider receiving federal assistance to refuse to promote, refer for, perform or … [Read more...] about OkCupid Pledges to Donate to Planned Parenthood for Every User that Promotes Abortion on Their Profile
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The arrival of commercial quantum computing promises substantial opportunity for growth and is driving major investment as governments across Europe and the world strive to make their economies ‘quantum-ready’. The UK, for example, built its first quantum computer last year while also unveiling the national quantum computing center, due to open in 2023 and intended to be a world-class facility which places the country at the forefront of quantum computing. Elsewhere, Germany has committed €2 billion of Covid-recovery funding into quantum technologies – supplementing wider EU plans to put a further €1 billion into the technology between now and 2028. About the author Andrew Shields is Head of Quantum Technology at Toshiba Europe . Certainly, quantum computers offer an unparalleled opportunity given their power. But, simply put, this same potential brings with it a cybersecurity threat which makes the technology unviable without a way of securing the quantum threat. … [Read more...] about What’s next to enable a ‘quantum-ready’ economy?
ExpressVPN has been all over the news for the past week, and not in a good way. Because we recommend ExpressVPN here at ZDNet as one of the top VPNs out there, I've gotten a flood of reader questions asking for an objective read on the news. In this article, I'll do my best. Sitrep Let's start with a sitrep (situation report). There are two key items which are tangentially related. The first item is that Kape Technologies has announced plans to acquire ExpressVPN for $986 million. I do have concerns about this because Kape was once considered a malware provider. I'll talk more about this in a bit. The second item is a report in Reuters indicating that ExpressVPN CIO Daniel Gericke is among three men fined $1.6 million by the US Department of Justice for hacking and spying on US citizens on behalf of the government of the UAE (United Arab Emirates). I'll discuss each of these reports individually, and then share with you some thoughts about how these situations might … [Read more...] about Trust, but verify: An in-depth analysis of ExpressVPN’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week
Dozens of medical experts, epidemiologists, and biologists gathered last weekend to urge the adoption of a strategy they call “focused protection” to replace current coronavirus pandemic policies that, they say, have produced nothing less than “devastating effects on short and long-term public health.” The internationally known experts, who identify themselves as “coming from both the left and right, and around the world,” have produced what they call the “ Great Barrington Declaration ,” which, to date, has been signed by nearly 4,700 medical and public health scientists, 8,900 medical practitioners, and 123,300 members of the general public. "As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have concerns about the damaging health impacts of the prevailing #COVID19 policies, and recommend an approach we call #FocusedProtection ." @MartinKulldorff @SunetraGupta #GBDeclaration https://t.co/yKi3V4S5Jr — American Institute for Economic Research … [Read more...] about Experts Denounce Pandemic Lockdowns, Urge ‘Focused Protection’
Of the 8.3 billion tons of virgin plastic waste created each year, despite decades of efforts to reduce the amount that ends up in landfills, only about 9 percent gets recycled. London-based computer vision startup Recycleye looks to give those recycling numbers a big boost with its AI-driven system for identifying waste materials. By automating and speeding the movement of materials through sorting systems, and identifying them with more precision, Recycleye says it can significantly increase capacity for recycling companies while upping the overall recovery rate. Pretty lofty promises from a two-year-old company that started in the most unglamorous of ways. “We went out and collected trash from bins, took it back to my garage, and started building our first proof-of-concept,” said Peter Hedley, chief technology officer at Recycleye, which is a member of the NVIDIA Inception accelerator program for AI startups. One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure Hedley and … [Read more...] about Trash Talk: Startup’s AI-Driven Detection System Primed to Take a Bite Out of Global Waste
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted Friday that the company’s Starlink satellite internet network would come out of its open beta phase next month. That’s two months later than the August date Musk gave at Mobile World Congress , when he also said he expected the service to have “possibly over 500,000 users within 12 months.” The Starlink system calls for a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites in low-Earth orbits that will beam continuous broadband internet service. A terminal costs $499 and there’s a $99 monthly fee for service. It opened its public beta test in October 2020, and Musk said in August that SpaceX had shipped 100,000 Starlink terminals, which includes a satellite dish and a Wi-Fi router, to users in 14 countries. As the beta ends and more countries are able to get access to Starlink, that 100,000 number is likely to grow, although it’s hard to tell when it might reach the half-million mark that Musk predicted. Starlink’s internet service is planned to be sold … [Read more...] about SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says Starlink internet service leaving beta in October
Si vous avez suivi avec grande attention la keynote de rentrée et que vous avez espéré, au-delà de l’ iPhone 13 , des annonces passionnantes concernant les nouvelles tablettes et montres connectées Apple, vous êtes peut-être resté sur votre faim. Il faut dire que le nouvel iPad (2021) et l’ Apple Watch 7 ne semblent pas incarner les révolutions attendues. Ne perdez pas espoir pour autant, car 2022 pourrait bien représenter une année faste pour les fidèles de la firme de Cupertino - et surtout de ses produits. 2022 sera une année forte pour Apple ". L'année prochaine devrait en effet mettre en lumière un nouveau modèle d'iPad Pro et trois Apple Watches inédites. Ainsi qu’une mise à niveau des AirPods Pro, des ordinateurs améliorés et un iPhone qui ressemble vraiment à une nouvelle génération. Où précommander les iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro et 13 Pro Max ? Pourquoi vous ne pouvez pas encore précommander l'Apple Watch 7 ? Restez dans l'écosystème Apple : voici les … [Read more...] about Un nouvel iPad Pro et trois modèles d’Apple Watch révolutionnaires attendus en 2022