Congress drops proposal to ban the IRS from competing with Turbotax

Congress drops proposal to ban the IRS from competing with Turbotax

Public option — Tax-prep companies lobbied to ban the IRS from offering a competing service. Timothy B. Lee - Jun 7, 2019 5:10 pm UTC Kimberly White/Getty Images for TurboTaxLawmakers are planning to drop a proposal to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from offering a free online tax-filing option, Politico and Pro Publica report. The provision…
NASA will allow private astronauts on the ISS for $11,250-$22,500 a day

NASA will allow private astronauts on the ISS for $11,250-$22,500 a day

space hotels here we come — The space agency wants to create a sustainable economy in low Earth orbit. Jonathan M. Gitlin - Jun 7, 2019 5:00 pm UTC Enlarge / The forward end of the International Space Station is pictured showing portions of five modules. From right to left is a portion of the…

Ara: A 1 GHz+ Scalable and Energy-Efficient RISC-V Vector Processor with Multi-Precision Floating Point...

(Submitted on 2 Jun 2019) Abstract: In this paper, we present Ara, a 64-bit vector processor based on the version 0.5 draft of RISC-V's vector extension, implemented in GlobalFoundries 22FDX FD-SOI technology. Ara's microarchitecture is scalable, as it is composed of a set of identical lanes, each containing part of the processor's vector register file…
Xiaomi recalls some of its popular M365 scooter model

Xiaomi recalls some of its popular M365 scooter model

Xiamoi recently discovered a safety issue with the M365 electric scooter where a screw could become loose in the folding apparatus. That would then cause the vertical component of the scooter to break off while in use. Xiaomi said it only affected a “limited number of production units” — 10,257 to be exact. The recall…
A Google Walkout organizer just left the company, saying “if they won’t lead, we will”

A Google Walkout organizer just left the company, saying “if they won’t lead, we...

Claire Stapleton, a longtime Google employee who helped organize a 20,000-person walkout of Google employees last November over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations, announced today on Medium that she has left the outfit. She cites her health, saying she is having another child this fall. But she also says the move ties to…
Get an early look at the very rectangular Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Get an early look at the very rectangular Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Display growth never stops — We've got giant screens, no headphone jacks, and a centered front camera hole. Ron Amadeo - Jun 7, 2019 4:36 pm UTC The Galaxy Note 10, in the "Pro" and non-pro versions. The sharper body and display corners give it a very rectangular look. The Pro version has four rear…
Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds

Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds

Comcast being Comcast — Comcast deception leads to refunds and $9M fine, a fraction of the amount sought. Jon Brodkin - Jun 7, 2019 4:28 pm UTC Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018.Getty Images | Andrei StanescuComcast yesterday was ordered to refund nearly 50,000 customers and pay a $9.1 million…
The Google Cloud Catch-22 That Broke the Internet

The Google Cloud Catch-22 That Broke the Internet

A Google Cloud outage that knocked huge portions of the internet offline also blocked access to the tools Google needed to fix it.Casey ChinFive days ago, the internet had a conniption. In broad patches around the globe, YouTube sputtered. Shopify stores shut down. Snapchat blinked out. And millions of people couldn’t access their Gmail accounts.…
Google’s LGBTQ employees are furious about YouTube’s policy disasters

Google’s LGBTQ employees are furious about YouTube’s policy disasters

And they’re afraid to speak out about it As YouTube continues to take heat for its defense of conservative pundit Steven Crowder, LGBTQ employees within Google are angered by the company’s decisions. Still, they’re afraid of speaking out — not just because of the repercussions from the company, but also from their colleagues who may…
Meet the Product Designer Who Made Mid-Century America Look Clean and Stylish

Meet the Product Designer Who Made Mid-Century America Look Clean and Stylish

Raymond Loewy, the legendary American product designer and businessman, isn’t familiar to consumers today, but in the latter half of the 20th century he was a household name for his practice of applying the principles of what he called “cleanlining” to create starkly memorable designs. The 1934 Sears refrigerator; the packaging for Lucky Strike cigarettes;…