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Swiss Supercomputer Edges US Out Of Top Spot

Many supercomputers aid research into global climate change

For only the second time in 24 years, the US has been edged out of the top flight of the world's most powerful number-crunchers.

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Drones Keep Dropping Drugs And Porn Into Prisons

A new report from USA Today found that drones have been used more than a dozen times to fly contraband into federal prisons over the last five years, as scattered reports suggest the smuggling operations have proven popular.

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Google Tightens Measures To Remove Extremist Content On YouTube

Pic: ReutersAlphabet Inc's Google will implement more measures to identify and remove terrorist or violent extremist content on its video sharing platform YouTube, the company said in a blog post on Sunday.

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Amazon To Buy Whole Foods For $13.7 Billion, Wielding Online Might In Brick-And-Mortar World

Pic: ReutersAmazon.com Inc said on Friday it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, in an embrace of brick-and-mortar stores that could turn the high-end grocer into a mass-market merchant and upend the already struggling U.S. retail industry.

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Alleged Canadian Hacker May Not Fight U.S. Extradition: Lawyer

Pic: ReutersThe Canadian accused of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo accounts may waive his right to fight a U.S. extradition request, his lawyer said on Friday.

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U.S. Tech Firm In Blockchain Tie-Up With Insurance Advisory Firm

Pic: ReutersU.S. technology company The Bitfury Group said on Friday it had formed a strategic partnership with advisory firm Risk Cooperative to use the blockchain digital ledger in the $60 billion insurance broking market.

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US Gov’t Taps The Machine To Beat China To Exascale Supercomputing

Here's a gallery from a 40-node version of The Machine (aka HPE's Memory-Driven Computing initiative). These appear to be fibre-optic cables connected to some kind of chip, but it's hard to divine much more than that.

With China threatening to build the world's first exascale supercomputer before the US, the US Department of Energy has awarded a research grant to Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop an exascale supercomputer reference design based on technology gleaned from the The Machine, a project that aims to "reinvent the fundamental architecture of computing."

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Google Play Is Fighting An Uphill Battle Against Android Adware

Google's official Play marketplace is waging an uphill battle against Android apps that display an unending stream of popup ads even when users try to force them to stop, researchers said Friday.

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Apple Poaches Top Sony TV Executives To Boost Video Content

Pic: ReutersApple Inc (AAPL.O) has hired two long-time Sony Pictures Television executives to expand the iPhone maker's push into original television programming, plunging deeper into a field crowded by Hollywood studios and online streaming services.

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Canada Cyber-Spy Agency Expects Hacktivist Attacks In 2019 Vote

Pic: ReutersCanada's electronic spy agency said on Friday it was "very likely" that hackers will try to influence Canada's 2019 elections and it planned to advise political parties next week on how to guard against cyber threats.

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