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Spanish Engineers Extract Drinking Water From Thin Air

A Spanish company has devised a system to extract drinking water from thin air to supply arid regions where people are in desperate need. Reuters reports: "The goal is to help people," said Enrique Veiga, the 82-year-old engineer who invented the machine during a harsh drought in southern Spain in the 1990s. "The goal is to get to places like refugee...

Netflix Announces SpaceX Documentary On Civilian Mission Into Orbit

Netflix will stream a documentary next month which will follow the story of the world's first private all-civilian space orbit. Sky News reports: The group will board a SpaceX capsule next month and spend three days orbiting the Earth, becoming Netflix's first documentary "to cover an event in near real-time." The privately chartered flight will be...

The State Department and 3 Other US Agencies Earn a D For Cybersecurity

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cybersecurity at eight federal agencies is so poor that four of them earned grades of D, three got Cs, and only one received a B in a report issued Tuesday by a US Senate Committee. "It is clear that the data entrusted to these eight key agencies remains at risk," the 47-page report stated. "As...

Senate Democrats To Introduce Legislation That Would Tax Energy Companies Responsible For Major Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Zack Budryk writes via The Hill: The Polluters Pay Climate Fund Act, sponsored by Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), would require between 25 to 30 of the U.S. corporations responsible for the most greenhouse gas pollution to pay $300 billion into a fund over 10 years. The legislation would require companies to pay into the fund if they were responsible...

The IRS Has Seized $1.2 Billion Worth of Cryptocurrency This Fiscal Year

The U.S. government regularly holds auctions for its stockpile of bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and other cryptocurrencies it seizes and then holds in crypto wallets. "In fiscal year 2019, we had about $700,000 worth of crypto seizures. In 2020, it was up to $137 million. And so far in 2021, we're at $1.2 billion," said Jarod Koopman, director of the...

NYT Crossword Puzzle No Longer Works In Third-Party Apps

People will no longer be able to play the digital version of The New York Times daily crossword puzzle in third-party apps, according to an announcement made by the Times on Monday. The Verge reports: Starting August 10th, the crossword will be available digitally only via the NYT site or on its own crossword app. Downloadable PDFs, in addition to the...

Firefox Lost Almost 50 Million Users In 3 Years

An anonymous reader quotes a report from It's FOSS, written by Ankush Das: Mozilla's Firefox is the only popular alternative to Chromium-based browsers. It has been the default choice for Linux users and privacy-conscious users across every platform. However, even with all benefits as one of the best web browsers around, it is losing its grip for the...

Google+ Class Action Starts Paying Out $2.15 For G+ Privacy Violations

Ron Amadeo writing via Ars Technica: Who remembers the sudden and dramatic death of Google+? Google's Facebook competitor and "social backbone" was effectively dead inside the company around 2014, but Google let the failed service hang around for years in maintenance mode while the company spun off standalone products. In 2018, The Wall Street Journal...

Colleges Across the US and Canada Are Adopting Virtual Student IDs

Apple Wallet is expanding access to its contactless student IDs, a feature it first debuted in 2018. A number of U.S. universities are adopting the new format for the first time. Apple Wallet student IDs will also arrive in Canada later this fall. The Verge reports: The University of New Brunswick and Sheridan College will be the first two Canadian...

Miami Launches 'MiamiCoin' Cryptocurrency

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: [Miami has] launched its own cryptocurrency, MiamiCoin, which claims to allow city citizens to earn Bitcoin "in their sleep." On Tuesday, Okcoin was the first crypto exchange to list MiamiCoin. The idea is to fill the city's coffers via speculation. People can mine the coin (which is less difficult...

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