Google Says It's Achieved Quantum Supremacy, a World-First: Report

A Google researcher’s paper claiming to have achieved quantum supremacy, a major early milestone in the field of quantum computing, appeared on a NASA website this week before being removed, the Financial Times reports.

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Source: Gizmodo – Google Says It’s Achieved Quantum Supremacy, a World-First: Report

Why Families Were on Climate Strike This Friday

I’ve reported on or otherwise worked in the climate field for 10 years. In that decade, I’ve watched failure after failure at international climate talks, rampant Republican climate denial, and climate protests that built to something half-formed, clay tossed on the potter’s wheel but never quite shaped.

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Source: Gizmodo – Why Families Were on Climate Strike This Friday

YouTube Faces Angry Mob Again, CEO Promises to Rethink New Verification Policy

On Thursday, YouTube rolled out new guidelines for its verification requirements intended to reduce confusion and better highlight artists, celebs, and other creators. However, after backlash from numerous YouTubers who got emails saying their channels would get un-verified, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki promised to…

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Source: Gizmodo – YouTube Faces Angry Mob Again, CEO Promises to Rethink New Verification Policy

A Woman's Toothache Remedy Left Her With Horrifying Blue Blood

A Rhode Island women’s toothache ended up causing her a literal case of the blues, thanks to a bizarre reaction she had to pain medication. According to her doctors, the woman developed a rare and potentially life-threatening disorder that deprived her of precious oxygen and turned her blood dark blue.

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Source: Gizmodo – A Woman’s Toothache Remedy Left Her With Horrifying Blue Blood

Germany's New $60 Billion Climate Package Does the Bare Minimum

Germany appears to be listening to the millions of people around the world protesting climate inaction Friday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Friday a $60 billion climate package to transform the country by 2030.

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Source: Gizmodo – Germany’s New Billion Climate Package Does the Bare Minimum

Worse Than Previously Reported: The Facebook Story

The most powerful tool in Facebook’s considerable arsenal isn’t its incalculable trove of user data or yearly revenue that exceeds the GDP of more than a few sovereign nations—it’s the platform’s ability to spread out any PR disaster over months or years so that all but the most dogged beat reporters stop giving a…

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Source: Gizmodo – Worse Than Previously Reported: The Facebook Story

FBI Served Secret Subpoenas to a Video Game Developer, Antivirus Maker, and More

The names of more than 120 companies secretly served FBI subpoenas for their customers’ personal data were revealed on Friday, including a slew of U.S. banks, cellphone providers, and a leading antivirus software maker.

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Source: Gizmodo – FBI Served Secret Subpoenas to a Video Game Developer, Antivirus Maker, and More

Try to Hate the iPhone 11 Pro

The iPhone 11 Pro is a beautiful phone. There I said it! The matte glass back is elegant. The OLED display is slightly brighter than I expected, which is clever. The trypophobia-inducing camera bump is sleeker than it looks in photos, and the ability to zoom in and out is pretty cool. The iPhone 11 Pro is a little…

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Source: Gizmodo – Try to Hate the iPhone 11 Pro

The World Is Installing a Ton of Renewables, but Coal Could Screw Things Up

The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects the capacity for renewable energy to grow by almost 12 percent this year. Gotta love us some solar and wind energy! The problem is, the world is still having a dirty love affair with coal.

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Source: Gizmodo – The World Is Installing a Ton of Renewables, but Coal Could Screw Things Up

Spooky 'Black Hole' on Jupiter Is Just a Big Shadow

NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently caught this ominous view of Jupiter, which shows a massive black spot atop the gas giant’s churning clouds. Looks scary, but there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation: It’s a shadow cast by Jupiter’s extremely volcanic moon, Io.

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Source: Gizmodo – Spooky ‘Black Hole’ on Jupiter Is Just a Big Shadow

The News App That's Testing a Promising Way to Build In Privacy From the Ground Up

These days privacy online feels like an unattainable dream. Everything you do becomes data for companies, which sell that data to affiliates, which then sell your data back to you in the form of targeted ads and personalized recommendations. That is just how things are. But what if it didn’t have to be?

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Source: Gizmodo – The News App That’s Testing a Promising Way to Build In Privacy From the Ground Up

The iPhone 11 Is Legitimately Great

The iPhone 11 is good. Some of its most touted features might feel more like gimmicks, and I definitely miss a few features limited to the pricier Pro. Still, with its brilliant camera and a handful of other new bits, this is a phone you can upgrade to with little of the usual guilt.

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Source: Gizmodo – The iPhone 11 Is Legitimately Great

Impossible Burgers Aren’t Healthy, and That’s the Whole Point

When you go to a restaurant and order a hamburger, do you think to yourself, “Ah, yes, this meal will be so nutritious”? Or do you try to ignore the calorie count while thinking, “I want the greasy sandwich that will taste so good but make me feel so bad”? I’m guessing it’s closer to the latter. So why is it suddenly…

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Source: Gizmodo – Impossible Burgers Aren’t Healthy, and That’s the Whole Point

The Next Surface Laptop Might Have a Powerful Surprise

German website Winfuture is claiming that the next generation of Surface Laptop could be using AMD processors instead of the Intel CPUs found in every other Surface device. If true that’d be a big boon for AMD and a bit of an embarrassment for Intel.

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Source: Gizmodo – The Next Surface Laptop Might Have a Powerful Surprise