A New Senate Bill Would Hit Robocallers With Up to a $10,000 Fine for Every Call – This Week in Tech – 11/18/2018

A New Senate Bill Would Hit Robocallers With Up to a $10,000 Fine for Every Call

Democrats and Republicans can agree on at least one thing: The spam robocall situation has gotten entirely out of hand…


Comcast Forced to Pay Refunds After Its Hidden Fees Hurt Customers’ Credit

Comcast has agreed to pay $700,000 in refunds “and cancel debts for more than 20,000 Massachusetts customers” to settle allegations that it used deceptive advertising to promote long-term cable contracts, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced yesterday. “Comcast stuck too many Massachusetts customers with lengthy, expensive contracts that left many in debt and others with damaged credit,” Healey said…


Elon Musk Receives FCC Approval to Launch Over 7,500 Satellites Into Space

The FCC this week unanimously approved SpaceX’s ambitious plan to launch 7,518 satellites into low-Earth orbit. These satellites, along with 4,425 previously approved satellites, will serve as the backbone for the company’s proposed Starlink broadband network. As it does with most of its projects, SpaceX is thinking big with its global broadband network. The company is expected to spend more than $10 billion to build and launch a constellation of satellites that will provide high-speed internet coverage to just about every corner of the planet…


A New Study Finds That Cutting Your Time on Social Media to 30 Minutes a Day Reduces Your Risk of Depression and Loneliness

A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that limiting one’s social media usage to 30 minutes per day can lead to significant improvement’s in well-being…


US Overtakes Chinese Supercomputer to Take Top Spot for Fastest in the World

After a semi-annual assessment measuring supercomputer computational speeds, US-built IBM machine “Summit” has toppled two Chinese competitors to take the lead as the fastest of its kind in the world. China’s Tianhe-2 and Sunway TaihuLight spent the last two years at the top of the SuperComputer TOP500 List, but this month Summit pulled ahead of both with a performance of 143.5 quadrillion operations per second, making it 65% more powerful than the next non-US supercomputer on the list. Out of the top ten machines ranked, five are in the United States…


Nvidia Shares Slide 17 Percent as Cryptocurrency Demand Vanishes

(Reuters) – Chip designer Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) on Thursday forecast disappointing sales for the holiday quarter, pinning the blame on unsold chips piling up with distributors and retailers after the evaporation of the cryptocurrency mining boom…


Card Skimming Malware Removed From Infowars Online Store

Malware capable of secretly recording payment card details was removed today from the Infowars online store after ZDNet reached out to the company’s staff…

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