Robinhood Glitch Steals From the Poor, Gives To the Rich

theodp writes: On its Careers page, zero-commission online broker Robinhood explains its founders “decided it was more important to build products that would provide everyone with access to the financial markets, not just the wealthy. Two years after heading to New York, they moved back to California and built Robinhood — a company that leverages technology to encourage everyone to …

Earth May Have Been a ‘Water World’ 3 Billion Years Ago, Scientists Find

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have found evidence that Earth was covered by a global ocean that turned the planet into a “water world” more than 3 billion years ago. Telltale chemical signatures were spotted in an ancient chunk of ocean crust which point to a planet once devoid of continents, the largest landmasses on …

Freedb.org Is Shutting Down

AmiMoJo writes: Freedb, the community-generated database of music CD metadata, is shutting down on March 31, 2020. The service was set up as a free alternative to CDDB. Many CD-ripping applications pull metadata from Freedb to save the user having to type it in manually, but the service has some major limitations and has now been superseded by MusicBrainz. This …

Was This Life’s First Meal?

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Studies of the origin of life are replete with paradoxes. Take this doozy: Every known organism on Earth uses a suite of proteins — and the DNA that helps build it — to construct the building blocks of our cells. But those very building blocks are also needed to make DNA and proteins. …

Pixel 4 feature drop adds new emoji, scheduled dark mode, faster Google Pay

The Pixel 4 is getting some new features. (Be warned that this is a gif-heavy gallery.) [credit: Google ] Android’s March Security Update is starting to roll out, and with it Google is announcing the second-ever “Feature Drop” for the Pixel 4. Feature Drops are a new update scheme that sees Google leverage its OS development skills into quarterly mini-updates …

Newly Obtained Documents Show Huawei Role In Shipping Prohibited US Gear To Iran

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: China’s Huawei, which for years has denied violating American trade sanctions on Iran, produced internal company records in 2010 that show it was directly involved in sending prohibited U.S. computer equipment to Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator. Two Huawei packing lists, dated December 2010, included computer equipment made by Hewlett-Packard Co and destined …

‘Have I Been Pwned’ Is No Longer For Sale

Troy Hunt, the owner and founder of the well-known and respected data breach notification website “Have I Been Pwned,” announced in a blog post today that his website is no longer being sold and will continue running independently. The news comes several months after Hunt announced he was actively looking for a buyer. Last June, Hunt wrote: “To date, every …

Developers Say Google Didn’t Offer Enough Money To Make Stadia Games

After years of development and hype, Google’s long-rumored push into video games arrived last November, with the launch of Google Stadia. Google Stadia isn’t a game console, nor is it a game platform, really — it’s a digital storefront run by Google where you can buy individual games. It’s a hugely ambitious new platform, and it aimed to be the …

First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed In New York State

A woman who recently traveled to Iran is New York’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday night. The Wall Street Journal reports: The woman, who wasn’t named, is in her late 30s and contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran. She has respiratory symptoms and …