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Trump Administration Wants To End Subsidies For Electric Cars, Renewables

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday that the United States wants to end subsidies for electric cars and other items including renewable energy sources. “Asked about actions planned after General Motors announced U.S. plant closings and layoffs last week, Kudlow said he expected subsidies for buying electric cars will end in 2020 or 2021,” reports Reuters. “Kudlow ... Read More »

Robot Janitors Are Coming To Mop Floors At a Walmart Near You

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines. The autonomous janitors can clean floors on their own even when customers are around, ... Read More »

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Removes ‘Pirate’ Site Bangs To Avoid Liability

DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine, offers a variety of useful features such as instant answers and bangs. The latter are particularly useful for people who want to use DuckDuckGo to search directly on other sites. Typing ‘!yt keyword’, for instance, will do a direct search on YouTube, while ‘!w keyword’ goes to Wikipedia. This library of bangs has been around ... Read More »

Facebook Employees Are Calling Former Colleagues To Look For Jobs Outside the Company and Asking About the Best Way To Leave

An anonymous reader shares a report: Six former Facebook employees who left the company within the last two years told CNBC they’ve experienced a rise in contact from current company employees to inquire about opportunities or ask for job references. […] The shift could be an early warning of recruiting and retention challenges for Facebook after a turbulent year. In ... Read More »

Blockchain Study Finds 0% Success Rate and Vendors Don’t Call Back When Asked For Evidence

Though Blockchain has been touted as the answer to everything, a study of 43 solutions advanced in the international development sector has found exactly no evidence of success. From a report: Three practitioners including erstwhile blockchain enthusiast John Burg, a Fellow at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), looked at instances of the distributed crypto ledger being used in ... Read More »