Tesla’s Self-Driving Software Gets a Major Update

The Autopilot software built into Tesla’s electric cars already offers a glimpse of the future, with what feels like autonomous driving on the freeway. Today the company announced a suite of upgrades to the system, to be pushed over-the-air to existing cars over the next couple of weeks. “This is …

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Security News This Week: Google Ups the Ante on Web Encryption

As the presidential campaign charges ahead, the saga of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server continues. Fresh criticism emerged this week that Clinton must have been hiding terrible things because one of her aides smashed two of her personal Blackberrys with a hammer. But from a data security …

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Our favorite discoveries from the internet's best festival

XOXO Fest plays out like a link blog come to life. For five years, XOXO co-creator (and pioneering link-blogger) Andy Baio recruited some of the web’s most fascinating creators to the Portland festival he runs with Andy McMillan, and the result is new attention for some criminally under-viewed projects. Nearly everything I …

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Capybaras are cute, even though they eat their own poop

The capybara is basically a giant guinea pig that can grow to up to 140 pounds on a diet of grass — and its own poop. These social, almost cow-like creatures are native to South America, where they spend their lives moving back and forth between grasslands and water. Capybara …

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Snowden review: Oliver Stone's whistleblower movie plays it safe

As a filmmaker, Oliver Stone arguably built his career on the idea of questioning the establishment. Whether critiquing the way we looked at the Vietnam War (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July), the Reaganomic excesses of the ‘80s (Wall Street), or even conventional cinematic norms (the jarring, music-video inspired …

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