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YouTube: LGBT video-makers sue claiming discrimination | BBC News

A group of YouTube video-makers is suing it and parent company Google, claiming both discriminate against LGBT-themed videos and their creators.

The group claims YouTube restricts advertising on LGBT videos and limits their reach and discoverability.

But YouTube said sexual orientation and gender identity played no role in deciding whether videos could earn ad revenue or appear in search results.

A group is hoping a jury will hear its case in California.

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ZeroAvia Is on a Mission to Cut Pollution by Fueling the Worst-Polluting Planes in the Sky With Hydrogen | Inc.com

As a champion of clean energy, Valery Miftakhov found himself on a self-inflicted guilt trip when he was piloting small planes and helicopters. The Siberian-born, Princeton- and Stanford- educated physicist became fascinated with clean transportation and clean fuel while living in Silicon Valley and witnessing the emergence of Tesla and a technical focus on decarbonization.

Having already created a company that made electric vehicles more efficient to charge–and landed a spot on Inc.’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. in 2017–he’s turning his eyes to the skies with another startup, ZeroAvia. “With land transport rapidly decarbonizing, air transport is quickly becoming the leading emission source, so we must find ways to make aviation more sustainable,” says Miftakhov, who will serve as ZeroAvia’s CEO.

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Venmo launches instant transfers to bank accounts | TechCrunch

PayPal -owned payments app Venmo today announced support for instant transfers to U.S. bank accounts. The feature is an optional alternative to Venmo’s standard bank transfer service, which typically takes one to three business days to process transactions. With Instant Transfer, however, funds from your Venmo account can hit your bank account within minutes.

As of January 2018, Venmo has offered Instant Transfers to eligible Visa and Mastercard debit cards for a small fee. At launch, the fee was a flat $0.25, but Venmo bumped it up to 1% of the transferred amount last October. Now, the minimum fee is $0.25 and the maximum fee is $10. Of course, users can still choose the standard transfer option if they don’t want to pay for the convenience of instant payments.

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Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work | WIRED

Amid unrelenting chaos and violence, scientists and doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been running a clinical trial of new drugs to try to combat a year-long Ebola outbreak. On Monday, the trial’s cosponsors at the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health announced that two of the experimental treatments appear to dramatically boost survival rates.

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How Self-Driving Cars Could Shape Our Future | Entrepreneur

Self-driving cars are a shared ambition among Google, Tesla, Apple, Uber and Lyft, among other automotive, tech and ridesharing companies. For Uber and Lyft specifically, it’s a matter of cutting costs. However, fiscal expediency is not the main benefit of this emerging technology. Roughly 94 percent of traffic accidents are caused by human error, and to many, autonomous vehicles (AVs) seem to be our only path toward lessening related fatalities. In addition, driverless cars have other benefits, such as lower fuel consumption, lower CO2 emissions and a reduction in congestion. Here are the main ways they stand to change our lives and carve out a lane in the consumer marketplace, as well as the challenges this fledgling sector will need to overcome.

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5 Ways to Regain Control of Your Personal Finances | Getentrepreneurial.com

Few things feel worse than not having a secure financial life. But this isn’t an uncommon phenomenon. Only about 30 percent of people in the United States are in a situation that’s considered “financially healthy.” If you’re in the majority, you probably want to have more security in your life. Here are five ways to regain control of your personal finances.

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Trollaby Lets You Sleep In Comfort On Airport Floors | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

If you’re much of a world traveller, then you’ve probably experienced it – a several-hour airport layover during which you’d like to get some sleep, but without going off to a hotel. That’s where the Trollaby is intended to come in, as it serves as a sort of bag-connected airport-floor tent.

Invented by Austrian entrepreneur Marc Brugger, the Trollaby takes its name from the words “trolley” (as in a wheeled carry-on suitcase) and “lullaby.” When not in use, it packs down into a flat rectangular bag that’s about the size of a laptop computer.

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IKEA creates easily packable furniture for urban nomads | New Atlas

Following the release of its Rognan robotic furniture, IKEA has kept true to its word in exploring flexible solutions for modern urban living. The Swedish furniture company has revealed a new line of furniture dubbed Råvaror that will include a collection of everyday furniture pieces that are specifically designed for small spaces, with the added bonus of being easily dismantled, packed, moved and re-assembled.

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Hackers can ransomware your fancy digital camera | Mashable

Not even your precious memories are safe from hackers.

That much was made clear at the annual DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, where a security researcher demonstrated just how easy it is to remotely encrypt a digital camera with ransomware. And once that happens, you can say goodbye to all your photos — unless you pay up.

The specific camera in question was a Canon EOS 80D, but, as Eyal Itkin explained to the early Sunday morning crowd of seemingly hungover hackers, it’s likely not the only model vulnerable.

“If you can do something to cameras, you have many potential victims you can affect,” he observed. “Would you pay to get your camera back?”

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5G review: I tried 5G. It will change your life — if you can find it | CNN

Self-driving cars. Robotic surgeries. Toothbrushes that detect when you’re sick.

This is the future 5G technology promises in less than a decade’s time; internet connections so fast they’ll support an entirely new way of life.

But for now, I’m standing on an avenue in downtown Chicago waving my Samsung Galaxy 5G smartphone around to find coverage that’s not blocked by the tree to my left.

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