Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to Teleport Data
‘Scientists in the Netherlands have moved a step closer to overriding one of Albert Einstein’s most famous objections to the implications of quantum mechanics, which he described as “spooky action at a distance.”
‘In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet.
‘Quantum teleportation is not the “Star Trek”-style movement of people or things; rather, it involves transferring so-called quantum information — in this case what is known as the spin state of an electron — from one place to another without moving the physical matter to which the information is attached…’
Facebook’s new “listening” feature not trusted
‘Facebook said last week it will soon introduce “a new, optional way to share and discover music, TV and movies.” If users allow Facebook to access their microphone while they’re writing a status update, the company will identify the content playing in the background and automatically include it.
‘“That means if you want to share that you’re listening to your favorite Beyoncé track or watching the season premiere of Game of Thrones, you can do it quickly and easily, without typing,” Facebook said at the time. The feature will be made available on Android and iOS in the coming weeks.
‘Some users were quick to flag it as a potential privacy violation and shared warnings—on Facebook, naturally—about its impending arrival. An online petition has also circulated, urging Facebook to kill the feature…’
Is Anybody Neutral When It Comes to Net Neutrality?
‘The FCC has left itself a way out from this debacle—Chair Tom Wheeler announced that the commission invited comment on whether it should reclassify the Internet as a public utility, a move that would sidestep the need for the proposed regulations—but it is unclear if the FCC is actually willing to take it.
‘At issue is a concept known as net neutrality, the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally to preserve open access to content on the Web. Advocates of net neutrality, including Pres. Obama and hundreds of Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook and Netflix, argue that allowing ISPs to charge differential rates for handling certain kinds of traffic would enable giant corporations such as Amazon to squeeze out sites that don’t have the funds to compete…’