Stock Rally Fades After Fed Signals Interest Rate Hikes Will Continue – The New York Times
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Stock Rally Fades After Fed Signals Interest Rate Hikes Will Continue – The New York Times

Stocks fell on Wednesday, erasing early gains after the Federal Reserve signaled that it plans to keep raising interest rates next year.The S&P 500 stock index, which had been up more than 1 percent before the Fed’s 2 p.m. announcement, quickly turned lower after the central bank raised its key short-term interest rate by a…

Windows Sandbox marries VM isolation to container efficiency to safely run dodgy apps – Ars Technica
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Windows Sandbox marries VM isolation to container efficiency to safely run dodgy apps – Ars Technica

A safe place to run your malware — First leaked a few months ago, the new feature should be coming to insiders imminently. Peter Bright – Dec 19, 2018 6:11 pm UTC A few months ago, Microsoft let slip a forthcoming Windows 10 feature that was, at the time, called InPrivate Desktop: a lightweight virtual…

Saturn’s Rings Could Be Gone in Just 100 Million Years – Gizmodo
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Saturn’s Rings Could Be Gone in Just 100 Million Years – Gizmodo

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteWith its extensive system of rings, Saturn is among the most beautiful planets in the Solar System. Sadly, it’s beauty may be fleeting, according to new research. Saturn’s rings are dissolving faster than scientists expected, according to the study, and they could be gone in 100 million to 300 million years—a cosmological…

House GOP releases transcript of explosive closed-door Comey questioning – Fox News
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House GOP releases transcript of explosive closed-door Comey questioning – Fox News

House Republicans on Tuesday released a transcript of their explosive closed-door session a day earlier with fired FBI Director James Comey, who revealed during the questioning that FBI agents knew “exactly” what ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had told Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to interviewing Flynn at the White House.The 173-page transcript, which documented congressional Republicans’ second hearing with Comey…

Facebook Caps Off 2018 With Yet Another Massive Privacy Scandal – Gizmodo
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Facebook Caps Off 2018 With Yet Another Massive Privacy Scandal – Gizmodo

Photo: Martin Meissner (AP)This has been a terrible 2018 for Facebook so far, from numerous revelations about its shady privacy practices and high-profile political spats to admissions it helped enable genocide. With 13 days left in the year, it’s still getting worse. Much worse.According to a bombshell report in the New York Times on Tuesday, Facebook’s behind-the-scenes efforts to give…

Nutritionist recommends these dishes to help you fight off a cold or the flu – Fox News
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Nutritionist recommends these dishes to help you fight off a cold or the flu – Fox News

Foods to help fight off the flu or a coldEvery year Americans suffer from about a 1 billion colds and up to 20 percent of them get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez sits down with nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth to go over the best…

November 2018 NPD: Red Dead on top with strong debut from Pikachu – VentureBeat
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November 2018 NPD: Red Dead on top with strong debut from Pikachu – VentureBeat

The video game industry in the United States was flat year-over-year in November, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. U.S. consumers spent $2.693 billion on hardware, software, and accessories. In November 2017, that number was $2.706 billion. Overall, the month was still strong considering it had a tough comparison to last year. “Gains in…

Hell Yes, NASA’s New Horizons Will Buzz Right Past Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day – Gizmodo
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Hell Yes, NASA’s New Horizons Will Buzz Right Past Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day – Gizmodo

Artist’s impression of New Horizons flying past Ultima Thule. This image appears to exaggerate how close the spacecraft will get—its current trajectory will put it at within 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) of the distant Kuiper Belt object.Illustration: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research InstituteToday was the last possible day for mission controllers to adjust…

2018: The year Amazon became even harder to avoid – Engadget
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2018: The year Amazon became even harder to avoid – Engadget

For one, the company laid the groundwork to expand further outside of its native Seattle. After years of development, this year saw the launch of Amazon Go, a grocery/convenience store hybrid that allows customers to waltz in off the street, grab goods off shelves and walk right back out without missing a beat (or talking…

Opioids offer little chronic pain benefit and wane over time, study says – CNN
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Opioids offer little chronic pain benefit and wane over time, study says – CNN

(CNN)For adults with chronic pain, opioids offer narrow improvements over a placebo for pain and physical functioning, on average, according to a new analysis published Tuesday. And the majority of patients will experience no meaningful benefit.Those benefits also tend to decrease over time and come with the risk of side effects such as vomiting and…