Top Tech Stories for March 11 – 17, 2018

It’s been a sad week in the tech world has two unconventional geniuses died. Meanwhile new releases are coming, and YouTube continues to disappoint content creators.

Learn more about what happened this week in tech with the top technology stories of March 11-17.

A Physicist’s Farewell to Stephen Hawking

By David Kaiser, The New Yorker

LONDON – JANUARY 17: Professor Stephen Hawking delivers his speech at the release of the ‘Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ on January 17, 2007 in London, Ebgland. A group of scientists assessing the dangers posed to civilisation have moved the Doomsday Clock forward two minutes closer to midnight as an indication and warning of the threats of nuclear war and climate change. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died March 14, 2018. His AI-controlled chair, however, will live on and continue teaching man how to understand the world around him.

Don’t waste your time trying to be a full time YouTuber. 96% make less than 12k a year

by Bradley Wint, Try Modern

Although one-percenters like Logan/Jake Paul and PewDiePie make it look easy, the reality is that 96% of YouTubers make less than 12k a year from the service. Many of the lowest paid were recently removed after a February 2018 update to the terms of services. Low payout rates in a congested market continue to plague even those with millions of views.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3DMark Benchmarks Leaked, 18% Faster

by Areej, TechQuila

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Facing global graphics card shortages, the media is intensely focused on Nvidia and AMD. Now AMD’s processor benchmarks are leaking with the next-gen Ryzen line looking fast. Check out the full specs at Techquila.


by Louise Matsakis, Wired

Adrian Lamo, a famed hacker probably best known for turning Chelsea Manning into authorities, died this week. His father announced the news on the 2600 Hacker Quarterly Facebook group he administered at one point. In the early 2000s, he rose to notoriety hacking Yahoo!, AOL, and the New York Times. A divisive figure, Lamo could often be found interacting on Internet forums like Quora and Facebook.

Boeing’s new 737 MAX 7 airplane completes first test flight

by Leslie Katz, CNet

Due to be released on the market in 2019, the Boeing MAX 7 completed its first successful test flight this week. It has a range of 3,850 nautical miles, making it the longest-range MAX plane yet. The original 737 was released 40 years ago, and this new model is a marked improvement from those days.

DHS warns of new Russia hacks as US sanctions Russia over election interference

by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica

The Treasury Department sanctioned the Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Meanwhile the Department of Homeland Security warns of Russian-related cyber activity aimed at the U.S. government and infrastructure. With today’s advanced botnet and AI threats, it’s only a matter of time before our nation’s cybersecurity is put to the ultimate test.

North Carolina Police Issued Sweeping Warrants to Search Data On All Google Devices Near Murder Scene

by Sidney Fussell, Gizmodo

Raleigh, NC police served Google at least four sweeping search warrants in 2017. This involved gathering all anonymized location data on users within areas surrounding crime scenes. The warrants follow a template, though Google declined to say whether it released any data. Still, the EFF and ACLU are alarmed by the scope of the warrants themselves.


Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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