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computer-graphics pioneers win tech’s turing prize

The technology that animated movies like “Toy Story” and enabled a variety of special effects is the focus of this year’s Turing Award, the technology industry’s version of the Nobel Prize. Patrick Hanrahan and Edwin Catmull won the prize for their contributions to 3-D computer graphics used in movies and video games. Edwin Catmull was hired by legendary filmmaker George Lucas to head the computer-technology division that became Pixar when Apple founder Steve Jobs bought it. Patrick Hanrahan was one of Catmull’s early hires at Pixar, now part of Disney. Together, the two worked on techniques that made graphics in movies like “Toy Story” look more lifelike, even though Hanrahan left Pixar years before the studio released that film. Catmull is the former president of Pixar and worked there for more than…

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facebook bug wrongly deleted authentic coronavirus news

Facebook said a bug in its anti-spam system temporarily blocked the publication of links to news stories about the coronavirus. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, said on Twitter Tuesday that the company was working on a fix for the problem. Users complained that links to news stories about school closings and other information related to the virus outbreak were blocked by the company’s automated system. Later on Tuesday, Rosen tweeted that Facebook had restored all the incorrectly deleted posts, which also covered topics beyond the coronavirus. Rosen said the problems were unrelated to any changes in Facebook’s content-moderator workforce. The company reportedly sent its human moderators home this week because of the coronavirus outbreak. A representative for Facebook did not immediately respond to questions on the status of Facebook’s content moderators, many…

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on the money: travel insurance can help, but has its limits

Travel insurance can be a good investment if you have medical issues or you’re traveling to a volatile region, experts say. But it has its limits, as many travelers whose plans are affected by coronavirus have found out. Travel insurance is designed to cover financial losses if you have to cancel or interrupt a trip. Some policies cover the loss or delay of baggage. They also may cover any emergency medical or dental care you need while you’re traveling. But basic policies generally don’t cover pandemics such as the coronavirus. Policies that do — called “cancel for any reason” — cost significantly more and may only cover 50-75% of a traveler’s losses. “Unfortunately, what consumers end up getting often is less than they expect,” said Octavio Blanco, who has researched travel insurance…

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spacex puts 60 satellites into orbit despite engine failure

SpaceX launched 60 more of its internet satellites into orbit Wednesday despite an engine failure shortly after liftoff on a recycled rocket flying a record five times. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said one of the nine main engines shut down prematurely during liftoff, a rare occurrence. But the satellites still made it to the proper orbit, increasing the Starlink constellation to about 360. “Shows value of having 9 engines! Thorough investigation needed before next mission,” Musk tweeted. It’s same type of rocket — a Falcon 9 — that SpaceX will use to launch NASA astronauts as early as May. Sunday’s launch attempt for these latest Starlinks was halted at the last second because of a bad engine reading. “Last launch aborted due to slightly high power. Possibly, but not obviously, related to…

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q&a: what does 90-day tax payment delay mean for filers?

The Trump administration has announced that most individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their federal tax bills for 90 days as part of an emergency relief plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some questions and answers about the delay and its potential impact on the U.S. economy. DO I STILL NEED TO FILE? Yes. The details on the program are still scant. But as of now, taxpayers need to file their federal tax returns by the traditional April 15 deadline. The 90-day extension is solely for the money that is due. However, taxpayers who are facing difficulty filing on time always still have the option to request a six-month extension. Visit the IRS website for more details. WHO GETS TO WAIT TO PAY? Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said individuals who owe less than $1 million…

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jobless claims jump by 70,000 as virus starts to take hold

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged last week by 70,000 to the highest level in more than two years, indicating that the effect of the coronavirus was starting to be felt in rising layoffs in the job market. The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for benefits, a good proxy for layoffs, rose by 70,000 to a seasonally adjusted 281,000 benefit applications last week. That was the highest weekly total since Sept. 2, 2017, following Hurricane Harvey. Both the one-week rise and the total number of applications were far above the levels seen over the past year as the country’s unemployment rate fell to a half-century low of 3.5%. Economists are predicting a surge in layoffs as efforts to contain the spreading coronavirus result in people losing jobs…