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Cassini creeps closer to Saturn’s surface (CNET News)

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NASA’s Cassini Probe begins maneuvers to study Saturn’s atmosphere, coming within 1,000 miles of the gas giant’s surface on a path toward the spacecraft’s ultimate demise.

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Google memo highlights need for more diversity talk

CEO Sundar Pichai called off a public debate about a now-dismissed engineer’s views that biological factors may partly explain why there are fewer women in tech. What’s next?

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Fired Google engineer defends controversial memo

James Damore says Google is shaming him for speaking out about his views on gender diversity, which have been condemned by executives as advancing stereotypes. Google’s CEO is set to talk about the issue at a companywide meeting Thursday.

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Google cancels diversity meeting as backlash grows

Google staff raised safety concerns with CEO Sundar Pichai after details of the meeting leaked online.

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Disney cuts the cord with Netflix

Say goodbye to Marvel, Star Wars and Disney movies on Netflix in 2019 when Disney launches its own streaming service. Can Netflix’s Millarworld purchase help fill the hole?

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4 Earth-sized exoplanets found orbiting nearest Sun-like star

Astronomers have discovered four new exoplanets, two of which might be habitable, orbiting our nearest sun-like star only 12 light years away.

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Google dumps anti-diversity memo author (CNET News)

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The senior engineer who wrote the “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” manifesto has been fired.

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Google engineer’s manifesto on diversity causes big stir (CNET News)

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A treatise that went viral within Google’s ranks blames biology for why women are underrepresented in tech.

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It’s time to root for underdog browser Firefox again

CNET’s Stephen Shankland spent months examining Mozilla’s attempt to remake Firefox into a real rival to Google’s Chrome. His conclusion: It’s not going to be easy.

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An Amazon Echo was rigged for wiretapping

A security researcher shows off a way to transform an older Echo into a fully functional wiretap — but there’s no need to panic yet.

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