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It’s a Saturday in the early ’90s, Solaris 2 is less than a year old, and this pilot fish sysadmin at a company running it on about 25 machines is having his monthly Solaris patching party. Attendees: one fish.Fish is cautious and paranoid, good qualities in a newbie sysadmin, so he always patches one of the less important machines first, just in case something crazy happens. On this particular Saturday, something does.He has three packages to add. The first won’t install because it requires that another package be installed first. Perfectly normal. But when he tries to install that required package, he finds that it too requires that another package be installed first. OK, no biggie. There were three packages to add, and fish just got hold of the task by the wrong end. Unless, of course, that final package requires that the first package be installed before it can be installed. Which is, indeed the case: an infinite loop.To read this article in full, please click here
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The Pixel 4a is Google's newest entry into the mid-range Android space. But with so much good competition, is it worth it?
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A Best Buy jumped the gun in displaying the new wearable from Samsung. Whoops!
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter has officially confirmed that it’s exploring the idea of a paid subscription model, and now the company has started to survey users about potential features that might be added as part of a prospective paid service, via reporter Andrew Roth on Twitter. Roth’s thread shows a variety of features that Twitter is apparently considering as part of a paid tier, including the option to quickly undo tweets immediately after they’ve been sent and the ability to post longer and higher-resolution videos. Surveyed users are asked to select the most and least important of the suggested ideas. After CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed Twitter is exploring a subscription model, the company is conducting user surveys on what type of features they'd... Continue reading…
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More than 40% of Bay Area-based tech workers say they'd move to a less expensive city if they were asked to permanently work from home, according to a new study from job-search database Hired. They survey found that 42% of Bay Area respondents said they'd leave, compared with 40% in New York and 33% in the UK.  San Francisco is the most expensive US city for homebuyers, and only 18% of households are able to afford to purchase a median-priced home in the region. Some tech companies have said their remote workforce will grow in the next several years. Twitter has offered the option for employees to work from home forever; Facebook has said employees may move outside of the Bay Area, but may take a pay cut.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Faced with a permanent work-from-home situation, more than 40% of San Francisco Bay Area tech workers would leave the region, a new survey found.  Job-search database Hired surveyed 2,300 tech workers based in New York, the UK, and the Bay Area. When asked what they'd do if they were told by their employer to work from home full-time, 42% of respondents in the Bay Area said they'd move to a less expensive city, and 47% of Bay Area respondents said their primary motivator for relocating to a new city would be a lower cost of living.  The survey found that 40% of tech workers in New York also said they would move somewhere cheaper, while 33% of UK employees said they'd do the same.  A recent survey from Blind, an anonymous work-focused social network, produced similar findings. Blind surveyed 4,400 workers — about 2,800 of whom live in the Bay Area — about working remotely and how it might affect where they decide to live. Two-thirds of the respondents said they would leave the region if asked to work from home permanently.  The Bay Area region is known for its high cost of living. In fact, San Francisco is the most expensive city in the US for homebuyers: only 18% of households are able to afford to purchase a median-priced home in the region, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco's median income is $112,376, but anyone interested in buying a home in the city would need to make a salary of at least $172,153 to be able to afford the mortgage.  The move to remote work during the coronavirus crisis has already affected housing within the city. In May, a report from Redfin showed that 72% of its San Francisco-based users were searching for homes outside of the city. And data from home rental site Zumper showed that rents were plunging across the Bay Area in May, with decreases of as much as 15.9% in Mountain View, where Google is based, and similar drops in Facebook's home of Menlo Park and YouTube's home of San Bruno. In San Francisco proper, there's been a 9.2% drop in rental prices since this time last year, with the city experiencing its lowest rent since early 2017, Zumper found. While all of the major Bay Area tech companies asked their employees to begin working from home in March, some are considering sending employees back in a few months. Apple has had some employees reporting to its campus in Cupertino since May, while Facebook appears to have opened its offices beginning in July. A recent surge in cases in California led Google, which had planned to start sending employees back July 6, to change its plans. Google now says employees will return in September at the earliest.  But some tech companies are reconsidering whether employees need to return to the office at all. Twitter announced in May that employees can work from home forever if they want, and in Facebook's case, Mark Zuckerberg recently told employees that eventually, as many as half of the company's employees would most likely work from home.  A move outside of the Bay Area may have consequences for employees when it comes to their salaries, however. Zuckerberg recently told employees that beginning in January, employee salaries will be adjusted based on where they live, which the company will check by monitoring where employees are when they log in to the company's internal systems, according to The New York Times. SEE ALSO: With no mandate to shut down even if employees get sick, one expert calls Silicon Valley's reopening 'a very easy route of transmission' Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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(Dartmouth College) New software techniques make lighting in computer-generated images look more realistic for use in video games, extended reality, and scientific visualization tools.
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The OnePlus Nord has landed! Here's all you need to know about OnePlus' latest device.
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Mozilla last week launched its virtual private network (VPN) in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and three other countries, part of its strategy to expand revenue opportunities for its Firefox browser.Dubbed Mozilla VPN, the service costs $4.99 per month and is available for devices running Windows and Android. Besides the U.S., Canada and the U.K., Mozilla VPN is also available in Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. The service will be offered on macOS and Linux devices "soon," while the iOS version is currently in beta, Mozilla said. For the monthly fee, users can access the VPN from up to five devices.[ Related: 9 steps to lock down corporate browsers ] Mozilla kicked off a VPN preview – then tagged Firefox Private Network – nearly a year ago that relied on a browser extension and was free to users within the U.S. The Firefox Private Network was seen as the first of the paid services Mozilla would eventually introduce – another might be online storage – in an attempt to create new revenue streams to augment what the organization is paid to make specific search engines the Firefox default.To read this article in full, please click here
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On the network, predictions have already flashed more than once that the flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 will receive an advanced version, which should surpass the ... The post Xiaomi CEO has revealed the specs of the upcoming Mi 10 Pro Plus phone appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Huawei is still working on the Mate 40 series which will arrive in a few month’s time. While we wait for the official announcement of ... The post Huawei Mate 40 series to arrive with significant upgrades appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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A new Google machine learning tool shows that pictogram symbols of yore were pretty similar to emojis of today.
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Epic is giving away the popular $20 hack-and-slash action roleplaying game this week.
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Philips Hue Lights, Accessories, and Starter Kits are the easiest way to add smart lights to your home.
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Just announce the thing and get it over with, Google.
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Amazon told sellers on Monday that it's putting in more stringent, first-time storage restrictions in its warehouses to prepare for the holiday shopping season ahead of time. The changes include quantity limits for certain products and higher storage efficiency requirements for sellers, the note said. The move shows how Amazon wants to get ahead of the shopping surge as COVID-19 makes it difficult to predict the demand spike during this year's holiday season. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon is making a few first-time changes to its warehouse policy to make sure it has enough storage space ahead of the upcoming holiday shopping season. In a note sent to third-party sellers on Monday, Amazon said it's putting in more stringent warehouse restrictions to prepare for the demand spike expected later this year. The changes include quantity limits for certain products and a higher efficiency requirement for sellers storing their products in Amazon's warehouses through the company's Fulfillment by Amazon service. The restrictions, coming for the first time during the "peak" holiday season, are intended to help Amazon stock up on the best-selling products and avoid clogging up its limited warehouse space with slow-moving inventory. The changes were first reported by CNET. "Even though it's July, we're preparing early for the holiday season to meet sustained increased demand, and have already reduced our own Retail product ordering to accommodate more of your products and help you continue to see sales growth," the note said. The new quantity limits will "maximize selection for customers during peak," the note said, as sellers will prioritize storing best-selling products. Most products will still have enough storage space available for over three months of sales, the note said. To improve warehouse efficiency, Amazon said it's raising the minimum requirement for Inventory Performance Index, a measurement system Amazon introduced in 2017 to quantify how quickly sellers are moving their products in and out of the warehouses. Amazon said sellers failing to keep an IPI score of 500 or above will face additional quantity limits, although most won't be affected by this change. On top of that, Amazon said it's waiving the product removal fees from its warehouses starting on Tuesday. Amazon typically penalizes sellers that fail to use its warehouses efficiently, and requires an extra fee for long-term storage or a removal of certain products that clog up space. The move underscores the urgency Amazon is moving with as it continues to face unpredictable demand from the COVID-19 pandemic. During the March and April period, Amazon experienced long shipment delays and put in heavy warehouse restrictions to meet the order spike from shoppers sheltered at home. The company recently delayed its annual Prime Day shopping event for the third time amid concerns of another round of demand increases as COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the US.  In an email to Business Insider, Amazon's spokesperson confirmed the changes, saying the goal is simply to give sellers using Amazon warehouses enough storage space during the holiday season. "Our commitment to our selling partners has never been more steadfast and we are taking steps now to help ensure all sellers using Fulfillment by Amazon have space for their products," the statement said. Here's the full note Amazon sent to sellers: Given the unprecedented challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on all of us, we are preparing early to deliver a great holiday season for our customers and selling partners—building out capacity as quickly as we can so we can deliver products customers need and want directly to their doorsteps and help you continue to grow your business. We've been investing heavily for many years to support selling partners like you, and over the course of 2019 and 2020, we'll invest more than $30 billion to build capacity, tools, services and programs for sellers, as well as to hire more people. We're on track to open 33 new fulfillment centers in the US this year, which will increase peak fulfillment center standard-sized product storage capacity by nearly 35 million cubic feet more than last year. Since the pandemic hit, COVID-19 has impacted supply chains around the world, and we've all had to make fast adjustments. Amazon hired more than 175,000 employees and invested billions of dollars in COVID-related initiatives to help meet increased customer demand and protect the health and well-being of our employees as they pick, pack, and ship your products to customers. As a result, selling partners have had record sales on Amazon and continue to account for more than 50% of units sold in our store. Even though it's July, we're preparing early for the holiday season to meet sustained increased demand, and have already reduced our own Retail product ordering to accommodate more of your products and help you continue to see sales growth. To ensure we're ready to best serve all of our selling partners and customers, we are introducing the following adjustments as we begin our ramp into peak: Inventory Performance Index threshold change We are working to manage inventory performance to ensure all products have space available during peak. To enable this, we are changing the IPI minimum threshold requirement to 500. Sellers below 500 will be subject to limits effective August 16, 2020 through the end of the year. The majority of sellers will not be impacted by this change. Most sellers with IPI scores below 500 will have more storage space than last year. You can improve your IPI by following guidance on improving sell through or reducing your excess and stranded inventory in the Inventory Performance Dashboard 3. Quantity limits To maximize selection for customers during peak, we are introducing ASIN-level quantity limits on products in FBA. Most products will have enough space available for over three months of sales. You can view quantity limits for your products on the Restock Inventory 6 page and the Restock report 5. We will continually review this and, when possible, make adjustments to allow for more of your products. Free removals promotion To help you avoid storage fees for products that have not been selling and create room for more productive inventory, we are offering a free removal fee promotion for a limited time. We will waive your fees for any removal order submitted for inventory in our fulfillment centers beginning July 14, 2020. To create a removal order, please visit Inventory Age 1 and choose Create removal order from the menu next to any FBA item in your inventory. For further guidance, you can review frequently asked questions on this Help page 1. While no one has a perfect playbook for how to respond to COVID-19, our commitment to supporting your business has never been more steadfast. We will continue to make adjustments to best support your business and keep you informed along the way. We appreciate your partnership as we improve the efficiency of our fulfillment network to prepare all selling partners for a successful peak season.SEE ALSO: Leaked emails show Amazon is delaying Prime Day again to October as concerns grow that a new COVID-19 demand spike may hit supply chains Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
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80 data providers are signed up, including ReutersAmazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a “data exchange” service that allows its customers to connect and ingest data from an array of third-party data providers, allowing users to augment their data sets and build richer machine learning models.The AWS Data Exchange launches with 1000+ licensable data products from over 80 data providers AWS cites a “diverse catalogue” of free and paid offerings across financial services, health care / life sciences, geospatial, weather, and mapping.“Once subscribed, customers can use the AWS Data Exchange API or console to load data they subscribe to directly into Amazon S3”, AWS said.These include services from Change Healthcare, Deloitte, Foursquare and Reuters.(Change Healthcare has access to over 14 billion healthcare transactions and $1 trillion in claims annually, while Foursquare processes data of 220 million consumers.)
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Utredningen om nedskjutningen av passagerarflygplanet MH17 över Ukraina säger sig ha tillgång till inspelade telefonsamtal mellan höga ryska befattningshavare och personer som åtalats för händelsen.Men ännu en gång ifrågasätter Ryssland utredningens uttalanden.Alla 298 personer ombord dödades – varav 196 var från Nederländerna, 38 från Australien och övriga från 15 olika länder.Internationella utredare har slagit fast att planet träffades av en rysktillverkad BUK-robot, som förts in i Ukraina från Ryssland och avfyrats från territorium som kontrollerades av proryska separatister i den självutnämnda Folkrepubliken Donetsk (DPR).I juni klargjorde utredningen att tre ryska och en ukrainsk medborgare ställs inför rätta i en rättegång som startar i Nederländerna i mars nästa år.De åtalade har satts upp på nationella och internationella listor med namn på efterlysta men det är högst osannolikt att de kommer att närvara vid rättegången.
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Chinese scholars have developed AI-powered software that is geared to help screen newborns for genetic disorders through a facial scan.Researchers from the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center and the Shanghai Paediatric Center said their new assistive diagnosis tool – which they described as the first of its kind – was designed to detect more than 100 disorders with distinctive facial features, including Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) and Down syndrome, according to a report by state-owned China News Service on Friday.They said their AI-enabled tool would be used for initial screening, helping avoid missed or wrong diagnosis of newborns.Prominent facial features of children with CdLS, for example, include thin eyebrows that often meet at the midline, long eyelashes, short upturned nose, thin downturned lips, low-set ears, and high-arched palate or cleft palate, according to the CdLS Foundation.Children with Down syndrome may have tiny white spots in the colored part of their eyes, flatter faces, a tongue that hangs out of the mouth, and eyes shaped like almonds or shaped in a way that is not typical for their ethnic group.The software has already been put on a trial run in Shanghai, where pediatricians upload and submit photographs or video taken from patients for screening of suspected disorders, according to the report.
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Today, following the schedule, the Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design was officially launched at Huawei Mall.In addition, on November 11 at 0:00, 10:08, and 20:00, Huawei Mall will be offering this handset at limited terms.As you can guess, the first batch of Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design has been sold out.Unlike the original variant of the Mate30 series, the Porsche Design is only available in the 5G version.Plus, it has one storage combination of 12GB+512GB.And this variant costs 12,999 yuan ($1858).
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the Investors are looking for in the company of many of the titles in the portfolio, say the experts, but are far more reluctant to free - and games.almost exactly a year ago, it was in the gamingsektorn.In 2018, went on to approximately sek 24 billion, of the sector's total value to the top of the window, in Sweden, for example, due to increased competition and pressure on margins for the industry on a global scale.”Last year, the clear trend is that the so-called " plattformsbolagen, Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Apple, and Google, emerged as the winner with the high income and the highest earnings growth,” said Thomas Otterbeck, spelanalytiker on the Redeye.You have to be careful with a company that stands or falls on one or a very few titles to choose from.about a year ago, the Embracer and the Paradox is that to be the Stockholm stock exchange's most highly valued gambling company.
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When Motorola announced the G8 Play and Plus last month, we were a bit surprised to hear there were no plans to bring the devices to the US.Now we may know why: ever-reliable leaker Evan Blass showed off photos of a triple-camera, plain G8 today, indicating Motorola still has another budget option on the way.Motorola’s G series has long been champion of the budget phone market, and produced some of Motorola’s best selling phones.The G8 will presumably slot in between the Play and Plus models in terms of specs, and though the leak makes no mention of price, we imagine it will be somewhere along the $300-$350 mark.Notably, the device features three cameras, which is pretty funny when you consider the $700 Pixel 4 only has two.That said, the competition in the budget phone market is stiffer than ever, with entries like Google’s excellent Pixel 3A, making a serious mark in the under $400 space.
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Researchers at MIT have developed a new method of navigation for robots that could be very useful for the range of companies working on autonomous last-mile delivery.In short, the team has worked out how a robot can figure out the location of a front door, without being provided a specific map in advance.Most last-mile autonomous delivery robots today, including the ‘wheeled cooler’-style variety that was pioneered by Starship and has since been adopted by a number of other companies, including Postmates, basically meet customers at the curb.Mapping isn’t the only barrier to having future delivery bots go all the way to the door, just like the humans who make those deliveries today.MIT News points out that mapping an entire neighborhood with the level of specificity required to do true front-door delivery would be incredibly difficult – particularly at national (let alone global) scale.Since that seems unlikely to happen, and especially unlikely for every company looking at building autonomous delivery networks to source separately, they set out to devise a navigation method that lets a robot process cues in its surroundings on the fly to figure out a front door’s location.
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Phone screens are getting larger, enough for them to be the only kind of computer some people use.At the same time, however, smartphones are also becoming more capable that they can become veritable computers or media centers if you attach an external display.The Pixel 4 should have been part of the latter group but it turns out that, for one reason or another, Google chose to disable it at the deepest kernel level.USB-C has been hailed as the one connection standard to rule them all, both in terms of physical connection as well as capabilities.In theory, USB-C can support not just power but also data, including video data, usually through the DisplayPort standard.For one, not all USB-C ports or even cables properly implement the spec.
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Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, will hold a launch conference in China on November 5th where the company will release its latest flagship – Xiaomi CC9 Pro.It is built with the 8nm process technology and when compared with the previous generation performance, there is a significant improvement.The CPU is 35% better, GPU 25% better and the AI performance 2 times better.The Snapdragon 730G is based on Snapdragon 730 but its GPU is optimized for gaming This is an upgrade for gamers as it enhances GPU performance and DSP image rendering speed.Mi Max 3 – 5500 mAh), the 30W fast charge of the CC9 Pro’s 5260mAh batter makes it better.This smartphone will come with Penta-rear camera setup, while a 32MP selfie shooter sits within the water-drop notch upfront.
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Taiwan-based TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd) and US-based GlobalFoundries have kissed and made up, after the two chipmakers agreed to settle their legal differences.Earlier this month TSMC filed multiple lawsuits against GlobalFoundries in the US, Germany and Singapore for its alleged “ongoing infringement” of 25 patents related to its 40nm, 28nm, 22nm, 14nm, and 12nm node processes.That move came in response to Santa-Clara-based GlobalFoundries, which had slapped TSMC in August with lawsuits in the US and Germany, alleging that it had infringed its intellectual property for its 7nm, 10nm, 12nm, 16nm, 28nm manufacturing processes.It had sought for ‘significant damages’ for the alleged infringements.But now according to Reuters, on Monday both parties agreed to dismiss all patent litigations between themselves and those that involve their customers.It is reported that TSMC and GlobalFoundries will cross-license each other’s patents as well as those patents that will be filed during the next ten years, the companies said in a joint statement.
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True wireless earbuds are gradually gaining popularity that AirPods, although immensely popular and truly great, are no longer your sole option.The only thing that stops them from being absolutely perfect are their mediocre battery life.Yes, they are truly wireless earbuds so lack of weight is to be expected but honestly, you would forget you have them on unless music is playing.The earbuds shimmer with Sennheiser’s signature silver logo, and when you pull them out from their magnetic charging stands, they’ll flash red and blue, signaling that they’re ready to pair.One cool (albeit common) feature is transparency mode, which when activated allows you to pipe in ambient sound to keep you aware of your surroundings.These earbuds are operated through touch control.
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Coverage in the back of beyondThe UK's mobile operators have pledged to stump up half the cash for a £1bn "Shared Rural Network" (SRN) to tackle 4G notspots.All four – EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone – have signed proposals to bring rural coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2025 via £530m in industry funding, with the government committing to tossing in a further £500m.According to Ofcom, current geographic 4G mobile coverage – meaning where a signal is available from all four providers – stands at 66 per cent.Under the SRN link up, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest in a network of new and existing phone masts that all four would share.That would lead to additional mobile coverage for 280,000 premises and 16,000km of roads, while consumers would be able to rely on their own provider's network to use their mobile phones wherever they are.
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Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has this week appeared in court in a failed attempt to delay his extradition hearing to the United States.The US Justice Department had filed 17 new charges against Assange in May, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act after he received (from Chelsea Manning) and unlawfully published the names of classified sources.Those new US charges are extremely serious for Assange, as he had originally been facing roughly five years in prison in the US on the original conspiracy to commit computer intrusion charge.But now many of these new charges could each entail jail terms of five to 10 years, meaning Assange could face decades in prison if convicted.This week Assange was at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where his lawyers asked for more time “to gather evidence” but District Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused and said a full extradition hearing will begin on 25 February.According to the BBC, Assange, aged 48, mumbled and paused as he gave his own name and date of birth in court.
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Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of its talc-based baby powder products on Friday, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found traces of cancer-causing asbestos in sample testing.The recall follows legal losses and an investigative report linking asbestos exposure to the company’s talc products.The recall will affect only one lot of baby powder, which still amounts up to 33,000 bottles.According to the company, it was prompted by the FDA finding “sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination” in a sample taken from a bottle bought online; another lot tested by the FDA turned up negative.There seem to have been no reports of injury linked to the products.But in a statement by the company Friday, the company said that the recall was made “out of an abundance of caution.”
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