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 2018-07-21 20:20 

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Boston Dynamics Says It Can Build 1,000 Robot Dogs a Year By Mid-2019...

Boston Dynamics is preparing to build its terrifying army of robot dogs, according to a Saturday report in Inverse that the company has set a target date of July 2019 as the time it will be ready to manufacture 1,000 of its compact SpotMini models annuall...

 2018-07-21 16:30 

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Great, Now Facebook Is Investigating Potential Data Misuse By Something Called 'Crimson Hexagon'...

Facebook may have stumbled through its Cambridge Analytica user privacy scandal largely unscathed so far—the yet-to-be-determined outcome of four separate federal investigations notwithstanding—but its pivot to publicly talking a big game on c...

 2018-07-21 13:00 

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What the 'Someone Is Typing' Bubbles in Messaging Apps Actually Mean...

Whether it's a series of blinking ellipsis or an explicit notification that "someone's typing," the messaging feature known as a typing indicator is both a useful tool and a source of anxiety for many people. But knowing more about how it ...

 2018-07-20 22:08 

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The FCC Wants Your Comments on the T-MobileSprint Deal, Not That They'll Read Them...

In a move that was almost assuredly designed to garner less than normal attention, this week in the middle of summer the FCC quietly announced that it would now be taking comments from the public about the upcoming T-Mobile/Sprint merger....

 2018-07-20 21:35 

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Irate Polish Dog Lovers Flame Costco on Facebook for Abandoning Their Beloved Sausage...

People who fall in the center of the Venn diagram of warehouse club membership and processed meat fandom are angry about Costco's recent decision to remove a beloved item from its menu—and are logging on to vent their rage....

 2018-07-20 21:25 

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What Tech at Work Infuriates You Most?...

My laptop is hot garbage—akin to the stuff New York is known for when things really go south every sweltering August. I spend much of my time in front this machine, a "space gray' 2017 MacBook Pro, and while it might sound pretty good to you...

 2018-07-20 21:13 

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Here's How NASA Is Dealing With the Massive Martian Dust Storm...

These new views of Mars, taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, show that the entire planet is now engulfed in the dust storm that began in late May. And while orbiters are studying the storm to understand it better, it could spell trouble for the rove...

 2018-07-20 21:05 

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Is Venmo's Default Privacy Setting Exposing Users to Harm?...

The debate over whether social networks should enable privacy settings by default should have ended long ago. While so-called "opt-out" options may have adverse economic effects on some businesses, the range of potential consequences for users who...

 2018-07-20 20:26 

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The One Thing Windows Vista Did Right...

Vista was bad. Coming five years after XP, it was heavily anticipated by Windows users who were impatiently awaiting something interesting from Microsoft as Apple's star was on the rise. Yet when the OS dropped publicly in January 2007, it was immedia...

 2018-07-20 19:40 

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Bayer Will Soon Stop U.S. Sales of Controversial Birth Control Implant Essure...

A controversial birth control treatment that is alleged to have harmed thousands of women in the past two decades is finally being phased out completely. On Friday, the pharmacy Bayer announced it would stop selling its Essure birth control implant within...

 2018-07-20 18:35 

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Google's New Cirq Project Aims to Make Quantum Computers Actually Useful...

Last year, we reported that a new era of quantum computing is upon us: the NISQ, or Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum era, in which quantum computers are still small and error prone, but they actually do something valuable. That second part is still somewh...

 2018-07-20 18:25 

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Six Picks to Play Elon Musk in the Six Thai Cave Rescue Movies Already in the Works...

Citing government sources, Variety reported on Friday that a staggering six different companies are now developing films about the recent rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand. That means as many as six different actors will pla...

 2018-07-20 16:40 

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The UK Needs Help Naming Their Mars Rover, and Yes, They Already Thought of That One...

The internet is full of important life lessons; things you really shouldn't do, like lighting yourself on fire for a fleeting moment of internet fame or reaching out to the masses to help you name something. But it seems like the UK Space Agency has a...

 2018-07-20 14:45 

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Uber Drivers Win Unemployment Eligibility in New York...

The New York State labor review board has found that three Uber drivers and "other similarly situated drivers" qualify as employees for the purposes of applying for unemployment. The ruling, which the New York Taxi Workers Alliance hailed as a ...

 2018-07-20 14:00 

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People Can't Find the Stars They Paid to Name—and They're Calling Astronomers for Tech Support...

Professional astronomers are busy people. Some are mapping distant galaxies, others are listening for aliens, and more still are searching for habitable planets—which, it seems, we might one day need. But on occasion, they're also called upon to...

 2018-07-20 13:40 

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WhatsApp Tries to Crack Down on Viral Hoaxes After 20 Lynchings in India...

Facebook is restricting WhatsApp users' ability to forward messages: Each message can now only be sent to a maximum of 20 chats, down from 250, per user. In India, the cap is even lower: only 5 chats. The cap on forwarding comes after at least 20 mob ...

 2018-07-19 22:46 

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Again With the Russians...

American political candidates are once again being targeted, a Microsoft executive said Thursday, by the Russian intelligence agency formerly known as the GRU....

 2018-07-19 22:17 

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Here's Why the Sinclair Deal May Be Too Slimy for Ajit Pai's FCC...

Apparently, even sell-out corporate shills have their breaking point. Ajit Pai's FCC released documents on Thursday that explain why it's sending Sinclair Broadcasting's proposed takeover of local news in the U.S. to a judge for further review...

 2018-07-19 21:30 

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Raw Turkey Is Spreading Superbug Salmonella...

Getting a stomach bug is bad enough. But a new outbreak of salmonella bacteria spread by raw turkey that has sickened nearly 100 people across several states has an troubling wrinkle to it: The germ at fault is likely also resistant to multiple antibiotic...

 2018-07-19 21:20 

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Whale Sharks Can Live 130 Years, New Study Estimates...

The world's biggest fish is the mysterious whale shark, which can grow as heavy as 40,000 pounds and as large as 60 feet, though most top out a few feet and pounds smaller than that. It also appears these behemoths can live to be 130 years old, new ob...

 2018-07-19 20:55 

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Sunken Russian Warship Rumored to Contain 200 Tons of Gold Discovered Near South Korea...

A missing Russian Imperial Navy cruiser said to contain 200 tons of gold bullion worth an estimated $133 billion has been discovered after being lost at sea for 113 years....

 2018-07-19 20:10 

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Instagram's New Activity Status Shows When You're Online, and Yes You Can Turn It Off...

Instagram is getting that little green dot—the universal sign for "I'm available to chat, please bother me." If, like me, you don't need your friends to know when you're mindlessly scrolling through photos in bed, you can easily ...

 2018-07-19 20:00 

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Hack Can Turn Robotic Vacuum Into Creepy Rolling Surveillance Machine...

Buying a robotic vacuum cleaner probably sounds like a great idea. Who the hell likes to vacuum? But if it was marketed as an internet-connected device with a microphone and camera that wanders your house at all hours of the day, you should probably skip ...

 2018-07-19 19:50 

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An Experimental Painkiller Combines the Best Parts of Botox and Opioids—at Least in Mice...

Scientists are scrambling to find painkillers that can ease suffering without the addictive potential of opioids. One potential solution, a new study out Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine suggests, might involve creating modified versions of the...

 2018-07-19 19:23 

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The War Against MoviePass Is Heating Up, and That's Good News for You...

MoviePass competitor Sinemia appears to smell blood in the water....

 2018-07-19 19:06 

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 2018-07-19 18:45 

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Why Apple's Best MacBook Pro Is Too Powerful for Its Own Good...

After being long overdue for an update to new CPUs, last week Apple announced refreshed 2018 MacBook Pros with 8th-gen Coffee Lake chips from Intel, including the company's top-of-the-line consumer laptop processor, the six-core 2.9GHz Core i9-8950HK ...

 2018-07-19 18:12 

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Facebook and Instagram Now Encouraging Moderators to Narc on Underage Users...

It just became more difficult for children under the age of 13 to use Facebook and Instagram....

 2018-07-19 18:00 

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Look at This Incredible New Armored Dinosaur Found in Utah...

They're calling this newly discovered dinosaur "thorny head," and it's changing what we know of North American ankylosaurs, the heavily armored herbivores that had the misfortune of living alongside Tyrannosaurus rex during the Late Cretac...

 2018-07-19 17:53 

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Should I Worry About Asbestos From the New York Pipe Explosion?...

A steam pipe blew up just blocks away from the Gizmodo office this morning, emitting a plume of white smoke on New York City's Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District. The Gizmodo writers are all fine, unfortunately for you. But The New York Times repor...

 2018-07-19 17:43 

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Big Mysterious Sarcophagus Opened, Sucks...

It's been quite the month for Indiana Jones-inspired madness, after a sealed 2,000-year-old sarcophagus was discovered in Alexandria, Egypt, on July 1. Nobody knew what was inside, but some feared that the black granite coffin might be cursed. Those f...

 2018-07-19 17:10 

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More Young Adults Are Dying From Alcohol-Caused Liver Disease...

Over the past few years, there's been a steady rise in the rate of Americans who die by suicide and drugs each year. But while much of the attention surrounding these deaths has focused on the opioid crisis, a new study out Wednesday in the BMJ highli...

 2018-07-19 16:20 

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Experts Say Recent 'Alien' Mummy Study Was Deeply Flawed and Unethical...

Earlier this year, scientists from Stanford University concluded that a strange skeleton known as the Atacama Mummy belonged to a human girl whose physical malformations were the result of several severe genetic mutations. A team of international experts ...

 2018-07-19 16:10 

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Just One California for Now...

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist's pipe dream to split up California into several states inched a little closer to reality last month when it made it onto the November ballot. But on Wednesday, the California Supreme Court unanimously decided to sc...

 2018-07-19 16:00 

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Salesforce Faces Boycott Threat as RAICES Rejects $250,000 Donation Over CBP Contract...

Embroiled cloud computing company Salesforce tried to sanitize its image through a hefty donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services—one of the highest-profile organizations resisting our draconian immigration polic...

 2018-07-19 15:35 

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YouTube Blocks 'FamilyOFive' Account of Parents Convicted of Child Neglect...

YouTube has barred a channel belonging to parents who were convicted of child neglect after they stirred controversy for their prank videos depicting abusive behavior....

 2018-07-19 14:30 

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Swiss Town Replaces Church Bells With Ringtones, Ushers in Hell on Earth...

While the local catholic church and its bell tower undergo renovations in Lucerne, a small town in Switzerland, the city reached out to students at the nearby university to help find a replacement for the hourly chimes that are now silenced. Their solutio...

 2018-07-19 13:15 

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Scientists Made the Fastest-Spinning Molecules Ever to Test the Limits of Physics...

Scientists made molecules that spin around each other a billion times per second, the fastest mechanical rotation on record. They want to use these spinning molecules to study the very fabric of spacetime....

 2018-07-19 13:00 

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What Caused the Loudest Underwater Sound Ever Recorded?...

In 1997, scientists with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association were recording the sounds of underwater volcanic activity when they picked up a noise that was so incredibly loud—louder than any underwater sound ever detected—tha...

 2018-07-19 10:15 

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British Police Identify Two Russian Suspects in Novichok Poisonings Using Facial Recognition Tech...

British police have reportedly identified two suspects in the nerve agent poisonings that left one person dead and three others injured. The suspects were identified after UK police combed through "months" of surveillance footage at British airpor...

 2018-07-19 04:10 

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Report: Elon Musk Dragged the Sierra Club Into Helping Him on Twitter and It Didn't End Well...

Elon Musk probably hopes the matter of him baselessly smearing one of the divers who helped rescue a Thai soccer team from a flooded cave complex as a "pedo guy" is resolved with his issuance of a half-assed apology on Wednesday. However, the ques...

 2018-07-19 02:20 

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Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence...

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's shoddy explanation for why he won't ban conspiracy site Infowars—including a very awkward tangent into apparently believing Holocaust deniers are not "intentionally gett...

 2018-07-18 23:01 

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Some of the Most Spectacular Astronomy Images of 2018...

Over 4,200 photographs were submitted to this year's Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, but only these 25 images made it to the shortlist....

 2018-07-18 22:48 

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Online Child Gaming Company Roblox Says In-Game 'Rape' Was Caused by a Hacker...

A seven-year-old girl was playing the online game Roblox a few weeks ago when her in-game character was assaulted by two other characters in the game. The girl's mom, Amber Petersen, saw the incident unfolding on the iPad screen—two male charact...

 2018-07-18 22:25 

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Mark Zuckerberg Has a Great Idea for How to Fix Facebook...

In a new interview published today, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg goes long on a wide range of topics including selling data, taking holocaust deniers at their word, fake news, and one simple idea that's crazy enough, it just might work....

 2018-07-18 20:40 

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Senators Want to 'Explore' Injecting Emergency Alerts Into Netflix and Spotify...

Earlier this year, Hawaiian residents received a text—"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII"—wrongly signaling that a nuclear bomb might be headed their way. An employee reportedly mistook a drill for a real attack and sent the a...

 2018-07-18 20:06 

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Elon Musk Should Tweet More...

On Sunday, Elon Musk's long-simmering internet meltdown reached a full boil when he called a man who was mean to his submarine a pedophile. This gave the Tesla founder's harshest critics and fiercest fanboys something they could finally agree on: ...

 2018-07-18 18:40 

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New Study Finds Unintended Consequences of CRISPR Gene Editing...

Scientists and biotechnologists have heralded the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system as revolutionary way to edit DNA, like scissors and a glue stick for the genome. But a new study found some potentially harmful unintended effects....

 2018-07-18 18:00 

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This Folding Robotic Device Captures Delicate Sea Creatures Without Crushing Them...

Our oceans are home to a diverse array of aquatic organisms, a surprising number of which have yet to be discovered. To help in the search for these fascinating creatures, researchers have developed a robotic device capable of capturing even the most deli...

 2018-07-18 18:00 

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Baby Snake That Lived Among Dinosaurs Found Preserved in Amber...

Scientists working in Myanmar have uncovered a nearly 100-million-year-old baby snake encased in amber. Dating back to the Late Cretaceous, it's the oldest known baby snake in the fossil record, and the first snake known to have lived in a forested en...

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