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 2018-01-24 05:20 

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Rebuffed Flat Earth Rocketeer Says He Will Actually Launch Himself Into the Sky at 500 MPH This Time...

When last we heard of "Mad Mike" Hughes, the 61-year-old limo driver and stuntman who planned on launching a $20,000 steam-fueled rocket with "RESEARCH FLAT EARTH" painted on the side some 1,800 feet into the air at 500 miles per hour, the...

 2018-01-24 04:15 

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YouTube Is Asking Promoted Musicians to Sign Non-Disparagement Agreements...

YouTube is asking musicians who have signed up for a new partnership program in which it provides big-ticket funding for videos and promotional support to sign sweeping non-disparagement agreements, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday....

 2018-01-24 02:30 

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The GAO Will Look Into the FCC's Sketchy Net Neutrality Comments in, Like, Five Months or So...

Under the tenure of its new Donald Trump-appointed chair Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission recently revoked Barack Obama-era regulations mandating service providers abide by net neutrality rules. But on the way there, the agency had to overl...

 2018-01-24 00:15 

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Senators Tell Twitter To Notify Users About More Russian Bot Meddling...

During the government shutdown last weekend, the Alliance for Securing Democracy reported that the trending hashtag #SchumerShutdown, which blamed the impasse on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, was being pushed by bot accounts from Russia....

 2018-01-23 23:52 

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Why Did Facebook Just Buy This Company That Verifies Government-Issued IDs?...

Facebook has acquired Confirm.io, a startup that verified government-issued identification for third-party businesses. In addition to ID cards, Confirm.io's service also handled biometrics and facial recognition data....

 2018-01-23 23:25 

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Hey, New York Times, What's a Three-Letter Word for Complete and Utter Betrayal?...

The Grey Lady has pulled some reprehensible stunts over the years, including writing puff pieces on neo-Nazis, helping lead the United States into a deadly war in the Middle East, and even employing Bret Stevens. But today it finally burned its most dedic...

 2018-01-23 23:07 

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How Much Do You Trust Facebook? [Entirely, a Lot, Somewhat, Barely, Not At All]...

Facebook is in the process of reorganizing how news posts will appear on its feed. It was announced last week that the basis for which publications will be given preferential treatment will depend on a survey sent to users regarding their subjective impre...

 2018-01-23 22:55 

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Thousands of Starlings Evade a Pesky Falcon in This Stunning Visual Display...

From the ground, a flock of "murmurating"; starlings look absolutely hypnotic. Now imagine how this falcon must feel as it tries to snatch a quick meal from the dazzling throng....

 2018-01-23 22:51 

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Huge Payment Processor Stripe Is Bailing on Bitcoin...

In addition to providing a payments platform for big clients like Lyft, Facebook, and Target, Stripe has been supportive of cryptocurrencies for several years. On Tuesday, Stripe reiterated its support for a viable digital currency, but said that bitcoin ...

 2018-01-23 21:45 

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Lost Spy Satellite Won't Kill SpaceX's Relationship With Air Force...

We still don't know what happened to Zuma, a secretive spy satellite that failed to reach orbit after launching from Cape Canaveral earlier this month. SpaceX has consistently claimed that its Falcon 9 rocket worked perfectly—a claim with added ...

 2018-01-23 21:20 

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US Olympians Are Using VR Headsets to Train for Pyeongchang...

In her book The Imagineers of War, author Sharon Weinberger recounts one of the first deployments of simulation training: to improve America's performance in a NATO mock tank battle that the US consistently performed poorly in, nicknamed the Canadian ...

 2018-01-23 21:10 

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Scientists Think Dark Matter Could Be Causing Long-Standing Neutron Measurement Problem...

You probably know that atoms contain neutrons. But there's a strange, long-standing discrepancy plaguing one of the neutron's most basic measurements—something that a pair of scientists think might have to do with dark matter, the mysterious...

 2018-01-23 20:10 

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Tainted Jimmy John's Raw Sprouts Are Making People Sick—Again...

Raw sprouts are a much beloved salad and sandwich fixture for many. But a new outbreak of Salmonella—traced to raw sprouts that were served at several restaurants belonging to the sandwich chain Jimmy John's—highlights their unique risk....

 2018-01-23 19:58 

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Google Is Now Selling Audiobooks, Which Will Probably Piss Off Amazon...

After a recent spat led Google to pull YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show, it seemed like things were finally cooling down when Amazon extended an olive branch to Google by selling Chromecast devices again for the first time in years. But in ...

 2018-01-23 19:30 

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Pornhub Is Making Smart Sex Toys That Sync With Porn and, Strangely, Look Like Power Tools...

As the biggest porn site on the internet, Pornhub already dominates the landscape when it comes to what people get off to. Now the company is also making a push to control how people get off, with a new line of interactive sex toys that sync with Pornhub ...

 2018-01-23 19:00 

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Shipwreck Scavengers Reportedly Dumped Remains of WWII Sailors in Mass Grave...

Remember those World War II shipwrecks that mysteriously vanished from the bottom of the Java Sea? When they were found to be missing in 2016, it was heavily suspected that illegal salvagers exploded the ships and then looted them for metal. According to ...

 2018-01-23 18:45 

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Uber Hires a Much-Needed Diversity and Inclusion Officer...

Uber has hired its first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The ride-sharing company is bringing on Bo Young Lee, currently the head of diversity & inclusion at Marsh & McLennan, a large insurance and business services firm. An Uber spokesperson told ...

 2018-01-23 18:30 

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Scientists Slammed for Synthesizing a Smallpox-Like Virus in the Lab...

The dreaded smallpox virus was eradicated more than 40 years ago, but the threat of its return still looms. In an effort to develop a safer vaccine substitute, Canadian researchers have resurrected a close relative—the extinct horsepox virus—f...

 2018-01-23 18:15 

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Man Says He Spent Thousands on Bitcoin Mining Rig and Got Boss Baby DVD Instead...

The Boss Baby is one of the finest films of 2017, and on Tuesday it received an Oscar nomination that settles any further debate. But one man in Britain doesn't seem to be a fan. The poor guy recently described a nightmarish scenario where he was ship...

 2018-01-23 18:05 

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Relax, Dog Flu Isn't Coming to Take Our Precious Doggos Away...

It's not bad enough that the flu virus is tearing the human species a new one this winter. No, it has to go after the only good thing left in our snot-ridden lives: The Dogs. But while the idea of deadly dog flu spreading like wildfire through our nat...

 2018-01-23 17:47 

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How Algorithmic Experiments Harm People Living in Poverty...

Virginia Eubanks made the same mistake most would. In her job working with low-income women struggling to afford housing, she assumed they also struggled with access to vital technology, like the internet. But this technology isn't just accessible, it...

 2018-01-23 16:55 

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Elon Musk's Salary Hinges on Adding a Bonkers $50 Billion to Tesla's Worth Over and Over Again...

On Tuesday Elon Musk announced he will stay on as the CEO of Tesla for ten years in an unusual situation that requires him to hit some lofty targets if he wants to get paid....

 2018-01-23 16:30 

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A Clever Trick Lets Nerf's Newest Blaster Shoot a Seemingly Endless Stream of Darts...

In New York next month the toymakers of the world will be showing off everything the kids in your life will be begging you for later this year. But ahead of Toy Fair 2018, Nerf has given us a sneak peek at a couple of new blasters it's introducing, in...

 2018-01-23 16:10 

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Apple Might Finally—FINALLY—Kill the MacBook Air...

Just in time for its tenth anniversary, Apple might finally be killing the MacBook Air, according to a new report from Digitimes. If this is true, it'd be the first axing of a laptop line from Apple since the iBook and Powerbook were axed back in 2006...

 2018-01-23 16:00 

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Smartphone Battery Explodes After Man Tries Biting It for Some Reason...

A video of a man at an electronics store has gone viral in Asia. What's so special about the video? As you can see in the GIF above, the man bites an iPhone replacement battery shortly before the battery explodes....

 2018-01-23 15:50 

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Teen App Musical.ly May Try to Dethrone HQ Trivia...

Musical.ly, the video app popular with teenagers, was acquired in November by Chinese news aggregation giant TouTiao for a whopping sum in the ballpark of $800 million. What does TouTiao plan to do with its expensive purchase? According to a planning docu...

 2018-01-23 15:40 

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We Might Need to Redefine 'Planet' Again...

You may think you know what a planet is, but celestial bodies often refuse to fully comply with our artificial human labels. We all thought tiny Pluto was a planet, until the 2006 vote in which the International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefinition strip...

 2018-01-23 15:26 

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DJI's New Mavic Air Is So Small It Fits in a Jacket Pocket...

DJI just revealed a new, delightfully tiny drone called the Mavic Air. It's a lot like the DJI Spark, announced last year, but its rotor arms fold in making the little bitty aircraft even more little bitty. If you set the Mavic Air on the table next t...

 2018-01-23 15:15 

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Facebook Invented a New Unit of Time...

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Facebook, as a company, is meant to be an innovator in fields beyond surveillance. But the announcement that it has created an entirely new unit of time is a nice reminder that the enormous company, which owns both W...

 2018-01-23 14:55 

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Here's What You Need to Know Before You Buy a DNA Testing Kit...

It's amazing how much information there is hiding in one tiny globule of spit....

 2018-01-23 14:08 

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Apple's HomePod Will Finally Be Available on Feb 9th...

When unexplained delays pushed Apple's smart speaker back from a 2017 debut, Apple said it needed "a little more time before it's ready" and promised an "early 2018" release. Now it seems Apple is making good on its revised launch ...

 2018-01-23 12:35 

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Maker of Tide Pods: It's Not Our Fault That Teens Are Fucking Stupid...

Why are teens eating Tide pods? Or, at least, pretending to eat them in videos that they're posting online? We have some theories. But the company that makes the brightly colored laundry pods would like you to know that, whatever the reason, it's ...

 2018-01-23 05:55 

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Trump Administration Targets Imported Solar Panels for Huge Tariffs...

Donald Trump's administration announced on Monday it would be imposing a 30 percent tariff on foreign-made solar panels, sparking warnings that the new regulations are a blow to alternative energy adoption across the U.S....

 2018-01-23 04:05 

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This New Integral Memory 512GB MicroSD Card Is the Biggest on the Market...

There's now a microSD card capable of holding over half a terabyte of data. Per the Verge, Integral Memory's new 512 gigabyte card exceeds the previous record holder, SanDisk's 400GB card, by over a quarter more memory....

 2018-01-23 01:35 

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige Forgot His Twitter Password During That Fake Ballistic Missile Alert...

Earlier this month, the state of Hawaii descended into a brief if existentially terrifying panic as its Emergency Management Agency dispatched a mass text message warning of an imminent "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT" after an employee pressed the wron...

 2018-01-22 23:20 

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Trump's Dead Voter Fraud Commission Tried to ID Every Hispanic Voter in Texas...

New documents indicate that a member of President Trump's recently dissolved voter fraud commission tried to identify which of Texas's 50 million voters are Hispanic. The commission, disbanded earlier this month, was founded last year on the false...

 2018-01-22 22:45 

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Study: Being a Teen Sucks Now...

Today's kids are better behaved than ever. They're having less sex (and more safely when they do), committing less crime, and doing fewer drugs. But research has also started to show they might be unhappier than previous generations of youths. A n...

 2018-01-22 20:45 

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Here's the Latest Research on Why Dogs Eat Their Own Shit...

It drives dog owners nuts. You're out for a pleasant stroll with your canine companion, and because some asshat didn't pick up after their own pooch, a fresh, steamy turd is sitting right there on the sidewalk. Before you have time to react, you h...

 2018-01-22 20:35 

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Intel is Trying to Fix the Biggest Problem With Its Spectre and Meltdown Patch...

Earlier this month Intel released a patch for Spectre and Meltdown, the devastating vulnerabilities affecting every modern Intel processor. The patch wound up causing another problem: It led some PCs to reboot unexpectedly. Now, Intel says it's identi...

 2018-01-22 20:25 

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Crosscheck Voter Fraud Program Hasn't Suffered Any Data Breaches—If You Radically Redefine 'Data Breaches'...

For weeks, Kansas officials have been insisting that Crosscheck, an interstate program run by the state of Kansas and intended to detect illegal double voting, has never suffered a data breach—despite the fact that its voter files and the passwords ...

 2018-01-22 20:15 

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The Surprising Way New Zealand Could Soon Solve Its Predator Problem...

Early in the morning a few days before Christmas, I sitting in the living room of my mom's New Zealand apartment, typing away on my laptop, when a parrot flew up, perched itself on the balcony railing and stared at me expectantly, as if demanding that...

 2018-01-22 18:45 

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Even the Tuna Conservationists Want a Piece of This Blockchain Action...

It seems like everyone is getting into blockchain these days. After all, companies claim to like "transparency," "security," and anything to do with the rollercoaster ride that is bitcoin. But consider this: tuna....

 2018-01-22 18:35 

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Google's $20 Million Xprize Moonshot Is About to Crash Back to Earth Without a Winner...

Google promised $20 million to the first private company that could land on the moon, roll around a few hundred meters, and then beam the achievement back to Earth. But it looks like none of the competing companies have landed on that sweet lunar surface&...

 2018-01-22 18:10 

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Chechen Leader Who Oversees the Torture of Gay Men Is Super Sad About Losing His Instagram Account...

The leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, was recently hit with US sanctions over human rights abuses such as his government's torture and "purge" of gay men. But there's one thing about the sanctions that seems to pa...

 2018-01-22 18:00 

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China Has Already Gene-Edited 86 People With CRISPR...

In the U.S., the first planned clinical trials of CRISPR gene editing in people are about to kick off. China, meanwhile, has been racing ahead, having already used the gene-altering tool to change the DNA of dozens of people in several clinical trials....

 2018-01-22 17:35 

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Facebook Slowly Realizing It Might Be Ruining Democracy...

If you were even semi-conscious during the last two years, you'll know that social media can wreak havoc on a functioning democracy. Facebook is finally admitting that it's part of the problem. Facebook also wants you to believe in an imaginary fu...

 2018-01-22 17:25 

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Researchers Say $400 Million Raised Through Cryptocurrency ICOs Has Been Lost or Stolen...

New risk assessment research into cryptocurrency investing has arrived at an unsurprising (if finally quantifiable) conclusion: Over 10 percent of all funds raised through initial coin offerings (ICOs) has vanished into thin air....

 2018-01-22 16:47 

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The Best Star Wars Toy Maker Cuts Jobs...

When the original BB-8 toy hit the market, it seemed like a match made in tech heaven. In fact, the use of Sphero's remote-controlled robotics to bring Poe Dameron's lovable astromech droid to life was so good, it had many wondering if Sphero'...

 2018-01-22 15:30 

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The Government Shutdown Won't Stop the CDC From Tracking the Flu...

In the face of the Purge prequel we're living out right now, it should come as a tiny bit reassuring that not every federal agency has closed—at least not completely—during this government shutdown. The Centers for Disease Control and Prev...

 2018-01-22 15:20 

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Ecuador's President Calls Julian Assange 'More Than a Nuisance' as Country Realizes It's Stuck With Him...

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks and just a general shit-stirrer, has been living in Ecuador's London embassy since the summer of 2012. But it doesn't look like the country has a plan for getting rid of Assange anytime soon. And the presid...

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