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 2018-06-18 16:15 

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California Lawmakers Combine Net Neutrality Bills to Better Fend Off ISP Greed...

California's two net neutrality bills are poised to become one, offering the state's 40 million residents comprehensive protection against internet service provider trying to shakedown businesses and subscribers in the wake of the FCC repeal....

 2018-06-18 16:10 

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Australia Scraps Plans for National Biometric Crime Database...

The Australian government is ending its plans for a national biometric database meant to help police departments track suspects and other persons of interest, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission announced Friday. Surveillance and security comp...

 2018-06-18 15:50 

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Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days...

Venus might seem rather Earthly, given its similar size and presence of a thick, carbon dioxide-filled atmosphere. But the more scientists observe it, the more surprises the second planet from the Sun throws at us....

 2018-06-18 15:00 

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Extinct Giant Panda Lineage Discovered Thanks to DNA From 22,000-Year-Old Skull...

DNA from a 22,000-year-old fossilized panda skull suggests an entirely separate lineage of giant pandas once roamed the area that is now southern China....

 2018-06-18 14:53 

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Don't Expect Miracles From a Cheap Soundbar...

Cheap soundbars are a lot like cheap headphones. Many of them will do the job. Few of them will do it well. The new TV Mate by Samsung fits firmly in the first category. It will indeed make the audio on your TV louder and better. It will not, however, tri...

 2018-06-18 14:25 

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Facebook Will Stop Showing Ads for Gun Accessories to Kids...

As of now, Facebook users under the age of 18 can be served advertisements for firearm holsters, flashlight-mounts, and silencers, and other gun accessories. But a new policy is supposed to but an end to that starting June 21....

 2018-06-18 14:05 

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iOS 12 to Feature Automatic Location Sharing for 911 Calls...

After pissing off law enforcement with its announcement that iOS 12 will include a tool intended to circumvent cracking of iPhone encryption, Apple has a new feature that police will probably like: Automatic transmission of location data when a user calls...

 2018-06-18 12:45 

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Are Superhero Capes Aerodynamic?...

Not all superheroes wear capes, but many do, and it's a long-established fact that these capes are crucial when it comes to flying around town to fight crime and brood and whatnot. And yet the people still don't know, with anything approaching cer...

 2018-06-18 01:00 

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Working for Amazon, a Net Neutrality Mess, and 'Unlimited' Plans: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week...

Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, is owned by the richest human on earth, and is creating tons of jobs with every new Fulfillment Center that it opens. But as we found out this week, the company's brutally efficient supply chain oft...

 2018-06-17 23:35 

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Silicon Valley Invents Shoes...

Silicon Valley firms crunched their hardest in 2017 to rebrand ordinary merchandise long produced by other industries as uniquely innovative product lines. Some of them were pretty obnoxious, like Lyft's totally-not-just-a-bus shuttle service, or WeLi...

 2018-06-17 22:40 

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Google Translate Can't Provide Consent for a Police Search, Judge Rules...

Google Translate is a useful tool for some quick and easy translations, but a federal judge in Kansas ruled this week that the machine translation service isn't good enough to allow a person to consent to a police search....

 2018-06-17 21:40 

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A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban...

The first paper straw factory in the "last several decades" in Britain is planning to launch in Wales as fast-food chains prepare for a planned ban on single-use plastic products throughout the UK, the Guardian reported, with some chains already p...

 2018-06-17 20:20 

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Oh Cool, Amazon is Peddling Conspiracy Theories Now...

Amazon Prime Video, the streaming service you turn to when Netflix doesn't have what you're looking for, is best known for shows like Transparent, The Man In the High Castle, and *checks notes* films claiming the government is run by human-reptile...

 2018-06-17 19:20 

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Word Salad President Demands 'Really Long Strike' Against Jeff Bezos...

In between bragging, retweeting himself, and managing to repeat the phrase "Russian Collusion" four times in one tweet, Donald Trump found the time on Sunday to rev back up his ongoing feud with billionaire Jeff Bezos, who controls two companies t...

 2018-06-17 17:25 

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FTC Puts Tech Support Scammer Who Stole Millions from Consumers Out of Business...

The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement this week with a notorious scammer who worked with telemarketers to pose as large technology firms and offer fake tech support services to the elderly....

 2018-06-17 16:45 

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MoviePass Bought a Stake in Gotti, Which Might Be the Worst Movie of the Year...

MoviePass, the movie-ticketing startup whose whole business model is essentially subsidizing enough impossibly cheap tickets with investors' money that it gains leverage over theaters, is fast hemorrhaging cash. But with the firm possibly running out ...

 2018-06-16 23:25 

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Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All...

Officials with California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have intervened to nullify a recent court ruling saying coffee sold in the state—say, like at a local Starbucks—must be accompanied by warning labels sayi...

 2018-06-16 22:35 

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Scott Walker Finally Gave Foxconn Enough Handouts to Get the Company's US Headquarters in Wisconsin...

Foxconn, the giant Taiwanese electronics manufacturer that works with everyone from Apple to Amazon, now has a North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after purchasing a large office building in the city, according to the Associated Press....

 2018-06-16 21:45 

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CryptoKitties, Which Is Like Beanie Babies on the Blockchain, Seems to Be Crashing...

Axiom Zen's CryptoKitties, which is essentially a digital version of Beanie Babies based on the Ethereum blockchain, sucked in a massive amount of funding just a few months ago. But it looks an awful lot like people bought into CryptoKitties looking f...

 2018-06-16 20:00 

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Man Gets 20 Years in Jail for Trying to Steal a Domain Name at Gunpoint...

There were 332,198 robberies in the US last year according to the FBI, but (probably) only one of them involved a man trying to forcibly steal a domain name. Now the man responsible for the bizarre instance of domain hijacking will spend 20 years in priso...

 2018-06-16 16:50 

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Trump Campaign Reportedly Adds Former Cambridge Analytica Employees to 2020 Efforts...

Cambridge Analytica, the shady political consulting firm best known for obtaining a whole heap of personal information from Facebook users without their consent, might be dead and gone. But some of its former employees are reportedly hard at work on the r...

 2018-06-16 16:10 

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Apple Manages to Snag Oprah Winfrey to Make Shows, Possibly for Subscription Video Service...

Tech giant Apple has scored a huge victory in its $1 billion original programming push, signing a multiyear deal with host and media magnate Oprah Winfrey to produce as-of-yet unspecified streaming content. According to the Wall Street Journal, the signin...

 2018-06-16 14:00 

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What's the Worst Thing You've Done Online?...

Twitter recently "accidentally4; banned a whole lot of users for joining the service before they were thirteen years old. The users, now "old enough" to use Twitter "responsibly,4; have been upset, and Twitter has a whole thread on s...

 2018-06-16 04:30 

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Judge Rules White Supremacist Can Sue Twitter for Banning Him...

A California judge decided Thursday not to throw out a lawsuit filed against Twitter that accused the company of violating the free speech rights of white supremacist Jared Taylor when Twitter banned him from the platform late last year....

 2018-06-16 02:25 

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Europe's GDPR is Killing Email Marketing, to the Disappointment of No One...

For the past month or so, inboxes the world over have been awash with emails about updated privacy policies and new permissions required by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You probably haven't been reading those ema...

 2018-06-15 23:45 

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FBI Recovered 731 Pages of Messages and Calls From Michael Cohen's BlackBerry...

The FBI just got its hands on a whole lot of Michael Cohen's encrypted communications. In a letter submitted Friday, the United States Attorney's Office revealed that it obtained a treasure trove of messages and call logs from a BlackBerry that be...

 2018-06-15 21:25 

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Fortnite Is Bad But Sony's Refusal to Play Nice Is Worse...

Earlier this week, Nintendo delighted Fortnite fans by announcing that the game, which might just be the most popular game being played right now, was coming to the Switch immediately. Even better, Switch players would be able to compete with PC and Xbox ...

 2018-06-15 21:22 

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Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Reportedly Indicted on Wire Fraud...

Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, the former key executives of blood-testing startup Theranos, have been indicted by a grand jury on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, The Washington Post report...

 2018-06-15 21:05 

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Chinese Satellite Captures a Cool View of Earth from Lunar Orbit...

After a 20-day journey, China's Queqiao lunar communications relay satellite has made it to lunar orbit. Its companion, the Longjiang-2 microsatellite, wasted no time, taking some neat pics of Earth and the lunar surface....

 2018-06-15 21:00 

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NIH Pulls the Plug on Controversial Drinking Study Funded by Big Alcohol...

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has abruptly halted its $100 million study meant to examine whether moderate drinking can be good for your heart. The decision, announced Friday, comes in the wake of a report commissioned by the federal agency that...

 2018-06-15 20:55 

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Most Deepfake Videos Have One Glaring Flaw...

The rate at which deepfake videos are advancing is both impressive and deeply unsettling. But researchers have described a new method for detecting a "telltale sign" of these manipulated videos, which map one person's face onto the body of ano...

 2018-06-15 20:43 

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Senators Ask Jeff Bezos Just How Many Complaints Amazon's Received About Eavesdropping Echoes...

Lawmakers in the U.S. have taken a greater interest in the failures of tech companies lately but most of the focus has been on Facebook and Google while Jeff Bezos has been busy making a reported $230,000 a minute. Now it's Amazon's turn in the ba...

 2018-06-15 20:05 

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Black Holes Can Maybe Turn Into Dark Matter Lasers...

Black holes are already some of the strangest objects in the universe, and scientists sometimes dream up some pretty wild theories about their behavior. Like maybe they can accumulate dark matter particles and turn into black hole lasers, beaming radiatio...

 2018-06-15 19:54 

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Here's How Limited Your Carrier's 'Unlimited' Phone Plans Really Are...

At this point, anytime you see the word unlimited in relation to phone plans, you should probably just assume you're being misled. And after seeing the hijinks Verizon is trying to pull with its latest "unlimited" cell phone plan, it seemed li...

 2018-06-15 19:20 

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California Senator's Half-Baked Net Neutrality Bill Is a Dangerous Mess...

A key vote is taking place in California next week. Amid intense lobbying pressure, experts say it could eventually impact efforts by other states to reestablish net neutrality in the wake of the FCC's decision to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order....

 2018-06-15 19:10 

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This House Is a Living Experiment for the Future of Energy...

Walking around Amsterdam, at times, feels like strolling through the city of the future. Solar panels abound. Electric vehicles fill the roads, and everybody else is on a bike. Meanwhile, tucked away in the western part of town, some 50 families have agre...

 2018-06-15 19:00 

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Our Galaxy Might Be Teeming With Habitable Exomoons...

There are eight planets in our Solar System (sorry Pluto), but collectively, these planets host over 175 moons, one or two of which may even harbor life. Indeed, our galaxy, based on what we observe here, could be bursting with exomoons, a significant num...

 2018-06-15 18:43 

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VR Shoes Were Thankfully Not the Best Hardware We Saw At E3...

There were rumors of a Playstation 5 and news on the next generation of Xbox, but this E3 was ultimately pretty light on the cool hardware. We knew that was the case given the sheer amount of VR accessories most of us can't or won't use any time s...

 2018-06-15 18:19 

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These Tests Will Tell You Just How Good Your Eyes Are at Seeing Color...

Let's talk about how you're perceiving color. The idea came to me when a coworker asked if they should get the computer with 100-percent sRGB or 100-percent Adobe RGB, which displays more shades of green. I jokingly told him to take this X-Rite co...

 2018-06-15 17:50 

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William Shatner Boldly Goes Into Promoting Cryptocurrency Mining...

Steven Seagal and DJ Khaled have taught us that if a celebrity endorses a cryptocurrency project, you should immediately assume it might be a scam. But William Shatner seems to be backing a pretty interesting crypto-mining initiative....

 2018-06-15 17:35 

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Apple Maps Was Broken for Hours Today??...

On Friday morning Apple Maps was unusable, apparently....

 2018-06-15 17:20 

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Police Find 'Human Body Parts' in Crack in Japanese Bullet Train's Nose...

A bullet train en route to Tokyo reportedly struck and killed a 52-year-old man on Thursday afternoon, but the man's death wasn't uncovered until some 20 miles later, where authorities made a grisly discovery....

 2018-06-15 16:56 

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The Large Hadron Collider Is Getting an Upgrade...

Today, workers at the world's largest atom smasher are breaking ground on a performance-enhancing upgrade that will allow scientists to conduct even bigger and better physics experiments....

 2018-06-15 16:15 

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Arizona Frat Brothers Allegedly Had a Secret Revenge Porn Facebook Group Called 'Dog Pound'...

A woman in Arizona filed a lawsuit against the University of Central Florida's Delta Sigma Phi fraternity as well as five of its members after she says she discovered intimate photos and videos of her had been shared in the fraternity's secret Fac...

 2018-06-15 16:00 

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Sony Almost Made the Perfect Commuter Earbuds...

There are two ways of listening to music: you can shut everything out and focus purely on the tunes, or you can use music to enhance other activities in your life. Headphones and earbuds, especially those of the noise-canceling variety are quite good at t...

 2018-06-15 15:45 

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Trump Is Actually Going Through With Tariffs On Chinese Tech...

Hot off a contemptuous meeting at the G7 Summit after which Trump seemed intent on starting a trade war with Canada—and following whatever the hell just happened in Singapore—Trump turned his sights back to China on Friday by announcing $50 bi...

 2018-06-15 15:35 

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Former Fitbit Employees Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets From Jawbone...

One current and five former Fitbit employees accused of knowingly stealing trade secrets from former employer Jawbone, which ceased operation in 2017, have been indicted. The two companies have gone to court in the past over similar allegations. If convic...

 2018-06-15 15:20 

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Oops, a DNA Testing Company Accidentally Sent Strangers' Spit to Five Customers...

DNA tests can be easily fooled and different tests may draw wildly different conclusions about the supposed heritage of participants. One thing the current rash of these startups have in common, however, is how their saliva testing kits are not supposed t...

 2018-06-15 15:10 

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Kilauea Volcano Has Turned This Hawaiian Shore Into an Apocalyptic Wasteland...

It's been over six weeks since lava fissures began erupting on Hawaii's Big Island, and there's still no end in sight. New videos taken by the US Geological Survey reveal the dramatic extent to which the encroaching lava has reshaped the surro...

 2018-06-15 14:13 

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AT&T and Time-Warner Seal the Deal...

AT&T and Time-Warner wasted no time completing their merger after the Department of Justice decided not to seek an injunction against the deal on Thursday. It is now complete. AT&T is the proud new owner of Game of Thrones, DC Comics, CNN, Harry Potter, a...

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