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ACLU Sues ICE For License Plate Reader Contracts, Records  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from SFGate: The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records about the agency's use of license plate reader technology, after ICE apparently failed to turn over records following multiple requests. In December, ICE purchased access to two databases of ALPR data, the complaint reads. One of those databases is managed by Vigilant Solutions, which has contracts with more than two dozen Bay Area law enforce

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2018-05-24 00:03:00

Singapore ISPs Block 53 Pirate Sites Following MPAA Legal Action  

53 piracy websites, including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents, have been blocked in Singapore following the most sweeping action taken by copyright holders in the country in more than a decade. From a report: A new wave of blocks announced this week are the country's most significant so far, with dozens of 'pirate' sites targeted following a successful application by the MPAA earlier this year. [...] "In Singapore, these sites are responsible for a major portion of copyright infringement of f

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2018-05-23 23:25:00

Comcast Confirms Plan To Buy 21st Century Fox and Control of Hulu  

Comcast is reportedly preparing an offer to buy major portions of 21st Century Fox, which would give it majority control of Hulu and other media properties. Ars Technica reports: Walt Disney Company already has a $52.4 billion all-stock deal to buy the 21st Century Fox properties. But Comcast was rumored to be lining up $60 billion in financing in order to make a hostile bid for the Fox assets, and Comcast's announcement today confirms it. Comcast "is considering, and is in advanced stages of pr

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2018-05-23 22:45:00

Elon Musk To Fight Fake News, Rate Journalists' Credibility Via a Site Called 'Pravda'  

Elon Musk took to Twitter today to announce his next project: a site called "Pravda" that ranks journalists' credibility and fights fake news. "Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication," tweeted Musk. "Thinking of calling it Pravda..." Musk continued: "Even if some of the public doesn't care about the credibility score, the journalists, editors & publications will. I

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2018-05-23 22:03:00

Facebook Asks British Users To Submit Their Nudes as Protection Against Revenge Porn  

Mark Wilson writes: Following on from a trial in Australia, Facebook is rolling out anti-revenge porn measures to the UK. In order that it can protect British users from failing victim to revenge porn, the social network is asking them to send in naked photos of themselves. The basic premise of the idea is: send us nudes, and we'll stop others from seeing them . Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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2018-05-23 21:25:00

Uber Shutting Down Self-Driving Operations In Arizona After Fatal Crash  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Arizona Republic: Uber is shutting down its self-driving car tests in Arizona, where one of the cars was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian in March, the company said Wednesday. The company notified about 300 Arizona workers in the self-driving program that they were being terminated just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. The shutdown should take several weeks. Test drivers for the autonomous cars have not worked since the accident in Tempe, but Uber

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2018-05-23 20:45:00

Personal Records of Nearly 1 Million South Africans Leaked Online  

Tefo Mohapi, reporting for iAfrikan: Barely a year after South Africa's largest data leak was revealed in 2017, the country has suffered yet another data leak as 934,000 personal records of South Africans have been leaked publicly online. The data includes, among others, national identity numbers (ID numbers), e-mail addresses, full names, as well as plain text passwords to what appears to be a traffic fines related online system. Working together with Troy Hunt, an Australian Security consultan

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2018-05-23 20:05:00

US Government Can't Get Controversial Kaspersky Lab Software Off Its Networks  

The law says American agencies must eliminate the use of Kaspersky Lab software by October. But U.S. officials say that's impossible as the security suite is embedded too deep in our infrastructure, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday. From a report: Multiple divisions of the U.S. government are confronting the reality that code written by the Moscow-based security company is embedded deep within American infrastructure, in routers, firewalls, and other hardware -- and nobody is certain how to ge

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2018-05-23 19:25:00

Everything You Need to Know About Solo: A Star Wars Story  

There's a new Star Wars movie out this week! The Last Jedi might still feel fresh in your mind, but Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in just two days. Not been following all the news and reveals from the young Han Solo biopic? We've compiled all of the officially released info (no spoilers!) so you're fully…Read more...

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2018-05-23 18:50:14

TechCrunch Include Office Hours with Betaworks in New York and SF  

Betaworks is hosting TechCrunch’s Include Office Hours for the month of May. For the first time ever, Include Office Hours will be bi-coastal — held in San Francisco and New York on the same day at 2pm local time at each location. On Tuesday, May 29th, partners Peter Rojas and Matt Hartman will be meeting with startup […]

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2018-05-23 18:46:57

Elon Musk's 'Pravda' Media Company Already Exists  

Following critical coverage of his electric car company, Tesla, Elon Musk has been on a Twitter tear against the media, threatening to build a service that would allow the general public to rank the trustworthiness and "core truth" of stories, journalists, publications, and editors. Read more...

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2018-05-23 18:45:49

NYC Transit Boss Unveils Sweeping 10-Year Subway Modernization Plan  

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping plan to modernize the city's subway system over the next 10 years. From a report: The proposal, which new New York City Transit President Andy Byford called "Fast Forward," centers on overhauling the mass transit network's signaling system -- some of which dates back to the early 20th century -- 30 years sooner than current Subway Action Plan. But it won't come without a good bit of pain: sources told News 4 that By

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2018-05-23 18:45:00

Matt Groening's first new show since 'Futurama' debuts on Netflix in August  

Netflix announced last July that it would be teaming up with Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, for a new animated series called Disenchantment. Nearly a year later, the company has revealed that the medieval fantasy/adult comedy series will debut on the popular streaming service on August 17th of this year. Disenchantment follows a "hard-drinking" princess named Bean (Abbi Jacobson), and her two companions, Elfo (Nat Faxon) the feisty elf and a demon named Luci (Eric Andre),...

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2018-05-23 18:33:58

President Trump Can't Block People On Twitter, Court Rules  

Reader drunken_boxer777 writes: US District Judge Buchwald issued a 75-page ruling today clearly articulating why Donald Trump cannot block Twitter users, as it violates their First Amendment rights. "Turning to the merits of plaintiffs' First Amendment claim, we hold that the speech in which they seek to engage is protected by the First Amendment and that the President and Scavino exert governmental control over certain aspects of the @realDonaldTrump account, including the interactive space of

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2018-05-23 18:05:00

Next PlayStation Is Three Years Off, Sony Says  

Don't hold your breath for the fifth-generation PlayStation. From a report: Sony wants to spend three more years readying its next videogame move [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], the head of the PlayStation business said Wednesday. That would mark a slight slowdown in the six-to-seven-year update cycle for the console since the first one in 1994. The PlayStation 4 went on sale in 2013 and has sold more than 79 million units. [...] Speaking to a small group of repor

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2018-05-23 17:32:00

While Schools Roll Out Anti-Shooter Tech, Pennsylvania Weighs Closing Safety Meetings to the Public  

As schools across the country remake themselves as surveillance sites, installing facial recognition and other high-tech monitoring devices to detect shooters, the laws governing public transparency are more important than ever. So when a bill that would permit schools to discuss critical safety issues without public…Read more...

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2018-05-23 16:45:12

UK Military Fears Robots Learning War From Video Games  

Robots that train themselves in battle tactics by playing video games could be used to mount cyber-attacks, the UK military fears. From a report: The warning is in a Ministry of Defence report on artificial intelligence. Researchers in Silicon Valley are using strategy games, such as Starcraft II, to teach systems how to solve complex problems on their own. But artificial intelligence (AI) programs can then "be readily adapted" to wage cyber-warfare, the MoD says. Officials are particularly conc

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2018-05-23 16:44:00

Comcast closing in on plan to challenge Disney's Fox bid  

Seems Disney might not be able to waltz into a 21st Century Fox acquisition, after all. Comcast this morning announced plans to launch its own bid from the movie studio, offering a vague outline for a planned bid. In a statement, Comcast says it's in the "advanced stages of preparing" an offer for the bits […]

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2018-05-23 16:22:10

Wednesday's Best Deals: OLED TVs, Cheap Kindles, Discounted Dremel, and More  

A $15 bonus at Lowe's, discounted OLED TVs, a Dremel 3000, and more lead today's best deals.Read more...

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2018-05-23 16:18:52

Acer's Chromebook Spin 13 Could Be the Most Well-Rounded Chrome OS Laptop On the Market  

At Acer's annual global press conference today, the company announced its usual assortment of new computers ranging from humble tablets built for education to the wild desktop rigs with dual Xeon CPUs. But among Acer's avalanche of metal and silicon, there was one device that felt like an anchor for the company's…Read more...

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2018-05-23 16:10:14

The US Military is Funding an Effort To Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery  

The Department of Defense is funding a project that will try to determine whether the increasingly real-looking fake video and audio generated by artificial intelligence might soon be impossible to distinguish from the real thing -- even for another AI system. From a report: This summer, under a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the world's leading digital forensics experts will gather for an AI fakery contest. They will compete to generate the most convinc

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2018-05-23 16:05:00

Comcast plans 'superior' cash offer to beat out Disney for 21st Century Fox  

Comcast on Wednesday confirmed rumors that it intends to outbid Disney for 21st Century Fox and some of its subsidiaries, in a deal that could radically shake up the streaming media landscape -- if it's approved.

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2018-05-23 15:27:59

Uber's raising up to $600M in a secondary round at $62B valuation, Q1 sales grew to $2.5B  

Uber’s CEO is in Paris this week meeting with the French president to talk tech in Europe and expanding its insurance coverage in the region, but back in the U.S. the company is moving ahead on another kind of expansion. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Uber is raising another secondary round of funding of up […]

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2018-05-23 15:27:49

Decompress Under a 15 Pound Weighted Blanket, Now Under $100 For the First Time  

We've seen a handful of weighted blanket deals lately, but this is the first time we've seen a 15 pounder crack the $100 mark. Just clip the $11 coupon to get it for $92.Read more...

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2018-05-23 15:22:24

Backdoor Account Found in D-Link DIR-620 Routers  

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Security researchers have found a backdoor account in the firmware of D-Link DIR-620 routers that allows hackers to take over any device reachable via the Internet. Discovered by Kaspersky Lab researchers, this backdoor grants an attacker access to the device's web panel, and there's no way in which device owners can disable this secret account. The only way to protect devices from getting hacked is to avoid having the router expose its admin panel

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2018-05-23 15:20:00

How [and why] I invest in startups  

A lot of people ask me how I choose to invest in startups. I'm not proactively funding at different stages. I'm proactively funding brilliant people trying to solve hard problems.

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2018-05-23 15:09:21

Inside Consumer Reports: Controversies surrounding the MacBook Pro and HomePod  

Enthusiasts have questioned Consumer Reports' assessments of Apple's products for many years. After looking at the test facilities, AppleInsider talked to Consumer Reports leaders about the various controversies of the past.

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2018-05-23 14:40:14

Legend of Loch Ness Monster Will Be Tested With DNA Samples  

The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of "Nessie" may have no place left to hide. From a report: A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to the lake next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there. University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell says he's no bel

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2018-05-23 14:40:00

Earther Now Kilauea's Eruption Is Producing Wild Blue Flames | The A.V.   

Earther Now Kilauea's Eruption Is Producing Wild Blue Flames | The A.V. Club Can Roseanne be fixed? | The Takeout Make Buncha Crap Green Smoothie and save yourself a buncha green |Read more...

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2018-05-23 14:38:59

Mark Zuckerberg went all the way to Europe to not answer any real questions about Facebook  

After showing up for two rounds of questioning in front of Congress back in April, and after refusing to appear in front of the UK Parliament to do the same thing, Mark Zuckerberg went to Europe to not answer any relevant questions about Facebook's way of doing things. Facebook did release the main statements Zuckerberg was supposed to make well before the event started. The event was also streamed online for everyone interested in how Facebook works, especially when it comes to privacy in li...

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2018-05-23 14:37:51

Password Formulas Don't Fool Hackers  

Every time we write about passwords on Lifehacker, a few readers share their secret formula for creating passwords. According to Ryan Merchant, senior manager at the password manager Dashlane, those formulas are easy to hack.Read more...

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2018-05-23 14:29:08

Elon Musk has a very bad idea for a website rating journalists  

Elon Musk has, as I imagine he often does during meetings or long car rides, come up with an idea for a new thing. Unlike the HyperLoop, which was cool, and various space-related ideas, which we know he's at least partly expert about, this one is just plain bad. It's basically Yelp But For Journalism.

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2018-05-23 14:18:15

FCC Chair Ajit Pai Spanked by Lawmakers for Ducking Oversight Committee's Questions  

The FCC chairman has been formally accused of dodging and deceiving the federal lawmakers charged with the oversight of his agency.Read more...

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2018-05-23 14:15:54

Cyber Firms Warn on Suspected Russian Plan To Attack Ukraine  

Jim Finkle, reporting for Reuters: Cisco Systems on Wednesday warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with highly sophisticated malicious software, possibly in preparation for another massive cyber attack on Ukraine. Cisco's Talos cyber intelligence unit said it has high confidence that the Russian government is behind the campaign, dubbed VPNFilter, because the hacking software shares code with malware used in previous cyber attacks

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2018-05-23 14:00:00

Federal Judge Rules President Trump Can't Block Users From Seeing His Shitty, Shitty Tweets  

A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Trump cannot block users from seeing his tweets. His shitty, shitty tweets.Read more...

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2018-05-23 13:39:15

Microsoft Also Has An AI Bot That Makes Phone Calls To Humans  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: At an AI event in London today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off the company's Xiaoice (pronounced "SHAO-ICE") social chat bot. Microsoft has been testing Xiaoice in China, and Nadella revealed the bot has 500 million "friends" and more than 16 channels for Chinese users to interact with it through WeChat and other popular messaging services. Microsoft has turned Xiaoice, which is Chinese for "little Bing," into a friendly bot that has co

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2018-05-23 13:00:00

Managing a Facebook group is hard. Zuckerberg is trying to make it better - CNET  

The social network is adding new features after revamping Facebook Groups.

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2018-05-23 12:50:23

You can now find a plumber through Facebook - CNET  

No, it doesn't have to be your brother-in-law.

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2018-05-23 12:17:30

Facebook launches new tools for Group admins, including free customer service  

Facebook’s Groups are one of the social network’s most popular products, with more than 1.4 billion monthly users across tens of millions of active groups. Today, the company is rolling out a series of new features aimed at those who create and manage these groups, including customer support with answers and help provided by a […]

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2018-05-23 12:02:13

Uber drops self-driving operation in Arizona, following fatality  

Two months after an autonomous car struck and killed a woman in Arizona, Uber is shuttering its self-driving car program in the state.

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2018-05-23 11:50:32

Google takes top spot in global smart speaker market, HomePod nowhere to be found  

In a smart speaker marketshare leaderboard not yet cracked by Apple's HomePod, Google has overtaken Amazon according to new research data.

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2018-05-23 11:50:27

Spotify launches 'The Game Plan,' a 10-part educational video series for artists  

On the same day that Spotify’s class-action settlement with musicians gets final approval, the company is making a big push to encourage artists to participate on its streaming service – in this case, by offering them a host of educational material to help them get started. The streaming service today is launching its own video series […]

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2018-05-23 11:49:22

Apple offering $50 credit for iPhone batteries replaced before discounted repair program  

Apple is offering a $50 credit to customers who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement for iPhone 6 or later devices.

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2018-05-23 11:47:18

Watch Hawaii's Kilauea volcano glow through the clouds - CNET  

Clouds and shifting stars turn Hawaii's dangerous volcano into a scene of beauty.

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2018-05-23 11:44:05

Apple Is Going to Let You Download All the Data it Collects About You  

On Wednesday, Apple announced a new privacy website to help users better navigate just how much of their data is collected by the company, but so far, the feature is only available in Europe.Read more...

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2018-05-23 11:22:01

An all-screen Android without a notch is coming just in time for the World Cup  

The main smartphone design trend this year is to create all-screen smartphones that look exactly like the iPhone X. Well, almost exactly like Apple's flagship, as there's n Android-device that copies the notch, or the phone itself, perfectly. That doesn't mean all-screen smartphones have to look like the iPhone X, and there are other companies that are looking at things differently. Xiomi has such designs, and Lenovo has been teasing an all-screen, notch-less handset of its own. But it...

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2018-05-23 10:56:03

Okta's Chrome plug-in tells you when hackers have your password - CNET  

And yes, it does have a system to avoid leaking your password itself.

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2018-05-23 10:53:01

Bernie Sanders derides Amazon's business practices, Bezos' wealth - CNET  

The criticisms follow President Trump's own attacks against the company.

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2018-05-23 10:51:53

Pandora's personalized playlists go live for all Premium users  

Earlier this year, Pandora announced its plans to challenge Spotify by taking aim at one of its rival’s top features: personalized playlists. Pandora in March began rolling out dozens of variations of personalized playlists, including those spanning moods, activities, and genres – all powered by its music database, the Music Genome. Today, Pandora says the […]

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2018-05-23 10:50:24

Review: A week in an Audi R8 Spyder, an everyday supercar  

It's the sounds. The wisps and growls and gargles. Hit the red Start Engine button on the steering wheel and the world wakes up to the sounds of rumbling V10. The Audi R8 Spyder is a marvelous cup of coffee and a great way to start the day. What's more, after a week as treating […]

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2018-05-23 10:44:54

Governments are cracking down on fake token sales  

From Howeycoin to a Chinese study that found 421 fake token sales, governments and researchers are finally shedding light on bad actors in the token sale space. Take, for example, Operation Cryptosweep. According to an North American Securities Administrator’s Association, regulators in the US and Canada are looking into 70 token sales and may be […]

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2018-05-23 10:38:24

Facebook Marketplace expands into home services  

Facebook is entering the home services market. Starting today, U.S. Facebook users browsing the Facebook Marketplace will be able to search thousands of home service professionals through a new feature that helps users locate top-rated and vetted professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others, as well as receive quotes. The services experience will show […]

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2018-05-23 10:34:55

Apple offers a $50 credit for some out-of-warranty iPhone battery purchases  

If you bought a battery replacement for an out-of-warranty iPhone last year, you may be eligible for a $50 credit from Apple. The company issued a new support page post this week, announcing the rebate policy, which applies to purchases made at authorized locations. The move is part of on-going restitution in the wake of an admission […]

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2018-05-23 10:23:17

Facebook Won't Force You to Use a Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication Anymore    

Facebook users who want extra account security but don't want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts with alternative two-factor authentication methods like code-generating apps, Facebook announced today.Read more...

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2018-05-23 10:21:05

Damon Lindelof Unveils His Bold Plans for the Watchmen TV Show in an Emotional Letter to Fans   

Watchmen is heading to television—but in a way you might not expect, according to producer and writer Damon Lindelof. In a new letter to fans, the creator channels some of the series' most beloved moments to explain what's in store when it eventually makes its way to HBO.Read more...

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2018-05-23 10:18:37

The 10 Best Deals of May 23, 2018  

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...

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2018-05-23 10:07:01

Apple Watch leads wearable device market with estimated 3.8M unit shipments in first quarter  

The Apple Watch is continuing to dominate the wearable device market, analytics firm Canalys claims, marginally beating Xiaomi in terms of wearable band shipments in the first quarter of 2018 at a time when shipments in the market grew by 35 percent compared to the same period last year.

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2018-05-23 10:06:58

Foxconn's Wisconsin plant could make Apple iPhone and Mac displays after all  

Originally intended to churn out larger displays for products like TVs, Foxconn's upcoming $10 billion Wisconsin factory may actually turn to making small- to medium-sized panels for the likes of Apple and automakers in a bid to cut costs, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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2018-05-23 10:06:01

People Are Losing Faith In Self-Driving Cars Following Recent Fatal Crashes  

oldgraybeard shares a report from Mashable: A new survey (PDF) released Tuesday by the American Automobile Association found that 73 percent of American drivers are scared to ride in an autonomous vehicle. That figure is up 10 percent from the end of last year. The millennial demographic has been the most affected, according to the survey of more than 1,000 drivers. From that age group, 64 percent said they're too afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle, up from 49 percent -- making it the bigge

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2018-05-23 10:00:00

Amazon has the SNES Classic back in stock – but not for long, so hurry!  

Do you love retro games? Do you love retro consoles? Are you still on the lookout for a Super NES Classic Edition video game console? Well today is your lucky day because it's somehow back in stock on Amazon. It won't be for much longer though, so you'd better hurry up! Note that you may have to visit the "other sellers" section to get the $79.99 price from Amazon because it's not showing on the main product page right now even though it's in stock. Here's some more info from the Amazon page: T

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2018-05-23 09:59:36

A new eyewear brand is taking on Luxottica with a single wire, some seed funding, and a sustainability story  

A U.K.-based startup has come up with a new design for high-end, direct-to-consumer sunglasses that are original, modular, and virtually indestructible. But to get their eyewear in the hands of consumers, they’ll have to compete with some industry giants, including Luxottica Group of Italy, whose brands include Ray-Ban and Oakley among others. Their company, Wires […]

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2018-05-23 09:54:55

YouTeam is a marketplace for offshore developer talent  

While software is said to be eating the world, software developers and other technical talent remains in short supply. Not only is this seeing major tech companies compete hard to hire the best engineers, but it has also meant a rise in the use of remote working freelancers or turning to offshore agencies. The problem […]

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2018-05-23 09:50:35

Lyft invests $100 million in its drivers  

Lyft is committing $100 million to better support its drivers. The company is specifically putting this money toward cheaper oil changes, basic car maintenance, serviced car washes and more. Lyft will also almost double its operating hours at its driver hubs in 15 cities throughout the nation. The idea is to help drivers make more […]

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2018-05-23 09:48:21

Vivo's all-screen phone with a flip-up camera could arrive in June  

The all-screen smartphone is an inevitability. The question at this point, really, is who will get there first and how they'll accomplish that feat. I spoke to a LG rep at the G7 launch, who suggested that the notch is going to be fact of life for the next couple of years, but a number […]

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2018-05-23 09:46:23

Apple's Federighi promises APFS boot support for Mac Fusion Drives 'very soon'  

Apple will have news on APFS for the Fusion Drives in Macs "very soon," according to the company's software engineering head, Craig Federighi.

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2018-05-23 09:45:30

It's unconstitutional for Trump to block people on Twitter  

A uniquely 21st-century constitutional question received a satisfying answer today from a federal judge: President Trump cannot block people on Twitter, as it constitutes a violation of their First Amendment rights. The court also ruled he must unblock all previously blocked users. "No government official is above the law," the judge concluded.

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2018-05-23 09:45:22

This HD camera drone folds up to the size of a smartphone, and it's only $90 on Amazon right now  

OK seriously, the Holy Stone HS160 Shadow FPV RC Drone has to be one of the coolest camera drones we’ve come across. It’s remarkably compact when it’s flying, and then it folds up even smaller when you’re not using it. In fact, it’s about the size of a smartphone when it folds closed! It has one-key takeoff and landing features, remote or app controls, a bonus battery for more flight time in between charges, and it’s on sale right now on Amazon for just $89.99

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2018-05-23 09:44:18

Apple's self-driving shuttle project to use Volkswagen vans, report says  

After rebuffed attempts to partner with major carmakers over an ambitious electric vehicle project, Apple has reportedly inked a deal with Volkswagen to convert a number of T6 Transporter vans into self-driving shuttles for company employees.

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2018-05-23 09:43:18

Detroit Man Who Sold Diseased Body Parts Gets Nine Years in Prison  

A Detroit body broker was sentenced to nine years in federal prison on Tuesday for hustling diseased organs.Read more...

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2018-05-23 09:42:06

Meet the judges and hackmasters for the TC Hackathon at VivaTech  

On May 25-26, hundreds of Europe's best and brightest coders, hackers, tech makers and programmers will descend upon Paris to take part in TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech and compete for a €5,000 grand prize. But who are the people who will determine who gets that prize? Without further ado the judges for the TC Hackthon: Nicolas Bacca, CTO, […]

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2018-05-23 09:36:36

TruStory, a new startup, just raised $3 million to identify ICO scams before they happen  

Investing in initial coin offerings, or ICOs, is a minefield. This isn't just true for people with absolutely no technical background but also for many investors who may be well-versed in tech but still struggle to understand many projects' white papers. Enter TruStory, a platform for users to research and validate claims that people make […]

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2018-05-23 09:36:31

Okta introduces 'Sign in with Okta' service  

Consider that there are millions of Okta users out there using the service to sign into their company applications with a single set of credentials. Yet getting customers to work together using Okta authentication was an enormous task for developers. Okta wanted to simplify it, so they created a service they are calling it ‘Sign […]

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2018-05-23 09:35:21

Kenmore Elite Ovation 5-Quart Stand Mixer Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET  

The Kenmore Elite Ovation 5-Quart Stand Mixer has an opening at the top and a splash guard around the bowl to keep your ingredients from flying out of the mixing bowl.

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2018-05-23 09:29:18

Today only: Lowest prices of the year on Amazon's Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite  

Surprise! You probably didn't wake up thinking today would be the day you finally upgrade your dusty old eBook reader, but Amazon's one-day sale just came from out of nowhere and changed all our plans. The company's two best-selling eReaders ever are both on sale today at their lowest prices of 2018 so far. The Kindle E-reader will cost you just $49.99 today, down from its normal price of $80. Then the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader can be have for $89.99, which of course is down from $120. Again, t

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2018-05-23 09:19:10

American Suffers Mysterious Brain Injury in China Similar to 'Sonic Attack' in Cuba  

The U.S. State Department issued a health warning this morning to U.S. citizens in China after an American government worker was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. The unnamed worker reported "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure."Read more...

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2018-05-23 08:51:09

A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth  

When you think of an alien world, you might think of a strange, stormy place with an inhospitable environment, frequent lightning strikes, and extreme radiation. But who needs an imagination when the storms here on Earth already beam radiation, including antimatter, down toward the ground?Read more...

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2018-05-23 08:49:48

Nintendo now sells Switch solo, minus the dock - CNET  

Who even needs a dock, anyway?

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2018-05-23 08:49:08

No PlayStation 5? Don't be surprised if so - CNET  

Analysis: Sony is laying the groundwork for a new PlayStation -- but it might not be what you expect.

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2018-05-23 08:48:02

Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrino's Shape-Shifting Behavior  

Can we take a minute to appreciate just how weird neutrinos are? The second most abundant known particle in the universe passes right through most regular matter like a ghost—you get hit with around a quadrillion of them from the Sun every second. Not only that, but neutrinos can even change between three different…Read more...

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2018-05-23 08:44:30

Startups can now apply to take part in Google's first Demo Day event in Asia  

Google is bringing its Demo Day event to Asia for the first time this September and now the search giant has opened applications for startups wanting to take part. Google’s Demo Day are akin to a short version of an early-stage startup program. As the name suggests its a Demo Day but without the months-long program […]

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2018-05-23 08:30:23

HTC U12 Plus Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET  

And you can see its insides, too.

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2018-05-23 08:17:36

Giveaway: Enter to win 1 of 12 RAVPower wireless chargers for your iPhone X or 8  

AppleInsider is partnering with RAVPower this week to give away a variety of wireless chargers for Apple's iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. Twelve chargers are up for grabs -- find out how to enter today.

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2018-05-23 08:12:49

The First Glimpse of Aquaman's New Movie Look  

The new Men in Black film adds another intriguing cast member. David F. Sandberg discusses Shazam's movie suit. Argo City returns in new Supergirl pictures. Plus, good news for Krypton, a tiny look at Matt Groening's new fantasy series, and teasers for Arrow's next season. To me, my spoilers!Read more...

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2018-05-23 08:01:54

Uber is done testing self-driving cars in Arizona  

Uber, which had already pulled its autonomous cars off the road following a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona, is officially calling it quits in the state of Arizona, The Wall Street Journal first reported, citing an internal memo from Uber Advanced Technologies Group lead Eric Meyhofer. As part of the wind-down, Uber has let go […]

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2018-05-23 07:46:42

iPhone X's Face ID reviewed, six months later  

A major shift in biometric security that enabled Apple to add an edge-to-edge display to the iPhone X, the introduction of Face ID as a replacement for Touch ID was a fundamental change in how users interact with their devices. Six months down the line, Face ID continues to prove the security switch was worth doing.

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2018-05-23 07:43:39

FBI Used Fake Statistics to Sell Its Need for Encryption Backdoors  

For years, the FBI has claimed it needs a backdoor for encrypted devices because too much evidence is being lost in our brave new world. At the end of 2017, law enforcement began a new push, claiming there were 7,800 devices waiting to be cracked. Now it says there was a programming error and that number was totally…Read more...

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2018-05-23 07:42:35

N64 Classic Edition hinted at in new trademark filing from Nintendo  

As soon as Nintendo made the NES Classic Edition official back in November of 2016, the mind of every Nintendo fan on the planet began churning. If the company was willing to rerelease one retro console, why wouldn't it release a few more? When the SNES Classic Edition launched less than a year later, it seemed like the sky was the limit. Nintendo has yet to make any proclamations about future miniature consoles, but earlier this week, fan site Japanese Nintendo discovered a trademark applicati

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2018-05-23 07:40:21

Today's best deals: Lowest Kindle prices of 2018, $79 soundbar and sub, Dremel, AirPods, tents, more  

We've got some great daily deals for you to check out on Wednesday, and it all begins with the lowest prices of the year on the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite. Other top deals today include $20 off Amazon's best-selling sound bar, Apple AirPods that are actually in stock with Prime shipping (you still have to wait a week if you order from Apple), the "Amazon's Choice" wireless charging pad for just $14, $15 off the Roku Streaming Stick+, $10 off the 4K Fire TV, a $25 spy pen that records audio and

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2018-05-23 07:37:16

Pandora widens personalized playlist 'soundtracks' to Premium members - CNET  

Think Discover Weekly with themes.

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2018-05-23 07:36:24

How to Message All Your Friends Without Resorting to a Bad Group Chat  

You know the scenario. You need to get a message out to a lot of people—the baby's here, bring your own beer, that sort of thing—but you don't want to drag dozens of contacts into a spammy, reply-all messaging nightmare at the same time. No matter what your preferred communication app of choice, here's how it's done.Read more...

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2018-05-23 07:24:11

Apple MacBook keyboard issue prompts second lawsuit - CNET  

Apple's got another lawsuit on its hands regarding keyboards some say are defective.

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2018-05-23 07:06:51

Tinder pilots Places, a feature that tracks your location for better matches  

Tinder will now help you find matches with those people you may cross paths with in your day-to-day life. As promised earlier, the company today is announcing the launch of a new location-based feature that will narrow your list of potential dating prospects to those who hit up your same bar for after-work drinks, or […]

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2018-05-23 07:02:01

Tesla's Promised $35,000 Model 3 Is Still a Long Way Off  

When the Model 3 was first unveiled, it was pitched as an EV for the masses that would have a reasonable $35,000 price. Two years later and we still don't have a clear timeline as to when the $35,000 Model 3 will ship. In fact, Elon Musk last weekend unveiled the pricing and specs of a newer, more expensive Model 3 with AWD. It will cost $78,000. Engadget reports: CEO Elon Musk recently tweeted that the $35,000 Model 3 now won't ship until three to six months after Tesla achieves its 5,000 vehic

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2018-05-23 07:00:00

Ring's Jamie Siminoff and Clinc's Jason Mars to join us at Disrupt SF  

Disrupt SF is set to be the biggest tech conference that TechCrunch has ever hosted. So it only makes sense that we plan an agenda fit for the occasion. That’s why we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Ring’s Jamie Siminoff will join us on stage for a fireside chat and Jason Mars from Clinc will […]

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2018-05-23 06:58:52

France is Being Invaded By Giant Killer Worms  

France is known for many of its cultural items, including exceptional cuisine, wine, and the Louvre. Soon, it may also be known for its arm-length, shovel-headed, carnivorous worms. Read more...

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2018-05-23 06:57:10

GUN raises more than $1.5M for its decentralized database system  

GUN is an open-source decentralized database service that allows developers to build fast peer-to-peer applications that will work, even when their users are offline. The company behind the project (which should probably change its name and logo…) today announced that it has raised just over $1.5 million in a seed round led by Draper Associates. […]

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2018-05-23 06:49:11

Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale Is Upon Us - Save On Thousands of Styles From Hundreds of Brands  

Nordstrom has two large sales each year: The Anniversary Sale and The Half-Yearly Sale. Well, today is about halfway through the year, so Nordstrom is taking up to 40% off a boatload of styles. Read more...

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2018-05-23 06:44:48

Ryan Reynolds and 'Deadpool' writers to make Netflix's most expensive action movie yet  

Netflix has been quick to snap up the combination that made Deadpool so good. Ryan Reynolds will star in an action movie called Six Underground, and Deadpool and Deadpool 2 screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will pen the script. Moreover, Michael Bay will take the helm of the project, which is expected to be Netflix's most expensive movie ever, topping Will Smith's Bright by a huge margin. Released this past Christmas, Will Smith's fantasy cop story Bright had a $90 million bu...

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2018-05-23 06:42:58

Apple hit with another class-action lawsuit over the MacBook Pro keyboard design  

The controversy surrounding the MacBook Pro's keyboard design isn't going away anytime soon. Earlier this week, Apple was hit with a second class-action suit (via AppleInsider) claiming that the butterfly-switch keyboard design on the MacBook Pro is defective and prone to failure. What's more, the new complaint alleges that Apple's marketing claims about the keyboard are patently false and misleading. The complaint, not surprisingly, brings up many of the allegations addressed in the first cla...

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2018-05-23 06:37:13

Facebook's Tool to Fight Revenge Porn is Here—Do You Trust Facebook Enough to Use It?  

Facebook is partnering with civil rights organizations to combat revenge porn on its platforms. The company announced Wednesday that it is rolling out a hashing system in the US, Canada, and the UK to block explicit photos from being shared on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram, including in private group chats. The…Read more...

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2018-05-23 06:24:01

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