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Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 19:03.

Apple CEO signals he's not backing down on iPhone encryption

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On Friday, the White House convened a "cyber summit" at Stanford's campus in Palo Alto so that business and government leaders could get together and talk, essentially, about how scary hackers are.

There were two keynote speakers: Apple CEO Tim Cook, who got 10 minutes of talking time, and President Obama, who got 30 minutes. Obama focused on the threats to our digital security — "This is not...

Rafa Fernandez de Castro Rafa Fernandez de Castro Jul 15, 2019 at 18:49.

Facebook executive arrested in Brazil over WhatsApp controversy

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A senior official for Facebook Latin America was released by Brazilian authorities Wednesday morning after being detained in São Paulo for failing to comply with a court order requiring Facebook to assist in a criminal investigation.

Diego Dzodan, vice president of Facebook Latin America, was detained by Brazilian authorities on Tuesday and put "at the disposal of justice," according a press...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 16:45.

In new art exhibit, Citizenfour director Laura Poitras shows you what surveillance feels like

<a href="https://splinternews.com/in-new-art-exhibit-citizenfour-director-laura-poitras-1793854503" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">In new art exhibit, Citizenfour director Laura Poitras shows you what surveillance feels like</a>

"These 8 minutes changed my life, but I didn't know it at the time."

So says the disembodied voice of documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras to visitors of Astro Noise, her new solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Before Poitras introduced the world to Edward Snowden and made Citizenfour, the documentary about NSA surveillance, she had spent years being detained and...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 16:29.

Hackers got a sneak peek at Michael Mann's new hacker movie 'Blackhat.' Verdict: It doesn't suck.

<a href="https://splinternews.com/hackers-got-a-sneak-peek-at-michael-manns-new-hacker-mo-1793844758" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Hackers got a sneak peek at Michael Mann&#39;s new hacker movie &#39;Blackhat.&#39; Verdict: It doesn&#39;t suck.</a>

Michael Mann's new cyber thriller Blackhat opens Friday. The movie starts with a villain hacking a Chinese nuclear facility and the New York Stock Exchange, resulting in death and stock dips. The plot gets complicated from there, but it features Chris Hemsworth as a muscle-bound, MIT-trained hacker who is sprung from the clink by the FBI to help track the bad guy down. Instead of Thor's...

Dodai Stewart Dodai Stewart Jul 15, 2019 at 15:38.

The weirdest profiles from the now-defunct Tinder in Dubai (RIP)

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Earlier this year, Tinder users in the United Arab Emirates hoping for hookups abruptly discovered that the app no longer works properly in that country.

As Hala Khalaf reports for Abu Dhabi-based publication The National, while users may be able to log in, photos no longer load on the popular people-connecting app.

This is a tragedy, not just because lonely types looking for love (or lust)...

Jul 15, 2019 at 15:00.

Did Airbnb delete this woman's account because she's a sex worker?

<a href="https://splinternews.com/did-airbnb-delete-this-womans-account-because-shes-a-se-1793855182" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Did Airbnb delete this woman&#39;s account because she&#39;s a sex worker?</a>

Julie Simone had heard wonderful things about Airbnb. "So many of my friends, when I was at [the Adult Entertainment Expo] in January, had used Airbnb and were like, 'It's really great, that's who you should use when you travel, because y'know, you can cook your own meals, it's cheaper than a hotel,'" she told me over the phone, quickly adding, "That's why I tried it, because I can probably...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 14:14.

Iranian hackers broke into what they thought was a Chevron gas pump — but it was a honeypot

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In the last few years, the so-called "Internet of Things" has gotten a reputation as "the Internet of Things That Can Be Hacked." This year alone, security researchers have hacked baby monitors, skateboards, rifles, and a Jeep— making it undriveable while it was going 70 miles per hour on a...

Patrick Hogan Patrick Hogan Jul 15, 2019 at 13:56.

How Microsoft’s teen Twitter bot turned into a racist nightmare

<a href="https://splinternews.com/how-microsoft-s-teen-twitter-bot-turned-into-a-racist-n-1793855813" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">How Microsoft’s teen Twitter bot turned into a racist nightmare</a>

When I made a bot version of my teen chat logs, my main concern was that it would show the world a side of myself I had long hidden: that I once was a Dave Matthews Band fan. Microsoft now has a similar problem with its teen bot, except instead of liking a dopey rock group, theirs is hiding a streak of racist tweets.

Microsoft announced Tay earlier this week with great fanfare. It was a bot...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 12:04.

The founder of Mozilla has a crazy plan to solve the ad-blocking crisis haunting the web

<a href="https://splinternews.com/the-founder-of-mozilla-has-a-crazy-plan-to-solve-the-ad-1793854293" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The founder of Mozilla has a crazy plan to solve the ad-blocking crisis haunting the web</a>

The internet is in a moment of crisis. On the one hand, people who use the internet hate ads—they're annoying, make sites load slower, crowd out the stuff you're actually trying to see, and sometimes carry malware. On the other hand, people who put stuff on the internet need users to look at ads so they can make money so they can keep putting stuff on the internet.

The reason why these...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 15, 2019 at 11:26.

Here's whats going on with all of those Uber lawsuits

<a href="https://splinternews.com/heres-whats-going-on-with-all-of-those-uber-lawsuits-1793857601" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Here&#39;s whats going on with all of those Uber lawsuits</a>

Uber is being sued by so many people right now that it can be hard to keep track. Last year, 50 lawsuits were filed against Silicon Valley's favorite start-up in U.S. federal court alone—and since then, still more suits have been filed, while others have settled.

Some of these suits could spell big trouble for Uber. Many of the cases challenge Uber’s basic business model, arguing that that...

Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Jul 15, 2019 at 11:03.

The Japanese are totally down to have a giant robot battle with the USA

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We're one step closer to finally getting a chance to see real gigantic robots fight each other to the death.

MegaBots Inc. and Suidobashi Heavy Industry are two actual companies that build the sort of huge robo-mechs that Gundam fantasies are made of. Last week, the US-based MegaBots issued a bold challenge to Suidobashi, a Japanese company that actually brought the first large combat robot to...

Jul 15, 2019 at 11:00.

What alcohol does to your brain

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You had a few too many Manhattans. You're less coordinated. Your reflexes aren't as sharp as usual. Your speech is slightly slurred, but making conversation seems easier. Suddenly the dude sitting across the bar looks more like Ryan Gosling than Steve Buscemi. So, of course you catwalk...

Alexis Madrigal Alexis Madrigal Jul 15, 2019 at 10:53.

The American coal industry is collapsing

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Just five years ago, the American coal industry was looking strong. Business was good. Opponents of climate change regulation had kept a Democratic-controlled legislature from enacting meaningful carbon-reduction legislation. With renewable energy in its infancy, nuclear power plant construction stalled, and due to the higher cost of natural gas, there was no immediate alternative on the...

Kevin Roose Kevin Roose Jul 15, 2019 at 10:24.

Driving should be illegal

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Imagine for a moment that, one day in the future, a major pharmaceutical company released a new miracle drug that radically and instantaneously enhanced human performance. Everyone who took it immediately became significantly faster, stronger, and more efficient. As a result, millions of people began taking it daily. The gains enabled by this drug quickly transformed society—entire industries...

Kevin Roose Kevin Roose Jul 15, 2019 at 03:25.

Silicon Valley's infamous 'Startup Castle' is getting evicted

<a href="https://splinternews.com/silicon-valleys-infamous-startup-castle-is-getting-evic-1793848345" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Silicon Valley&#39;s infamous &#39;Startup Castle&#39; is getting evicted</a>

Last month, we brought you news of the "Startup Castle," a group home near Stanford's campus where a group of tech workers were establishing a "community of excellence" while discouraging people who had multiple tattoos, owned "clothing, shoes, watches, or handbags costing over $500," or who had "ever been prescribed anything by a psychiatrist more than once" from applying to live there. We...

Jul 15, 2019 at 03:19.

What It's Like When Your Tinder Date Lives Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

<a href="https://splinternews.com/what-its-like-when-your-tinder-date-lives-across-the-u-1793862763" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">What It&#39;s Like When Your Tinder Date Lives Across the U.S.-Mexico Border</a>

You can tell a lot about a place just by swiping through Tinder. In the Mexican border town of Tijuana, you’ll quickly cycle past profiles in both English and Spanish, potentially matching with someone who lives in a different country even though they are just in San Diego, 20 miles away. Miguel the 28-year-old “músico amateur, ingeniero profesional” is followed by Warren, 25, who just moved...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 15, 2019 at 03:12.

But, like, how long should you wait to text him back? This random website has the answer.

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In the future, perhaps we'll have plugins to help us craft the perfect e-mail to a potential sweetheart or figure out whether we're even a good match. In the meantime, though, a new website has as algorithmic answer to at least one of dating's greater mysteries: how long do you wait before texting back?

Txtwar presents the problem as a simple equation:

how hot are you + how hot are they + how...

Patrick Hogan Patrick Hogan Jul 14, 2019.

Terrifying snake robot just wants to get to know you better

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What's that peeking around the corner, telescoping straight out of your nightmares? Why, it's none other than OC Robotics' new snake-armed robot here to lend a coiling appendage!

Hey there, not-at-all horrifying snake robot!

According to OC Robotics' website, the robot was designed to get inside locations humans cannot reach because they are either hazardous or too small. Snake-like...

Jul 14, 2019.

Violent emoji are starting to get people in trouble with the law

<a href="https://splinternews.com/violent-emoji-are-starting-to-get-people-in-trouble-wit-1793845130" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Violent emoji are starting to get people in trouble with the law</a>

There are 17 different emojis for love (❤️), but none for hate. There is an emoji for peace ✌️, but none for war. There are many characters missing from the current emoji gallery, and with action verbs in short supply, I keep turning to the gun. I use it as a congratulatory phrase upon completing a difficult work-out. I use it to describe the show-stopping beauty of Fashion Week. And I use it...

Kevin Roose Kevin Roose Jul 14, 2019.

Good news: Bitcoin probably isn't the Antichrist's tool, after all

<a href="https://splinternews.com/good-news-bitcoin-probably-isnt-the-antichrists-tool-1793847591" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Good news: Bitcoin probably isn&#39;t the Antichrist&#39;s tool, after all</a>

Bitcoin is many things: an innovative cross-border payments platform, a hilariously bad short-term investment, a facilitator of illegal drug purchases and Winklevoss space trips. But here's some good news for fans of the cryptocurrency: it is almost certainly not an indicator of the apocalypse.

The Biblical scholars at Newsmax, a right-wing political site, have looked into the connections...

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