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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

<a href="https://splinternews.com/apple-ceo-signals-hes-not-backing-down-on-iphone-encryp-1793845311" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Apple CEO signals he&#39;s not backing down on iPhone encryption</a>

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...

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...

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...

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

The American coal industry is collapsing

<a href="https://splinternews.com/the-american-coal-industry-is-collapsing-1793848043" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The American coal industry is collapsing</a>

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

<a href="https://splinternews.com/driving-should-be-illegal-1793851503" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Driving should be illegal</a>

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...

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...

Jul 14, 2019.

Science is embarrassingly white. That's a huge problem.

<a href="https://splinternews.com/science-is-embarrassingly-white-thats-a-huge-problem-1793853594" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Science is embarrassingly white. That&#39;s a huge problem.</a>

Type the word scientist into Google image search, and you'll overwhelmingly get a bunch of white faces in return. Even the cartoon scientists are white.

Sadly, this is a microcosm of the state of science today. Researchers are largely monochromatic. It's no matter that the country is becoming more multicultural and interracial. What that means is that science—the very thing that's supposed...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 14, 2019.

Kickstarter investment gone sour? Tell the Feds, they’re cracking down

<a href="https://splinternews.com/kickstarter-investment-gone-sour-tell-the-feds-they-r-1793848353" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Kickstarter investment gone sour? Tell the Feds, they’re cracking down</a>

The saga of “The Doom That Came to Atlantic City!” is not so different from many of the tales of Kickstarter gone wrong.

Enthusiastic backers rushed to invest in the board game, a collaboration between well-known artists and game designers in which characters dreamed up by cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft set out to destroy Atlantic City. The campaign raised $122,874 from 1,200 people, far...

Alexis Madrigal Alexis Madrigal Jul 14, 2019.

Many, many Facebook users still don't know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm

<a href="https://splinternews.com/many-many-facebook-users-still-dont-know-that-their-ne-1793846682" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Many, many Facebook users still don&#39;t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm</a>

For heavy Facebook users, let alone social media gurus, the idea that Facebook's news feed is filtered by an algorithm is very, very old news. But a majority of everyday Facebook users in a recent study had no idea that Facebook constructs their experience, pushing certain posts into their stream and leaving others out. And worse, many participants blamed themselves, not Facebook's software,...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 14, 2019.

Airbnb went to war with San Francisco and won. This is what it means for the rest of the country.

<a href="https://splinternews.com/airbnb-went-to-war-with-san-francisco-and-won-this-is-1793852542" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Airbnb went to war with San Francisco and won. This is what it means for the rest of the country.</a>

In a time of great unease over San Francisco's relationship with the industry that inhabits it, the 2015 election became a voter referendum on the tech world and its workers.

In response to the tech boom's effect on local real estate, there were two affordable-housing measures (one failed, the other passed) and a narrowly successful proposal to help legacy businesses survive among the city's...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 14, 2019.

10 years after his epic MySpace hack, Samy Kamkar is trying to turn hackers into heroes

<a href="https://splinternews.com/10-years-after-his-epic-myspace-hack-samy-kamkar-is-tr-1793850061" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">10 years after his epic MySpace hack, Samy Kamkar is trying to turn hackers into heroes</a>

Samy Kamkar is in a dark room in Bally's Casino in Las Vegas; the room is lit by blue lights and the glow of laptop screens. A DJ is spinning lyric-less music while hackers sit at round tables intermittently coding and chatting. This is the designated "chill-out room" at DEFCON, the annual hacking convention, but Kamkar is not feeling chill at the moment. He's preparing to give a presentation...

Jul 14, 2019.

The highest YouTube earner of 2014 made nearly $5 million just by opening Disney toy packages

<a href="https://splinternews.com/the-highest-youtube-earner-of-2014-made-nearly-5-milli-1793844823" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The highest YouTube earner of 2014 made nearly $5 million just by opening Disney toy packages</a>

An unidentified individual or group responsible for uploading videos that simply show a woman opening Disney toys made an estimated $4.9 million last year, more than any other channel for 2014, according to OpenSlate, a video analytics platform that analyzes ad-supported content on YouTube.

Almost nothing is known about the person or people behind the channel, DC Toys Collector (DC), which...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 14, 2019.

We wrote you a social media prenup. You're welcome.

<a href="https://splinternews.com/we-wrote-you-a-social-media-prenup-youre-welcome-1793854173" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">We wrote you a social media prenup. You&#39;re welcome.</a>

When at long last you and your sweetheart become Facebook Official, it's hard to imagine that anything could ever possibly come between you. So you go about posting goofy photos, liking each other's statuses, tagging each other on Instagram, hearting each other's tweets, blissfully unaware that things may be about to go horribly, horribly wrong. When it all falls apart in the real...

Jul 14, 2019.

How soft robots will help sick kids walk and make the elderly stronger

<a href="https://splinternews.com/how-soft-robots-will-help-sick-kids-walk-and-make-the-e-1793852928" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">How soft robots will help sick kids walk and make the elderly stronger</a>

The SRI International campus is nestled on a quiet tree-lined Silicon Valley street, down the road from a high school and a seminary. The commuter train runs nearby. Its buildings are nondescript brick constructions that harken back to the 1970s. By all accounts, it’s a rather unimpressive place.

But within its walls, scientists are building the future. SRI has been at the forefront of...

Jul 13, 2019.

How Trump's troll army is cashing in on his campaign

<a href="https://splinternews.com/how-trumps-troll-army-is-cashing-in-on-his-campaign-1793856803" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">How Trump&#39;s troll army is cashing in on his campaign</a>

Matt Adams is invested in the candidacy of Donald Trump, but not just because he wants to Make America Great Again. For Adams, Trumps' ascendency to presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican party comes with a cash prize. Potentially, he hopes, a big one.

Adams, a 46-year-old web developer and IT specialist in northern Maryland, runs the Facebook group Trump Nation. With 47,615...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 13, 2019.

Amazon is suing 1,114 people who left fake positive reviews on Amazon

<a href="https://splinternews.com/amazon-is-suing-1-114-people-who-left-fake-positive-rev-1793852026" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Amazon is suing 1,114 people who left fake positive reviews on Amazon</a>

Earlier this year, I created a completely fake business and then bought it an amazing online reputation. I used a website called Fiverr.com, where freelancers were willing to do just about anything for $5, including making up and posting flattering online reviews of my non-existent karaoke truck.

It turns out that I was not the only person who conducted a sting operation on Fiverr this year....

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

I tried three apps that claim to make you more likable—and am now addicted to one of them

<a href="https://splinternews.com/i-tried-three-apps-that-claim-to-make-you-more-likable-1793850917" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">I tried three apps that claim to make you more likable—and am now addicted to one of them</a>
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I have a confession to make: I might have cheated to get this job.

Last spring, when I was applying to Fusion, I heard about a new start-up called Crystal that promised to, among other things, help you write the perfect email. Crystal scrapes the web for public data on a person, from sites like...

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