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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 11, 2019 at 12:00. 3 comments

Google's Fitbit Deal Reportedly to Be Scrutinized By DOJ Antitrust Office

Google's Fitbit Deal Reportedly to Be Scrutinized By DOJ Antitrust Office

Google’s $2.1 billion deal to acquire fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit has attracted the attention of antitrust enforcers at the Department of Justice, according to reports that first emerged in the New York Post tabloid and were subsequently verified by Reuters.

Normally, deals of this size have to be approved by either the DOJ or the Federal Trade Commission, which also has federal...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Nov 25, 2019. 5 comments

What Are We Most Likely Going to Be Dying From in the Future?

What Are We Most Likely Going to Be Dying From in the Future?
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It is easy to be smug about the blindspots of the past. Lead paint, cigarettes, cocaine in Coca Cola—could they really not have known? Such are the things we think, as we heedlessly Juul, pump ourselves with radiation, and fill prescriptions...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Nov 22, 2019. 16 comments

For the First Time Ever, Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Congressional Committee

For the First Time Ever, Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Congressional Committee

A bill to remove marijuana from federal controlled substances lists, expunge federal convictions and arrests, and allocate resources to communities that have suffered under the U.S. government’s war on drugs passed 24-10 in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, ABC News reported.

Passing a bill through committee is just one step on the road towards a piece of legislation becoming law.

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 20, 2019. 5 comments

Guys, Fitbit Started Profiting Off Health Data Long Before Google Showed Up

Guys, Fitbit Started Profiting Off Health Data Long Before Google Showed Up

Since news broke that Google bought Fitbit for $2.1 billion, one of the big questions was how that massive treasure trove of Fitbit data would be handled. Everyone saw what happened with Nest. As a company, Nest and its data operated separately for a long while, but earlier this year, Nest users were told to migrate their accounts . Their data was now Google’s data. The prospect has...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Nov 18, 2019. 19 comments

What Causes Foggy Brain?

What Causes Foggy Brain?
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If you’re like me, you can barely read this paragraph right now. I’m amazed I’m even capable of writing it. Most of us suffering from brain fog can recall a time, perhaps illusory, when setting and achieving goals was simple, more or...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 12, 2019. 6 comments

Google Reportedly Amassed Private Health Data on Millions of People Without Their Knowledge

Google Reportedly Amassed Private Health Data on Millions of People Without Their Knowledge

Google has tapped a partnership with a prominent healthcare services company to advance its healthcare software services offerings. But a new report alleges the data being used for the project comes from the health records of tens of millions of people who have no idea their data is being used by Google for this purpose.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the tech giant partnered...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Nov 07, 2019. 8 comments

Vape Shops Might Be Exempt From Federal Flavor Ban, If You Believe Kellyanne Conway

Vape Shops Might Be Exempt From Federal Flavor Ban, If You Believe Kellyanne Conway

Earlier this year, Donald Trump’s administration appeared to be ready to eviscerate the entire vaping industry with a nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarette products —with the possible exception of menthol . Now it looks like the vapocalypse has been offset somewhat, with Bloomberg reporting that the administration may exempt dedicated vape shops from the ban.

Granted, this news comes via way...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Nov 04, 2019. 3 comments

Closed Schools, Delayed Flights, and Restricted Cars: India's Air Pollution Disaster

Closed Schools, Delayed Flights, and Restricted Cars: India's Air Pollution Disaster

The air quality of Delhi, India, is growing so dangerous for human health that officials in the capital territory on Monday began to restrict vehicle use in a bid to prevent the situation from worsening. In fact, the region saw record-breaking air pollution over the weekend, according to DD News.

Shitty air quality is nothing new for residents in this part of India. Last year, air pollution...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 02, 2019. 10 comments

This AI-Powered Toothbrush Is Like a Fitness Tracker For Your Mouth

This AI-Powered Toothbrush Is Like a Fitness Tracker For Your Mouth

Smart devices are supposed to be better than dumb ones. By the nature of Bluetooth, wifi, or some kind of companion app, you’re theoretically getting something extra for all that money you’re plopping down. Smart lights are programmable, for instance. By that logic, the smart Oral-B Genius X should be more than just an electric toothbrush.

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Oct 31, 2019. 9 comments

A Radio Enthusiast Was Livestreaming Sensitive Medical Patient Information Being Sent to Pagers

A Radio Enthusiast Was Livestreaming Sensitive Medical Patient Information Being Sent to Pagers

Pagers used within the United Kingdom’s National Health Service are leaking sensitive patient information, and an amateur radio enthusiast has been broadcasting some of that medical data on a webcam livestream, a security researcher has found.

TechCrunch reports that Florida-based security researcher Daley Borda stumbled upon the strange confluence of archaic tech that flowed together to...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Oct 29, 2019. 3 comments

Switching to Renewables May Spur Trillions Dollars Worth of Benefits in US

Switching to Renewables May Spur Trillions Dollars Worth of Benefits in US

The costs of installing renewable energy are far outweighed by the health benefits they would unlock, according to a new study. Those benefits could add up to upwards of $2.2 trillion.

Published in the journal Environmental Research Letters on Tuesday, the study looks at how transitioning away from fossil fuels—which spew nasty junk such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, and particulate...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Oct 28, 2019.

Why Do Placebos 'Work'?

Why Do Placebos 'Work'?
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We all know the placebo effect is a powerful thing—it can ease pain, alleviate depression, turn CBD into a billion-dollar industry, and more. Less widely understood is why it works—how the human brain, in tandem with various other organs, can turn a simple sugar pill...

Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Oct 23, 2019. 1 comments

New Study Shows 'Everybody on the Planet' Is Exposed to Toxic Flame Retardants

New Study Shows 'Everybody on the Planet' Is Exposed to Toxic Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are everywhere from your TV to your couch to your car. In the U.S., we’ve largely switched out an old class of retardants with another class that may be much more toxic and widespread than what they were created to replace.

A new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters reviewed more than a hundred papers—many of which this study’s...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Oct 01, 2019. 12 comments

‘Magic Mushroom’ Chemical Harvested From Bacteria For the First Time

‘Magic Mushroom’ Chemical Harvested From Bacteria For the First Time

New research shows that psilocybin—the psychoactive compound that puts the magic in magic mushrooms—can be made by bioengineered bacteria, highlighting a potential new way of mass-producing the valued chemical.

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated the possibility of coaxing a prokaryotic host, the bacterium Escherichia coli, into producing psilocybin. To do so, a team from Miami...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 28, 2019. 15 comments

Lab Test Finds Toxic Chemicals in Black Market THC Cartridges

Lab Test Finds Toxic Chemicals in Black Market THC Cartridges

A test of more than a dozen THC vape cartridges by NBC News has some produced some sobering results: Every sample bought on the black market was tainted by at least one toxic additive, including a chemical linked to the mysterious vaping illness that has sickened hundreds.

The report comes amidst a growing health crisis believed to be vaping-related. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Sep 25, 2019. 18 comments

Boris Johnson Warns of 'Pink-Eyed Terminators' and 'Limbless Chickens' in Absolutely Bonkers UN Speech

Boris Johnson Warns of 'Pink-Eyed Terminators' and 'Limbless Chickens' in Absolutely Bonkers UN Speech

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a bizarre late night speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, warning that technology could make our world a dystopian hellscape if it’s not properly constrained—a place where mattresses monitor our nightmares, heartless algorithms deny us medical care, and... robots travel from the future to slaughter humanity.

With...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 25, 2019. 18 comments

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Orders 4-Month Ban on Sale of All (Yes, All) Vaping Products

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Orders 4-Month Ban on Sale of All (Yes, All) Vaping Products

After the Centers for Disease Control warned of hundreds of cases of potentially lethal vaping-associated pulmonary illness (VAPI) across the country and growing backlash over skyrocketing teen use, Massachusetts has gone much farther than other states and totally banned the sale of all vaping products for four months.

That’s not a typo. Republican Governor Charlie Baker issued an order,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 24, 2019. 9 comments

Australian State to Use Smartphone Detection Cams to Catch and Fine Distracted Drivers

Australian State to Use Smartphone Detection Cams to Catch and Fine Distracted Drivers

The government of New South Wales state in Australia is rolling out tech to automatically catch drivers who don’t put down their cell phones on the road, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

According to the AP, New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance described the program as the first of its kind in the world. Constance told Australian Broadcasting Corp that “There is no doubt...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 24, 2019. 4 comments

Report: Juul's Massive Vape Cloud of Trouble Grows, With Feds Launching Criminal Investigation

Report: Juul's Massive Vape Cloud of Trouble Grows, With Feds Launching Criminal Investigation

E-cigarette giant Juul is already facing a massive backlash from allegations it intentionally advertised to underage users and deployed deceptive marketing tactics. But its troubles may be growing much worse, with the Wall Street Journal reporting on Monday that federal prosecutors are readying a “criminal probe” into the company.

The Journal report contained few details, other than that the...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Sep 23, 2019. 23 comments

Can You Overdose on Weed?

Can You Overdose on Weed?
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At this very moment, behind a high school storage shed or under the grim fluorescents of a strip-mall Wendy’s, a too-high teen is convinced they’re going to die. Eventually that teen will calm down, and probably thank their friend for refusing to call an ambulance...

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