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Ed Cara Ed Cara today at 01:25. 2 comments

Some Cellphones Reportedly Exceed FCC Radiation Limits—but Don't Flip Out Just Yet

Some Cellphones Reportedly Exceed FCC Radiation Limits—but Don't Flip Out Just Yet

A new Chicago Tribune report on cellphone radiation sure sounds alarming: Popular smartphones were found to emit higher-than-allowed levels of radiation. But while some of the findings are definitely worth investigating further, there’s no reason to be freaked out about health risks for now.

The Chicago Tribune, according to its comprehensive report, brought 11 new, popular smartphones of...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay yesterday at 11:45. 15 comments

Eminem's Publisher Sues Spotify, Says It Pretended It Didn't Know Who Held Rights to 'Lose Yourself'

Eminem's Publisher Sues Spotify, Says It Pretended It Didn't Know Who Held Rights to 'Lose Yourself'

Rapper Eminem’s publisher is suing Spotify, claiming that the music streaming giant is infringing on hundreds of his copyrights as well as “challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Wednesday.

According to the Reporter, Eminem’s publisher Eight Mile Style claimed in a suit filed in federal court in Nashville on Wednesday that...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay yesterday at 09:15.

The Question of Whether or Not WeWork Is a Tech Company Has Been Answered

The Question of Whether or Not WeWork Is a Tech Company Has Been Answered

Is WeWork, the sprawling chain of coworking spaces expanding across the country and abroad, a tech company? WeWork is sure scrambling to find reasons to claim so, because “tech” is apparently some kind of magic word that it thinks will justify its $47 billion valuation. Its critics have instead characterized WeWork as a traditional real estate company in the risky business of signing cheap...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 21, 2019 at 11:40. 12 comments

YouTube Concedes Robot Fight Videos Are Not Actually Animal Cruelty After Removing Them by Mistake

YouTube Concedes Robot Fight Videos Are Not Actually Animal Cruelty After Removing Them by Mistake

Google subsidiary YouTube has admitted that it made a mistake when, citing its policies against “deliberate infliction of animal suffering” such as “dog fighting and cock fighting,” it removed several videos of robots fighting, per reports in Motherboard and the Verge. The videos are again available.

According to Motherboard, the takedowns were first noted by YouTube channel Maker’s Muse and...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 21, 2019 at 09:45. 5 comments

MoviePass Apparently Left 58,000 Customer Records Exposed on a Public Server

MoviePass Apparently Left 58,000 Customer Records Exposed on a Public Server

Ticketing app and ongoing shitshow MoviePass has been burning through whatever could possibly remain of its finances at an incredible rate—when last the imploding startup was in the news, it was because it reportedly tried to prevent users from actually using it by changing their passwords and barring them from certain screenings. Leaked internal data in April showed that the company was

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 20, 2019 at 20:41. 5 comments

Facebook Yanks Another Trump Ad for a Laughably Obvious Policy Violation

Facebook Yanks Another Trump Ad for a Laughably Obvious Policy Violation

Facebook has pulled another Donald Trump campaign ad for blatantly violating its advertising policies, but it only did so after being reached by the progressive Popular Info newsletter for comment, according to a Monday report by the newsletter.

The ad in question, below, featured an image of a crowd of women accompanied by the caption, “The Women for Trump Coalition needs the support of...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 20, 2019 at 11:10. 16 comments

Report: Apple Is Pouring Over $6 Billion Into Apple TV+, Including Nine Figures on The Morning Show

Report: Apple Is Pouring Over $6 Billion Into Apple TV+, Including Nine Figures on The Morning Show

Apple’s budget for its forthcoming streaming service—previously reported to be around $1 billion, give or take—has exploded to $6 billion, according to a Monday report in the Financial Times.

“People familiar with the matter” told the paper that executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, industry veterans in charge of the project, have landed funding commitments in excess of $6 billion....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 20, 2019 at 08:45. 1 comments

Russian Man Who Tried to Burn Down Offices of Internet Regulator Reportedly Gets Probation

Russian Man Who Tried to Burn Down Offices of Internet Regulator Reportedly Gets Probation

Earlier this month, a court in Russia’s Ulyanovsk Region sentenced a man to one and a half years’ probation after he reportedly tried not one, not two, but three times to burn down the regional offices of national internet regulator Roskomnadzor, with Interfax reporting (via TorrentFreak) that one local said he had done so to seek revenge over blocking of piracy sites.

Russian language sources...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 19, 2019 at 02:45. 3 comments

Report: FTC, FCC Squabbled About Who Is Responsible for Cracking Down on VoIP Robocalls

Report: FTC, FCC Squabbled About Who Is Responsible for Cracking Down on VoIP Robocalls

As automated Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems fueled a national robocall epidemic estimated at tens of billions of bogus calls annually, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission argued over who should actually do something about it, according to a Sunday report in the Wall Street Journal.

“Relatively few” of the calls that are “flagged as ‘high risk’ of...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 18, 2019 at 07:40. 7 comments

Apple Sues Corellium for Selling Access to Cloud-Based 'Perfect Replicas' of iOS

Apple Sues Corellium for Selling Access to Cloud-Based 'Perfect Replicas' of iOS

Apple is suing a company, Corellium LLC, that it says is illegally reselling virtual copies of its iOS operating system under the pretense of legitimate security research, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Corellium advertises itself as “the first and only platform to offer iOS, Android, and Linux virtualization on ARM.” Per TechCrunch, the company allows users to interact with simulated iOS...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 18, 2019 at 01:30. 14 comments

Democratic Senators Urge FCC to Delay T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Vote, Seek Public Comment

Democratic Senators Urge FCC to Delay T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Vote, Seek Public Comment

In July, the Department of Justice cleared T-Mobile’s planned takeover of Sprint , paving the way for the nation’s third and fourth largest wireless carriers to merge into a titan to rival AT&T and Verizon. Sixteen states are suing to block the merger , and now some congressional Democrats are lobbying to have the Federal Communications Commission delay an announced vote on whether to give...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 18, 2019 at 01:20.

Report: Huawei Could Get 90 More Days to Buy American Parts to Fill Pre-Blacklist Orders

Report: Huawei Could Get 90 More Days to Buy American Parts to Fill Pre-Blacklist Orders

Though U.S. trade sanctions are still in effect, Huawei Technologies will have an additional 90 days to buy from American companies so it can wrap up work with existing customers, according to a Reuters report.

The world’s largest telecom gear supplier received a “temporary general license” shortly after the ban that was initially set to expire on August 19. The U.S. Commerce Department will...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 15, 2019 at 19:43. 15 comments

List of Former Googlers Claiming Google Hates Conservatives Just Keeps Getting Dumber

List of Former Googlers Claiming Google Hates Conservatives Just Keeps Getting Dumber

In 2017, the world was introduced to James Damore , a Google engineer who published a document to the company’s internal message boards claiming (inaccurately ) that genetic differences between men and women explain disparate representation in the engineering profession and that the company’s diversity initiatives had created bias in its hiring processes.

After Google fired Damore, he started...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 15, 2019 at 11:10. 6 comments

Ohio AG Yanks Access to State Facial Recognition System for Over 4,500 Officers

Ohio AG Yanks Access to State Facial Recognition System for Over 4,500 Officers

The attorney general of Ohio, Andrew Yost, has suspended facial recognition database access for approximately 4,500 law enforcement personnel after the release of a Washington Post report in July indicating that federal agencies, including the FBI and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), had obtained access to such systems in several states, per the Toledo Blade. That report indicated...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 15, 2019 at 08:50. 19 comments

Pop! Goes the Uber

Pop! Goes the Uber

Things haven’t been going so hot for Uber, which is burning through billions of dollars a year with no fleet of driverless taxis in sight to stop it. Now, the party is really over: According to a report in Crunchbase News, Uber has decided to stop buying hundreds of thousands of dollars in celebratory balloons annually.

Crunchbase wrote that in an email to all staff last week, chief financial...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 14, 2019. 7 comments

FAA Bans Some Recalled MacBook Pro Models From Flying, Citing Fire Risk

FAA Bans Some Recalled MacBook Pro Models From Flying, Citing Fire Risk

The Federal Aviation Administration has “banned select MacBook Pro” units from flying in the air after Apple issued a warning that some contained batteries that pose a fire risk, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The ban applies to some 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017; these were subject to a June 2019 Apple recall warning of a “fire safety...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 13, 2019. 10 comments

Nothing to See Here, Just Someone or Something With a TV for a Head Leaving TVs on Porches at Night

Nothing to See Here, Just Someone or Something With a TV for a Head Leaving TVs on Porches at Night

In the dead of night this weekend, someone or something left dozens of ageing TVs on the porches and lawns of Virginia homes.

According to reports from CNN and WWBT, at least 60 different people in Glen Allen in Henrico County woke up on Aug. 11 to discover that old rear-projection television sets had been left on their porches—with security footage showing that they were left there by what...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 12, 2019. 16 comments

Dozens Arrested at #JewsAgainstICE Protest at Amazon Store in NYC

Dozens Arrested at #JewsAgainstICE Protest at Amazon Store in NYC

Jewish community groups protesting Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) cloud computing contracts with and other technical support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement say that dozens of their members were arrested at an Amazon Books store in Manhattan on Sunday.

Sophie Ellman-Golan, volunteer organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and one of the leaders of Never Again Action,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 12, 2019. 11 comments

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has demanded that Google cease promoting livestreams of demonstrations with push notifications, a day after “tens of thousands” of Russians “staged what observers called the country’s biggest political protest for eight years on Saturday,” Reuters reported.

In a statement,...

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