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Catie Keck Catie Keck yesterday at 05:12. 1 comments

Former Uber Employee Says 'Safe Rides Fee' Was the Rip-Off You Always Suspected

Former Uber Employee Says 'Safe Rides Fee' Was the Rip-Off You Always Suspected

Uber has, across its 10-year history, been the subject of any number of public scandals—from workplace sexual harassment and data privacy to labor strikes and myriad other controversies. But thanks to a forthcoming book on the beleaguered company, employees had a chance to reminisce about one some of us may not remember: its sketchy-ass Safe Rides Fee.

This particular public relations...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck yesterday at 01:00.

Dozens Charged Over Massive $6 Million Internet Romance Scam

Dozens Charged Over Massive $6 Million Internet Romance Scam

Eighty people have been charged in a massive international fraud scheme that sought to steal tens of millions of dollars from victims globally, including both businesses and individuals—some of whom prosecutors say were elderly.

A 145-page indictment unsealed Thursday following the arrest of 14 of the 80 individuals named in connection with the Los Angeles-based scheme details a lengthy list...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 23, 2019 at 05:10. 1 comments

Amazon Promises to Stop Taking Delivery Drivers' Tips in DoorDash-Style Scheme [Updated]

Amazon Promises to Stop Taking Delivery Drivers' Tips in DoorDash-Style Scheme [Updated]

As we collectively await word from DoorDash that it’s finally made good on a promise to overhaul its tip-skimming operation , Amazon—which had a similar pay model in place for its Flex workers—has decided maybe that wasn’t such a great idea after all.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the news Thursday, citing an email circulated to the company’s couriers for its delivery services with...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 22, 2019 at 22:30. 4 comments

50-Year-Old Time Capsule Improved by Being Completely and Inexplicably Empty

50-Year-Old Time Capsule Improved by Being Completely and Inexplicably Empty

A time capsule sealed in 1969 that was set to reveal its secrets this year has mysteriously—albeit hilariously—wound up containing absolutely nothing, a puzzle that has stumped the township of Derry, New Hampshire.

Employees with the Derry Public Library discovered the capsule—an old safe—contained exactly nothing when checking a few weeks ahead of its scheduled reveal at the 300th Nutfield...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 22, 2019 at 05:20. 6 comments

Hell Yeah, Netflix Rolls Out Feature for Finding New and Upcoming Releases in Its TV App

Hell Yeah, Netflix Rolls Out Feature for Finding New and Upcoming Releases in Its TV App

The tsunami of streaming services that have sprung up like weeds in the last few years means we have more options than ever for on-demand entertainment. But if you’re not the kind of user who is content with watching reruns or hastily released garbage, staying on top of what’s coming to your preferred streaming services of choice can be kind of a pain in the ass. This is especially true of...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 22, 2019 at 02:46. 5 comments

YouTube Decides It's a Good Time to Get Its Shit Together

YouTube Decides It's a Good Time to Get Its Shit Together

Following the fiasco over YouTube’s serving ads to kids, the company may be readying to end targeted ads on videos aimed at children—a move that, when taken together with other recent measures, would indicate that at least on some fronts, YouTube is getting its shit together.

Citing three sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the company is “finalizing plans” for...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 21, 2019 at 05:00.

Facebook Begins Rolling Out New Tool to See Which of Its Data Pals Are Monitoring You

Facebook Begins Rolling Out New Tool to See Which of Its Data Pals Are Monitoring You

As Facebook works to undo the damage of years of user data scandals—ostensibly with an overhauled focus on “privacy,” or something—part of that effort has involved rolling out features geared at greater transparency that, quite frankly, should have been introduced years ago. But here we are.

Facebook announced in a blog post on Tuesday that in an effort to “shed more light on” its...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 21, 2019 at 03:40.

Woman Finds 3.72-Carat Yellow Diamond While Watching YouTube Video On How to Find Diamonds

Woman Finds 3.72-Carat Yellow Diamond While Watching YouTube Video On How to Find Diamonds

A Texas woman on a first-time visit to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park says she discovered a nearly 4-carat yellow diamond—while watching a YouTube video about how to find the precious gemstones.

According to a report on the discovery from the state parks website, Miranda Hollingshead, 27, decided to visit the park with family last week as something fun to do together. The park—where

Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 21, 2019 at 00:40. 1 comments

Generic Version of Life-Saving EpiPen for Children Is Finally Hitting the Shelves

Generic Version of Life-Saving EpiPen for Children Is Finally Hitting the Shelves

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, an Isreali drug maker, has announced that a generic version of EpiPen for kids is now available in pharmacies at $300 for a two-pack of the life-saving treatment.

The EpiPen is used to deliver a dose of epinephrine for people who are experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction. According to the company, the generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen Jr comes in two...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 20, 2019 at 05:00. 9 comments

Facebook and Twitter: It Sure Looks Like China's Spreading Bullshit About Hong Kong Protesters

Facebook and Twitter: It Sure Looks Like China's Spreading Bullshit About Hong Kong Protesters

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter this week disclosed their responses to what they characterized as coordinated disinformation campaigns originating in China—specifically tied to pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong—that they believe may be linked to the Chinese government.

Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post on Monday the company...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 19, 2019 at 23:47. 1 comments

Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Force Areas Near Denver to Be Closed to Public

Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Force Areas Near Denver to Be Closed to Public

Plague-infected fleas affecting prairie dog colonies have forced closures in parts of Colorado, including wildlife areas and a suburb of Denver, as authorities say the fleas could spread the disease to pets and people.

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was forced to undergo a temporary closure as a “precautionary measure” last month while it worked to address the issue...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 17, 2019 at 05:10. 2 comments

Go Ahead, Share Your Most Revolting Bug-Eating Stories

Go Ahead, Share Your Most Revolting Bug-Eating Stories

Reader, let me ask you an honest question: When’s the last time you ate a bug, wittingly or otherwise?

A colleague today shared a deeply unsettling image on Slack of a worm stowaway burrowed deep in the core of a farmer’s market tomato—a would-be snack (shown above) had it not been caught by his partner. This sparked a conversation among my coworkers about bug-eating, the future of food, and,...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 17, 2019 at 04:50. 24 comments

Disney+ and Big Cable Team Up to Crack Down on Password Sharing, and Now We're Freaked Out

Disney+ and Big Cable Team Up to Crack Down on Password Sharing, and Now We're Freaked Out

Well, folks, I hate to rain on your streaming services parade, but those of us who are hoping to skirt a Disney+ subscription and instead leach off a buddy’s account may run into some trouble.

Disney and Charter Communications on Wednesday announced a distribution agreement for programming that falls under the Disney umbrella, including, the companies said, ESPN+, Hulu, and the forthcoming...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 17, 2019 at 00:05. 1 comments

Capital One Really Dragged Its Ass on the Anti-Hack Stuff: Report

Capital One Really Dragged Its Ass on the Anti-Hack Stuff: Report

Ahead of a massive data breach that exposed the personally identifiable information of more than 100 million people , a new report claims, Capital One may have failed to take measures to better detect potential hacks—which, from where now stand, seems like a pretty big misstep.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that employees of the bank “raised...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 16, 2019. 3 comments

Google's New 'Reminders' Feature Seems Like a Great Way to Piss Off Everyone You Live With

Google's New 'Reminders' Feature Seems Like a Great Way to Piss Off Everyone You Live With

Google has announced a new feature for Assistant to that enables anyone in a given Google family group—be they family, friends, or god help us, roommates—to receive an “assignable reminder,” which Google says might include anything from completing chores to notes of encouragement.

In theory, this sounds great. But reader, I have some concerns.

According to Google, the feature works by...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 15, 2019.

Accused Capital One Hacker May Have Breached Over 30 Other Organizations

Accused Capital One Hacker May Have Breached Over 30 Other Organizations

The Capital One data breach is believed to have exposed the personally identifiable information of more than 100 million customers in both the U.S. and Canada. But a new court filing claims the alleged hacker behind the breach, Paige Thompson, may have stolen data from more than 30 other organizations.

A memorandum filed Tuesday ahead of a detention hearing alleged that “multiple terabytes of...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 15, 2019.

AT&T and T-Mobile Fight Robocall Menace With New Call-Verification Partnership

AT&T and T-Mobile Fight Robocall Menace With New Call-Verification Partnership

Mobile users are rightfully exhausted with receiving predatory robocalls, and certainly of getting spoof calls attempting to trick them into answering. Companies this year finally started to do something about it—and now, AT&T and T-Mobile say they’ve joined forces to better shield their customers from robocallers.

The companies announced Wednesday that they’ve joined forces on cross-network...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 14, 2019.

Crackdowns Spread as Atlanta Imposes Night Ban on E-Scooters and E-Bikes

Crackdowns Spread as Atlanta Imposes Night Ban on E-Scooters and E-Bikes

Following the death of four scooter riders in the metro Atlanta area, the city has introduced a ban on the operation of permitted electric scooters and bikes during nighttime hours, the mayor’s office announced last week.

The nighttime ban went into effect on Friday and will apply to company-deployed e-scooters and e-bikes in the region between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. According to...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 14, 2019. 20 comments

Apple's Favorite Anti-Right-to-Repair Argument Is Bullshit

Apple's Favorite Anti-Right-to-Repair Argument Is Bullshit

Increasingly, it seems, our gadgets are not wholly owned by us—that when some component breaks, we are at the mercy of the giant companies that charge us out the ears for repair parts and services. One of the tech industry’s favorite lines of defense with respect to upholding repair monopolies is “safety,” but advocates have long challenged the extent to which this claim may be overblown and...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 14, 2019. 13 comments

CBS Shows Signs of Being a Legit Streaming Competitor After All

CBS Shows Signs of Being a Legit Streaming Competitor After All

Well now, it appears the deck has been shuffled yet again in the ongoing streaming wars, and it looks as though CBS may be shaping up to be a stronger contender than we’d previously anticipated.

CBS and Viacom announced on Tuesday a merger of their two companies under a new name, ViacomCBS, in a deal that valued the company at more than $28 billion, according to a press release. The merger,...

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