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Congressman to Facebook: Your Digital Currency Could Be Worse Than 9-11

Congressman to Facebook: Your Digital Currency Could Be Worse Than 9-11
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFDemocratic Congressman Sherman pantomimes the 9-11 attacks at a House hearing in Washington, D.C. on July 17, 2019GIF: YouTube

Facebook’s new digital currency, Libra, has the potential to be worse than the September 11th attacks. At least that’s what Democratic Congressman Dril (sorry, Congressman Brad Sherman) of...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 16, 2019 at 20:55.

How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet

How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet
Moon WeekAs we approach the 50th anniversary of the U.S. landing on the Moon, we look back at the hopes, fears, and ingenuity inspired by our closest cosmic neighbor.  

Conspiracy theories about the Moon landing have been around for years. Decades, in fact. And while it’s easier than ever to spread false stories thanks to the internet, the belief that humans never landed on the Moon is way...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 16, 2019 at 18:55.

CBS News is Livestreaming the Original Apollo 11 Launch Broadcast in Real Time Right Now

CBS News is Livestreaming the Original Apollo 11 Launch Broadcast in Real Time Right Now

CBS News is currently livestreaming its original broadcast from fifty years ago, when the original Apollo 11 crew launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The event is being livestreamed in real time, and while the launch won’t occur until 9:32 am ET today, you can watch what Americans saw on July 16, 1969. As you can see from the screenshot above, Walter Cronkite was live from Florida...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 16, 2019 at 18:00. 2 comments

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Donates to Democratic Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Donates to Democratic Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated thousands of dollars to Democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, according to newly released documents from the Federal Election Commission. Dorsey donated $2,800 to Gabbard’s primary campaign fund and $2,800 to her general election fund, the maximum amounts that are allowed for individuals under U.S. law.

The donations were...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 18:57.

Co-Inventor of the World's First Handheld Electronic Calculator Dies at 86

Co-Inventor of the World's First Handheld Electronic Calculator Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, one of three people at Texas Instruments credited with inventing the world’s first handheld electronic calculator in the 1960s, died at a Dallas hospital on February 27. Merryman was 86 years old.

In the fall of 1965, Merryman and his coworkers at TI were tasked with creating a handheld electronic calculator in an era when most electronics, from computers to calculators to...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 18:17.

Drone Captures Car Bursting Into Flames During Gender Reveal Video Shoot

Drone Captures Car Bursting Into Flames During Gender Reveal Video Shoot
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It’s a boy! It’s a girl! It’s a... fire?

Police in Australia have charged a 30-year-old man with reckless driving after his car caught fire during a gender reveal video. The video, which was captured by drone, shows the man doing burnouts as a thick plume of blue smoke emerges from behind his car.

The...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 17:47.

Rare 1932 Movie Poster for The Mummy Expected to Fetch Over $1 Million at Sotheby's Auction

Rare 1932 Movie Poster for <i>The Mummy</i> Expected to Fetch Over $1 Million at Sotheby's Auction
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The 1932 version of The Mummy starring Boris Karloff is one of the greatest horror movies ever made, right up there with the 1930s versions of Dracula and Frankenstein. And now an extremely rare movie poster for The Mummy could become the most expensive in the world after it goes up for auction...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 17:44.

Twitter Executive: 'A Lot of What People Consider Abusive on the Service Doesn't Actually Violate Our Policies'

Twitter Executive: 'A Lot of What People Consider Abusive on the Service Doesn't Actually Violate Our Policies'

Twitter is so close to understanding the problem. So close.

“A lot of what people consider abusive on the service doesn’t actually violate our policies,” Twitter executive Kayvon Beykpour admitted on Monday.

“Because what Kara finds abusive is different from what you find abusive and so on and so forth,” Beykpour continued.

Beykpour, who serves as product lead at Twitter, made the observation...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 17:30.

Julian Assange Dragged Out of Ecuadorian Embassy and Arrested by British Police

Julian Assange Dragged Out of Ecuadorian Embassy and Arrested by British Police

Julian Assange has been arrested by police in London after almost seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy. The WikiLeaks founder was dragged out of the embassy at approximately 10:35 am local time, 5:35 am ET. Assange was formally charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) this morning with, “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S....

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 17:00. 20 comments

Facebook Board Member Peter Thiel Calls Google 'Treasonous' and Says CIA Should Investigate

Facebook Board Member Peter Thiel Calls Google 'Treasonous' and Says CIA Should Investigate

Billionaire Peter Thiel has called for a federal investigation into Google’s refusal to work with the U.S. military and says that the tech giant’s relationship with the Chinese military is “treasonous,” according to a new report from Axios late Sunday.

Thiel, a Facebook board member, wants the FBI and CIA to ask questions of Google, starting with, “how many foreign intelligence agencies have...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 16:58.

This 'Television Monocle' From 1938 Was Silly and Wonderful

This 'Television Monocle' From 1938 Was Silly and Wonderful

Back in 1938, TV wasn’t really a thing yet. But that didn’t stop people from already dreaming about the wild future of tiny, personalized TV sets. One perfect example is this bizarre contraption from a British company, dubbed the “Television Monocle.”

TV technology was improving rapidly during the 1930s, at least in the lab, but Americans really couldn’t buy a TV set until the late 1940s....

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 16:55.

Rare AT&T Videophones From the 1970s Go Up for Auction This Month

Rare AT&T Videophones From the 1970s Go Up for Auction This Month

Two videophones from the early 1970s that were produced by AT&T/Bell Labs and the now-defunct Western Electric will go up for auction this month. And while they might not seem very special to kids of the 21st century, these videophones were the most futuristic things around for people who grew up watching movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and eventually Back to the Future: Part II.

Today,...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 16:31.

You Can Now Bother Underpaid Kohl's Workers With Your Amazon Regrets

You Can Now Bother Underpaid Kohl's Workers With Your Amazon Regrets

Kohl’s announced this morning that it will start accepting Amazon returns at all 1,150 of its stores starting in July. There’s no extra charge for the service.

Kohl’s and Amazon started experimenting with a collaboration on brick-and-mortar returns back in 2017, allowing customers to take back items purchased on Amazon even if those items were already out of their Amazon shipping boxes. But...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 16:31.

Facebook Announces Libra, Digital Currency on the Blockchain That Doesn't Actually Need to Be on the Blockchain

Facebook Announces Libra, Digital Currency on the Blockchain That Doesn't Actually Need to Be on the Blockchain
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Facebook and 27 other partner companies formally announced this morning they plan to launch a digital currency called Libra in the first half of 2020. And if they pull it off, Libra could become the standard digital currency around the world.

Facebook describes Libra as being “powered by blockchain,”...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 16:25.

U.S. Conducts Missile Test Just 10 Minutes After North Korea's Latest Missile Launch

U.S. Conducts Missile Test Just 10 Minutes After North Korea's Latest Missile Launch

North Korea conducted a new weapons test overnight, firing two missiles into the sea between North Korea and Japan, according to reports from the South Korean military. The U.S. military conducted its own missile test just ten minutes later.

It was the second weapons test for North Korea in the past week, following the launch of what are believed to be several short-range missiles on Saturday....

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 15:55.

Facebook Deletes Pages That Were Secretly Controlled by a Russian Propaganda Network

Facebook Deletes Pages That Were Secretly Controlled by a Russian Propaganda Network

Facebook has deleted hundreds of pages linked to the Kremlin-backed propaganda network known as Sputnik. The pages, allegedly operated by Sputnik employees, were made to look like they were coming from outside of Russia. The Facebook pages helped spread propaganda about NATO and European politics, among many other topics.

The announcement by Facebook came early this morning and according to...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 15:39.

Facebook and Instagram Finally Ban White Nationalism and White Separatism

Facebook and Instagram Finally Ban White Nationalism and White Separatism

Facebook and Instagram will finally ban white nationalism and white separatism on their networks in a move that will be implemented next week. The decision, first reported by Motherboard but announced by Facebook on its website, comes after the social media giant spent years splitting hairs about the difference between white nationalism and white supremacy. And there’s still the question of...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 15:30.

Did Boris Johnson Ramble About Model Buses to Manipulate Google's Search Results?

Did Boris Johnson Ramble About Model Buses to Manipulate Google's Search Results?

Boris Johnson might soon become the Prime Minister of the UK after Theresa May stepped down in disgrace following her failed attempts to exit the European Union. And that means Johnson has been giving lots of interviews lately, including one with Britain’s TalkRadio, where Johnson rambled on about how he enjoys making model buses. It was.... weird.

The interview didn’t make much sense at all,...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 15:29.

Mark Judge's Book Wasted Now Available for Free on the Internet Archive

Mark Judge's Book <i>Wasted</i> Now Available for Free on the Internet Archive

Mark Judge’s 1997 book, Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk, has become a national focal point as Americans debate the fitness of Judge’s old friend, Brett Kavanaugh. But it’s virtually impossible to buy the out-of-print book, with one copy going for $1,900 on Amazon. Thankfully, the Internet Archive now has a copy that you can read for free, giving us a peek at this unlikely piece of American...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 15, 2019 at 14:45.

U.S. Considers Export Ban on Surveillance Company That Helps Send Muslims to China's Concentration Camps: Report

U.S. Considers Export Ban on Surveillance Company That Helps Send Muslims to China's Concentration Camps: Report

The U.S. government is considering a tech export ban that would target Hikvision, a Chinese video surveillance company that’s been instrumental in sending anywhere from 1 million to 3 million Muslims into China’s network of secretive concentration camps, according to a new report from the New York Times.

Under the proposed ban, Hikvision would be unable to buy American technology, not unlike...

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