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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 12, 2019 at 03:30. 5 comments

Opioid Ghouls at Purdue Pharma Reach Tentative Settlement Worth Billions

Opioid Ghouls at Purdue Pharma Reach Tentative Settlement Worth Billions

Purdue Pharma, the Oxycontin manufacturer that largely fueled the opioid crisis, reached a tentative settlement with attorneys representing municipalities, states, and tribes across the country, according to reports from the Washington Post and New York Times.

Purdue’s deceptive and aggressive marketing of Oxycontin led to a rapid increase in opioid abuse since the late 1990s. According to the...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 11, 2019 at 23:49. 16 comments

Wildly Popular Kid YouTube Channel Accused of Deceptively Promoting Products to Millions of Children

Wildly Popular Kid YouTube Channel Accused of Deceptively Promoting Products to Millions of Children

Over the last three years, a consumer watchdog group has increasingly focused on the deceptive ad campaigns of social media influencers’ who maneuver within emerging platforms that are loosely regulated—but now the organization has turned its attention to how children are being exploited in this field.

In late August the non-profit group Truth in Advertising (TINA) filed a complaint with the...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 11, 2019 at 05:20. 18 comments

The iPhone Lenses Are Giving Me Trypophobia

The iPhone Lenses Are Giving Me Trypophobia

I’ve been nauseous all afternoon. It started when I was scrolling through Twitter and saw the first glimpses of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max and their triple-camera horror show.

[Editors Note: Trypophobia is a phobia for a reason, it freaks people out. If you’re afraid of clusters of small holes, read our blog about a big art hole that someone fell into instead .]

Do you see it?

Those three...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 10, 2019 at 23:10. 13 comments

Taylor Swift Threatened Legal Action Against Microsoft Over Racist and Genocidal Chatbot Tay

Taylor Swift Threatened Legal Action Against Microsoft Over Racist and Genocidal Chatbot Tay

Taylor Swift tried to block Microsoft from using the moniker Tay to a chatbot that turned into a depraved racist troll vessel, according to a new book from Microsoft President Brad Smith.

In March 2016 Microsoft introduced a new chatbot in the U.S. that was built to speak with young adults and teens on social media. According to Smith’s book Tools and Weapons, co-written by Microsoft...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 10, 2019 at 05:00. 17 comments

Acupuncturist Went Too Deep, Punctured Patient's Lungs

Acupuncturist Went Too Deep, Punctured Patient's Lungs

The New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) has admonished an acupuncturist for going too deep, way too deep.

On Monday Commissioner Anthony Hill released a report determining that the practitioner breached the Health and Disability Consumers’ Rights code when she turned her client’s lungs into pin cushions.

According to the report—first flagged by the New Zealand Herald—on March...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 07, 2019. 2 comments

Google Bans Ads for 'Experimental Medical Treatments'

Google Bans Ads for 'Experimental Medical Treatments'

Google plans to crack down on ads for bogus medical treatments, as the company has observed a rise in predatory scams that target desperate patients.

The company announced on Friday a new policy that prohibits promotions “for unproven or experimental medical techniques” and therapies that have “insufficient formal clinical testing to justify widespread clinical use—giving examples such as...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 06, 2019. 10 comments

American Airlines Mechanic Charged with Sabotaging Flight

American Airlines Mechanic Charged with Sabotaging Flight

An aircraft mechanic has been charged with tampering with an American Airlines airplane before a flight of 150 passengers was scheduled to take off.

The Miami Herald reports that American Airline employee Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested on Thursday for allegedly disabling a navigation system.

A criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court—cited by Miami Herald and

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 05, 2019. 2 comments

Have You Seen This Infamous Knife-Snatching Crow?

Have You Seen This Infamous Knife-Snatching Crow?

Canuck, the bad-ass crow hero who likes knives, fire, and crime, has reportedly gone missing.

The chaotic-good corvid gained notoriety in 2016 for tampering with a crime scene in Vancouver, British Columbia. A man allegedly set a car on fire and was threatening law enforcement with a knife. After the man was arrested, Canuck, who was reportedly observing the incident from the flaming car,...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 04, 2019. 8 comments

NYC Subway Workers Are Very, Very Tired of Picking Up Your Lost AirPods

NYC Subway Workers Are Very, Very Tired of Picking Up Your Lost AirPods

Fallen AirPods are a plague upon New York City.

Apple earbuds aren’t just causing anxiety for owners who fear losing one of their pricey headphones during their commutes—the ergonomic hockey-stick-shaped pellets are a pain in the tracks for the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the MTA is considering issuing a public service announcement...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 04, 2019.

Tesla Malfunction Locks Out Owners Who Depended on App for Entry, Forces Them to Scramble for 'Keys'

Tesla Malfunction Locks Out Owners Who Depended on App for Entry, Forces Them to Scramble for 'Keys'

Some Tesla users who rely on the app to gain entry to their Model 3 were temporarily unable to get into their electric cars on Labor Day.

The Next Web reported that a number of people tweeted out their frustrations on Monday when they were “locked out” of their car due to phone app issues. Downdetector, a tracker for users to report technical difficulties with web-based services, also showed...

Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 03, 2019. 5 comments

Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO's Voice To Fool Underling Into Transferring $243,000

Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO's Voice To Fool Underling Into Transferring $243,000

The CEO of an energy firm based in the UK thought he was following his boss’s urgent orders in March when he transferred funds to a third-party. But the request actually came from the AI-assisted voice of a fraudster.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the mark believed he was speaking to the CEO of his businesses’ parent company based in Germany. The German-accented caller told him to send...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 31, 2019. 5 comments

Oculus Co-Founder Accused of Sexual Assault

Oculus Co-Founder Accused of Sexual Assault

An Oculus VR founder has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a VR demo in 2016.

Earlier this week Autumn Rose Taylor, a marketing director at video game developer Owlchemy Labs, posted a thread of tweets describing an incident in which Michael Antonov assaulted her.

In the tweets, Taylor said the assault took place on a day she was attending a VR party at a Game Developers...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 30, 2019.

Mystery Russia Explosion Reportedly Happened During Mission to Recover Nuclear-Powered Missile from Ocean

Mystery Russia Explosion Reportedly Happened During Mission to Recover Nuclear-Powered Missile from Ocean

U.S. intelligence has reportedly determined that a mysterious blast that occurred on Russia’s northern coast earlier this month took place during a mission to reclaim a nuclear-powered missile.

Last week Russia signaled that it had no interest in shedding light on the August 8 explosion that killed at least five people. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Comprehensive...

Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 30, 2019. 12 comments

All Systems Are a Go for Space Command, Would You Like to Know More?

All Systems Are a Go for Space Command, Would You Like to Know More?

President Donald Trump spoke at a ceremony on Thursday afternoon establishing the United States Space Command—a military division that was actually launched in 1985 in the midst of the Cold War.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, Trump said he was “formally establishing” Space Command, which “will ensure that America’s dominance in space is never questioned.”

But The Space Command was established 34...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 29, 2019. 1 comments

Medicine Swap Screwup Gave Babies 'Werewolf Syndrome'

Medicine Swap Screwup Gave Babies 'Werewolf Syndrome'

A medicine imbroglio left several parents in Spain scrambling to figure out why their children were growing hair all over their bodies.

At least 17 children in Spain recently started showing symptoms of “werewolf syndrome” or hypertrichosis, the Spanish health ministry told El País and Agence France-Presse.

“My son’s forehead, cheeks, arms and legs, hands became covered in hair,” Ángela...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 29, 2019. 4 comments

YouTube Is Creating a New Website That Puts All of Its Problems With Kids' Videos in One Place

YouTube Is Creating a New Website That Puts All of Its Problems With Kids' Videos in One Place

YouTube has built a separate kids-only website in the wake of growing concerns about the platform showing disturbing videos to children.

The video-sharing platform’s creepy kid problem started getting widespread public attention a couple of years ago after parents began noticing their kids were watching videos of Peppa Pig drinking bleach and Spiderman doing weird things with Elsa from...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 28, 2019. 21 comments

Man Claims He Invented Bitcoin, Is Ordered to Pay Billions in Bitcoin

Man Claims He Invented Bitcoin, Is Ordered to Pay Billions in Bitcoin

A man who has insisted he is the man behind the pseudonymous identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, inventor of bitcoin, has been ordered to pay half of his cryptocurrency bounty to a man believed to be his former colleague.

A U.S. district court ruled on Tuesday that Australian computer engineer Craig Wright must pay the estate of David Kleiman, who Wright suggested was his partner before Kleiman died...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 28, 2019. 13 comments

Here's How You Can Get Disney+ for $4 a Month

Here's How You Can Get Disney+ for $4 a Month

There are still two and a half months before Disney launches its new streaming service, but if you are ready to commit to the platform, and Disney’s fan club, then you can get Disney+ for cheaper than Netflix and Hulu.

When Disney+ launches on November 12, it will cost $6.99 a month. For comparison, Netflix’s plans go for $9 to 16, and Hulu’s offerings cost between $6 and $12 each month.

But...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 28, 2019. 15 comments

A Weed Breathalyzer Company Has Raised $65 Million to Make a Narc's Best Friend

A Weed Breathalyzer Company Has Raised $65 Million to Make a Narc's Best Friend

Now that weed is being decriminalized across the country, a startup is trying to make it easier for cops and bosses to figure out who’s actually high.

Hound Labs announced on Tuesday that it has raised $30 million in Series D financing for the company, which is developing THC breathalyzer technology aimed at helping law enforcement and employers do quick and easy drug tests.

The Hound Labs...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 27, 2019. 3 comments

FAA Warns: Don't You Dare Put a Flamethrower on Your Drone

FAA Warns: Don't You Dare Put a Flamethrower on Your Drone

The Federal Aviation Administration probably isn’t a fan of the drone flamethrower attachment that went viral last month .

It seems it was the newfound attention to this device, which allegedly allows a drone to spit fire 25 feet, that inspired the agency to remind Americans that operating a drone with a dangerous weapon attached is illegal.

On Thursday the FAA released a notice that called...

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