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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown yesterday at 04:57. 1 comments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Causes Havoc as Computer System Goes Down Nationwide

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Causes Havoc as Computer System Goes Down Nationwide

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s computer systems are reportedly having issues across the country.

The federal law enforcement agency tweeted out a statement Friday afternoon explaining that its processing system is having a “temporary outage,” and it is working to “address the technology disruption.”

Bloomberg reports that the affected system processes passengers traveling on...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown yesterday at 02:46. 2 comments

That Man Who Went Viral Claiming He Took a Delta Flight Alone Duped Everyone

That Man Who Went Viral Claiming He Took a Delta Flight Alone Duped Everyone

Vincent Peone’s lucky flight story went viral earlier this week after he posted a video showing how he got his “own private jet” for an apparent trip from Aspen to Salt Lake City after Delta rescheduled his original flight.

Turns out, people should have been more skeptical of Peone, who is a comedy film director and an early employee of the comedy site CollegeHumor.

Many news outlets ran with...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 16, 2019 at 23:00. 7 comments

FCC Fines Jimmy Kimmel Live $400,000 for Using Emergency Alert Tone in Very Expensive Joke

FCC Fines Jimmy Kimmel Live $400,000 for Using Emergency Alert Tone in Very Expensive Joke

Last October Jimmy Kimmel Live! made some expensive jokes about President Donald Trump’s ability to send emergency alerts to approximately 225 million phones across the country.

The Federal Communications Commission is cracking down on misuse of Emergency Alert System (EAS) tones. In a news release issued on Thursday, the FCC announced it reached settlements with radio and TV broadcasters for...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 16, 2019 at 05:00. 9 comments

AOL Could've Saved the World

AOL Could've Saved the World

Can you imagine a world where AOL owned YouTube and Facebook? It sounds delightfully boring. And it almost came to be, according to the former AOL CEO Jon Miller.

In a CNBC interview published on Thursday, Miller revealed that in 2006 the company attempted to buy YouTube and Facebook.

Miller told CNBC that he spoke to YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim, and Steven Chen twice in 2006....

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 15, 2019 at 23:50. 19 comments

UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in Self-Driving Trucks for Months And No One Knew

UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in Self-Driving Trucks for Months And No One Knew

The self-driving freight truck startup TuSimple has been carrying mail across the state of Arizona for several weeks.

UPS announced on Thursday that its venture capital arm has made a minority investment in TuSimple. The announcement also revealed that since May TuSimple autonomous trucks have been hauling UPS loads on a 115-mile route between Phoenix and Tucson.

UPS confirmed to Gizmodo this...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 15, 2019 at 04:47. 2 comments

Farmers Jailed for Smuggling Boar Semen in Shampoo Bottles

Farmers Jailed for Smuggling Boar Semen in Shampoo Bottles

A pair of farmers in Australia have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in an elaborate semen racket.

Henning Laue and Torben Soerensen pled guilty to breaking biosecurity and quarantine laws for smuggling Danish pig semen into the country, according to Australia’s ABC News. The traffickers concealed the semen in shampoo bottles and imported it into the country in passenger...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 14, 2019 at 05:45. 19 comments

Mysterious Russian Nuclear Explosion Upgraded From Weird to Baffling Amid Evacuation Confusion

Mysterious Russian Nuclear Explosion Upgraded From Weird to Baffling Amid Evacuation Confusion

Russia military officials issued conflicting reports this week about whether residents in areas near a mysterious nuclear explosion must evacuate.

The confusing orders came about five days after an explosion at a military testing site killed at least seven people and caused a spike in radiation levels in a nearby city. The Russian Ministry of Defense initially said that a liquid-propellant...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 14, 2019 at 02:00.

Sixteen States Now Suing to Stop the T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

Sixteen States Now Suing to Stop the T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

Oregon has joined several other states in a lawsuit to stop the planned T-Mobile merger with Sprint, adding strength to a movement to stop the shrinking telecom market from becoming even less competitive.

In late July the Department of Justice approved T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint, a $26 billion deal that would allow U.S.’s fourth-largest wireless carrier to gobble up the third-largest...

Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 13, 2019 at 04:50. 13 comments

This Man's Penis Is Literally Turning Into a Bone

This Man's Penis Is Literally Turning Into a Bone

Doctors at a New York City hospital made an alarming discovery last week when a 63-year-old man went to the emergency room for knee pain.

The man reportedly decided to visit Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center when he began feeling pain after he fell on the sidewalk while walking with a cane, according to an article that will be published in the September issue of Urology Case...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 10, 2019 at 03:35. 15 comments

Radiation Levels Spike Following Mysterious Explosion in Russia

Radiation Levels Spike Following Mysterious Explosion in Russia

A Russian city reportedly observed a rise in radiation levels after an explosion at a nearby military testing site, which left at least two dead.

Reuters reports that the Russian defense ministry told state media that a liquid-propellant rocket engine exploded on Thursday, killing two people and injuring six.

“At the test site of the Russian Ministry of Defense in the Arkhangelsk region,...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 09, 2019. 7 comments

Researchers Say They Tricked Apple's FaceID by Putting Taped Glasses on Unconscious People

Researchers Say They Tricked Apple's FaceID by Putting Taped Glasses on Unconscious People

Researchers presenting at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas this week demonstrated a relatively simple way to break into someone’s iPhone Face ID—so long as they’re completely conked out.

On Wednesday, a research team from Tencent showed their biometric bypass technique to conference attendees, according to a report from Threatpost. In order to circumvent Apple’s advanced security...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 09, 2019. 6 comments

FBI Plans to Monitor Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Terrorism and Domestic Threats in Real-Time

FBI Plans to Monitor Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Terrorism and Domestic Threats in Real-Time

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is soliciting technology firms to build a tool that can monitor social media for threats.

The agency posted a request for proposals on July 8 claiming it wants a “social media early alerting tool,” that will help it track the use of the platforms by terrorists, criminal organizations, and foreign agencies.

“With increased use of social media platforms by...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 08, 2019.

Samsung's Ditching The Headphone Jack and Furiously Deleting Its Ads That Made Fun of Apple

Samsung's Ditching The Headphone Jack and Furiously Deleting Its Ads That Made Fun of Apple

When Apple released the iPhone 7 in 2016, without a headphone jack, many customers were miffed that they had to use headphones designed for a lightning port or buy a dongle, and couldn’t charge their phone and use headphones at the same time.

Samsung channeled that frustration into an ad campaign. Over the last couple years, Samsung released several commercials that trolled Apple and...

Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 08, 2019. 9 comments

Goodnight Sweet Prince: Digital Prophet Shingy Departs AOL

Goodnight Sweet Prince: Digital Prophet Shingy Departs AOL

Shingy, né David Shingy, has relinquished his role as digital prophet of AOL and Verizon Media, after 12 years with the company.

The anime-maned futurist announced the departure in a LinkedIn note. “I have decided it’s time to explore a new path.” Shingy wrote in the letter.

He told his longtime colleagues, “We remain friends and family and that makes me gleam,” and ended the letter, “with mad...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 07, 2019. 3 comments

World's Dumbest Bitcoin Scammer Tries to Scam Bitcoin Educator, Gets Scammed in The Process

World's Dumbest Bitcoin Scammer Tries to Scam Bitcoin Educator, Gets Scammed in The Process

Ben Perrin is a Canadian cryptocurrency enthusiast and educator who hosts a bitcoin show on YouTube. This is immediately apparent after a quick a look at all his social media. Ten seconds of viewing on of his videos will show that he is knowledgeable about digital assets, and 30 seconds of perusing his channel will show he has produced some videos on bitcoin scams. So it’s surprising that a...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 07, 2019.

Woman Paints Giant Emojis on Her House—and Neighbors Say It's Revenge

Woman Paints Giant Emojis on Her House—and Neighbors Say It's Revenge

Residents in a Manhattan Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles are irate that an owner of a house on 39th street seems to be taunting them with a new paint job displaying two emojis on a fuchsia backdrop.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the feud heated up when neighbors reported homeowner Kathryn Kidd to the municipality for renting the house for short-term stays, possibly on Airbnb—an illegal...

Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 05, 2019. 13 comments

Cloudflare Drops 8Chan, Initiating New Ineffective Ritual That Follows Mass Violence

Cloudflare Drops 8Chan, Initiating New Ineffective Ritual That Follows Mass Violence

Following a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday that left at least 20 people dead and dozens more injured, an anonymous forum at the center of the tragedy, 8chan, is no longer protected by the website security firm Cloudflare. The company’s abandonment of 8chan leaves the online shitbox vulnerable to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that could render the site unusable.

As...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jul 20, 2019. 13 comments

Want to Do Crimes? Upgrade to 5G, Apparently

Want to Do Crimes? Upgrade to 5G, Apparently

Europe’s police agency is worried that the 5G will interfere with law enforcement’s ability to track people.

Catherine De Bolle, head of Europol is asking European Union leaders to allow their agency to be more engaged in policy conversations involving the adoption of 5G technology, Reuters reports.

Police agencies in Europe, and the U.S., are capable of tracking and listening in on cell...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jul 19, 2019. 4 comments

Tick Lodged on Kentucky Man's Eyeball Made 'Popping Sound' When Doctor Pulled It Off

Tick Lodged on Kentucky Man's Eyeball Made 'Popping Sound' When Doctor Pulled It Off

When Kentucky electrician Chris Prater felt something in his eye after he cut down a tree from a power line, he thought maybe sawdust was causing the irritation.

Nathan Frisby, the safety manager at Prater’s company, took a look at his coworker’s eye and could see something in it, he wrote in a Facebook post. He tried to flush Prater’s eye with saline solution, then used a wet swab, then an...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jul 18, 2019. 2 comments

Senator Finally Demands FBI Probe of Faceboo… Er, FaceApp?

Senator Finally Demands FBI Probe of Faceboo… Er, FaceApp?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has officially joined the chorus of people concerned about what FaceApp is really up to.

The app has been offering creepy selfie-altering filters for two and a half years. It’s gone viral before, mostly when the public catches light of its offensive features—like the “ethnicity chang e” filter and a skin-lightening “hotness” filter. But the app gained a...

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