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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 09, 2020. 3 comments

Teen Vogue Yanks Puff Piece on Facebook's Anti-Disinformation Efforts After People Found Out Facebook Paid for It

Teen Vogue Yanks Puff Piece on Facebook's Anti-Disinformation Efforts After People Found Out Facebook Paid for It

Teen Vogue deleted a glowing, 2,ooo-word-plus article touting Facebook’s efforts to fight online disinformation during the 2020 elections from its website on Wednesday after it became incredibly obvious that it was sponsored content, not a reported piece of journalism. In response, Teen Vogue and Facebook gave a bewildering series of excuses to reporters, even as Facebook chief operating...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 09, 2020. 15 comments

Something Awful Shuts Down Infamous FYAD Board Due to Infestation of 'Nazi Shit Everywhere'

Something Awful Shuts Down Infamous FYAD Board Due to Infestation of 'Nazi Shit Everywhere'

Something Awful’s notorious Fuck You and Die (FYAD) board, one of the early indicators of just how horrifying a place the internet was going to become, has now gone to that big web archive in the sky.

Something Awful (SA) was founded in 1999 by Richard Kyanka and was important in establishing much of the tone of the modern internet, from bizarre, original satire and parody to its rampant...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 09, 2020. 6 comments

Ring's Security Update Isn't Enough, Sen. Ron Wyden Says

Ring's Security Update Isn't Enough, Sen. Ron Wyden Says

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden isn’t satisfied with Amazon’s response to a string of incidents involving compromised home security cameras made by its subsidiary Ring, such as a high-profile event in 2018 in which a hacker taunted an eight-year-old Tennessee girl in her own bedroom.

Motherboard reported last year that hackers have developed software to rapidly cycle through databases of leaked email...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 08, 2020. 23 comments

Ivanka to CES: College Is Overrated

Ivanka to CES: College Is Overrated

Presidential daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon to opine on “The Future of Work,” a keynote choice that confounded many attendees who pointed out that she has no background in tech. It turns out that the future of work, at least according to her, in large part revolves around not going to...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 08, 2020. 7 comments

U.S. Confirms Iranian Missile Strikes on Iraqi Bases Housing U.S. Troops

U.S. Confirms Iranian Missile Strikes on Iraqi Bases Housing U.S. Troops

The Department of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the Iranian military retaliated against the Trump administration’s assassination of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani last week, launching “more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.”

According to the Pentagon, at least two bases where U.S. military personnel are...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 07, 2020. 8 comments

OK, Who Tried to Infest This Pennsylvania Walmart With Bed Bugs?

OK, Who Tried to Infest This Pennsylvania Walmart With Bed Bugs?

Police in Washington Township, Pennsylvania near Erie are searching for whoever left pill bottles containing live bed bugs at a local Walmart, the New York Times reported on Monday.

According to the Times, the Pennsylvania State Police found that a closed pill bottle containing the virulent pests was left in a “boy’s jacket that was for sale” in the men’s changing room on Thursday; a worker...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 07, 2020.

Trump Admin Plan to Collect DNA From Detained Migrants, Asylum Seekers Will Begin Soon

Trump Admin Plan to Collect DNA From Detained Migrants, Asylum Seekers Will Begin Soon

The Trump administration’s plan to collect DNA evidence from migrants detained in U.S. Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities will commence soon in the form of a 90-day pilot program in Detroit and Southwest Texas, CNN reported on Monday.

News of the plan first emerged in October , when the Department of Homeland Security told reporters...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 04, 2020. 19 comments

The Anatomy of Online Bullshit in the Fog of Impending Doom

The Anatomy of Online Bullshit in the Fog of Impending Doom

Early local time on Friday, the U.S. assassinated high-ranking Iranian official Qassem Soleimani and multiple other people with a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Or they were killed on the battlefield in a totally legal, non-assassination, depending on who you believe.

The White House portrayed the killing of Soleimani, a major general of the Islamic Revolutionary...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 03, 2020. 15 comments

Big Pharma Continues New Year's Tradition of Squeezing U.S. Sick for Every Last Dime

Big Pharma Continues New Year's Tradition of Squeezing U.S. Sick for Every Last Dime

Pharmaceutical giants celebrated the dawn of 2020 in the best way they know how: jacking up the prices of drugs for people in the U.S. that need them.

According to a report by Reuters, research by analysts at 3 Axis Advisors shows that firms including Pfizer Inc., GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Sanofi SA, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Gilead Sciences Inc., and Biogen Inc. have collectively raised U.S....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 03, 2020. 12 comments

Former Google Exec Says He Was Forced Out for Opposing Company's Pivot to Evil

Former Google Exec Says He Was Forced Out for Opposing Company's Pivot to Evil

A onetime top Google executive, former head of international relations Ross LaJeunesse, is now publicly alleging that the company abandoned its “Don’t be evil” ethos because it was more interested in chasing “bigger profits and an even higher stock price.”

LaJeunesse, who is now running for Senate as a Democrat in Maine, is one of the most senior current or former Googlers to have spoken out...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 31, 2019. 6 comments

Bushfires Still Ravaging Australia, With Thousands Reportedly Fleeing to Beaches in Victoria State

Bushfires Still Ravaging Australia, With Thousands Reportedly Fleeing to Beaches in Victoria State

The ongoing Australian bushfire crisis has forced thousands of people in the southeast part of the country to flee towards waterfronts, Bloomberg reported, with an estimated 4,000-5,000 individuals in Mallacoota in Victoria state sheltering on beaches and piers as flames swept in on Tuesday.

Per the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, eight communities in Victoria faced emergency warnings on...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 31, 2019. 22 comments

Biden to Coal Miners: Learn to Code

Biden to Coal Miners: Learn to Code

Democratic presidential contender and Joe Biden has some advice for the recently disrupted: learn to program.

At a rally in Derry, New Hampshire on Monday, per the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, Biden talked about how unemployed miners and coal workers who have lost their jobs in recent years can find “jobs of the future” if they “learn to program.” Referencing his role in a Barack Obama-era

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 28, 2019. 6 comments

Spotify: Your Political Ads Are No Good Here

Spotify: Your Political Ads Are No Good Here

Streaming giant Spotify will ban all political advertising in early 2020, Ad Age reported on Friday, saying in a statement to the site that it does “not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our process, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content.”

The suspension of paid political ads on Spotify’s streaming platform will apply to all ad-supported content,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 28, 2019. 11 comments

Cuomo: Eyy, I'm Vetoing the Bill That Would End the NYPD's E-Bike Crackdown Here

Cuomo: Eyy, I'm Vetoing the Bill That Would End the NYPD's E-Bike Crackdown Here

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a state bill that would have legalized electric bikes and scooters the New York Post reported on Thursday. The bill passed with overwhelming support from legislators this summer, The move is a blow to delivery workers in NYC, who have been targeted by police for seizures and $500 fines.

The bill passed in June with a vote of 56-6 in the state Senate...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 27, 2019. 10 comments

The FAA Wants to Follow Your Drones Like You Use Them to Follow Me

The FAA Wants to Follow Your Drones Like You Use Them to Follow Me

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new rules for unmanned aerial vehicles that would require virtually every drone in the country to broadcast its location when flying, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The proposal would create a de facto nationwide drone tracking network that offers the faint, misleading hope of a future where I can identify the operators of the small,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 27, 2019. 3 comments

Turkish Court Throws Out Erdogan's Wikipedia Ban

Turkish Court Throws Out Erdogan's Wikipedia Ban

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled 10-6 on Thursday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government violated civil liberties with its April 2017 ban on access to Wikipedia, the Associated Press reports.

The Turkish government called Wikipedia part of a “smear campaign” against it and accused the website of suggesting that it supported al-Qaeda when issuing the ban, citing authority under a...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 25, 2019.

TikTok Owner ByteDance Denies That It's Planning to Sell Majority Stake Amid Espionage Concerns

TikTok Owner ByteDance Denies That It's Planning to Sell Majority Stake Amid Espionage Concerns

A Bloomberg report on Monday evening said that ByteDance is considering selling off a majority stake in its incredibly popular and fantastically annoying music app, TikTok, amid intensifying U.S. government concerns that the China-based company is a security and espionage threat. However, the firm has denied the report as “inaccurate” and “meritless.”

ByteDance was previously reported to be

Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 25, 2019. 17 comments

Travis Kalanick Flees Sinking Ship

Travis Kalanick Flees Sinking Ship

Christmas Eve news dump: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the man behind the ride-hailing company’s meteoric global rise despite its highly speculative business model that’s never turned a profit , is leaving its board of directors, Uber said in a statement on Tuesday. He’s also dumped all of his remaining stock in the company.

Kalanick’s resignation from the board will go into effect on Dec....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 24, 2019. 7 comments

Uber, Lyft Win Court Fight Over How Long Drivers Can Cruise Without Passengers in NYC

Uber, Lyft Win Court Fight Over How Long Drivers Can Cruise Without Passengers in NYC

Beleaguered taxi giants Uber and Lyft won a break on Monday, scoring victory in a New York state court dispute over a law that would have dramatically slashed the number of cars between jobs that the firms let clog up Manhattan streets, Reuters reported.

Earlier this year, New York City officials imposed new regulations that would require ride-hailing apps to slash the percentage of the time...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 24, 2019. 10 comments

Report: Mike Bloomberg's Campaign Quietly Pouring Millions Into a Tech Firm He Founded This Year

Report: Mike Bloomberg's Campaign Quietly Pouring Millions Into a Tech Firm He Founded This Year

Former New York City mayor, billionaire, and longshot presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg—who is definitely, totally not just a clueless rich guy running a widely unpopular vanity campaign—is pouring a considerable portion of his gratuitous wealth into a digital advertising firm he founded this year, CNBC reported.

The existence of the company, Hawkfish, has previously not been publicly...

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