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Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Cannabis

Trump Awakens Kerry’s Vietnam Anger With Slam on McCain

The Iran nuclear deal that could prevent a war must have evoked another deal to end a war almost 50 years ago in the secretary of state.<p>John Kerry …

Middle East

The people ‘possessed’ by computers

What would happen if a computer could take over a human body? David Robson meets an “echoborg” – a strange experiment that reveals our future with artificial intelligence.<p>Sophia Ben-Achour looks like a typical London student. She has short, brown hair, dancing eyes and a wide smile. We talk about …

Artificial Intelligence

Will Bitcoin Finally Bring Down The House Of Medici?

Dan Morehead Contributor<p>Dan Morehead is CEO of Pantera Capital.<p>In the 14th century, the Medici family used the power of its newly invented, double-entry accounting system to build a cross-border banking empire that banks still use today. Now more than 600 years later, cross-border payments total …

Bitcoin

20 New Food Books to Read This Summer

Whether you're into something light and quick or more pensive and poignant, here are 20 new food books for you to read this summer.<p>It's summer, which means it's prime season for reading for pleasure, so here's our food lovers' guide to the new books coming out. Whether you want something light and …

Books

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

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ISPs

This App Will Flag Your Offensive Tweets Before Your Future Employer Sees Them

Ethan Czahor’s dreams collapsed on the national stage earlier this year. The 31-year-old age digital whiz had spent years positioning himself to work …

Social Media

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Today is "mobilegeddon!"</b> Google is updating its search algorithm today to favor sites that have mobile-friendly options, and demoting sites that don't. The move is intended to address the increasing shift to mobile web browsing.<p><b>2. Elon Musk had an $11 billion deal in place to sell Tesla to</b> …

Silicon Valley

Preorder Now: The 2 Worst Words in Tech

Say hello to Mr. Everything. “Want to charge your phone and listen to your music? Take your music with you everywhere with Mr. Everything. Cords …

Apple Watch

Disney's 'acoustruments' can control phones using their own sounds

Disney Research is apparently developing plastic accessories that can control phones, which might even be more far-out than MIT's thumbnail trackpads. They're called acoustruments, and they can control phones with <i>sounds</i> from their own speakers. How? Well, each acoustrument comes with a U-shaped …

Closing the gap between queer and mainstream games

I sobbed when I finished <i>Gone Home</i>.<p>I sobbed because the closing beat of the narrative moved me to tears but also because I finally felt my own queer womanhood reflected back at me within the context of a fully realized game world. Queer women are so often rendered invisible or consigned to the …

How to Buy a Bike—Even if It's Your First

Want to know how to buy a bike? These are the tips and tricks you need to know, especially if it's your first time.<p>If you plan to do more than just salivate over the shiny new bikes in our Buyer's Guide, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by your options. Before your head explodes, allow us …

Bicycles

Don’t Listen to Google and Facebook: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership Is Still Going Strong

And real corporate security is still impossible.<p>If you’ve been reading the news recently, you might think that corporate America is doing its best to thwart NSA surveillance.<p>Google just announced that it is encrypting Gmail when you access it from your computer or phone, and between data centers. …

Oculus was the future of gaming. Now it’s the future of Facebook.

Facebook is buying VR headset company Oculus for $2 billion. The paycheck gets the founders a massive payday, but leaves a bitter taste for its …

Deal with the devil: why Netflix broke its own rules on net neutrality

By agreeing to pay Comcast, Reed Hastings set a painful precedent<p>Netflix CEO Reed Hastings published an impassioned blog post last week criticizing internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for asking his company to pay interconnection fees in order to ensure that their data reaches …

Simple Spotlinks App Lets You Connect On Location, Share Links

We’ve all been there. You met someone at a conference who seems interesting, so you get out the business cards. Fast, not awkward, and socially OK. An alternative is you stand there and fire them an email there and then (common practise in the US). Other use LinkedIn apps (I don’t). If you are …

If social networks were more honest about privacy, this tool wouldn’t exist

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Thomas Pajot<p>The Israeli software firm CallingID is best known for its LinkAdvisor safe browsing tool, …

Scientists develop a lie detector for tweets

Scientists are developing a new computer system which will be able to judge between truth and fiction in 140 characters or less<p>Scientists have developed the ultimate lie detector for social media – a system that can tell whether a tweeter is telling the truth.<p>The creators of the system called …

Fall Out Boy Releasing Flappy Bird Clone

Available for iOS and Android.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>American rock band Fall Out Boy are releasing a clone of mobile phenomenon Flappy Bird.<p>The news comes …

Infamous: Second Son increases the moral burden on your superpowered shoulders

Most superheroes have a line they won’t cross. Despite what <i>Man of Steel</i> would have you believe, Superman doesn’t kill. Neither does Spider-Man. The web-slinger even has a mantra for this, thanks to six simple words from his late uncle Ben: “With great power comes great responsibility.”<p>That saying …

Combat evolved: 'Titanfall' is the first real next-gen shooter

<i>Titanfall</i> could be the most important game in years. It’s Microsoft’s first Xbox One exclusive stab at the first-person shooter, the best-selling game genre there is. On March 11th, it could become the next <i>Halo</i>, the next <i>Gears of War</i>, at a time when neither of those beloved Microsoft franchises have …

10 Japanese Nintendo Games We Want - IGN Video

If we had our way, we'd make sure these games were coming to the West.

Why The 'Dark Souls II' Black Armor Weapons Set Is A Terrible Idea

Special armor and weapons will be available at the outset of <i>Dark Souls II</i> for purchasers of the Black Armor and Collector’s Editions of the game, according to publisher Namco Bandai.<p>While the weapons will be available for everyone as found items throughout the game, these editions of the game will …

Preview: inFamous: Second Son lights up the sky

I had some concerns about the future of <i>inFamous: Second Son</i> last year. When it slipped from the PS4 launch window, I was disappointed, but not …

Microsoft will 'fix' the Xbox One controller at the request of 'Titanfall' developer

<i>Titanfall</i> could be key to the Xbox One's continued success, and Microsoft is well aware. That's why the company is ironing out the Xbox One's kinks ahead of the game's March 11th release date. You might have heard that Microsoft will make some multiplayer tweaks and add a new headset adapter, but …

Titanfall is friendly, complex, thrilling and borrows wisely not from first-person shooters

When the <i>Titanfall</i> beta goes live later this week, players will experience a first-person shooter that takes some of the best competitive elements of other genres, not just the military shooters endlessly iterated on in the wake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's success.<p><i>Titanfall</i> does some of its …