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YouTube introduces six-second Bumper ads

YouTube announced a new ad format today that’s all about brevity.<p>In a blog post, Product Manager Zach Lupei said YouTube has been exploring formats that are better-suited for smartphone video watchers. Hence the creation of Bumper ads — video ads that are only six seconds long.<p>The idea of a really …

How the Power to Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction

The recent announcement that a young paralysed man in Ohio in the US named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers after having a chip …

Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a "Meaningless Economy"

<b>Douglas Rushkoff:</b> In the original .com era companies were measured by how much money they made. The idea was that you sold a lot of stuff and took in …

Sleep Deprived: We're Recharging Our Phones, But Not Ourselves

Millions of Americans recharge their phones, screens and laptops before they go to bed at night, but do they recharge themselves?<p>Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of <i>The Huffington Post</i>, says we are in the midst of a sleep-deprivation crisis that creates anxiety, as well as …

Myanmar frees over 100 political prisoners, but jails 2

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 100 political prisoners in Myanmar have been freed under an amnesty ordered by the country's new de facto leader, …

Ignore the smears: Bernie Sanders is right about Israel’s heinous atrocities in Gaza — he just got the numbers wrong

<b>(AP/Keith Srakocic)</b><p>Israeli soldiers admitted they shot Palestinians out of boredom, but Bernie is slammed for trying to tell the truth<p>Ben Norton<p>April 9, 2016 1:05pm (UTC)<p>Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has faced a torrent of criticism in recent days after criticizing Israel's atrocities in …

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This Is A Really Dumb Way To Fix Poverty

Hint: It involves taking money from poor people.<p>Poverty is what happens when people do not have enough money to live decently. It's a difficult problem to solve if there aren't any other people who actually do have enough money to live well. Fortunately, we live in an era in which there are many …

WhatsApp Just Made Encrypted Messaging Popular

WhatsApp has joined Telegram, TextSecure, and many other secure messaging apps, enabling end-to-end encryption when sending texts and multimedia …

Tennessee Wants to Make the Bible Its Official State Book, Which Is Obviously Unconstitutional

On Monday, the Tennessee state Senate approved a bill designating “the Holy Bible” as the official state book—a measure that, as the state attorney …

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Amendments Aren't Enough: Civil Liberties Advocate Warns of Danger Posed by Bill C-51

February 4, 2016 In: PFT Global, PFT Original Comments<p>It has been one year since the Conservative government decided to introduce Bill C-51 and then …

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