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Inside Facebook’s plan to protect the U.S. midterm elections

Is it enough?<p>Two weeks ago, on a hastily scheduled conference call with journalists, Facebook executives announced what many felt was inevitable: Someone, perhaps Russia, was once again trying to use the social network to “sow division” among U.S. voters, this time before November’s midterm …

Meet 'Intrusion Truth,' the Mysterious Group Doxing Chinese Intel Hackers

Since April last year, a group calling itself ‘Intrusion Truth’ has trickled out the real names of hackers working for Chinese intelligence. Recently the group has ramped up its efforts against a Chinese operation targeting governments and businesses.<p>People come and go from the large, grey complex, …

Intellectual Property

How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the …

Social Media

The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People

Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge. Leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews show how the company hopes to solve it.<p>This spring, Facebook reached out to a few dozen leading social media academics with an invitation: …

Internet

Who controls your data?

The average American, one study tell us, touches their phone 2,600 times per day. By the end of a given year, that's nearly a million touches, rising to two million if you're a power user.<p>Each one of those taps, swipes and pulls is a potential proxy for our most intimate behaviors. Our phones are …

Apple

Google’s 20th anniversary: how the world’s best search engine ate the world

The biggest moments, product launches, and acquisitions throughout Google’s two-decade history<p>No technology company is arguably more responsible for shaping the modern internet, and modern life, than Google. The company that started as a novel search engine now manages eight products with more than …

Motorola

Duterte's Drug War And The Human Cost Of Facebook's Rise In The Philippines

<b>In August 2016</b>, a handful of crude images began circulating widely throughout Facebook’s Filipino community: a middle-aged man and woman having …

Social Media

The 20 Best Places to Camp in National Parks

Some of the finest places to lay your head are inside our national parks.<p>Thanks to its geysers and grizzlies, the 3,500-square-mile Yellowstone, our …

The generation that grew up on Stephen King is taking him back

The author is going through a cinematic renaissance, thanks to directors who grew up as fans.<p>Stephen King is one of mainstream fiction’s great …

The New Science of Psychedelics

Recent studies are finding that drugs such as LSD and psilocybin can help to alleviate depression, anxiety and addiction—and may have profound things to teach us about how the mind works<p>To anyone who lived through the 1960s, the proposition that psychedelic drugs might have a positive contribution …

New York University

Stephen Hawking's final research paper has been published, and it's mind-bending

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stephen Hawking may be among the stars now, but he has managed to gift the world one more research paper, published this week in the Journal of High Energy Physics.<p>True to Hawking's oeuvre, the paper tackles the same questions as any other bubbly beach read: Do we live in a multiverse? Did …

Stephen Hawking

The Best Inns in Every State for a Charm-Filled Getaway

From Alabama to Wyoming, here's where to stay in the USA!<p>While we love hotels and resorts, there's something about an inn that just evokes coziness …

Colonialism

The Best Beaches in California That Aren't Just for Surfers

From purple-sand beaches to crescent-shaped beauties, these are the Golden State's top strands.<p>1 Coronado Beach — San Diego<p><b>Best for Families</b><p>Located …

California

The Top 15 Beaches on the East Coast

Great Point, at the easternmost end of the island of Nantucket, is one of the most secluded beaches in the world. That's because you need a 4x4 and a …

Why Charleston, South Carolina Is the Best Place in America to Visit

Coming home at the end of my first day in Charleston to 86 Cannon ("The Poinsette House"), a recently opened five-room boutique hotel in a renovated …

Here's How You Can Work From Hawaii for One Week, All For Free

Round-trip airfare is included, too.<p>The East Coast had a brutal winter and Mother Nature is still figuring out what kind of weather it wants for Spring, so a new residency program in Hawaii is offering people the opportunity of a lifetime: escape it all, as you work and vacation simultaneously.<p>Work …

Flying

The Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

Our picks for the best spots for a little one-on-one time with you.<p>As great as traveling with companions can be, sometimes it's even better to get out there and discover yourself. If you're plotting your next adventure stag, here are our picks for the best spots for a little one-on-one time with …

You'd Never Guess This Dreamy Treehouse Airbnb Is Right In Atlanta

It looks straight out of a Disney movie.<p>You know your childhood storybook fantasy, the one where you live in a magical treehouse and no one bothers you? Yeah, well, you can officially live that out by booking a stay at this magical Airbnb in Atlanta. Listed as "Secluded Intown Treehouse," the …

Treehouses

48 of the Best Road Trip Destinations in the U.S. for Families

Round up the kids and set out to see some of the most beautiful towns, cities, and sights in our country.<p>Why spend a fortune on flights when you can …

Road Trips

The Best Rhode Island Beaches for Every Occasion

<b>BEST FOR... A QUIET PICNIC</b><p>One of the few Little Compton beaches open to the public, and under the protection of the Nature Conservancy, Goosewing is …

Rhode Island

How to Spend 24 Hours in Downtown Manhattan

One woman’s hectic day is another’s whirlwind city guide.<p>If you’ve never been to New York City, I suggest you do the following things first: Go to …

East Village

How to Spend 24 Hours in Seattle

Mountains and books and beer, oh my.<p>Seattle gets a bad rap. Sure, it rains about a third of the year and has an annual average of 225 cloudy days, …

African-American News

The Most Beautiful Small Town In Every State

Why yes, we would love to reside in a place where we can pan for sapphires.<p>There's always something to see in a big city, but sometimes, you want a slower pace. Thankfully, the United States boasts some incredible small towns. Whether you want to brush up on history or go where everyone will know …

New Jersey

10 Train Trips That Cost $100 (or Less!) You Need to Take Your Family On

See the beauty of America like never before.<p>If you've traveled around the United States by car or plane your entire life, you've been missing out on some seriously stunning countryside — but it's not too late. All of these trips are affordable and will leave you stunned by the beauty in the U.S.

28 Stunning Off-the-Grid Destinations You Should Escape to ASAP

Those stress management apps you downloaded? They've got nothing on the revitalizing power of these backcountry retreats.<p>A totally disconnected …

The 13 Best Beaches In America

Time to start planning your summer vacation.<p>From the volcanic black sands of Hawaii to the powder soft beaches of Florida, you're going to add all of …

The 15 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In California

California dreamin' hard.<p>The Golden State stretches 840 miles long, boasting a truly diverse range of geography. Whether you want to hit the beach, the desert, the mountains, or even an urban city, you can find it all among these most-gorgeous-of-all destinations. Who's down for a road trip?!

California

14 Luxurious Glamping Destinations for Your Next Girlfriend Getaway

Eat your heart out Henry David Thoreau.<p><b>Big Sur, California</b><p>When Ventana shut down last year for renovations after the only bridge into Big Sur was …

The 22 Most Beautiful Places in the World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list – whether you're looking …

National Parks

50 States, 50 U.S. Parks You Need to Visit

Experience the best of nature—in every U.S. state. How many have you visited?<p>Peppered across the United States you can find pristine coastlines, majestic mountains, and historical monuments. But that doesn't do the diversity justice, so explore the best park in each state, experiencing canyons, …