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The Mobster Who Bought His Son a Hockey Team

A tale of goons, no-show jobs, and a legendary minor-league franchise that helped land its owner in prison<p><b>T</b>here’s nothing sadder than a small city.<p>A small town has its lawns and picket fences and wholesome values, a big town its go-getters and civic fathers. A big city has its strivers and fine …

Ice Hockey

Blockchain Is the Future, But It's Confusing. Here's an Explanation in Plain English

Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>You keep hearing the word and it isn't going away. You admit defeat of your lack of knowledge and find yourself Googling "What is …

Blockchain

Facebook says it will not extend GDPR privacy protections beyond EU

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is hesitant to apply European protections worldwide<p>Facebook has no plans to extend the user privacy protections put in place by the far-reaching General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, law to users of its social network around the globe, according to <i>Reuters</i>. CEO Mark …

Say Goodbye To The Credit Card Signature

You’ve done this for as long as you’ve had a credit card. But times they are a-changin’.<p>Now that April has dawned, you will likely no longer need to sign for purchases when paying with your credit card. American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa have all announced they are eliminating the need …

Identity Theft

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

Books

‘A grand illusion’: seven days that shattered Facebook’s facade

Revelations about the depths of Facebook’s failure to protect our data have finally pulled back the curtain, observers say<p>Cambridge Analytica scandal: the biggest revelations so far<p>“Dumb fucks.” That’s how Mark Zuckerberg described users of Facebook for trusting him with their personal data back in …

Privacy

Everything you need to know about Christopher Wylie, the 28-year-old who blew the lid off a huge Facebook data breach

Just after midday Saturday, Christopher Wylie tweeted: "Here we go..." The 28-year-old data scientist was about to be catapulted into the international media glare after blowing the whistle on an enormous Facebook data breach, which he had helped engineer.<p>The Canadian had been acting as a source …

Christopher Wylie

It's time to protect yourself — and your friends — from Facebook

Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this …

The Ugly Evolution of Cyberbullying

How we progressed from passive-aggressive Myspace bulletins to kids creating two Instagram profiles—one for their friends, another for their bullies.<p>Myspace bulletins were the original Facebook status: whiny letters that all your followers could read. When I was 14, I sent out a passive-aggressive …

Social Media

The easy way to remove water stains from wood furniture

No need to go to the hardware store -- you have everything you need to remove water marks.<p>Nothing ruins the luster of wood furniture quite like a watermark.<p>Watermarks -- or water stains -- are often caused by cold glasses, spills, or hot dishes places directly on the wood. Luckily, though, they …

Woodworking

Two-factor authentication is a mess

It was supposed to be a one-stop security fix. What happened?<p>For years, two-factor authentication has been the most important advice in personal cybersecurity — one that consumer tech companies were surprisingly slow to recognize. The movement seemed to coalesce in 2012, after journalist Mat Honan …

Information Systems
Baseball

Google Wifi review: Wi-Fi that works

Google's mesh router balances performance and convenience<p>It’s funny to think that the most interesting tech products of 2016 have been routers. The router has transformed from a utilitarian computer hardware with antennas sticking out of it to multiple, sleekly designed pods that are placed …

Wi-Fi

Joe Buck: Why calling World Series at Wrigley Field will be my career highlight

<i>Watch Game 3 of the World Series live on Fox, or stream it on Fox Sports Go by clicking here.</i><p>This weekend, I get to do something nobody has ever done …

Baseball

How Chase Made the Perfect High for Credit Card Junkies

Somewhere in the middle of Ohio there’s a nondescript office park, the kind you could drive by for years and never really notice. One of the …

Procter & Gamble

Why 'Donkey Kong Country' Soundtrack Lives on Through Endless Remixes

Melancholy ballad from Super Nintendo classic inspires some truly great remixes, mashups<p>Chicago-based remixer Tim Jacques has made a name for himself …

2016: Summer | Home: Some Thoughts on the Frost Library Protest

The convergence in the library would continue through the weekend. There was debate and disagreement. The gathering was always peaceful. People …

The Smashing Pumpkins—very early on—live for an hour on a local Chicago TV show, 1988

<i>Smashing Pumpkins</i> <br>What you are about to see is some pretty incredible early footage of the Smashing Pumpkins performing songs from their first demo …

Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil a new kind of battery to power your home

The eccentric CEO said the product will be ready for production in a matter of months<p>Tesla didn't ship nearly as many cars this quarter as it had projected, but CEO Elon Musk remained upbeat during today's earnings call as he let some details slip about a brand new product. According to Musk, the …

Tesla

Valentine's Day Deal: Newark selling sweethearts vacant lots for $1,000

Newark is selling 100 vacant lots at $1,000 to any couple(of any sexual orientation) who is willing to build and live in a home on the land, …

The Heat in Hindsight

With Miami's streak in our rearview mirror, who were the winners and losers in this whole spectacle?<p>When I wrote my basketball book four years ago, I …

Amazon Acquires Social Reading Site Goodreads, Which Gives The Company A Social Advantage Over Apple

Today, Amazon has announced the acquisition of social reading service, Goodreads. Specific terms of the deal weren’t disclosed and it should close by the end of Q2.<p>Goodreads had raised $2.75 million in funding from the likes of True Ventures since launching in January 2007. When we talked to them …