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Inside Google's Fight To Keep The US Government Out Of Gmail Inboxes

In at least six separate federal cases, Google is waging a quiet war against the U.S. government. It’s taking the FBI to task over warrants demanding it hand over the contents of Gmail data stored overseas. And because Google stores customer accounts in fragments in servers around the globe, it’s a …

Privacy

10 best Bay Area beaches - Curbed SF

While it's still spring, it’s starting to feel like summer. And this week promises to be warm. So warm, in fact, that the sands of Bay Area shores are calling your name. From tide pools and secluded spots to family-friendly and clothing-optional, we've come up with the top 10 Bay Area beaches for …

Beaches

Multiverse: have astronomers found evidence of parallel universes?

To many these past 12 months seem as if we have already slipped into a parallel universe but Brexit and Trump are nothing compared to the alternate universes some astronomers are contemplating<p>They call it the multiverse. It’s a cosmos in which there are multiple universes. And by multiple, I mean …

Space Science

Scientists have identified the 50-foot creature that washed up on an Indonesian beach

A giant sea creature, possibly with tusks and possibly straight out of your nightmares, washed up on a beach in Indonesia last week, freaking out people on the island of Seram and launching a global guessing game to determine what, exactly, it used to be.<p>As images of the floating carcass rocketed …

Oceans

My mom wrote me over 100 'lunchbox letters' when I was a kid — and 15 years later, I've realized her advice still works

One day in 2003, when I was in 6th grade, my mom put a letter in my lunchbox with some advice on it. "Don't be quick to judge the girls at school — it's up to you to look for something good in each one."<p>My mom, Stephanie Skylar, was the Executive VP and Director of Marketing for Chief Super Market …

Parenting

These lesser-known European National Parks will Take Your Breath Away

From stunning mountain peaks to deep, lush valleys, European national parks offer the most stunning and diverse landscapes. Travel to these national …

National Parks

Canada Unveils 'Dinosaur Mummy' Found With Skin And Gut Contents Intact

“We don’t just have a skeleton. We have a dinosaur as it would have been.”<p>After more than 110 million years encased in stone, an impeccably preserved, dragon-like dinosaur has been unveiled by paleontologists in Canada and it’s unlike anything they’ve seen before.<p>The remains of an armor-plated …

Dinosaurs

Everything Verizon says in this terrible video about net neutrality vs. the truth

Reality bites<p>The fight over net neutrality is starting to heat up — and the big difference between this time and 2015 is that big ISPs seem incredibly emboldened to say whatever they want without any regard for the truth. For example: here’s some sponcon from Verizon, where someone named Jeremy …

Net Neutrality

How Elon Musk learns faster and better than everyone else

How is it even possible that Elon Musk could build four multibillion companies by his mid-40s — in four separate fields (software, energy, transportation, and aerospace)?<p>To explain Musk’s success, others have pointed to his heroic work ethic (he regularly works 85-hour weeks), his ability to set …

Learning

As former Copyright Office leaders, we support an autonomous register of copyrights

Last fall we wrote to Congress expressing our concern about the decaying relationship between the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office. Since …

Lost Weather Balloon GoPro Found Two Years Later with Astounding Shots of Earth from Space

Back in June 2013, five friends in Arizona decided to capture some footage of space by sending a GoPro, camcorder, and phone up in a weather balloon. The team–consisting of college students Bryan Chan, Ved Chirayath, Ashish Goel, Paul Tarantino, and Tyler Reid–built their device, calculated its …

Grand Canyon

Oculus’s Michael Abrash: AR glasses will change everything in ‘the next 50 years’

Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash believes that we may soon see the proliferation of augmented reality glasses, describing them as possibly “one of the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years.” But he doesn’t think that a copy of Google Glass is going to cut it, and he believes …

Augmented Reality

This WEEK in LAW on Flipboard

By Denise Howell | Possible TWiL discussion topics (http://twit.tv/twil)<p>Coins, Bars, And Beyond: A Beginner’s Guide To The Lucrative Livestreaming …

1950s Ranch

This addition and renovation of a midcentury California ranch home is tied together with warm ipe wood. In Menlo Park, California, a retired couple set out to add space and function to their cute but compact 1950s ranch home. Knowing the original house needed structural improvement, the owners were …

Houses

How to listen to everything Amazon Echo has ever heard

If you own an Amazon Echo, you probably know its strange secret: The device records a lot of what you say. Deep inside that dark tower, Echo keeps a vast trove of recordings. Your voice is preserved. Your friends’ voices are preserved. Anyone who has ever been to your house and said, “Alexa!” has …

Amazon

California Drought, Then and Now, in Pictures

Gardening

Here's a flying car you will actually be able to buy this year

Flying cars are the future, right? In the 1960s, the world imagined a future in which anyone could afford to take a drive above the scenery, but the technology simply never got there.<p>Now, Slovakian startup AeroMobil has announced it will be launching a flying car this year — and unlike their first …

Transportation

Hacker sets off every emergency siren in Dallas

A hacker set off all 156 emergency sirens in Dallas which wailed for 90 minutes overnight.<p>The hacker tricked the system into sending repeated signals 60 times from 11.42 pm until 1.17am on Saturday morning.<p>Rocky Vaz, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management said the hacker was from …

Security

A Mountain Lion Kitten Is Found, Leading To Excitement And Concern

Admit it. You only clicked on this story because of the photo of that insanely cute mountain lion kitten. You just wanted to gaze into her (yes, it's a her) milky blue eyes.<p>That's fair.<p>But there's more to the story of this kitten. Researchers have named her P-54. She's no more than a few months …

Wildlife

Scientists plan to drill into the Earth's mantle for the first time

We'd know a lot more about what's under the Earth's crust if Jules Verne's Icelandic volcano weren't but a figment of his imagination. Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology's (JAMSTEC) largest drilling ship called "Chikyu" is very real, though, and a group of international …

Earth Science

It's About Time for Congress to Improves the Copyright Office

A bill, H.R. 1695, sponsored by Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is moving through the House of Representatives. It has the soporific title of the “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017.” If you have never heard of the Register of Copyrights, much …

copyright

High school junior launches TagDat, an emoji-based local reviews app

Buffy Li was very patient when she took time off from her Spring Break to talk to me.<p>Li, an 11th grader at Santa Cruz’s Kirby prep school, spent most of the week off coordinating the launch of her new app, TagDat. While she’s stressed about getting her ducks in a row, the app is actually the second …

Startups

'Right in the bull's-eye': SpaceX just pulled off a revolutionary rocket launch

Elon Musk has just pulled off his dream of more than 15 years: fuel up a used rocket booster, fire it off, then recover it for yet another launch.<p>"It's an amazing day for space as a whole, for the space industry," Musk said during a live broadcast of the launch.<p>SpaceX, Musk's rocket company, …

Falcon 9

After Internet Privacy Vote, Some ISPs Pledge Not To Sell Browsing Histories

The Republican-controlled Congress just voted to repeal landmark privacy rules passed under Obama, but some ISPs see a strong commitment to privacy as their selling point.<p>This week, Congress voted to gut internet privacy regulations. The new legislation — which only needs President Trump’s …

Privacy

Watch what happens when Spotify gives unknown music acts a big push

The playlist effect.<p>Spotify is the equivalent of a music store, stacked with more than 30 million singles. If you pay Spotify $10 a month, you can grab any of the singles you want, whenever you want.<p>But that’s a lot of singles. Who’s going to help you pick through them?<p>Spotify has more than than …

Music

4 Weird and Fascinating Things That Actually Happen to Your Permanently Lost Luggage

As scary as the possibility of losing luggage may seem to many travelers — who will frequently go through serious hoops to fly carry-on only — the …

Underwater drone is ready to make a splash

The 3-kg (6.6-lb) drone is being made in Standard and Advanced models, both of which come with a 30-m (98-ft) tether running up to a Wi-Fi-equipped …

A Modern Guide to Tulum, Mexico: Super Food, Dreamy Beach & Blissfully Boho Vibes

The Best of Tulum: Where to Stay, Eat, Drink + Explore<p>STAY: Wanderers will be happy to land at <b>Nomade</b>, where a meditation tent, wind chime garden, and …

Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This Stunning Video of Mars

If you should one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don’t count on a good view. The Red Planet’s dusty atmosphere will probably …

Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance—that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …