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The North Korean nuclear threat, explained

Why Instagram Is Becoming Facebook’s Next Facebook

At a recent all-hands meeting with employees, Kevin Systrom, a founder and chief executive of Instagram, showed off one of his favorite charts: Days to Reach the Next 100 Million Users.<p>“It’s the only graph in the company that we celebrate when it declines,” Mr. Systrom said in an interview last …

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There’s now an Amazon Dash button for underwear

Amazon this morning gave an update on its Dash buttons in light of its recent expansion to support over 300 brands, and, in typical Amazon fashion, it didn’t release any hard numbers in terms of Dash buttons in the wild, or sales figures generated by these push-button ordering devices. However, …


BART takeover robbery: 50 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit …


Siri can now read your WhatsApp messages out loud on iOS

Siri has gained another string to its bow with WhatsApp’s new update for iOS. Apple’s assistant can now read text messages you receive via the service out loud, making life a bit easier for people with visual impairments, or for people who just want to use their phone without looking at the …


Two years after its launch, the Apple Watch hasn’t made a difference at Apple

It’s been two years to the day since Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the Apple Watch, the company’s first new product line under his leadership, but revenue figures suggest consumers still aren’t sold.<p>Apple’s biggest launch since the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch was expected to be a hit: Given the …

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Top 10 Developer Crypto Mistakes

After doing hundreds of security code reviews for companies ranging from small start-ups to large banks and telcos, and after reading hundreds of …


Design flaws in Lastpass 2FA implementation

As part of a Red Team engagement I found myself looking for a way to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA) in Lastpass. Unfortunately this happened …

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Instagram’s saved posts can now be organized into Pinterest-like collections

But for now, they’re still private and only visible to you<p>Back in December, Instagram introduced the ability to save your favorite posts by other users. Tapping the bookmark logo at the lower right of any Instagram photo or video saves it to your personal “Saved” section. Only you can see content …


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63 Haunting Videos of U.S. Nuclear Tests Now Declassified and Put Online

Last month, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory put on YouTube 63 now-declassified videos documenting American nuclear tests conducted between …


Still alive: 100% Soylent results (3 mo.)

So, I adopted a 100% Soylent-based diet on January 17th, after some unforeseen circumstances. 3 months have passed, and I figured I’d post my results …


Facebook plans on offering a free version of its Slack competitor

Facebook Workplace is going free<p>Facebook’s team collaboration software, Workplace, is getting a free version anyone can sign up for. The company is calling the tier its standard version, and it’s currently testing it with a select group of users with a plan to roll it out later this year for any …


Facebook Messenger adds app extensions and a bot store

Plus automatic suggestions from M<p>Facebook Messenger is adding third-party extensions and a new discovery tab in a new effort to make it users’ primary messaging app. A year after the rocky rollout of bots, Messenger is taking another swing with changes focused on making them easier to find and use. …


Atoms For Peace 6.3

Trying to Explain Code Quality to Execs

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Netflix’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival is as funny (and necessary) as the original

In November 2015, <i>Mystery Science Theater 3000</i> creator Joel Hodgson announced a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the show back. After the initial wave of excitement subsided, fans and skeptics started asking questions. Would this be a reunion of the original cast and crew? If so, what would …


Nintendo doesn’t want your money — it wants your soul

The company’s business strategy is arcane, confusing, and maybe genius<p>Nintendo’s announcement today that it’s discontinuing its wildly popular NES Classic Edition console has fans in an uproar. Why would Nintendo do this, when the device has been sold out for months and it’s clear consumers will …