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15 Ads On Vehicles Designed By People Who Didn't Think Things Through

There are too many windows of opportunity for things to go wrong.

Doorhandle

Mark Zuckerberg Said This 1 Word, Over and Over, 35 Times in a Podcast Interview. Here's What It Reveals About Facebook's Biggest Challenge

No matter what interviewer Kara Swisher asked Zuckerberg, he kept coming back to the same word.<p>What's the biggest threat to Facebook? I think we can figure out what Facebook thinks it is, and there's a big clue in the 90-minute podcast interview Mark Zuckerberg did this week with Kara Swisher, …

Mark Zuckerberg

Google's Gmail controversy is everything people hate about Silicon Valley

When news broke this week that Google was letting Gmail app developers scan and even read your email, we heard what's become Silicon Valley's usual excuse: This is what you signed up for.<p>Don't like how Facebook shares your data with third-party developers? Too bad, it's right there in the privacy …

Silicon Valley

5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life

It's best to learn these lessons while you're still young.<p><i>"What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Alyssa Satara, co-founder</b> …

7 Creepy Things Robots Have Already Done That Shocked Their Makers

Maybe the likes of Elon Musk are right to be in a panic about A.I.<p>There's a great debate going on in Silicon Valley about artificial intelligence and unfortunately the stakes are rather high: Will we accidentally build a super smart A.I. that turns on us and kills or enslaves us all?<p>This might …

Machine Learning

A Real-Life Hacker Reveals What You Should Stop Doing Online

One tip: Before you Insta that photo, pay attention to what's in the background.<p>Stephanie Carruthers is a “white hat” hacker known as Snow whose clients include both Fortune 100 companies and startups. In 2014, she won the Social Engineering Capture the Flag competition at DEF CON, one of the …

Social Media

Parallel Universe: A list of alternatives to all Google products

Have you noticed? Google’s entire business model is based on you surrendering to their corporate surveillance. That’s it. All they do is repackage …

P.E.I. may become first province in Canada to ban retailers from offering plastic bags | The Star

CHARLOTTETOWN—Prince Edward Island could be the first province in Canada to ban retailers from giving out plastic bags after a private member’s bill …

Paul Manafort tried to hide from the feds using encrypted WhatsApp—but forgot about iCloud

Special counsel Robert Mueller has accused Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort of witness tampering. Manafort allegedly tried to hide his communications with potential witnesses using the encrypted messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram, but prosecutors appear to have accessed the …

Donald Trump

Children write 'savage' obituary for mother who abandoned them

A scathing obituary for an 80-year-old woman is attracting attention online after her children wrote that she had an affair with her husband’s …

Mark Zuckerberg Apparently Didn’t Tell Congress the Whole Truth About Facebook

Now, the C.E.O. could have a new privacy scandal on his hands.<p>When <b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> appeared before Congress in April, he insisted that the kind of data sharing that sparked the Cambridge Analytica scandal was out of bounds for Facebook. “You should have complete control over your data,” he said …

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia

Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.<p><i>Note: this article was updated on June 13 to clarify that apps like Facebook don't automatically have access to your data.</i><p>A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in …

Private equity bosses took $200m out of Toys R Us and crashed the company, lifetime employees got $0 in severance

Private equity's favorite shell game is to take over profitable businesses, sell off their assets, con banks into loaning them hundreds of millions …

Clever new method solves VR’s ‘infinite walking’ problem by tricking your brain

One of the ways that virtual reality could be made even more immersive is if users were able to fully explore enormous virtual worlds by physically …

Do This Right Now to Get More Hours in the Day Tomorrow

In her new book Off The Clock, TED speaker and time management expert Laura Vanderkam swears by time dividends. Here's how to get more hours this week<p>Time management expert Laura Vanderkam, whose new book <i>Off The Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done</i> is out today, taught me something …

4 Supposed Mosquito Repellents That Absolutely Don't Work, According to Science (and 5 That Do)

Tried a "sure-fire" mosquito repellent and still got bitten? It's not your fault.<p>It's officially summer and you know what that means: hiking, swimming, backyard barbecues...and mosquitoes. Everyone is bothered by them, but some people think they've found the perfect antidote to unpleasant and …

23 Ways To Be A Little Bit Smarter About Your Money

"Think about what you want to buy in terms of the hours it took you to earn that money."

Huawei, ZTE phones banned by Pentagon over spying fears neither sold nor banned by Canadian military

The Pentagon banned the sale of Huawei and ZTE phones on military bases on Wednesday and while the devices are not sold on Canadian bases, federal …

Rapper Rebuked Fan for Singing N-Word in His Own Song — Then Whoopi Called Him Out on It

<i>Note: This article contains coarse language that may offend or disturb some readers.</i><p>Rapper Kendrick Lamar is facing intense criticism — even from …

Starbucks Announces That Anyone Can Use Its Bathrooms. Here's Why They Should Have Kept It a Secret

The concept isn't necessarily a bad idea. Sharing it with everyone was.<p>On Saturday, Starbucks dropped what may be the biggest policy change in its existence as a company:<p>It will now allow anyone--paying customer or not--to use its stores and restrooms, regardless of whether or not they make a …

WhatsApp founder sends Facebook users a coded message by quitting | John Naughton

Jan Koum’s exit reportedly followed clashes over Facebook’s attempts to weaken encryption of the messaging service<p>Early in 2009, two former Yahoo employees, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, sat down to try and create a smartphone messaging app. They had a few simple design principles. One was that it …

Privacy

An 87-year-old millionaire buried treasure in the Rockies—and he’s offered one main clue

Somewhere in the Rockies, in the roughly 1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border, may be a treasure chest worth millions. …

These Twins, One Black and One White, Will Make You Rethink Race

Marcia and Millie Biggs say they’ve never been subjected to racism—just curiosity and surprise that twins could have such different skin colors.<p>When Amanda Wanklin and Michael Biggs fell in love, they “didn’t give a toss” about the challenges they might face as a biracial couple, Amanda says. “What …

'Dear Mark, this is why I hate you.' An open letter to Zuckerberg

Dear Mark,<p>Fuck you. Oh, sorry, were you expecting something politer? Senators might thank for you volunteering to appear in Congress, but you helped …

Privacy

The Fascinating Delayed Sound of Water Being Poured Down a 50 Meter Well at Nürnberg Castle

While at Nürnberg Castle, visitor Unecht Erfunden and his family poured a pitcher of water into a medieval well that went down 50 meters (164 feet). …

Facebook knows literally everything about you

Cambridge Analytica may have used Facebook’s data to influence your political opinions. But why does least-liked tech company Facebook have all this data about its users in the first place?<p>Let’s put aside Instagram, WhatsApp and other Facebook products for a minute. Facebook has built the world’s …

Russian Roulette review: as Joe Biden said, 'If this is true, it's treason'

Michael Isikoff and David Corn lay bare the evidence that Trump and Putin have been striving to collaborate for years<p>Whenever I finish a book like Russian Roulette, I ask myself the same question: why is anyone still debating whether there was collusion between the Russians and Donald …

Donald Trump

21 Things Fiftysomethings Wish Twentysomethings Knew

"Inside every old person is a young person who’d like to get out." H/T Quora<p>"[...]By going through the motions you will eventually gain it." — L. Lee<p>— Tim Dees<p>"[...]Having kids can be a huge expense, milestone, and disappointment. Aaaaand there’s the other side too…" — Bill Dred<p>"[...]Often our …

The NRA's worst nightmare is here

<b>(CNN) —</b> It feels like the early days of the #MeToo movement, which caused a cultural shift regarding sexual misconduct -- but this time, the problem at hand is gun violence, and the movement is called #NeverAgain. And this time, the courageous individuals leading the effort for change are teenagers …

Guns

Against the odds: Why customers often lose in battles with banks

Banking customers with complaints about lost deposits face an uphill battle, according to a consumer advocate who says those looking for help …