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AccuWeather issues statement on claims it was collecting and sharing location data against users' will

The popular weather app and data monetization firm Reveal have issued a joint statement after security researcher Will Strafach found evidence that AccuWeather was still sharing Wi-Fi MAC address information with Reveal even after users opted out of sharing location data via the app. As CNet ...

Elon Musk just revealed what a SpaceX spacesuit looks like

It’s like a sexy version of a traditional NASA spacesuit. First picture of SpaceX spacesuit. More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works . Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately. A post ...

Thanks to Apple's augmented reality tech, you may never have to apply lipstick in-store again

The days of spreading a smear of lipstick on your skin in department stores to see if it matches your tone or desired look may soon be over, thanks to Apple’s ARKit framework that allows developers to access iOS 11’s powerful augmented reality tools in the upcoming OS. A developer ...

YouTube “made wrong call” on removing videos of the conflict in Syria

YouTube’s automatic system designed to identify extremist content mistakenly flagged thousands of videos that documented the ongoing war in Syria, reports the BBC. After the system flagged the videos, human reviewers had 'mistakenly' removed them. In one such incident, the Qasioun News ...

Apple is developing an autonomous shuttle bus

The bus is being designed to shuttle its employees from one campus building to the next, reports the New York Times. The new shuttle bus program is called PAIL, which stands for 'Palo Alto to Infinite Loop,' which is the route the autonomous shuttle bus will run. Apple isn’t expected to be ...

Walmart and Google are teaming up to take on Amazon in the voice shopping market

The brick-and-mortar retail giant and the search giant are launching the ability for users of Google’s voice-controlled Assistant platform to order hundreds of thousands of Walmart items simply by speaking, reports Reuters. The move is designed to take on Amazon, the internet e-commerce giant ...

After six decades, the Village Voice is stopping its print edition, going digital only

The iconic New York alternative weekly is the latest print publication to shutter its physical media doors. Village Voice owner Peter Barbey released a statement yesterday announcing the Voice’s print closure but assured readers the publication would continue to operate online, reports ...

The DIY Inventors Finding Ways To Make Small Improvements To Life In Gaza

With few imports and only a few hours of electricity today, life in the Gaza Strip is becoming more difficult by the day. But using what they have, inventors and engineers are creating new, often sustainable solutions to the area’s resource shortages. Abdullah Abu Zir is the crazy old uncle ...

Congress is trying to ensure Trump can't create a U.S.-Russia cyber unit by himself

A bill is advancing through Congress that would make it illegal for the president to unilaterally create a U.S.-Russia cyber unit without notifying Congress, reports Reuters. In July, Trump tweeted that he and Russian president Vladimir Putin had personally discussed creating 'an impenetrable Cyber ...

These Headphones Allow You To Record 3D Spatial Audio On The Go

The Hooke Verse wireless 3D-audio headphones make binaural audio cheaper and easier to capture. if=="function"){{$.fn.fitVids=function{}})}; jwplayer.setup( {"playlist":"https:\/\/content.jwplatform.com\/feeds\/Wxb9c768.json","ph":2} ); The Hooke Verse wireless 3D-audio headphones make binaural ...

A map of the 1,005 people who have died in the U.S. after police fired a Taser

Studies say Tasers can save lives when used correctly, and Axon, the company behind them, says they are the 'safest force option' for police. But an extensive new investigation by Reuters found 1,005 deaths following police use of the weapon, and 153 deaths directly related to their use, mostly ...

Tasers Are A Deadly Factor In Far More Police Encounters Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

Studies say Tasers can save lives when used properly. But Reuters found 153 deaths related to their use–far more than the number offered by the manufacturer. The Taser is thought to be a 'less than lethal' alternative to a firearm during aggressive police encounters. But in a new tally, ...

Out at work? This podcast wants to hear what that means for you

Nancy, the podcast from WNYC that tells stories from the LGBTQ community, is headed into the office—but it needs your help. The show, which is hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, has just launched its new season and they’re focusing on how the LGBTQ community interacts with the modern ...

One Trick For Keeping Kids In College: Forgive Tiny Debts That Force Them To Leave

Many students leave higher education before graduation over unpaid debts under $1,000. Maybe we could give them a break? Nearly half of all college students in America end up dropping out, an epidemic quit rate that’s poised to cause some serious economic trouble: Most jobs today require ...

Five Ways For Marketers To Succeed In Messaging

Sympler co-founder and CEO Ben Jenkins outlines how brands should be approaching the massive opportunity in messaging. With WhatsApp at 1 billion daily active users, and Facebook Messenger and WeChat not far behind, there is no question of the importance of messaging. In the last 12 months my ...

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417 million in talcum powder lawsuit

A jury awarded a California woman $417 million when she developed ovarian cancer after almost a lifetime of using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, per CNN. The award includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. It’s a stunning award not because ...

Medium's big anti-ad revenue play will pay writers based on user engagement

Medium’s latest pivot promised to create a better system for online media. The company laid off a third of its staff earlier this year in the name of finding a sustainable media business model. It’s been unclear how exactly that would work, but today we’re getting a little ...

Code2040 is expanding its fellows program to NYC

Over the past five years, Code2040’s fellows program has paired black and Latinx students with internships at key Silicon Valley players like Slack, Airbnb, Intel, and Twitter. Starting next year, Code2040 is bringing the program to New York City. Its initial partners include Goldman Sachs, ...

Gawker's legacy: 5 more chilling lawsuits meant to silence the media

Today is the first anniversary of Gawker‘s demise. The website, while hated by many, was the go-to site for snark, unvarnished takes, and courageous scoops that other outlets wouldn’t dare publish. Gawker was ultimately killed by money and power. Hulk Hogan’s successful lawsuit ...

Can Steelcase's Office Of The Future Make Corporate America Rethink The Drab Modern Workplace?

The company’s new Creative Spaces offers a model for companies to give their employees spaces–and the freedom–to collaborate, think, and relax as they see fit. There may be days you dread going to the office. Your 8-by-10-foot cubicle is starting to feel cramped. Your Instagram ...

Hey brands, here's why people call you out on social media

Ever wonder what you’re doing wrong? A new analysis by Sprout Social uncovers some of the reasons why consumers call out brands and companies on social media, and it turns out, people don’t like liars. Dishonesty was cited as the most common reason someone called out a brand, with 60% ...

How To Turn Your Five-Figure Freelance Career Into A Six-Figure Startup

Here’s your guide to going from solopreneur to CEO. Whatever you call yourself–'freelancer,' 'consultant,' or 'solopreneur'–you’re getting by just fine as your own boss. You’re regularly pulling in a comfortable five-figure income, and it feels good answering to ...

After the eclipse, Netflix concedes defeat against the moon

Yesterday, people around the country stepped outside to watch the moon temporarily blot out the sun in an ode to the greatest Mitsubishi model ever. The rare solar eclipse was practically a national holiday, celebrated from coast to coast by people from all walks of life. Everyone loved it, even ...

Google may have an answer to Amazon's Echo Dot

Google is reportedly building a smaller, cheaper version of its Google Home connected speaker, designed to take on Amazon’s $50 Echo Dot. A report by Android Police is light on details on the rumored product, but claims that Google could announce it alongside new Pixel phones and a ...

7 Skills Managers Will Need In 2025

As you plan your management career years from now, here are the skills you’ll need to succeed. We all know that the work landscape is changing. The jobs that will be in demand are shifting as more are automated by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robots. Teams are becoming more ...

This 50,000-Pound Pile Of Sugar Represents How Much U.S. Kids Eat Every Five Minutes

Kind Snacks is using an installation in Times Square to mark its step into a new category of snacks. According to Kind Snacks, children in the U.S. are eating 4.7 billion pounds of added sugar every year–enough to cover 1,740 football fields. That translates into about 13.1 million pounds of ...

Need Car-Charging Infrastructure? How About Peer-To-Peer And On The Blockchain

There’s already a fairly robust start to a charging system for EVs, but most of its privately owned. A new plan wants to open it up. To meet the needs of the millions of electric vehicles that may be on the roads over the next decade or two, we’re going to need a lot more places to ...

Not everyone is “clapping” for Medium's new plan to save media

Medium unveiled its new system to buck the digital ad system in the media business today: Claps. Claps are Medium members’ way of showing love to an article, like how we 'like' a post on Facebook. The idea is that if a member-only article is more popular–gets more claps–then ...

Astronaut urine may be the secret ingredient for traveling to Mars

We’ve all heard the phrase 'reduce, reuse, and recycle' muttered under the breath of irate eco-warriors, but when it comes to space travel, that phrase could be the difference between visiting the moon and traveling to Mars. 'If astronauts are going to make journeys that span several years, ...

Aubrey Plaza On “Ingrid Goes West” And How Instagram Feeds Obsession

'Ingrid Goes West' is a cringey, fun film about social media-fueled obsession. Here’s how Aubrey Plaza and director Matt Spicer faked the authentic fakeness of Instagram. 'Wanna see my Instagram post?' Aubrey Plaza asks.Read Full Story

Ken Block Takes Gymkhana On A Wild Off-Road Ride For Pennzoil

'Pennzoil Synthetics Presents: Terrakhana The Ultimate Dirt Playground!' is a branded version of the now-classic driving series, but Block keeps true to his roots. What: Ken Block takes his Gymkhana concept off-roading for a new branded content video with Pennzoil.Read Full Story

This Is What Social Media Superstars Can Teach You About Building Influence

Social media influencers have become big business. Here’s what they can teach you about becoming more influential in your workplace. Social media influencers are having a moment. Those who have successfully built engaged communities are turning them into businesses and working with marketers ...

These Are The Cities With The Fastest And Slowest Hiring Processes

Looking to land a job in a new location in the U.S. or in another country? Here’s how long it might take. Possibly the most agonizing part of the job search process is the waiting time between the interview and when the hiring manager makes a final decision. As a candidate, there are a few ...

These are the best jobs that don't require a college degree

We already know that college degrees come at a high cost. Last year, the average student debt load was $37,172, according to analysis by higher education expert Mark Kantrowitz. Some jobs in growing fields, however, pay well and don’t require a bachelor’s degree. CareerCast ...

Ford might build electric vehicles in China

The U.S. automaker is exploring setting up a joint venture with China’s Anhui Zotye Automobile Company to build electric vehicles in the country, reports Reuters. Not only is China the world’s largest automaker, the government is pursuing aggressive goals to have electric and plug-in ...

Illegal industrial dumping was turning dogs blue in Mumbai

The strange blue dogs began appearing on the streets of Mumbai on August 11, reports the Guardian. After local residents surmised that their bright blue fur could be the result of swimming in a polluted river, they approached the pollution control board to ask that it investigate a local ...

Facebook's Safety Check will now be a permanent feature on its app

The feature first appeared in 2014 and allows Facebook users to mark themselves 'safe' if they are in the area of a calamitous event like a terror attack or a natural disaster. The feature will now get a permanent home inside Facebook’s mobile apps, the company has announced. Users will now ...

How The Far Right Became An Ethnic Minority

It’s no accident that white nationalists and their fellow travelers have appropriated the language of civil rights movements. When Google fired the writer of a controversial document, in which he insisted that the company’s lack of female employees stems from biological differences, ...

This App Tracks Political Ads To See Who Is Targeting Your Vote-And Why

Who Targets Me is a U.K.-based project that monitors your Facebook feed to see which parties and candidates are trying to influence your vote. Their goal is to increase transparency in election advertising, and to keep a lasting record to hold politicians accountable for their advertisements. ...

How A Burning Man Camp Project Became A Multimillion-Dollar Business

Thousands of $1,500 Shiftpod shelters have been sold, and are being used in disaster relief areas globally. Now the company has its own cryptocurrency. It began in the middle of the night: a nagging idea that Christian Weber couldn’t shake. That there had to be a better way. That he had ...

California's Housing Crisis And Long Commutes Are Slowing Its Progress On Climate

The state has its work cut out for it to keep up with its impressive environmental record. Jerry Brown, the governor of California, is not one to be cowed by federal backtracking on environmental regulations. His promise back in December that California 'will launch its own damn satellites' should ...

California's Housing Crisis And Long Commutes Are Slowing Its Progress On Climate

The state has its work cut out for it to keep up with its impressive environmental record. Jerry Brown, the governor of California, is not one to be cowed by federal backtracking on environmental regulations; his promise back in December that California 'will launch its own damn satellites' should ...

Here's What The Solar Eclipse Looked Like From Delta's Flight Of A Lifetime

Lucky passengers on one transcontinental flight got to experience totality from miles above the ground. Here, they describe the experience. This morning, Anna Ruth Williams and Cooper Pettway found each other in the Delta Sky Club in Portland, awaiting a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They were ...

Blue Apron gets hit with lawsuit accusing it of misleading shareholders

Blue Apron shareholder Ahmed Chaudhry has filed a complaint against the meal-delivery company for 'misleading' and 'untrue statements' in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission leading up to its public offering. The suit also takes aim at the underwriters of Blue Apron’s IPO ...

This Salad-Making Machine Will Make You The Perfect Salad In 60 Seconds

The Sally robot wants to find a place in corporate offices next to the junk-food filled vending machine. If you want a salad from the market at the Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto, a restaurant, and market run by the ex-Google chef Charlie Ayers, you can pick a pre-packaged salad from a case or visit a ...

Android's next version is called “Oreo,” and it's coming soon

Google and Oreo appear to be teaming up for the latest version of Android. The operating system once code-named Android O is now officially named 'Android 8.0 Oreo,' marking the second time Google has gone corporate for its dessert-themed nicknames. Android Oreo’s main features include ...

Corporate America Couldn't Just Let Us Enjoy The Eclipse

Because everything, even the moon temporarily blotting out the sun, is a commercial opportunity. There was a moment in modern marketing–and it was just a moment, right around the time social media still felt like a new, fun club we all just joined, but not yet a required media ...

This Salad-Making Machine Will Make You The Perfect Salad In 60 Seconds

The Sally robot wants to find a place in corporate offices next to the junk-food filled vending machine. If you want a salad from the market at the Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto, a restaurant and market run by the ex-Google chef Charlie Ayers, you can pick a pre-packaged salad from a case or visit a ...

Naturally, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is exploding on Spotify

Here’s something Bonnie Tyler probably didn’t foresee when she released her soon-to-be hit song 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' in 1983: That in the futuristic-sounding year of 2017, there would be a literal total eclipse and that, in the process of getting pumped for the rare event, ...

Android's next version is called “Oreo,” and it's coming soon

Google and Oreo appear to be teaming up for the latest version of Android. The operating system once codenamed Android O is now officially named 'Android 8.0 Oreo,' marking the second time Google has gone corporate for its dessert-themed nicknames. Android Oreo’s main features include ...