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Watch hackers hijack WhatsApp and Telegram accounts using known telecom flaw

WhatsApp and Telegram have both billed themselves as secure alternatives to phone, text or email correspondence. For the most part, that's true, the two ar

Student drew every member of his high school class for a creative graduation surprise

411 students, 411 portraits.

Wiso is a Bluetooth-connected whistle for stopping assaults

Wiso is a Bluetooth-connected smart whistle that people can use to sound for help if they're being physically assaulted. Through the corresponding app it also automatically texts, calls, or emails...

Microsoft wants VR headsets to run its Windows Holographic OS

Microsoft is opening up its Windows Holographic operating system to virtual reality headset makers. At Computex today, Microsoft released a demo video of its vision of "mixed reality" where VR...

Boy, X-Men: Apocalypse’s Marketing Was All Over the Map, Huh?

It was all fun and (actual) games, until someone caught feelings.

Boss-battle game 'Furi' gets a soundtrack full of electro artists

Carpenter Brut, The Toxic Avenger and others are scoring the upcoming action game.

AI that picked Oscar winners could predict the next President

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What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

Your words may predict your future mental health

Can the way you speak and write today predict your future mental state, even the onset of psychosis? In this fascinating talk, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to investigate how our words hint at our inner lives and details a word-mapping algorithm that could predict the development of schizophrenia. "We may be seeing in the future a very different form of mental health," Sigman says, "based on objective, quantitative and automated analysis of the words we write, of the words we say."

The laws that sex workers really want

Everyone has an opinion about how to legislate sex work (whether to legalize it, ban it or even tax it) ... but what do workers themselves think would work best? Activist Toni Mac explains four legal models that are being used around the world and shows us the model that she believes will work best to keep sex workers safe and offer greater self-determination. "If you care about gender equality or poverty or migration or public health, then sex worker rights matter to you," she says. "Make space for us in your movements." (Adult themes)

Uber just got a $3.5 billion cash infusion from Saudi Arabia

Uber's unrelenting cash grab reached new heights today, as the world's most valuable technology startup announced that it had received a $3.5 billion investment from Saudi Arabia's main investment fund.

Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8B, taking a big step into e-commerce

Salesforce says its new Commerce Cloud “will be an integral part of Salesforce’s Customer Success Platform, creating opportunities for companies to connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Salesforce customers will have access to the industry’s leading enterprise cloud commerce platform, and Demandware’s customers will be able to leverage Salesforce’s leading sales, service, marketing, communities, analytics, IoT and platform solutions to deliver a more comprehensive, personalized consumer experience.”

Diverse emoji are coming to Facebook Messenger, including females professionals and redheads

One last tidbit for gingers: you can now pick red as a hair color option! When the new emoji roll out, you can set your preferred hair color and skin tone to avoid having to pick every time – otherwise, it will default to yellow.

Mary Meeker's 2016 Internet Trends Report [pdf] | Hacker News

The concept of Messenger becoming a second homescreen for the smartphone is an interesting one. Suddenly their decision to separate Messenger from Facebook on mobile makes a lot more sense. If you think of Messenger as a different type of interface, I think the value-add are the limitations it places on providers: services have to be primarily text-based and updates will all arrive as nested within one push notification (at least on android). Plus, as the analysis mentioned, the threading, logs and identity functionality is built-in. It's almost like having a terminal window for a bunch of rigid functions that works in plain English and anyone can get to grips with. Now I'm thinking about a parallel universe where text-based interfaces never went away... reply

10 Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer live from Code 2016 - Recode

Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer live from Code 2016

11 China’s Xiaomi to Buy 1,500 Patents From Microsoft

BEIJING—Xiaomi Corp. has agreed to purchase around 1,500 patents from Microsoft Corp. in an example of the rising costs facing the Chinese smartphone startup as it expands outside China.

Peter Thiel is staying on Facebook's board of directors

Asked about the situation, Sandberg acknowledged the importance of independence in the media, before saying that Thiel "did what he did on his own, not as a Facebook board member. We didn't know about it....and you should talk to him." Recently Facebook faced uproar after another board member, Marc Andreessen connected India's view of net neutrality to anti-colonialism, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed with a letter . According to Sandberg, we probably shouldn't expect a similar response here. In the case of Andreessen's statement she said it could have been viewed as speaking for the company, while Thiel's activities are clearly "not a Facebook thing."

Apple's WWDC 2016 Extravaganza Will Kick Off June 13

In addition to a preview of all things iOS X—including, hopefully, a few Siri improvements, like third-party integration—and a look at the next version of OS X—which might be renamed Mac OS—you can expect to see an Apple Music overhaul, some Apple Watch progress, and maybe (finally?) a little progress on HomeKit, Apple’s mostly dormant smart home hub.

The OnePlus 3 will launch on June 14 without an invite system, but is it too late?

The OnePlus 3 will be officially announced at 12:30 ET on June 14th , with sales beginning on June 16 in China. That’s cool and all, but the bigger piece of news is how it’s launching: without the invite system.

Introducing DeepText: Facebook's text understanding engine

DeepText has the potential to further improve Facebook experiences by understanding posts better to extract intent, sentiment, and entities (e.g., people, places, events), using mixed content signals like text and images, and automating the removal of objectionable content like spam. Many celebrities and public figures use Facebook to start conversations with the public. These conversations often draw hundreds or even thousands of comments. Finding the most relevant comments in multiple languages while maintaining comment quality is currently a challenge. One additional challenge that DeepText may be able to address is surfacing the most relevant or high-quality comments.

Mary Meeker’s essential 2016 Internet Trends Report

Mary Meeker joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in December 2010. She focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice and helps lead KPCB’s Digital Growth Funds, targeting high-growth Internet companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. Mary serves on the boards of Square, Lending Club and DocuSign and has been involved in KPCB’s investments in SoundCloud, LegalZoom, Spotify, …

7 Viral Photos of Marilyn Monroe That Are Totally Fake (NSFW)

Marilyn Monroe died more than 50 years ago, but Americans are still as obsessed with her as ever. And it’s Monroe’s birthday today, so there’s a good chance you’ll see even more photos of her on Facebook and Pinterest than usual. But be careful, because many of them are completely fake.


At CoreOS we believe distributed systems provide the foundation for a more secure and reliable Internet. Building modular foundations that expand to handle growing workloads, yet remain easy to use and to assemble with other components, is essential for tackling the challenges of computing at web scale. We know this from three years of experience building etcd to solve the problem of distributed consensus — how small but critical pieces of information are democratically agreed upon and kept consistent as a group of machines rapidly and asynchronously updates and accesses them. Today etcd is the fastest and most stable open source distributed key-value store available. It is used by hundreds of leading distributed systems software projects, including Kubernetes, to coordinate configuration among massive groups of nodes and the applications they execute.

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Google's art machine just wrote its first song

Along with the melody, Google published a new blog post delving into Magenta's goals, offering the most detail yet on Google's artistic ambitions. In the long term, Magenta wants to advance the state of machine-generated art and build a community of artists around it — but in the short term, that means building generative systems that plug in to the tools artists are already working with. "We’ll start with audio and video support, tools for working with formats like MIDI, and platforms that help artists connect to machine learning models," the team wrote in an announcement. "We want to make it super simple to play music along with a Magenta performance model."

The Longest, Deepest Rail Tunnel on Earth Just Opened in the Swiss Alps

Right now, passengers face two much slower options. The “panoramic” route uses either a short, 200-year-old rail tunnel or the 10-mile Gotthard Road Tunnel that was completed in 1980. The hope is that a faster rail connection will entice drivers to leave their cars at home. But the bigger problem, both environmentally and economically, is all the trucks that are carrying goods in either direction. This kind of high-speed rail tunnel will now allow freight to travel much more efficiently to Switzerland and beyond. The plan is to eventually have a single high-speed link connecting ports in Netherlands and Italy.

Apartment Complex's Demand That Tenants 'Like' It Backfires

The controversial addendum was intended to "provide some protection to [the apartment complex's] residents and its owners from usage of photos on its Facebook page from all community events," the Law Offices of Kirk A. Cullimore, representing City Park Apartments, told The Huffington Post in a statement on Tuesday.

Rosetta's Comet Is Even Weirder Than We Thought

It’s possible that this process of breakup and rearrangement has happened throughout the lifetime of comet 67P, and that it may be a common feature of “bilobed” comets in general. While it’s not yet clear how often breakup should occur, the researchers note that periodic comets are regularly torqued by the gravity the sun and Jupiter as they traverse our solar system. This can cause them to spin up or down. Spin rate can also be influenced by outgassing, or the sublimation of volatile ices that causes a comet to lose mass over time.

Facebook Messenger gets prettier, more diverse emoji

Not only does Messenger’s new emoji set come in six skin tones, but it’s also the first to offer “a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer, and swimmer,” Facebook says. The company is also planning to add more female characters later.

Apple will host its WWDC 2016 keynote on June 13

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. PT in the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, and it should deliver our first sneak peeks at iOS 10 and Apple’s next major upgrades for watchOS, tvOS, and OS X.

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iOS, Android, and Windows too: Quit your bitching and upgrade already | ZDNet

So please, folks, take the upgrade. You'll be safer, happier, and back to being productive in no time. Because the alternative of taking the kick the can down the road approach until a catastrophic failure or a security/malware event takes place is far worse than the pain of having to adjust to a new OS or even spending some money to accommodate it.

Yahoo Announces Public Disclosure of National Security Letters

As explained in our Transparency Report , an NSL is a type of compulsory legal process used by the FBI in national security investigations. The letters Yahoo is making public today were received in April 2013, August 2013, and June 2015, respectively. Yahoo complied with these three NSLs and, to the extent we had the information requested, we disclosed it as authorized by law. Specifically, we produced the name, address, and length of service for each of the accounts identified in two of the NSLs, and no information in response to the third NSL as the specified account did not exist in our system. Each NSL included a nondisclosure provision that prevented Yahoo from previously notifying its users or the public of their existence.

Salesforce Buys Demandware for $2.8 Billion in Commerce Push

Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff -- in an ongoing challenge to the biggest players in business software -- is looking for new ways to propel sales after slower growth at Salesforce in recent years. With Demandware, Salesforce is pushing into a fast-growing market that’s forcing companies to rethink how they sell their products. E-commerce is expected to make up 12.5 percent of retail sales in the U.S. by 2020, up from less than 7 percent in 2014, according to EMarketer Inc.

Twitter accused of censorship after removing parody Putin account

Currently, according to the terms of service , parody accounts are acceptable as long as it’s clear that the account is intended to parody a person rather than attempt to trick Twitter users into believing it’s actually them. Russia isn’t exactly known for its sense of humor, so the question is worth asking if Twitter is bending under pressure from the ex-Soviet state.

Early days, but Apple Pay struggles outside U.S.

More than 18 months after Apple Pay took the United States by storm, the smartphone giant has made only a small dent in the global payments market, snagged by technical challenges, low consumer take-up and resistance from banks.

Robinhood Teams With Baidu to Offer U.S. Stock Trading in China

Founded in 2013, Robinhood has grown to over $6 billion in trading volumes from more than 1 million customers. The company plans to release a standalone app in China in addition to the integration with Baidu. It has set up a wait list for the standalone app in April, which has signed up almost 25,000 Chinese residents.

Facebook will start measuring 'people' instead of 'users'

CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to change the metric to make sure that employees always keep its real, human users in mind, Schroepfer explained. That's how Facebook now talks about all of its products internally.

UCLA Students on Active Shooter Lockdown Are Engineering the Hell Out of Doors Without Locks

UCLA’s campus is on lockdown, with two people dead in what looks like a murder-suicide according to CBS . The shooting reportedly occurred in the Engineering IV building, and people are being told to shelter in place. The biggest problem? Many of the doors in that building don’t have locks. So the engineering students are reinforcing the doors to keep safe.

LG's Cam Plus keeps the G5 shooting longer, but won't sell shutterbugs

That’s not the only feature of the Cam Plus, though. The reason it’s so big is because the module contains a battery, extending the life of the one inside your phone. The way it works is clever. It doesn’t send all its energy out in one big lump, and instead slowly feeds the G5’s battery after using the camera controls. There’s always the option to override this and just use it as an external battery pack, but otherwise it does a great job of topping the G5 up after using the camera. Over several hours on an afternoon shooting pictures with the G5, the internal battery hadn’t used any of its own juice. Swap out the Cam Plus module, and you’re back to a slim, fully charged up G5. Handy.

Google now helps you find your lost iPhone too

Losing your phone sucks, so last year , Google added the ability to locate your Android device by just typing in ‘Find my phone’ into Search. Now you can do the same on iOS.

37 Facebook to conduct its first livestream broadcast from space

Zuck isn’t actually going to space himself – instead, he’ll be streaming from the Facebook headquarters and asking the astronauts up at the ISS questions from followers. The Facebook Live video is expected to start at 9:55 AM PT on June 1st.

38 Google CEO: Open to returning to China

Google CEO: Open to returning to China Return would follow a 2010 exit over censoring. Check out this story on

Video Premiere: Be The First To See Matt and Kim Swing GoPros Around New York

"Doing an initial test we realized the more movement and energy was in the shot the better it would look. If we were standing still there would be no effect," says Matt Johnson. "We shot a little of Kim dancing as she normally would and it just fell flat. She is dancing so aggressively in the shots that ended up in the video, she’s basically moshing with herself."

We just crowdsourced a full-length science fiction novel with hundreds of contributors from around the world using only a Google Doc and a Facebook Group. AUA! • /r/IAmA

[Eric Mack is having technical difficulties. Here is his answer]: Hey, thanks! So, 1 - The creative commons rough draft of the novel is still live in a public Google Doc and anyone can go in and suggest edits and comment. In February, we took what had been created by the community at that point and we began editing it into a polished final copy that we're now running on CNET in installments. 2 - In the Google Doc, I did have admin powers to accept or reject changes, but there was often lengthy discussions by contributors before those decisions were made. 3 - On the plot, I began by writing out the first few chapters to establish the premise, settings and a few characters. This was followed by one paragraph summaries of the rest of the chapters. The crowd then came in and fleshed out those summaries, added some characters and plot points and much, much more.

Bill and Melinda Gates believe the dream of AI is 'finally arriving' — but there's one huge problem

Bill and Melinda Gates believe the dream of AI is 'finally arriving' — but there's one huge problem

Valve has sold over 500,000 Steam Controllers

Valve says it's been listening to that feedback, too -- outlining the major improvements it's made to the Steam Controller since its release in November of last year. Most of the update is old news for avid Steam Controller users, but welcome additions all the same: recent updates have enabled users to configure their controllers in desktop mode, added a rumble pass-through feature for games that support force feedback and enabled user-configurable "Action Sets" that can change controller mapping on the fly. Valve also says that more games are launching with Steam Controller support out of the box, citing Doom and Dark Souls III as recent examples.

A Simple Change Transformed One of LA’s Busiest Intersections Into One of its Safest

The intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue is among the world’s most famous—you’ve seen it broadcast every year on the Oscars as the start of the red carpet. But like most celebrities, the tourist-thronged Los Angeles landmark had a very dark secret: It was known as one of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in LA. That all changed six months ago.

MashReads Podcast: 'Trespassing Across America' walks the line between memoir and activism

"There may be nothing more human than the act of putting one foot in front of the other."

Man in massive penis costume sneaks onto live CNN broadcast

The man appears to be wielding a sign that reads, "Photos with Donald Trump." So not a huge mystery how the guy feels about the Republican nominee.

Mark Cuban is bringing his 'Shark Tank' investments to Amazon's exclusive store

According to Amazon, Cuban is bringing more than 100 items from about 20 of his portfolio companies, including the ones that previously appeared on "Shark Tank," such as Tower Paddle Boards and Nuts 'n More.

Google Now on Tap update finally gives Android a system-wide dictionary

We’re not sure that many people actually use Now on Tap – Google had to make a commercial to explain it – but that isn’t stopping the company from making it more powerful. Starting today, you can use Now on Tap as a a sort of AI-powered reverse image search, as well as a system-wide dictionary.

Bill Gates: Donald Trump is not 'known for his philanthropy'

Along with that pledge, the billionaires usually write a letter explaining their interest in philanthropy. For instance, T. Boone Pickens wrote this funny note: "I've long stated that I enjoy making money and I enjoy giving it away. I like making money more, but giving it away is a close second."

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was going to hold a Trump fundraiser but suddenly canceled it

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was going to hold a Trump fundraiser but suddenly canceled it

51 The Writer and Producer of Fantastic Four Finally Admits the Movie Was Too Dark
52 Google Play Store tests deleting old apps for storage saving
53 This 24-Hour Clock Will Help You Slow Down
54 Lucasfilm and Disney Are Now Selling Their Own Flawless Star Wars Props
55 Apple Pay transactions totaled $10.9B in 2015, suffers growing pains, report says
56 Microsoft gets into VR by letting others build HoloLens gear
57 Facebook to introduce AI that understands everything you post
58 What to expect from Apple's big annual summit in June
59 Dorsey says Twitter is best when it carries 'every voice'
60 Don't Hook These Gadgets Up to the Internet of Things
61 Why Xiaomi bought Microsoft patents, big magnet vs. big hydraulic press
62 NYTimes Bits on Twitter
63 Alexa needs to stop sucking at search if Jeff Bezos thinks it could be Amazon's fourth pillar
64 Apple's new 5K Thunderbolt Display could have its own GPU
65 How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi
66 Forbes Welcome
67 The bizarrely stunning 'Topiary Cat' is enchanting the internet
68 Google doesn't plan on making its own phones
69 Kratom, the Herb of Last Resort for Recovering Addicts, Is in Legal Trouble
70 Ed Sheeran's doppelgänger admits the resemblence is ruining his love life
71 Kim Kardashian attempts to break Snapchat by face-swapping with inventor of face-swapping
72 These Tiny Spacecraft Could Lead Us to Alpha Centauri
73 New Skylanders Lets You Create Your Own Characters - IGN
74 Arnold Schwarzenegger loves elephants, one does not share the sentiment
75 I can't remember any of my passwords and that's perfectly fine
76 New cars are still somehow being sold with defective Takata airbags
77 This bighorn sheep got a photoshop battle that will haunt your dreams
78 Mary Meeker thinks Apple is the past, Amazon is the future
79 Users abandon sinking Microsoft browser ship at record clip
80 Spotify has a new monetization plan, but it won't work
81 This depressing website will tell you exactly how much time you spend in business meetings
82 Forbes downgrades Theranos from $9B to $800M, says CEO Holmes worth “nothing”
83 Yahoo just published three FBI national security letters previously under gag order
84 Watch Sundar Pichai's full interview at the Code Conference
85 Person of Interest Creators on the Big Twist in Episode 100 - IGN
86 Yahoo publishes FBI's secret requests for user data
88 Armarium launches with $1.25M backed by fashion giant Net-A-Porter
89 Double Robotics now lets you turn your telepresence robot into a 360 camera dolly
90 'Resident Evil 5' comes to PS4 and Xbox One on June 28th
91 How to find a job using nothing but your smartphone
92 NASA satellite finds 39 unreported sources of air pollution
93 Coach will start selling Apple Watch bands June 6