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January 22, 2018 - 7:00am
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These Companies Want You to Sell Your DNA on the Internet

In October 2017, Vadim Pushkarev, a Moscow-based lawyer, uploaded his genetic code to a new service called Zenome that promised him more than just information about his ancestry. This company was offering cryptocurrency. Read More >>

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Is That The Shire or Wensleydale? Man Draws Tolkien-Esque Map of Yorkshire Dales

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Looks Like Audiobooks Are Coming to Google Play

Amazon's Audible has long had a stranglehold on the audiobook market, but that may be about to change. Thanks to some eagled-eyed work from 9to5Google, it looks like the Big G may soon be getting in the digital tome game. Read More >>

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Twitter Alerts Nearly 680,000 Users They May Have Been Duped by Russian Accounts

Twitter admitted on Friday evening that its investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections had turned up what it believes were over 50,000 automated accounts linked to the Kremlin—and that it had identified 677,775 other accounts that “followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked a tweet from these accounts during the election period.” Read More >>

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The Controversy Around This YouTuber’s Request For a Free Hotel Room Will Make Your Head Hurt

YouTubers, Instagram devotees and other vaguely influential social media “influencers” don’t have the greatest reputation as of late. That’s with fairly good reason, because whenever one of their controversies explodes into the real world it’s usually some kind of horrifying thing like Logan Paul’s Aokigahara forest video, brand endorsements that flirt with the FTC’s patience, or worse, anything involving PewDiePie. Read More >>

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Oh My God, Funko is Making a Sexy Ian Malcolm Pop

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Why 9/11 Truthers Are Obsessed With The Plasco High-Rise Fire in Tehran

On January 19th, 2017, the Plasco building, a 17-story steel high-rise in Tehran, caught fire. The blaze began on one of the building’s upper floors and then spread quickly through the tower’s sprinkler-less garment workshops. As the Tehran fire department battled the nearly unreachable fire, the steel skyscraper collapsed in full view of Iranian state television cameras. Read More >>

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Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. These three words are the bane of Bitcoiners’ existence. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts use the acronym FUD to describe any negativity that might be swirling around the market that causes prices to drop. And the FUD was strong this week, when the whole cryptocurrency ecosphere got screwed. Read More >>

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Facebook has been teasing a massive overhaul to the News Feed—its core product—after widespread, utterly deserved criticism that it had acted as a megaphone for disinformation on an unprecedented scale. Today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced how his platform will handle news, and it’s quite possibly the stupidest solution imaginable. Read More >>

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Every now and then, human beings can be pretty swell. Earlier in the week a gamer suffered a seizure in VR Chat, and was immediately comforted by a group of concerned bystanders on the virtual reality social platform. Read More >>

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Aside from getting vaccinated (which everyone should), an important strategy to evading the flu is regularly washing your hands and avoiding contact with the sneezes, coughs, and snot of sick people. Read More >>

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Our Universe Could be Littered With Alien Viruses — and We Should be Looking for Them

It’s generally agreed that some kind of microbe will be the first form of life we discover on another planet, moon, or other space rock. But hardly anyone thinks we’ll find an alien virus, which is weird, given how prolific and successful these biological entities are on Earth. A new study seeks to correct this oversight, calling for an entirely new discipline known as “astrovirology.” Read More >>

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How to Keep Your Home Wi-Fi Safe From Hackers

You probably don’t give it much thought, but your router is one of the most important gadgets in your home—without it there’s no wi-fi for your laptops, your phones, and all the other web-connected devices you’ve got set up. Read More >>

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New South Wales’ $340,000 (£245,000) investment in drones has apparently paid off in a major way. On Thursday, two teenage boys in Australia struggling offshore were saved thanks to a rescue drone, the BBC reported. Read More >>