science
Oops, a DNA Testing Company Accidentally Sent Strangers’ Spit to Five Customers

DNA tests can be easily fooled and different tests may draw wildly different conclusions about the supposed heritage of participants. One thing the current rash of these startups have in common, however, is how their saliva testing kits are not supposed to come with spit already included. Read More >>

amazon
On Amazon’s Time
bitcoin
Researchers Reach Obvious Conclusion That Bitcoin’s Price Was Artificially Inflated

Bitcoin now hovers around £4,700, but not long ago it had spiked to nearly £15,000 per coin. Sceptics have wondered how such a rise was even possible, and a paper authored at the University of Texas suggests a fairly reasonable answer: price manipulation! Read More >>

elon musk
Elon Musk Dressed for the Job He Wanted

There’s a saying that the clothes make the man. In that sense, Elon Musk spent this week’s Tesla shareholder meeting doubling down on being exactly who you think he is. Read More >>

crime
Couple Who Scammed Amazon Out of More Than £895,000 in Electronics Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison

Back in October, Gizmodo reported that a couple in the US state of Indiana had been charged for relieving $1.2 million (£895,400) worth of merchandise from Amazon. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana yesterday sentenced husband and wife Erin and Leah Finan to nearly six years in prison each. Read More >>

youtube
YouTube Livestreamer Arrested for College Bomb ‘Prank’ That Sent Panicked Bystanders Fleeing

A YouTube and Twitch personality calling himself “Arab Andy” was arrested yesterday after entering a crowded room on the University of Washington campus and playing a message declaring an explosive device had been planted and would soon detonate. Read More >>

google
Nature, as Ranked by Google Users

When it comes to informed consumption, online user reviews can be pretty damn meaningless. Amazon products are chock full of paid approbations. Movies, TV, and games—god forbid they become a source of controversy—have had their crowdsourced ratings intentionally tanked by the sore and sour. Unless you’re trying to figure out whether that suspiciously cheap gadget will catch fire (it will), it’s a mug’s game. Read More >>

uber
Uber Driver Arrested With Passengers in His Car on Outstanding Attempted Rape Warrant 

Those charges included two counts of attempted rape, two counts of sexual battery, and three counts of aggravated burglary. Read More >>

elon musk
Elon Musk’s ‘Pravda’ Media Company Already Exists

Following critical coverage of his electric car company, Tesla, Elon Musk has been on a Twitter tear against the media, threatening to build a service that would allow the general public to rank the trustworthiness and “core truth” of stories, journalists, publications, and editors. Read More >>

food
Who on Earth Taught You People How to Eat?

Depending on where you’re eating and who you’re eating it with, the rules around food can be stunningly complex. The core concept, however, is that food is inserted into the mouth, and once it’s there, if you find it impossible to masticate with human teeth or discover the object to be a source of pain/bleeding, an error in judgement has been made. Spit it out and try a new approach. Not food. Read More >>

shopping
Exciting News: Toys ‘R’ Us is Selling Sex-Toys-R-Us.com

As part of a fire sale to repay its debt, beloved and bankrupt toy store Toys “R” Us is offering up its intellectual property — which not only includes its name and trademarked mascot, but also all the inactive domain names it bought up to avoid potential embarrassment. Read More >>

technology
IBM Reportedly Bans All Employees From Using Any Removable Storage

IBM employees will reportedly no longer be allowed to use any form of removable storage to transfer data while at work. Read More >>

privacy
Signal’s Disappearing Messages Have a Huge Flaw on Macs

A bevy of secure messaging options exist to serve the needs of whistleblowers, journalists, and those wanting greater privacy in general, and among them Signal has become one of the most trusted. It even comes baked in with “disappearing” messages that users can set to self-destruct anywhere from five seconds to one week after they’re checked. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon Sued by Former Human Resources Administrator for Alleged ‘Unlawful Employment Practices’

Amazon Logistics acted discriminatorily and unlawfully fired a former senior human resources administrator, a suit filed in Florida’s Southern District Court alleges. Read More >>

facebook
Here’s Everything That’s Banned on Facebook, All on One Page

Facebook has publicly released its most complete community guidelines to date after many years keeping the specific rules its moderators used to govern the platform secret. The update tacked over 5,000 more words onto the already unwieldy document, which now includes highly specific examples of banned or heavily regulated content. Read More >>