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30 Years Later, the Max Headroom TV Hackers Remain at Large

For 25 seconds in 1987, in the middle of WGN-TV anchor Dan Roan’s sportscast, thousands of Chicagoans’ feeds were replaced with a low analogue whine and the eery image of a masked man nodding over and over as if in a state of mania. “If you’re wondering what’s happened, so am I,” Roan said to his audience once WGN regained control of the signal. What he couldn’t have known is that the rest of the world would still be wondering to this day. Read More >>

crime
Today’s Cryptocurrency Gaffe: Hacker Makes Off With £22.64 Million in Tether 

While many cryptocoins seek to transcend conventional currency, the cryptocurrency Tether claims to back each of its issued tokens with an equal amount of redeemable cash held in a private reserve. That keeps its value predictable, but presents a problem if a token is stolen from one of the company’s “treasury” wallets. Today, Token’s development team has exactly 30,950,010 problems. Read More >>

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Foxconn Reportedly Used Illegal Student Labour to Manufacture iPhone Xs

Hon Hai Precision Industry, more commonly known as Foxconn, came into the public consciousness earlier this decade when a salvo of exposés described the degrading and often dangerous conditions its poorly-paid workers endured to build expensive trinkets like the iPhone. Today, the Financial Times reports that illegal labour practices persist. Read More >>

reddit
Congratulations to EA for Posting the Most Hated Comment in Reddit History

While Reddit sometimes overstates its value as a space for authentic conversations online, the massive community-driven website has served as a kind of town hall where everyone from everyone from Elon Musk and Barack Obama to a dildo manufacturer have responded to questions from completely un-vetted strangers. Sometimes it goes well. For Electronic Arts, the new owner of the most hated comment in Reddit’s history, not so much. Read More >>

wtf
Of Course the Internet Named This Australian Boat ‘Ferry McFerryface’

Australia’s most populous city is getting a new fleet of inner harbor ferries, one of which, due to an online naming poll, will be Ferry McFerryface. Why should we have expected any less? Read More >>

privacy
Redditors Say Sex Toy App Was Secretly Recording Them

Few things sow distrust faster than speculation that apps and internet-connected devices are surveilling their own users in secret. Facebook mining your browsing habits to serve adverts is one thing. But what if you found out your sex toy was taping you? Read More >>

twitter
Board Games Are the Hidden Feature of 280-Character Tweets

Anyone who tells you Twitter is social media’s closest approximation to hell on Earth is utterly, unimpeachably correct. This is, after all, the company that decided to deal with its role in a rising tide of digital fascism by verifying a white supremacist, and doubling the amount of space anyone can use to shout racial epithets at strangers. Read More >>

wtf
Why Buy an iPhone X When You Can Pay Tiffany & Co. £950 For a Tin Can?

“I love the dumb notch! And the face-scanning thing I don’t want! The iPhone X is exactly the kind of absurd luxury good I crave,” you say, having not even scratched the diamond-encrusted surface of true decadence. Sit right there like the tiny, foolish baby you are and I’ll tell you about an even newer, more exciting bauble, the likes of which have not been seen since Nordstrom’s leather-wrapped stone. Read More >>

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Watch an Oil Painting Instantly Lose 200 Years of Grimy Varnish

What you’re seeing is a valuable painting being partially dissolved on purpose. Read More >>

business
Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Adds ‘Kung Fu Movie Star’ to CV

Jack Ma, the eccentric CEO of online marketplace Alibaba, has a well-documented flair for the theatrical. Now the South China Morning Post—a newspaper owned by Ma—reports their boss will assume a starring role in the upcoming short movie Gong Shou Dao. Read More >>

internet
Reddit’s Next Wave of Community Bans Starts Today

As of approximately three hours ago, Reddit has begun a wave of new community bans, reminiscent of the culling during interim CEO Ellen Pao’s reign in 2015 that saw a handful of hate-based groups removed from the site. This time, Reddit’s leadership is taking aim at content and groups that incite violence, and the first groups to fall are Nazi and Nazi-sympathising subreddits. Read More >>

amazon
238 Thirsty Cities Compete for Amazon’s Attention

The proposal deadline has come and gone on Amazon’s unusually public search to plant a second headquarters in one of North America’s metropolitan areas. Among other factors, Amazon’s stated “preference” for candidates, cities with a population over 1 million, should have whittled possible HQ2 locales down to a few dozen. Instead, the final tally of hopefuls topped 200. Read More >>

crime
Computer Parts Site Newegg Is Being Sued for Allegedly Engaging in Massive Fraud

A suit filed Friday in the US District Court in Los Angeles by four South Korean banks alleges “massive fraud” with an outstanding debt of at least $230 million (£174 million), and California-based electronic parts seller Newegg has been named as a defendant, along with wholesaler ASI Corporation and its officers. Read More >>

crime
Silicon Valley CEO Arrested for Battery, Attempted Murder, and Child Abuse

Zainali Jaffer, the co-founder and CEO of ad tech platform Vungle, has been placed on indefinite leave after being arrested for a litany of crimes. According to inmate information from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Jaffer is being held on charges of child abuse, lewd act upon a child, “oral copulation of a person under 14,” assault with a deadly weapon, battering an officer and emergency personnel, and attempted murder. Read More >>

wtf
The AOL-Yahoo Merger Apparently Smells Like Grapefruit, Cedar and ‘Salty Ozone’

Oath isn’t just a cultishly-named agglomeration of Yahoo, AOL, and 12 other legacy web brands of varying relevance—it’s also a fragrance. Read More >>