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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Wins Bid to Build High-Speed Underground Rail in Chicago

Elon Musk’s underground transportation business, The Boring Company, has won a bid to create an underground high-speed rail line in downtown Chicago. The company beat out at least four other developers for the project, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to make an official announcement this afternoon. Read More >>

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What Happened to All the Zeppelins?

You’ve seen video of the Hindenburg disaster from that flame-filled day in 1937. But what about the zeppelins that didn’t crash? How did they work and what did people imagine they would do to revolutionise air travel? Read More >>

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President Trump Made a Fake Movie Trailer for Kim Jong Un with the Two Leaders as Heroes

President Trump and Kim Jong Un had a historic private meeting earlier today in Singapore. And while we don’t know exactly what was said between the two men, we do know that Trump played a video for Kim on his iPad. The video was created to look like a Hollywood movie trailer and it’s honestly pretty bizarre. Read More >>

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Did Charlie Chaplin Invent the Distracted Boyfriend Meme?

If you spend too much online, you’re probably familiar with the “distracted boyfriend” meme. It shows a man checking out a woman on the street while his partner looks on in disgust. Meme makers typically put text on each of the three characters to highlight attention being given to something unimportant at the expensive of something more valuable. The meme caught fire last year, spawning thousands of variations. But this “meme” isn’t so new. In fact, Charlie Chaplin had his own version of this bit almost a century ago. Read More >>

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Bitcoin Price Plunges After Hack of South Korean Exchange, Down 53 Per Cent Since December

It’s hard out there for people who play with imaginary money. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies plunged over the weekend after it was revealed that a South Korean exchange, Coinrail, was hacked. Roughly $42 billion (£31 billion) of market value was destroyed in the sell-off, and Bitcoin has lost over 50 per cent of its worth since December. Read More >>

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What Happened to All the Zeppelins?

You’ve seen video of the Hindenburg disaster in New Jersey from that flame-filled day in 1937. But what about the zeppelins that didn’t crash? How did they work and what did people imagine they would do to revolutionise air travel? Read More >>

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This 1966 Article About ‘Computer Danger’ Predicted a Bleak Future of Bank Crimes and Info Leaks

When it comes to high-tech surveillance, identity theft, and financial crimes, humanity lives in a hell of its own making. Technology here in the second decade of the 21st century has created a world where our personal information is constantly getting exposed. And for what benefit? The “convenience” of being able to pay our bills online. But we can’t say we weren’t warned. People in 1966 saw where all of this automation was heading. Read More >>

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Russian State TV Photoshops an Awkward Smile on Kim Jong Un’s Face

Russia’s Channel One aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim’s face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he’s smiling. And it’s not even a very good photoshop job. Read More >>

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Roseanne Barr Blames Ambien For Her Racism, Then Deletes the Tweet

Roseanne Barr’s show was cancelled yesterday after she tweeted a racist joke against a former adviser to President Obama. She even threatened to quit Twitter after the incident. But Barr is more active on the site than ever, retweeting supposed hypocrisy by Disney, and even partially blaming the sleep drug Ambien for her racist tweet. Read More >>

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America’s Trust in Self-Driving Cars Has Taken a Plunge, and its Not Hard to See Why

Americans are generally pretty optimistic when it comes to new technologies. But there’s one futuristic tech that they're are getting more and more afraid of with each passing year: Driverless vehicles. A whopping 73 per cent of Americans don’t trust autonomous vehicles, up from 63 per cent in late 2017. Read More >>

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How 1960s Film Pirates Sold Movies Before The FBI Came Knocking

It was a Friday evening in 1975, and Woody Wise was driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, with his two kids in the car. He had picked them up from school in a rush, but they weren’t going on holiday. They were hiding out from the FBI. Read More >>

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Papua New Guinea to Block Facebook For a Month, Might Launch State-Run Alternative

Papua New Guinea, a nation of over 8 million, has announced that it will shut down Facebook for a month. The PNG government says that the shutdown will give it time to assess the spread of objectionable content on the site like porn and fake news. The government also said that it’s exploring the creation of its own social media site to replace Facebook. Read More >>

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Facebook and Google Accused of Violating GDPR on First Day of the New European Privacy Law

When Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of members of the European Parliament on Tuesday, he insisted that Facebook was ready for Friday, the day when the European Unions’s strict new data privacy law went into effect. But users in Europe have already filed complaints against Facebook and others, saying the tech companies are in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read More >>

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Dozens of American News Sites Blocked in Europe as GDPR Goes Into Effect Today

The European Union’s digital privacy law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), officially went into effect today. But some websites in the U.S. have decided to block their services entirely rather than adhere to the new regulations. Dozens of American newspapers are currently blocked in Europe and web services like Instapaper have suspended operations in the European Union for the foreseeable future. Read More >>

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American Suffers Mysterious Brain Injury in China Similar to ‘Sonic Attack’ in Cuba

The U.S. State Department issued a health warning yesterday to U.S. citizens in China after an American government worker was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. The unnamed worker reported “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure.” Read More >>