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Huge Child Porn Ring Busted as Authorities Cite Ability to Crack Bitcoin Privacy

Federal authorities in the U.S. have unsealed charges against the South Korean operator of a child porn ring that’s been billed as the world’s “largest dark web child porn marketplace.” The child porn site, known as Welcome to Video, charged some users in Bitcoin and authorities say they successfully unmasked those Bitcoin transactions in order to catch the perpetrators. An additional 337 people from around the world have been charged in relation to the Tor-based site. Read More >>

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Huawei Reports Healthy Sales Growth Despite US Export Ban

Huawei is reporting healthy sales growth, despite US bans against the Chinese-based tech giant, according to a company statement released today. Huawei saw revenue increase 24.4 per cent for the last three quarters of the fiscal year, a financial success that is sure to frustrate the US government. Read More >>

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Apple Sells Out Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong to Appease Chinese Government

Apple removed a smartphone app used by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong late Wednesday in the tech giant’s latest capitulation to China’s authoritarian government. The app, HKmap.live, allowed users to see Hong Kong police movements via crowdsourced information as cops in the region continue to brutalise the local population. Apple had previously banned the app, but reinstated it just a few days ago, only to remove it again on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Adobe Will Cancel All Subscriptions in Venezuela to Comply With US Sanctions

Adobe users in Venezuela received an email yesterday notifying them that the company will soon suspend their subscriptions and delete their accounts. The move is a direct result of the Trump regime’s sanctions against the South American country, according to the email that users received on Monday. Read More >>

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Iran Releases Two Travel Bloggers Jailed For Flying Drone Without Permission

Two Australian travel bloggers who were jailed in Iran this summer for flying a drone without a license have been released and are reportedly back in Australia. The Australian government isn’t saying whether the two were swapped for an Iranian prisoner in Australia, but the timing of their release would suggest that’s precisely what happened. Read More >>

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Hong Kong Announces Ban on Masks and Face Paint That Help Protesters Evade Facial Recognition

The Hong Kong government has banned masks and face paint in its latest attempt to stop the pro-democracy protests that have been raging since June. The new “emergency” order was announced by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam at a press conference today and went into effect at midnight local time, 5:00 pm BST. Read More >>

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Facebook Must Delete Content Globally If It’s Considered Defamatory in Europe, Top EU Court Rules

The top court in the European Union has ruled Facebook must delete content globally, not just in Europe, if a European court decides that the content is defamatory. The case was brought by an Austrian politician who said that a Facebook user had defamed and insulted her by writing she was a “corrupt oaf,” among other things. Read More >>

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The New World War I Movie 1917 Was Edited to Be One Continuous Shot That Plays in Real-Time

1917, an upcoming World War I film, already looked good. But after watching a short behind-the-scenes video on the making of the movie, I have to say I’m really excited about this one. Not only does the camerawork look stunning, the entire movie is going to be one continuous shot cut together to make the film play in real-time, in the style of films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) and Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman (2014). Read More >>

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Viral Video Shows Hong Kong Police Shooting Teen Protester in the Chest

Hong Kong Police shot a teen protester in the chest with live ammunition this morning, according to reports from journalists on the ground and a video that has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter. Video of the incident shows a Hong Kong police officer charging a crowd of protesters with his gun before firing a single shot. Read More >>

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Watch Steve Jobs Assure Americans in 1981 That Computers Wouldn’t Be a Privacy Nightmare

From the perspective of the early 21st century, it’s safe to say that computer have been a privacy nightmare. Our world is so interconnected by machines, that corporations, governments, and almost anyone can find out almost anything they want about an average citizen thanks to our digital footprints. But the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs gave an interesting ABC News Nightline interview in 1981 where he assured Americans that privacy wouldn’t be a problem if people became computer literate. Read More >>

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The Motorised Scooter of 1959 Was Cool as Hell

Electric scooters are all the rage here in the 21st century, with companies like Lime, Bird, and even Uber dumping them in cities around the world. But our generation obviously didn’t invent the motorized scooter. If you needed any evidence, just check out this film from the Chicago Film Archives showing off the “skooter” of 1959. Read More >>

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Was Boris Johnson Trying to Quote Churchill During His Dystopian Chicken Speech at the UN?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a bizarre speech on Tuesday night at the United Nations General Assembly that included plenty of dire warning about the future, including everything from the rise of killer robots to “limbless chickens” on the kitchen table. And as strange as it sounds, Johnson may have been trying to quote former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Read More >>

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Boris Johnson Warns of ‘Pink-Eyed Terminators’ and ‘Limbless Chickens’ in Absolutely Bonkers UN Speech

Boris Johnson delivered a bizarre late night speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, warning that technology could make our world a dystopian hellscape if it’s not properly constrained – a place where mattresses monitor our nightmares, heartless algorithms deny us medical care, and... robots travel from the future to slaughter humanity. Read More >>

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Google Wins EU Case Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Laws

Google has won a legal case in the European Union over the so-called “right to be forgotten,” a concept that allows people in Europe to request the removal of old news from the internet which might be harmful to their reputations or otherwise just be embarrassing. The European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, has ruled this morning that while Google must delist links in Europe, it doesn’t have to do the same globally. Read More >>

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Disney CEO Explains Twitter Perfectly: ‘Why Am I Doing This? Why Do I Endure This Pain?’

It’s no secret that Disney was very interested in buying Twitter back in 2016, but the House of Mouse never went through with the deal. Disney CEO Bob Iger has explained the company’s thinking about Twitter in his new book, The Ride of a Lifetime, and he really speaks for all of its regular users. Read More >>