Shervin Pishevar Resigns from Sherpa Capital Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Shervin Pishevar released a statement on Thursday announcing his resignation from Sherpa Capital, “effective immediately.” The venture capitalist had taken a leave of absence from the firm earlier this month, following a report detailing sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him. In both statements, Pishevar said it was his own decision to leave, and reiterated his claim that the allegations are untrue. Read More >>

Former Facebook Exec Who Suggested Social Media Was Destroying Society: I Love Facebook

A former Facebook executive is trying to sprinkle some niceties onto his ruthless drag of social media—at least when it comes to one social media company in particular. Former vice president of user growth Chamath Palihapitiya recently told an audience at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” But on Thursday night, two days after Facebook responded to his damning criticism, Palihapitiya walked back on his comments. Read More >>

Researchers Made a Clever Tool to Detect Hacks Companies Haven’t Told Users About

It feels only natural that 2017 would be the year we experienced one of the worst security breaches of all time. The Equifax hack affected 694,000 UK consumers and 145 million US consumers, but what’s really shady is that the credit report company suffered another breach months before the one they disclosed in September. And trying to keep users in the dark for the sake of optics isn’t an uncommon move. It took Yahoo almost a year to inform the public that it wasn’t just a billion user accounts that were compromised. It was all of them. Read More >>

I Tried Deepak Chopra’s £260 ‘Meditation Glasses’ and They Are Unbearable 

“Go back to the time of your ancestors, and be still,” meditation guru Deepak Chopra said as lights flashed onto my eyelids. “Journey back to the beach or a grassy knoll or the cool forest or the dessert oasis or the waterfall or mountain top or river bank or the campfire where your ancestors sat millennia ago as the sun rose or the sun set or the moon rose and stars twinkled. And then, be still.” Read More >>

If You’ve Got an Older Android Phone, Google Just Threw You a Bone

This February Google finally brought the Google Assistant from the Pixel and Google Home to other Android devices, but they were newer products like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10. Older phone owners were stuck with upgrading or going Assistant-less. That changes now, the company announced on Wednesday that Google Assistant is now coming to some older devices. Read More >>

Drone Gang Jailed After Impressive 49-Flight Prison Smuggling Run

People have been using drones to smuggle goods for years. Porn, weapons, drugs—god, so many drugs. The tiny whirring machines have proven discreet little contraband-transport contraptions, but one smuggling operation’s astoundingly successful run just got grounded. Read More >>

Apple’s Donation to Wildfire Relief Is Great, But It’s Just a Drop In the Bucket

Hundreds of thousands of people had to evacuate their homes in Southern California over the span of a week due to wildfires sweeping the region. In response to the ongoing devastation, Apple announced on Monday that it is donating $1 million to aid in relief efforts. Read More >>

Turns Out Eagles Are a Bad Solution for Capturing Rogue Drones

In January of last year, the Dutch National Police announced they were training eagles to take down misbehaving drones. More than a year later, police have determined that perhaps sicking massive birds of prey at rogue contraptions in the sky isn’t an ideal solution. NOS reports that Dutch police are retiring the project due to low demand, high costs, and unexpected drawbacks. According to Dutch news site NLTimes, “the birds would not always do what they were trained for.” Read More >>

Ashley Madison Is Messing Up Again

Ashley Madison is perhaps most famous for two things—infidelity and god awful security. In 2015, the website for cheaters was hacked, leaking almost 10 gigabytes of data on the dark web, which included account details, email addresses, and payment information for about 32 million users. And now security researchers have found that the dating site is still exposing user data, only now it’s not because of hackers. The site just has shit security settings. Read More >>

Why Do I Need Two Instagram Apps?

It’s painfully obvious that Instagram wants to watch Snapchat flame out into a pillar of dust. It has copied a number of its features, fine-tuning them and deploying them even better than Snapchat. And it looks like Instagram is back on its bullshit with a new standalone messaging app. Read More >>

Hyperloop Co-Founder Steps Down Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Following a report that detailed numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations against Shervin Pishevar, the venture capitalist is taking a leave of absence from Virgin Hyperloop One and VC firms Sherpa Capital and Silicon Foundry. Pishevar released a statement on Tuesday announcing his departure, saying that it was his own decision. He noted that he is going to focus on the defamation lawsuit he filed against Definers Public Affairs, the organisation Pishevar has claimed is responsible for a “smear campaign” against him. Read More >>

Instagram Is Warning Users That ‘Cute’ Exotic Animal Selfies Aren’t So Cute

In the Amazon, animals are being illegally captured and held in captivity to lure in tourists that might want to snap a sweet selfie with a sloth or a squirrel monkey. A report published in October by the Nature Conservation detailed the harmful consequences of wildlife ecotourism, pointing out that this practice is not only illegal, but deadly for the animals captured to entice sightseers. And it’s a practice that has been well-documented on Instagram—there are currently thousands of photos under the #slothselfie hashtag alone. But this week Instagram has decided to inform its millions of users that all that’s cute isn’t necessarily wholesome. Read More >>

Why the Hell Should We Trust Facebook to Moderate Its New Kids App?

Facebook announced a new messaging service today for children as young as six. The new app, Messenger Kids, enables Facebook to target parents whose kids are still too young to use world’s largest social network (which requires users to be at least 13 years old). Messenger Kids has parental controls and policies in place to ban inappropriate content and cyberbullying, but that doesn’t make the service exempt from Facebook’s pattern of moderation failures or the broader evils of the interweb. And in the event a child is harassed or exposed to banned content in Messenger Kids, the burden falls in part on Facebook’s human moderators to act. Read More >>

Facebook Launches New Messenger App for Young Kids – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Facebook — home to rampant harassment, misinformation, and foreign election interference — is coming for your kids. The company announced a new app on Monday for children as young as six years old. The app, Messenger Kids, is a messaging service that gives parents authority over who their kids can chat with. Read More >>