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MasterCard Wants to Turn Your Thumbprint Into a PIN Number

On Thursday, MasterCard announced a “next generation biometric card” which embeds fingerprint recognition into debit cards. That may not be good news. Read More >>

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Cleveland Facebook Killer Dead by Suicide

Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Steve Stephens, the Ohio man who shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin on Sunday and then uploaded a video of the slaying to Facebook, is dead. Stephens had been added to the FBI Most Wanted list and after a nationwide manhunt, PSPD says officers, responding to a tip, found Stephens around 11 AM Tuesday in Eerie, Pennsylvania. After a brief stand-off, he turned the gun on himself. Read More >>

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Google Wants Women to Just Trust That It Pays Them the Same as Men

In the midst of an ugly legal battle with the US Department of Labor over the gender wage gap, Google updated its blog on Tuesday to assert its commitment to paying women and men at the company equally. For a company with totally unremarkable diversity numbers, Google is weirdly nonspecific about how it addresses pay inequity in the post, saying both that it doesn’t underpay women, but won’t support having a third-party certify that. Read More >>

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Uber Puts Tokens in PR Machine, Finally Releases Long-Delayed Diversity Report

If Uber was hoping the release of its first ever diversity report would deflect from its recent string of PR calamities, it thought wrong. Released Tuesday, the report and accompanying EEO filing are unimpressive at best, even by Silicon Valley’s notoriously low standards for diversity. Women make up less than a third of the company, there are no black/Latinx workers in tech leadership and underrepresented minorities are clustered in middle-income customer service jobs. Read More >>

health
Watch the Life Drain From Sean Spicer as He Defends Trump’s Obviously Doomed Health Bill

His boss may be able to sell a shit deal with a smile, but Press Secretary Sean Spicer could barely muster a grin as he defended the now mercifully dead American Health Care Act, the GOP’s rushed replacement for Obamacare. The AP confirms that Republicans, without the necessary votes, pulled the bill. Essentially, it got Old Yeller’d. Read More >>

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FBI Director Forced to Fact-Check Trump’s Twitter Bullshit in Real-Time

Imagine if your Twitter account was so trash that federal investigators were called before Congress to publicly dismantle your tweets. For President Trump, that nightmare scenario became a reality on Monday. Read More >>

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Amid PR Circus Fire, Uber Suddenly Decides to Care About Diversity

Somewhere in between responding to the fallout from accusations of misogyny and sexual harassment, responding to the fallout from its CEO screaming at a bankrupt driver, and responding to fallout from a New York Times investigation uncovering a secret worldwide program to evade police, ride-sharing behemoth Uber had a eureka moment: Hey, why not trot out some women and minorities? Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of a One Per Cent Black Company, Spoke to Black Students About ‘Diversity’

As part of his trip to all 50 states to show off that he’s just a regular guy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited the historically black North Carolina A&T State University on Monday, where he fielded questions from students about technology, politics, media, and, of course, diversity. Read More >>

security
New AI Could Turn Police Body Cams Into Nightmare Surveillance Tools

Time and time again, police officers shoot, and sometimes kill, civilians holding harmless objects, later claiming they mistook them for guns: a phone, a bible, and a Wii controller. In early February, police body camera manufacturer Taser announced that it had acquired the artificial intelligence startup Dextro Inc—a “computer vision” research team that claims it can use object recognition software to train officers to better discern actual threats. But privacy experts find the surveillance and profiling possibilities offered by this latest, but certainly not last, upgrade to police body cameras unsettling. Moreover, the question remains: The cameras may be getting smarter, but are they actually making the public safer? Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg Announces Creation of Female User

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their second child, the couple announced on Facebook Thursday. Like one-year-old daughter Max, the forthcoming Zuck will also be a baby girl: Read More >>

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Facebook Makes Bullshit Claim It Would Take ‘Wonder Machine’ to Track Hate Speech

Facebook’s problems of late are legion: fake news, hate speech, trolls, and the hideous and unpredictable violent outbursts on its Live platform. Now, apparently, the German court system is in the mix. Read More >>

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Even Climate Change Deniers Want to Pursue Renewable Energy 

A report released Friday by the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy found that a majority of Americans, including some Trump voters least likely to believe in man-made climate change, believe in prioritising renewable energy over oil drilling. Read More >>

animals
These Scientists Really Want Their Endangered Salamanders Back, You Asshole

Biologists and conservation organisations are now offering $20,000 in reward money for information about more than 300 endangered salamanders who disappeared without a trace from an American federal fish hatchery in November. Read More >>

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Wikihow Turned Obama, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé White to Explain ‘How to Become A Congressman’

Wikihow, the people who brought you “How to Stop Being Racist” and the Mother’s Day classic, “How to Hide an Erection,” (not to be confused with “How to Suppress An Erection”), has leapt over its own absurdist bar with “How to Become a Congressman.” This time, the tutorial stars Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Former President Barack Obama as white people. Read More >>

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This SpaceX Rocket Landing Looks Downright Divine

SpaceX just released some stunning launch photos of Falcon 9's return to flight on 14th January. Read More >>