alexa
Alexa: Would U?

From the dawn of time to the release of Her and beyond, man has dreamed of the day they could bone a sex machine. Friends, that day is now upon us... if you’re fine with Amazon recording it. Read More >>

oculus
Oculus Will Now Require Facebook Login to Use Social Features and Collect User Data for Ad Targeting

Owners of pricey Oculus hardware could soon have their data harvested by the company’s owner, Facebook, for use in “more relevant content, including ads,” UploadVR reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

fitbit
Google’s Fitbit Deal Reportedly to Be Scrutinised By US Department of Justice

Google’s $2.1 billion (£1.6 billion) deal to acquire fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit has attracted the attention of antitrust enforcers at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), according to reports that first emerged in the New York Post tabloid and were subsequently verified by Reuters. Read More >>

apple
Adding Wheels to Apple’s New Mac Pro Costs £360

Apple’s new Mac Pro and 32-inch 6k Pro Display XDR, whose base models retail at £5,500 and £5,000 respectively, are available for sale now. Much hullabaloo has been made about how the display requires the additional purchase of a £950 Pro Stand or £189 VESA mount adapter, but the Mac Pro maxes out at a jaw-dropping £48,088 including all possible accessories and upgrades including 28-core Intel Xeon CPUs, 1.5TB of ECC RAM, 8TB of SSD storage, and two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics cards with 64GB of HBM2 memory each. Read More >>

technology
Enjoy Your Libertarian Hellscape

It’s finally happening: Our self-proclaimed betters are leaving for that big Libertopia in the sky, or under the sea, or in space, or whatever. Read More >>

security
Company Leaves 752,000 Birth Certificate Copy Applications Publicly Exposed on Amazon Cloud Account

A US online firm that helps customers obtain copies of their birth certificates from state and local authorities left some 750,000 applications on an unsecured Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage system, TechCrunch reported on Monday. Read More >>

politics
Donald Trump Has Toilet Problems

President Donald J. Trump is having some toilet trouble – extremely normal toilet trouble that happens to all of us on a regular basis. Like how we sometimes have to flush 10-15 times before it all goes down, and that is totally due to barmy liberals demanding environmentally friendly toilets. Read More >>

social media
Social Media Companies Aren’t Even Close to Fixing Their Bot Problem, Report Finds

Researchers with the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence released a report last week showing that – shocker! – it remains as easy as ever to buy followers and engagement on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Read More >>

design
I Want That on a T-Shirt

Artists on Twitter say that their work is regularly stolen by armies of bots that generate t-shirts from popular designs – and they’ve got the receipts to prove it. Read More >>

crime
Members of Cybercrime Group Evil Corp Indicted for £76 Million In Heists and No One Can Touch Them

The governments of the US and the UK on Thursday announced the unsealing of indictments against two Russian members of a major cybercriminal operation called Evil Corp. Read More >>

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Report: ByteDance Isolating TikTok From Rest of Chinese Operations Over Espionage Concerns

China’s ByteDance, owner of wildly popular (and often deeply annoying) music app TikTok, has moved to segregate much of the app’s operations from the rest of its business in a bid to convince the US government user data is safe from the prying eyes of Chinese spies, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Loses Only Fact-Checking Partner in the Netherlands Over Lies in Political Ads

Facebook has lost its only fact-checking partner in the Netherlands, Dutch digital newspaper NU.nl, over its policy of allowing politicians to openly lie in ads on the platform, according to an article on NPO 3. Read More >>

twitter
Twitter: We Did Not Mean to Delete the Dead

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it would soon be launching a purge of inactive users to free up choice usernames for others, potentially allowing users to claim sweet handles like @badguy, @vomit, @logoff, or @gillbates. Just one problem: Twitter forgot that some of those accounts may belong to people who are dead. Read More >>

fakes
No, China Did Not Secretly Detonate a Nuke in the South China Sea to Signal the Start of WWIII

The Chinese government has almost certainly not secretly detonated a tactical nuclear weapon in the South China Sea to send a warning signal to the United States, experts told Gizmodo, regardless of widespread claims to the contrary on social media. Read More >>

rev
Report: Rev Asked Workers to Transcribe Audio Involving Sexual Assault, Child Abuse Without Warning

Rev, the $1-a-minute (78p) audio transcription gig economy platform that’s been in the news lately for slashing payouts to contractors and an ensuing backlash, had its transcribers listen to content “relating to sex and child abuse without prior warning”, Business Insider reported on Friday. Read More >>