photography
Egyptian Officials Are Pissed Off About an Alleged Nude Photoshoot on the Great Pyramid

Egyptian authorities are not very happy with a video taken by Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, who climbed what appeared to be the Great Pyramid of Giza, took a video of himself and a female friend what was euphemistically termed a “naked embrace,” and then uploaded it to YouTube in the past week, CNN reported on Saturday. Read More >>

technology
I Bought This Custom 18-Million Pixel Workstation on Craigslist, and It Very Nearly Ruined Me

I have determined the precise upper boundary of how many monitors it is okay to have hooked up to the same computer. I do not know, exactly, how many monitors is the ideal number. But I do know it is no more than eight. Read More >>

security
UK Intelligence Agencies Are Planning a Major Increase in ‘Large-Scale Data Hacking’

Intelligence agencies are preparing to “significantly increase their use of large-scale data hacking,” the Guardian reported on Saturday, in a move that is already alarming privacy advocates. Read More >>

dont be evil
Google, Allegedly: Snitches Get Stitches

After a year of protests by its own staff against its work with the military, alleged plans to build a censored Chinese search engine, and handling of sexual harassment allegations against executives, Google is doing some soul-searching and self-reflection over the true meaning of “Don’t be evil.” Just kidding! According to the Times of London, they’re doubling down on finding and firing leakers. Read More >>

science
A Heart Failure Patient Actually Coughed Up This Blood Clot Shaped Like a Lung Passage

Though it resembles a coral, root system, or some other kind of growth, the above photo actually depicts a six-inch-wide blood clot in the near-perfect form of the right bronchial tree of a human lung, the Atlantic reported on Thursday. Even more uncomfortable is the revelation that it was not removed by medical staff, but in fact coughed up by a patient who was suffering from heart failure. Read More >>

gadgets
Japan’s Last Remaining Pager Service Is Officially Calling It Quits

The heyday of the pager is long since over, but the devices themselves have continued to be used for specialised purposes like search-and-rescue teams and emergency workers. In Japan, however, the funeral bells are officially ringing. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon: What If You Thought of Doing Manual Labour for Us as More of a Workout

On Monday, Amazon’s PR department touted the story of a woman who allegedly lost a tonne of weight working for its Flex delivery service in the US. In the company’s framing, Flex isn’t a dystopian project to reduce shipping costs by letting an army of expendable, plainclothes contractors compete to score “last-mile” delivery gigs. It’s a fun workout! Read More >>

amazon
Amazon’s Experiment in Getting Rid of Cashiers Said to Expand to Larger Test Stores

E-commerce titan Amazon—not exactly known as a place that appreciates having to deal with human employees, and that in fact would seem to rather replace many of them with nightmarish robotic jellyfish—is reportedly expanding its tests of cashier-less stores to include larger retail environments, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Read More >>

drugs
Some Dark Web Marketplaces in Britain Are Reportedly Refusing to Let Users Sell Fentanyl

The National Crime Agency—which handles organised and transnational crime—claims that at least some of the dark web drug marketplaces operating throughout the nation have voluntarily banned fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that (along with other similar drugs) is associated with over 28,000 deaths a year in the US, the Guardian reported on Saturday. While the opioid crisis is still growing in the US, the Guardian wrote fentanyl only arrived in the UK some 18 months ago and that this is the first time the paper is aware “of these types of operators moving to effectively ban a drug.” Read More >>

bitcoin
Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrency in General, Had a Terrible November

Bitcoin, as well as smaller cryptocurrencies like XRP and ether, had a terrible November that saw $70 billion in value wiped off the market, CNBC reported on Friday. Read More >>

facebook
Former Manager Says Facebook Discriminates Against, Excludes Black Users and Staff

A former Facebook strategic partner manager for global influencers, Mark S. Luckie, sent a 2,500 word memo to all of the company’s employees before his departure in November saying the company has “a black people problem,” the Guardian reported. Read More >>

twitter
You Can Stop Angrily Tweeting At Putin’s ‘Official’ English-Language Twitter Account Now (It’s Fake)

Twitter has banned an account first registered in 2012 that purported to be the official English-language channel of Russian President Vladimir Putin but was, in fact, that someone else entirely. Archived versions show the account had over one million followers and had previously popped up in news reports. Read More >>

space
NASA’s InSight Lander Sends Back Stunning Image of the Martian Horizon

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) probe successfully completed its soft landing on Mars on Monday after a six-month, 300 million mile journey. And it’s already sending back photos of the desolate Red Planet from its landing site on the Elysium Planitia, courtesy of a post on the lander’s official Twitter feed reading, “There’s a quiet beauty here. Looking forward to exploring my new home.” Read More >>

facebook
Facebook’s Physical War Room Is Already Empty, But It Says ‘War Room Tactics’ Will Continue

Facebook’s so-called “War Room,” the office it set up with some monitors and staff to supposedly fight propaganda and disinformation during elections or at least fight the perception it wasn’t doing that, has been shuttered – in that form, anyhow. Read More >>

animals
International Auction Houses Sotheby’s, Bonhams Say They’ll Stop Selling Rhino Horn

International auction house Sotheby’s has cancelled an upcoming sale of rhino horn artefacts in Hong Kong and joined other companies like Bonhams in saying they will no longer list any goods containing rhino horn for sale regardless of its origin, Agence France-Presse reported on Saturday. Read More >>