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Guy Who Gave Cambridge Analytica All That Facebook Data: Actually, My Data Sucked Guy Who Gave Cambridge Analytica All That Facebook Data: Actually, My Data Sucked

Cambridge University psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, the scientist whose app “thisisyourdigitallife” harvested tens of millions of Facebook profiles for disgraced and now-shuttered election data firm Cambridge Analytica, wants everyone to know that his data set is not responsible for the way the 2016 federal elections…

Medium, Github, and Twitter Are Shutting Down Accounts Spreading ICE Employees' LinkedIn Data Medium, Github, and Twitter Are Shutting Down Accounts Spreading ICE Employees' LinkedIn Data

Both code repository GitHub and blogging platform Medium have taken down a project to automatically catalogue the identities of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement—the government agency which has attracted widespread revulsion for its role enforcing the Donald Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy…

Report: GameStop Is Considering a Buyout From a Private Equity Firm Report: GameStop Is Considering a Buyout From a Private Equity Firm

Video game chain GameStop, which like many other retailers has fallen on some pretty harsh times in the age of digital distribution platforms and online sales, is considering a buyout from a private equity firm.

The Trump Administration Reportedly Promised Tim Cook There Won't Be Tariffs on iPhones The Trump Administration Reportedly Promised Tim Cook There Won't Be Tariffs on iPhones

Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose company took in $17.9 billion in 2017's last quarter from China and has much of its supply chain located there, has been running around trying to slow down a possible US-China trade war threatened by Donald Trump’s administration—and while the White House might be largely ignoring his…

Elon Musk Allegedly Tells Tesla Staff to Remain 'Extremely Vigilant' Amid 'Sabotage,' Factory Fire Elon Musk Allegedly Tells Tesla Staff to Remain 'Extremely Vigilant' Amid 'Sabotage,' Factory Fire

Electric car giant Tesla is pulling out all the stops trying to hit make-or-break production targets of 5,000 Model 3 four-door sedans a week, going so far as to set up a third line in a tent outside its Fremont, California plant. At the same time, it’s reportedly burning through financing, has faced claims of poor…

Silicon Valley Invents Shoes Silicon Valley Invents Shoes

Silicon Valley firms crunched their hardest in 2017 to rebrand ordinary merchandise long produced by other industries as uniquely innovative product lines. Some of them were pretty obnoxious, like Lyft’s totally-not-just-a-bus shuttle service, or WeLive’s attempt to market living in communal housing as a lived…

A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban

The first paper straw factory in the “last several decades” in Britain is planning to launch in Wales as fast-food chains prepare for a planned ban on single-use plastic products throughout the UK, the Guardian reported, with some chains already preparing their own plans to phase out plastic in favor of paper.

Word Salad President Demands 'Really Long Strike' Against Jeff Bezos Word Salad President Demands 'Really Long Strike' Against Jeff Bezos

In between bragging, retweeting himself, and managing to repeat the phrase “Russian Collusion” four times in one tweet, Donald Trump found the time on Sunday to rev back up his ongoing feud with billionaire Jeff Bezos, who controls two companies the president hates: Amazon and the Washington Post. Though the president…

MoviePass Bought a Stake in Gotti, Which Might Be the Worst Movie of the Year MoviePass Bought a Stake in Gotti, Which Might Be the Worst Movie of the Year

MoviePass, the movie-ticketing startup whose whole business model is essentially subsidizing enough impossibly cheap tickets with investors’ money that it gains leverage over theaters, is fast hemorrhaging cash. But with the firm possibly running out of funds by the end of next month (or turning to a line of credit)…

Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All

Officials with California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have intervened to nullify a recent court ruling saying coffee sold in the state—say, like at a local Starbucks—must be accompanied by warning labels saying brewed coffee contains the carcinogen acrylamide.

CryptoKitties, Which Is Like Beanie Babies on the Blockchain, Seems to Be Crashing CryptoKitties, Which Is Like Beanie Babies on the Blockchain, Seems to Be Crashing

Axiom Zen’s CryptoKitties, which is essentially a digital version of Beanie Babies based on the Ethereum blockchain, sucked in a massive amount of funding just a few months ago. But it looks an awful lot like people bought into CryptoKitties looking for a quick return on their investment and are finding that digital…

Apple Manages to Snag Oprah Winfrey to Make Shows, Possibly for Subscription Video Service Apple Manages to Snag Oprah Winfrey to Make Shows, Possibly for Subscription Video Service

Tech giant Apple has scored a huge victory in its $1 billion original programming push, signing a multiyear deal with host and media magnate Oprah Winfrey to produce as-of-yet unspecified streaming content. According to the Wall Street Journal, the signing of Winfrey is expected to play into its long-rumored launch of…

Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma, 16 Company Officials for Allegedly Lying About OxyContin Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma, 16 Company Officials for Allegedly Lying About OxyContin

The state of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP, the company that developed the semisynthetic opioid OxyContin in 1995 and aggressively marketed it while downplaying the risk of addiction. It’s part of a growing backlash to Purdue, a pharmaceutical giant the New Yorker characterized as an …

Cops Are Predictably Pissed About Apple's Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones Cops Are Predictably Pissed About Apple's Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to prevent anyone who wants to gain access to a encrypted iOS device via techniques like Cellebrite’s GrayKey phone-hacking box by introducing an option to lock USB data access an hour after it’s locked, essentially turning iPhones, iPads, and iPods into sealed black boxes.…

Trial Begins for Two Men, One a Pastor, Accused of Making Millions Off Hacked Press Releases Trial Begins for Two Men, One a Pastor, Accused of Making Millions Off Hacked Press Releases

The trial of two men who allegedly made $20 million in an insider trading scheme involving hackers who stole corporate press releases before they were public began in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Reuters reported, with prosecutors telling jurors they had “electronic communications, trading records and testimony from witnesses…

Apple's New Privacy Guidelines May Get Facebook's Awful Onavo VPN Off the App Store Apple's New Privacy Guidelines May Get Facebook's Awful Onavo VPN Off the App Store

Apple’s new App Store privacy guidelines restricting apps that collect data on users’ friends—specifically, the address books of iPhone users—already seemed to be in large part a response to Facebook’s sprawling Cambridge Analytica data scandal. But the company could also be targeting Facebook’s Onavo Protect VPN…

Someone Please Save the Raccoon [Update: It's Climbing Down] Someone Please Save the Raccoon [Update: It's Climbing Down]

A raccoon scaled a skyscraper in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday, managing to climb at least 20 stories on UBS Tower as onlookers snapped photos from outside and within the structure.

Dennis Rodman Arrived at the US-North Korea Summit Dressed for the Job He Wanted Dennis Rodman Arrived at the US-North Korea Summit Dressed for the Job He Wanted

Ex-basketball star Dennis Rodman, who until Monday’s in-person negotiations between President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un could accurately claim himself to be one of the few people friends with both, crashed the closed-door event today in Singapore. He did so wearing a shirt advertising a…

Square's Food Delivery Service Caviar Settles in Suit Claiming Its Gratuities Never Went to Drivers Square's Food Delivery Service Caviar Settles in Suit Claiming Its Gratuities Never Went to Drivers

Square, the online payments company helmed by Twitter CEO and Bitcoin fanboy Jack Dorsey, has settled a class-action lawsuit over allegations the company pocketed tips customers believed were going to drivers for its California-based food delivery service Caviar.

Senators Set Deadline for Ajit Pai's FCC to Open Up About Its DDoS Attack Claims Senators Set Deadline for Ajit Pai's FCC to Open Up About Its DDoS Attack Claims

On the same day that the repeal of net neutrality became official, two US senators demanded answers from the FCC over its dubious claims about being targeted by cyberattacks.

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