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Google Removes 3 Children’s Apps From Play Store for Purportedly Violating Its Data Collection Policies

Just because a children’s app looks innocuous doesn’t mean it’s not doing some shady stuff in the background. Google has reportedly taken action against three children’s apps in the Play Store—Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay—for allegedly violating its data collection policies, according to a report…Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Science, Privacy, Children


Patreon Becomes the Latest Online Platform to Boot Off QAnon Stans

Patreon has become the latest online platform to give QAnon conspiracy theorists the boot. Please excuse me while I play the world’s smallest violin.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Youtube, Patreon, QAnon, Sucks To Suck I Guess


The Next Star Trek: Picard Novel Fills in More of Riker's Post-Enterprise History

Riker’s appearance as Jean-Luc’s faithful friend and former subordinate was a highlight of the first season of Picard. Dude just has great vibes. There’s a reason, after all, that he’s such a popular character, beyond his chronic inability to sit in chairs correctly. So it’s only fitting that the newest novel in the …Read more...
Tags: Science, Deanna Troi, Star Trek, Cbs, Novels, Viacom, Picard, Riker, Simon And Schuster, Jean Luc, Star Trek Picard, James Swallow


Facebook Could Soon Be the Latest Big Tech Company Hit With Antitrust Charges

State and federal investigators are planning to slap Facebook with antitrust charges as soon as November, four people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post. Such a lawsuit would mark the government’s latest crackdown on the biggest names in the tech industry, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, for …Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Another One Bites The Dust, Apple Google, Antitrust Laws, Washington Post Such


Some of Nickelodeon's Nostalgic Best Are Working on a New Sitcom Pilot

According to Deadline, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, executive producers of All That, creators for Cousins for Life, and writers on Kenan & Kel, are developing a pilot called Warped! for Nickelodeon. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nickelodeon, Kenan Thompson, Kenan Kel, Nickelodeon Read, All That, Warped, Kevin Kopelow, Heath Seifert


Why the Hell Doesn't the PS5's Media Remote Have the DualSense's D-Pad?

Recently I was going through what should have been a rather straightforward announcement from Sony detailing which streaming services the PS5 will support at launch. And while things ended up being a bit messier than need be, the image of the PS5's Media Remote at the top of the press release has been stuck in my…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Playstation, Sony, Streaming, Streaming Video, Consoles, PS5, Gimme That D Pad, Ps5 Media Remote


The Meg 2 Is Coming to Shark Up the Silver Screen With a New Director

The Meg, an action vehicle for both Jason Statham and prehistoric sharks, is getting a sequel. But someone else will be stepping up to the director’s chair. Read more...
Tags: Science, Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Meg, Ben Wheatley, The Meg, The Meg 2


The Strangest Amber Fossils Ever Discovered

Amber fossils are like a time capsule, preserving the three-dimensional structure of animals, plants, and other prehistoric items of interest. Every once in a while, however, paleontologists stumble upon some particularly bizarre specimens and scenes.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Birds, Slideshow, Plants, Fossils, Amber, Feathers, Paleontology, Amber Fossils


Saturday's Best Deals: Le Creuset Stoneware and Cast Iron, Razer Tactical Laptop Backpacks, Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum, Samsung POWERbot, JACHS NY Fall Jackets, Studio Ghibli Home Goods, and More

A sale on Le Creuset stoneware, kettles, cast iron and Razer Tactical laptop backpacks lead Saturday’s best deals.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Razer Tactical


This Smart Little Samsung Robot Vacuum Can Be Operated From Your Phone and It's 50% Off Right Now

Samsung POWERbot R7070 | $350 | Best BuyRead more...
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Le Creuset Stoneware, Kettles, and Cast Iron Items Are Up to 30% Off Today

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Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Amazon deals, Le Creuset Stoneware Salt Pepper Shakers


Facebook Threatens to Muzzle an NYU Research Project Into Its Political Ad Targeting

Facebook’s trying to muzzle a group of academic researchers working to shine a light on the company’s notoriously opaque political-ad targeting practices. It’s threatened the team with “enforcement action” if they don’t pull the plug on the project and wipe all data gathered so far, according to a Wall Street Journal…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Advertisement, Wall Street Journal, Political Ads, Facebook Threatens, NYU Research Project Into


Take a Break From the Doom and Look at These Rad Starlings

Although your first instinct when you see these photos might be, “Oh god,” we promise that it’s not an upcoming extreme weather event or some alien species coming to invade Earth. (Given that it’s 2020, you’re forgiven for thinking anything that’s not obviously good is probably horrific.) In fact, these are actually…Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Starlings, Murmuration, Birdmodo


National Guard Cracks Down on String of Cyberattacks in Louisiana Ahead of Election: Report

The Louisiana National Guard stepped in to thwart a series of cyberattacks after several government offices across the state were targeted in recent weeks, according to a Friday Reuters report.Read more...
Tags: Science, Ransomware, Cyber Attack, Louisiana, Cyberattacks, Reuters, National Guard, Louisiana National Guard, 2020 Election, 2020 Presidential Election


Feds Say 19-Year-Old With a Van Full of Rifles Plotted to Kill Joe Biden, Posted About It on iFunny

Among the reasons a federal judge ruled that 19-year-old Alexander Hillel Treisman should remain in custody while he awaits trial on child pornography charges: He conveyed his intent to assassinate Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden in a meme he posted online, according to prosecutors.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Elections, Science, Technology, Crime, Social Media, Joe Biden, Election, Assassination, 2020 Election, Alexander Hillel Treisman


Here, Play With This Quantum Puppet

This week, Colorado-based startup ColdQuanta announced it has put “quantum matter on the cloud.” Which means—what exactly? To unpack this perfect pairing of buzz phrases: By “quantum matter,” ColdQuanta is referring to a collection of tens of thousands of rubidium atoms, cooled to near absolute zero. “On the cloud” …Read more...
Tags: Science, Colorado, Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Bose Einstein Condensates, ColdQuanta


Just in Time for 'Slaughter Phase,' Scientists Find First Murder Hornet Nest in the U.S.

Entomologists in Washington have confirmed the existence of a nest of Asian giant hornets, more fondly known as murder hornets. The nest is the first such breeding ground discovered in the United States, confirming fears that the invasive species could become established and severely threaten the country’s fragile bee…Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Bees, United States, Invasive Species, Insects, Honey Bees, Asian giant hornet, Murder Hornets


Senate Republicans' Bullshit Talking Points on Their Section 230 Bill, Debunked

The GOP-controlled Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing next week on Big Tech, and it’s called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify. Republicans on the committee have made it abundantly clear that their intent is to grill the CEOs over a conspiracy…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Senate, Gop, Jack Dorsey, First Amendment, Sundar Pichai, Senate Commerce Committee, Section 230, Content Moderation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Google


Edit Audio and Video Like a Text Document With Descript

Learning to edit video and audio is tough, and complicated software interfaces don’t make things any easier. If that rings true for your editing experience, you may want to try Descript, a desktop video and audio editing program for Windows and Mac that transcribes videos and lets you trim, rearrange, and even update…Read more...
Tags: Science, Podcasting, Video Editing, Transcription, Descript, Audio Editing


Even in Death, Quibi's Legal Troubles Continue

Quibi’s leadership has finally plugged the plug on a streaming service for which failure has for months seemed like an inevitability. But if Quibi’s founders believed the company’s legal troubles would vanish along with the service itself, Eko would like to inform Quibi otherwise.Read more...
Tags: Science, Regret, Streaming, Consumer Tech, Eko, Streaming Wars, Quibi


Scientists Challenge Recent Discovery of a Biosignature on Venus

A bombshell study from last month made the extraordinary claim of finding a type of molecule on Venus associated with life. An independent re-evaluation of the methods used in the paper has reached an entirely different conclusion, finding “no statistical evidence” for the biomarker.Read more...
Tags: Science, Venus, Astrobiology, Habitability, Planetary Science, Biosignatures, Phosphine


The Crown Tundra Has Brought the Best Dad to Pokémon Sword and Shield

While the Pokémon franchise has never really featured stories in which the protagonists’ dads are around (with Norman of Petalburg City being the one big exception), the games have never been short on father figures who, depending on the generation you’re playing, act as either guiding mentors like Professor Oak or as…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Nintendo, Pokemon, Norman, Pokémon Sword and Shield, The Crown Tundra, Petalburg City


On Big, Beautiful Windows

The president has riffed on many a bizarre subject from his toilet-flushing habits to his appearance under LED lightbulbs. But Donald Trump has a new target in his unending war of grievances against modernizing how we live: windows.Read more...
Tags: Science, Donald Trump, Debates, 2020 Election, I Cant Believe Were Talking About Windows


American Cops Turn to Canadian Phone-Tracking Firm After Infamous 'Stingrays' Become 'Obsolete'

Law enforcement agencies across the United States are scrambling to secure funding for new cellphone-tracking equipment after the maker of the controversial “Stingray” device quietly announced last year it would no longer sell equipment directly to local law enforcement.Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Surveillance, United States, Civil Liberties, Stingrays


The Most Important Climate Ballot Initiatives to Watch on Election Day

The presidential race may be sucking up all the climate oxygen at the national level, but it’s far from the only place climate is on the ballot. This election is full of existential choices down the ballot, with tons of crucial Senate, House, and local fights, too. Read more...
Tags: Science, Election 2020, Senate House, Climate Policy, Ballot initiatives


Cops Turn to Canadian Phone-Tracking Firm After Infamous 'Stingrays' Become 'Obsolete'

Law enforcement agencies across the United States are scrambling to secure funding for new cellphone-tracking equipment after the maker of the controversial “Stingray” device quietly announced last year it would no longer sell equipment directly to local law enforcement.Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Surveillance, United States, Civil Liberties, Stingrays


The 10 Best Deals of October 23, 2020

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Mass Among Us Hack Forces Players To Advertise Hacker's YouTube Channel, Trump

Unprecedented, globe-spanning popularity is cool and all, but it comes with drawbacks. The three-person development team behind AOC-approved deception sensation Among Us has been struggling with hacking issues for quite some time, but late last night, one particular hack forced their hand.Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Science, Cheating, Pc, Hacks, Hackers, Kotakucore, Aoc, Among Us, Innersloth, YouTube Channel Trump


How to Customize Your iPhone Home Screen

At long last, iPhone owners can finally customize their home screens with widgets. (Android users, feel free to skip—y’all have had this feature for years.) After you install iOS 14, you can deck out your iPhone with fresh icons, wallpaper, and widgets for a fully personalized look. Here’s how to get started.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Science, Consumer Tech, Quick Fix, Ios 14


A Wife Reviews: Watching Her Husband Watch Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

My knowledge of American pop culture from summer 2006 to fall 2013 is hazy, at best. Those were the years I lived abroad in Tokyo, first as a broke college student and then an underpaid journalist. Illegally torrenting films while dodging Japan’s internet police was my main method of movie-watching, which meant I had…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Science, Tokyo, Borat, Amazon Prime Video, Borat 2, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Im Wife