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Report: Firm Tracking Purchase, Transaction Histories of Millions Maybe Not Really Anonymizing Them

The nation’s largest financial data broker, Yodlee, holds extensive and supposedly anonymized banking and credit card transaction histories on millions of Americans. Internal documents obtained by Motherboard, however, appear to indicate that Yodlee clients could potentially de-anonymize those records by simply…Read more...
Tags: Credit Cards, Science, Technology, Privacy, Finance, Banking, Data, Cybersecurity, Motherboard, Yodlee, Pseudoanonymized


Julian Assange Says Trump Offered Him a Pardon to Deny Russia Hacked Democrats in 2016

Lawyers for beleaguered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claim that Donald Trump offered him a pardon if he’d claim the 2016 hacks of Democratic Party email systems had nothing to do with Russia, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Elections, Science, Technology, Russia, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, Guardian, Espionage, Julian Assange, 2016 Election, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Guccifer 20, Julian Assange Says Trump


This App Tells You When Nearby Smart Devices Are Snooping on You

The devices we use every day are increasingly voice-controlled or internet-connected, even if they probably shouldn’t be. If you’re also one of those folks that’s morbidly curious about which of these devices are hiding behind bullshit privacy policies to collect reams of data on you, there’s now a handy app for that.Read more...
Tags: Science, Surveillance Starts At Home


Here's What Dave Filoni Had to Say About Ahsoka Tano's Voice in The Rise of Skywalker

Just because Rey heard Ahsoka Tano’s voice mixed in with a bunch of dead Jedi in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it doesn’t necessarily mean she’s dead. That’s the implication the character’s co-creator Dave Filoni gave io9 when we spoke to him this week.Read more...
Tags: Science, Streaming, Skywalker, Jedi, Dave Filoni, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano, Disney Plus, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker


The Jim Henson Company Is Making an 'Office Meets Harry Potter' Fantasy Comedy With Christoph Waltz

A rudderless young man begins to suspect something’s a little off about the London firm where he’s just landed an entry-level gig—and he’s not wrong. For instance: one of the middle managers is secretly a shape-shifting goblin. That’s the set-up for The Portable Door, a book series set to become a movie with some very…Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Office, Guy Pearce, Christoph Waltz, Jim Henson Company, Tom Holt, The Portable Door


Flywheel Bikes No Longer Work, So You Get a Free Peloton Instead

Peloton accused rival stationary bike company Flywheel of stealing its ideas back in 2018, and now the two companies have settled. Flywheel is ending its at-home classes—both live-streamed and on-demand—in March, The Verge reported, which means Flywheel bike owners won’t have anything to watch on their giant screens.…Read more...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Science, Technology, Courts, Exercise, Flywheel, Peloton


Researchers See Eagle Torturing Bat by Repeatedly Dropping It in the Ocean

White-bellied sea eagles are majestic, keen-eyed predators that soar effortlessly above coastal forests and marshes. They can also be colossal jerks. These eagles were recently spotted tormenting an innocent fruit bat, repeatedly carrying it out to sea and dropping it into the waves.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Ocean, Animal Behavior, Bats, Birdmodo


House Lawmaker Asks Amazon to Turn Over Ring's Police Requests

A House subcommittee that oversees consumer protection and information security in the private sector is pursuing a deeper understanding of how Ring’s partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies mesh with the constitutional protections that are afforded Americans against unbridled government…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, House, Ring, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Surveillance Tech


Scientists Create Atomic-Level Image of the New Coronavirus's Potential Achilles Heel

Scientists studying the new coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of people in China have published an atomic-resolution image of the protein that the virus uses to gain access to cells. This feat, which was accomplished using a Nobel Prize-winning method, could aid in the development of treatments or…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Epidemiology, Cryo EM, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Alamo Drafthouse Just Launched a Subscription Service and Please, Take My Money

My committed film enthusiasts: I have some incredible news to share. The long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse subscription service for all-you-can watch movies has arrived—and if you’re a frequent moviegoer (and can restrain yourself from going nuts on pricey snacks), it could save you a good chunk of change.Read more...
Tags: Science, Movies, Subscriptions, Moviepass, Alamo Drafthouse


20 Million Americans Have Crowdfunded to Pay for Medical Bills, Most Fail

Around 20 million Americans have tried to raise money through crowdfunding websites to pay off their or someone else’s medical bills, a new survey out Wednesday estimates. Meanwhile, one in five Americans has donated to these campaigns at least once, a third of the time to complete strangers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Crowdfunding, Healthcare, Medicare For All


The Next Planet of the Apes Movie Will Continue 'Caesar’s Legacy'

We learned late last year that the Planet of the Apes franchise would not end with 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes, something that had actually been rumored since shortly after that acclaimed film’s release. And now, we know that the new Apes film won’t be another reboot, but rather a continuation of the saga.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Planet Of The Apes, Nostalgia, Caesar, Wes Ball, War For The Planet Of The Apes


New Phone, Who This? It's Mike Bloomberg

Welcome to Michael Bloomberg’s campaign, where we all live now. Also, I’m here as a friend to tell you that The Fight for Equal Rights Has Been One of the Great Fights of Mike’s Life.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Mike, Mike Bloomberg, Bloomodo, From Me To You, How Is This Legal


24 Hours With the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Has Me Convinced of a Folding Future

Samsung’s newest flagship, the $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip, might actually be the first foldable phone worth buying. The company gave me a Flip to use for 24 hours, which isn’t long enough to fully review the device, but I used the Flip as my main phone for a full day to see how it stands up to my daily life.Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy


Wipe Out Undereye Circles With This Cream

I got raccoon eyes.Read more...
Tags: Science


Airing Out Your Home Doesn't Reduce Indoor Air Pollution, Study Finds

Many of the potentially harmful chemicals found in our homes linger on walls and other surfaces, suggests a new study out Wednesday. Unfortunately, ventilating rooms with fresh air or cleaning surfaces might not do much to reduce our exposure to these contaminants.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Chemistry, Pollution, Indoor Air Pollution


How a Piece of Tape Tricked a Tesla Into Reading a 35MPH Sign as 85MPH

Researchers have identified a potential issue with sensors used in some older Tesla models that misinterpreted speed signs to read the speed limit as 50 miles per hour greater than the sign stated when a piece of electrical tape slightly obscured one of the numbers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Tesla, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Self Driving Cars


Hasbro Is Bringing Back Tiger Electronics' Handheld LCD Games

Toy Fair 2020 is just a couple of days away and soon the internet will be abuzz with all the new toys arriving this year, but all the old toys as well. Continuing a trend seen at the show for the past couple of years, Hasbro today revealed it’s bringing back Tiger Electronics’ handheld video games in four new…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Video Games, Tech, Hasbro, Consumer Tech, Toy Fair, Handhelds, Tiger Electronics, Toy Fair 2020


The Tech Revolt Finally Comes for Oracle

Oracle isn’t a household name. Its product is software and cloud computing, and its customers are other companies—and so, it’s avoided much of the scrutiny heaped on public-facing firms like Facebook, while making its co-founder Larry Ellison the fifth-richest man in the United States. And amid worker backlash across…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Labor, United States, Larry Ellison, Donald Trump, Oracle, Techlash


This Japanese Smartphone Uses AI to Prevent Users From Saving and Sharing Naked Selfies

Worried about what online shenanigans your child might get into with their first smartphone? In Japan, a company has released a budget phone with at least one feature you won’t find on a flagship iOS or Android device: an AI-powered sensor that prevents naked selfie shots from being saved or shared.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Japan, Science, Technology, Teens, Selfies, Censorship, Tech, Smartphones, Tone Mobile, Tone E20


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Heads Home Next Month

Scooch over those eight other Blu-rays or DVDs. It’s time for the Skywalker Saga to fill up that last slot on the shelf...well, unless you buy the giant nine-film box set version instead, that is.
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, 4k, Lucasfilm, Blu Ray, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker


Psychologist Finds Chelsea Manning's Imprisonment Pointless as Lawyers Seek Her Release

Attorneys for imprisoned activist and former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning have filed a new motion for her release from the Virginia jail that’s been holding her for almost a year.Read more...
Tags: Science, Virginia, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning, U S Army


Sony Backs Out Of PAX East Over Coronavirus Concerns

PlayStation is pulling out of PAX East due to “increasing concerns” related to the illness colloquially known as the coronavirus, it said on the PlayStation blog today. Read more...
Tags: Science, Playstation, Sony, Kotaku Core, PAX East, Coronavirus


Marvel's Baddies Are Getting Their Own Villainous Game

The villains are entering the multiverse. io9 can exclusively reveal that Villainous, the card-based board game starring Disney’s evildoers, is heading into some other familiar territory with Marvel Villainous. Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Thanos, Exclusive, Board Games, Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios, Tabletop Games, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ravensburger, Ultron, Hela, Marvel Villainous, Disney Villainous


Searching for Dark Matter With Quantum Computers, One Blip of Light at a Time

For decades, scientists have struggled to define the stuff that comprises a quarter of the universe: dark matter. As experiments continue to turn up empty-handed, one team hopes to find dark matter by incorporating the laws that govern subatomic particles—quantum mechanics—with a nascent kind of technology called a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Dark Matter, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Computers


Europe Made A Name On Wrangling Big Tech. Now, It Wants To Profit From It

While the European Commission might be better known as a force that cracks down on some of the egregious practices of stateside companies, today the folks across the pond laid out an ambitious plan to bolster their own tech prowess—ethically.Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, European Union, European Commission, American Exceptionalism, Tech Giants


Extend Your WiFi To Higher Heights With The Rock Space Signal Booster

Rock Space WiFi Extender | $32 | Amazon | Promo code ZFXBCFYLRead more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science


UN Warns Kids Face ‘Ecological and Existential Threats’ in Every Country on Earth

All over the world, kids are saying world leaders’ weak climate policies are putting their futures at risk. They’re right, new research shows.Read more...
Tags: Science, Kids, Children, Earth, Kids These Days, Climate Justice, Climate Policy, UN Warns Kids Face


German Man Finds Rock From Early Solar System in His Front Yard

Scientists have released their initial analysis of a meteorite that fell over Europe last September. They report that the rock, the remnant of a daytime bolide that impacted Earth with an energy of 0.48 kilotons of TNT (around this much), is a carbonaceous chondrite—the kind of meteor that contains material from the…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Science, Earth, Meteorites, Asteroids, TNT, Planetary Formation, Fireballs


Groupon Calls It Quits on Selling Goods, Will Refocus on 'Experiences'

After recent earnings fell way short of expectations and caused its stock to fall a record 38 percent, Groupon has announced that it will stop selling physical goods and merchandise and will refocus the company around providing local experiences. Read more...
Tags: Science, Groupon, Groupon Gives Up Selling Goods, E Sales