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At Least 20 VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps With 35 Million Downloads Actually Monitored Users' Phones

At least 20 ad-blocking and virtual private network (VPN) apps owned by analytics firm Sensor Tower may have been secretly spying on users’ phones, according to a BuzzFeed News investigation on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Security, Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Ads, Play Store, Vpn, App Store, Ad Tech, BuzzFeed News, Sensor Tower


Covid-19: New Zealand government accused of 'flat-footed' response

Opposition claims not enough is being done to stimulate economy, despite Jacinda Ardern saying nation is in robust position to fight coronavirusThe New Zealand government’s economic response to coronavirus has been criticised as “startlingly flat-footed” and a symptom of “complacency”.On Tuesday, the New Zealand stock market dropped 4.85% in the first half hour of trading, prompting opposition leader Simon Bridges to claim the Labour government wasn’t doing enough to stimulate the economy and lo...
Tags: Science, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Labour, New Zealand, Simon Bridges, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus outbreak


At least 5 US health workers have gotten the coronavirus, and hundreds more are in quarantine. Hospitals may face staffing shortages as cases surge.

Doctors and nurses are especially vulnerable. "It's high anxiety" for medical staff, the president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers said.
Tags: Science, US, National Union of Healthcare Workers


Doctor Who's Patrick Troughton Was Nervous as Hell About Taking Over the Lead Role

When Doctor Who first went through the process of swapping out the actor for its titular hero—something that’s now weaved into the very fabric of the show’s worldbuilding as the process of regeneration—there was no precedent for the cast or crew. Could the show work without William Hartnell? Could audiences accept a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Doctor Who, Bbc, Patrick Troughton, William Hartnell, The Faceless Ones, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze


DC's Three Jokers Comic Will Revisit Batgirl and Red Hood's Most Devastating Traumas

Both A Death in the Family and Batman: The Killing Joke are infamous for featuring stories in which the Joker waged war against the Dark Knight by targeting other members of Bat-Family, like Jason Todd and Barbara Gordon, in ways that left them brutalized. Read more...
Tags: Science, Dc Comics, Batgirl, Brad Anderson, Batman, The Joker, DC Entertainment, Barbara Gordon, Geoff Johns, Jason Todd, Red Hood, Jason Fabok, The Killing Joke, Batman A Death In The Family, Three Jokers


Coronavirus live updates: Italy under lockdown as WHO says threat of pandemic ‘very real’

UK and US had worst days trading since 2008 GFC; Global cases near 110,000; Grand Princess passengers disembark. Follow the latest news. Cruise ship carrying at least 21 with coronavirus docks in CaliforniaUS pledges more testing as Trump hints at aid for workersQuarantined US congressman flew with Trump on Air Force OneGlobal stock markets post biggest falls since 2008 financial crisisItalian PM extends lockdown to entire countryCoronavirus sufferers symptom-free for five days on average – stud...
Tags: Europe, Business, UK, Science, Biology, China, US, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, Italy, Microbiology


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says there’s nothing to fear from Starlink broadband satellites (and no spin-out)

Will SpaceX's Starlink broadband satellite constellation ruin astronomy? Will it threaten the telecom industry? Will SpaceX spin out Starlink anytime soon? SpaceX's billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, answered all three questions today at a fireside chat at the Satellite 2020 conference in Washington, D.C.: No, no and no. The session started late, and Musk seemed a bit tired — perhaps because he'd just come from working on SpaceX's Starship super-rocket development project, which is taki...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Washington, Musk, Boca Chica, StarLink


SXSW Lays Off a Third of Its Staff After Coronavirus Cancellation

The cancellation of this year’s annual South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, due to the global coronavirus pandemic has hit its organizing body hard, with dozens of employees let go on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sxsw, Austin Texas, Southwest Festival, Coronavirus, Covid 19


About 50 inmates escaped from Italian prisons as the coronavirus triggered riots and brought the country's criminal justice system to a halt

"The administration is completely absent. They have left the penitentiary police in jeopardy," an official said of the government.
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New York Is Paying Inmates Less Than $1 an Hour to Make Its State-Branded Hand Sanitizer

It’s another day in the world of awful coronavirus news, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is here to remind us of how much everything sucks. Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Andrew Cuomo, Prison labor, Hand Sanitizer, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Netflix’s Lost in Space Has Been Renewed for One Final Season

It looks like the danger to Will Robinson will be over before too long. Netflix has announced it’s renewed Lost in Space for a third and final season, seeing the Robinson family’s long and tiresome journey to Alpha Centauri come to an end.Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Robots, Streaming, Chickens, Robinson, Will Robinson, Lost In Space, Zack Estrin


Arnold Schwarzenegger Sues Creator of Nightmarish Robot Lookalike for $10 Million, and Wouldn’t You?

The Russian robotics company Promobot—makers of the touchscreen coronavirus robot—piqued horrified curiosity at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with an animatronic Terminator-era Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rat king in form, robot slave in function, Promobot promises that “‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’ will meet your…Read more...
Tags: Science, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Promobot, Robo C


One chart shows how many coronavirus tests per capita have been completed in 8 countries. The US is woefully behind.

South Korea reported its first coronavirus case January 20. In the last seven weeks, its officials have tested more than 189,000 people.
Tags: South Korea, Science, US


Jury Deadlocked in Case of Accused WikiLeaks Source Charged for 'Vault 7' CIA Leaks

A federal jury on Monday said it had failed to reach a verdict on eight counts in the trial of a former CIA computer engineer who is accused of leaking a trove of classified material to the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cia, Wikileaks, Vault 7, Joshua Schulte, WikiLeaks Source Charged for Vault


Days on Earth Used to Be 30 Minutes Shorter, Ancient Shell Suggests

During the Late Cretaceous, days were roughly 30 minutes shorter than they are today, according to chemical traces found on a 70-million-year-old shell belonging to an extinct mollusk.Read more...
Tags: Science, Clams, Paleontology, Cretaceous Period, Ancient Shells, Astrochronology


The coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship is about to dock in Oakland. Crew members will stay onboard, while passengers are quarantined on military bases.

Photos showed the ship passing under the Golden Gate Bridge as it approached the port of Oakland around noon on Monday.
Tags: Science, Oakland, Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland Crew


CDC: Many Americans will probably be exposed to coronavirus at some point, 'and there's a good chance many will become sick'

In a media briefing Monday, an organization leader said "this virus is capable of spreading easily and sustainably from person to person."
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You could get paid $1,100 to test the first potential coronavirus vaccine

The first clinical trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine is now recruiting volunteers, and offering up to $1,100 in compensation.
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Coronavirus Porn Is Almost Appealing

In the worst-case scenarios played out by the ceaseless, sputtering filmstrip of an anxiety-addled brain, the first freedom to disappear under a global pandemic will be bodily autonomy. Self-isolation will strand millions of people in their own homes, eating lentils and gazing out dirty windows at streets that used to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Porn, Psas, Coronavirus


6 Things We Loved, and 2 Things We Didn't, About Castlevania Season 3

Castlevania has returned to haunt Netflix with vampiric plotting, lashings of blood, and more monsters and misery than you can twirl a sword familiar at. With the dust settling on where this new season takes hero and villain alike, we looked back on what we loved most about its latest adventures...and a few things…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Netflix, Animation, Streaming, Konami, Warren Ellis, Frederator, Castlevania, Powerhouse Animation, Liked Vs Didnt


Why Expanding Highways Makes Traffic Worse

Americans drove 40 percent more miles in 2019 than they did in 1994, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. More driving means more congested traffic. So to reduce congestion, it makes sense to build more highway lanes so that more cars can fit. Right? Actually, no. A new report from the policy…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cars, Traffic, Environmental Justice, Ban Cars, U S Department of Transportation More


Pets probably won't spread the coronavirus to humans, experts say

There's no evidence that dogs, cats, or other household pets are in danger from coronavirus. But you should still wash your hands of their saliva.
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What’s Going On With GeForce Now

Ever since it officially launched last month, game publishers have been abandoning Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming platform in droves. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, meanwhile, has defended the service, arguing it’s the most developer-friendly option out there right now.Read more...
Tags: Science, EA, Nvidia, Kotakucore, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Activision Blizzard, Square Enix, Tim Sweeney, Capcom, 2K Games, GeForce Now, Video Game Streaming


You Should Probably Cancel That Thing

Judging from my inbox and the daily requests for advice I’m now getting from co-workers and friends, it’s safe to say that many people are wondering about how the coronavirus should affect their immediate plans—and the somber truth is that it should affect them a lot.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


The coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship just docked in Oakland. Crew members will stay onboard, while passengers are quarantined on military bases.

Photos showed the ship passing under the Golden Gate Bridge as it approached the port of Oakland around noon on Monday.
Tags: Science, Oakland, Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland Crew


How to carry on with your life during the coronavirus outbreak — from workout tips to quarantine-friendly recipes

People across the globe are quarantining out of concern for the virus and, in some cases, due to government mandates.
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Billionaires from Bill Gates to Jack Ma are donating millions to help alleviate the coronavirus crisis — but it may not go where it's needed most

Some of the world's wealthiest people are funding coronavirus research and aid, but Wuhan medical workers say the money isn't reaching them.
Tags: Science, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Wuhan


New York is in a state of emergency as coronavirus cases surge to 142. Here's what the state is doing to address the outbreak.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state of emergency in response to the state's 142 confirmed coronavirus cases.
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New York is in a state of emergency as coronavirus cases surge over 160. Here's what the state is doing to address the outbreak.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state of emergency in response to the state's 142 confirmed coronavirus cases.
Tags: New York, Science, Andrew Cuomo


FDA and FTC Warn Televangelist Jim Bakker Over Claims 'Silver Solution' Kills Coronavirus

On Friday, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a warning letter to televangelist Jim Bakker’s “Jim Bakker Show” for advertising a product misleadingly peddled as a coronavirus cure.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fda, Quackery, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Jim Bakker, United States Food and Drug Administration FDA, Colloidal Silver, Coronavirus, Covid 19



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