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Backpedaling, WhatsApp Says It Won't Lobotomize Accounts That Refuse Privacy Policy Update

WhatsApp initially threatened to revoke core functions for users that refused to accept its controversial new privacy policy, only to walk back the severity of those consequences earlier this month amid international backlash, and now, it’s doing away with them altogether (for the time being, at least). Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Whatsapp, Software, Computing, Telegram, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Will Cathcart, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Private Message


WhatsApp Won't Limit Functionality if You Don't Accept Its Controversial New Privacy Policy

WhatsApp initially threatened to revoke core functions for users that refused to accept its controversial new privacy policy, only to walk back the severity of those consequences earlier this month amid international backlash, and now, it’s doing away with them altogether (for the time being, at least). Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Whatsapp, Software, Computing, Telegram, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Will Cathcart, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Private Message


Ted Cruz follows suit from red states and introduces a bill to ban the federal government from using vaccine passports

Sen. Ted Cruz during a Senate hearing on November 17, 2020. BILL CLARK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Braun, and Cynthia Lummis introduced a bill banning federal vaccine passports. At least 10 US states already have bills or executive orders banning vaccine passports. Vaccine passports are becoming more common, as US tourists to the EU will be required to prove they are vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. Three Republican senators have introduced a ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, Senate, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Indiana, Gop, Wyoming, Ted Cruz, Cruz, Sen Ted Cruz, Bill Clark, Cynthia Lummis


U.S. Soldiers Accidentally Leaked Nuclear Weapons Secrets Online: Report

U.S. soldiers stationed at various bases in Europe accidentally exposed sensitive data related to America’s nuclear weapons stockpile via poorly secured flashcard apps they were using to memorize said secrets, according to a stunning new report.Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, America


Black Panther Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Wants Better for Creators Bringing These Stories to Life

With Black Panther #25 bringing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on the Marvel comic—which transformed Wakanda into a time-traveling, intergalactic empire—to a close, the writer’s moving on to tell the next chapter of another comics icon’s story, with Warner Bros.’ upcoming Superman movie about a Black Kal-El. Though Coates is…Read more...
Tags: Science, Warner Bros, Marvel Comics, Captain America, Chris, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Tom, Martin, Sara, Ta Nehisi Coates, Alana, Wakanda, Coates, Sam Wilson, Wil


More than half of all Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

An Ohio resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine in March 2021. Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images More than half of all Americans are partially vaccinated as of Friday, according to CDC data. 62.2% of all US adults are partially vaccinated, and more than 40% of all Americans are fully vaccinated. Pre-pandemic norms in the US are starting to return as vaccinations continue to increase. See more stories on Insider's business page. A majority of all Americans have rec...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Ohio, Pfizer, Vaccine, Johnson Johnson, Moderna, Centers for Disease and Control, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, Getty Images More, Stephen Zenner


The Suicide Squad's Weasel Had a Fantastic Inspiration and It Wasn't a Weasel

’s going to die. This isn’t a spoiler, I just can’t imagine James Gunn’s movie killing off a slew of its huge cast of villains and the gross, ratty anthropomorphic animal not being among the dead. Still, I suddenly hope he survives as Gunn has just revealed the inspiration for the movie’s…
Tags: Comics, Science, Dc Comics, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Donald Trump, Garfield, Bloom County, Bill The Cat, Sean, Gunn, Bill The, Ack, Weasel, Comic Strips, Creative Works


Twitter Says No More Blue Checkmarks for You

Well, that was fun while it lasted. Just a little over a week after reviving its public verification process for the first time in almost four years, Twitter has already pulled the plug. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Identity Management, Social Media, Computing, Gizmodo, Internet Culture, World Wide Web, Twitter Verification, Verification, Systems Engineering, Computer Access Control, Account Verification


Hair, Hairballs, and Harley Sum Up the Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest in plastic goodness. This week, Miles Morales gets upstaged, the Age of Questionable Mutant Hair hits Marvel Legends, and The Suicide Squad is already on the merch train. Check it out!Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Adobe, Etsy, Netflix, Hasbro, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Hair, James Gunn, Pascal, Robin, Spider Man, Mattel, Harley, Peter Parker


If You’re Reading This, You’re Not Welcome on the Elizabeth Holmes Jury

On Thursday, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes filed a 112-question survey for potential jurors for her fraud trial, which is set to begin in August. Presumably, it seeks to weed out people who would love to take time off work to watch this thing.Read more...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Science, Jury, Articles, The Wall Street Journal, Breitbart News, Wall Street Journal, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Breitbart, Kara Swisher, Ramesh, Businesspeople, Mass Media In The United States, Law Crime


A Sly Goddess Grants Favors (for a Price) in This First Look at Cassandra Rose Clarke's The Beholden

Described as “Princess Mononoke meets Stardust,” Cassandra Rose Clarke’s fantasy novel The Beholden follows sisters who make a desperate deal with a goddess and must grapple with the consequences when their bill comes due. io9 just so happens to have the beautiful cover and an exciting excerpt to reveal today!Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Ico, Mononoke, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Malena, Taja, Art Games, Video Games Developed In Japan, Creative Works, Action Adventure Games, Ishi Kui Ico, Kristina Carroll, Kalen Seraphine, Dana Li, Celestia De


Iran Bans Crypto Mining After Months of Blackouts

Iran banned bitcoin mining this week, after four months of continuous blackouts partially due to what officials say is a huge energy suck from illegal mining.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Iran, Cryptography, Bitcoin, Currency, Hassan Rouhani, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Ethereum, Decentralization, Digital Currencies, Miner, Proof Of Work, Payment Systems, Legality Of Bitcoin By Country Or Territory


Jurassic World's New Roller Coaster Looks Like a Screamingly Fun Time

The brand new Jurassic World roller coaster, the VelociCoaster, doesn’t officially open until June 10—but you can take a ride on it right now from the comfort of your own home, thanks to the magic of the internet.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Netflix, Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, John Williams, John Hammond, Islands Of Adventure, Imax Films, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, American Films, Velocicoaster, Universals Islands Of Adventure


10 Disney Villains Who Need Cruella-Style Spin-Off Movies

Cruella arrives today, Maleficent is two movies deep, and considering how much Disney loves to plunder its own works—is that Gaston show still happening?—this surely won’t be the end of the studio’s stable of villains getting their own moments in the spotlight. Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Disney, Rob Marshall, Mulan, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Ursula, Candy, Jared Leto, Tron, Medusa, Melissa Mccarthy, Eartha Kitt, MIM, Gaston


Scientists Have Created Bite-Size, Edible Models to Help Kids With Blindness Learn Chemistry

Researchers say they’ve found a way to help make science lessons more interactive for students, particularly for those living with blindness. In a new study out Friday, a team of scientists detail creating bite-size and even candy-like models of molecules that kids can safely use their mouths to feel—models that seem…Read more...
Tags: Science, Education, Articles, Visual Effects, Vision, 3d Imaging, 3d Modeling, Bryan Shaw, Visual Impairment, Branches Of Philosophy, Health Medical Pharma, Scientific Modelling, Video Game Design, Computer Aided Engineering


Tesla Cars Will Now Spy on You to Make Sure You Don’t Autopilot Yourself Into a PR Disaster

In an effort to assuage fears about the dangers inherent in its autopilot system, Tesla has announced that the in-cabin cameras in its Model 3 and Y vehicles will now monitor drivers for “attentiveness” while the feature is turned on, TechCrunch reports.Read more...
Tags: Science, Tesla, Tesla Cars Will Now Spy




A DARPA Sarcasm Detector Is Good

Members of the media are sarcastically complaining about a sarcasm detector developed by researchers partnering with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Using sarcastic language, they indicate that it is a stupid killjoy only useful to GOP politicians. Before eye-rolling on Twitter, hear me out. An…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Psychiatry, Autism, Humour, Gop, Autism Spectrum, Daily Express, Darpa, Sarcasm, Rhetoric, Irony, Huffington Post, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Robert Walker


Infinite's First Trailer Introduces an Immortal Mark Wahlberg

Usually when a first trailer comes out, you have to wait at least a few months to watch the movie itself. Maybe sooner if it’s a Netflix movie. But, in the case of the new Mark Wahlberg sci-fi film Infinite, you won’t even have to wait two weeks. It’ll be here on June 10 and the first trailer was just released.Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Mark Wahlberg


Have I Been Pwned Teams Up With the FBI on Password Leaks

Have I Been Pwned, or HIBP, a website that allows users to check if their passwords have been compromised, is about to get a powerful new partner—the Feds.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Articles, Fbi, Internet Security, Password, Computing, Database Security, Github, Botnet, Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned, Firefox Monitor, Technology Internet




British Cops Thought They Were Raiding a Weed Farm, But Found Bitcoin Instead

A group of UK officers who thought they were going to bust up a massive cannabis farm found something completely different behind the doors of a local warehouse: a regular, legal, bitcoin mine. Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Cryptography, Bitcoin, Currency, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Decentralization, Digital Currencies, Bitcoin Network, Jennifer Griffin, Payment Systems


Amazon, MGM, and the Price of Entertainment

If all goes according to Amazon and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s plans, the web service giant will soon acquire the legacy film studio in an $8.45 billion deal that will add thousands of movies and television shows to the tech company’s portfolio of content available to stream to 200 million Prime subscribers. Taken at face…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Whole Foods, Joe Biden, Netflix, Sony, James Bond, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Bezos, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Ken Buck, Josh Hawley, Businesspeople, Karl Racine, Amazon MGM


I Love This Sous Vide On Steroids, Even Though It's Overkill

I have often described sous vide as “the nerdiest way to cook a steak.” I also think it’s the best way. Or, at least, the best way to achieve consistently excellent results and have it be almost impossible to screw up. Honestly, I didn’t think it could be improved upon much, so when I heard that a new sous vide…Read more...
Tags: Science, Beef, Human Behavior, Sous Vide, Personal Life, Searing, ChefSteps Joule, Water Bath, Human Activities, Hospitality Recreation, Anova Culinary, Low Temperature Cooking


'Sea snot' is clogging up Turkey's coasts, suffocating marine life, and devastating fisheries

A drone photo shows sea snot near the Maltepe, Kadikoy, and Adalar districts of Istanbul, Turkey on May 2, 2021. Lokman Akkaya/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A goopy substance called sea snot has been clogging Turkish coasts in the Sea of Marmara for months. The mucus has been filling fishing nets, suffocating coral, and killing marine life. Climate change and fertilizer runoff may be fueling the algae boom that's behind the sea snot. See more stories on Insider's business page. B...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Trends, Turkey, Sea, Marine Life, Fishing, Istanbul Turkey, Coli, Marmara, SARI, Corals, Istanbul University, Getty Images This, Getty Images Normally


Anthropic is the new AI research outfit from OpenAI’s Dario Amodei, and it has $124M to burn

As AI has grown from a menagerie of research projects to include a handful of titanic, industry-powering models like GPT-3, there is a need for the sector to evolve — or so thinks Dario Amodei, former VP of research at OpenAI, who struck out on his own to create a new company a few months ago. Anthropic, as it’s called, was founded with his sister Daniela and its goal is to create “large-scale AI systems that are steerable, interpretable, and robust.” The challenge the siblings Amodei are tackli...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Science, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Pope, Shakespeare, Skype, Openai, Daniela, Jaan Tallinn, GPT, Amodei, Recent Funding


Russia’s New Arctic Oil Development Is a Nightmare

Russia’s national oil company has begun construction on a massive project in the Arctic that officials say will produce 25 million tons of oil each year by 2024. The new operation is possible only because the Arctic is now traversable in places and at times it previously wasn’t, due to sea ice levels plummeting as the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Environment, Companies, Arctic, Bp, Shell, Chevron, Rosneft, Exxon, Yukos, International Energy Agency, Oil Companies, Chevron Corporation, Amy Westervelt


Netflix's Icelandic Sci-Fi Movie Katla Looks Absolutely Baffling in the Best Way

Iceland’s giant volcano Katla is overdue for a very, very large eruption. It’s kind of terrifying, but Netflix’s first-ever Icelandic movie, which is also titled Katla, manages to make the volcano look much more dangerous and infinitely creepier, as this first trailer shows.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Netflix, Volcanoes, Iceland, Katla, Ice Caps, Creative Works, Volcanic Systems Of Iceland


The New Arctic Oil Bonanza Is a Nightmare

Russia’s national oil company has begun construction on a massive project in the Arctic that officials say will produce 25 million tons of oil each year by 2024. The new operation is possible only because the Arctic is now traversable in places and at times it previously wasn’t, due to sea ice levels plummeting as the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Environment, Companies, Arctic, Bp, Shell, Chevron, Rosneft, Exxon, Yukos, International Energy Agency, Oil Companies, Chevron Corporation, Amy Westervelt


Fitbit Is Reportedly Working on Snore and Noise Detection

Fitbit has been in the sleep tracking game longer than most, and it now appears the company is preparing a new snore and noise detection feature for its smartwatches.Read more...
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