Hoax That Fooled Armed Protesters Was Created By a Socialist Troll on Food Stamps

Remember that anonymous online hoaxster who urged hundreds of armed protesters to counter a non-existent flag-burning event at America's historic Civil War battefield at Gettysburg? An investigation by the Washington Post reveals that the hoaxster had in fact been a "lifelong Democrat" before instead registering in 2015 with the Socialist Party — and that he now collects food stamps: Adam Rahuba, a former concert promoter, works part-time as a food-delivery driver and a DJ. [Alternate URL here]...
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Stockton Basic Income Program Extended. Is Support For the Idea Growing?

A $500-a-month basic-income program in Stockton, California will be extended through 2021 "in response to the economic strain put on participants by the coronavirus pandemic," reports the New Yorker: While the idea of extending the program had been under discussion even before the spread of COVID-19, Stockton's mayor, Michael Tubbs told me that current conditions made doing so a "moral imperative," as many participants have lost work, and those classified as essential workers face increased risk...
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John McAfee Loses Bet: Bitcoin Hasn't Hit $500K

Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes Mashable: Three years ago on this date, on July 17, 2017, McAfee, the eccentric founder of the antivirus software company bearing his name, made the bet of a lifetime. McAfee made a bet that in three years a single bitcoin (1 BTC) would be worth $500,000. Now while most people would throw down money to make this bet, McAfee had a very different idea. "if not, I will eat my **** on national television...." Fast forward to July 17, 2020, three years from th...
Tags: Tech, Btc, John Mcafee, Charlotte, McAfee

Dogs May Use Earth's Magnetic Field to Navigate

sciencehabit shares an article from Science magazine: Dogs are renowned for their world-class noses, but a new study suggests they may have an additional — albeit hidden — sensory talent: a magnetic compass. The sense appears to allow them to use Earth's magnetic field to calculate shortcuts in unfamiliar terrain. The finding is a first in dogs, says Catherine Lohmann, a biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who studies "magnetoreception" and navigation in turtles... Ther...
Tags: Tech, Earth, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Lohmann, Burda, Catherine Lohmann, Hynek Burda, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Future Apple Pencil may be equipped with sensor to sample real-world colors

A patent for the tech, filed in November, was published earlier this week
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Apple Pencil

It’s time to build against pandemics

Rish Joshi Contributor Rish is an entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was a VC at Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI fund), co-founded a fintech startup building an analytics platform for SEC filings and worked on deep-learning research as a graduate student in computer science at MIT. More posts by this contributor Assessing the potential for a gig economy in education Generative algorithms are redefining the intersection of software and mu...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Column, Cdc, Tech, Bill Gates, SEC, Trump, Gradient Ventures Google, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Contact Tracing, Rish Joshi Contributor Rish, NOVID

Apple Shares More 'Behind the Mac' Videos with Tyler Mitchell and James Blake

Apple today shared two new "Behind the Mac" videos on its YouTube channel, offering a look at how Macs can be used in creative workflows. The new videos feature photographer Tyler Mitchell and musician James Blake. Among the new additions to the series is a spotlight on New York photographer Tyler Mitchell. The video reveals how Mitchell shoots and edits his new portrait series using elements only from his own bedroom, within 24 hours. Apple says that remote cameras were set up around the photo...
Tags: Apple, New York, Youtube, Mitchell, Apple Ads, James Blake, Tyler Mitchell

'Will 2020 Be The Year Of Rust In The Linux Kernel?'

An intriguing exchange happened on the Linux Kernel Mailing List after a post by Nick Desaulniers, a Google software engineer working on compiling the Linux Kernel with Clang (and LLVM). Hackaday reports: Nick simply tested the waters for a possible future of Rust within the Linux kernel code base, which is something he's planning to bring up for discussion in this year's Linux Plumbers Conference — the annual kernel developer gathering. [Desaulniers thinks that discussion will include "a larger...
Tags: Google, Tech, North America, NICK, Linux kernel, Linux Foundation, Vmware, Linus Torvalds, Greg, Dirk, Linus, Clang, Dirk Hohndel, LKML, Desaulniers, Nick Desaulniers

Many New Details Emerge About Twitter's Breach

The New York Times claims to have traced the origins of a Twitter security breach to "a teasing message between two hackers late Tuesday on the online messaging platform Discord." [The Times' article was also republished here by the Bangkok Post.] "yoo bro," wrote a user named "Kirk," according to a screenshot of the conversation shared with The New York Times. "i work at twitter / don't show this to anyone / seriously." He then demonstrated that he could take control of valuable Twitter accoun...
Tags: Twitter, England, Russia, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, New York Times, The Times, Brian Krebs, West Coast, Times, Donald Trump, Kirk, Slashdot, Bangkok Post, O Connor

Startups Weekly: The TechCrunch List reveals investors who founders love to work with

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. We’re pleased to kick off this week’s newsletter by sharing an important new project: The TechCrunch List. It’s a database of investors who have shown a commitment to first checks and leading rounds from seed through growth, based on founder recommendations we’ve received as well as learnings from our own research. Our goal is to quickly help founders ta...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Ipo, India, US, Tech, Getty Images, Beijing, Brad Feld, Equity, Edtech, Sequoia, Lucas Matney, Alex Wilhelm

Could Working Remotely Kill Silicon Valley's Culture?

This week Medium's editor-at-large argued remote working could kill Silicon Valley in a new article on Medium's business site "Marker" — because working remotely could bring an end to those "serendipitous encounters" which lead to blockbuster products: Tech serendipity is the means to an end in Silicon Valley. "You bring together a density of entrepreneurs and capital with a belief in crazy ideas and a readiness to fund them, and you manufacture serendipity at higher rates than if it were evenly...
Tags: Microsoft, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Ted, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Read, Paul Saffo, Flockjay

Pressure from Trump led to 5G ban, Britain tells Huawei

‘Geopolitical’ factors were behind the move, the company was told, with hints that the decision could be reversed in futureThe British government privately told the Chinese technology giant Huawei that it was being banned from Britain’s 5G telecoms network partly for “geopolitical” reasons following huge pressure from President Donald Trump, the Observer has learned.In the days leading up to the controversial announcement on Tuesday last week, intensive discussions were held and confidential com...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, US politics, Donald Trump, Huawei, Whitehall, 5g, Trump

Covid-19 Immunity From Antibodies May Last Only Months, New Study Suggests

CNN shares some bad news. "After people are infected with the novel coronavirus, their natural immunity to the virus could decline within months, a new pre-print paper suggests." The paper was co-authored by 37 researchers from seven different institutions: The paper, released on the medical server on Saturday and not yet published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, suggests that antibody responses may start to decline 20 to 30 days after Covid-19 symptoms emerge. Antibodies are the...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Cnn, World Health Organization, California Academy of Sciences, Bennett, San Francisco Chronicle, Chronicle, Nature Medicine, SHANNON Bennett, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Chongqing Medical University

Burger-Flipping Robot 'Flippy' Gets New Test at White Castle

Remember Flippy, the burger-flipping robot who was fired for being too slow? Since then he's been busy — and his robotic arm just landed a test gig flipping burgers in a White Castle restaurant in Chicago, reports Mashable: Since its unveiling in 2018, Flippy has cooked more than 40,000 pounds of fried food — including 9,000 sandwiches at LA's Dodger Stadium, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, and two CaliBurger locations, where it works alongside humans to increase productivity and consis...
Tags: La, Tech, Chicago, White Castle, Windy City, Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field, Buck Jordan, USA Today Citing

For Seattle’s cop-free protest zone, tech is both a revolutionary asset and disastrous liability

The police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were sparks that reignited smoldering fury against authorities across the globe. One of the most watched locations has been Seattle, where protestors barricaded off a cop-free zone, drawing outsize attention and, in the process, forming a new case study in the uses of technology both to advance a cause and to drown it in disinformation. From the actual recording of Floyd’s killing and the protests and riots that followed, to documenting the ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Australia, Africa, Tech, Chicago, Fox, Broadway, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Getty, Biden, Seattle, Huawei

10 Tips for Planning the Future of Your Small Business

For business owners, keeping one eye on the future can help you better navigate challenges, identify opportunities, and plan for the outcomes you want to see. There are tons of different things to consider when planning the future for your small business. So check out these tips from members of the online small business community to start planning ahead. Prepare for Voice Search and Answer Engines Voice search is becoming increasingly prevalent among consumers. So businesses that want to keep...
Tags: Google, Sales, Startup, Content Marketing Institute, Barry Schwartz, Joel Libava, Ivan Widjaya, Nellie Akalp, Gary Shouldis, Stephen H Yu, David McGuire, Machine Learning Machine, Jason Randall, Voice Search and Answer Engines Voice, Constance Chinaza, Theo Poulentzas

Lenovo ThinkPad buying guide

Which Lenovo series is right for you? Let's break it down so you can be sure you're buying the best Thinkpad.
Tags: News, Trends, Other, Computing, Lenovo, Laptops, Buying Guides, Lenovo Thinkpad, Tier 4

No Time for Content Creation? Let Your Fans Do the Work for You

By Hannah Stonehouse Hudson The NSSF recommends companies utilize fan-made content – with permission – in lieu of building original content to drive business. IMG NSSF U.S.A. -( Let’s face it. Not everyone’s a creative genius. But keeping your customers interested in the products and services you offer—and drawing the interest of people who should be your customers—requires being creative on some level. When it comes to marketing your FFL or range through today’s many social m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Guns, Facebook Messenger, IMG, Facebook Post, NSSF, IPSC, Shooting Industry News, National Shooting Sports Foundation NSSF, Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, Ackley Improved, Supercalifragilistic Firearms, Instagram Story Create

What’s different about the 2020 Census?

The U.S. Constitution mandates that every 10 years the Census Bureau count every person living in the United States. The results have huge consequences and are used to draw congressional districts and allocate federal funding for things like education, hospitals, roads, Medicare, and Medicaid. The census has continuously adopted new technological tools to make the process easier, cheaper, and more accurate. In 1890, census takers made use of some of the first tabulating machines, and the Census ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, United States, Medicare, Census Bureau, Syndication

This Week in Apps: US tops China on downloads, EU regulates app stores, Instagram takes on TikTok

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series* that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuatio...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hong Kong, Cook, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Germany, Berlin, India, US

Is Microsoft Planning To Phase Out Xbox Live Gold?

Yesterday, a Microsoft rep confirmed that the option to purchase 12 months of Xbox Live Gold has been removed from the Microsoft Store. That's exactly a week ahead of the July 23 games presentation, where Microsoft could be announcing a plan to phase out the subscription service altogether with the launch of Xbox Series X. Inverse reports: "At this time Xbox has decided to remove the 12 month Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store," a Microsoft spokesperson tells Inverse. "Customers ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Xbox, Gamestop, Grubb, Jeff Grubb, Aaron Greenberg

The Exchange: Which VCs are the most popular, why enterprise startups are hot, and how patient are public investors?

Welcome to The Exchange, an upcoming weekly newsletter featuring TechCrunch and Extra Crunch reporting on startups, money and markets. You can sign up for it here to receive it regularly when it launches on July 25th, and catch up on prior editions of the column and newsletter here.  It’s Saturday, July 18, and this is The Exchange. Today we’re wrapping our look at second-quarter VC, capping off the recent IPOs of some venture-backed startups, and digging into the hottest VCs while peeking at a ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, NYC, Ipo, New York City, Tech, United States, Silicon Valley, Jones, Medallia, Exchange, Don, SPAC, Danny, Fenwick West

The best Mac security tips: 7 mistakes you’re making, and how to fix them

Macs aren't invulnerable; these essential tips will strengthen your privacy on MacOS and keep your data safe.
Tags: Apple, Security, Privacy, Mac, Trends, Computing, Macs, macOS

'Antennagate' just turned 10. Here's how the iPhone 4's antenna issues became one of Apple's biggest scandals of all time. (AAPL)

This week marked the 10th anniversary of "Antennagate," one of the biggest scandals in Apple history.  The scandal began when Apple's iPhone 4 went on sale on June 24, 2010. Customers who bought the phone quickly realized its bars disappeared or calls were dropped altogether when held in the left hand.  Apple downplayed the problem as a miscalculation of signal strength, and then CEO Steve Jobs told customers they were simply holding the phone wrong.  Apple eventually admitted that the problem...
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Face Masks Offer More Protection from Coronavirus Than Many Think

Face masks "offer much more protection against coronavirus than many think," reports the Los Angeles Times. [Alternate version here ....] There's a common refrain that masks don't protect you; they protect other people from your own germs, which is especially important to keep unknowingly infected people from spreading the coronavirus. But now, there's mounting evidence that masks also protect you. If you're unlucky enough to encounter an infectious person, wearing any kind of face covering w...
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Investing in the hidden generation

Ilse Calderon Contributor Ilse Calderon is an investor at OVO Fund where she specializes in pre-seed investments across capital-efficient markets. Prior to OVO, Ilse spent a year at Silicon Valley Bank rotating across consumer and software teams. While it’s no secret Hispanics represent unparalleled growth opportunities for the U.S. economy, most startups don’t realize Hispanic youth means an abundance of prime spending years (translation: dollars for busines...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Column, La, Tech, Diversity, Walmart, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, Sequoia, Rosa, Stella Dot, Ilse, Fenty Beauty, Latinx, Techcrunch Include

Is your home packed with smart speakers? Here’s how to make them work together

Make sure the right speaker responds at the right time
Tags: Google, Trends, Features, Smart Home, Amazon Smart Home, Google smart home, Nest Mini 2

Top Stories: Apple Warns About MacBook Webcam Covers, iOS 13.6 Released, Apple Hacked on Twitter

While much of our attention has been focused on iOS 14 over the past weeks, Apple was finishing up some final updates for the iOS 13 series of releases, and this week delivered iOS 13.6 and associated updates for other platforms to the public. New iOS features include audio stories for Apple News+, support for digital car keys, and more. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. One incredibly popular story (and in fact one of our most popular stories in years) was abou...
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Google needs to get back to basics with Android. Why? Take a look at iOS 14

In its 14th update, Apple may have gained the upper hand in the Android-iOS war
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Mobile, Opinion, Trends

Weird AI illustrates why algorithms still need people

These days, it can be very hard to determine where to draw the boundaries around artificial intelligence. What it can and can’t do is often not very clear, as well as where it’s future is headed. In fact, there’s also a lot of confusion surrounding what AI really is. Marketing departments have a tendency to somehow fit AI in their messaging and rebrand old products as “AI and machine learning.” The box office is filled with movies about sentient AI systems and killer robots that plan to conquer ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural

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