Coinbase Reportedly Shuts Down Wikileaks Store, Assange Calls for Boycott in Response

Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing organization which is now almost solely run by founder and fugitive Julian Assange from a small room in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is claiming asylum from the police, claims that one of its official stores has been taken down by cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.

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Source: Gizmodo – Coinbase Reportedly Shuts Down Wikileaks Store, Assange Calls for Boycott in Response

EPA Pulls Public Documents Regarding Its Proposed Transparency Policy

Internal emails that revealed the Environmental Protection Agency has been pursuing a plan to restrict the type of scientific research the agency uses to write environmental policy have been removed from an online portal that made the documents publicly accessible.

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Source: Gizmodo – EPA Pulls Public Documents Regarding Its Proposed Transparency Policy

Florida Police Allegedly Crash Funeral Home to Unlock Phone With Slain Man's Fingerprints

Largo, Florida police detectives entered a funeral home in Clearwater and attempted to unlock the phone of a man killed by another officer at a traffic stop a month earlier using the deceased man’s hands, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Source: Gizmodo – Florida Police Allegedly Crash Funeral Home to Unlock Phone With Slain Man’s Fingerprints

'Cyber Terrorist' Teen Who Hacked CIA Director John Brennan Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

A British teenager who gained notoriety for hacking a number of high profile United States government employees including former CIA director John Brennan and former director of intelligence James Clapper was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

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Source: Gizmodo – ‘Cyber Terrorist’ Teen Who Hacked CIA Director John Brennan Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Benedict Cumberbatch Shared His Star Trek Secrets With Stephen Hawking

When Benedict Cumberbatch appeared as the antagonist of Star Trek Into Darkness, the identity of the character he was playing was kept very secret, to the point that JJ Abrams straight-up lied about it. But apparently Cumberbatch spilled the beans to one special person.

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Source: Gizmodo – Benedict Cumberbatch Shared His Star Trek Secrets With Stephen Hawking

Cyberdyne's Attempt to Make a Sexy Lady Assassin Terminator Appears to Have Backfired

Sideshow Collectibles’s line of “Premium Format” statues usually offer ridiculously detailed (and very expensive) sculpts of beloved pop culture characters, from Star Wars to comics and a million other things in between. But its latest Terminator statue has a bit of a twist: It’s an entirely new character with her own…

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Source: Gizmodo – Cyberdyne’s Attempt to Make a Sexy Lady Assassin Terminator Appears to Have Backfired

Amazon's Running a Big Sale On 23andMe's New and Improved DNA Testing Kits

If you aren’t freaked out by privacy concerns of DNA testing kits (basically, they may sell anonymized genetic data, but not personally identifiable data), the tests are getting better, and 23andMe’s are on sale today.

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Source: Gizmodo – Amazon’s Running a Big Sale On 23andMe’s New and Improved DNA Testing Kits

Facebook Already Spent $3.3 Million Lobbying this Year

Facebook spent $3.3 million on lobbying in the United States during the first quarter of 2018, disclosures filed with the government Friday showed. The multi-million dollar effort marks the largest tab the company has ever racked up on lobbying in a single quarter.

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Source: Gizmodo – Facebook Already Spent .3 Million Lobbying this Year

Apple Can't Stop Fucking Up Batteries, Offers Replacements for MacBook Pros

Apple announced Friday that it discovered “a limited number” of its line of MacBook Pro laptops suffer from a potentially faulty component that can cause the battery to expand. The company is offering to replace the batteries in affected machines for free.

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Source: Gizmodo – Apple Can’t Stop Fucking Up Batteries, Offers Replacements for MacBook Pros

Flickr Takes Another Sad Turn, Gets Bought by Something Called SmugMug

In the latest of an endless series of unfortunate events to befall the once beloved photo-sharing service Flickr, the company has been resurrected from the grave of Yahoo and bought for an undisclosed amount by premium photo-hosting platform SmugMug.

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Source: Gizmodo – Flickr Takes Another Sad Turn, Gets Bought by Something Called SmugMug

Verizon and AT&T Reportedly Under DOJ Investigation for Potential Collusion

People have long accused Verizon and AT&T of abusing their market share to the detriment of the overall wireless market. But the two may have crossed a legal line: The Justice Department has reportedly launched an investigation into alleged collusion by Verizon and AT&T to make switching carriers more difficult than…

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Source: Gizmodo – Verizon and AT&T Reportedly Under DOJ Investigation for Potential Collusion

Tesla Contract Workers Pressured To Accept Debit Card For Pay Instead Of Check: Lawsuit

Tesla contract workers aren’t receiving legally required overtime pay or mandated work breaks, according to a new lawsuit filed in California state court. The employees faced “pressure” from a temp agency that hires workers at Tesla’s California factory to take a debit card to accept their compensation, rather than a…

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Source: Gizmodo – Tesla Contract Workers Pressured To Accept Debit Card For Pay Instead Of Check: Lawsuit