California Warns People to Limit Exposure to Cellphones 

Since the earliest days of mobile phones, a small but steady contingent of environmental activists, conspiracy-inclined folks, and some scientists have warned about the hidden damage they could be causing to our bodies, due to the radio frequency energy cellphones use to communicate with cell towers. They fear that…

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Source: Gizmodo – California Warns People to Limit Exposure to Cellphones 

Former Employee Accused Uber of Hacking and Surveillance

In a damning letter released today, a former Uber employee, Richard Jacobs, claims that the company engaged in several illegal practices, including hacking, trade secret theft, and surveillance—all in an effort to emerge at the top of the competitive ride-hailing market.

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Source: Gizmodo – Former Employee Accused Uber of Hacking and Surveillance

An Anonymous Bitcoin Millionaire Is Donating Their Fortune to Charities and It Seems Legit

‘Tis the season for giving, and one Bitcoin investor claims to be giving away the majority of their cryptocurrency holdings after experiencing an incredible year. The unnamed donor has set up a fund to hand out $86 million worth of Bitcoin to various charities, and they’ve already started listing the donations and…

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Source: Gizmodo – An Anonymous Bitcoin Millionaire Is Donating Their Fortune to Charities and It Seems Legit

Why the Law Doesn't (and Sometimes Shouldn't) Protect Us From the Algorithms That Rule Our Lives

Most people are aware that algorithms control what you see on Facebook or Google, but automated decision-making is increasingly being used to determine real-life outcomes as well, influencing everything from how fire departments prevent fires to how police departments prevent crime. Given how much these (often…

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Source: Gizmodo – Why the Law Doesn’t (and Sometimes Shouldn’t) Protect Us From the Algorithms That Rule Our Lives

Ketamine Relieved Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours in Hospital Study

When it comes to preventing suicide, true breakthroughs are hard to come by. The overall rate of suicide in the U.S. has increased since the turn of the millennium, reaching a 30-year-high in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although there are many drugs and therapy approaches…

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Source: Gizmodo – Ketamine Relieved Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours in Hospital Study

Sam Altman Is an Idiot

It’s not news that Sam Altman likes to say controversial things. The 32-year-old president of the very successful startup incubator Y Combinator attracted disdain for supporting Peter Thiel even after the billionaire’s donations to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign won widespread criticism. Now, Altman is pitching…

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Source: Gizmodo – Sam Altman Is an Idiot

What If Star Wars Merchandise Was Sold Like High Fashion?

A few weeks ago, Columbia Sportswear announced a high-end, limited edition line of jackets based on The Empire Strikes Back. They sold out instantly. But io9 got ahold of one and had a question: What would it look like if this jacket, and all Star Wars merchandise, was sold like it was high fashion?

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Source: Gizmodo – What If Star Wars Merchandise Was Sold Like High Fashion?

Google Finally Lets You Mute Autoplay Videos In Chrome—Here’s How

For several months, Google has teased some updates for Chrome that aim to make surfing the web slightly less annoying. And on Thursday, Chrome developers announced that you can now update your browser and choose to mute those annoying autoplay videos on websites. The update, Chrome 64 beta, also prevents malicious…

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Source: Gizmodo – Google Finally Lets You Mute Autoplay Videos In Chrome—Here’s How

Former Facebook Exec Who Suggested Social Media Was Destroying Society: I Love Facebook

A former Facebook executive is trying to sprinkle some niceties onto his ruthless drag of social media—at least when it comes to one social media company in particular. Former vice president of user growth Chamath Palihapitiya recently told an audience at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, “I think we have…

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Source: Gizmodo – Former Facebook Exec Who Suggested Social Media Was Destroying Society: I Love Facebook

Everything Apple Fucked Up This Year

People like to believe that Apple is a company that never makes mistakes. Never has that logic been so obviously flawed as it was in 2017. This year, it seemed like Apple couldn’t make it through a single week without some big, embarrassing screw up. So, for the sheer joy of it, we made a list.

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Source: Gizmodo – Everything Apple Fucked Up This Year

Child Graves Paint a Complex Picture of Life at Ancient Egyptian Work Site 

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered four unique child graves at Gebel el-Silsila—the site of a former Egyptian quarry that dates back some 3,500 years. The discovery is shedding new light on what life was like at this ancient work site, and the complex social hierarchy that likely existed.

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Source: Gizmodo – Child Graves Paint a Complex Picture of Life at Ancient Egyptian Work Site 

An Exclusive Look at the Stunning Concept Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

The big day is here! The Last Jedi has been unleashed upon us, along with tons of new books looking at the creation of the movie. This includes Phil Szostak’s The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi , a collection of never-before-seen concept art, and io9 has an exclusive look inside.

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Source: Gizmodo – An Exclusive Look at the Stunning Concept Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

Why the Trump Administration Attended the World’s Biggest Earth Science Meeting

President Trump and his cabinet aren’t really into solving climate change, or science for that matter. But that didn’t stop four representatives from federal agencies that oversee climate and Earth science from giving a major presentation at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting, the largest annual meeting of…

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Source: Gizmodo – Why the Trump Administration Attended the World’s Biggest Earth Science Meeting