Hong Kong Hospitals Accused of Leaking Protestors' Patient Data to Cops

A lawmaker and doctor in Hong Kong claimed on Monday that he received tips that the statutory body that runs all the hospitals in the region was leaking the patient information of protestors. Several protestors have been arrested after being treated at Hong Kong hospitals as authorities in mainland China crackdown on…

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Source: Gizmodo – Hong Kong Hospitals Accused of Leaking Protestors’ Patient Data to Cops

Shampoos, Perfumes, and Other Cosmetics Send Thousands of Kids to the ER Every Year

Nail polish removers and other personal care products are sending a shocking number of young kids in the U.S. to the emergency room, according to a new study out Monday. Nearly 65,000 children under the age of five have been treated for “cosmetic-related injuries” in ERs in the 15 years leading up to 2016, the study…

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Source: Gizmodo – Shampoos, Perfumes, and Other Cosmetics Send Thousands of Kids to the ER Every Year

Twitch Sues To Identify People Who Uploaded Christchurch Shooting Video

The popular livestream website Twitch is suing anonymous users to find out the identities of 100 people who recently violated its terms of service by uploading content including the deadly Christchurch terrorist shooting and hardcore pornography.

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Source: Gizmodo – Twitch Sues To Identify People Who Uploaded Christchurch Shooting Video

Millions of Transactions Scraped in Latest Demonstration of Venmo's Absurd Privacy Policy

Last year, nearly 210 million Venmo transactions were downloaded by a Berlin-based researcher, leading many privacy experts to question the PayPal-owned company’s claim that its users prefer to be social about their spending habits. In the wake of that study, Venmo apparently made a few changes to its API, hoping to…

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Source: Gizmodo – Millions of Transactions Scraped in Latest Demonstration of Venmo’s Absurd Privacy Policy

Harvard Scientists Make 'Landmark' Discovery in Synthesizing Anti-Cancer Molecules Found in Sea Sponges

Harvard and Japanese scientists say they’ve made a “landmark” discovery in cancer drug development. In a new study published Monday, they say they have finally found a way to synthesize in bulk a complex class of promising cancer-fighting molecules derived from sea sponges. Their new strategy has already helped speed…

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Source: Gizmodo – Harvard Scientists Make ‘Landmark’ Discovery in Synthesizing Anti-Cancer Molecules Found in Sea Sponges

I Slept on the Roof of a Honda Passport to Prove That Hotels Are for Suckers

Data suggests that the vast majority of Americans have never slept on the roof of a midsize Japanese SUV, but almost everyone has stayed in a hotel. I’m here to tell you that you’re all suckers, and a 2019 Honda Passport is proof.

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Source: Gizmodo – I Slept on the Roof of a Honda Passport to Prove That Hotels Are for Suckers

California Tests Mental Health App That Tracks Everything Patients Do on Their Phones

The way we interact with our devices is to an increasing extent an extension of our innermost selves. It’s no wonder startups view the data gleaned from these behaviors as a window into our mental health—and the foundation for their business model.

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Source: Gizmodo – California Tests Mental Health App That Tracks Everything Patients Do on Their Phones

Accidental Kitty Cat Filter Undermines Pakistani Minister's Serious Livestream

No, Shaukat Yousafzai is not a furry. The regional Pakistani minister just happened to be on the wrong (perhaps right?) end of a social media snafu. During a press briefing that was streamed on Facebook Live, an AR cat filter was left on, leaving Yousafzai with dainty pink ears, whiskers, and a bit of a blush.

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Source: Gizmodo – Accidental Kitty Cat Filter Undermines Pakistani Minister’s Serious Livestream

Genius Claims It Busted Google Stealing by Hiding a Secret Code in Lyrics That Spells 'Red Handed'

For the first few years of its existence, Genius (formerly Rap Genius) featured annotated song lyrics on its platform without permission of music publishers. Now Genius is accusing Google of stealing its content without permission. And it’s used an ingenious mechanism to catch Google in the act.

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Source: Gizmodo – Genius Claims It Busted Google Stealing by Hiding a Secret Code in Lyrics That Spells ‘Red Handed’

This Striking Climate Change Visualization Is Now Customizable for Any Place on Earth

When University of Reading climate scientist released his warming stripes visualization for the globe last year, people freaked (in a good way). The minimalist graphic stripped out unnecessary clutter and told the story of global warming in blue and red stripes.

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Source: Gizmodo – This Striking Climate Change Visualization Is Now Customizable for Any Place on Earth

That Viral Video of a Robot Uprising Is Fake Because the Real Thing Will Be So Much Deadlier

Have you seen that viral video of a robot getting its ass kicked by humans? The robot is forced to perform a variety of agility drills and gets hit with a hockey stick, enduring quite a bit of abuse before the robot finally pulls a gun on its human tormentors. But the video is completely fake—well, the one with the…

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Source: Gizmodo – That Viral Video of a Robot Uprising Is Fake Because the Real Thing Will Be So Much Deadlier

iOS 13 Will Finally Support NFC ID Scanning in a Few Countries

iPhones have had NFC chips since the iPhone 6, but previously, Apple only allowed NFC to be used for making purchases with Apple Pay. But in iOS 13, Apple is expanding the use of NFC to other apps, and even though iOS won’t officially be available until later this fall, countries including Japan and Germany are…

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Source: Gizmodo – iOS 13 Will Finally Support NFC ID Scanning in a Few Countries

What's the Best Chip Clip?

Everyone likes to make jokes about socks disappearing in the wash, but I posit that chip clips are even more likely to vanish without a trace. Seriously, I bought a pack of four of them just a couple of months ago, and they’re already all gone. This is not my fault! It’s the nature of chip clips!

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Source: Gizmodo – What’s the Best Chip Clip?

Researchers Follow Bats' Example, Use Cheap Speakers and Mics to See Objects Hidden Around Corners

A lot of amazing technologies developed at universities or corporate R&D labs never see the light of day because they’re just too expensive to turn into consumer-ready products. But by copying how bats navigate the world at night, researchers have come up with a way to see hidden objects around corners using cheap…

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Source: Gizmodo – Researchers Follow Bats’ Example, Use Cheap Speakers and Mics to See Objects Hidden Around Corners

Samsung Deletes Terrifying Tweet Warning That Its Smart TVs Can Get Viruses

The internet of things, in which all of our gadgets are plugged into data connections, will bring some terrible downsides along with its conveniences. We were blessed with a reminder of this uneasy future this morning when Samsung’s Twitter account for customer support tweeted a guide to performing a security scan on…

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Source: Gizmodo – Samsung Deletes Terrifying Tweet Warning That Its Smart TVs Can Get Viruses

Which Extinct Animal Would Have Made the Best Pet?

With de-extinction hovering on the edge of being a thing, it is worth asking at least one question. That question is not “why?” or “is this a good idea??”—if it can be done, it will be, and that’s that. No—the question is: which formerly extinct animals should we domesticate? The cat/dog paradigm has reigned for far…

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Source: Gizmodo – Which Extinct Animal Would Have Made the Best Pet?