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  • *Elizabeth Warren calls Zuck and Thiel's secret Trump White House dinner "corrupt"
    After news broke that Peter Thiel and Mark Zuckerberg had consumed a secret White House dinner with Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren characterised it as part of Facebook's "charm offensive with Republican lawmakers" in response to her call to use antitrust law to break up Facebook, calling the move "corruption, plain and simple...how the government keeps working for giant corporations and the wealt…
    - 12 mins ago 22 Nov 19, 5:25pm -
  • *Bartender behind the infamous cocktail containing a human toe died and donated his toes to the bar
    Over the years, we've posted about (but sadly never had the opportunity to try) the Sourtoe Cocktail, the infamous drink containing preserved human toes that's served at the Downtown Hotel in Canada's Yukon territory. Now we must report that "Captain" Dick Stevenson, the bartender who first served the Sourtoe Cocktail, has died at age of 89. It turns out though that Stevenson, truly a generous so…
    - 17 mins ago 22 Nov 19, 5:20pm -
  • *Ecommerce sites' mobile templates hide information that shoppers use to save money
    In Do Consumers Make Less Accurate Decisions When They Use Mobiles?, a study by researchers at Ben Gurion University accepted for presentation at next month's International Conference on Information Systems in Munich, the researchers seek to discover why consumers spend more money on ecommerce sites when using mobile devices than when they use laptops and other, larger screens.Specifically, th…
    - 34 mins ago 22 Nov 19, 5:03pm -
  • *Watch how to turn a Coke can into clear squishy plastic
    This Coke can disappearing act is a fun experiment that reveals the hidden layer inside the soda's packaging.According to MEL Science, who posted their own version of this experiment in May, Coke is packaged in two layers of protective material, and only one of them can withstand drain cleaner.This or­di­nary alu­minum can is con­ceal­ing a de­vi­ous se­cret – it is cov­ered with a p…
    - 35 mins ago 22 Nov 19, 5:02pm -
  • *Lawyer's long, weird sigfile setting out when and whether he's willing to talk on the phone goes viral
    If you're opposing counsel to Lane Jefferies, a lawyer with Anastopoulo Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina and you want to talk with Jefferies about the case, well then, buckle up, chucklefuck, because you are in for a hell of a ride.As Jefferies' email footer informs those he corresponds with, if you want to call him about a case, you can try ringing his office between 4 and 4:30PM, durin…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 19, 4:00pm -
  • *The Labour manifesto: transformation of the welfare system, fair conditions for workers, universal housing, home care for elderly, fully funded NHS, fair taxes for the rich
    The Labour Party's 2020 Election Manifesto is out, and it promises a comprehensive reworking of the British state to benefit the vast majority of Britons, not the tiny minority who have waxed ever-richer through decades of neoliberalism and ten years of cruel Tory austerity.The manifesto's pledges include:* Scapping the Department of Work and Pensions and replacing it with a Department for S…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 19, 3:32pm -
  • *David Lynch-directed advertisement for Playstation welcomes you to The Third Place
    Once upon a time, people had so much free time that they needed a place to go that wasn't work or home. A third place. Sony was one of the companies competing for that space, and created an entire campaign around the concept. They hired David Lynch to direct a commercial for the Playstation 2 because "He's been living in The Third Place for quite a few years."The commercial is predictably surreal…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 19, 2:30pm -
  • *Forget glue: This quick-bonding plastic seals in seconds
    Things break, and even in this disposable world, there's a need to fix them. Up until recently, that's been the crusty bottle of glue in your junk drawer, which is just as liable to coat your fingers as the thing you actually want to repair.Looks like there's finally a Star Trek-level solution on the market: The BONDIC® Pocket 3D Liquid Plastic Welding Kit.The term "welding kit" isn't just puff…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 19, 2:00pm -
  • *Amnesty International: Google and Facebook spell trouble for human rights
    Amnesty International has had just about all that it cares to take of Google and Facebook's profiting off of our personal information. In a recent report, the international human rights charity stated that they were deeply concerned that the two companies mass surveillance ventures were making large scale human rights violations an easy go for anyone with access to the information and ill-intent.…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 19, 2:00pm -
  • *Tesla just announced a... DeLorean Monster Truck?
    The Tesla truck is here. Its stainless steel hide can withstand sledgehammer blows, but its windows are not quite so impervious to enemy action. It's not clear how long it takes to go from 0-88 MPH, but I'm certain we'll find out. Jalopnik:Tesla chose to unveil this here and now because Musk loves Blade Runner. And to date, he’s made some wild claims about what it can do: out-truck a Ford F-150…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 19, 1:23pm -

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  • *Cook: ‘China Really Hasn’t Pressured Us’
    ABC News: Cook said he isn’t concerned over Apple’s relationship with China.“China really hasn’t pressured us, and so I don’t envisionthat,” he added.If China hasn’t pressured Apple, why was the Taiwanese flag emoji removed from iOS devices in Hong Kong?It’s far from the biggest issue surrounding China. I get that. It’s just a flag emoji, and we’re talking about a re…
    - 19 hours ago 21 Nov 19, 10:40pm -
  • ★ Tim Cook Appears Alongside Trump in Re-Election Campaign Ad Shot in Mac Pro Plant in Austin
    A low moment in Apple’s proud history, and a sadly iconic moment for Tim Cook. I hope avoiding those tariffs is worth it.
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 19, 5:57am -
  • ★ L’Affaire Vaperware
    On Apple’s decision to ban vaping-related apps from the App Store.
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 19, 4:37am -
  • Huawei’s Upcoming Android Tablet Looks Like an iPad Pro With a Hole-Punch Display
    What is it like to go though life without an ounce of shame or pride or respect for the creativity and hard work of others? ★ 
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 19, 6:56pm -
  • President Trump’s Handwritten Notes at Today’s Chopper Talk, Presumably on His Way to Austin to Tour Apple’s Mac Pro Factory
    These are not the notes of a man who’s losing his mind (and eyesight). No siree Bob. Everything is A-OK with this guy. ★ 
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 19, 6:55pm -
  • Amazon Will Pay $0 in Taxes on $11,000,000,000 in Profit for 2018
    Kristin Myers, reporting for Yahoo Finance: According to a report from the Institute on Taxation and EconomicPolicy (ITEP), Amazon will pay nothing in federal income taxesfor the second year in a row.Thanks to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Amazon’s federaltax responsibility is 21% (down from 35% in previous years). Butwith the help of tax breaks, according to corporate filings,…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 19, 5:54pm -
  • Apple Has Locked Guilherme Rambo Out of His Developer Account Since September
    Guilherme Rambo: Determined to get someone on the phone, I used my employer’sdeveloper account to be able to reach the phone support page,where I entered my number. Developer support then called me, and Igave my previous case number to a nice person on the other end ofthe phone, who explained that my case had been escalated to asupervisor, who then escalated it to their supervisor, and…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 19, 4:14pm -
  • Trump to Visit Apple’s Mac Pro Plant in Austin Tomorrow
    CNBC: The White House confirmed on Sunday that President Trump will tour Apple’s manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.This ought to be good. ★ 
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 19, 11:31pm -
  • Android Camera Bug Allowed Attackers to Access Camera and Microphone Surreptitiously, Without Permission
    Checkmarx: After a detailed analysis of the Google Camera app, our team foundthat by manipulating specific actions and intents, an attacker cancontrol the app to take photos and/or record videos through arogue application that has no permissions to do so. Additionally,we found that certain attack scenarios enable malicious actors tocircumvent various storage permission policies, giving th…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 19, 10:29pm -
  • Dolby Cinema Exclusive Poster for ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’
    Now this is how you design a movie poster. Yeah, yeah, yeah — there need to be posters featuring the stars of the movie, too. But as a simple teaser, this poster is magnificent, with a style paying perfect homage to Ralph McQuarrie’s intricate concept art for the original trilogy. This poster works as well in 2019 as it would have in 1977. Bravo.(Via Matthew Panzarino — the replies…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 19, 10:13pm -
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