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Imagining five retro technologies as startup pitches

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Silicon Valley is a bubble. Go into any SoMa coffee shop and you’ll hear founders and investors alike singing the praises of Hyperloop and flying cars — sci-fi tropes reincarnated by billionaires with a god complex. This isn’t to say these technologies shouldn’t be pursued, but sometimes it’s healthy to remember that we are effectively pulling a Facebook Stories on H. …

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Facebook accused of targeting ‘insecure’ children and young people, report says

SOURCE:mashable.com Facebook’s algorithms are collecting data on young Australian and New Zealander’s emotional states, because advertising.Image: vicky leta/mashable By Jerico Mandybur2017-05-01 01:41:50 UTC Facebook has apologised for reportedly allowing advertisers to target emotionally vulnerable people as young as 14, as a 23-page leaked document obtained by The Australian revealed.  According to the news outlet, the document prepared by two top …

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Sneaky TV contestant makes a whole nation lose the ‘circle game’

SOURCE:mashable.com High school wouldn’t have been the same without painful memories of the circle game. You’ll know the one: Someone tries to get you to look at something below their waist, but it turns out to their hand — with their index finger and thumb arranged into a circle — meaning you’re in store for a jab on the shoulder. …

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With AI investments, Taser could use its body camera division for predictive policing

SOURCE:techcrunch.com After announcing that it would shift some of its emphasis away from non-lethal weapons to police body cameras, for a fleeting moment it felt like the company synonymous with sticks that electrocute people was showing an interest in police accountability. Analysis from the Intercept and a 2017 “Law Enforcement Technology Report” by Taser suggest that the reality might be more …

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Yes, this Mets score is real

SOURCE:mashable.com It’s a bad day to be a Mets fan.Image: Icon Sportswire via Getty Images By Keith Wagstaff2017-04-30 23:24:30 UTC Oh, hey, Mets fans, hope you’re having a good Sunday. Let’s just check the score for today’s game against the Washington Nationals and … Hmmm. Maybe this is just a prank? Some jerk with Photoshop having a good time? Let’s …

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Hack Harassment adds an interdisciplinary board to tackle online hate

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Hack Harassment, founded by Vox Media, Intel and Lady Gaga’s youth-focused Born This Way organization, will gear up to fight online harassment with the introduction of its first advisory board. Comprised of members from anti-bullying research groups, AAA game developers, and some things in between, the board will bring the collective experience of the multi-disciplinary leadership to bear on one of …

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You would eat this pizza and you know it

SOURCE:mashable.com We’ve all had days like this.  I mean, I can’t say with 100 percent certainty that this hasn’t happened to me.  The tweet is from BBC reporter James Longman, who witnessed this tragic tableau on the train at 8 a.m. As some people noted, this would look absolutely beautiful hanging in a museum somewhere. Aesthetic value aside, the picture …

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Wynd’s air purifier has broad ambitions and a short reach

SOURCE:techcrunch.com The Wynd smart air purifier is designed to create “bubbles” of fresh air — small, one-person respites from pollution, allergens and other detrimental particles floating in the ether. It feels almost dystopian, a world in which we’re required to arm ourselves against the air around us, but the product clearly struck a nerve, with more than 3,400 supporters backing …

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Isaiah Thomas gets tooth knocked out, dominates Wizards anyway

SOURCE:mashable.com Isaiah Thomas fought the Washington Wizards tooth and nail. Get it??Image: CJ GUNTHER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock By Marcus Gilmer2017-04-30 20:34:42 UTC Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is a pretty popular NBA star known for his compact-sized heroics and on Sunday he delivered again in the opening game of the Celtics second-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, leading the Celtics to a …

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The Chainsmokers crashed a prom, didn’t misspell anything

SOURCE:mashable.com Your newest prom bandImage: Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock By Marcus Gilmer2017-04-30 19:32:20 UTC The kids at Huntley High School got a pretty rousing surprise when internet darlings The Chainsmokers crashed their prom, causing the kind of mass teen hysteria not seen since Marty McFly lit up the guitar at the Hill Valley High “Enchanted Under the Sea” dance in 1955.  According …

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