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10 Things We Didn’t Write About but That You Might Want to Comment On, Like How the Internet Broke for a While

Do you prefer to read only good news, or do you purposely seek out depressing, aggravating news? We’ve got all of the above in this week’s roundup of current events that we didn’t mean to not write about but… well, you know how it is. You’ll probably be especially motivated to give your take on … Continue reading Source link

9 Things We Didn't Write About This Week but That You Might Want to Talk About, Including the Disgusting Things Ken Bone Said on Reddit

It’s Sunday, AKA News Roundup Day. You know the drill: We wanted to write about all of these stories but we didn’t or couldn’t, but we still wanted to give you the opportunity to discuss them with each other if you’d like, which you often do like. You’re also more than welcome to describe your … Continue reading Source link

Google added fact checking: Facebook, it’s your move now

Google yesterday announced it will introduce a fact check tag on Google News in order to display articles that contain factual information next to trending news items. Now it’s time for Facebook to take fact-checking more seriously, too. Facebook has stepped into the role of being today’s newspaper: that is, it’s a single destination where a large selection of news articles are displayed to those who visit its …

10 Things We Didn’t Write About This Week But That You Might Want to Comment On, Including the Explosive Appliance That Might Be in Your House Right Now

It was a hell of a week for a lot of people. What I’ve been reading in the news really puts my newly chipped tooth into perspective. (Not that I’m not extremely annoyed about that.) But it’s all relative, right?Well, regardless of how your week went, perhaps you’d like to discuss some stuff … Continue reading Source link

8 Things We Didn't Write About, But That You Might Want to Comment on, Including Disney's Controversial Halloween Costume

There’s election stuff in this week’s things-we-didn’t-write-about roundup. Shocking. Even when we do write about the candidates, there’s still a ton of material we don’t get to give our take on, and a lot of it is pretty interesting. So even though you won’t get an XO contributor’s or editor’s … Continue reading Source link

Here's what you need to know about Twitter's new character limit update

Reuters Twitter has been struggling to attract new users and retain existing ones. In a long-awaited update for the social network, Twitter announced today that video, still images, animated GIFs, polls, and quotes will no longer apply to the 140-character limit for tweets. Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 …

Muckrock and Motherboard launch $2,000 Thiel Fellowship to FOIA the crap out of Peter Thiel

Muckrock today announced a $1,000 grant for projects to increase public understanding of noted Donald Trump supporter and anti-Gawker-lawsuit-funder Peter Thiel. Motherboard matched the Muckrock reporting grant funds, and now the grant is $2,000. Apply to MuckRock’s Thiel Fellowship here. “Applications are on a rolling basis with the first deadline of October 1, 2016. Applicants should email the following to with …

Trump and Mexico president Peña Nieto talk about a wall, but not about who pays

Donald Trump and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto arrive for a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City. REUTERS/Henry Romero Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a quick trip to Mexico today to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, against the objections of many citizens of Mexico, who have been insulted by Trump pretty much every day of the campaign, for more …

White House orders Russia hack investigation, Congress wants to know if Trump is involved

Anonymous U.S. intelligence sources cited by NBC News say the White House has ordered a special intelligence task force to look into Russia’s recent hacks of various Democratic political organizations. “The classified national study is being conducted by the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee, a Cold War-era organization that is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence,” the officials told …

Unprotected database exposes off-grid energy users in Guatemala, South Africa

Two of the leaked identification cards — on the left, a South African ID, and a Guatemalan ID on the right. (Image: leaked database, via ZDnet) An unprotected Kingo Solar database with the personal data and photos for thousands of off-the-grid electricity customers was accessible for months, reports Zack Whittaker at ZDnet. “Thousands of remote villagers in Guatemala and South Africa are living off the …