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Brazil Elections: Facebook’s WhatsApp “taking immediate legal action” against political spammers

WhatsApp, the messaging application business owned by Facebook, said on Friday it is “taking immediate legal action” against companies responsible for a flood of political spam ahead of Brazil’s presidential elections. Campaign propaganda has flooded social media in Brazil ahead of an Oct. 28 run-off vote in the presidential election. Brazil’s Folha (in Portuguese) is […]

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Dremel clone on sale for $15

I’m very happy with this rotary tool I bought last May. It comes with 100 bits and has tons of power. Get one for $15 and grind your way to bliss. <!– mark frauenfelder Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is a research director at <a […]

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The HAL 9000 Christmas ornament

Hallmark’s got a 50th Anniversary HAL 9000 Christmas ornament… with light and sound! The latest result in machine intelligence, the HAL 9000—thought to be the most reliable computer ever made and incapable of error—served as the brain and central nervous system for the Discovery One ship’s ill-fated mission to Jupiter. Fans of “2001: A Space […]

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Robin “Sourdough” Sloan is using a machine-learning autocomplete system to write his next novel

Robin Sloan is a programmer and novelist whose books like Sourdough and Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore are rich and evocative blends of self-aware nerdy playfulness and magical speculation. Earlier this year, Sloan published some preliminary information on a machine learning system for writing prose that he was noodling around with. Since then, […]

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Twitter kills pro-Saudi “botnet” spreading Khashoggi disinformation tweets

Twitter today pulled down a disinfo bot network that was amplifying pro-Saudi talking points about disappeared journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is presumed to have been tortured and killed on orders of the government of Saudi Arabia. NBC reports that Twitter became aware of the crisis Thursday, when an NBC News reporter presented the social media […]

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This is what a Facebook election security charm offensive looks like

Facebook is working very hard right now to prove it can be trusted to protect users from malicious fake news, political disinformation, and cyberattacks intended to throw the 2018 midterms. What Facebook is not doing: providing details. The social media giant invited reporters yesterday into what they’re calling their “war room” (ugh), a new workspace […]

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GDPR: Good for privacy, even better for Google’s dominance

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation is a gnarly hairball of regulation; on the one hand, it makes it virtually impossible to collect mountains of data and buy/sell/trade/mine it to a corporation’s heart’s content; on the other hand, it imposes a ton of expensive compliance steps on its targets like high-cost record-keeping, and […]

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Equifax web engineer gets 8 months of house arrest for $75,000 in insider trading

An internet engineer at Equifax who coded parts of a breach portal for the credit agency has been sentenced to 8 months of house arrest for insider trading. He was convicted of using insider information about the Equifax breach to make more than $75,000. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, […]

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U.S. got $100 million from Saudi Arabia on the same day Pompeo was in Riyadh

No wonder he was smiling. The United States received $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, which coincidentally, so weird!, was the same day Secty. of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh to laugh and smile with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman about missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The money arrived, but not […]

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Officer of the month charged with rape

Prince George’s County Police Officer Ryan Macklin was charged with rape after a woman was attacked during a traffic stop last week. Macklin is listed as a two-time patrol officer of the month at the department’s website. During the traffic stop, Macklin reportedly forced the woman to perform a sex act while they were sitting […]

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Masked employee in Ohio haunted house park pushes down and mock-rapes horrified visitors

Before entering Ohio’s Akron Fright Fest, a park of self-proclaimed “extreme haunted houses,” people need to sign a waiver. The waiver lets them know that these are mature haunted houses with actors who might physically touch them, but never do they mention people getting pushed down for a simulated rape. However, in one of the […]

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Snetris is “snake + tetris”

Felipe is a Portuguese game-developer who makes fun, crowdfunded minigames; he tweeted a tantalyzing video clip showing an idea for a Snake/Tetris mashup called “Snetris,” and the response was so warm and excited that he’s promised to develop a playable version! snetris (snake + tetris)#protober #gamedev #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/NEl0e4673o — nyune-BOO! 👻 (@nyunesu) October 6, […]

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Charles Phoenix’s outrageous Cherpumple dessert concept will be a parade float

Charles Phoenix’s famous Cherpumple concept (stacked CHErry, PUMpkin, apPLE pies baked in a layer of cake) is being made into an epic parade float. Former Disney Art Directors Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily are crafting a 10-foot-tall Cherpumple wedge — which Charles, the Ambassador of Americana himself, will be seated on — for the Anaheim […]

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, RIP

Paul Allen, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, philanthropist, science fiction fan, and founder of Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (formerly the Experience Museum Project), has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65. “From technology to science to music to art, I’m inspired by those who’ve blurred the boundaries, who’ve looked at […]

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A dating website for Trump supporters leaked its customers’ data ON DAY ONE

Donalddaters.com is an app for people who want to have sex with white supremacists; it launched today and promptly leaked all 1600 of its users’ data: “users’ names, profile pictures, device type, their private messages — and access tokens, which can be used to take over accounts.” The data was accessible from […]

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Georgia Senator, asked about voter suppression, mugs constituent for his phone

US Senator David Purdue (R-GA/@sendavidperdue), a grown-ass human being elected to high office in the most powerful nation in the land, was asked a question about Brian Kemp, who is both a (monumentally unhinged) candidate for governor of Georgia and Georgia’s Secretary of State, in charge of overseeing the election in which he is […]

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