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Angry Trump supporters burn Trump hats to protest his supposed DACA deal

Looks like some Trump supporters are not happy that he met with Democrats on Wednesday to talk about a possible deal to protect DREAMers. And to protest his wrong-doing, they are burning the one thing that unites all Trumpsters: the Make America Great Again hat. They are posting the red-hot caps on social media, using the hashtags #burnmyMAGAhat and #amnestydon (referring to Wednesday’s Breitbart article, “Amnesty Don’ Trends at Number One on Twitter in Washington, D.C.”).

Take a look:

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Thanks Mashable!

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Google and Twitter allow advertisers to target anti-Semites and racists

Just one day after Facebook responded to an ongoing anti-Semitic advertising controversy, both Google and Twitter have become embroiled in the same debate concerning oversight and moderation on the web’s pervasive and powerful ad platforms.

Google’s ad tech, the main contributor to its parent company Alphabet’s roughly $100 billion in annual revenue, lets advertisers target search users by what phrases they type into the query field. A report from BuzzFeed News today found that Google’s ad platform permitted advertisers to sell ads next to anti-Semetic and racist queries, including “Jewish parasite,” “the evil Jew,” and “black people ruin everything.”

In the case of…

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Democratic senators are introducing a bill that would let people freeze their credit for free

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and 11 other Democratic senators introduced a bill this week that could give people the ability to freeze their credit for free. Warren also announced that she’s sent letters to the country’s three biggest credit reporting firms (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian), the FTC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Government Accountability Office in an effort to kickstart an investigation into Equifax’s monumental data breach that affected more than 140 million Americans.

The bill is co-sponsored by 11 Democrats. With a Republican-controlled Congress, they’ll face a steep uphill battle to get it passed.

Credit freezes are recommended if you think your identity, particularly your Social…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/15/16316030/equifax-data-breach-credit-freeze-cost

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The Apple Watch will be throttled to 3G data speeds on T-Mobile’s network

T-Mobile will limit data speeds on the Apple Watch Series 3 to a maximum of 512kbps despite the smartwatch’s support for LTE connectivity, a spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge. The throttled speeds are noted on the carrier’s website, but Apple isn’t yet advising customers of T-Mobile’s capped data performance.

“Customers can do everything they want to do with the watch at 512kbps,” a T-Mobile spokesperson said by email. “If customers feel they need high-speed data, they can choose high-speed data with paired DIGITS for $20 with autopay.”

The standard fee that US carriers are charging to add the Apple Watch to your existing plan — so it can share your iPhone’s phone number — is $10 per month. Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint have…

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Hackers dumped Vevo’s celebrity dossiers after a company rep questioned their skills

The hacking group OurMine has been breaking into company networks and social accounts for years, usually inflicting more embarrassment than outright damage — but when they gained access to Vevo servers last night, the company somehow managed to provoke something worse.

According to a screenshot posted by OurMine, the group contacted a Vevo representative at 6:10PM with news of the compromise, only to be met with profanity and disbelief.

In response, OurMine posted 3.1 terabytes of data from Vevo’s servers, a leak first reported by Gizmodo. Browsable from OurMine’s site, the data included Vevo’s private dossiers on 90 different artists, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, One Direction and U2. Other documents included social-media…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/15/16315870/vevo-hack-celebrity-files-ourmine-posted

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Amazon is turning its new TV show Lore into an immersive haunted house

Recent projects like Westworld: The Experience have merged film and television with the world of in-person, immersive experiences, and now Amazon is embracing the concept with an interactive haunted house based on its upcoming new show Lore. Lore: A Haunting Experience will run from October through November in Los Angeles, and will take groups of eight visitors on an hour-long journey inspired by tales of folklore and scenes from the series.

The television show Lore is scheduled for release on Friday, October 13th, and is based upon Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast of the same name. The podcast focus on real-life tales of terror, usually tied to the notion of folklore. The six-episode Amazon series will follow that same general approach,…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/15/16315972/lore-haunting-experience-amazon-prime-video-immersive-creep-los-angeles

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“Moyu Weilong GTS2” is the best Rubik’s Cube

I’ve never solved Rubik’s Cube, but I’ve never seriously tried. One reason is that most of the cubes I’ve used are poorly made. They lock up when I try rotating a section, which is frustrating. I did a bit of research and was told to get the Moyu Weilong GTS2 ($15). It’s a little smaller than the standard Rubik’s Cube, which is a plus, because it’s more comfortable to handle. And it’s very smooth to turn, because of the rounded off interior corners. I also got the MoYu YJ Lingpo 2 x 2 x 2 Speed Cube, which I’m going to try to tackle first.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/09/15/moyu-weilong-gts2-is-the-b.html

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How author Ruthanna Emrys is subverting Lovecraft’s tropes with her own cosmic horror series

Earlier this year, I picked up Ruthanna Emrys’ debut novel, Winter Tide, a tale based on the exhaustively canvassed cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft. Along with a previous novelette called The Litany of Earth, it subverts Lovecraft’s notorious racism by making his monsters — which were often thinly veiled stand-ins for people of color — sympathetic protagonists. In the 1920s, the US government locks ancient Deep Ones in internment camps, including the series’ protagonist Aphra Marsha. Once Aphra is released after World War II, she goes into hiding — until an FBI agent recruits her to track down a cult.

Next summer, Emrys will release the third book in her Innsmouth Legacy series: Deep Roots. After coming to terms with helping the US…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/15/16315248/ruthanna-emrys-subverting-lovecraft-tropes-cosmic-horror-winter-tide-deep-roots-interview

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New York City wants to host Amazon’s next headquarters

Add NYC to the list of cities that want to be the home for Amazon’s new headquarters.

To inform its proposal, the city is asking for people, community organizations, and businesses to submit ideas and information about what the potential Amazon space and programs could look like. New York believes it’s a strong contender for a number of reasons, including its vast higher education system, diverse workforce, and proven track record with hosting tech headquarters. The city’s Google HQ now has 5,000 employees, making it Google’s largest workforce outside Silicon Valley.

While New York is far from being the next Silicon Valley, it does play host to Kickstarter, Tumblr, Etsy, and more. The amount of venture capital deals in NYC has also i…

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Hurray – Google Chrome will stop autoplaying content with sound in January

It sucks when you load a webpage and it starts playing a video with sound. It’s startling and bothers people around you. (When it happens I right-click on the tab and select “mute tab” from the menu – a top I learned on the Recomendo newsletter I co-write.)

Fortunately Google announce that it will being introducing new controls to allow users to disable audio on individual sites, followed by another release that will disable autoplay completely (unless you are that 1 person out of 10 million who like to be surprised with obnoxious blaring.

The company justifies this new approach by saying that while “autoplay can make it faster and easier to consume on the web,” unexpected media playback is also “one of the most frequent user concerns” because it “can use data, consume power, and make unwanted noise while browsing.” A side benefit, Google argues, is that these changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers.

When it comes to unwanted content while browsing, Google is just getting started. The company announced in June that Chrome is getting a built-in ad blocker. The feature will block all the ads on a site (including Google’s own ads) if just one ad doesn’t meet certain standards. Chrome’s ad blocker is slated to arrive in “early 2018” — right after Chrome has won its war on autoplay.

Via Venture Beat:

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Syfy’s podcast series is being adapted into cool animated short films

Last week, the Syfy channel unveiled its Origin Stories podcast, a series of 15 episodes featuring interviews between Adam Savage and a number of well-known celebrities within the geek world.

The episodes make for a couple of hours of solid listening, with the various actors, showrunners, and authors talking about their work and how they discovered science fiction. What’s neat about the series is that it’s not just a listening experience. Syfy is also animating some of the anecdotes that come up during the episode.

The channel is spending September celebrating its 25th anniversary, and it’s kicked off the summer with an extensive rebranding effort that aims to turn the channel into an online home for geeks of all stripes, and this…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/15/16315736/syfy-podcast-series-adapted-animated-short-films-frank-oz-ron-moore-rick-baker

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Trump’s ignorant tweet about London attack gets criticism from Theresa May and former Chief of Staff

Shortly after Friday morning’s terror attack with a crude bomb in a London Underground train in which 23 people were injured, Trump did the usual tweet-before-you-know-anything jig.

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!”

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British Prime Minister Theresa May was not pleased with Trump’s tweet. “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.”

The problem with Trump’s tweet is that “his comments appeared to point the finger at British police, who had not released any information about suspects,” says NBCNews. “It was not immediately clear how Trump obtained his information, or if he had revealed classified details.”

And May’s former Chief of Staff Nick Timothy was even harsher about Trump’s impulsive reaction, tweeting that it was “so unhelpful from leader of our ally and intelligence partner.”

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This isn’t the first time Trump tweeted with ignorance regarding a terror attack in London.

According to NBCNews:

Trump was widely criticized for tweets in the wake of the June attack. He described Khan as “pathetic” for saying Londoners had “no reason to be alarmed” by the visible increase in armed police officers in response to the attack — apparently misinterpreting the mayor’s words as a comment on Islamic extremism.

Eight months down, 40 more to go.

Image: Michael Vadon

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/09/15/trumps-ignorant-tweet-about.html

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Hermès sells rocks for less than the price of an iPhone X

Don’t you hate it when you buy a rock and learn that it’s not one of a kind? No, because all rocks are one of a kind. But that doesn’t stop French luxury brand Hermès from boasting that each rock it sells is “unique,” and “exclusive to you.” A rock sells for $840, which seems steep until you learn the rock comes with a leather handle, making it easy to tote around.

Get one now, before Louise Linton buys up the entire inventory.

[via Oddity Central]

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