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Farmers are now using literal lasers to scare birds away from their crops

Scarecrows might make for a nice aesthetic, but the latest trend in keeping pests away from crops sounds like something straight out of Star Wars.  ...

Robots ruin the fun of 'Where's Waldo?' with facial recognition

Where do we draw the line with robots? When they become murderous blind dogs? Autonomous Peeping Toms that watch your children? Or movie stars that ...

Dozens of Vegas slots went offline simultaneously during a hacker convention

The casino is “pretty certain” it wasn’t hacked.  The annual DEF CON hacking convention returned once again to Las Vegas this weekend, and with it ...

The Truth campaign took down teen smoking. Now it's going after JUUL.

JUUL is the vape giant that went from zero to $16 billion in three years. Truth Initiative is the largest anti-smoking organization in the United ...

A new protest is organizing to get Alex Jones booted off of Twitter

Alex Jones is still on Twitter, despite the fact that he repeatedly violated the platform’s rules of conduct. But this is 2018, and Twitter users ...

Rigetti Computing, one of the companies trying to build a practically useful quantum computer, discloses that it has raised a $50M round in late 2017 (Eric Newcomer/Bloomberg)

Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:Rigetti Computing, one of the companies trying to build a practically useful quantum computer, discloses that it has raised a $50M round ...

Taiwan startup FunNow gets $5M Series A to help locals in Asian cities find last-minute things to do

“Instant booking” apps that let tourists sign up for activities on very short notice have been in the news a lot lately, partly because of ...

Deloitte: since 2015, China has outspent the US by $24B in 5G infrastructure and has built 350K new cell sites, compared to less than 30K in US (Arjun Kharpal/CNBC)

Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:Deloitte: since 2015, China has outspent the US by $24B in 5G infrastructure and has built 350K new cell sites, compared to ...

State Dept. cable says a five-day-long attack on 9+ major Swedish news sites in 2016 was part of a Russian disinformation campaign to destabilize NATO alliances (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News:State Dept. cable says a five-day-long attack on 9+ major Swedish news sites in 2016 was part of a Russian disinformation campaign to destabilize ...

Social media pressure is here to stay as a tactic against advertisers and platforms that support shows like Infowars, because it works, as Sleeping Giants shows (Margaret Sullivan/Washington Post)

Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:Social media pressure is here to stay as a tactic against advertisers and platforms that support shows like Infowars, because it ...

Check Point shows how hackers could infiltrate networks via all-in-one printers using just a fax number, points to attack on HP model that HP has since patched (Check Point Research)

Check Point Research:Check Point shows how hackers could infiltrate networks via all-in-one printers using just a fax number, points to attack on HP model that ...

Hacker convention in Vegas is full of tin-foil hats. Literally.

What if they really are out to get you.  If you spend enough time walking the Las Vegas casino floors, you’re sure to come across ...

Alex Jones is so eager to stay on Twitter he's attempting to follow its rules

Belching human smokestack Alex Jones is scrubbing his Twitter accounts of their most overt violations of Twitter’s Terms of Service.  On Thursday, CNN published a ...

Nest Starter Pack review: An excellent intro to home security

Nest Security Pack (T-Mobile) $500 (not including incentives) View Product The Good Easy setup • Intuitive app • Plenty of security features The Bad False ...

Android devices are stunningly vulnerable if you're a careless power-user

Don’t chuck your Android phone across the room in fear just yet. A report from the security firm Kryptowire, via Wired, shows that many Android ...

This $16 accessory helps solve the Nintendo Switch battery power issue

When Nintendo created the Switch, they managed to combine their knack for pure, childlike gaming bliss with some innovative technological achievements. So it’s no surprise ...

Openbook is the latest dream of a digital life beyond Facebook

As tech’s social giants wrestle with antisocial demons that appear to be both an emergent property of their platform power, and a consequence of specific ...

A look at the loose alliance between Russia's criminal hackers and intelligence services that has been attacking Russia's perceived enemies since around 2005 (Daniil Turovsky/Meduza.io)

Daniil Turovsky / Meduza.io:A look at the loose alliance between Russia’s criminal hackers and intelligence services that has been attacking Russia’s perceived enemies since around ...

Spotify is running a test in Australia that lets users skip audio and video ads any time they want, says it may help company train its ad targeting algorithms (George P. Slefo/Ad Age)

George P. Slefo / Ad Age:Spotify is running a test in Australia that lets users skip audio and video ads any time they want, says ...

Researcher details how vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in wireless gateways could expose emergency first responders and critical infrastructure to risk (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:Researcher details how vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in wireless gateways could expose emergency first responders and critical infrastructure to risk  —  Gateways ...

Fintech startup trends: most growth in real estate and crypto, wealth and investment startup activity steady, payments and lending are least active, and more (Matt Harris/Fortune)

Matt Harris / Fortune:Fintech startup trends: most growth in real estate and crypto, wealth and investment startup activity steady, payments and lending are least active, ...

Report: UK's advertising regulator to rule that Amazon Prime's "unlimited one-day delivery" claims are misleading in the case of some items (Kevin Rawlinson/The Guardian)

Kevin Rawlinson / The Guardian:Report: UK’s advertising regulator to rule that Amazon Prime’s “unlimited one-day delivery” claims are misleading in the case of some items  ...

These stoner hackers want machine learning to save us from sick weed

Nothing harshes a good mellow like sick buds. Thankfully, there may one day be an app for that.  Hidden from the hazy Friday afternoon of ...

Twitter suspends Proud Boys before white supremacist rally

Well, apparently Twitter does have a line when it comes to unhinged hate speech. The company suspended accounts associated with the Proud Boys ahead of ...

Hackers can seize practically all your online accounts, and it's your voicemail's fault

Who would have thought that, in the end, it would be the humble voicemail that would do us all in? Your Google, Microsoft, Apple, WhatsApp, ...

The DNC just served Wikileaks with a lawsuit over Twitter

Wikileaks just got served with a tweet. On Friday, the law firm representing the Democratic National Committee served Wikileaks with a single tweet, linking to ...

Apple influenced Mark Zuckerberg's decision to ban InfoWars, report says

After weeks of struggling to answer questions about whether or not Alex Jones and InfoWars should be allowed to remain on Facebook, the company caught ...

Founder Zain Jaffer may be looking to take back control of Vungle

Zain Jaffer may be gearing up for a fight to take back control of Vungle, the mobile ad company he founded. Jaffer was removed from ...

Apeel Sciences is combating food waste with plant-derived second peels

In a world bursting with abundances like self-driving cars and robotic personal assistants, you would think that basic needs like sustainable food sourcing and distribution ...

Federacy wants to put bug bounty programs in reach of every startup

Federacy, a member of the Y Combinator Summer 2018 class, has a mission to make bug bounty programs available to even the smallest startup. Traditionally, ...

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