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All 24 suspects nabbed as part of phone scam ring have pled guilty, DOJ says
IN THE NEWS
Bitcoin Futures Trading Just Got the Green Light From U.S. Regulators
An Ethereum Startup Just Vanished After People Invested $374K
Hey Idiots—You’re Gonna Lose All Your Money on Bitcoin, Idiots
Data Is Beautiful Reddit Thread on Bitcoin Power Consumption
Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland & Most Countries In Africa
Energy-Saving LED Light Bulbs Are Contributing to Light Pollution
Microsoft unveils plans for a new modern headquarters
Taking a ride through SF in Cruise’s self-driving Bolt EV
Watch NASA’s AI drone race a pro human pilot
Facebook Is Using “A.I.” to Tell If You’re Suicidal. Here’s What That Really Means.
The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death.
Comcast hints at plan for paid fast lanes after net neutrality repeal
More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked
APPS & DOODADS
Tinder tests a new feature that uses A.I. to suggest who to ‘Super Like’
Screens 4 for macOS
Screens 4 for iOS
Screens Connect for Mac and Windows
Scrivener’s Core Concepts
How to find the TV channels you want online
Netflix Confirms That Stranger Things Will Return for a Third Season, of Course
Chance Season 2
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Glitch Season 2
Master of None
Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden
Jim Gaffigan – Cinco
Trevor Noah – Afraid of the Dark
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
Moon Me Podcast
How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio
‘Titanic’ is returning to cinemas as a remastered version
AT THE LIBRARY
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1) by A.G. Riddle
Genome (The Extinction Files Book 2) by A.G. Riddle
Supreme Court considers if your privacy rights include location data
New Senate Bill Includes Jail Time for Executives Who Conceal Data Breaches
Apple macOS High Sierra has a huge security flaw, and it’s stupid easy to exploit
High Sierra Root Login Bug Was Mentioned on Apple’s Support Forums Two Weeks Ago
FACEBOOK’S NEW CAPTCHA TEST: ‘UPLOAD A CLEAR PHOTO OF YOUR FACE’
Watch Thieves Hack Keyless Entry to Steal a Mercedes in Less Than a Minute
Television’s Most Infamous Hack Is Still a Mystery 30 Years Later
Things Joe Hates podcast
WTF Guide To The 2017 Pottery Barn Kids Holiday Catalog
MORON OF THE WEEK
Applebee’s Is Selling $1 Long Island Iced Teas for the Rest of the Year
Asshole Causes Emergency Landing After Naming Wi-Fi Network ‘Bomb On Board’
This start-up raised millions to sell ‘brain hacking’ pills, but its own study found coffee works better
‘Rope. Tree. Journalist’: Walmart yanks lynching T-shirt made by controversy-steeped Teespring
Bobcat survives 50-mile ‘miracle’ trip to Richmond stuck in car grill
Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids
Volvo to supply Uber with up to 24 000 driverless cars