Austin takes a stand against Uber, Lyft, Apple invests in Didi Chuxing; Parsey McParseface; Web brutalism; Facebook news curation; Twitter & Dataminr spy but not for the government; Rule 41; The Grand Tour; Peachy Printer building houses; Drink ’Murica!
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IN THE NEWS
Uber, Lyft Vow To Stop Driving In Austin After Voters Keep Regulations
By Losing Uber, Austin Is No Longer A Tech Capital by Jared Meyer
Apple invests $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing
Google is giving away the tool it uses to understand language, Parsey McParseface
The hottest trend in web design is making intentionally ugly, difficult sites
The Four Houses of The American Version of Hogwarts in FANTASTIC BEASTS Revealed
Silver Lake Band YACHT Sell Their Sex Tape Online After It Leaks
YACHT Sex Tape Turns Out To Be A Pathetic PR Stunt
Dear YouTube: An open letter from Irving Azoff
Facebook news selection is in hands of editors not algorithms, documents show
Of Course Facebook Is Biased
Facebook Live is turning journalists into bad ‘Jackass’ copycats
Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity
The Anti-Aging Pill
GitHub announces Unlimited Private Repositories
A US Army general says North Korea has some of the world’s best hackers
Twitter bars spy agencies from analytics service that spots terror attacks
Adobe Flash zero-day patch is out… for the third month in a row
This Arcane Rule Change Would Give U.S. Law Enforcement New Power to Hack People Worldwide
Pornhub bug bounty program will pay hackers up to $25,000
PornHub on HackerOne.
Microsoft is going to stop sharing your passwords through Wi-Fi Sense
Facebook CTF is Now Open Source!
AT THE LIBRARY
The Long Cosmos: A Novel (Long Earth) by Terry Pratchett & Steven Baxter
SOFTWARE, APPS, AND GADGETS
How to Stop Your Cursor from Getting Bigger in OS X El Capitan
Instagram gets a new monochrome look to focus on your media
Firefox users can try experimental features with Test Pilot
Introducing WhatsApp’s desktop app
This quick-release parachute could save drones from going kersplat
Amazon’s new motoring show will be called ‘The Grand Tour’
Glenn Danzig, Misfits to Reunite for First Time in 33 Years
Rob Zombie Just Shut Down Trolls Hating On Girl Group Babymetal
Bryan Cranston to star in Philip K. Dick ‘Electric Dreams’ TV anthology
MORON OF THE WEEK
Peachy Printer, the “world’s first $100 3D printer,” has gone bankrupt due to embezzlement.
Gwyneth Paltrow Recommends $15K Gold Sex Toy in Goop’s First-Ever Sex Issue
Budweiser Renames Its Beer “America”
Researchers are using Land Cruisers in the Outback as a wireless network