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Waze Still Provides the Fastest Driving Directions
Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’ activity
Facebook has decided that separating publishers into their own News Feed is a bad idea
Snapchat’s redesign was meant for your friends, and celebrities aren’t your friends, says CEO Evan Spiegel
50 Cent admits in bankruptcy document that he never actually owned any bitcoin
LinkedIn’s New Integrated Marketing Campaign Seeks to Smash Its ‘White Collar’ Stereotype
How NASA averted the 2060 apocalypse
1Password Integrates With ‘Pwned Passwords’ to Check if Your Passwords Have Been Leaked Online
IN THE NEWS
Let Them Eat Experience
Instacart says it mistakenly withheld tips from some of its workers
South Korea reduces its workweek to 52 hours
California Will Let Autonomous Cars Operate Without Anyone Behind the Wheel
The Chinese government has banned the letter ‘N’ and George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 in a major online censorship clampdown.
Twitter’s $70 million SoundCloud investment is officially wiped out
Spotify files to go public with $1bn US SEC listing
How the NRA fight between Delta and Georgia could roil Atlanta’s Amazon headquarters bid
Hey Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: It’s time to clarify what gets you banned — then actually enforce the rules
What Would a ‘Healthy’ Twitter Even Look Like?
The European Commission wants Facebook, Google to remove terrorist content within an hour after being flagged
In the EU, people have a right to be removed from certain search results
How people are exercising their ‘Right to be Forgotten’ on Google
How to Opt Out of the Most Popular People Search Sites
LittleThings blames its shutdown on Facebook algorithm change
4G WiFi on the Moon? It’s coming as soon as next year
APPS & DOODADS
Reeder 3 for Mac
Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back
Why Is Vero Going Viral?
Vero’s founder was confused by his own terms of service at first, too
As Vero Blows Up, Backlash Builds Against Social App’s ‘Shady’ Founder
Amazon to acquire Ring video doorbell maker, cracking open the door in home security market
Skydio – The self-flying camera has arrived.
Can You LIDAR Scan a Movie Studio?
Savage Industries EDC ONE
LED Tactical Flashlight – Wsiiroon 1600 Lumen XML-T6 Handhold Flashlight-Portable, Zoomable, Waterproof, Super Brightness with 5 Light Modes for Indoor and Outdoor Use, 2 pack (Batteries Not Included)
The state of iOS game development, according to the creators of Alto’s Odyssey
Chrome browser extension that replaces the word “blockchain” with the phrase “multiple copies of a giant Excel spreadsheet.”
BREAKING: Weird Al drops new Hamilton Polka Single!
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon React to Weird Al’s “Hamilton Polka”
Kevin Smith Tweets He Has Suffered “Massive Heart Attack”
The Grand Tour Season 2
More than 50 original Netflix shows and movies will debut in March
Michael B. Jordan burns all the books in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ trailer
M. Night Shyamalan is the latest to join Apple’s original TV ranks
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Coming to Television With The Watch
AT THE LIBRARY
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday
Starman Jones – Wikipedia
Neil Gaiman is turning The Sandman into an expanded comics universe
Facebook is listening to you
Are smartphones listening and targeting us with ads?
The X-Files Sure Tried to Be Black Mirror Last Night and It Did Not Go Well
Funny Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry comedy sketch! ‘Your name, sir?’ – BBC
MISCONFIGURED MEMCACHED SERVERS ABUSED TO AMPLIFY DDOS ATTACKS
GitHub hit with record 1.35-Tbps denial of service attack, more attacks expected
PALANTIR HAS SECRETLY BEEN USING NEW ORLEANS TO TEST ITS PREDICTIVE POLICING TECHNOLOGY
Russia hacked the Olympics and tried to pin it on North Korea
How Scientists Are Using Plant-Based DNA Barcodes to Bust Counterfeiters
We found some of our favourite satire Twitter accounts this week. And they have to do with Star Trek!
A video that explains the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
Someone Put a Statue of Jason Voorhees in a Minnesota Lake For Divers to Stumble Across
MORON OF THE WEEK
Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dog. Here’s How Much That Costs
2018 Mac Power Users Chicago Meet-up
BREAKING: You Can Make Wine in Your Instant Pot
The Feds Can Now (Probably) Unlock Every iPhone Model In Existence
ERICSSON IS BUILDING AI NETWORKS FOR OUR 5G FUTURE
Booby Trap by Dr. Seuss