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Tone-deaf cop addresses real-life shooting while playing video games

This week, a Seattle police officer chose to talk about the death of a pregnant woman at the hands of his fellow officers … while livestreaming a video game. On June 18th, officers came to Charleena Lyles‘ home to investigate a burglary she reported. Lyles, a pregnant mother of four, was then killed in a scuffle with the officers. Some of the details of the case are unclear, but it’s known for sure three of her children were home at the time. It’s a deeply upsetting case that has raised troubling…

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I trained a neural network to create CIA malware codenames

The Central Intelligence Agency is America’s best-known intelligence agency, but it’s still shrouded in secrecy. Thanks to Wikileaks, we’ve learned a lot about its internal workings, particularly when it comes to cyber-espionage. One thing that I’ve come to appreciate is the humorous bent to how the CIA names its internal projects. There are some absolute howlers. My favorite is, of course, Gaping hole of DOOM. Other honorable mentions include Munge Payload, McNugget, RoidRage, and Philosoraptor. If you’re curious, TechCrunch has published a near-exhaustive list of them. Pretty imaginative stuff. This…

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TRVL is the best travel platform you’re not using (yet)

From the moment I saw it, I was instantly enamored with TRVL. The brainchild of Dutch entrepreneur Jochem Wijnands, TRVL is a sort of mashup that turns each user into a travel agent with the potential to earn money for their recommendations. Think of it as TripAdvisor meets Airbnb and Skyscanner. Travelers, Wijnands says, are the best source of information for other travelers. And while the typical tourist spends hours scouring the web for information, TRVL puts all this information at your fingertips by leaving the guesswork to agents. These…

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Tweeten 2 updates the best Tweetdeck replacement with filters and better GIF support

I live in Twitter. It’s where I find stories, communicate with my peers, and rant about PRs. That said, I’m not hugely impressed with the default Twitter web interface, which separates messages and the timeline into two disparate areas. Tweetdeck doesn’t do anything for me, either. Tweeten, however, is an intriguing little project. Launched almost eighteen months ago, this is a standalone version of Tweetdeck that comes bundled as an application, but has been skinned and customized within an inch of its life. Today saw the launch of Tweeten 2….

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Samsung’s Bixby knows Galaxy S8 owners would rather use Google Assistant

Samsung blew the competition out of the water with its exquisitely designed Galaxy S8 flagship. But one thing consumers found rather underwhelming was the company’s decision to include a dedicated physical button for Bixby – and it seems even the virtual assistant has grown smart enough to know this. In a bizarre turn of events, Redditors were amused to spot that one of the apps Bixby recommends to Galaxy S8 users is bxActions – an app specifically designed to disable the Bixby physical button or remap it with alternatives like Google…

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What this soccer star learned as a serial entrepreneur

Roberto Linck may be most known for his time playing professional soccer, but since retiring he is focusing on his long-term legacy in business.  During his few years off from soccer, he has already launched and acquired ten companies.  Each of his ventures is distinctly different and allows him to tap into a wide range of business verticals. As a 28-year-old serial entrepreneur, he has achieved more than most do during long careers.  I sat down with him to hear more about his story and what lessons he has learned…

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13 Tech Innovations to Watch

The day–to–day grind can be daunting: Bills need to be paid, errands need to be run, and work must be accomplished. But occasionally, the wonders of what is possible with technology hits us. Among them are devices, systems and programs that not only make life better (read: easier), they also open up possibilities for new branches of development. To find out what recent technologies excite members of the Young Entrepreneur Council, I asked the following question: What’s the best tech innovation you’ve seen in the past quarter and why? Their…

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What culture problem? 1,100 Uber employees are clamoring for Travis Kalanick’s return

More than a thousand current Uber employees have signed a letter asking for Travis Kalanick to return. After stepping down earlier this week, employees went to bat for their former CEO. 1,100 employees “signed” a document by logging into a Google Doc using their Uber credentials. Below is the full text of that document: Board of Directors — I’m writing to you today ahead of your scheduled meeting to share the thoughts of over 1,100 full-time Uber employees (and counting) who vehemently disagree with Travis’ resignation as CEO and the…

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Study shows plastic surgery apps are targeting little girls

Girls as young as eight have become easy prey for plastic surgery apps, according to a report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The report also calls out the concerns over anxiety and self-image issues related to unattainable appearances.   These “fun” gaming apps allow the user to slice, inject, chop, and rip any part of the subject’s body. “Beauty Clinic,” “Princess plastic surgery,” and “Little Skin Doctor,” mimic explicit plastic surgery procedures ー except there’s cute graphics. The recipient of the surgery shows up on screen and the surgeon…

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Supreme Court rules it’s unlawful to block sex offenders from Facebook

The Supreme Court issued a decision this week in the case of Packingham v North Carolina, which acknowledged the importance of the internet to modern life. It ruled that the internet, and social media in particular, has become so “integral to the fabric of our modern society and culture” that banning someone from engaging there is a violation of First Amendment rights — even if that person has been convicted of a heinous crime. Lester Packingham was convicted of “indecent liberties” with a minor in 2002, and is now a…

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