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Wayfair CEO Refuses to Stop Furnishing Concentration Camps: Report

Wayfair, an e-commerce giant that sells home goods, is reportedly fulfilling an order for $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to a government contractor managing the border camps.

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Audio Surveillance Systems at Schools Appear To Confuse Laughter With Aggression

The deeply founded fear of school shootings is being capitalized on by tech companies shilling their surveillance systems that can purportedly detect the threat of violence. But according to a recent report, these systems are still far from dependable.

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Venmo Users Have Feelings About Your Crappy Etiquette

Venmo is a service for financial transactions. It’s also designed like a social network. It’s a strange duality that predictably leads to some awkward questions of what good form looks like on the service. To somewhat answer that question, Venmo commissioned a survey for some insight into what its users believe is…

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Researchers Send Fake Presidential Alerts to Stadium of 50,000 Using LTE Vulnerability

Researchers figured out a way to exploit the system that sends presidential emergency alerts to our phones, simulating their method on a 50,000 seat football stadium in Colorado with a 90 percent success rate.

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Claims YouTube Illegally Tracked Kids Reportedly Spark Federal Investigation

YouTube’s perpetual failure to ensure its product doesn’t exploit children has prompted an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into the company.

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The Life of a Facebook Moderator Sounds Even Worse Than You Imagined

For years, reports have emerged detailing the toll moderating online content takes on those tasked with cleaning up the websites of the most powerful tech companies. Facebook announced in May that it would make some changes so that a chunk of this moderator workforce (though not all of it) would be paid a little more…

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The New York Subway Is Afraid of the Humble Vulva

A startup focused on sexual wellness is suing the New York public transit system after its sex toy ad campaign was rejected. The company, Dame Labs, includes a pretty exhaustive list of other sexually-oriented advertisements that the MTA has run, including erectile dysfunction medication, condoms, women’s libido…

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Hong Kong Hospitals Accused of Leaking Protestors’ Patient Data to Cops

A lawmaker and doctor in Hong Kong claimed on Monday that he received tips that the statutory body that runs all the hospitals in the region was leaking the patient information of protestors. Several protestors have been arrested after being treated at Hong Kong hospitals as authorities in mainland China crackdown on…

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California Tests Mental Health App That Tracks Everything Patients Do on Their Phones

The way we interact with our devices is to an increasing extent an extension of our innermost selves. It’s no wonder startups view the data gleaned from these behaviors as a window into our mental health—and the foundation for their business model.

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Comcast to Pay Millions After Judge Finds It Illegally Screwed Over Customers 445,000 Times

Comcast violated the Consumer Protection Act a whopping 445,000 times, a Washington State court ruled on Thursday. The ruling stems from accusations by the state’s attorney general that the telecom giant signed up tens of thousands of customers for a shitty monthly program without their consent.

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