Hoo-boy! This damning Uber letter is a wild ride

Mashable - 4 hours 16 min ago

The disasters that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left in his wake at his popular ride-hailing app company was one of this year's biggest tech industry stories. Now, as we wrap up the year, Uber (through a court case) has gifted us a letter detailing many of the company's alleged wrongdoings and spy tactics. 

The so-called Jacobs letter was written by an attorney representing Richard Jacobs, a former Uber security analyst. It alleges shady and potential illegal operations, including how Uber employees monitored the competition and acquired trade secrets. 

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7 words the CDC is reportedly banned from using include 'transgender' and 'science-based'

Mashable - 4 hours 37 min ago

Here are the words Donald Trump's White House has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from including in documents being prepared for next year's budget, according to an unnamed CDC analyst who talked to the Washington Post

  • vulnerable

  • entitlement

  • diversity 

  • transgender 

  • fetus

  • evidence-based

  • science-based

The analyst learned of the directive at a "meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials," the Post reported. 

SEE ALSO: Journalists are being jailed for 'fake news,' and critics blame Trump

"The reaction of people in the meeting was 'incredulous,'" the analyst said. "It was very much, 'Are you serious? Are you kidding?' " Read more...

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Uber should have given court an ex-employee's letter about 'fraud and theft' in Waymo case

Technology News (Reuters) - 4 hours 49 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride hailing company Uber was obligated to turn over to a U.S. federal judge a letter from a former employee that told of the company's "fraud and theft" and mentioned evidence of stolen trade secrets nailed "like a scalp" to the wall, a court official said Friday.
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North Korean hackers behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, South Korean newspaper reports

Technology News (Reuters) - 4 hours 51 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million) worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
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Mario Batali's sexual misconduct apology came with a cinnamon roll recipe

Mashable - 6 hours 19 min ago

Here's how not to apologize for years of sexual misconduct. 

People who subscribe to Mario Batali's email newsletter said they received a questionable apology that started off normal enough. 

SEE ALSO: Mario Batali stepping down from his business after sexual misconduct accusations

"As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior," read the email, according to several people, including BuzzFeed's global news director Lisa Tozzi, who posted it on Twitter. 

"I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team."  Read more...

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The White House website redesign makes it — surprise! — even less transparent

Mashable - 6 hours 38 min ago

The White House revamped its website Friday, and its new look proves it's possible for the Trump administration to make things even more opaque.

The White House website is where the public comes to watch live videos of the president and press briefings, as well as access media statements and position papers. But the new design makes all that difficult to do.

The previous iteration of the site wasn't anything amazing, but it was at least navigable. 

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Website visitors quickly noticed that live videos were hard to find and topics Trump likes talking about, such as the economy, are on display, making it feel more like propaganda material than a public resource. Read more...

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Sleep problems tied to female infertility

Health News (Reuters) - 6 hours 44 min ago
(Reuters Health) - Women with sleep disorders other than sleep apnea may be more than three times as likely to experience infertility as their counterparts who don’t have trouble sleeping, a recent study suggests.
Categories: Health

Comic for December 15, 2017

Dilbert - 7 hours 24 min ago
Dilbert readers - Please visit to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to
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Hamburger chain Wendy's to reduce antibiotic use in beef supply

Health News (Reuters) - 7 hours 36 min ago
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hamburger chain Wendy's Co laid out plans on Friday to trim the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its beef supply, the latest step by a food company to fight concerns about resistance to the drugs in people.
Categories: Health

TD Ameritrade to start bitcoin futures trading on Monday

Technology News (Reuters) - 7 hours 57 min ago
(Reuters) - Retail brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp said on Friday it will allow clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange from Dec. 18.
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Embraer sees 2024 commercial launch for Uber flying cabs

Technology News (Reuters) - 8 hours 8 min ago
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A network of electric aircraft Uber Technologies Inc is developing with Embraer SA is likely to launch commercially in 2024, the Brazilian planemaker's chief executive said on Friday, adding a year to the latest forecast from the ride-hailing company.
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Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:51

We knew it was likely, but that hasn't made it any more popular.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill net neutrality Thursday, ushering in an era of new power for internet providers.

Now people are calling for the head of the FCC's head.

SEE ALSO: Dude who ruined the internet with ‘Harlem Shake’ goes after the FCC for making it worse

An online petition demanding the resignation of Ajit Pai, the organization's chairman, pulled in over 100,000 names by Friday, just over 24 hours after the vote. The page at blames Pai for "ignoring millions of complaints about removing net neutrality and for impeding freedom of speech on the internet" and demands he step aside. Read more...

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Google Chrome now lets you mute those annoying autoplay videos

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:50

Google Chrome just made surfing the web way less annoying. 

Chrome developers announced Thursday that the newest Chrome update, Chrome 64 Beta, will allow you to mute annoying autoplay videos. This is one of several features intended to help users circumvent obnoxious advertisements in the new update, reports Gizmodo

To use the feature (once you've downloaded the new update), click the green lock icon next to the url on the page you're trying to mute. In the drop-down menu next to the sound icon, select "Always block on this site." 

After that, never again will that website blast music or voiced from annoying ads when it's not welcome. Read more...

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Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:49
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.
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Why the 'Last Jedi' Rotten Tomatoes audience score is way below its critics score

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:44

If you ask the critics, The Last Jedi is an unequivocal win for the Star Wars franchise. It's stunning, it's heartbreaking, it's cute af and clever to boot

If you ask the fans who aren't critics? Well ... that's where things get complicated.

SEE ALSO: Critics swoon over 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

As of writing, The Last Jedi has a 93% fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes – not quite as high as we predicted, but solid nonetheless, and on a par with its the last chapter in this story, The Force Awakens

Its audience score however, is just 56%. That's in the same ballpark as the prequels, which hover around the 60% mark. Read more...

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This man rescued a turtle after it got stuck on a fishing hook

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:44

A man was fishing in Florida when he felt something tug at his line. It turned out to be a giant sea turtle. That's when another guy jumped in the ocean to take action. Watching him save the sea turtle is a beautiful thing.  Read more...

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Here's how women in Hollywood want to protest harassment this awards season

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:41

Actresses are planning to wear black this awards season to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Read more...

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Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:34
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.
Categories: Technology

Hillary Clinton has a new role: Cheerleader for teen girls

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:32

After months of explaining what happened during the 2016 election to stunned supporters on her book tour, Hillary Clinton finally got to talk about the future, one in which women are no longer the minority when it comes to holding office or STEM careers.

Before a crowd of more than 10,000 at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday morning, most of whom were girls and young women from local schools there to celebrate STEM-related accomplishments, Clinton slipped into a new role. She was no longer a candidate; at the Girls Build Leadership Summit, she was a cheerleader. 

SEE ALSO: All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless Read more...

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Facebook made a game with Porgs and that's really all you need to know

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:27

If there's one thing we should all be able to agree on about The Last Jedi it's most definitely the Porgs

Now, Facebook is helping you relive all the best Porg moments from The Last Jedi and then some, thanks to the social network's new Porg Invasion game. 

SEE ALSO: Everything You Need to Know About Porgs

Playable on Facebook's app and website, as well as Messenger, the adorable — and spoiler-free — game puts you on board the Millennium Falcon as it's quickly being overrun by Porgs. Switch off between BB-8, who must frantically snatch each critter out of the air, and Chewie, who has to fix the destruction the Porgs leave behind. Read more...

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