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Google is offering $1000 to anyone who can hack Tinder, Snapchat, Dropbox, and more

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:27

Hackers, it's your time to shine. 

Google, in collaboration with bug bounty platform HackerOne, has launched the Google Play Security Reward Program, which promises $1,000 to anyone who can identify security vulnerabilities in participating Google Play apps. 

Thirteen apps are currently participating, including Tinder, Duolingo, Dropbox, Snapchat, and Headspace. 

SEE ALSO: The 1982 'Blade Runner' film vs. the 1968 novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'

Apps usually run their own bounty programs on a smaller scale. This is the first time that Google itself has offered a reward on behalf of developers.  Read more...

More about Google, Android, Cybersecurity, Hacking, and Snapchat
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I'm not crying over a Burger King ad. You're crying over a Burger King ad.

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:17

Burger King is taking a stand against bullying in a clever new ad that reveals what matters most to people: a bullied high school junior student or a bullied Whopper Jr. 

If that sounds strange, just stick with us for a second. In the three-minute video, hidden cameras capture people's reactions to boys bullying a high school student. Everyone involved is an actor, but the customers don't know that. There are pained glances and raised eyebrows, but not too many bystanders willing to intervene. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook will train British teens to stand up to online bullying

But when customers get their Whopper Jr., which has been "bullied" with a punch that smashes the sandwich into pieces, boy do they get angry. They curse, ask for the manager, and look bewildered. Read more...

More about Kids, Social Good, Bullying, Burger King, and Psa
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This Photoshop fail from Netflix is actually pretty hilarious

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:52

Hearing the term "Photoshop fail" will likely invoke strong feelings about the manipulations of models and actors' bodies with unrealistic beauty standards. But sometimes, Photoshop fails can be completely innocent, and totally hilarious.

The most recent offender comes from Netflix, and it's actually pretty difficult to spotRedditor moofthestoof noticed that something was a little off with the cover photo for its horror flick The Babysitter.

SEE ALSO: 18 cringe-worthy Photoshop fails that should have never made it to the Internet

While it may look normal at a glance, the person holding the bloody knife and a sandwich actually has two right hands. If you're having trouble picturing it, try holding an object (not a knife) behind your back with your left hand, and notice the difference between your thumb, and the thumb in the photo.  Read more...

More about Funny, Photoshop, Photoshop Fail, Culture, and Movies Tv Shows
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Florida programmer sentenced to 16 months for bitcoin exchange scheme

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:47
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida software engineer was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange avoid having banks and regulators look into its activities.
Categories: Technology

Bathe in Elon Musk's musk courtesy of this creepy air freshener

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:46

What does a dream smell like? The promise of distant worlds? A hairline that defies time and space? Or, perhaps, something more terrestrial — a magical underground tunnel, whisking you away to destinations heretofore only envisioned one sunny afternoon daydream? 

And, if you could ever pin that most elusive of scents down, package, and sell it, how much would it cost? Thankfully, we need wonder no more, as a group of enterprising individuals is now offering an Elon Musk-based air freshener for the very attainable price of $6.90. 

SEE ALSO: Has Elon Musk finally ... cracked?

Dubbed, yes, Elon's Musk, the product bills itself as "the perfect gift for any Tesla fan," and is sure to turn a few unscented heads.  Read more...

More about Tesla, Elon Musk, Spacex, Dreams, and Smells
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Apple is already being sued over one of the iPhone X's features

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:45

The iPhone X isn't even out yet and Apple is already being sued over one of its biggest features.

A developer is suing Apple for copyright infringement, alleging that Apple stole the "Animoji" name from the developer's app of the same name.

SEE ALSO: How dancing emoji hijacked your job — and why there's no going back

"This is a textbook case of willful, deliberate trademark infringement," reads the complaint, which was flied in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday.

The Animoji app, which has been in the App Store since 2014, allows people to send animated texts to friends via iMessage and other messaging apps. In the suit, Emonster kk, the Japanese company behind the app, alleges that Apple was fully aware of its app and the name, which is trademarked. Read more...

More about Tech, Apple, Developers, Apps And Software, and Iphone X
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9 mind-blowing facts about the avocado

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:45

Avocados are everywhere now: on toast, in sushi, even in ice cream. Most people pick one up from the store like their college debt isn’t waiting for them at home. But did you know there’s more to this droopy fruit than meets the eye?

From the history of the fruit to how to tell if they're ripe, here's a comprehensive breakdown about the millennial diamond... the avocado. Read more...

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DBV Technologies peanut allergy drug fails key study

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:27
(Reuters) - DBV Technologies SA said on Friday its peanut allergy treatment did not meet the main goal in a highly anticipated late-stage study, sending its U.S.-listed shares sharply down.
Categories: Health

Snap lays off 18 employees in recruiting division

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:26
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Social media company Snap Inc said on Friday it had laid off 18 people in its recruiting division, an unusual move for a young company with ambitious growth plans and a likely reflection of tough competition from Facebook Inc .
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Friday Squid Blogging: "How the Squid Lost Its Shell"

Schneier on Security - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:24
Interesting essay by Danna Staaf, the author of Squid Empire. (I mentioned the book two weeks ago.) As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here.... Bruce Schneier
Categories: Security

Bill Gates announced a massive investment in public education

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:24

Billionaire Bill Gates is investing big time in public education.

At the Council of the Great City Schools conference in Cleveland Thursday, Gates announced a hefty $1.7 billion investment from his foundation.

Midway through his keynote address (the video of his speech is embedded above and starts around the 19-minute mark) he vowed to improve public education with a focus on low-income students and students of color. 

Over the next five years, Gates said the investment would mostly go toward developing new curricula and building "networks of schools." He's hoping data-driven systems will help students, teachers, and districts learn what's working and what's not. He cited successful programs already implemented at schools that helped students discover college options and English language learners catch up to their peers. Read more...

More about Education, Social Good, Bill Gates, Philanthropy, and Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation
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Nivea's controversial skin-lightening ad puts spotlight on the history of white supremacy

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:22

The skincare company Nivea makes dozens of products for women and men around the world. 

But what you probably didn't know until earlier this week is that Nivea also sells skin-lightening cream to consumers in Africa.

SEE ALSO: Oh look, another insensitive, wannabe 'woke' ad campaign.

While it's not the only company to market such products — L'Oréal and Pond's have their own whitening lines — a Nivea ad for a skin-lightening lotion called "Natural Fairness" went viral this week after black London-based entrepreneur William Adoasi shared it on Twitter.

The ad aired in Ghana as a product that "visibly lightens" skin color. It's the latest bit of beauty marketing called out for racist themes or messages. A few weeks ago, Dove published a GIF on Facebook that featured a black woman removing her top over her head to reveal a white woman. The company dropped the ad and apologized. Earlier this year, Nivea was criticized for a Facebook ad geo-targeted to Middle East users with the slogan "white is purity."  Read more...

More about Health, Gender, Beauty, Social Good, and Racism
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Learn how to find a job with this online course called 'Skills to Pay the Bills'

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:19

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We know, being an adult is hard — especially when it comes to interviewing for jobs. This online course is about to be your career's saving grace.

SEE ALSO: Become a master of professional social encounters in 5.5 hours

Skills to Pay the Bills (yes, it's actually called that) is a 30-minute video course on all things related to finding a job. Starting off with the five steps to employment, the course takes you through resume building 101, time management tips, and the much-needed interview skills.  Read more...

More about Business, College, Interview, Career Advice, and Resume Tips
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The slip 'n' slide of solar panels are easier to transport and may save lives

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:15

Renovagen is a company based out of the UK that specializes in solar energy. They have created a new system of solar panels that is portable and easy to use called 'Rapid Roll'. The panels are easy to roll out of a truck or trailer. The island, Flat Holm in Great Britain, is currently being powered by these roll-out panels. The goal of the company is to be able to make Rapid Roll accessible to areas in need of power quickly, specifically those damaged by a natural disaster. Read more...

More about Technology, Mashable Video, Solar Energy, England, and Great Britain
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Bitcoin hits another milestone as it climbs past $6,000

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:12

If you own Bitcoin, October has been good to you.

The value of one bitcoin climbed over $6,000 for the first time on Friday less than two weeks after it pushed past $5,000.

SEE ALSO: Bitcoin broke through $5,000—but there are major risks ahead

Bitcoin reached as high as $6,063 on Friday, according to the research site CoinDesk, and was valued at around $6,034 at the time of this writing. 

The highest-valued cryotpcurrency on the planet wasn't a thing 10 years ago, but the continued rise of its value shows that perhaps the greater world should start paying attention sooner rather than later. 

It's unclear why Bitcoin has risen at this rate in October. Observers have thrown out a few guesses, including that perhaps a shortage of physical money in Zimbabwe is driving up Bitcoin's value.  Read more...

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Skateboard training wheels will help you avoid embarrassing wipeouts

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:04

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The SkaterTrainer 2.0 will help you learn how to skate way better than all those hours of Tony Hawk: Pro Skater 2 ever will.

These rubber stoppers slip right over your skateboard wheels and stop it from moving. Now when you try out tricks and stunts, your skateboard won't betray you by rolling away when you launch off of it trying to look coolSkaterTrainer 2.0 makes it easier to practice your tricks any time, anywhere until you're shredding like a pro.

Get started on your SkaterTrainer 2.0 experience for $24. Read more...

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If Jeff Bezos really wanted to rule the world, he'd pose for corny photos like he used to

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:01

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might be jacked and powerful now, but his photo shoot panache has really taken a nosedive.

In the early years of Amazon (the mid-to-late '90s, when all style was perfect), Bezos seemed to have a penchant for corny, delightful photo opps. Jeff Bezos with a Pikachu and a drill, Jeff Bezos beside an insanely tall stack of books: these were the looks the CEO of Amazon.com favored.

SEE ALSO: Here are a bunch of photos of Jared Kushner just staring blankly into the middle distance

Now, Jeff Bezos is boring. In the most recent photos of him on Getty, he's either sitting near Donald Trump or wearing a gray vest, both of which are bad situations to be in! We bet he doesn't even mention Pikachu anymore.  Read more...

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Beautifully bizarre art game 'Everything is going to be OK' is about how not OK everything is

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:59

Listen, everything is absolutely not OK right now.

The short list of not-OK things just happening in the news lately, for instance, includes the pervasive culture of sexual assault that rots our society and is finally coming to bear. Or that our earth appears in revolt of our human destructiveness, as more and more people die every week because of it. Health care, too, in America was knowingly sabotaged by our president, making it harder than ever for sick, lower income people to get help.

And on top of everything, my dog keeps having nightmares where he makes those really distressing whimpering sounds.  Read more...

More about Politics, Social Good, Sexual Harassment, Sexism, and Web Culture
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There's a sexy fidget spinner costume because 2017 is trash

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:51

Every year, the internet is flooded with needlessly sexy Halloween costumes. But we just may have found the worst offender — for 2017, at least.

Image: dolls kill

Cashing in on the last bit of leg the trend has, Dolls Kill has released a sexy fidget spinner costume, because Halloween is meant to be scary? The costume features remnants of a silver leotard, with cutouts in the mid-drift and back. Then there are two cheap plastic things that sort of resemble a fidget spinner placed over each breast. 

SEE ALSO: Astronauts got to play with fidget spinners in space

Image: dolls kill

"Dolls Kill Fidget Me Spinner Costume cuz they can’t put ya down. This addicting costume includes a silver cut-out bodysuit with black spinners over your girlz. Complete your look with some black thigh-high boots and they won’t be able to get enough of ya!" the description reads. Read more...

More about Halloween, Costumes, Wtf, Fidget Spinner, and Culture
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7 haunted houses across America you should definitely visit this Halloween

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:49

There's nothing more fun, or more terrifying, than running down a dark hallway with a menacing clown hot on your tail. 

It's officially the Halloween season and possibly the only time of the year when you're brave enough to come face-to-face with a little (totally safe) terror.

SEE ALSO: Halloween decorations are way freakier when you project them on your window

We're talking, of course, about haunted houses.

If you don't mind a few bumps in the night, here's a list of some of the scariest haunted house attractions in America you should definitely visit this year. Read more...

1. Netherworld, Norcross, Georgia More about Watercooler, Halloween, Culture, Culture, and Science Fiction
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