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Divers find undetonated WWII bomb lurking in city harbour

Mashable - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:26

There's a bunch of things you'd expect to be submerged in a city harbour: Garbage, the odd shopping trolley, a car wreck or three.

But perhaps not an undetonated World War II-era bomb.

SEE ALSO: In 1964, a nuclear bomb exploded in Mississippi and really messed up a guy's kitchen

That's what divers discovered lurking beneath Sydney Harbour in Australia on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in police and the military called to inspect the relic.

Speaking to the Newcastle Herald, Tony Strazzari said he went diving with his friend Paul Szerenga, where the pair regularly go looking for old bottles and glassware. Of course, this time they found something quite out of the ordinary. Read more...

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Trump spotted holding list of ways to sound human while talking to shooting survivors

Mashable - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:21

In the wake of a school shooting which left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, the White House held a listening session with President Trump and the victims and parents of gun violence in schools on Wednesday.

Apparently, Trump needed some notes on how to sound like a compassionate human. 

While it's not uncommon for a president to have notes, especially during a sensitive session such as talking to survivors of a deadly mass shooting, Trump accidentally flashed one of the sheets to the room, and it was essentially a list of compassionate responses written by someone other than the president. (Trump reportedly writes in uppercase letters.) Photographer Chip Somodevilla managed to snap part of the list for Getty Images. Read more...

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Twitter says its fighting the 'targeted abuse and harassment' of Parkland survivors

Mashable - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:03

Twitter is stepping in to deal with the "targeted abuse and harassment" facing many of the survivors of the Parkland shooting.

Since the teens have emerged as powerful voices on social media following last week's shooting, they've had to face what many other high profile Twitter users before them have dealt with: abuse and harassment. 

SEE ALSO: Twitter updates its developer rules to crack down on bots

This time, the social media platform is wasting no time in addressing the issue which "goes against everything we stand for at Twitter." The company says it's "actively working on" responding to reports of abuse and harassment. Read more...

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YouTube's algorithm is hurting America far more than Russian trolls ever could

Mashable - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:05

Remember when we used to think the greatest threat we faced from Artificial Intelligence was that it would become Skynet and launch our entire nuclear arsenal, wiping out the human race? 

Good times. 

But on the evidence of YouTube's latest mess, AI doesn't even need to bother blowing us up — it can just dumb us down and push endless conspiracy theory videos on us. That way we'll get so confused about the truth, we won't take any action to stop killing ourselves.

SEE ALSO: On Skynet's 20th birthday, it's time to admit AI isn't a real threat

What YouTube mess do I mean, exactly? Oh, just the fact that the Google-owned video company has pushed videos about the Parkland shooting survivors — specifically, a clip created to support the outrageous lie that one student is a "crisis actor" because he showed up in a news segment in California some months back — to the very top of its influential Trending section.  Read more...

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British lawmakers launch inquiry into cryptocurrencies

Technology News (Reuters) - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:02
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's cross-party Treasury Select Committee of lawmakers on Thursday said it is launching an inquiry into digital currencies, as well as the underlying distributed ledger technology.
Categories: Technology

Comic for February 21, 2018

Dilbert - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:59
Dilbert readers - Please visit Dilbert.com to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to Dilbert.com.
Categories: Funny

For the love of god stop sending 'Elon Musk' your Ethereum. It's a scam.

Mashable - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:37

People, please please please listen closely: Elon Musk is not giving away Ether

Scammers have swarmed Twitter in recent weeks in an attempt to trick people out of their hard-earned cryptocurrency, and as a particular tweet today makes clear they're having a lot of success. 

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

The scam itself is incredibly simple, and starts with someone famous tweeting out some random statement. Like this, for example:

Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband. If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 21, 2018 Read more...

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Study seeks to end antidepressant debate: the drugs do work

Health News (Reuters) - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:35
LONDON (Reuters) - A vast research study that sought to settle a long-standing debate about whether or not anti-depressant drugs really work has found they are indeed effective in relieving acute depression in adults.
Categories: Health

Ford's North America president, Raj Nair, is out due to 'inappropriate behavior'

Mashable - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:21

Ford's president of North America, Raj Nair, is no longer with the company — effective immediately.

The company offered a statement about Nair's departure on Wednesday, explaining that "The decision follows a recent internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior." Nair was found by a review to have behaved in a way that was "inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct."

In the statement, Nair said, “I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the Company and I have always espoused."

SEE ALSO: Ford X incubator will research new transit ideas Read more...

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Looks like Kylie Jenner might be giving up on Snapchat with everyone else

Mashable - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:06

When one of the most popular users of your app joins the thousands of people (including Chrissy Teigen) speaking up about your awful redesign, well, maybe it's finally time to listen. 

Kylie Jenner, aka Stormi's mom, aka @kylizzlmynizzl on Snapchat, has officially added her voice to the concerned Snapchat users who reject everything about the new redesign. 

SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen also hates the new Snapchat update, so maybe there's hope

"Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me," Kylie tweeted on Wednesday. "Ugh this is so sad." 

sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad.

— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018 Read more...

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Eating carbs not linked to risk for PMS

Health News (Reuters) - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:04
(Reuters Health) - The amount of foods containing sugars or other carbohydrates that a woman eats has nothing to do with the likelihood she will start experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS), researchers say.
Categories: Health

Mesoblast stem cell therapy meets goal of pediatric Graft vs. Host study

Health News (Reuters) - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:03
(Reuters) - Nearly 70 percent of children with potentially fatal acute Graft Versus Host Disease responded to treatment with an experimental stem cell therapy from Mesoblast Ltd, meeting the primary goal of a late-stage U.S. trial, the Australian company announced on Wednesday.
Categories: Health

U.S. arrests operator of shuttered bitcoin investment platform

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:43
(Reuters) - The operator of a shuttered bitcoin-denominated exchange was arrested on Wednesday on federal charges that he lied to U.S. securities regulators to avoid taking responsibility for the theft by hackers of virtual currency now worth nearly $70 million.
Categories: Technology

How mobile photography technology has evolved over two decades of phone cameras

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:34

Picture this: The sun is sinking below the horizon, and it's going to be a stunner of a sunset — one for the books (or at the very least, for Facebook). You scramble for your phone to capture those vivid, cotton candy-coloured skies, but the image simply doesn't translate on your screen as beautifully as it appears IRL.

In the nascent days of mobile phone photography, this was a common scenario. But today's smartphone cameras are capable of capturing pro-grade images in any number of difficult lighting conditions — even, in some cases, underwater. The best part? These cameras fit right in your pocket, enabling you to preserve precious memories in remarkable detail without dragging a whole kit around. Read more...

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U.S. SEC calls for 'clearer' cyber risk disclosure from companies

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday updated guidance to public companies on how and when they should disclose cyber security risks and breaches, including potential weaknesses that have not yet been targeted by hackers.
Categories: Technology

Adorable child has a bone to pick with KFC

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:21

Chicken — it gets personal.

This tiny poultry lover in the UK gave a very passionate interview to Britain's ITV News on Tuesday after more than 500 KFC stores remained shut following "operational issues" with the fast food titan's new distribution system.

SEE ALSO: KFC has run out of chicken in the UK

The child seems pretty calm in the video above, but she assures the interviewer she's quite upset: "Well, I don't look sad, but I really am disappointed."

(Someone tell this girl Popeyes is a far superior chicken joint in both consistency and flavor.)

She makes a good point about the injustice of it all though. "Look at them, they're just chillin, they're happy," she says into the mic. "Sorry, we're mad with them. We want to get in there, sit down, have some food, but we can't do that today." Read more...

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This picture of Kylie Jenner's baby bump became a thirsty meme

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:12

When Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her daughter Stormi on Super Bowl Sunday, she released a sweet 11-minute documentary about her secret pregnancy. 

But knowing the internet, it only took a few days for people to turn an adorable baby video into a meme about wanting some. 

SEE ALSO: Kylie Jenner had a baby, and the loveliest reason for keeping her a secret

When my man gets home with a fresh haircut
Me : pic.twitter.com/6bZ74sx1HS

— girl posts (@girlposts) February 7, 2018

Note: Jenner never says "Next thing I knew, I was pregnant." In the video, she says she's "34 weeks today." Someone added the text over a screenshot of Jenner, and it took off.  Read more...

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Aspirin just as good as Xarelto for preventing clots after hip, knee surgery

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:10
(Reuters Health) - The expensive anti-clotting drug Xarelto is no better than common aspirin when it comes to preventing painful and potentially-deadly clots in people who have just had total hip or total knee replacement surgery, according to a new Canadian study.
Categories: Health

Snap Maps shows chilling view of gun control walkouts spreading across the country

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:09

This is what collective mobilization looks like.

High school students across the country walked out of school on Wednesday to protest inaction from politicians on gun control policy. The protests are a direct response to the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week that took 17 lives.

A striking way to see the spread of this movement — from both a macro, and micro perspective — has emerged on Snap Maps

SEE ALSO: Snapchat's Snap Maps is now available online

By mid-Wednesday afternoon, Snapchat's map surfaced multiple featured and trending stories of walk outs from California to Texas, Florida to D.C., and more states and schools across the country. Read more...

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Get yourself a collapsible water bottle to save space and stop waste

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:06

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It's getting warmer, and that means it's time to start thinking more about on-the-go hydration. 

Your travel bag and the environment will probably thank you for storing your drinks in this collapsible water bottle

SEE ALSO: Pants made out of recycled plastic bottles and coffee beans could be the new jeans

This reusable water bottle can expand to 8.4 inches and collapse to only 4.8 inches to accommodate how much water you want. It's good for cold drinks, but it's also safe for hot liquids up to 450°F. According to the product page, it's made from food grade silicone (and no plastic) with a kitchen-grade stainless steel cap, which sounds pretty environmentally friendly to us. It's great for the travel-savvy to make their bag space flexible and for those going green and looking to avoid cup waste. Read more...

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