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#JunkOff Is Turning Twitter Into A Wondrous And Definitely NSFW Sex Museum 

People following biologists on Twitter got a bit of a surprise this morning: their feed is full of genitals. They can blame Anne Hilborn (@AnneWHilborn) and a few of her colleagues at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech.


Exclusive: Read Julian Assange's Introduction To The Wikileaks Files

This essay by Julian Assange is taken from the introduction to The Wikileaks Files: The World According to the US Empire, a collection analysing how Wikileaks’ release of US diplomatic cables impacted foreign policy.


Facebook's New Personal Assistant 'M' Is Part Robot And Part Human

Apple has Siri. Microsoft has Cortana. Google has Google Now. Now, Facebook is hopping on the AI assistant bandwagon with M. Not to be confused with fictional head of the MI6, M is a personal assistant baked right into Messenger that serves up information when you ask for it.


Almost None Of The Women In The Ashley Madison Database Ever Used The Site

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, although nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and analysed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were.


Confessions Of The Victims: Here’s What Hacked Ashley Madison Members Have Told Me

I found myself in somewhat of a unique position last week: I’d made the Ashley Madison data searchable for verified subscribers of Have I Been Pwned? (HIBP) and now – perhaps unsurprisingly in retrospect – I was being inundated with email. I mean hundreds of emails every day with people asking questions about the data. Not just asking questions, but often giving me their life stories as well.


Taxpayers Are Suing The IRS Over That Huge Hack, Of Course 

Pretty much any time thousands of people get their personal information stolen because a company failed to secure its servers, you can count on a lawsuit. That’s the case the recent IRS hack that exposed over 300,000 taxpayers’ info. Some of those taxpayers are now suing the IRS for the screw up.


FAA Approves In-Flight Internet That Might Not Suck

Slow internet is the worst possible kind of internet, as anyone who’s sold kidneys to use in-flight Wi-Fi can probably attest. GoGo, the biggest player in the airborne Wi-Fi game, has been promising faster speeds since 2013; thanks to a FAA decision, the company is now one step closer to coming through.


These Former 'Students' Say Trump University Was A Scam

Did you know that Donald Trump used to have his own university? Well, “university” is a stretch: The unaccredited program offered courses and seminars on how to do real estate deals in true Trump fashion. But some of Trump’s former “students” are pretty unhappy about the education they received. In fact, some allege it was all a scam.


US Courts Will Let The FTC Punish Companies For Bad Cybersecurity

Last week, hackers released a lot of data stolen from Ashley Madison and scared the shit out of internet users everywhere. Now, with an uncanny sense of timing, an appeals court says the Federal Trade Commission has the power to regulate companies’ cyber security. That’s good news for you!


Turtle Attacks And Nightmare Centipedes: This Wild YouTube Channel Is A Gem

The world is full of gnarly animals, but it wasn’t until the magic of the internet that we could watch them from a safe distance — thanks to high-def videos like this one, in which a snapping turtle clamps down on a dude’s arm. Thank you, YouTube.


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