This Week In Tech Reads: The Biological Basis Behind Yawning, And More

This week in Tech Reads: the biological basis behind yawning, the suspicious backroom deals that undergird “sound science,” high-tech toilets, and a Silicon Valley inventor who’s either a prolific genius or a criminal con-man. And more!


Windows Phone, Haunted Houses, Muppets, And More

Well it was another busy week here at Gizmodo. On top of Utopia Week, our week-long look at past, present, and future visions of a perfect society, we brought you reviews of new phones, cameras, and smartwatches, a hard look at beginning a life without Facebook, and a behind-the-scenes look at Jim Henson’s phenomenal workshop. Let’s review!


Everything We Know About The U.S. Army's Uncanny Chatbots

Sgt. Star is the U.S. Army’s dedicated marketing and recruitment chatbot, and he isn’t going to turn whistleblower any time soon. There’s no use threatening him for answers either — he’s programmed to report that kind of hostility to the Army Criminal Investigation Division.


Lavabit Complies With U.S. Government Request -- In A Teeny, Tiny Font

U.S. based secure email provider Lavabit has been fighting its government for months now, after shutting down to avoid having to provide information about its clients. But, unable to fight any longer, it finally relinquished its SSL keys — in a less-than-readable font size.


I Wish I Could Read Wikipedia Like This

I love Wikipedia, but too often the articles are just not that easy to read. It’s not that my English isn’t good enough. My English good. There is Simple English Wikipedia, but it doesn’t cover as many topics and it’s not as thorough.


Facebook Adds 'Nearby Friends' To Show You Where Everyone's At

Facebook’s newest feature, Nearby Friends, begins rolling out today. The opt-in app addition lets your friends know when you’re close by, with the option to show your precise location on a map, if that’s the kind of thing you want to share with your friends.


NBN Wrap: What Happened With Australia's Broadband This Week?

This week, NBN Co released its quarterly results, and posted a $1.1 billion operating loss. Newly inducted CEO Bill Morrow says that the company needs to concentrate on educating and connecting consumers and businesses as well as building out the network, but things aren’t exactly looking rosy for the future of the NBN.


Aussie Killed By Drone Strike In Yemen

Australia was yesterday violently and tragically dragged into the drone war being waged on terror by the United States in the Middle East, after an Australian with alleged terrorist ties was reportedly killed by a remote drone strike.


Canadian Teen Is The First Arrested For Stealing Data With Heartbleed

In what’s sure to be the first of many to come, a 19-year-old Canadian man was arrested for exploiting the Heartbleed bug to lift taxpayer data from a government website, making this the first official Heartbleed-related arrest. According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the suspect, Stephen Solis-Reyes lifted at least 900 social insurance numbers by exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability.


Heartbleed Bug Test Site Author Shares His Tips For Securing Your Accounts

With the Heartbleed hole in OpenSSL affecting almost a fifth of all suppposedly secure Web servers, there’s a good chance that you have an account and password that has been inadvertently compromised. The 19 year old who quickly cobbled together a hack to test Web sites around the world has some good advice for anyone concerned about their Internet security.