Researchers propose aggressive new method to eradicate online hate groups

A team of researchers from George Washington University and the University of Miami recently published the results of a study to determine the ecological makeup of online hate groups. Based on their findings, they’ve come up with four strategies to disrupt these groups and, hopef … | Continue reading | 3 hours ago

AI-powered text generator is scary

OpenAI, a nonprofit focused on creating human-level artificial intelligence, just released an update to its GPT-2 text generator. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that, after trying it, I’m legitimately terrified for the future of humanity if we don’t figure out a way to detec … | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Startup’s ‘AI’ to build your apps is just a bunch of human devs

AI is one of the most common buzzwords of the current startup generation. Companies often claim to have revolutionary AI that’ll change their customers’ lives. However, there are some startups who exaggerate their technical capabilities to get funding. A report by the Wall Street … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Sony boss wants to bring first-party PlayStation titles to PC

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) boss Shawn Layden yesterday alluded to the possibility that first-party PlayStation titles may soon launch on PC. While there’s nothing clear to go on just yet, the move would make perfect sense for the company as it prepares for the next cons … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Reddit Tests Live Broadcasting with a Public Access Network

Reddit today revealed it’s testing its own livestreaming service, called RPAN or Reddit Public Access Network. It’ll be running all week, presumably to see what kind of shows redditors put on before the site rolls it out to everyone. The R/PAN subreddit includes a series of short … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

China is paying Twitter to publish propaganda against Hong Kong protesters

Twitter has found itself in a tight spot after it was caught running ads from China's state-backed media outlet Xinhua attacking the Hong Kong protesters. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Apple will soon treat online web tracking the same as a security vulnerability

Apple ups its privacy batte with a new "WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy" that aims to prevent all forms covert tracking online. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

The stupid reason Elon Musk wants to nuke Mars

Elon Musk – aka Lex Luthor in spirit — is on social media yapping about nuking Mars again. He’s not trolling; he’s not acting as a provocateur; he really wants to bombard the surface of our planetary neighbor with actual nuclear weapons. Nuke Mars! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Amazon says its facial recognition tech can now detect fear

Amazon has announced that its Rekognition facial recognition system can now detect a person's "fear," among other accuracy improvements. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Developers shouldn’t fear Friday code deployments

Deploying code on Fridays shouldn't equal chaos, especially if you're using the right techniques. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Darwin Mail will tidy up your inbox and keep it clean

Since your daily email haul is all but guaranteed to continue growing, you need tools to help make sure the important stuff doesn’t get lost in the digital avalanche. Well, Darwin Mail is your virtual shovel. You can hook up with a lifetime subscription to Darwin Mail’s Pro Lite … | Continue reading | 9 days ago

A San Francisco startup guide for international entrepreneurs

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Trump’s paid Thiel’s Palantir $1.5B so far to build ICE’s surveillance network

Perhaps no other company has profited more from the Trump administration’s treatment of undocumented immigrants — and US citizens of similar appearance — than Peter Thiel‘s Palantir. A recent investigation, conducted by Mijente, revealed the US government has at least 29 active c … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

F**k me: iOS’ Notes app censors handwritten swears

Apple works very hard to maintain a ‘clean’ and family-friendly image. So much so that it censors handwritten words when suggesting a title for notes. Today, a user in r/iOSBeta subreddit noted the company’s algorithm muted the word ‘fuck’ when recommending a title for the handwr … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

The Apple Card is the product that finally killed the Apple fan in me

I've loved Apple for a long, long time, but it's hard to look at the Apple Card and not think it's betraying its users in the pursuit of cash. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

An entrepreneur’s guide to Brazil’s startup ecosystem

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Study: Humans’ racial biases extend even to black and white robots

A study called “Robots and Racism,” the human tendency to stereotype racial bias is expanding into the world of robotics.  | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Wikipedia BIOS for women scientists are more likely to be flagged for removal

Currently, just 17 percent of the English-language biographies on Wikipedia are about women, and women scientists in particular are poorly represented. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 fan builds a coaster that takes 45 years to ride

Earlier this year we told you about the Roller Coaster Tycoon fan who built the world’s most masochistic theme park ride. The coaster, called “Wild Mouse,” was a near-endless loop that circled a virtual theme park some 600 times, a 12-year ride. Marcel Vos, the creator of the coa … | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Netflix tests tracking your ‘physical activity’ to improve video quality

Netflix is testing a new feature to detect your physical activity and change video playback based on if you're walking or on the move. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Watch Samsung’s AI render photorealistic scenes from video

A trio of Samsung AI researchers recently developed a neural network capable of rendering photorealistic graphical scenes with a novel viewpoint from a video. Hard Fork! Hard Fork? Hard Fork In the above video we see a 3D rendering of a complex scene. It was created by turning a … | Continue reading | 23 days ago

AI tool is smart enough to spot AI-generated articles and tweets

Researchers from Harvard University and MIT-IBM Watson Lab have created a new tool that aims to detect whether a specific piece of text was AI-generated. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Venezuela is buying Bitcoin with airport taxes to smuggle in US dollars

Venezuela appears to be leveraging cryptocurrencies as part of a larger effort to bypass US sanctions. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Hate Twitter’s new design? Here’s how to get the old look back

Do you hate Twitter's new design? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's how to bring back the old look on Chrome and Firefox. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Bots drove nearly 40% of internet traffic

Bots walk among us. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Siemens contractor pleads guilty to planting 'logic bomb'

A contract programmer has pleaded guilty to planting "logic bombs" inside a client's spreadsheets in an attempt to receive extra work from the company every few years. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Netflix launches its $3/month mobile-only subscription in India

At an event in New Delhi, India, today, Netflix launched its new mobile-only subscription tier for users in the country at Rs. 199 ($2.88) per month. The plan is valid for one concurrent stream and will work with Android and iOS tablets. Netflix said consumers will be able to str … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Vicious malware turns old ElasticSearch into crypto-mining zombie botnet

A strain of malware is targeting enterprise search engine Elasticsearch, forcing vulnerable servers to join a botnet of 'zombies.' | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Federal judge refuses to dismiss $224M lawsuit against AT&T for SIM-swap bungle

AT&T must answer to a $224 million lawsuit related to a devastating SIM-swapping incident in 2017, which saw $24 million in cryptocurrency stolen. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Growth of Chinese vertical dramas made for phone viewing

Vertical dramas are what Chinese producers call their scripted content made especially for vertical mobile play. But they're not just any video content cropped for a vertical aspect ratio. These shows are specifically imagined for the mobile screen from the ground up. This is evi … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Russia Working on Breaking Tor

Hackers have stolen a massive trove of sensitive data and defaced the website of SyTech, a major contractor working for Russian intelligence agency FSB. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Google expected to achieve quantum supremacy in 2019

Google‘s reportedly on the verge of demonstrating a quantum computer capable of feats no ordinary classical computer could perform. The term for this is quantum supremacy, and experts believe the Mountain View company could be mere months from achieving it. This may be the bigges … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Elon Musk’s Neuralink is building tech to control computers with your mind

Elon Musk‘s ambitious brain-computer interface company, Neuralink, finally told us today what it’s been up to. It’s building a device that’ll let you control computers and phones with your brain. As per Bloomberg’s report, right now it can ‘read’ a rat’s mind with the help of tin … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

An entrepreneur’s guide to Miami’s startup ecosystem

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$840k Bitcoin ransom plot foiled, kidnapped crypto traders rescued

Police in India have rescued three people, including two cryptocurrency traders, that were held to ransom for two weeks to the sum of 80 Bitcoin ($820,000). | Continue reading | 1 month ago

German schools ban Microsoft Office 365 amid privacy concerns

The German state of Hesse has ruled it's illegal for its schools to use Microsoft's Windows 10 and Office 365 citing "privacy concerns." | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Crispr is less like molecular scissors and more like molecular malware

Last week I read an article about CRISPR, the latest tool scientists are using to edit DNA. It was a great piece – well researched, beautifully written, factually accurate. It covered some of the amazing projects scientist are working on using CRISPR, like bringing animals back f … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Pablo Escobar’s brother escalates flamethrower feud with Elon Musk

Elon Musk can add the Escobar family to his list of detractors after notorious kingpin Pablo’s older brother, Roberto Escobar, today accused the billionaire tech CEO of stealing the design for The Boring Company’s Not A Flamethrower. According to TMZ, an engineer associated with … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Cloudflare acquired an old Sun Microsystems slogan and I’m feeling nostalgic

The sun still hasn't set on Sun Microsystems. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Bitcoin Money-Laundering Cartel Was Operating from Inside a Florida Prison

Authorities in Florida have busted an elaborate operation which saw prison inmates use Bitcoin to launder thousands of dollars via their commissary accounts. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Scientists teleported quantum data into the flawed heart of a diamond

A team of scientists from Yokohama National University recently became the first researchers to teleport a photon into the vacuous space inside of a flaw within a diamond. In other words: physicists just invented quantum bling. Imagine seeing the light from a torch reflected insi … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Monero Vulnerability

Monero devs have disclosed nine security vulnerabilities over the past two days - and some could have been outright devastating. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The blockchain developer building 12 Lightning apps in 12 months

Hard Fork spoke with developer Guillaume Verbal who has set himself the challenge of making 12 Lightning Apps in 12 months to see how he's getting on. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Cuba’s government is considering using cryptocurrency to bypass US sanctions

Cuba's government is eyeing the potential use of cryptocurrency to boost its economy. The proposal forms part of a series of measures seeking to improve the country's deepening criss exacerbated by US sanctions. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Why Google Duplex might make my design job redundant

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Trump says he'll allow Huawei to buy equipment from US companies

US president Donald Trump said today that he'll allow companies to sell equipment to Huawei. He met the Chinese president Xi Jinping at the G20 summit. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Next BMW electric might sound fabulous, thanks to Hans Zimmer

What if I told you your next BMW Ecar could emulate The Dark Night’s fabulous theme music? Famed composer Hans Zimmer has partnered with the auto giant. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

US prisons are taking programming books off the shelves over ‘security concerns’

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DoC) has banned prisoners from reading dozens of books related to technology and programming, citing security concerns. | Continue reading | 1 month ago