19 Climate Change Activists Arrested for Drone Protest Against Heathrow Airport Expansion

Police have now arrested at least 19 environmental activists who threatened to fly drones and disrupt air travel at Heathrow Airport in protest of the planned construction of a third runway at the UK’s main air hub, the Guardian reported on Saturday. Read More >>

Drone Attack on Oil Facilities Shuts Down Half Of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Production

Saudi Arabia has shut down approximately half of its oil production capacity after “coordinated drone strikes on facilities in [its] Eastern Province” set blazes at the Hijra Khurais oil field and Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil stabilisation facility, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More >>

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Newsreader Sues Facebook, Reddit After Her Photo Shows Up in Dating, Erectile Dysfunction Ads

A newsreader based in the US city of Philadelphia, Karen Hepp, is suing Facebook, Reddit, and other platforms in federal court after discovering that a photo of her taken in a convenience store was popping up in dating and erectile dysfunction ads, per the Verge. Read More >>

Poll: Slightly Over Half of All Brits Want to Get Everyone Killed by Aliens, Probably

Slightly over half of people in the UK believe that if the Earth received communications from an extraterrestrial, then the human species should collectively act like huge dumbasses and respond, according to a University of Oxford poll cited by Sky News on Tuesday. Read More >>

Someone is Working on an iOS Powered Stereo AR Headset

Apple’s iPhone event on Tuesday came and went without any mention of the tech giant’s plans for augmented reality, but iOS 13 code dug up by developer Steve Troughton-Smith appears to reference a “Starboard” framework for stereo AR, per 9to5Mac, and stereo AR means AR glasses. Read More >>

Report: Trace Amounts of Uranium Found by Inspectors at Iranian Site

Diplomats who have closely observed the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) work in Iran said that investigators discovered traces of uranium at a Tehran-based storage facility, Reuters reported on Sunday, and that Iran has yet to issue any explanation why. Read More >>

MIT Built a Theranos For Plants

The prestigious multidisciplinary MIT Media Lab built a “personal food computer” that worked so poorly that demos had to be faked Theranos-style, per a weekend report in Business Insider. Word of the project’s troubles comes as the Media Lab’s attempts to cover up its extensive financial ties to late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein have seriously damaged its credibility and led to resignation of its director, Joichi Ito. Read More >>

Loophole That Lets People Share Your Private Instagram Pics and Stories Isn’t a ‘Hack’—but Still, Heads Up

Here’s another reminder to be wary of what you share online: BuzzFeed News noticed on Monday that the way Instagram and its owner Facebook serve up media content allows for anyone who has access to a private photo or video to root around in the HTML code and copy-paste a direct link to it. Read More >>

Report: Amazon Really Wants to Scan Your Soft, Soft Hands

Amazon is “quietly testing scanners that can identify an individual human hand as a way to ring up a store purchase” with the aim of rolling it out at retail locations, specifically its subsidiary Whole Foods, per a Tuesday report in the New York Post. Read More >>

Here Are Some Turkish Bears Caught on CCTV Taste-Testing Honey

A beekeeper in Turkey’s Black Sea-adjacent province of Trabzon, frustrated that local bears kept on stealing and consuming his precious honey, apparently set up a nighttime taste test for the purposes of determining which products the bears prefer, per numerous reports in Turkish media over the past week. Read More >>

Spotify Reportedly Testing Button That Makes It Even Easier to Create a Podcast With Zero Listeners

Streaming giant Spotify is testing a way to make it even easier to record a podcast that probably no one will listen to, according to findings from app researcher and tech blogger Jane Manchun Wong. Read More >>

Russian Health Officials Blame ‘Fukushima Crabs’ for Caesium-137 Exposure After Mysterious Accident

A doctor who treated survivors of a mysterious nuclear accident in Russia was told that the radioactive isotope caesium-137 must have made its way into their body due to “Fukushima crabs,” according to CNN. Read More >>

Instagram is Reportedly Building a New Messaging App Named Threads

Instagram is working on a new messaging app called Threads “meant to promote constant, intimate sharing between users and their closest friends,” the Verge reported on Monday, in what seems like yet another attempt by a Facebook-owned property to edge in on Snapchat’s turf. Read More >>

Huawei is in Talks to Launch a ‘Pilot Program’ Using Russian OS as Replacement for Android

After being placed on a so-called Entity List by the U.S. federal government, severely restricting its access to American technology, Chinese tech giant and world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer Huawei is investigating using the Russian-made Aurora operating system as a replacement for Google’s Android OS on its mobile devices, Reuters reported on Monday. Read More >>

The Question of Whether or Not WeWork Is a Tech Company Has Been Answered

Is WeWork, the sprawling chain of coworking spaces expanding across America and elsewhere, a tech company? WeWork is sure scrambling to find reasons to claim so, because “tech” is apparently some kind of magic word that it thinks will justify its $47 billion (£38.5 billion) valuation. Its critics have instead characterised WeWork as a traditional real estate company in the risky business of signing cheap long-term leases and flipping them to customers as more expensive short-term leases, which would leave it scrambling to pay off its $47.2 billion (£38.6 billion) in liabilities in the event of a downturn, and which has masked this fact with cult-like branding and just saying the word “tech” over and over. Read More >>