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Increasingly Agitated Elon Musk Labels Diver Who Mocked His ‘Submarine’ a ‘Paedo Guy’

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk accused one of the British divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex of being a paedophile on Saturday in retaliation for questioning Musk’s contributions to the rescue effort. Read More >>

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This is the Most Aerodynamic Bike, According to AI

Competitors at this year’s World Human Powered Speed Challenge are going to have to contend with this — a bullet-shaped bike designed by an artificially intelligent software program. Read More >>

technology
How to Make Your Mac Play Nice with Your Android Phone

Getting iPhones to play nice with Windows can be a challenge, but so can getting Android to play nice with Macs — and it’s that second setup we’re going to tackle here. Read on to find out how to get all your apps working together and your files seamlessly synced between a Google-powered phone and an Apple-powered computer. Read More >>

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After Resignation of HR Chief, Yet Another Uber Exec Faces Allegations of Discriminatory Behaviour

Earlier this week, ridesharing giant Uber’s Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey resigned under allegations that she systematically shot down internal complaints about racial discrimination within the company — indicating at least some prior concerns about a toxic company culture of wild abandon during the tenure of former CEO Travis Kalanick have continued under his successor, Dara Khosrowshahi. Per a New York Times report on Friday, fellow top executive Chief Operating Officer Barney Harford is now attracting attention for allegations he too made a less than stellar impression on Uber’s female and minority workers. Read More >>

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This Solar Lawnmower Was the Dangerous Future of Summers in 1959

Robotic lawnmowers are fairly mainstream these days, even if they don’t have much market share yet. But they’ve been a long time coming. We’ve been promised solar-powered semi-autonomous lawnmowers for decades. This American comic strip from 1959 predicted the rise of these machines, but also pointed at the problem with its illustration: Many people are hesitant to buy a contraption with sharp blades driving around by itself on their lawn. Read More >>

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My 15 Favourite Science and Tech Books for Smart Beach Reading

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to put together a reading list, whether it’s for the beach, your cottage, or the hammock in your garden. Here are 15 science and technology books that will keep your nerdy brains engaged and titillated. Read More >>

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Paypal: Dying While Owing Us Money is Unacceptable to Us

E-payments company Paypal sent a deceased customer an email more or less stating that the cessation of life functions – and thus an inability for the customer in question to clear their remaining account balance – was a violation of site policy. Read More >>

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Facebook’s ‘Maximum Penalty’ for Cambridge Analytica is Pocket Change

Facebook, the social media giant that recently clocked in at a total valuation of nearly $600 billion, is facing the maximum penalties UK authorities have available to punish the company for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. And – drumroll, please – it’s £500,000. Read More >>

elon musk
Is Elon Musk Serious?

A kid-sized submarine arrived in northern Thailand, just a few hours before the final four members of a youth football team and their coach were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex. Elon Musk, whose minions had built the sub out of SpaceX rocket materials for the sole purpose of moving the trapped boys to safety, delivered the mini sub himself and announced his presence in a tweet to his 22 million followers. Meanwhile, the rescue chief said that the kid-sized submarine was “not practical” for the boys, as thousands heaped praise onto Musk for doing—well—it’s unclear if the bombastic billionaire really did anything helpful. Which makes you wonder: is Elon Musk serious with this shit? Read More >>

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Alert: Elon Now in Cave

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who this weekend announced he had directed a team of engineers to build a “tiny, kid-size submarine” (really more of an air-filled metal box) to help extract the 12 boys and coach of Thai soccer team Wild Boars stranded in the flooded Tham Luang cave complex for weeks, is apparently on site in northern Thailand. Read More >>

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Facebook Stock Hits All-Time Record High Despite Ongoing Screw-Ups

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the social media giant gave access to the data of up to 87 million users to an app partnered with an ultra-sketchy election data firm, still isn’t totally resolved, with news breaking this week investigators from four agencies are looking into Facebook’s conduct. But all the negative attention the site has received this year has apparently failed to blunt its momentum. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Says He’s Building a Tiny ‘Submarine’ to Rescue Thai Soccer Team Trapped in Cave

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday that he is building “a tiny, kid-size submarine” to rescue the 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach infamously trapped within the submerged Tham Luang cave complex. According to the Bangkok Post, a nine-person engineering team assembled by Musk has already begun to arrive in the area. Read More >>

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Woman Exposed to Soviet-Era Nerve Agent Novichok Dies

The Metropolitan Police said on Sunday that 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, one of two more individuals exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in the UK this week, has died. Read More >>

technology
There’s a New Resource List for Domestic Abuse Victims Targeted Through the Internet of Things

Last month, the New York Times published a report detailing ways in which domestic abusers have weaponised smart home technology, exploiting devices such as internet-connected doorbells, speakers, and thermostats to harass their partners. This month, a research team at University College London published a resource list for victims of domestic abuse, specifically through the exploitation of the internet of things. Read More >>

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Kim Dotcom Is Almost Entirely Out of Chances to Avoid Being Extradited to the US

Kim Dotcom, the former founder of defunct file hosting service Megaupload and its successor Mega, just lost another court battle to avoid extradition to the US on charges of copyright infringement and fraud. Read More >>