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Yesterday   Automattic, the company behind WordPress, Akismet, and Gravatar, today unveiled the National Security Letters (NSLs) from the FBI, in an attempt to cast light on what these secretive letters are and what kind of information they request.

Yesterday   Adobe today announced it would be killing off Flash by the end of 2020, and it called on several major sites for help with the hit.

2 Days Ago   A relatively-unknown Twitch streamer is in the spotlight as a clip of him playing a horror game is now the most-watched clip in the site’s history.

2 Days Ago   Fact-checking site Snopes has become center of an ugly legal battle, and it’s asking for monetary help to keep the lights on. Unfortunately, it’s looking like donations might not be enough to help in the long run.

2 Days Ago   The internet discovered today that Microsoft Paint might be removed in an upcoming Windows Update, and newshounds everywhere rushed to open their copies of the program to create ironic images.

3 Days Ago   Recently we published a piece helping new livestreamers get started. Basic stuff, right? Now we think you’re ready for a more advanced lesson: How to make money doing livestreams.

5 Days Ago   Microsoft is taking down suspected Russian hackers using American trademark law, with a year-long legal battle tentatively drawing to a close this week. Microsoft filed suit against the hackers last year for computer intrusion and infringing on its trademarks.

5 Days Ago   Lyft announced today it was opening its own self-driving car division in Palo Alto called Level 5, and its first cars will hit the streets of Boston by the end of this year.

6 Days Ago   Google today announced it was adding a feature to YouTube to redirect anyone searching for extremist content to videos that decry terrorism. According to YouTube’s blog, this is part of Google’s larger initiative to push back against such content that keeps popping up on its video platform.

6 Days Ago   As hardware and software evolve further away from their 8-bit beginnings, preserving the past in a medium worthy of the present gets harder to do. To keep the essence of the artform alive, games need to remain playable — even decades after their initial release.

7 Days Ago   Japanese cosmetics maker Shu Uemura recently revealed a holiday beauty line patterned after — of all things — the Super Mario Bros games. It’s the crossover you never wanted and never expected, and it’ll be out in Japan in November.

7 Days Ago   A hacker managed to use a smart fish tank to gain access to a casino, according to a report from a security firm. According to CNN, the fish tank was used as a point of entry, allowing the intruders to move laterally through the network.

7 Days Ago   RadioShack, the 96-year-old electronics store that’s gone bankrupt twice in the last decade, is still here — and a new business just ensured it’ll still be here a little while longer.

7 Days Ago   A woman recently attempted to smuggle over 100 iPhones into China to make a profit. The woman was taking what appears to be a common smuggling route — bringing iPhones from Hong Kong (where they’re cheaper) to mainland China by way of Shenzhen.

8 Days Ago   A security robot in Washington DC took an unplanned dip in a mall fountain this week — and its creators are choosing to see the humor in the situation.

8 Days Ago   A disability rights group in New York City has filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, alleging the company doesn’t do enough to provide for riders who need wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

8 Days Ago   Particle, a popular Chrome extension which allowed users to customize their YouTube UI, became adware practically overnight — and its creator is cautioning users. The creator sold the extension at some point before July 11, and informed users they’d no longer be able to make changes to it.

9 Days Ago   A wife in Taiwan was recently granted a divorce from her husband, who she accused of ignoring her — and her unanswered text messages were a key piece of evidence.

9 Days Ago   Following the death of Liu Xiaobo last week, China is apparently cracking down on anything which mentions his name on social media. Liu Xiaobo, a long-time political prisoner in China, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Liu was an outspoken advocate for human rights, and was arrested following the publication of a manifesto on the topic.

9 Days Ago   Apple today confirmed the new emoji from the Unicode 10 update would be arriving on Apple devices later this year — and that it’s previewing them in celebration of World Emoji Day.

11 Days Ago   Human ingenuity knows no boundaries, especially not when it comes to gaming. Despite having access to eight generations of perfectly good consoles designed specifically to play video games, intrepid, tech-savvy gamers can’t seem to stop modding everything with a chip and a screen to play video games.

12 Days Ago   According to an online poll conducted by Reuters this week, 12-percent of people who stream video content do so from someone else’s account — and that could be taking its toll on Netflix’s revenue.

12 Days Ago   A Texas man proved the value of never, ever being without your phone when he got locked in a drive-through ATM earlier this week. The unnamed worker, who was assisting with renovations to a bank, slipped into the room behind a Bank of America ATM and then couldn’t get out.

13 Days Ago   Honolulu City Council passed a bill this week which makes it illegal for pedestrians to use their phones while crossing the street. Anyone caught doing so could be fined up to $99.

13 Days Ago   The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) teamed with Airbnb to punish a former host for racist comments. The woman in question will have to go back to school for a class in Asian-American studies.

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