Trump blocked users on Twitter and now they’re threatening legal action


Twitter users want President Donald Trump to unblock them—or face legal action. 

“This Twitter account operates as a ‘designated public forum’ for First Amendment purposes, and accordingly the viewpoint-based blocking of our clients is unconstitutional,” reads a letter representing several Twitter users, including Holly O’Reilly, who was blocked after tweeting Trump a GIF of the president meeting Pope Francis.

This is pretty much how the whole world sees you.#AMJoy#SundayMorning

— Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 28, 2017

The attorneys argue that blocking users suppresses speech, since those blocked can’t interact with Trump on Twitter anymore.  Read more…

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PETA’s new formula: deception, manipulation, and fake animal abuse


PETA has hit a breathtaking new low.

The animal-rights group has produced a disturbing new video that depicts a cat suffering at the hands of its owner. It’s difficult to watch. It’s also completely fake. 

But it looks real; it is a skilled CGI work clearly meant to deceive viewers. Now, PETA is trying to enlist complicit media organizations to knowingly publish the fake video in an effort to make the lie go viral.

Press Kitchen, a PR agency, approached Mashable via email with the story late last week, completely unprompted, and we initially ignored the pitch. The agency pitched the idea in two additional emails. Read more…

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The leaked NSA report shows 2-factor authentication has a critical weakness: You


So you’ve created a strong password, kept an eye out for sketchy links, and enabled two-factor authentication — what could possibly go wrong?

Well, it turns out the answer is “you.” 

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As the leaked NSA report on Russian efforts to hack the computers of U.S. election officials before the 2016 presidential election demonstrates, we are all often our own biggest security weakness. The document, published by The Intercept, shows that hackers found a way around the protections offered by two-factor authentication that is striking in its simplicity: They asked the targets for their verification codes.  Read more…

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Apple is (no joke) about to drop a reality TV show called ‘Planet of the Apps’


Can app developers make it work? Apple’s move into original television, that is. 

Yes, the Cupertino company has gone Hollywood with its first TV series, a reality show called … wait for it ..Planet of the Apps

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The 10-episode series “celebrates the world of apps and the talented people who create them,” according to the press release. 

It premieres Tuesday night at 9 p.m. PT on Apple Music, and will be hosted by Zane Lowe, the DJ/producer with a radio show on Beats 1. 

Also appearing on the show will be executive producers Jessica Alba, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who will drop some hot GOOP knowledge on the hopeful contestants.  Read more…

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‘Star Wars’ museum hopes fans can track down $200,000 in stolen goods


Rancho Obi-Wan is filled with collector’s items die-hard Star Wars fans can only dream about. 

The Northern California nonprofit serves as a museum, offering tours and visits for true seekers of the force. And now it needs help.

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Recently, a fellow collector confessed to stealing more than 100 items, including many vintage action figures, worth $200,000. Rancho Obi-Wan founder Steve Sansweet said in a phone call Tuesday he decided to go public with the case as the stolen items were getting harder to track.

On Monday, he asked fans in an email and blog post for tips on the stolen items’ whereabouts. Samsweet made a list on Facebook of about 20 items that the museum and law enforcement hasn’t been able to find after collector Carl Cunningham, 45, pilfered them along with other items when visiting the Petaluma, California, collection on four different occasions in late 2015 through 2016.  Read more…

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MLB legend Mike Schmidt apologizes after inciting Twitter outrage


And now for another episode of America’s favorite modern game show, Person Says Dumb Thing Then Gets Dragged on Twitter Then Offers Flimsy Apology. 

Our star this time is baseball legend Mike Schimdt. 

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Schmidt is a Hall of Famer and Philadelphia Phillies hero after starring for the team for nearly two decades and leading it to the 1980 World Series title. 

Schmidt appeared on a Philly radio show Tuesday morning to talk baseball, but veered into uncomfortable territory when he started talking about Spanish-speaking players with regard to current Phillies star Odubel Herrera, who is from Venezuela.  Read more…

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DARPA wants to give you a glimpse inside the AI brain


Does the thought of giving Siri more power unsettle you? What about self-driving cars — do you feel uneasy about letting a computer take the wheel?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. As AI systems become more functional and widespread, a large segment of the public has been slow to trust the tech. A highly publicized study last year called the ethics of self-driving cars into question, concluding that most people wouldn’t want to ride in the cars because they don’t trust the systems making the decisions.

That’s one of the reasons why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently handed eight Oregon State University computer science professors a $6.5 million research grant to work on a project to help make robots, cars, and other tech powered by AI more trustworthy for doubters.   Read more…

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iOS 11 will help you conserve precious iPhone storage


We’ve all been there: that dreaded pop-up letting you know you’re almost out of storage.

While there are a few tricks for freeing up a bit of extra space without deleting anything, ultimately, the only way to deal with the issue is to start deleting.

Soon, however, that process could be a lot easier. A new feature, spotted in the developer preview for iOS 11, makes it much easier to figure out what to delete to free up that extra space. 

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A new setting in the iPhone storage menu in the main Settings app provides a list of tailored suggestions for how to free up extra space. The recommendations highlight areas where you could gain a lot of potential storage with minimal impact. Read more…

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Walmart brings us one step closer to never having to interact with another human being IRL


So much for Walmart’s smiling greeters.

The big box chain built a giant self-serve kiosk for grocery pick-up in the parking lot of one of its Oklahoma superstores.  

Customers simply order their food online, then, upon arriving at the store, type in a code on the side of the 20-by-80-foot building, which retrieves the contents of their shopping list within minutes. A big metal door slides open, and customers pull their groceries from a bin—no human interaction needed.  

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Store employees pack each order into a bin and load them into the contraption ahead of time. The storage bay is equipped with freezers and refrigeration and will eventually be accessible 24 hours a day. Read more…

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This video of a fish ‘walking’ along the ocean floor is making scientists scratch their heads


Imagine taking an evening dive and seeing a fish casually strolling along the ocean floor … on what looks like a pair of legs. 

That’s exactly what happened to a French diver off the coast of Bali, Indonesia on a recent night expedition. Luckily, he filmed the encounter so scientists (and the internet) could enjoy. 

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The diver, Emeric Benhalassa, said he suspected the creature was a type of stingfish (one of the world’s most venomous fish), National Geographic reports. However, scientists have not been so sure, and have been unable to reach a consensus about what the bizarre creature actually is since Benhalassa’s video surfaced on Monday. Read more…

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