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The Alt-Right’s Dark Army of Racist Trolls Just Had a Great Day

It’s been a heckuva day for the trolls. In just one day, the so-called “alt right”—a political faction that spreads white supremacist ideology primarily online—has come to dominate the national news cycle. Today, they’ve had a hashtag, #AltRightMeans, trending on … Continue reading

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Facebook Gives Away Machine Vision Tools of the Future

Thanks to a form of AI called deep learning, computers are now really good at telling the difference between a dog and a cat. But Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) lab wants to make machine vision far more useful, going … Continue reading

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Area Filmmaker Not So Thrilled Trump Used His Footage in an Ad

Karl Penhaul got fired from his job as an international correspondent at CNN last June, after firing off a series of (now deleted) tweets calling Donald Trump a “racist idiot” “with an ugly yellow comb-over.” So imagine Penhaul’s surprise when … Continue reading

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Linux Took Over the Web. Now, It’s Taking Over the World

On August 25, 1991, a Finnish computer science student named Linus Torvalds announced a new project. “I’m doing a (free) operating system,” he wrote on an Internet messaging system, insisting this would just be a hobby. But it became something … Continue reading

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Uber Now Offers Retirement Funds. But Will Drivers Even Care?

Uber is now offering drivers their very own retirement plans. Sort of. Today, the world’s biggest ride-hailing service teamed up with Betterment, a so-called robo-advisor that gives people a simple way of investing and managing money online. Now, Uber drivers … Continue reading

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At 25, the World Wide Web Is Still a Long Way From Reality

Twenty-five years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee unleashed the World Wide Web, publishing the first public webpage. Well, maybe. The exact date is controversial. But now is as good a time as any to check in on the state of the … Continue reading

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Pinterest Buys Instapaper, the Popular ‘Read Later’ App

Pinterest embodies aspiration. The service lets you create and share visual bookmarks that reflect a certain intention. Maybe you hope to be a more stylish dresser, or decorate a cozier home. Now, Pinterest is doubling down on this idea with … Continue reading

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Zuckerberg Sold His Facebook Shares For Charity—But He’s No Hero Yet

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just sold a chunk of his personal shares in the social networking company. It’s worth about $95 million before taxes, and it’s all designated for charity. This is the first round of funding for … Continue reading

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AI Is Here to Help You Write Emails People Will Actually Read

Looking for an artificial intelligence that can write all your email messages so you don’t have to? Too bad. That dream is still years away. But in the meantime, a startup called Boomerang wants to take you at least part … Continue reading

Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Kill Robocalls Forever

Robocalls are more than an annoyance. They’re a threat. Scammers, identity thieves, and other unsavory types use them to target victims. One particularly enterprising band of low-lifes even posed as IRS agents to pilfer $26.5 million from people. “Americans are fed … Continue reading

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