Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

In what would be somewhat of a revelation had the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking not been one of the world’s most famous atheists—and spoken or written on the topic on numerous occasions—media outlets are playing up that Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions contains the …

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Source: Gizmodo – Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

CDC Says It's Concerned About Polio-Like 'Mystery Illness' That's Paralyzing Kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued a warning about a disease known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), an illness it says it knows very little about but can cause arm or leg weakness and paralysis, particularly in children. According to a Tuesday press briefing, there have been 62 confirmed…

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Source: Gizmodo – CDC Says It’s Concerned About Polio-Like ‘Mystery Illness’ That’s Paralyzing Kids

New York Attorney General Subpoenas Industry Groups, Lobbyists Over Fake Net Neutrality Comments

The New York Attorney General’s office has subpoenaed “more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations,” the New York Times reported on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether they were behind the flood of fake public comments submitted before the Federal…

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Source: Gizmodo – New York Attorney General Subpoenas Industry Groups, Lobbyists Over Fake Net Neutrality Comments

Whoops, YouTube Is Hella Broken Right Now

Video giant YouTube appeared to be suffering a massive outage on Tuesday night, with users reporting widespread problems attempting to connect to the site. The cause is not yet clear, but reports indicate that viewers are experiencing a number of glitches including “500 Internal Server Error” messages (a generic HTTP…

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Source: Gizmodo – Whoops, YouTube Is Hella Broken Right Now

New Study Explores How Dogs Understand Human Language

If you’re a dog person who has suspected that your four-legged friend may know exactly what you mean when you use certain words or phrases—for example “toy,” or “car,” or maybe even “who’s the good boy?” (he is)—you may be correct.

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Source: Gizmodo – New Study Explores How Dogs Understand Human Language

Donald Trump Is Running the Kavanaugh Defense For Saudi Arabia's Alleged Murderers

Today, in an interview with the Associated Press, President Donald Trump compared the Saudi regime, which allegedly murdered and dismembered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside its consulate in Turkey last month, to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by several women…

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Source: Gizmodo – Donald Trump Is Running the Kavanaugh Defense For Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Murderers

A Man's Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease

A Rochester, New York, resident might have caught one of the most frightening brain diseases around in one of the strangest ways possible—eating squirrel meat contaminated with zombie-like proteins.

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Source: Gizmodo – A Man’s Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease

FCC Butts Heads With Wireless Carriers Over Hurricane Michael Response 

The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday slammed wireless carriers over what he described as unsuitably slow progress in restoring communications in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

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Source: Gizmodo – FCC Butts Heads With Wireless Carriers Over Hurricane Michael Response 

Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You

It sounded a little slippery last week, when Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads. It was, in fact, very slippery. Facebook just admitted that Portal is completely capable of collecting…

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Source: Gizmodo – Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You

Google, Burned by $5 Billion Fine, Tells Europe that Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps

In response to the record-setting $5 billion fine recently levied against Google by the European Union, the search giant is making some changes. On Tuesday, it announced that manufacturers will soon have to pay a licensing fee to ship devices into the European Economic Area (EEA) with Google apps pre-installed.

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Source: Gizmodo – Google, Burned by Billion Fine, Tells Europe that Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps

Do You Work as a Self-Driving Car Operator? Tell Us Your Story

This week’s New Yorker features a scathing article on Google’s self-driving car program, detailing the stories of nightmarish mismanagement and at least one crash involving self-driving cars that went mostly unreported. We want to shine more light on what happens behind closed doors in our race to get self-driving…

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Source: Gizmodo – Do You Work as a Self-Driving Car Operator? Tell Us Your Story

How Archivists Could Stop Deepfakes From Rewriting History

History is rife with fakes. In 1983, the German magazine Stern announced that it had acquired previously undocumented diaries written by Hitler, a find British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper initially heralded as “an archive of great historical significance.” In reality, however, an illustrator named Konrad Kujau had…

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Source: Gizmodo – How Archivists Could Stop Deepfakes From Rewriting History

Internet Celebrity Imprisoned for Short, Goofy Rendition of China's National Anthem 

Yang Kaili, a young internet star in China, was detained for five days for singing the country’s national anthem in a non-serious manner during a livestream. On October 7, clad in a fuzzy antler headband, Yang waved her hands around as she sang the national anthem for about 10 seconds.

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Source: Gizmodo – Internet Celebrity Imprisoned for Short, Goofy Rendition of China’s National Anthem 

Ey, I’m a Real New Yawka, So Heah’s What I Think About Da Phone Bagel Pictchas

Ey, I’m Mista Real New Yawka from Da Big Apple, da biggest city in da whole woild. I tawk like “dis” and rememba da good old days when Ess-A-Bagel had da best bagel in da City and you’d neva eva think about gettin dat inna tube from da wiseguys at Stawbucks.

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Source: Gizmodo – Ey, I’m a Real New Yawka, So Heah’s What I Think About Da Phone Bagel Pictchas

Ecuador Tells Julian Assange He Needs to Take Care of His Damn Cat

The good news is that it appears Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s cat is alive in the Ecuadorian embassy. The bad news is Assange needs to be told by the Ecuadorian government to care for the cat or he’ll have to find it a new home.

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Source: Gizmodo – Ecuador Tells Julian Assange He Needs to Take Care of His Damn Cat

Nearly Every Real FCC Public Comment Supported Net Neutrality, Stanford Study Says

Out of every original comment sent to the Federal Communications Commission about its Net Neutrality repeal proceedings, nearly all were against killing the regulations, according to a new Stanford University study. The study found that 99.7 percent of non-duplicated comments were against a repeal.

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Source: Gizmodo – Nearly Every Real FCC Public Comment Supported Net Neutrality, Stanford Study Says