Facebook Asked Some Users for Their Email Passwords, Then ‘Unintentionally Uploaded’ 1.5 Million Contact Lists Without Consent

Earlier this month, Facebook admitted that it was asking some users who signed up on desktop while using email addresses not supporting the OAuth open standard to give them the passwords to their email accounts—with options to avoid doing so hidden in a “Need Help?” sub-menu. Now the social media giant has admitted…Read more……

Facebook Asked Some Users for Their Email Passwords, Then ‘Unintentionally Uploaded’ 1.5 Million Contact Lists Without Consent

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

A group of five unnamed mothers are suing the city of New York, trying to get it to block a mandatory measles-mumps-rubella vaccination order city officials ordered earlier this month in specific ZIP codes in Brooklyn amid a major measles outbreak.Read more……

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

Feds Partner With South Carolina Prison for Cellphone Jamming Test

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons tested cellphone-jamming technology at the state-run maximum security Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, last week, the Associated Press reported, in what the Verge noted may be a prelude to state prisons gaining more power to keep incarcerated persons…Read more……

Feds Partner With South Carolina Prison for Cellphone Jamming Test

Amazon’s Oil Addiction, Black Holes, and Tiny Ancient Humans: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Wow, it’s finally here: The last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres tonight. In a matter of mere minutes, viewers will have the chance to re-experience the magical world of Westeros, spending a final few episodes in the company of fan favorites like Dragon Owner, The Explosion Doer, Grizzled Conscience Man, …Read more……

Amazon’s Oil Addiction, Black Holes, and Tiny Ancient Humans: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Westworld Welcomes Lena Waithe to Season Three

Westworld’s last season ended with the power dynamics between the titular park’s human guests and cybernetic hosts shifting in a radical way as the inorganic beings moved forward on their path to wrestling freedom from their creators. But for the show’s next season, the cast is getting larger in order to tell even…Read more……

Westworld Welcomes Lena Waithe to Season Three

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week

“Consumer protection” isn’t a phrase you’ll find on the resume of a person who devises dishonest, meaningless soundbites like, “Net neutrality is about government takeover of the internet.” But most Washington lawmakers don’t really care what a soundbite means or whether it’s they’re true. It just needs to be catchy,…Read more……

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week

New Bill Aims To Hold Tech Companies Accountable For Their Shitty Algorithms

Over the years, tech companies have found a convenient scapegoat for some of their most egregious mistakes in a voiceless part of their operations—their algorithms. But a bill introduced on Wednesday seeks to effectively prevent these automated systems from being an acceptable excuse for bias, unintended or not. Read more……

New Bill Aims To Hold Tech Companies Accountable For Their Shitty Algorithms

Law and Order Are the Only Things Standing Between Us and NCAA Fans With Flaming Lime Scooters

I don’t consider myself anything close to a sports fan, but even I understand that the Lord of the Flies-level chaos that transpired following Texas Tech’s victory over Michigan State on Saturday is remarkable if for no other reason than the bonfire of flaming Lime scooters.Read more……

Law and Order Are the Only Things Standing Between Us and NCAA Fans With Flaming Lime Scooters

This Overlook Hotel Welcome Mat Is the Best, Least Inviting Way to Greet Your Friends

The idea of a welcome mat, generally, is to make someone feel invited into your home. It’s a form of greeting for your friends and their (presumably dirty) feet. This welcome mat, inspired by The Shining, won’t do that. But if you’re looking to make your home feel more supernaturally unsettling, you’re in luck.Read more……

This Overlook Hotel Welcome Mat Is the Best, Least Inviting Way to Greet Your Friends

Trump’s Goons Now Forced to Say They Have No Idea Whether Wind Turbines Cause Cancer

Last night at a Republican fundraiser in DC, Donald Trump claimed that wind turbines cause cancer with the citation, “They say the noise causes cancer.” This may be because the president has a grudge against wind power because he thought it would spoil the view from one of his golf courses in Scotland or it might just…Read more……

Trump’s Goons Now Forced to Say They Have No Idea Whether Wind Turbines Cause Cancer

Curiosity Rover Detected Methane on Mars in 2013, a New Analysis Confirms

NASA’s Curiosity rover shook the science community six years ago when it apparently detected traces of methane—an important chemical linked to life—on Mars. Researchers failed to confirm these results in the years that followed, but that’s now changed thanks to a re-analysis of data collected from orbit.Read more……

Curiosity Rover Detected Methane on Mars in 2013, a New Analysis Confirms

Facebook Reportedly Worked on Project to Build Fleet of Bird-Sized Internet Drones

It turns out that Facebook’s onetime plan to build huge drones that would relay wireless networks to parts of the world without widespread access to high-speed internet, Project Aquila, isn’t the only odd method the company has explored in its quest towards world e-domination. According to a recent report in Business…Read more……

Facebook Reportedly Worked on Project to Build Fleet of Bird-Sized Internet Drones

UK Labour Party Declares National Climate Emergency in Likely Political First

UK politics is more than a seemingly endless Brexit slog. On Thursday, for instance, the Labour Party declared a climate emergency. It likely marks the first major party declaring a climate emergency at the national level anywhere in the world, in yet another sign that climate politics are rapidly shifting.Read more……

UK Labour Party Declares National Climate Emergency in Likely Political First