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The Amazon Worker-Led Union Is Almost Ready for Election Time

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Photo: Stephanie Keith; Amazon workers strike in Staten Island to demand better covid-19 safety protocols on May Day 2020 (Getty Images)The grassroots Amazon Labor Union is finally gearing up for an election after gathering thousands of worker signatures. Organizers of the new union, all former and current Amazon workers, set up camp in April outside…

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The Candy Corn Has Been Hacked

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Photo: Wikicommons/Evan AmosJust in time for Halloween, a ransomware gang has targeted Ferrara Candy—the massive confectionary responsible for producing Brach’s well-known candy corn—the most OG of holiday treats. Ferrara, which is based in Chicago, is responsible for 85 percent of the candy corn production in the country during the Halloween season—and reportedly churns out approximately…

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Someone Hacked and Defaced Donald Trump’s Website

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Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP (Getty Images)Someone hacked into and temporarily defaced the website of former President Donald Trump on Monday, weirdly embedding a YouTube video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan onto one of the site’s pages.The defacement, which popped up on the site’s subdomain devoted to “Action,” included the following message: “Do not…

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Saudi Arabia Is Building a Tourism Resort Based on an Oil Rig to Try to Make Destroying the Planet Cool

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It seems that the world’s largest oil producing countries will stop at nothing to keep drilling, despite the fact that doing so aggravates climate change and its devastating effects. Oil-producing heavyweight Saudi Arabia recently unveiled a new tactic: making oil rigs look cool. The country’s Public Investment Fund, its sovereign wealth fund, has announced a…

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Ransomware Hackers Reportedly Targeted 3 Different U.S. Water Facilities This Year Alone

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Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)Ransomware gangs targeted multiple water facilities in the U.S. this year, a new government report claims. The news represents a frightening escalation in cybercrime—showing that hackers are increasingly willing to put people’s lives at risk for the sake of money.A joint advisory, published Thursday by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,…

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Former Boeing Manager Indicted for Lying to FAA About 737 Max Plane Before Crashes

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File photo of Boeing’s headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images)A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Texas has indicted Boeing’s former chief technical pilot for allegedly lying to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Evaluation Group (FAA AEG) about Boeing’s 737 Max airplane, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of…

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Report: Amazon Used Sales Data to Duplicate Popular Products and Box Out Retailers

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Photo: Sajjad Hussain (Getty Images)Reuters has uncovered damning evidence about the extent to which Amazon has systematically planned to rip off its third-party sellers in India—to the extent that it’s virtually impossible for the company to keep up a years-long charade.According to documents obtained by the outlet, Amazon’s India branch employed a detailed campaign to…

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The Best Star Wars Cantina Aliens, Ranked

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Ironically, none of these patrons are on the list.Screenshot: LucasfilmThe Mos Eisley cantina is one of the most iconic sequences in sci-fi, let alone Star Wars, for good measure: it’s a hectic, technicolor glimpse into a wild world of weird aliens that expands, in just a few minutes, our entire worldview of what the setting…

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Company That Sold Fake Shares in Real Companies for NFT ‘Fantasy Startup Investing’ Has Already Pivoted

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Photo: Jack Taylor (Getty Images)After considerable criticism, creators of an online game based around “fantasy startup investing” have said they plan to ditch their original plans to charge users for gameplay and will now adopt a “free-to-play” model. The company, Visionrare, had planned to sell users NFT shares in real companies for the purposes of…

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The Justice Department Has a New Team of Crypto Cops

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Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool (Getty Images)The U.S. Justice Department has announced the launch of a new investigative team focused on disrupting “criminal misuse” of cryptocurrency. Dubbed the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team, or NCET, for short, the team will target crooked crypto exchanges, money launderers, and other unsavory elements that occupy the dark recesses of the digital…

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Why Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram All Went Down on Monday

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A woman checks her Instagram account as she stands on a street in New York city on October 4, 2021.Photo: Ed Jones (Getty Images)Facebook, your uncle’s favorite source for information on how 5G is making everyone communist, experienced a six-hour outage Monday. And it wasn’t just Facebook—the company’s other major platforms, Instagram and WhatsApp, were also…

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Ozy Media’s Lies Made It Go Up in Flames

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The weeklong soap opera starring Ozy Media came to a dramatic finish on Friday when the media outlet announced it was shutting down. Ozy’s finale unfolded in only five days and was fueled by its own lies and misrepresentations. Nonetheless, one question remains: Why did it take so long for the company’s deceptions to reach…

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Biden Administration Plans to Convene 30 Countries to Discuss Solutions to Ransomware Threat

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Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)The Biden administration plans to meet with officials from dozens of countries later this month in an effort to better coordinate a crackdown on cybercriminal gangs—particularly ransomware. “This month, the United States will bring together 30 countries to accelerate our cooperation in combatting cybercrime, improving law enforcement collaboration, stemming the illicit…

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Slack Is Down for Many People Worldwide

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The Slack logo appears outside its headquarters on December 1, 2020 in San Francisco, California.Photo: Stephen Lam (Getty Images)It’s not just you. Slack has been down for many people worldwide since late Thursday afternoon and some people are still struggling to access the messaging service via mobile app or even just slack.com on early Friday…

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This Is Why We Need Section 230

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Photo: Ric Feld (AP)CNN shut down its Facebook page in Australia on Wednesday, after an Australian court ruled that media outlets are liable for defamatory user-generated comments. On the one hand: bye, Felicia. On the other, the ruling threatens to squash the lively social media discourse we all know and love. It could also stifle…

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Amazon’s New Fitness Tracker Is Basically a Fitbit

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Image: AmazonNo, you’re not seeing double. The new Amazon Halo View looks almost exactly like a Fitbit Charge 5. Announced as part of Amazon’s devices and services event, the $80 tracker adds a color AMOLED display and two new fitness and nutrition modes for its Halo service.Amazon made a big deal about how the original…

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Who’s Who in Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop

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The Bebop crew have got a lot of familiar faces to confront... but first, some jazz!Screenshot: NetflixWe’re just a few months away from the arrival of the live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation on Netflix, but while we wait for November 19, the streaming service gave us a glimpse of the show’s faithful take on the anime’s…

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Disaster Comedy Don’t Look Up Feels Way Too Real

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President Meryl Streep? Yes, okay.Screenshot: NetflixThe star-studded new film Don’t Look Up has a wild, completely unbelievable premise. Something totally out of the scope of reality. A plot that would never, ever, in a million years happen. It’s about a world where scientists have proof something terrible is happening...and no one believes them. Pfft. Yeah,…

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