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How Do We Know What Neanderthals Looked Like?

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Graphic: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images)When quarry workers dislodged a skullcap and a bunch of bones from a cave near Düsseldorf in 1856, little did anyone realize the remains would reveal an entirely new branch on the tree of life, that of the genus Homo and its many constituents, including Homo neanderthalensis, to which those…

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A Porn Site Bought Vidme, and Now There’s Porn on the Washington Post, HuffPost, and More

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Screenshot: Lucas Ropek/Huffington PostA flood of hardcore porn popped up on websites across the internet Thursday, infiltrating the likes of popular news sites like the Washington Post, New York magazine, Huffington Post, and other web pages.The incident occurred sometime around mid-afternoon, when people reading serious news stories in serious media outlets suddenly found themselves staring…

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Verizon Finally Embraces RCS, Now the Lone Holdout Is Apple

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Verizon will make its Android Messages app the default in 2022, though its own Messages app will also get RCS implementation. Photo: Florence Ion / GizmodoStarting next year, Verizon will make Android Messages the default texting app on all its Android devices.Verizon announced it’s joining the ranks of its competitors, AT&T and T-Mobile, in prioritizing…

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Venmo to Stop Snitching

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The Venmo logo as shown on a smartphone screen in March 2018.Photo: Patrick Semansky / File (Getty Images)Venmo is discontinuing its longtime policy of telling every stranger on the fucking planet who new users are sending money to and why for no reason whatsoever, according to Bloomberg.The mobile payment app has since its inception had…

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Biden Assembles the Final Member of His Big Tech Nightmare Squad

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Photo: Jessica Hill (AP)President Joe Biden has selected attorney and frequent critic of Google parent company Alphabet to lead the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the White House announced Tuesday. If approved, Kanter would join the Biden administration’s robust legal team that’s poised to combat Silicon Valley’s enormous market power.As head of the…

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Space Tourism Is a Waste

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Jeff Bezos, the richest man on Earth, will head into suborbital space on Tuesday. He’ll be the second billionaire to take such a journey this month, getting narrowly beat out by Richard Branson, who recently took an hour-long rocket trip to the edge of space. Next year, Elon Musk—who has traded the world’s-richest title with…

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New Ultra City Smiths Trailer Has Hit the Internet!

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The baby dolls of Ultra City SmithsImage: AMC+The new trailer for Ultra City Smiths has hit the internet! The half-hour series was created by Steve Conrad (Patriot), who also serves as showrunner. Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken) will act as one of the show’s many producers.Ultra City Smiths has an interesting premise as…

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Janicza Bravo Will Produce and Direct Kindred Pilot Episode for FX

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Cover art by Damian DuffyImage: Abrams ComicartsZola director Janicza Bravo will direct and serve as executive producer on the FX pilot for Kindred—an adaptation of the novel written by prolific science-fiction writer Octavia E. Butler.According to Deadline, the project originates from Watchmen writers Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Courtney Lee-Mitchell, in collaboration with Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures.…

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Walking Dead Lawsuit Ends in $200 Million Settlement

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The old days of Walking Dead season 1.Image: AMCFrank Darabont, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind The Shawshank Redemption, was a key figure in bringing The Walking Dead to AMC way back in 2010. A few years later though, the showrunner and executive producer realized he wasn’t be compensated properly for his stake in the show, and…

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Schmigadoon Is a Musical Reality That Wants to Trap You

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Cecily Strong as Melissa Gimble and Keegan-Michael Key as Josh Skinner.Image: AppleBetween WandaVision and Kevin Can F*ck Himself, shows revolving around warped pocket realities have been having quite the moment in 2021. It seems like a moment that Apple TV+’s new musical series Schmigadoon—from co-creators Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and director Barry Sonnenfeld—very much…

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Feds: California Men Discussed ‘Terrorist’ Attacks on Twitter and Facebook, Other Targets

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Photo: JOSH EDELSON/AFP (Getty Images)Two California men have been indicted in connection with an apparent plot to attack the state’s Democratic Party headquarters, located in Sacramento, the Justice Department said Friday. The men also discussed attacks at other locations throughout the state that they “associated with Democrats,” including the headquarters of both Facebook and Twitter,…

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The Biggest Hacks of 2021 (So Far)

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Fuel holding tanks are seen at Colonial Pipeline’s Linden Junction Tank Farm on May 10, 2021 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Photo: Michael M. Santiago (Getty Images)Over the past several months, it’s become hard to ignore the fact that the digital lives we’ve all built for ourselves appear to be completely and utterly vulnerable to cybercriminals…

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The U.S. Wheat Crop Is in Trouble

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Photo: Chris McGrath (Getty Images)Wheat farmers across the country are facing lower yields as 98% of the country’s wheat crop is in areas experiencing drought.In the Northern Plains, the Department of Agriculture said Monday that farmers were projected to harvest their smallest crop of spring wheat—crops planted in the spring and harvested in the autumn—in…

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