The Justice Department Has a New Team of Crypto Cops

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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Major Banks Hit by Infuriating Customer Service Phone Outage [Update]

Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP (Getty Images)A phone system glitch linked to Verizon made it impossible for countless customers to call their banks and other companies.On Wednesday evening, customers (including me) began contacting companies complaining that the customer service phone numbers listed on their websites would not go through, returning a “your call cannot be completed as…

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

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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United Airlines Will Let iPhone Users Show Proof of Vaccination in the Apple Health App

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)Flying during pandemic times just got a bit more convenient for iPhone users traveling on United Airlines. On Friday, United announced that it would allow iPhone users demonstrate they’ve been vaccinated against covid-19 using the Apple Health app. In order to take advantage of this new service, you must be running iOS…

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League of Legends’ Vi and Jinx Are Sisters-in-Arms in Netflix’s Arcane Trailer

Now you owe me a coke.Image: Riot Games/NetflixThe much-anticipated prequel series to the beyond-popular League of Legends multiplayer battle arena game is nigh! As part of its fun but miserably named Tudum event, Netflix has released an all-new trailer for Arcane, the animated TV series which will chronicle the origins of fan-favorite Champions Jinx and…

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The Witcher Has Been Renewed for Season 3, Another Anime Film Is on the Way, and a Spinoff… for Kids

The Witcher’s back (get it?) for season three.Image: NetflixHow was Netflix going to put an exclamation point on its three-hour barrage of weekend news called Tudum? How about the ultimate news dump for one of its biggest, most popular fantasy adaptations: The Witcher?First up, before season two’s December 17 release, Netflix has already renewed the…

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Facebook to Appear at Senate Hearing After Leaked Research Shows Instagram’s Harmful Effects

Photo: Joël SAGET / AFP (Getty Images)Representatives from Facebook will soon return to the hallowed halls of Congress where they will resume their favorite pastime: getting screamed at by legislators about how they’re ruining America. This time, the lucky company representative is Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, who will be facing down charges…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer Boosters for People 65 and Older and Those at High Risk for Severe Covid-19

Photo: Francois Monier / AFP (Getty Images)After weeks of wondering who will get covid-19 booster shots and when—and receiving confusing advice from a variety of public officials—the Food and Drug Administration has made a decision. On Wednesday, regulators at the FDA decided to amend Pfizer-BioNTech’s emergency use authorization and allow for a single booster shot…

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Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption Prompted Construction of Ancient Maya Pyramid, Research Suggests

The pyramid, known as the Campana structure, with volcanic mountains in the background. Image: Akira IchikawaAround 1,500 years ago, a powerful volcanic eruption laid waste to what is now El Salvador, sending the Maya civilization into a temporary period of decline. New research suggests a monumental pyramid located near the volcano was built by the…

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Elon Musk, the Man Who Almost Never Meets Deadlines, Says Starlink Will Come Out of Beta Phase Next Month

This long-exposure image shows a trail of a group of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites passing over Uruguay on February 7, 2021.Photo: Mariana Suarez / AFP (Getty Images)SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Friday announced that Starlink, the company’s satellite internet service, will come out of its public beta phase in October. While that would be exciting news,…

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Internal Facebook Documents Show How Badly It Fumbled the Fight Against Anti-Vaxxers: Report

A patient receiving a coronavirus vaccine from the Oakland County Health Department clinic in Southfield, Michigan, in August 2021.Photo: Emily Elconin (Getty Images)The Wall Street Journal has had something of a banner week tearing down Facebook. Its series on a trove of internal company documents obtained by the paper has unveiled Facebook’s secret system for…

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Steve Wozniak Appears to Be Launching a Space Garbage Company

Photo: Steve Wozniak, 2015. (Rich Fury) (AP)Step aside, space barons. Steve Wozniak has announced space plans. On Sunday night, Wozniak tweeted a cryptic announcement: “A Private space company is starting up, unlike the others.” The embedded video ad for the company, Privateer, deceptively resembles most other billionaires’ space announcements with platitudes like “together, we’ll go…

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Companies Tied to Fugitive Chinese Billionaire Behind Right-Wing Social Network Must Pay SEC $539 Million Settlement

Guo Wengui, fugitive Chinese billionaire, seen here giving a news conference in November 2018 in New York.Photo: Don Emmert / AFP (Getty Images)The Securities and Exchange Commission has penalized companies tied to Guo Wengui, the fugitive Chinese billionaire who fled the nation in 2014 and has since ingratiated himself with several prominent right-wing personalities in…

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Apple: Don’t Attach Your iPhone to Motorcycles, Mopeds, or Scooters if You Want the Camera to Last

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)Apple has a message for iPhone users with high-power motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters: Don’t attach your phone to them you value your camera. In a support document with a uniquely-long and oddly-specific title published on Friday—which was called, “Exposure to vibrations, like those generated by high-powered motorcycle engines, might impact iPhone cameras,”…

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