Juul sets up a web portal for narcing on vaping teens

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Don’t be a bad teen.Image: Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe / Getty By Jack Morse2019-04-13 21:52:52 UTC Juul doesn’t want teens hitting its vapes. The company promises.  Facing a rising tide of criticism for underage use of its e-cigarettes, vape manufacturer Juul is taking a new approach aimed at cracking down on teen use. Specifically, the company launched an online tool designed to track how specific vapes find their way into the hands of minors.  The idea, as explained

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Teen ransomware ‘K!NG’ blew his loot on drugs, gambling, and sex

Shocking, we know.

Shocking, we know.Image: ambar Del moral / mashable By Jack Morse2019-04-09 21:15:46 UTC For years a teenager living just outside of London helped run an elaborate blackmail operation that bilked honest porn-site visitors out of their hard-earned cash — which he proceeded to blow on drugs, luxury hotels, gambling, sex workers, and at least one fancy £5,000 Rolex watch.  Now, the 24-year-old Zain Qaiser, who went by K!NG online, has been sentenced to over six years in jail, and we’re

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Twitter and Google under scrutiny for housing discrimination

Not cool.

Not cool.Image: picture alliance / getty By Jack Morse2019-03-28 21:41:02 UTC It appears that, just like misery, an investigation into possible discriminatory ad practices facilitated by a tech giant loves company.  Following the March 28 revelation that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed charges against Facebook for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act, the Washington Post now reports that Google and Twitter are under investigation by the same agency. And for more or less the

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Reddit bans violent subreddits following Christchurch terrorist attack

Jeez.

Jeez.Image: BOB AL-GREENE / mashable By Jack Morse2019-03-15 23:32:43 UTC Another day, another internet giant belatedly deciding to apply its own policies in the face of a tragedy.  Following the tragic Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand that left 49 people dead and scores more injured, and the subsequent sharing online of a livestream from the killer, Reddit has banned two subreddits that it now says glorified or celebrated violence.  The first, r/watchpeopledie, was pretty much exactly what it sounds

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Skype introduces background blur to disguise the bong you forgot about

Blur, baby, blur.

Look, we get it. With that big video-conference call fast approaching, and all those reports your manager made you pull together at the last freaking minute, it’s totally understandable that you forgot all about that huge bong sitting on the shelf right behind you.  Thankfully, Skype gets it too. The video chat service you never knew was so chill has a new feature that totally has you covered. It’s called background blur, and it’s here to save you from all

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Bigots used Cameo app to trick celebs into making anti-Semitic remarks

Sigh.

Sigh.Image: Ronald Martinez / getty By Jack Morse2018-12-01 23:14:25 UTC This, depressingly, is just so very 2018. Brett Favre and Soulja Boy are doing some serious backtracking, after a report from BuzzFeed News revealed that the two had been tricked into making anti-Semitic statements via an app. And yes, the two celebs were paid for their misguided efforts.  The app, Cameo, seems pretty harmless on its face. It connects Average Joes with celebrities, and allows the former to pay the

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Dozens of Vegas slots went offline simultaneously during a hacker convention

Dozens of Vegas slots went offline simultaneously during a hacker convention

The casino is “pretty certain” it wasn’t hacked.  The annual DEF CON hacking convention returned once again to Las Vegas this weekend, and with it came the typical good-natured mischief that’s bound to happen when thousands of cybersecurity professionals congregate in one spot. Early Saturday morning at the Linq casino, however, looked to be something else entirely.   SEE ALSO: The hackers just arrived, and they’re already breaking Vegas It was around 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. and DEF CON attendee

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Twitter actually followed through on upping its fake-account-banning game

Twitter actually followed through on upping its fake-account-banning game

It’s a Silicon Valley tale as old as time. A company publicly screws up, promises to make things better, and then continues to repeat the same mistakes. But maybe, just maybe, Twitter is delivering some much needed edits to that particular fable.  As reported by the Washington Post, the San Francisco-based social media company has stepped up efforts to kick so-called fake accounts off the platform, and has found at least some success in its efforts. But that success might

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