Is It Weird for Conservatives to Like 'Star Trek'?

On the latest ‘Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy’ podcast, writer Ana Marie Cox discusses Ted Cruz’s love of one of the most openly liberal TV shows.

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A Mugshots.com Indictment, Lost Grenades, and More Security News This Week

Critical Cisco bugs, lost grenades, and more of the week’s top security news.

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Space Photos of the Week: Mars Gets Pac-Man Fever

NASA just released an image of a crater-dune combination it is calling Bachan Pac-Man.

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Best Weekend Tech Deals: Apple Watch, Neck Massagers, Monitors

Computer monitors, TVs, laptops, desktops, and even the Apple Watch are all on sale this weekend.

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A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

The failures of Securus and LocationSmart to secure location data are the failures of an entire industry.

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Google, Alibaba Spar Over Timeline for 'Quantum Supremacy'

Google says it expects to reach an important milestone for quantum computing this year. Not so fast, says Alibaba.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: How to Make Bike Commuting Less Daunting

“Bikes” Calore makes a case for why everyone should bike more–and tells you the gear you need to do it right.

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Cambridge Analytica files U.S. bankruptcy after data scandal

Cambridge Analytica, overwhelmed by a scandal over how it harvested data from Facebook to influence the last U.S. election, filed for bankruptcy in New York. The U.K.-based political consulting firm, which had already said it would cease operations and wind down in its home country, listed liabilities of $1 million to $10 million. The Chapter 7 petition to liquidate U.S. affiliates — including SCL Elections Ltd., and SCL USA Inc. and SCL Social Ltd. — was signed by board members Rebekah Mercer and Jennifer Mercer, daughters of former New York hedge fund manager Robert Mercer whose family backed Donald Trump presidential campaign and helped reshape American conservative politics. The American bankruptcy case could shed light on some of the company’s relationships and finances, as U.S. legal proceedings are more transparent than those in the U.K., and creditors can use bankruptcy law to subpoena information and probe asset transfers. Cambridge Analytica, which did work for Trump’s 2016 campaign, said in a May 2 statement on its website that it lost “virtually all” customers and suppliers as a result of reports that it improperly obtained information from tens of millions of Facebook Inc. users. Continue reading at AdAge.com

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EU parliament pushes for Zuckerberg hearing to be live-streamed

There’s confusion about whether a meeting between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the European Union’s parliament — which is due to take place next Tuesday — will go ahead as planned or not. The meeting was confirmed by the EU parliament’s president this week, and is the latest stop on Zuckerberg’s contrition tour, following the Cambridge Analytics data misuse story that blew up into a major public scandal in mid March.  However, the discussion with MEPs that Facebook agreed to was due to take place behind closed doors. A private format that’s not only ripe with irony but was also unpalatable to a large number of MEPs. It even drew criticism from some in the EU’s unelected executive body, the European Commission, which further angered parliamentarians. Now, as the FT reports, MEPs appear to have forced the parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani, to agree to live-streaming the event. Guy Verhofstadt — the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats group of MEPs, who had said he would boycott the meeting if it took place in private — has also tweeted that a majority of the parliament’s groups have pushed for the event to be streamed online. EP President Tajani forced by five of the eight political groups – representing a majority of MEPs – to open the meeting with #Zuckerberg by webstreaming the hearing. — Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) May 18, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js And a Green Group MEP, Sven Giegold, who posted an online petition calling for the meeting not to be held in secret — has also tweeted that there is now a majority among the groups wanting to change the format. At the time of writing, Giegold’s petition has garnered more than 25,000 signatures. Das dürfen wir uns nicht bieten lassen! Die Anhörung von Mark #Zuckerberg im EU-Parlament soll im Geheimen stattfinden. #Facebook verspricht Transparenz, will sich aber der öffentlichen Verantwortung in Europa entziehen. Jetzt Petition unterschreiben: https://t.co/dU3dJixztd pic.twitter.com/hCcxgGHJGC — Sven Giegold (@sven_giegold) May 17, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js MEP Claude Moraes, chair of the EU parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee — and one of the handful of parliamentarians set to question Zuckerberg (assuming the meeting goes ahead as planned) — told TechCrunch this morning that there were efforts afoot among political group leaders to try to open up the format. Though any changes would clearly depend on Facebook agreeing to them. After speaking to Moraes, we asked Facebook to confirm whether…

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How to Not Watch the Royal Wedding

You have been invited to virtually attend Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s marriage this weekend. But frankly, you don’t give a damn.

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Fed Up With Apple's Policies, App Developers Form a 'Union' Ahead of WWDC

A group identifying itself as The Developers Union worries its members cannot earn a living by writing software built on Apple’s existing values.

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A leaked look at Facebook’s search engine for influencer marketing

Facebook’s next money-maker could be this tool for connecting marketers to social media creators so they can team up on sponsored-content Facebook ad campaigns. The Branded Content Matching search engine lets advertisers select the biographical characteristics of creators’ fans they want to reach, see stats about these audiences, and contact them to hammer out deals. Leaked screenshots of Facebook’s promotional materials for the tool were first attained and published in German by AllFacebook.de. TechCrunch has now confirmed with Facebook the existence of the test of the search engine. Facebook first vaguely noted it would build a creator-brand tool in March, but now we know what it looks like and exactly how it works. Even though Facebook will not actually broker or initially take a cut of the deals, the tool could equip brands with much more compelling and original marketing content. That could in turn encourage them to spend more on Facebook ads to spread that content, while also making more entertaining and tolerable the ads users see so they spend longer on the social network. By getting creators paid, even if not directly by Facebook, they’ll invest more in the quality of their content and size of their following on the app instead of with competitors. How Facebook’s influencer marketing search engine works A Facebook spokesperson explained the motive behind the tool like this. Facebook wants to help businesses find creators who can reach their target audience in an authentic way, while allowing creators a path to monetizing their Facebook content and fan base. Creators opt in to participating in the test and set up a portfolio showcasing their audience size and metrics plus their best branded content. Facebook is starting the program primarily with a set of lifestyle brands and creators. Advertisers in the test can search for creators with specific audience demographics using a wide range of targeting options. Those include both general and industry-specific parameters, like: Top countries where they’re popular Interests Gender Education history Relationship status Life events Home ownership status Home type The search engine’s results page shows a list of creators with each’s audience match percentage to the search terms, percentage of their followers they reach, engagement rate, follower count and video views. Advertisers can save their best matches to private lists, and reach out to contact the creators, though Facebook is still figuring out if it’s best to connect them through their Facebook…

Source: TechCrunch – Social A leaked look at Facebook’s search engine for influencer marketing

New Kitchen Knives from Shun and Kikuichi Cutlery

Our kitchen gear expert gives you some points to consider when adding a new blade to your quiver.

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Congress' Latest Move to Extend Copyright Protection Is Misguided

Opinion: Law professor and copyright expert Lawrence Lessig argues that Congress is once again selling the public domain to the special interests.

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Cambridge Analytica files U.S. bankruptcy after data scandal

Cambridge Analytica, overwhelmed by a scandal over how it harvested data from Facebook to influence the last U.S. election, filed for bankruptcy in New York. The U.K.-based political consulting firm, which had already said it would cease operations and wind down in...

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EU parliament pushes for Zuckerberg hearing to be live-streamed

There’s confusion about whether a meeting between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the European Union’s parliament — which is due to take place next Tuesday — will go ahead as planned or not. The meeting was confirmed by the EU parliament’s president this week,...

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How to Not Watch the Royal Wedding

You have been invited to virtually attend Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's marriage this weekend. But frankly, you don't give a damn. Source: Wired Gear How to Not Watch the Royal...

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Cardi B to help YouTube with marketing blitz for music service

YouTube will soon debut a revamped music-streaming service to challenge Apple Music and Spotify Technology SA. And the Google division is willing to spend heavily to tell the world about it -- including getting hip-hop star Cardi B to help. For the service, the video...

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Seventeen and Cosmo bring Netflix's '13 Reasons' to life

Hearst has created an installation to promote Netflix's its hit teen show "13 Reasons Why." The publisher is erecting a wall of actual high school-like lockers on both coasts where people can take Polaroids, write confessionals on the snapshots, and post them IRL (in...

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Facebook Stories reveals 150M daily viewers and here come ads

After 14 months of silence since launching, Facebook Stories has finally announced a 150 million daily active user count for its Snapchat Stories clone. And now it’s time to earn some money off it. Facebook Stories will start testing its first ads today in the U.S.,...

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Instagram officially launches re-sharing of posts to Stories

No, it’s not a “regram” option. Sorry!  But today, Instagram is officially launching a new feature that will allow users to re-share someone’s Instagram post with their friends via Instagram Stories – something it confirmed was in testing earlier this year. The idea...

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