David Cassidy, 1950-2017

David Cassidy, 1950-2017

David Cassidy, star of The Partridge Family and a successful singer, died today aged 67. His publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed his death, with a statement from his family. “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown…

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Uber admits it breached 57,000,000 accounts, then bribed the hackers to cover it up, now they’re paying a top ex-NSA lawyer to teach them transparency

Uber admits it breached 57,000,000 accounts, then bribed the hackers to cover it up, now they’re paying a top ex-NSA lawyer to teach them transparency

Uber’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and his top aide have both been forced out of the company in an act of penance for the revelation that the company suffered a breach in October 2016 in which hackers stole personal data from 50,000,000 riders and 7,000,000 drivers, including 600,000 drivers’ US driving license numbers; Uber says the disgraced employees acted alone when they then paid the hackers who stole the data $100,000 to hush it up. (more…)Read full story

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Facebook still allows housing ads to discriminate by race

Facebook still allows housing ads to discriminate by race

ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook allowed housing advertisers to target ads at white people and provided them other plainly racist segmentation options. Facebook promised to built a system that would spot and eliminate these ads, but a new investigation demonstrates that it failed to do so. Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish…

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Watch: This rocket-powered birthday cake does the blowing and cutting for you

Watch: This rocket-powered birthday cake does the blowing and cutting for you

Mike of the YouTube channel Useless Duck Company was fed up with birthday cakes for two reasons: 1) Blowing out candles splatters germs all over the cake, which is gross and unsanitary; 2) If it’s your birthday, why should you have to work by cutting your own cake? So Mike came up with a new invention that “fixes birthday cakes” – a birthday cake candle made with model rocket engines that blows itself out and cuts the cake so you don’t have to. Brilliant! Here’s the longer version of the…

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Refurbished Kindle Paperwhite for $80

Refurbished Kindle Paperwhite for $80

I do most of my reading on a Kindle Paperwhite. I’m currently reading the Penguin Classics translation of The Count of Monte Cristo (much better than the Project Gutenberg version I read years ago) and the Kindle’s X-Ray feature, which lets me find out about the many characters and their relatives who pop in and out of the novel, helps me remember what the hell is going on. The Kindle is also a lot easier to hold than the 1200 page paperback version, which my daughter is reading. The Paperwhite…

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Fox host Neil Cavuto tells Trump to start acting like a president

Fox host Neil Cavuto tells Trump to start acting like a president

Fox News host Neil Cavuto had a strong message for Trump last night, ending with the line, “Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States. Why don’t you act like it?” Cavuto was fed up with Trump after this week’s twitter tantrums about LaVar Ball and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Cavuto says it’s not about players or senators. “This is about you and respect shown to you. Constant praise shown to you, and gratitude bordering on groveling shown to you. As president of the The United…

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