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Saturday, December 5, 2020

The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Users

Plus: Better Twitter two-factor, a Spotify hack, and more of the week’s top security news.

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The Best Sex Toys and Tech for Every Body

Spending more time indoors? Here are our favorite gender-inclusive adult devices to give you and your partner(s) a helping hand.

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Physicists Are Closer to Knowing the Size of a Proton … Sort of

A new and potentially improved measurement of a proton’s charge radius brings scientists closer to an answer. But the issue is still unresolved.

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Another Victim of Global Warming: The Great British Bake Off

Increasing summer temperatures are proving a menace to butter, chocolates, and baked Alaska.

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This Is the Perfect Bedroom Guitar Amp

The Positive Grid Spark will inspire you to step out of your musical wheelhouse.

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20 Smart Gifts to Upgrade Your Beauty Routine

Give your loved ones the gift of feeling fabulous with these tools and sets.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Trust in Covid Vaccines Grows, Planning Begins, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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Teddy Roosevelt Is Basically a Fantasy Character

Erin Lindsey's Rose Gallagher books give America's 26th president the paranormal cowboy stories he deserves.

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The Ascent of Elliot Page

The Oscar-nominated Umbrella Academy star came out as trans this week—a huge moment for the actor and everyone watching his rise.

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Apple's Covid Response Was Extremely Apple

Plus: A patented pizza box, polarization on Parler, and a sad update.

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5 Sanitizers to Blast the Feces Off Your Toothbrush

A device that cleans toothbrushes with UV light is something you probably want. Trust us.

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The Best iPad to Buy (and the Ones to Avoid)

With several new iPads on the market, choosing the right one is more complicated than ever. We’re here to help.

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How The Tumult of 2020 Will Shape the Future of Ride Sharing

This week, we talk about the new legal and social realities that Lyft, Uber, the scooter companies, and bike-share companies will face once the pandemic ends.

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13 Piping-Hot Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers

We all know someone who puts a little too much time into their morning brew. Here's how to shop for them.

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The Future of Work: ‘Collaborative Configurations of Minds’ by Lettie Prell

“No longer were we merely the created machine called Artificial Intelligence. We became Alternative Intelligence.”

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For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth

The Japanese Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu marks a major milestone this weekend with the return of pristine space rock.

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A Member of the ‘Squad’ Takes on Cryptocurrency

US Representative Rashida Tlaib, a progressive first-term lawmaker, has cosponsored a bill requiring stablecoins like Facebook's Libra to be issued by banks.

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Among Us and a Resurgence of Narrative-Free Games

In the midst of a pandemic, we're all suffering from narrative exhaustion right now.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

Timnit Gebru is a leader among those examining the societal impacts of the technology. She had also criticized the company's diversity efforts.

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A ‘Magical Bug’ Exposed Any iPhone in a Hacker's Wi-Fi Range

A Google researcher found flaws in Apple's AWDL protocol that would have allowed for a complete device takeover.

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China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy

Google trumpeted its quantum computer that outperformed a conventional supercomputer. A Chinese group says it's done the same, with different technology.

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On Section 230, It's Trump vs. Trump

The president is urging Congress to repeal a law that his own trade agreements commit the country to.

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Spoil Your Cat Over the Holidays With Our Favorite Gear

Between litter boxes, beds, scratchers, and trees, cats require a lot of supplies. These are our favorites.

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Slay Every Sauce and Soup With This $100 Stick Blender

Braun's new powerful and easy-to-use immersion blender is an essential kitchen upgrade.

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Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

A new study tests a device that can efficiently split the resource’s water into pure oxygen and hydrogen in Martian conditions.

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The Arecibo Observatory Is More Than Just a Telescope

The world’s second largest radio telescope collapsed on Tuesday. But its legacy is indestructible.

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The Best Travel Mugs to Ward Off the Winter Chill

From classics like Yeti and Stanley to new tumblers from OtterBox and Snow Peak, these picks will keep your libations piping hot.

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Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Bestowing tech gifts means anticipating confusion about privacy and recurring fees. Here's how to ease the minds of loved ones this year.

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Do Diverse Corporate Boards Lead to a Fairer Workplace?

Nasdaq wants at least one woman and one underrepresented minority among directors at listed companies. The proposal goes further than most, but will it matter?

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Apple’s New iPad Air Is a Great Tablet With a Few Quirks

The 2020 edition of the iPad Air is light, powerful, convenient. It's a good buy as long as you don't mind a few small annoyances.

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Warp Speed, Atomic Structure, and the Future of Vaccines

John Mascola, who worked on the research that led to the Moderna shot, thinks Covid-19 proves we have to prep for the next virus, too.

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Hackers Are Targeting the Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Cold Chain’

As vaccines await US approval, a sophisticated global phishing campaign has tried to harvest credentials from companies involved in their distribution.

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This Notorious Botnet Has an Alarming New Trick

The hackers behind TrickBot have begun probing victim PCs for vulnerable firmware, which would let them persist on devices undetected.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

Researchers loaded containers with trackers and released them in the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, giving new insight into how plastic pollution travels.

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A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

Efforts to secure the Border Gateway Protocol have picked up critical momentum, including a big assist from Google.

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New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

Reinforcement learning might be the next step in keeping broadband-carrying balloons afloat above remote areas. Could Venus be next?

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19 Delightful Gifts for Music Lovers and Audiophiles

From headphones and speakers to accessories for their vinyl LPs, these gift ideas will appeal to any audio lover.

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Double Your Laptop’s Screen Size With a Portable Monitor

The Vissles-M is an excellent and easy-to-use touchscreen monitor that sits next to your computer, embiggening your WFH workspace.

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Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid Virus

Both teams want to know when—or how often—the virus passed from animals to people. But the trail may have gone cold, and the search has gotten political.

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This Company Uses AI to Outwit Malicious AI

Robust Intelligence is among a crop of companies that offer to protect clients from efforts at deception.

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The Pandemic Gives Us a Chance to Change How We Get Around

City transportation ecosystems are suddenly getting more diverse, giving us an opportunity to (finally) rethink the car.

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The Best Barefoot Shoes for Walking or Running

Our favorite zero-drop, minimalist footwear will let you feel the ground beneath your feet.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense

The attorney general has long been one of the president’s chief apologists. Not this time.

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Our 100+ Favorite Cyber Monday Deals Still Available Today

We combed through every Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal we featured this week. These deals remain—for the moment.

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A Story About a Gargantuan Space Creature

Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.

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7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

Here's how to lock down your data and stop others from snooping on your personal information.

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Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, Xbox Live Gold, Game Pass, Game Pass Ultimate—we break it down so you can pick the right one for you.

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One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack - December 2020

This month's list focuses on cases relating to Covid-19, as thousands of individuals have called on the UN to free jailed journalists amid the ongoing pandemic.

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How to Back Up and Move Your Photos Between Services

Leaving Google Photos now that it's no longer free and unlimited? Considering Apple Photos or OneDrive? Here's how to take your library with you.

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The 14 Best Tech Gifts for Kids

Your child has spent years watching you tap away on your phone or laptop. Give them a turn on an age-appropriate device of their own.

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The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

The US health care system has always been unequal, but Covid-19 has revealed it to be absurd.

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How a Vibrating Smartwatch Could Be Used to Stop Nightmares

The FDA has given NightWare clearance to market a “digital therapeutic” device that uses an Apple Watch to interrupt PTSD-related nightmares.

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They Found Community, and Then Love, in Online Games

It's no surprise people build great friendships when they game together. But these folks found much more—sometimes across long distances and cultural divides.

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