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How to ghost Grubhub and order your restaurant takeout ethically
Illustration byAngie Wang Online food delivery services can often provide a valuable service, especially when you plan to order ahead, put in a larger order, have specific dietary requests, are unable to pick up an order, or can only pay with a credit card. For restaurants, it can also be helpful ...
4 minutes ago
The Verge
How to ghost Grubhub and order your restaurant takeout ethically
Disney+ announces two adventure competition shows for teens
While Quibi is remaking the once-popular Nickelodeon show Legends of the Hidden Temple, Disney+ is planning two of its own mazes-based, puzzle-solving shows that could be Legends of the Hidden Temple-esque with a reality TV spin. Today, the streaming...
6 minutes ago
Engadget
Disney+ announces two adventure competition shows for teens
UPS is buying thousands of electric vans and teaming up with Waymo to accelerate the future of delivery
For years, UPS has been gesturing toward a future where some of its delivery vehicles are electric, autonomous, or drones. Now, the delivery giant is taking steps to make that happen with a trio of announcements designed to boost the company's profile " and maybe its stock, too " ahead of its quarterly ...
7 minutes ago
The Verge
UPS is buying thousands of electric vans and teaming up with Waymo to accelerate the future of delivery
UPS will use Arrival's electric trucks in the US and Europe
Delivery giant UPS has ordered 10,000 electric trucks from Arrival, a technology company based in the UK. Some of the vehicles will be trialed in London and Paris later this year, building on a similar experiment that was run by the two companies in...
7 minutes ago
Engadget
UPS will use Arrival's electric trucks in the US and Europe
Stanford's Doggo quadrupedal robot and siblings Pupper and Woofer are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI
Animal-like, four-legged robots have been a crowd pleaser since Boston Dynamics' BigDog, and Stanford's Doggo shows how the technology can be made open source, accessible, and educational. Doggo's creators will bring the diminutive robot, plus its smaller and larger siblings Pupper and Woofer, to TC ...
12 minutes ago
TechCrunch
Stanford's Doggo quadrupedal robot and siblings Pupper and Woofer are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI
Dozens of companies have data dumped online by ransomware ring seeking leverage
Maze operators "gift" Pensacola by removing data dump, but others not so lucky.
17 minutes ago
Ars Technica
Dozens of companies have data dumped online by ransomware ring seeking leverage
NASA is fixing a Voyager 2 snag that deactivated sensors
Voyager 2 might already have crossed into interstellar space, but that isn't stopping NASA from providing some technical help. The administration is in the midst of fixing a problem with the probe that led it to shut off its science equipment. When a...
24 minutes ago
Engadget
NASA is fixing a Voyager 2 snag that deactivated sensors
Blizzard now claims full copyright for player-made "custom game" mods
New legal language would ensure total ownership of the next Dota.
33 minutes ago
Ars Technica
Blizzard now claims full copyright for player-made "custom game" mods
US House Ethics Committee is advising politicians against sharing deepfakes
The US House Ethics Committee informed House members yesterday that posting audio or video that has been altered for misleading effect on social media, also known as deepfakes, might be in violation of House rules. The memo says that "manipulation of images and videos that are intended to mislead ...
35 minutes ago
The Verge
US House Ethics Committee is advising politicians against sharing deepfakes
We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus
Fear, finger-pointing, and militaristic action against the virus are predictable, but unproductive. We may be better off adjusting to a new normal of periodic outbreaks.
49 minutes ago
WIRED
We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus
Grubhub is faking which restaurants it actually partners with
Grubhub has a new "growth hacking" strategy that includes creating a restaurant listing on its platform for places it doesn't even partner with. According to a new report by the San Francisco Chronicle and tweets by restaurant owner Pim Techamuanvivit, Grubhub has been allowing customers to order ...
59 minutes ago
The Verge
Grubhub is faking which restaurants it actually partners with
Play the arcade classic 'Tecmo Bowl' on PS4 and Switch tomorrow
Ahead of Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, you'll be able to replay the original 1987 release of Tecmo Bowl when it comes out on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch tomorrow. Not to be confused with the NES version most people associate with the game, the $8 A...
1 hour ago
Engadget
Play the arcade classic 'Tecmo Bowl' on PS4 and Switch tomorrow
Verkada raises $80M at $1.6B to be every building's security OS
Fifty iPads were stolen from Verkada co-founder Hans Robertson's old company. Only when they checked the security system did they realize the video cameras hadn't been working for months. He was pissed. "The market lagged behind the progress seen in the consumer space, where someone could buy high-end ...
1 hour ago
TechCrunch
Verkada raises $80M at $1.6B to be every building's security OS
Facebook may be cutting its budget for original Watch content
Facebook is reportedly reducing its budget for original programming on Watch. The company plans to spend less on originals and more on talk shows and licensing clips from TV networks and sports leagues, The Information reports. Facebook's investment...
1 hour ago
Engadget
Facebook may be cutting its budget for original Watch content
MoviePass declares bankruptcy
You knew MoviePass wasn't long for this world when it shut down service in September, and now it's ready to bow out completely. MoviePass and its parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics have declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy -- that is, they're diss...
1 hour ago
Engadget
MoviePass declares bankruptcy
Cruise's autonomous Origin hints at a "McDonald's of mobility"
Being affordable, inoffensive, and homogeneous could be a plus for the startup.
1 hour ago
Ars Technica
Cruise's autonomous Origin hints at a "McDonald's of mobility"
Google Nest begins testing HVAC alerts, partners with Handy for booking service calls
Google's Nest is testing a new feature that will alert you to potential HVAC issues and even help you book an HVAC professional to fix it, thanks to a partnership with Handy. The company says the HVAC alerts are only available in select cities during the testing period. If you're in one of the supported ...
2 hours ago
TechCrunch
Google Nest begins testing HVAC alerts, partners with Handy for booking service calls
Xplore teams up with Nanoracks for commercial deep space exploration
Mostly when we talk about commercial space, and space startups, the focus is relatively close to home – stretching to orbit, and maybe the Moon. But Seattle-based startup Xplore wants to extend the privatization of space further still, through the development of spacecraft and a platform designed for ...
2 hours ago
TechCrunch
Xplore teams up with Nanoracks for commercial deep space exploration
A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)
Researchers equip jellyfish with electronics to turbocharge their swimming pace. It's a fascinating new way to approach robotics.
2 hours ago
WIRED
A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)
Robots learn to sweat to stop overheating
Sweat, robot, sweat, robot: a close-up of one of the soft robotic "fingers" sweating. | Image: Mishra et al For the roboticist who has everything, here's something new: a soft robot hand that sweats. Designed to handle scenarios where long operating hours might lead to a robot overheating and ...
2 hours ago
The Verge
Robots learn to sweat to stop overheating
Skimming heist that hit convenience chain may have compromised 30 million cards
Point-of-sale machines at ~850 Wawa locations were infected for 9 months.
2 hours ago
Ars Technica
Skimming heist that hit convenience chain may have compromised 30 million cards
Linus Torvalds pulled WireGuard VPN into the 5.6 kernel source tree
The last likely hurdle to inclusion in the Linux kernel itself is cleared.
2 hours ago
Ars Technica
Linus Torvalds pulled WireGuard VPN into the 5.6 kernel source tree
The US just showed it still believes Chinese-made drones are a security risk
The US Department of the Interior said today it would continue to keep its entire drone fleet grounded, except when used for emergencies like firefighting, as the department reviews if the drones are a threat to national security. The Department of the Interior first grounded its more than 800 drones ...
2 hours ago
The Verge
The US just showed it still believes Chinese-made drones are a security risk
Why you see online ads for stuff you buy in the real world
Shoppers purchase items at Toys R Us store in New York City on December 24, 2015. | Kena Betancur/Getty Images Facebook isn't following you around the mall, but the stores might be. Stop me if you've heard this before: You go to a store, browse its wares, consider or even make ...
2 hours ago
Recode
Why you see online ads for stuff you buy in the real world
GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon is stepping down, will be replaced by Tim Cadogan, CEO of OpenX
A significant changing of the guard is underway at GoFundMe, the popular charitable and causes-based online giving platform that has generated $9 billion from 120 million donations globally to date. The company is announcing that Rob Solomon, who has been the CEO of GoFundMe for the last five years, ...
2 hours ago
TechCrunch
GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon is stepping down, will be replaced by Tim Cadogan, CEO of OpenX
AT&T loses another 1.2 million TV subscribers as DirecTV keeps tanking
AT&T began 2019 with 24.5 million premium-TV customers, ended with 20.4 million.
3 hours ago
Ars Technica
AT&T loses another 1.2 million TV subscribers as DirecTV keeps tanking
Coinbase poaches Google Shopping VP as CPO for cryptocommerce
"We're trying to shift cryptocurrency from this speculative asset class to driving real-world utility," Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong tells me. How? Through commerce and micropayments. But now Coinbase has the who to build it. Today the startup announced it has hired away former head of Product for Indian ...
3 hours ago
TechCrunch
Coinbase poaches Google Shopping VP as CPO for cryptocommerce
The US Is Losing Its Fight Against Huawei
The Trump administration has spent years pressuring the UK to ban Chinese giant Huawei. It didn't work.
3 hours ago
WIRED
The US Is Losing Its Fight Against Huawei
Why your free software is never free
Attendees look at the new Apple iPhone 11 Pro in Cupertino, California, on September 10, 2019. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images If you're not paying for the product, you are the product. Facebook made a gesture toward transparency this week with the launch of its Off-Facebook Activity ...
4 hours ago
Recode
Why your free software is never free
These before-and-after aerial photos of Australia show the devastating impact of the bushfires
The bushfires that have torn through Australia over the past few months have been among the worst in its history, resulting in the deaths of at least 33 people and a billion animals, along with the destruction of some 2,500 homes. The damage is almost impossible to calculate–according to the Guardian, ...
5 hours ago
Fast Company
These before-and-after aerial photos of Australia show the devastating impact of the bushfires
How design could stop the scourge of FOMO
Fear of missing out, or FoMO, is commonly described as that anxious feeling you get when you think other people might be having a good time without you. Excessive FoMO is closely related to symptoms of behavioral addiction. It often leads to undesirable behavior such as the constant checking of social ...
5 hours ago
Fast Company
How design could stop the scourge of FOMO
How to Nail a Front Flip in a Monster Truck
Want to attempt this gravity-defying stunt in a 5-ton vehicle? Better know your physics.
6 hours ago
WIRED
How to Nail a Front Flip in a Monster Truck
The History of Food Photos, From Still Lifes to Brunch 'Grams
Humans have been snapping pics of their plates for over 160 years?and photos of meals have revealed a lot about the people gathered at the table.
6 hours ago
WIRED
The History of Food Photos, From Still Lifes to Brunch 'Grams
This new organization wants to help cities create a broader idea of what resilience means
Founded in 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program worked with a network of cities from New Orleans to Dakar, Senegal, helping them prepare for future disasters, by doing things such as launching storm management projects, creating chief resilience officer positions, and generally ...
7 hours ago
Fast Company
This new organization wants to help cities create a broader idea of what resilience means
'Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind' Is the Antidote to Bad Endings
In a cultural moment where franchises like Star Wars and Game of Thrones don't know how to end well, Kingdom Hearts says: Why end at all?
7 hours ago
WIRED
'Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind' Is the Antidote to Bad Endings
Forget what you think you know about the differences between male and female spacial skills
We were firmly under the impression that men's spatial abilities are, on average, superior to women's, thanks to decades of research indicating this, and many news reports. Not so! A new study in Nature Scientific Reports finds no difference between male and female spatial abilities, joining a number ...
8 hours ago
Fast Company
Forget what you think you know about the differences between male and female spacial skills
This poetic exhibition entreats us to work with nature, not disrupt it
Human technological advancement often seems to be at odds with the natural world. In the U.S., we nearly drove animals like the buffalo extinct due to unsustainable hunting. The industrial revolution brought factories that put smog in the air and chemicals in the water. Clear-cutting, deforestation, ...
8 hours ago
Fast Company
This poetic exhibition entreats us to work with nature, not disrupt it
Trump spokesperson goes silent during interview about sexual assault
Sometimes, not saying a word can speak volumes. This week,&xA0;Fortune published a&xA0;set of interviews&xA0;with top 2020 presidential candidates, in partnership with&xA0;Time's Up,&xA0;a nonprofit organization founded in the wake of the MeToo movement to combat America's epidemic of sexual assault. ...
8 hours ago
Fast Company
Trump spokesperson goes silent during interview about sexual assault
A casino company is buying Barstool Sports in a $450 million deal
Paras Griffin/Getty Images for E11EVEN Penn National Gaming is buying the online publisher " which can thank sports betting and the Supreme Court for the deal. A media company has become a sports betting company: The owner of Barstool Sports has agreed to sell the popular and controversial digital ...
14 hours ago
Recode
A casino company is buying Barstool Sports in a $450 million deal
The New York Times used to be afraid of BuzzFeed. Now it's hired its biggest star.
BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith in 2019. | Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images What Ben Smith's move to the paper of record says about digital media in 2020. Ben Smith spent eight years building BuzzFeed's news operation into a place that could compete with the New York Times. Now he's ...
20 hours ago
Recode
The New York Times used to be afraid of BuzzFeed. Now it's hired its biggest star.
How to delete what Facebook knows about your life outside of Facebook
The Facebook logo reflected in a window looking out over a smoggy city. | Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images The "Off-Facebook Activity" tool lets you see " and somewhat control " what other sites and apps tell Facebook about you. Facebook users just got a new glimpse into " and a ...
22 hours ago
Recode
How to delete what Facebook knows about your life outside of Facebook
The Washington Post sure bungled its Kobe Bryant tweet controversy
The Post suspended a reporter after she tweeted about Kobe Bryant. | Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images If media companies can't handle complaints about their reporters" tweets, they should take Twitter away from their reporters. It's 2020. How come the Washington Post is screwing up at Twitter" ...
22 hours ago
Recode
The Washington Post sure bungled its Kobe Bryant tweet controversy
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