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The head of LA public transit just outlined a plan to make buses and trains free for everyone by 2028 – but most people are going to hate it

The CEO of Los Angeles’ Metro has proposed congestion pricing to pay for free transit in the city.  It’s part of the city’s plan to expand public transportation ahead of the 2028 Olympics.  Taxing rush hour drivers is gaining popularity across the country, and cities like London have proven it’s effectiveness.  Congestion pricing is quickly […]

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'Facebook has a black people problem': a former employee posted a 2,500-word memo about racial discrimination at the company

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A former Facebook employee has accused the company of failing to deal with racism and failing to build an inclusive workplace. In a goodbye note to colleagues he subsequently shared publicly, Mark S. Luckie wrote: “Facebook has a black people problem.” The former Twitter and Reddit employee said that “racial discrimination is […]


Overwatch’s Ashe is a great hero for people who just want to shoot things

Since launching during May 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Overwatch has released seven new characters. Even though Overwatch is a first-person shooter, all of those new characters haven’t focused on, you know, shooting people to death. Doomfist is all about punching people, Brigette uses a shield and flail, and Wrecking Ball is […]

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You can now have FaceTime calls for up to 32 people – here's how it works

Apple Apple has finally added group video chats to its iPhones and iPads, thanks to an iOS update released Tuesday to devices. The group video calling feature is a highly anticipated addition to Apple devices. FaceTime now supports video chats with up to 32 participants, as well as the use of stickers, face and lens […]

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The cofounder of Refinery29 explains how she built a global media brand that reaches 425 million people a year

Refinery29Christene Barberich is the cofounder and editor in chief of Refinery29. Christene Barberich is the cofounder and editor in chief of Refinery29. Refinery29 is a lifestyle and news media company primarily for young women. Across all of its global sites, social media accounts, and events, Refinery said it will reach 425 million people this year. […]

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Facebook announced a new $200 gadget that would put a camera and microphone in your home – and plenty of people aren't ready to trust it

Rob Price/Business Insider Facebook launched its video-chat and smart speaker device, Portal, on Monday and reactions have been largely skeptical.  Portal comes standard with a built-in microphone and camera, and many people are wondering why they should trust Facebook amid a year filled with data breaches and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.   Facebook launched its hardware device, Portal, on Monday […]

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Facebook Admits To New Security Breach, 50 Million People At Risk

Sept 28 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Friday that hackers had discovered a security flaw that allowed them to take over up to 50 million user accounts, a major breach that adds to a bruising year for the company’s reputation. Facebook, which has more than 2 billion monthly active users, said it has been unable to […]

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Facebook logs 90 million people out of their accounts after security breach

(Johannes Berg/Bloomberg) Brian Fung Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition September 28 at 3:21 PM Facebook said Friday that hackers had stolen information that could have allowed them to take over 50 million user accounts, in the latest mishap for the social media company, which has spent months struggling to regain the […]

Gears & Gadgets

Microsoft is finally going to make the Skype UI good for the things people use

Enlarge / The new mobile interface, with its buttons along the bottom. Skype In July, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that it was going to add useful new features to Skype: built-in call recording, along with the end-to-end encrypted messaging and NDI API support previously announced. Today, that drive to make Skype a better client […]

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As a longtime Spotify devotee, I'm always shocked people don't know about one of its best features – here's how to use it

Spotify With nearly 200 million monthly users – of which a staggering 83 million are paid subscribers – Spotify is one of the most popular music services in the world. It’s easy to understand why Spotify is so big. As a longtime paid subscriber, I have universally positive things to say about the streaming service. […]

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Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to keep “battle rifles” ready

Enlarge / Alex Jones. Oli Scarff/Getty Images After holding out for a few weeks, Twitter joined the chorus of social media and tech giants that have punished conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for questionable content. Twitter suspended Jones from his account on Tuesday after he tweeted out a link to a video in which he calls […]

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Justice Department argues Trump could block anyone he wants on Twitter, not obliged to let people 'piggyback' on his tweets

REUTERS/Mark KauzlarichDonald Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa December 5, 2015. The Justice Department said it appealed a “fundamentally misconceived” ruling in which President Donald Trump was found to have violated the US Constitution by blocking Twitter users from his account. The DOJ argued Trump’s account belongs to him “in his personal […]


Brother’s new INKvestment Tank printer is made for people who hate buying ink cartridges

[embedded content] What if you didn’t have to change your printer’s ink cartridges for a year? That’s the proposition from Brother’s new MFC-J995DW multifunction inkjet printer, which is the first model to use the company’s new INKvestment Tank system that provides a year’s worth of ink before needing replacement. Priced at $ 200, the J995DW […]

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This photographer captured shots of people texting their most intimate secrets in public – and it's a compelling insight into human nature

Kaspars Grinvalds/Shutterstock If you’ve ever commuted on New York’s subways in rush hour traffic, you may have found your eyes drifting to the open cellphone of the person seated beside you.  This total stranger and fellow commuter might be texting a friend about dinner plans. They might be reading a book on their phone. They […]

Emerging Tech

New ‘smart’ Rubik’s Cube tracks your stats, lets you race against other people

[embedded content] From Rubik’s Cubes so large and complex that they’re practically torture implements to robots that are able to solve a standard cube in just 0.38 seconds, we’ve covered some pretty neat Rubik’s Cube-related projects here at Digital Trends. A new Kickstarter campaign also takes everyone’s favorite 3D combination puzzle as its jumping-off point — […]