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An anonymous reader writes: Gizmodo's Annalee Newitz looked through the source code contained in the recent Ashley Madison data dump and found evidence that the company created tens of thousands of bot accounts designed to spur their male users into action by sending them messages. "The code tells the story of a company trying to weave the illusion that women on the site were plentiful and eager." The evidence suggests bots sent over 20 million messages on the website, and chatted with people over 11 million times. The vast majority of fake accounts — 70,529 to 43 — pretended to be female, and the users targeted were almost entirely men. Comments left in the code indicate some of the issues Ashley Madison's engineers had to solve: "randomizing start time so engagers don't all pop up at the same time" and "for every single state that has guest males, we want to have a chat engager." The AI was unsophisticated, though one type of bot would try to convince men to pay and then pass them to a real person.
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The Wall Street Journal has obtained a nominal "win" in a Stingray-related legal action aimed at unsealing electronic surveillance orders, but the decision reads more like a loss. Jennifer Valentino-Devries reports:

In the order, made after a series of legal motions brought by the Journal’s publisher, Dow Jones & Co., U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the Southern District of Texas found that Dow Jones has a legal right to see government applications for surveillance, an idea the U.S. Justice Department had fought. But she agreed with the Justice Department that the requested documents shouldn't be disclosed yet because the 14 applications, dating from 2010 to 2013, all relate to continuing cases.
Yes, the WSJ has a right to see these files… but not until the DOJ decides these investigations are really and truly over -- a determination that has yet to be reached for files zooming past the half-decade mark.

The oral arguments delivered in June provide a little more insight into the DOJ's thought processes -- mainly that it should be the sole arbiter of document releases. The DOJ went past the constraints of its earlier argument -- that "open" investigations are not subject to "common law access" -- by claiming that documents used in the course of investigations, even closed ones, are not public records.

I think our position is that "ongoing" is perhaps the wrong word choice in order to determine where the common law right of access and the First Amendment right of access applies. What we would say is that there is significant authority for the government's argument that pre-indictment investigations and the warrants and the applications and the orders that are contained in the context of pre-indictment investigations are not subject to the common law right of access.
Dow Jones had asked the government to provide periodic status updates on these supposedly "open" investigations. The DOJ ignored these requests until prompted by the court, at which point it declared the files to be beyond the reach of the public. Here's the judge's recap of the events:
Dow Jones then filed earlier this year the motion for an updated status report requesting various things: the government to update the report regarding the status of the investigations, and then making public certain versions of the status report, and the sealed appendix. I believe then the government responded as I said, basically saying no updating is necessary here because there is no common presumption of access or First Amendment right.
The court didn't necessarily agree with this assertion but it did find the "balancing test" favored the government's interests. Dow Jones' legal counsel has asked for some additional transparency in docket filings, which would both provide the public with more information as well as assist the WSJ in determining the accuracy of the DOJ's assertions. (It could potentially aid in sussing out the form of surveillance being used as well.)
I would just make the one small addition that, you know, a lot of these applications have a bunch of different requests kind of all pulled together. We've got pen register, trap and trace, we've got D orders, we've got subpoenas, we've got statutory search warrants. And so I would think that an entry ought to reflect that, particularly as it relates to ongoing access issues.

You know, one -- some of these cases in which we've sought access are called In Re Sealed Application, some are called In Re Pen Register. The last one -- the most recent one is In Re Search Warrant. Well, if it's In Re Search Warrant, then the government's argument that these aren't search warrants looks a lot different. And so I think that the more specificity with regard to the basis of the application would help guide the Court as well as anyone who is seeking access to these to try and determine exactly what types of access might apply.

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Before MTV's teen horror drama Scream bid farewell to its first season the show paid tribute to legendary director Wes Craven, whose movie inspired the series.

Craven, 76, died this week after a battle with brain cancer.

This is the tribute that aired. Video via E!

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If you plan to purchase an iPhone 6s later this month, now's the time to help fund that upgrade by making plans to trade in your existing iPhone before its value plummets. And for the next 7 days, Gazelle is offering up to $450 cash for old iPhones alongside a guarantee to beat any competitive offer from Apple or its big four US wireless partners.

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Gazelle, the industry's leading electronics buyback service, helps consumers quickly turn their old iPhones & iPads into cash without the hassle of managing an eBay auction or braving the craigslist handoff on a seedy corner of town (instructions below).

Best Price Guarantee on iPhone 5s, 6, & 6 plus

Between now and September 9th only, the company is running a Best Price Guarantee that not only offers up to $450 cash for old iPhones, but a promise to beat any competitive trade-in offer from Apple or its four big iPhone wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint), even though those companies offer trade-in values in the form of credit while Gazelle pays cash.

Why Now is the Time to Lock In a Payout Offer

The week leading up to this year's iPhone 6s introduction is also key to reaping the most cash for your old phone. Last year, for example, iPhone 5s trade-in payouts fell roughly 15% in the two weeks surrounding the announcement of the iPhone 6 and then dipped an additional 15% in the 3 weeks following the actual launch (see chart above). This historical pricing trend is expected to play out similarly this year.

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While a mobile workforce may help make government more agile, efficient, and productive, the mobile devices federal employees carry represent another headache for agency security managers. Mobile applications, to cite one major area of concern, can introduce vulnerabilities that can put sensitive data and network resources at risk. For example, when an employee shares a photograph via a mobile application, the app may be granted access to the employee's contact list -- which could hold personally identifiable information that should remain private and secure.

Laurianne McLaughlin currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Editor-in-Chief, overseeing daily online editorial operations. Prior to joining InformationWeek in May, 2011, she was managing editor at CIO.com. Her writing and editing work has won multiple ASBPE (American ... View Full Bio
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Remember: if you do something rad, but you don’t share a video of it instantly on at least three social media channels, it probably didn’t happen. Thankfully, the world’s leading purveyor of radness-capturing cameras has just made the whole process a lot easier.

In an update to the GoPro smartphone app, and the GoPro camera firmware, the company has added the option to create 5-, 15-, or 30-second video clips to highlight your best moment, and then share that instantly to start harvesting those retweets.

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Verizon will introduce a virtualized firewall service across its global network later this month, part of its move into software-defined networking.

The aim is to help businesses such as manufacturers or retailers, who may be running networks in far-flung places, to have better security when connecting their applications to the corporate network, said Shawn Hakl, head of network platforms and managed services for Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

The type of organizations Verizon is aiming to attract are those running a Layer 3 private network who may want a better and more reliable connection for people using mobile apps.

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Yahoo's Headquarters In Sunnyvale, California

Yahoo has unveiled a new feature for its email app that allows users to include their most recent tweet as part of their outgoing signature. To enable it, go to Settings -> Accounts -> Primary Yahoo and select "Include your latest Tweet from Twitter". Users can also manually delete any included tweet if it's not appropriate. Or, more likely, accidentally include it on a Reply All to the entire company.

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Meet the ankylosaur, a dinosaur from the Cretaceous period that developed a clubbed tail.

Artist's rendering by Sydney Mohr

Every kid or kid at heart loves learning about dinosaurs because they are basically weaponized animals. It's as if Mother Nature were a 5-year-old kid who thought it would be cool to attach medieval weaponry to lizards and birds.

A study published Monday in the Journal of Anatomy shows how the ankylosaurus, a genus of dinosaur best known for having an armored back and clublike tail, became such a battle-ready beast.

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The International Space Station.The International Space Station. NASAThis morning, the three astronauts aboard the International Space Station pulled a Sandra Bullock. Well, not quite—they weren’t captured outside their craft, pummeled by debris, and sent adrift into space with only their wits and a dwindling oxygen supply to save them. But this is (hopefully) as close as real astronauts will ever get to that situation. Around 6:30 AM Eastern, mission control notified the crew that a piece of debris from an old Russian weather satellite was heading their way, scheduled to whiz by the station at 8:01 AM. Normally, the ISS would get a bigger heads-up about incoming space debris. But this time it wasn’t prepared to move out of the way. So instead, the crew—including Commander Gennady Padalka, Scott Kelly, and Mikhail Kornienko—hid out in the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station, ready to abandon ship if the space shrapnel came too close. This is the fourth time in history the ISS crew has had to jump in the Soyuz for protection (it’s less likely that debris will hit the relatively small, hidden capsule) and potential evacuation. The amount of trash floating around in low Earth orbit is a constant threat to the station. “We follow space debris all the time, but most of it falls outside the imaginary protective box that we put around the station,” says NASA spokesperson Kyle Herring. Since its launch in 1998, the station has had to maneuver out of the way of debris 22 times. It even has a new predetermined avoidance maneuver in place for just these situations, which will kick off a thruster to slightly change the station’s orbit at the push of a button. Today, though, there wasn’t enough time for that maneuver to make a difference, so the crew just hunkered down, closing themselves inside the Soyuz and counting down the minutes until the debris’ closest approach. That was after an hour and a half of quickly taking steps to protect the station as best they could, sealing off the separate modules to contain the damage if the debris hit only part of the station. Luckily, the satellite debris didn’t come into contact with the ISS. Mission control sent the all-clear minutes after the debris had passed, and the astronauts are now back in the station, in the process of reconfiguring it for normal operations. Ryan Stone would be proud. Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article.
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Enlarge / Core M Broadwell (left) vs. Core M Skylake (right).

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Intel's Skylake rollout hasn't been nearly as halting as the Broadwell rollout, but the company is still doling out information (and processors) bit by bit rather than all at once. We got our hands on the high-end, overclockable desktop version a few weeks ago, and Intel told us more about the CPU and GPU architectures at IDF. Today at IFA in Berlin, the company is finally taking the wraps off of specific CPUs for laptops, Ultrabooks, and mainstream desktops.

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BERLIN: INTEL HAS OFFICIALLY RELEASED the full product SKU line-up for its 6th-generation Core processor family, based on the 14nm Skylake architecture.

Until now, Intel had unveiled only desktop models of its new quad-core chip designs, the Skylake-K variants comprising the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K aimed at gamers and computing enthusiasts.

Intel said at the launch that the rest of the product family, which will make up the bulk of Skylake processors, will arrive later this year. And here they are, announced at IFA 2015, with new offerings across mobile and desktop machines.

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The Baffled, Bias-Lit Workspace

YouTuber Mumbo Jumbo makes some pretty rad Minecraft videos, and posted his equally rad workspace to Reddit’s battlestations subreddit for everyone to see. Some ambient bias lighting, some acoustic foam baffling, and a well-placed microphone, and he has a great setup for gaming, video recording, and more.

The Baffled, Bias-Lit Workspace

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If you reserved a “Signature Series” Model X,  the $132,000 version of Tesla’s new crossover SUV, you can start modifying it to your heart’s delight.

Earlier today, the company began opening up the ordering process, enabling early adopters to pick out their interior and exterior colors, and to throw all kinds of add-ons into their respective shopping carts, including a $1,000 subzero weather package that includes washer nozzle heaters and a $750 towing package.

All versions come with those amazing falcon rear doors, seating for seven, and proximity sensors that prevent the vehicles from coming into contact with other cars (not to mention ceilings).

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In announcing Android Wear for iOS on Monday, Google noted users can track steps, calories and other biometric readings in-app, but failed to confirm HealthKit compatibility. It has since been learned that Google chose not to integrate with Apple's platform, instead opting for its own Google Fit service.

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Representatives from Apple and Google told BuzzFeed News that Android Wear does not offer access to the HealthKit framework, meaning wearables running the operating system must use Google's competing Google Fit system to log fitness and health measurements. A Google spokesperson confirmed Android Wear for iOS "bypasses" HealthKit, but "absolutely supports the mass majority of Wear features we see our Android users using and loving." An Apple representative said the choice was entirely Google's.Android Wear for iOS launched on Monday to bridge the gap between Google's smartwatch platform and Apple's iOS hardware. The app serves to expand Android Wear's reach into Apple's consumer base, a demographic previously unable to take full advantage of Android-based smartwatches due in large part to software incompatibility. Google's decision is not surprising considering the ongoing turf war between iOS and Android, not to mention the potential value of user-generated data, but the move ultimately hurts iPhone owners who prefer Android Wear devices over Apple Watch. A reluctance to concede data is not unprecedented, especially in the health quantification world, however. Fitbit, for example, has long refused to support HealthKit. Full HealthKit integration on the level seen with third-party fitness devices and Apple's own Watch product allows for cross-app data sharing, a feature important to information aggregation and a streamlined user experience. For example, Apple's Health app collects biometric data from HealthKit-compatible devices to serve as a central repository for a user's health and fitness technology ecosystem.
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You’ve probably had a lot of commercials tell you that their cereal is “part of a complete breakfast,” but what does that really mean? This video explains why cartoon mascots use that phrase so often, as well as what a “complete breakfast” should actually entail.

This video, from the Reactions YouTube channel (a series from the American Chemical Society), explains with chemistry what should be on your “complete breakfast” plate: a combination of carbohydrates and proteins. The reason leprechauns and rabbits tell you that their cereal is “part of a complete breakfast” is because it technically has the carbohydrates part covered. But most of those cereals are comprised of simple carbs that break down quickly only providing a short burst of energy. For a real “complete breakfast” you want complex carbohydrates, which give you a longer, more even source of energy, from foods like vegetables and whole grains. You also want to get some protein from foods like eggs (they’re fine in moderation) and yogurt to help make you feel full for longer, as well as reduce the chance of overeating and fight off pesky cravings. Learn more about the science behind it all in the video above.

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It may not have a figurative “ocean of puppies” like MTV, but the Discovery Channel Communications is starting to experiment with virtual reality — in a literal ocean of sharks, among other places.

The cable network released a mobile app this week that features VR videos spun off from some of its top shows, such as “Mythbusters,” “Gold Rush” and “Survivorman.” These 360-degree videos can be viewed just by moving the phone around, but the app — made by VR video platform Littlstar — also features a Google Cardboard mode that splits the video in two, making it possible for Android and iOS users with a Cardboard or similar headset to watch the videos in VR.

The videos are also available on YouTube, on the Web and in one of the Samsung Gear VR’s dedicated video apps, Milk VR.

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Posted by on in Techs Got To Eat

During the summer when corn is in season, I look for any excuse to buy it, it’s so wonderfully sweet! We’ll have it in chowder, salad, grilled, and of course, simply on the cob.

Corn also makes a fabulous salsa.

The sweetness of the corn balances the acidity from the lime juice. Along with some jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, and oregano, it’s a fiesta of flavor.

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