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It's Very, Very Easy for Hackers to Steal Your IRS Account

The only thing that sucks worse than doing taxes is a hacker stealing your identity, doing your taxes for you, and then depositing your return in a random bank account, where it can later be transferred to Nigeria. Sound impossible? It's not, according to the story of an unlucky man named Michael Kasper. Long story short: You should register your IRS.gov account, because it's frightfully easy for hackers to do it for you. That's what happen...
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Harvard's "Frankenstein:" The 70s Controversy Over Mixing DNA

In the 1970s, two inhuman creatures—one hairy and tall, another with orange eyes—were spotted in New England. The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, blamed these monsters not on unreliable testimonies, but recombinant DNA technology, then a new and promising laboratory technique. This outrageous claim was leveled by one Alfred Vellucci, a Cambridge mayor who reserved a unique animosity for academia, and Harvard, especially. He was fond of t...
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The End Of Hardware Alley Registrations Is Nigh!

It’s almost April and Hardware Alley, our annual celebration of all things hardware, is nearly full. You need to sign up ASAP and let me know you’re coming because I want to see you and your bright, shining, robotic amazingness on our show floor. Disrupt runs from May 4-6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing event and you can check it out here . What is Hardware Alley ? It’s a celebration of hardware st...
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This Impossibly Light Electric Bike Is Gonna Set You Back

Titanium bikes are really expensive, and many of them actually expect you to do all the pedaling yourself. The ProdecoTech Titanio 29er won’t save you any money, but this pedal-assist electric bike will save you some energy. Most electric bikes are made explicitly for rolling on pavement, but this is a real trail-ready 29er, complete with a brushed-titanium frame, a traditional mountain bike drivetrain, and disc brakes. Looking at the photo...
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Phhhoto Tops 1 Million Users

Phhhoto , perhaps the only social network to have first launched as a physical party product aimed at the enterprise, has topped 1 million registered users over the course of the past nine months. Users have posted upwards of 10 million Phhhotos to the platform. Phhhoto started back at SXSW in 2013 with an iPad-based photobooth, but instead of capturing the usual strip of four photos, the iPad app (hooked up to a stand with special built-in...
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Finally, Gmail's Android App Can Show All Your Accounts In One Inbox

Gmail just got a lot better on Android devices. Finally, after years of gripes, you can finally look at all of your email accounts at once with a new unified inbox. It even looks prettier, too! The Official Gmail Blog just announced the new "All Inboxes" feature. The post explains that even non-Gmail accounts will work, so you're in luck, Hotmail users. Third party emails will also enjoy the same threaded message view that Gmail users have ...
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Goats, Now Available From Amazon

The new Amazon Home Services will help you find a wide variety of professional home improvement resources. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Night At The Museum (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Amazon can now help you rent goats and perform aerial yoga, though not necessarily at the same time. On Monday, the company launched Amazon Home Services , an online market for professional services. Customers can use the service to hire "handpicke...
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Mortal Kombat producer “quits” Twitter over violent threats to family

On Friday, a longtime Mortal Kombat producer used his Twitter account to denounce the service over how it enables anonymous abuse, then said he will "quit" the site. Shaun Himmerick, executive producer of the upcoming sequel Mortal Kombat X, responded to a tweet from a supposed fighting-game fan with a less-than-charming request for the series' next iteration. The fan's Twitter account no longer exists; it may have been suspended after the ...
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Jailed fraudster tricks prison into releasing him with a few emails

If you ever happen to find yourself on the wrong side of the prison bars, don’t waste your time trying to escape in a laundry bin or digging your way out with a spoon. All your need is a real get out of jail free card. 28-year-old Neil Moore was in jail for committing fraud. Apparently he was quite good at it, because he actually managed to convince his jailers to let him walk right out of London’s Wandsworth prison. All he had to do was wr...
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Jailed fraudster tricks prison into releasing him with a few emails

If you ever happen to find yourself on the wrong side of the prison bars, don’t waste your time trying to escape in a laundry bin or digging your way out with a spoon. All your need is a real get out of jail free card. 28-year-old Neil Moore was in jail for committing fraud. Apparently he was quite good at it, because he actually managed to convince his jailers to let him walk right out of London’s Wandsworth prison. All he had to do was wr...
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Gmail for Android gets a unified inbox view

The gmail navigation drawer, showing the new "All Inboxes" option. The gmail navigation drawer, showing the new "All Inboxes" option. Here's the tablet version, showing off just what it does to your mail—all your e-mail from all your accounts, in a single list. All your mail gets a threaded conversation view, too. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Gmail the application became the generic mail client for Android, meaning you can funnel your Gmail, ...
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ClearStory Data Touts Speedy Big Data Analysis

ClearStory taps HDFS and Apache Spark in the cloud to let business users blend high-scale, variable data and analyze it with in-memory speed. Top Jobs For STEM: Big Data, IT Product Management (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) It combines the scalability and variable-data adaptability of Hadoop, the in-memory analysis speed of Apache Spark, and the agility and usability of a cloud-based tool designed for business analysts. These ...
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Comic: Where Twitter And Reality Meet

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Cleaner Living Through Smarter Microbiology

Petroleum-derived products undergo a complicated, energy intensive journey from the oil deposits deep underground to our homes, cars, and clothing. “Our lifestyle is very difficult on the environment,” explains Emily Leproust, CEO of Twist Bioscience . “It’s expensive and it’s harmful; there needs to be another way.” Fortunately, it seems that there may in fact be an alternative, derived from the strategic manipulation of microbial metaboli...
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Body Maps Expose the Chemical Residue That Coats Our Skin

All that soap, sunscreen, and lotion you slather on your body? That stuff sticks. For days, it turns out—and all that chemical residue could have an impact on your health. So to better understand the effects of that molecular menagerie, researchers have made the first-ever map of the chemicals on the human body, tracking the tens of thousands of molecules that appear on each and every inch of skin. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, an...
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Two feds who investigated Silk Road accused of stealing from it, too

Aurich Lawson Two federal agents whose work helped to shut down the Silk Road online drug marketplace have been accused of stealing from the Darknet market during the investigation. The criminal complaint (PDF) , unveiled today, reveals a remarkable level of corruption within the investigation into the drug marketplace, which hosted more than $200 million in transactions. Government prosecutors have charged former DEA agent Carl Force and f...
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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus’ SCG003 hits the ‘Ring for its debut race

Cameron Glickenhaus, sports car enthusiast and maker of the Enzo-based Ferrari P4/5, has taken the first steps in racing his bespoke SCG003 race car, entering it in the VLN race series. It’s a 10-race event held on the famous (and infamous) Nurburgring Nordschleife. Teams often enroll their cars in preparation for the Nurburgring 24 endurance race, and that’s just what Glickenhaus and his team have done. The custom race car packs a Honda-ma...
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Arizona court protects climate scientists’ e-mails from think tank

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (EELI), which brands itself as the home of "free-market environmentalism through strategic litigation," has lost another round of said strategic litigation. An Arizona court has ruled that a large collection of e-mails from faculty at state universities can remain private. The group (formerly the American Tradition Institute) has been attempting to obtain the e-mails of climate scientists who wor...
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DT Daily: Is the Apple 6C actually going to happen?

DT Daily: Is the Apple 6C actually going to happen? | Digital Trends Home > DT Daily > DT Daily: Is the Apple 6C actually going to…
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Autocomplete blunder reveals passport details of world leaders

In our current world of damning autocomplete and sending texts to our parents that the feature accidentally made very inappropriate, we have to be more careful when we allow machines to predict what they think we want to say. At the very least, we should be more careful with autocomplete so our phones’ lexicons — and thus our texts — aren’t overrun with the names of raid gear pieces that are spelled similarly to regular words. In the case o...
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Autocomplete blunder reveals passport details of world leaders

In our current world of damning autocomplete and sending texts to our parents that the feature accidentally made very inappropriate, we have to be more careful when we allow machines to predict what they think we want to say. At the very least, we should be more careful with autocomplete so our phones’ lexicons — and thus our texts — aren’t overrun with the names of raid gear pieces that are spelled similarly to regular words. In the case o...
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Game store swatted, nearly became complicit in inciting police response

A New Jersey video game shop fell victim to a calculated "swatting" attempt on Saturday night—one that, according to reports, nearly saw the victim play an active role in inflaming the police response. The story began by resembling far too many other recent swatting attempts. As Jersey area news site Cliff View Pilot reported , Passaic County officers received an anonymous, phony tip about a hostage situation with shotguns and wounded victi...
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Want to buy an Apple watch in-store? You’ll probably need a reservation

We reported earlier today that those looking to spend $10,000 or more on an Apple Watch Edition will see quite a bit of special treatment . If, on the other, you’re looking to pay substantially less for one of the other models available, don’t even bother showing up at the store unless you’ve got an appointment. Apple Stores will not be allowing walk-in purchases of the Apple Watch, according to leaked training documents sent to MacRumors ....
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Linux Seeks Security, Unity

Experts at the Embedded Linux Conference say that open-source software needs more attention to interoperability, security, and its kernel, for the Internet of Things. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Linux is expanding its reach, promising to play a significant role in the Internet of Things. But the open source software needs more attention to interoperability, security and its kernel, according to experts at the Embedded Linux Conference here. Industr...
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Supreme Court questions involuntary human GPS monitoring

Torrey Grady. The Supreme Court ordered North Carolina's legal system to re-examine whether it is constitutional to require a convicted sex offender to wear an electronic GPS anklet for the rest of his life. For the moment, Monday's ruling renders uncertain the legal justification for North Carolina's electronic monitoring program—which has more than 600 offenders wearing ankle bracelets—and the future of some 40 other states that also requ...
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