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Google CEO finally confirms secret censored Chinese search engine, is very happy with it

Google is finally going on the record with its once-secret Project Dragonfly, a censorship-friendly search engine for the people of China.

Speaking at the Wired 25 Summit, Google CEO Sundar Pichai not only confirmed the existence of the project but also boasted about how well testing of the search engine was going.

SEE ALSO: Report: Google Dragonfly links phone numbers to search results

“It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries,” Pichai said of search...

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Jess Joho

The terrifyingly relatable horror of the family trauma in 'Hill House'

This post contains spoilers for Season 1 of The Haunting of Hill House.

We all lived in haunted houses. Or, at the very least, every one of us knows the intimate horrors of family, whether through their haunting absence or the full-bodied specters that still stalk us today.

Each of our haunted houses is cursed by the eternal love a family promises. Their halls echo with the decay of words left unsaid, or reverberate with the angry word you can't ever be taken back. In the walls, you hear the...

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Nicole Gallucci

Aly Raisman, Simone Biles speak out against controversial new USA Gymnastics president

USA Gymnastics has finally hired a new interim president and CEO, and people are not happy.

After former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to a maximum of 175 years in prison earlier this year for sexually assaulting girls and young women he treated over the span of his career, the organization hired former California Republican Congresswoman Mary Bono to take his place.

Bono used to work for the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, which represented Nassar and reportedly...

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The 2018-19 SB Nation NBA season predictions game

Forget the standard predictions. SB Nation’s NBA staff teamed up to pick stuff like the first LeBron subtweet and first 50-point game.

The NBA season is kicking off, and nothing’s more fun than predicting the future, right? So the SB Nation NBA team worked together to do our own predictions for the 2018-19 season — with a twist.

It’s the 2018-19 NBA Predictions Game, and here’s how it works:

We’re trying to guess the first time something happens in a number of different...

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Bud Elliott

How well does Wisconsin actually perform against more talented teams?

Let’s dig deeper into Wisconsin’s inability to beat more talented teams.

Wisconsin got smoked by Michigan in a 25-point loss. It could have been a lot worse, too, if the Wolverines had finished their drives with touchdowns. The Badgers gained just 283 yards compared to Michigan’s 444. And Wisconsin’s average starting field position was 10 yards worse than Michigan’s.

This inspired a lot of discussion about how Wisconsin cannot win the big game or games against more talented...

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Welcome to the era of impunity

"It doesn't matter. We won."

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Kate Clark

Keeps parent company Thirty Madison raises $15 million to fight male pattern baldness

Thirty Madison, the healthcare startup behind the hair loss brand Keeps, has brought in a $15.25 million Series A co-led by Maveron and Northzone.

The company provides a subscription-based online marketplace for men’s hair loss prevention medications Finasteride and Minoxidil. Keeps sells these drugs direct-to-consumer, working with manufacturers to keep the costs low.

On Keeps, a subscription of Minoxidil, an over-the-counter topical treatment often referred to as Rogaine, is $10...

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Sarah Perez

Macaw will curate Twitter for you, help expand your network

Twitter today inserts activity-based tweets into your timeline, alerting you to things like the popular tweets liked by people you follow, or those Twitter accounts that a lot of people in your network have just started to follow. These alerts can be useful, but their timing is sporadic and they can be easily missed. Plus, if you turn off Twitter’s algorithmic timeline (as may be possible for some), you’ll lose access to this sort of info. A new Twitter app called Macaw aims to...

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Kirsten Korosec

Report: Lyft picks JPMorgan to lead IPO in 2019

Lyft and Uber’s race to an IPO is heating up.

Lyft has selected JPMorgan Chase & Co. as the lead underwriter of its initial public offering along with Credit Suisse Group and Jefferies Group, the WSJ reported, citing “people familiar with the company’s plans.”

Lyft declined to comment.

Lyft is expected to file an IPO in the first half of 2019. Choosing an underwriter marks the next official step in the process. Meanwhile, Uber is making it’s own preparations.

Uber, which has...

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Sarah Perez

No, your Twitter was not hacked

Twitter users on iOS were hit with a strange bug today. Instead of receiving notifications that included the tweet itself, they received a string of alphanumeric characters. The issue only affected iOS users, we confirmed with the company, and has since been resolved.

Twitter was quick to address the problem, following complaints from Twitter users about the weird notifications.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted at 12:42 PM ET today that Twitter was aware of the issue and was working on a...

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Anthony Ha

Google-incubated AdLingo uses chatbot integration to create conversational ads

“Conversational marketing” is a phrase that I hear a lot, but when the team at AdLingo uses it, they mean something specific — namely, bringing chatbots and other conversational assistants into online advertising.

The startup is part of Google’s Area 120, and co-founder and general manager Vic Fatnani said he’s worked on advertising at Google for more than a decade.

“One of the things we saw happening was this paradigm shift with users and consumers going towards more of a...

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DAVID E. SANGER

Khashoggi Disappearance May Disrupt Trump Administration’s Plans to Squeeze Iran

The White House plans new sanctions against Iran in less than three weeks. The problem? Saudi Arabia is key to the pressure campaign.

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Klint Finley

Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming

The Microsoft cofounder, who left the company in 1983, died Monday at age 65 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Jacob Kastrenakes

Google will start charging European Android device makers a fee for its apps

Google is changing the way it licenses its suite of Android apps in Europe, leading the company to charge a licensing fee for the Play Store and other Google apps for the first time.

The changes come in response to a July ruling by the European Commission, which fined the company $5 billion for antitrust violations and ordered it to stop “illegally tying” Chrome and search apps to Android.

Google hasn’t historically charged for Android and its app because of the revenue it gets from...

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Chaim Gartenberg

Sony will use blockchain technology in its latest attempt to fix DRM

Sony hasn’t always had the best track record when it comes to digital rights management, or DRM. (Look no further than its massive 2005 CD copy protection scandal.) But now, the company has announced that it’s working on a new DRM system for protecting digital content based on blockchain technology, via Engadget.

While details are still slim on how or when Sony will be implementing the blockchain-based DRM system, the project sounds ambitious. Sony says that the current system is...

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Nick Statt

JLab’s new over-ear sport headphones have washable earpads

JLab’s newest pair of sport headphones come with a unique twist: they’re not earbuds. The Flex Sport are over-ear Bluetooth headphones, and they are designed to be worn during all types of workouts and rigorous physical activity.

The headphones come with 20 hours of play time and removable ear pads that can be tossed in the washing machine. The model enters a small but growing category of higher-quality audio gear designed for workouts, including over-ear models from JBL / Under Armour...

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Colin Lecher

Stanford study says almost every unique FCC comment was pro-net neutrality

When the FCC asked for public comment on its plan to end net neutrality last year, the docket was swarmed with millions of comments from bots. The fake comments used real identities and made it difficult for anyone perusing the system to find legitimate commenters trying to express their views.

A new study from a Stanford researcher sheds some light on the issue. By analyzing more than 800,000 comments that were “semantic outliers” — comments that were unique and not obviously...

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Loren Grush

What it’s like to fall 31 miles to Earth after your rocket fails

For the first few minutes, the ride to space had been routine. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and his fellow crew mate, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, were pressed into their seats inside a Russian Soyuz capsule as the vehicle rapidly climbed through the atmosphere. Then then there was a jolt.

“The first thing I really noticed was being shaken fairly violently from side to side,” Hague said during a round of broadcast interviews today.

The vehicle carrying Hague and Ovchinin had just...

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Jack Morse

Everyone is freaking out over this weird Twitter notification

Did someone press the wrong key or something?

Phones around the country blew up Tuesday morning with strange push notifications from Twitter showing a seemingly random series of letters and numbers. And yes, even CEO Jack Dorsey appeared to fall victim to the spam.

SEE ALSO: European authorities to investigate Twitter over GDPR non-compliance

"We're seeing this issue too," he tweeted. "On it."

We’re seeing this issue too. On itpic.twitter.com/pzjd6248gJ

— jack (@jack) October 16,...

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