Google Play-promoted Android apps are using scammy ad practices, report says

Google Play-promoted Android apps are using scammy ad practices, report says

Eight Android apps with more than 2 billion downloads in the Google Play store have been engaging in fraudulent ad practices, BuzzFeed News reported today. Seven of the apps are owned by Cheetah Mobile, a publicly-traded Chinese company, and one app is owned by Kika Tech, a Chinese company headquartered in Silicon Valley. The two companies have been found to abuse app permissions in order to monitor new downloads and hijack app-install bounties that could…

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The best gaming deals this Cyber Monday include discounts on Hitman 2, Xbox One X, and new games

The best gaming deals this Cyber Monday include discounts on Hitman 2, Xbox One X, and new games

There’s no better time to take the plunge on a new game console or finally pick up a game you’ve been reading and watching YouTube videos about for months than Cyber Monday. Typically, every major retailer, as well as the game publishers and console makers, has a handful of solid deals on hardware, software, and accessories. The Sony PlayStation 4 Slim bundle from Black Friday appears to have been popular, as it’s sold out mostly…

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The best PC gaming deals on Cyber Monday 2018

The best PC gaming deals on Cyber Monday 2018

If it’s time to upgrade your gaming PC, there’s no better time of the year than Cyber Monday. (Yes, we just said that about Black Friday, but it’s basically the same thing.) It’s the shopping season when manufacturers throw out deep discounts on laptops, desktops, components, and peripherals; and when stores like Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg sometimes compete to make those discounts even deeper. Every year’s different — neither Black Friday or Cyber Monday…

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Slowly but surely, the Amazon Prime backlash is coming

Slowly but surely, the Amazon Prime backlash is coming

More people are calling on others to cancel their Amazon Prime subscriptions. Why’d it take us this long? I set a reminder on my calendar to cancel Amazon Prime before my subscription ran out in July about a year ago. It was not exclusively a noble decision; I wasn’t really using it all that much, and nearly everything I bought, I could have found at the litany of convenience stores near my apartment, a privilege…

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Nancy Pelosi’s Problem Solvers Caucus problem, explained

Nancy Pelosi’s Problem Solvers Caucus problem, explained

Democrats from a bipartisan group are the latest faction to make trouble in Pelosi’s bid for speaker. Another group of Democrats is threatening to reject Nancy Pelosi’s bid for speaker during a party vote on Wednesday if she doesn’t concede to a set of demands. House Democrats of all stripes have tried to extract promises from Pelosi in exchange for their support. Now, nine members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus are doing the…

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Fox News’s bizarre history of describing pepper spray as food

Fox News’s bizarre history of describing pepper spray as food

“You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.” During Monday’s installment of Fox & Friends, Rob Colburn, president of the Border Patrol Foundation, downplayed the tear-gassing of asylum seekers and migrants by US Border Patrol agents on Sunday by comparing pepper spray with something you’d eat at a ballgame. “To clarify, the type of deterrent being used is OC pepper spray. It’s literally water, pepper, with a small amount of alcohol for…

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The best headphone deals for Cyber Monday

The best headphone deals for Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is one of the best times of the year to pick up a new pair of headphones, with everything from in-ear buds to noise-cancelling headphones getting price cuts. And best of all, we’ve already done all the heavy lifting for you, putting together all the best deals from across the internet for your next pair of headphones. Over/on-ear headphones Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones for $238 (usually $349.99) Bang and Olufsen H4 wireless…

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The Alabama mall shooting highlights the dangers of owning a gun while black

The Alabama mall shooting highlights the dangers of owning a gun while black

The shooting of Emantic Bradford shows how gun rights don’t protect black Americans from police violence. When Emantic “E.J.” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., a 21-year-old black man, heard gunfire at Alabama’s Riverchase Galleria mall on Thanksgiving night, he tried to flee. But when police arrived on the scene, they shot and killed Bradford, issuing a now-retracted statement incorrectly identifying the young man as the gunman. Now, the local police department is suggesting that Bradford would be…

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Obamacare is having a surprisingly good year

Obamacare is having a surprisingly good year

It’s time to rethink the individual mandate. Obamacare’s marketplaces are having a surprisingly good year. Two years into the Trump administration, more health plans are signing up to sell coverage. Premiums for mid-level plans actually went down 1 percent. This is after years of double-digit increases, many under the Obama administration. This all really surprises me. These positive changes are happening the same year that Obamacare’s individual mandate — the penalties for not carrying health…

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