Gavin McInnes is suing the SPLC for defamation

Gavin McInnes is suing the SPLC for defamation

It was nearly 70 degrees F and cloudy in Montgomery, AL this afternoon, when Gavin McInnes — one of the founders of Vice, and more recently the founder of the violent right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys — walked up to a small PA system in front of the headquarters of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and began to speak about how the legal advocacy nonprofit had ruined his life. “It’s a dangerous precedent…

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Google hired microworkers to train its controversial Project Maven AI

Google hired microworkers to train its controversial Project Maven AI

According to a new report from The Intercept, Google hired gig economy workers to help build out a controversial artificial intelligence program that the company had paired with the Pentagon to build. The workers were hired through a crowdsourcing gig company outfit called Figure Eight, which pays as little at $1 an hour for people to perform short, seemingly mindless tasks. Whether the individuals were identifying objects in CAPTCHA-like images, or other simple tasks, the…

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Senate Democrats are trying to prevent Trump from using disaster relief funding for a border wall

Senate Democrats are trying to prevent Trump from using disaster relief funding for a border wall

They’ve introduced a bill aimed at stopping him. President Donald Trump is still heavily considering a national emergency declaration as a means of paying for his border wall, and Senate Democrats are eager to make sure that doesn’t happen. A group of Democratic lawmakers, led by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, are introducing a bill dubbed the RAIDER Act that would bar Trump from using money that has already been allocated…

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Samsung Galaxy Sport leak shows a sleek bezel-less smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Sport leak shows a sleek bezel-less smartwatch

Samsung is due to refresh their wearable lineup, along with their Galaxy S flagship smartphones, at their upcoming Unpacked 2019 event. Leaked image renders posted by 91Mobiles show a new wearable, purportedly named the Galaxy Sport. Like the Galaxy Watch before it, the Galaxy Sport will be aimed at outdoors enthusiasts, with some unspecified degree of water resistance. Yet perhaps the most interesting element of this new wearable is its complete lack of rotating bezel….

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Honda covered a lawn mower, power generator, and some cars in gold

Honda covered a lawn mower, power generator, and some cars in gold

Honda marked its 50th anniversary in Australia today, and to celebrate, the company wrapped some of its most iconic products in gold vinyl, including cars, motorcycles, dirt bikes, a lawn mower, and a power generator. More specifically, it gilded a Civic Type R hot hatchback, the Acura NSX hybrid supercar, a HRU19 Buffalo lawn mower, EU22i generator, CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle, CRF450L dual-sport dirt bike, and a CRF50F kids motorbike, for the little ones who enjoy…

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Firefox will mute autoplaying videos by default starting next month

Firefox will mute autoplaying videos by default starting next month

Autoplaying video is the scourge of the internet, and Mozilla is going to do its part to help stomp it out in the upcoming Firefox 66, which will automatically mute any autoplaying video unless the user actively clicks the play button, via TechCrunch. Users will be able to whitelist sites they’d like autoplay on As detailed in the blog post announcing the new block, Mozilla is defining autoplaying video as “any playback that happens before…

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This profile of publishing’s biggest scam artist reveals the industry’s deep dysfunction

This profile of publishing’s biggest scam artist reveals the industry’s deep dysfunction

The story of Woman in the Window author Dan Mallory is a reminder of how easy publishing makes it for white men to fail up. The greatest thriller I have read this year is not a book. It’s a new article in the New Yorker by Ian Parker about the editor and author Dan Mallory, and it is filled with so many twists and turns, such scheming and brazen lies, that it eclipses fiction. It…

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Apple HomePod is $70 off, plus Anker and Echo discounts at Amazon

Apple HomePod is $70 off, plus Anker and Echo discounts at Amazon

The Apple HomePod is $70 off of its usual price at both Best Buy and B&H Photo. Normally $349.99, it’s $279.99 until supplies last. We’ve seen this device for as low as $249 during Black Friday, so this may be the best discount we see for some time on the smart speaker, which Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel said sounded “immediately, obviously better than other speakers” in his full review. Also, just for today, Anker has…

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Alphabet spent more than $1.3 billion last quarter on ‘other bets’ like Loon and Waymo

Alphabet spent more than $1.3 billion last quarter on ‘other bets’ like Loon and Waymo

Google parent company Alphabet continues to invest heavily in its quest to figure out the future. In its most recent quarterly earnings report, the company said it incurred a more than $1.3 billion operating loss in its “Other Bets” category, the collection of divisions that includes its experimental X lab, its internet group Access, its LTE balloon initiative Loon, its drone delivery project Wing, and its self-driving car unit Waymo, among other groups focused on…

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Ralph Northam promised black voters a voice. Will he listen now?

Ralph Northam promised black voters a voice. Will he listen now?

Democrats want to maintain the party’s image of racial inclusivity. Northam is threatening it. Ralph Northam’s victory in Virginia was seen as an early challenge to the Donald Trump administration’s demonization of minorities and tolerance of white nationalism. Now Northam’s commitment to challenging those values is being put to the test. As pages surfaced from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook showing two people posing in blackface and a KKK costume, the fallout was swift among…

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