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Gov't Wants A New 911-Like Number Just for Suicide Hotline

Gov't Wants A New 911-Like Number Just for Suicide Hotline

By Tali Arbel | Aug 18
With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach.

Google Employees Call for Pledge Not to Work with ICE

Google Employees Call for Pledge Not to Work with ICE

By Rachel Lerman | Aug 17
Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Trooper Finds Parked Driver Playing Pokemon Go on 8 Phones

Trooper Finds Parked Driver Playing Pokemon Go on 8 Phones

Aug 16
A Washington state trooper who pulled over to help what he thought was a disabled vehicle found something else instead: The driver had eight phones simultaneously playing the video game Pokemon Go.

LGBTQ YouTube Content Creators Sue, Claim Unfair Treatment

LGBTQ YouTube Content Creators Sue, Claim Unfair Treatment

By Kilian Melloy | Aug 16
A group of LGBTQ YouTube content creators have brought suit against the platform, saying that YouTube punishes them for their content while allowing trolls, bigots, and anti-gay users to post hateful comments.

House Subpoenas Owner of Message Board Tied to Mass Killings

House Subpoenas Owner of Message Board Tied to Mass Killings

By Andrew Taylor | Aug 15
A key House committee has subpoenaed the owner of 8chan, an online message board favored by violent white nationalists including the man suspected of killing 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Privacy Questions As Humans Reviewed User Audio At Facebook

Privacy Questions As Humans Reviewed User Audio At Facebook

By Mae Anderson and Rachel Lerman | Aug 15
Facebook has paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, raising privacy concerns for a company with a history of privacy lapses.

Virgin Galactic Unveiling Mission Control for Space Tourism

Virgin Galactic Unveiling Mission Control for Space Tourism

By Susan Montoya | Aug 15
Virgin Galactic plans to unveil its digs at Spaceport America, providing the first glimpse of mission control, a prep area for pilots and a lounge where paying customers will wait for their flights to space.

Farmers Use Tech to Squeeze Every Drop from Colorado River

Farmers Use Tech to Squeeze Every Drop from Colorado River

By Dan Elliott | Aug 14
A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day.

IMDb Updates Birthname Policy to Allow Removal in a Win for Trans Actors

IMDb Updates Birthname Policy to Allow Removal in a Win for Trans Actors

By Sam Cronin | Aug 13
IMDb has changed its stance on removing birthnames from its database, a victory for trans actors and actresses who claimed the involuntary publication was a form of "deadnaming."

Q&A: Ex-Googler Harris on How Tech 'Downgrades' Humans

Q&A: Ex-Googler Harris on How Tech 'Downgrades' Humans

By Rachel Lerman | Aug 13
Harris, a former Google design ethicist, first rose to national awareness after a presentation he gave within Google in 2013 spread throughout the industry. In it, he argued that many tech products were designed to be addictive.

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Out of Space for Radioactive Water

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Out of Space for Radioactive Water

By Mari Yamaguchi | Aug 13
The utility company operating Fukushima's tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant said Friday it will run out of space to store massive amounts of contaminated water in three years.

Verizon Sells Early Social-Media Darling Tumblr

Verizon Sells Early Social-Media Darling Tumblr

By Tali Arbel | Aug 13
Verizon is selling Tumblr, a darling of early social media, to the owner of blogging platform WordPress.

J.D. Salinger's Books Are Finally Going Digital

J.D. Salinger's Books Are Finally Going Digital

Aug 12
You'll finally be able to catch the late J.D. Salinger's books in digital format: Longtime Salinger publisher Little, Brown and Company said all four of his works, including "The Catcher in the Rye," will be made available as e-books Tuesday

Amid Protest, Hawaii Astronomers Lose Observation Time

Amid Protest, Hawaii Astronomers Lose Observation Time

Aug 12
Asteroids, including those that might slam into Earth. Clouds of gas and dust on the verge of forming stars. Planets orbiting stars other than our own. This is some of the research astronomers say they have missed out on.

Expert: Many Wisconsin Elections Clerks Use Outdated Systems

Expert: Many Wisconsin Elections Clerks Use Outdated Systems

By Todd Richmond | Aug 12
Hundreds of local clerks are using outdated computer systems or aren't installing security patches, leaving Wisconsin's election system vulnerable to potentially devastating cyberattacks, state elections officials fear.

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