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Hackers claim to have personal info of millions of Instagram accounts, including celebs

A group of hackers used a bug earlier this week to scrape the phone numbers and email addresses of six million Instagram accounts and are now selling that information on the web. The hackers mainly ta

The White House has removed an important report on sexual violence from its website

Since Trump took office, how many times have you asked yourself "What fresh hell is this?" Today is one of those days I feel I'm asking every five minutes. Our current administration recently took dow

Pepper the robot can perform funerary rites, but it shouldn’t

It's not really clear just what "humanoid" robots are actually for. I've seen them do all kinds of things, but almost none of them well; at our recent Robotics event in Boston, several leading experts

For its latest trick, watch this Tesla Model X smoke a Lamborghini supercar

The “Ludicrous” Teslas are ludicrous indeed. And this video posted to YouTube by DragTimes is just the latest in a series of evidentiary exhibits that proves it. In the video, a Tesla Mode

Someone claiming to be a VC admits he doesn’t hire women out of fear he’ll get sued

On KQED's Forum show today host Queena Sook Kim discussed venture capital's sexist culture. But during the call, someone claiming to be a VC emailed the show to say he would not hire a woman “out o

No, Peter Thiel is not harvesting the blood of the young

Correction below Stories of countesses bathing in virgin blood, or vampiric nobles sucking the juice out of the young, have captured our attention for centuries. But when stories started coming out t

Uber board member gets sexist at a sexism apology all-hands

At least one Uber board member didn’t seem to get the memo about sex discrimination and the changes Uber is trying to make from within. In an audio taping of the company all-hands meeting t

Uber has fired more than 20 people over harassment probe

Uber has fired more than 20 people involved in a harassment probe, TechCrunch has confirmed. The ride share company began investigating at least 215 employees after the company was hit with sexual har

Venture investors blast US decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord

Joining an overwhelming chorus that includes most Americans, several major businesses in the U.S. and much of the global community, several investors have come out swinging against President Trump's d

John Oliver reminds us that Net Neutrality is still under siege

John Oliver has again fired off his quick wit at the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the Trump administration for trying to roll back Obama-era Net Neutrality rules. This isn’t the first time Oliv

Uber employees thought it’d be a good idea to paint a ‘#Undelete’ mural

Well, this is something else. A bunch of mostly male Uber employees decided to get together to spray taint (paint) a wall in San Francisco, basically begging people to reinstall the app if they've del

Vote now to eliminate your favorite government agency!

For every bad idea, there's a crowdsourcing campaign with a soapbox and a big-ass megaphone, ready to make it even worse. Interested? In case you missed it, it's not too late to vote to shake up the e

Unreal’s ‘photorealistic character sample’ is like a Rob Lowe from the uncanny valley

Making the character models you see in games is a very involved process, and as a few recent titles have shown, the faces especially are hard as hell to do right. The folks behind Epic's Unreal Engine

Why do airlines overbook their flights?

We've all been there: You turn up to the gate and there are more passengers than there are seats on the plane. You wouldn't be the first person to think, "If you only have 200 seats, why would you sel

Pros and cons of “Oath: A Verizon Company”

Corporate identities! We love 'em. But boy is it hard to come up with good ones. Sounds like we decided to go with "Oath: A Verizon Company." We already have a post, but I just did a focus group with

Houston, Kalanick and Zuck walk into a headline

And a bar called SPiN, where photos of them playing ping-pong have the tech media in a great mood this Friday morning. The reason? At the same time as Houston's ping pong birthday fun, SPiN was also h

Transcend VR sues investor Mike Rothenberg for fraud and breach of contract

Mike Rothenberg has been in a heap of trouble over a series of purportedly fraudulent transactions within his investment firm Rothenberg Ventures and his virtual reality startup River Studios. Now Tra

The White House’s LGBT rights page has disappeared

And so the transition of power begins. First up is the WhiteHouse.gov site where several pages are now changing or altogether disappearing — including a page on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transg

This bed with built-in subwoofer, TV, lamp and power outlets may be your last purchase, ever

Furlenco’s new “Pod” might just be the most outrageous product hitting the market this holiday season. The Bangalore, India based furniture rental startup has always had a penchant

Amazon Echo may be listening in on your conversations in your Vegas hotel room

The Wynn Las Vegas hotel is adding an Amazon Echo to every one of its 4,748 rooms. A first for a hotel to do and a great way to market both the hotel and the Echo device. However, it also means, shoul
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