Half a million fake, identical anti-Net Neutrality comments were posted on the FCC’s docket on killing Net Neutrality, using identities that appear to have been stolen from a voter registration breach. (more…)"The anti-Net Neutrality bots that flooded the FCC impersonated dead people"
Dan Hon (previously) took note of a sponsored tweet in The Atlantic’s Twitter feed: “SPONSORED: The future city: What changes when everything is connected? #MSFTCloud #ad” and decided to have a go at answering the question. The results were fantastic. (more…)"A dystopian reboot of some sponsored Internet of Shit content"
Google’s AlphaGo — the AI developed to tackle the world’s most demanding strategy game — is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world’s best talent. The latest to succumb is Go’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week. The AI, developed by London-based DeepMind, which was acquired by Google… Read More"After beating the world’s elite Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is retiring"
Spotify made a few moves this week that could put them in a better position to join the stock market. On Thursday, it was revealed that the company added four people to its board of directors. The music streaming startup has brought on former Disney COO Tom Staggs; Padmasree Warrior, a Cisco vet who runs an electric car business; Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube’s former head of product;… Read More"Spotify settles lawsuits, adds board members as it gets ready to go public"
The king of Belgium is apparently not amused by his appearance in a recent Burger King ad. The country’s royal family contacted the fast food chain this weekend over an online ad that asks people to choose between its mascot and a cartoon image of King Philippe, the BBC reports. SEE ALSO: Burger King is hiring gamers to sell you food during online matches and I give up A spokesperson for the family told the…"Burger King upsets actual king with Belgian ad"
Although it’s no longer “America’s favorite pastime,” baseball is still at the heart of the county’s popular culture and, along those lines, its Hall of Fame just hit a home run by adding Homer Simpson to its ranks. SEE ALSO: Oculus founder thinks this wild anime film is the likely future of AR On Saturday, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, added the animated character to its list of greats, celebrating the…"Homer Simpson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. D'oh!"
Change.org is getting some major support from tech billionaires to create real social movements. LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million funding round for the site in what he said in a post on LinkedIn was his largest personal impact investment to date. Bill Gates and Y Combinator’s Sam Altman are also investing in Change.org in this round, Change.org CEO Ben Rattray said in a blog post. “As a society, we should be…"Change.org just got a $30 million investment to expand petitions into real social movements"
We’ve received word from Uber that the Kalanick family suffered an unthinkable tragedy this weekend. CEO Travis Kalanick’s parents were in a boating accident in Fresno and Kalanick’s mother Bonnie Horowitz Kalanick has passed away. His father Donald Kalanick was also injured. The company provided the following statement. “Last night Travis and his family suffered an… Read More"Tragedy strikes as Uber CEO Kalanick loses mother in boating accident, father in serious condition"
Imagine that you’re standing on an alien world, far out in the galaxy. You look up and see a brilliant bed of stars above you, blanketing totally foreign sky. But what if you were on a different planet a little closer to home? What would you see then? A new photo beamed back from Jupiter by NASA’s Juno probe, gives us a good idea of what that could be like. SEE ALSO: Jupiter is the…"Juno sees something familiar looking out from Jupiter's rings"
It turns out that dogs (of course) know that fidget spinners are the work of the devil, and one brave Shiba Inu had no problem making her feelings known in a video posted on Instagram this week. SEE ALSO: Shiba Inu Cashier Wants to Sell You Much Magazines Nothing odd happens here other than the mere spinning of the popular time-wasting gadget, but Kiba the Shiba isn’t fooled and emphatically calls out the unnatural movements…"Shiba Inu dog: Yes, fidget spinners 'are' evil"