FCC Says ‘One or More’ Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee on December 05, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty In letters addressed to oversight lawmakers on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that his agency’s nearly two-year investigation into the unauthorized sale of consumers’ phone location data…

RED’s Hydrogen One phone makes a cameo in the ‘F9’ trailer

It’s not shocking that people in the movie business would have an affinity for the high-priced but ultimately disappointing project, since they’re likely to work with the company’s cameras. Still, this isn’t the only recent appearance of the Hydrogen One, more than a year after it debuted and months after RED announced it would abandon…

Amazon’s Tax Claims Are Riddled With Bullshit

Photo: MANDEL NGAN (Getty) Despite deserved outrage for paying effectively $0 in federal income taxes two years running, Amazon would like us to believe it has become a model corporate citizen. They even blogged about it! Unsurprisingly, the story Amazon weaves about itself is held together largely by half-truths and misrepresentation. “Amazon has a $15…

Jaw of 330-Million-Year-Old Shark Found in Kentucky Cave

Embedded remnants of a fossilized shark head at Mammoth Caves.Image: National Park Service Sharks typically don’t come to mind when you think about landlocked Kentucky, but as fossil evidence from the state’s Mammoth Cave National Park shows, this place was once chock-full of the carnivorous fishes. Paleontologists working at the national park uncovered fossils from…

Wizards of the Coast teams with ex-BioWare devs on a sci-fi RPG

The good news is that leading the developer are two former BioWare employees: James Ohlen and Chad Robertson. Ohlen worked as the creative director and lead designer on some of Bioware’s most beloved titles, including Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, Neverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Wizards of the Coast first announced…

US Carbon Emissions Are on Track to Fall a Shameful 4 Percent by 2050

The Longview coal-fired power plant on August 21, 2018 in Maidsville, West VirginiaPhoto: Getty Images To meet the goals set in the Paris Climate Accord and avert climate catastrophe, UN scientists say nations must cut their greenhouse gas emissions to half of their 2018 levels by 2030 and aim for net zero emissions by 2050….

Vine successor Byte will share all its ad revenue to lure early creators

The money for the pool will come from ads, but Byte stressed that you won’t see pre-rolls, mid-feed ads or retargeting. The pilot phase of the program will funnel all of the ad revenue to Partner Program members, although that’s clearly going to change once the effort launches in earnest. Don’t expect to start making…

This Company Wants To Subsidize Your Terrible Commute With Terrible Ads

Photo: Getty One of the biggest issues with the subway, at least here in New York, boils down to cold hard cash. Even more than the busking, the rats, and the ooze, last year’s subway fare hike caused many NYC residents to lose their damn minds. But what if—y’know, instead of reducing the fare—we just…

Do You Think in Words?

IRL image of the author thinking in words. Photo: Pixabay A question for you: When you are aware of your own consciousness—meaning your own individual scattershot thoughts, like what to make for lunch, whether to cross the street, or when it’s time to go hit the pillow—what do you hear? That is, do you “hear”…

Lyft expands free voter rides to all US primaries

The company is promising more details on plans to improve voter access and “other forms of civic engagement” later in the year. This is partly a promotional vehicle, of course Along with other LyftUp projects like Disaster Response and Grocery Access, it’s as much about polishing Lyft’s image as it is caring for people in…