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Gab, Social Network Favored By The Far Right, Goes Back Online

Gab, a social network popular among alt-right activists and white nationalists, went back online Sunday after having gone dark following the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which killed 11 people. The platform, a self-labeled champion of free speech, was dropped by domain provider GoDaddy.com last week. It announced its return Sunday evening with a new […]

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Where Kids Find Hate Online — And Tips For How To Handle It

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media Hate speech is all over the internet. Fueled by trolls, extremists, false information, and a group mentality, this kind of cruelty against a religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, race ― or anything, really ― has reached a fever pitch. And while some kids will be attacked, and some may […]

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Online scammers are bombarding young 'Fortnite' players with fake offers for free v-bucks

Epic Games“Fortnite” players spend more than $ 200 million a month on v-bucks, the in-game currency. Online scammers are targeting “Fortnite: Battle Royale” players with fake offers for free v-bucks, the game’s digital currency. Players use v-bucks to purchase cosmetic items and skins; the currency can be earned through playing or purchased outright in the […]

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‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ companion app leaks ‘Red Dead Online,’ Rockstar Editor

The Red Dead Redemption 2 companion app is more than just a valuable tool for gamers —  it also has leaked details about the highly anticipated Red Dead Online and the pending arrival of the Rockstar Editor. Dataminers who dived into the companion app’s code discovered several interesting tidbits about Red Dead Online, according to […]

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Iranians masqueraded as foreign journalists to push political messages online, new Twitter data shows

The Twitter logo is displayed on an iPhone screen. (Alex FLynn/Bloomberg News) Tony Romm Staff writer covering technology policy October 17 at 9:07 AM Twitter accounts originating in Iran masqueraded as foreign journalists and concerned U.S. citizens in their attempt to push political messages on the social media site until they were suspended earlier this […]

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This orange puck keeps you online in any country, with one hidden catch

Previous Next Staying online when you travel is more important than ever before. Whether you want to jump into Google Maps to get directions to your next destination, pull up your boarding pass for a flight, or research a great place for dinner, you’re going to need connectivity to do it. Hotel Wi-Fi is an […]

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The Hot College Gig: Online Brand Promoter

The Hot College Gig: Online Brand Promoter ImageAnnabelle Schmitt, a senior at Pennsylvania State University, is asked to promote a variety of products on her social media accounts.CreditCreditMichelle Gustafson for The New York Times By Claire Ballentine Aug. 31, 2018 Noah Lamfers, a senior at the University of Northern Iowa, had never tried a 5-Hour […]

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Printed 3D-gun blueprints back online

A firm that distributed 3D-printer blueprints for guns has circumvented a ban on sharing them online by selling flash drives containing the files. The designs had been available for free download but a temporary ban was imposed by a US judge concerned that they could fall into the wrong hands. Defense Distributed now promises to […]

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Nostos is an open-world VR RPG that sure looks like Sword Art Online

I’m a simple man. I love beautiful, cel-shaded worlds; role-playing games; and fighting monsters online with friends. Similar in many ways to Sword Art Online, Nostos is all of those and more, in virtual reality, and I’m absolutely foaming at the mouth to see more of this game. I would really love a true, in-universe VR […]

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Minigame integrated into EVE Online helps scientists understand cells

Enlarge / Yes, those are real human cells inside a fictional galaxy. Citizen science, which asks the public to help out science projects, has produced some spectacular successes. But finding a way to grab and maintain hold of the public’s attention can be a challenge. That has led to a number of projects that turn […]

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Game devs have three choices interacting online: be a robot, log off — or risk the mob

I remember when I first went online as the representative of a big company. It was 2001, and I was working in the digital division of Lego, the world’s largest producer of plastic toy bricks. Before I’d gotten three posts into talking with Lego fans in online forums, I was called in to talk to […]