Undocumented immigrants are using Facebook to find ways across the US border

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Helping someone illegally cross into the US may sound like a low-tech job, but a big part of it is increasingly going digital. According to Reuters, the smugglers who help Central Americans make their way into the US — often known as “coyotes” — are starting to find their clients online, particularly thanks to word of mouth over social networks. To that same end, people looking to cross into the US have begun going online to locate coyotes who can help them, asking around for people who have had success.

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Thousands Can Fact-Check The News With Grasswire

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261126130_cb413ea1ca_o We all know you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. But with Grasswire, you can at least “refute” it.
Austen Allred’s new venture allows news junkies to confirm and refute posts about breaking news. The “real-time newsroom controlled by everyone” divides posts into popular news topics, such as the Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine and the… Read More

Zillow’s Q2 Earnings Mixed With Record $78.7M Revenue, $0.05 Loss Per Share

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zillow-earnings Real estate marketplace Zillow reported its Q2 2014 financial results today. The company reported revenue of $78.7 million — up 68% over the second quarter of 2013 — but a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.05. GAPP net loss was about $10.5 million compared to $10.2 million in Q2 2013. The Wall Street consensus was that it would post revenue of about $76.52 million and a loss per… Read More

21st Century Fox ends its $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner

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The blockbuster media merger of the summer is reportedly dead in the water. Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox had offered $80 billion for rival Time Warner, a move that would have consolidated a number of major news, film, and television holdings. Today Murdoch announced the deal was off, stating that, “Time Warner management and its board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling.”

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US officials say someone else is leaking documents in the wake of Snowden

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Almost a year since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaked information was first revealed to the world, US officials today confirmed to CNN a new leaker is responsible for providing additional secret documents to The Intercept. The Intercept is an investigative website cofounded by Glenn Greenwald, the reporter to whom Snowden entrusted the bulk of his documents, and it has recently been publishing a series on the inner workings of the US government’s terror watch list. Just today, The Intercept published a new article based on leaked information indicating that 40 percent of the 680,000 total people listed on the watch list have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.”

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Zip Phone Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

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zipphone A company known as Zip Phone is making it easier to place secure, Wi-Fi enabled phone calls, in order to save consumers from using up the limited number of cellular minutes that come with their smartphone’s voice plan. That’s a more common problem outside of North America where unlimited calling plans are prevalent, though these consumers can still benefit from Zip Phone… Read More

Ricky Gervais will return as David Brent from ‘The Office’ in a new movie

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Ricky Gervais will once again portray David Brent, the painfully awkward middle-manager from The Office, in a full-length movie set to enter production next year. Life on the Road catches up with Brent 15 years after the conclusion of the BBC2 show that launched Gervais to global stardom and inspired a successful American adaptation. “He’s a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really give up on his dream of being a rock star,” BBC Films announced today in a press release.

There are many similarities between the hard-to-watch David Brent persona and Michael Scott on NBC’s version of The Office, though the US character never really shared Brent’s affinity for rock and roll. But apparently “Free…

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The internet doesn’t care about security

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One of the most trusted companies on the internet has been owned by a teen.

We learned this morning that Paypal’s two-factor authentication setup has a fairly major hole in it, detailed here. The researcher who found it, a 17-year-old who has done impressive work spotting vulnerabilities in Australian government sites, first reported the bug to Paypal back in June, but after two months of radio silence, he went public.

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Sosh Launches Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining

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Screenshot 2014-08-05 12.02.26 Sosh, the recommendations app that helps find the best stuff to do in your city, is today launching a brand new branch of the service dedicated to restaurants. With the introduction of Sosh Concierge, Sosh will now give users same-day access to exclusive restaurants that are hard to book with on late notice, or perhaps that don’t take reservations at all. Sosh already provides ticketing… Read More

Rise of the adorable machines

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There’s a robot making its way across Canada right now. It’s not very advanced — just a Nexus tablet attached to an Arduino, really. Yet it’s already made its way from Halifax to Toronto in about a week, and stands a good chance of making it to British Columbia before long. That’s because its most powerful feature is its cuteness.

HitchBot was designed by Professors David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller to see how humans would interact with a robot in an unstructured real-world setting. Zeller…

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Apple’s next iPhone could be announced September 9th

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There have been rumors, and more rumors, and hints, and then a bunch of other rumors, and on September 9th we might have answers. Re/code reports that Apple will hold an event that Tuesday to announce the next line of iPhones, which we expect to include at least one, and probably two, new models. They’ll have bigger screens, new processors, maybe new materials, and even more.

September 9th is a favorite day for Apple. In 2008, it unveiled a new lineup of iPods on that day; in 2009, it had its “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event. There’s lots of history on the date for Apple, for its music in particular – of course, it’s all tea leaves, but the company does have a history of making cryptic statements with every aspect of its events.

The…

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