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Why The First Wave of Chat Bots Are a Bit of a Mess

It’s a nice idea, maybe, but you know what’s the single most obvious thing to me in the days since Mark Zuckerberg took the stage in San Francisco to proclaim the beginning of the Chat Bot Era?Brands and developers are feverishly trying to figure out in real time, right before our very eyes, where this whole chat bot thing is going. read more

Protecting the Environment Is the App Store’s Latest Killer Feature

But the role of the App Store as an agent for environmental protection is an altogether new concept—and one that may be more powerful than any of Apple’s previous efforts.From now until April 24, a total of 27 apps on the App Store will donate 100 percent of their proceeds from app purchases and select in-app content to the WWF. read more

How Short URLs Could Reveal Your Home Address and Get You Hacked

But short URLs that are too short could expose the content behind the link to anyone, even people you didn’t share them with.In other words, short URLs with five, six, or seven-character tokens that users might think as private, are not that private. read more

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Octopus

Earlier this week, Inky, a famous and beloved octopus, escaped from his home at the National Aquarium in New Zealand.In a flash, his body folded in on itself, a grotesque fright of rust-colored skin, as he was whisked down the 164-foot-long pipe, arms twisting about, and pitched into the salty chasm. read more

How the UK's National Crime Agency Fights Cybercrime With Hacking of Its Own

Over the past few months, more details about UK law enforcement's closely-guarded use of “equipment interference”—the government's broad term for hacking—have come to light.The evidence gives four examples of how UK law enforcement have used equipment interference, including two relating to NCA cybercrime investigations. read more

Canada Desperately Needs to Have a Public Debate About Encryption

Why haven’t we rallied around the issue of encryption, which cuts across many lines of interest—activists use encryption, too—in a similar way?But sticking our heads in the sand doesn’t stop the encryption debate from playing out all around us. read more

How a Cam Girl Conspiracy Theory Sparked Masturbation Innovation

Last fall, I wrote about a weird little conspiracy theory making the rounds in the cam girl community, where angry fans accused cam performers of faking a sound-responsive vibrator’s reaction to the chime generated by viewers’ tips.To me, the whole thing seemed like bunk—if a cam girl exaggerates the pleasure she’s experience while on the job, well, welcome to sex work—but it got enough attention that it inspired one cam girl to do things a little bit differently. read more

Canada is Legalizing Doctor-Assisted Dying. What Goes on the Death Certificate?

On Thursday, Canada revealed new legislation aimed at making assisted dying legal.(Earlier this year, activist John Hofsess wrote about how he’d helped eight people die, including Canadian poet Al Purdy, before travelling to Switzerland for his own assisted death. read more

Why You Can’t Find Prince’s Music Online

But one thing has been noticeably absent from the public display of mourning: links to all of the music that Prince’s fans adore and celebrate.Here is the reason you can’t post a video of “When Doves Cry” with your “RIP Prince” post on Facebook: Prince believed that artists should be paid, and the internet does not facilitate that. read more

You Can Trick Your Brain Into Not Procrastinating

Greek poets and Roman scholars warned citizens to not “put your work off till tomorrow and the day after.Because the prefrontal cortex works at a slower pace than the limbic system, you’ll end up procrastinating until it eventually overrides the instinctual urge to avoid doing your task. read more

How a Contested Republican Convention Could Go Down

MOTHERBOARD: Even at a contested convention, some delegates are bound to a candidate all the way to a fourth ballot.Can you imagine a contested scenario so long that it stretches out to a ballot vote? read more

Why Do We Still Depict All Pot Smokers as Bong-Toting Losers?

As Canada’s Liberal government continues decriminalizing pot and moves towards legalization in spring 2017, the country has to get its story straight about who pot smokers really are.These stock photos from New York-based nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) are here to help. read more

Hubble's Birthday Gift to the World Is This Trippy Bubble Nebula

Happy 26th birthday to the Hubble Space Telescope!For the telescope's birthday, NASA is pushing this image of the Bubble Nebula. read more

This Technicality Could Spoil the FBI’s Dark Web Hacking Operations

Last year, the FBI and its international police partners hacked at least 4,000 suspected child pornographers in an unprecedented sting on a dark web child pornography website called Playpen.If you don’t know where computer is, according to Rule 41, then you can’t legally hack it. read more

What Happened When I Pushed Myself to Interview More Women

Therein we find one of journalism’s roles in the silicon divide: journalists simply don’t interview enough female sources.I've never found a real study of male versus female sources in science reporting, but in other topics—such as presidential politics—the number of female sources is sometimes as low as 20 percent. read more

FBI Director: We Paid More Than $1.2 Million for San Bernardino iPhone Hack

That would mean the FBI spent more than $1.2 million for a technique to unlock an iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook, one of the deceased perpetrators of a gun massacre in San Bernardino, California last December. read more

Why It’s Impossible to Get a Good Night’s Sleep in a Strange New Bed

It’s a familiar conundrum: whether to sleep over or not, after a one night stand.In a new study, they conclude that it’s because, when you sleep in a strange place, one hemisphere of your brain stays up to keep watch. read more