Facebook users’ phone numbers being sold on Telegram: report

A cybercriminal created a bot that sold access to millions of Facebook users’ cellphone numbers through the Telegram messaging app, a new report says. The bot pulled the info from a massive database of phone numbers taken from Facebook before the social network patched a security hole in 2019, according to Motherboard. A Telegram support representative told …

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Makers of Sophia the robot plan mass rollout amid pandemic

HONG KONG – “Social robots like me can take care of the sick or elderly,” Sophia says as she conducts a tour of her lab in Hong Kong. “I can help communicate, give therapy and provide social stimulation, even in difficult situations.” Since being unveiled in 2016, Sophia – a humanoid robot – has gone …

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Popular YouTuber’s DIY torture device slammed by women

Judging by his past instructional videos — a spiked “study” chair for “sleepy” students, or a spring-loaded head thumper — it would be fair to assume YouTube vlogger and machinist Geng Shuai, AKA “Useless Edison,” has a flair for the sadistic. But it’s his latest invention that has landed him in hot water with his …

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Italy orders TikTok to block accounts for kids after girl’s death

Italy ordered the Chinese-owned TikTok to make sure young children aren’t using its app, after the death of a 10-year-old girl who accidentally killed herself in a “Blackout Challenge.” Kids under 13 aren’t supposed to use TikTok. But the Italian state regulator wants the app to block unverified user accounts until Feb. 15, noting it …

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Gamers threaten to boycott Xbox Live after price hikes

Microsoft said Friday it will jack up the price for its Xbox Live Gold memberships — provoking threats from some gamers to jump ship to rival Playstation. A one-month membership to the Xbox Live, which is necessary to play games like “Call of Duty” online, is increasing from $10 to $11, while a three month …

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Judge rules that Amazon won’t be forced to host Parler

A federal judge on Thursday declined to force Amazon to bring controversial social network Parler back onto its cloud service. Parler had sued Amazon Web Services last week after the tech titan forced it to go dark — a decision that AWS blamed on the social network’s failure to police the threats of violence the …

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Thumb injury forces top ‘Call of Duty’ gamer to retire at 25

A 25-year-old professional video game player has been forced to log off for good due to a thumb injury. Thomas Paparatto — who goes by the online moniker ZooMaa — announced he was stepping back from gaming “for the foreseeable future” in a statement on Twitter Tuesday. “It breaks my heart to step away from …

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Huge ‘super puff’ exoplanet could change how we explore the universe

Scientists have confirmed the existence of a massive “super-puff” exoplanet, one that is as large as Jupiter but 10 times lighter and could change how humanity explores the universe. The planet, known as WASP-107b, was first found in 2017, but it wasn’t until recently that astronomers were able to confirm its low density, putting it into the …

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Twitter exec says company taking crackdown on conspiracy theorists ‘global’

Footage released Monday shows a top Twitter executive discussing the company’s recent crackdown on accounts that push conspiracy theories, calling it a “global” initiative. Vijaya Gadde’s comments to employees were leaked to the right-wing activist group Project Veritas, and a Twitter spokesperson confirmed the video is authentic. “Beyond de-amplification, we are going to — conspiracy …

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Parler is back online with message to ‘lovers and haters’

The website for Parler, the conservative-friendly social media platform, was back online on Sunday — with a message for the company’s “lovers and haters.” “Hello world, is this thing on?” Parler CEO John Matze wrote on the website, above a note from the company saying the platform would be restored after challenges were resolved. “Now seems …

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