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Facebook Has Opened Shop on the Dark Net (No Joke) — Facebook has collected billions of bits of information on the private lives of the hordes of people who spend hours every day on the social network. Now the company is chasing users who have fled to the refuge of a site that is all about anonymity and privacy.

Would You Buy Your Next Coffee Machine From a Robot? — Starting in December, Japanese home appliance stores will have a new sales associate: Pepper, a friendly 61-pound, 4-foot-tall robot. Its job: hawking NescafĂ© coffee machines. Japan is famous for its creepily human robots, but Pepper is particularly humanoid. It can pick up on facial expressions and even interpret emotion from the sound of a person's voice.

Stolen Airline Miles (and Lots of Them) — His handle is CipherCracks, and he's a highly popular seller on the web. He has dozens of customer reviews, which are almost uniformly positive. People seem to like his customer service, and he always delivers on time. What's he selling? Stolen airline miles on the dark net.

How a Concert App Fueled the Hong Kong Protests — If you've been to a music festival in the last few years, you've probably experienced a jammed cell tower. When thousands of people congregate in one small, dense area, cell signals get blocked and your texts won't go through. FireChat was built to solve that problem.

One Tiny City Is Standing Up to Big, Bad Comcast — It seems that everyone hates Comcast, the aggressively metastasizing corporate cable giant that charges high, high fees and offers what many regard as the worst customer service in the nation. But what can you do about it? Often it seems like nothing. Well, one small city isn't taking Comcast's shit lying down.

The Most Biggest Drug Courier in America is The U.S. Postal Service — You might think dark net drug dealers use some super secret delivery method to get their products point A to point B. Maybe, you thought, it's some sort of stealth drone that dispatches from some clandestine warehouse and drops off the packages in the dead of night. Not exactly.

This Is Where Dark Net Drugs Come From — The dark net is the world's fastest-growing marketplace for illicit goods. You can get fake IDs, guns or even explosives-but drugs are by far the most common product for sale. Weed and cocaine are plentiful, and more particular buyers can order drugs that are a bit harder to find, like ketamine and opium.

The Notorious Hacking Group Lizard Squad Gets Wiped From the Internet — There are hackers that steal money and hackers that steal information. And then there's Lizard Squad. Over the last few months, the shady, Anonymous-style hacking collective has been wreaking its own kind of havoc-mainly, it appears, out of boredom.

Kale vs. Weed: Which Is the More Lucrative Green? — This year's Super Bowl, an American ritual in which average folk gather around the television to gorge on chicken wings and cheap beer, will feature an unlikely addition to the menu for stadium-goers: kale. "Kale is so trendy right now," says Eric Borgia, the chef overseeing this year's game, who has created a delicious-sounding chicken-sausage and Tuscan kale sandwich to be sold at MetLife stadium.

Silicon Valley's Most Hyped Startup Finally Has a Product — Clinkle is a case study in Silicon Valley hype. In 2013, the startup raised $25 million-"the largest seed round in Silicon Valley history," its PR trumpeted-on nothing more than a vague idea to "reinvent payments." It was founded by a 22-year-old fresh out of college with no experience whatsoever.
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Oct 22, 2014

Sad, but you must watch: It Took 62 Minutes for Wheelchair-Bound Man to Get a Cab in NYC

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