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This Guy Claims to Have Masterminded the Emma Watson Nude Photo Hoax

vocativ.com — Juicy internet hoaxes have a way of traveling across social media at warp speed. Unfortunately, it doesn't take too long for a reputable news outlet to take the bait. A perfect example: The Emma Watson nude photo hoax. In September, a website called "EmmaYouAreNext.com" appeared with a countdown ending at midnight, September 24.

Why NYPD Officers Dress Like The Terminator

vocativ.com — Last night, tens of thousands of Eric Garner protesters flooded the streets of New York City. It was a mostly peaceful protest, but there were some clashes with officers. About 200 of the protesters were arrested by the NYPD; many more were doused with pepper spray.

Inside North Korea's Elite Hacker Unit That Beat Sony

vocativ.com — In North Korea, a country where many people are literally starving, one group gets the red carpet treatment: cyberhackers working for the government. By now, you've probably heard about the massive computer hack that shut down Sony's headquarters for a day.

Government-and Shotgun-Toting Vigilantes-Try to Down Drones

vocativ.com — One day in October, a New Jersey resident, apparently sick of his neighbor's creepy quadcopter hovering above his house, took out a shotgun and blasted it out of the sky. Sure, he was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief-but maybe if he hadn't been in New Jersey, things might have been different.

It's Cyber Monday, Which Means Deals on Stolen Credit Cards, Too

vocativ.com — Over the last few years, we've witnessed the incredible growth of dark net marketplaces: massive underground retailers that host thousands of listings for drugs, guns and hacking services. Right now, there are more than 65,000 listings on dark net marketplaces, as well as massive review forums to discuss sellers and quality.

Kim Dotcom Says He's Broke After Blowing Through $200 Million

vocativ.com — Two years ago, Kim Dotcom was worth about $200 million. Today, he says, all that money is gone, and he might be headed back to jail. "It's official," he tweeted yesterday. "I'm broke." The Dotcom saga started well over a decade ago, when the German-born entrepreneur founded Megaupload.com.

Pax Dickinson Is Back, and He Wants to Expose Corrupt Journalists

vocativ.com — A year ago, Pax Dickinson was the relatively unknown CTO for Business Insider, the popular news site. Then, in September 2013, it all came crashing down for Pax: Gawker published a series of his (public) tweets, which they called "homophobic, racist, misogynistic, classist."

Where Do Thanksgiving Turkeys Come From?

vocativ.com — The USDA predicts that Americans will gobble down 235 million turkeys during 2014. That's a lot of turkeys. Many of them will be consumed Thursday. Where are all these turkeys coming from? It turns out, nearly 1 in 5 turkeys are raised in Minnesota-about 45 million. The human population of Minnesota is 5.5 million.

What $100,000 Bionic Arm Can Do

vocativ.com — There are about 10 million amputees around the world, and some 20 percent of them live in the U.S. Prosthetic legs are relatively straightforward-you can even buy them on eBay now. But prosthetic arms and hands are a much more difficult, and intriguing, challenge. Think about it: The hand is composed of 27 little bones.

Do anti-bullying campaigns even work?

theweek.com — Researchers at Clemson University published a report recently concluding that bullying in schools continues to be prevalent. Of course, this is hardly news. Study after study shows that bullying persists in America, both in the classroom and online. October was National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign that "encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement."
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Dec 18, 2014

cool story about the professor who first isolated THC. turns out he's never smoked the stuff (sure, professor...) voc.tv/1w38YbY

Dec 18, 2014

RT @keenanrose: @EricMarkowitz @brentviatweets congrats on the new gig. To think our relationship started with nude selfies at the company he now works at

Dec 18, 2014

@keenanrose hey did you know @brentviatweets works there now? I think he serves the Blue Bottle

Dec 18, 2014

@keenanrose the guy is very bright, especially about macro trends, but has this crazy tunnel vision when seeing his own product.

Dec 18, 2014

Nodding along until "[snapchat] is valuable bc it has fundamentally changed the nature of digital communication." inc.com/business-insid…

Dec 18, 2014

@GuardiansGOP Can you follow back? I'd like to ask you a question. thanks

Dec 18, 2014

nuts. @AlessandriaMasi writes a piece about Assad's shrinking army. SEA hackers take the story offline. ibtimes.com/syrian-army-sh…

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