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NASA has a mission called ‘OMG.’ Here’s how it got its name.

washingtonpost.com — OMG isn't just popular shorthand for "Oh my God," it's also a NASA mission. Short for Oceans Melting Greenland, the research program is dedicated to looking at the loss of ice around the world's largest island - a rapidly changing part of the planet that likely has many climate scientists exclaiming, "Oh, my God!"

The CEO of the company behind Ashley Madison is resigning

washingtonpost.com — The chief executive of the parent company of Ashley Madison, a dating site targeting people looking for extra-marital affairs, resigned Friday after a massive hack exposed the personal information of millions of is users. "Until the appointment of a new CEO, the company will be led by the existing senior management team," Toronto-based Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison, said in a statement.

Reports: Islamic State hacker killed in U.S. airstrike

washingtonpost.com — An American airstrike took out a British hacker key to the Islamic State's cyber-strategy. Officials believe Junaid Hussain, a 21-year-old from England, was killed in an airstrike in Syria on Tuesday, according to media reports. Hussain was a primary target for the Pentagon - No.

Police drones with Tasers? It could happen in North Dakota.

washingtonpost.com — Local police in North Dakota could soon be the first in the country to arm drones with nonlethal weapons, including Tasers and tear gas. Drones, long known for their military use, have started showing up almost everywhere in recent years - including police departments.

The secret to Facebook’s new Siri competitor? People.

washingtonpost.com — Facebook just launched a new digital assistant on Wednesday -- think Apple's Siri, Google Now or Microsoft's Cortana. But the secret to Facebook's new program, dubbed "M," is refreshingly human. In fact, much like soylent green, it's people.

You don’t have to watch that horrible video of two journalists being shot to death

washingtonpost.com — The Internet has made it easier than ever to watch someone die. Sometimes, we can't even avoid it. It is literally forced upon us when it comes up in our news feed and the video begins playing by itself.
Aug 26, 2015

The gut-wrenching ethics of voyeurism in an age of violent Internet videos washingtonpost.com/news/the-switc…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @b_fung: The gut-wrenching ethics of voyeurism in an age of violent Internet videos washingtonpost.com/news/the-switc…

Aug 26, 2015

No, you don't have to watch that horrible video of journalists being shot to death. washingtonpost.com/news/the-switc…

Could hackers take down a city?

stltoday.com — First the power goes out. It's not clear what has gone wrong, but cars are starting to jam the streets - the traffic lights are down. And something seems to be going haywire with the subways, too. No one can get to work. And even if they could, what would they do?

Why you shouldn’t freak out if your spouse’s e-mail shows up in the Ashley Madison data

Aug 20, 2015

This story doubles as a handy list of excuses if your email was found in the Ashley Madison dump. wapo.st/1hMEo7o

Why you shouldn’t freak out if your spouse’s e-mail shows up in the Ashley Madison data

washingtonpost.com — It's looking more and more likely that a massive trove of data about millions of users of infidelity dating Ashley Madison that hackers claim to have posted online is legit. Sites are even popping up claiming to let you check whether your e-mail (or your spouse's) is part of the nearly 10 gigabyte cache.

Hackers claim to have leaked Ashley Madison data trove online

washingtonpost.com — Cheating spouses beware: Hackers claim to have released data stolen last month during a breach at Ashley Madison, a dating site for people looking for affairs. A roughly 10-gigabyte file that purported to contain several points of personal data, including e-mails, member profiles, credit-card transactions and other sensitive information about Ashley Madison's millions of users became available Tuesday, according to numerous media reports.
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Aug 26, 2015

No, you don't have to watch that horrible video of journalists being shot to death. washingtonpost.com/news/the-switc…

Aug 26, 2015

In which the Internet turns to Dear Prudence for guidance about the Ashley Madison hack: slate.com/articles/life/…

Aug 25, 2015

Also acquired on vacation: A literal bag of rocks. This has been a non-Trump update from an airport in the midwest. pic.twitter.com/X4a55pKBKE


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