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Martin Shkreli walks back on pledge to lower price of HIV drug Daraprim — Controversial pharmaceutical boss Martin Shkreli has has decided he's not going to lower the price of his HIV medication after all. Shkreli's company Turing Pharmaceuticals, announced on Wednesday that it would provide volume discounts of its drug Daraprim to hospitals, but it appears that the company's $750-a-pill price tag still stands.

Tesla Motors recalls entire fleet of Model S cars over seatbelt issue — Elon Musk's Tesla Motors is recalling every single Model S car because the luxury electric auto manufacturer found a faulty seatbelt in one of its European models. "Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner," said the company in an unattributed statement emailed to customers and posted to its website on Friday.

Google offers legal support to some YouTube users in copyright battles — Google is stepping up its defense of YouTube users who find themselves on the wrong side of a copyright claim, the tech company said on Thursday. After a series of skirmishes with established media and others the company said it was "offering legal support to a handful of videos that we believe represent clear fair uses which have been subject to DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] takedowns."

Square IPO sets off strong trading after company sputters at the starting block — The "unicorns" are still alive! Just. The share sale of mobile payment company Square got off to a good start on Thursday - but only after the Silicon Valley startup was forced to slash the price of its offer.

Square slashes share price ahead of sale — Mobile payment company Square slashed its share price on Wednesday night ahead of a sale that is casting a shadow over the new darlings of the tech sector. The small-business-centric digital payments firm, which makes portable credit card scanners that work with smartphones, is run by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

US and European officials reignite 'back door' encryption debate after Paris — As the world continues to absorb the full impact of the murders of hundreds of civilians by Islamic State attackers in Paris, officials on both sides of the Atlantic have renewed a discussion that many thought had been closed: whether or not to allow government agencies "back-door" access to the codes used to secure communications and financial and personal medical information.
Nov 18, 2015

Bratton et al are just coming right out and saying they don't like crypto because it messes up dragnet surveillance.…

Nov 18, 2015

In which a US senator says with a straight face that IS must have used encryption, because no one heard them coming:…

Nov 19, 2015

RT @guardian: US and European officials reignite 'back door' encryption debate after Paris

Microsoft sounds final death knell for Zune music streaming service — Alas, poor Zune: Microsoft's long-doomed answer to the iPod has finally given up the ghost, according to a quiet and brief eulogy posted on Microsoft's support pages on Sunday. While the company will still allow the remaining Zune-enabled devices to function, it won't be possible to stream or download music to them anymore.
Nov 17, 2015

"zune" is also the noise device owners made on reading this announcement…

How Fox ate National Geographic — Over the last few years the National Geographic Society has been slowly vanishing into the Murdoch family's Fox media empire like a gazelle being swallowed by a python in one of the former's famous videos.

Comic artist repurposes iTunes' terms and conditions into graphic novel — Terms and conditions just got a lot more readable, thanks to comics artist Robert Sikoryak. The Masterpiece Comics author has turned iTunes' 20,000-word legalese into a 94-page graphic novel and posted most of it on Tumblr.
Nov 12, 2015

R. Sikoryak takes a break from adapting Moby-Dick to turn the iTunes terms & conditions into a graphic novel:…

Yik Yak warns anonymous users they can be arrested after Missouri threats — Anonymous social networking application Yik Yak has warned its users that statements they make can get them arrested, because while those users can't identify each other, Yik Yak can.
Nov 11, 2015

RT @mediaguardian: Yik Yak warns anonymous users they can be arrested after Missouri threats

Nov 11, 2015

Yik Yak warns anonymous users they can be arrested after Missouri threats

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Nov 26, 2015

BREAKING MUST CREDIT Giant Clown Terrorizes Gotham Populace Outside News Corp Building

Nov 26, 2015

[raises hand] sir isn't that unnecessarily provoc-- we're all sick to death of your negativity johnson…

Nov 26, 2015

They see you when you're sleeping/ They know when you're away/ They know if you've been bad or good/ So be good for NSA

Nov 26, 2015

@kasperka yes! With my in-laws and Pam. Are you near Rock Center?

Nov 26, 2015

RT @robinwasserman: This @samthielman essay on Disney World is so good that I'm almost too jealous to enjoy it. (Almost.)…

Nov 26, 2015

RT @guardian: South African judge lifts domestic ban on rhino horn trade

Nov 25, 2015

if y'all read one thing today make it the @swarthyvillain/@Mobute hot take word salad-off:…

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