4chan users pose as Jews to peddle anti-Semitic propaganda on Twitter

A group of 4chan users have taken to Twitter, impersonating Jews and promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories following a call to arms on the popular message board. In the original post, the unknown user urged readers to “create a massive movement of fake Jewish profiles on Facebook, Twitter” and other social media platforms. “Since Jews shapeshift into whites anytime they want, we can do the same to them,” the post reads. The author encouraged users to create these accounts to spur division and peddle conspiracy theories, specifically those about Jewish involvement in the slave trade, mass media, and our current monetary…
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This AI-powered text generator is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen — and you can try it

OpenAI, a nonprofit focused on creating human-level artificial intelligence, just released an update to its GPT-2 text generator. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that, after trying it, I’m legitimately terrified for the future of humanity if we don’t figure out a way to detect AI-generated content – and soon. GPT-2 isn’t a killer robot and my fears aren’t that AI is going to rise up against us. I’m terrified of GPT-2 because it represents the kind of technology that evil humans are going to use to manipulate the population — and in my opinion that makes it more…
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Microsoft is listening to you via your Xbox One

If you haven’t had enough stories about contractors listening in on your conversations, good news: we’ve found even more of them. This time the contractors in question work for Microsoft and have been listening to you through your trusty Xbox One. The new report from Motherboard reveals that contractors listened to commands that were supposed to be triggered by the words “Xbox” and “Hey Cortana,” but were sometimes captured by accident. That seems to be a running theme whenever I hear these stories about voice-activated assistants. Earlier this month, Microsoft admitted humans were listening into Skype calls and Cortana commands, and…
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This Sony patent could mean the PlayStation 5 will actually be the PlayStation V

Sony Interactive Entertainment reportedly filed a recent patent for what appears to be a new gaming console, complete with drawings indicating it will have a radical design featuring a V-shaped indent on top. The ‘leak’ comes to us from Let’s Go Digital, and the documents appear to be real. But don’t get too excited: this is almost certainly not going to be the final look of the actual PlayStation 5 console. Chances are, this is one of the concepts for the PlayStation 5 developer’s kit. Dev kits are usually bulkier and have more ports than the finished product because, at this stage,…
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Scientists at an aquarium just figured out how to save Florida’s ‘Great Barrier Reef’

Scientists in Florida may have just saved the the third largest coral reef on the planet. Florida Aquarium Senior Coral Scientist Keri O’Neil, aka “The Coral Whisperer,” and her team of researchers today announced they’d successfully spawned Atlantic coral in a laboratory – the first time this has been accomplished. The implications for their work will almost certainly save “America’s Barrier Reef,” and will probably have a huge impact on efforts to resuscitate coral populations around the world. Not bad for a group of people who’ve spent the last few years teaching sex ed. Coral colonies throughout the world’s oceans…
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The Club, an ‘MMO’ from one of the Stanley Parable devs, is bonkers

Sometimes I come into work and my European colleagues have had a relatively quiet day. Other days I come in and someone tells me they’ve spotted something so bizarre, so wonderful that I immediately think, “I gotta check this shit out.” In this case, it was my boss telling me he’d just found out that the developers of The Stanley Parable had made a 90s-esque browser MMO set in a dance club. I’m sorry… what? It’s simply titled The Club. If you’d told me this time yesterday that I’d be checking out a game like this, I’d have told you to lay off the…
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Ignore these 3 cybersecurity risks at your own peril

Cybersecurity is often described as a 360-degree threat. That term refers to the fact that cyberattacks can come from any direction, in hundreds of different forms — many of them unfamiliar and unexpected. At this point, it’s unrealistic to expect 360-degree protection. The cybersecurity landscape changes so quickly as hackers adapt new techniques. Last year Cisco’s annual cybersecurity report went so far as to describe adversaries striking an organization as inevitable and recommended ways to reduce rather than eliminate risks. That’s because businesses suffering security breaches are becoming a commonplace occurrence, and while you cannot omit all cyberthreats, you can…
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3 pivotal Bitcoin figures thought to be Satoshi that you should know about

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. One of today’s greatest technology mysteries is not how Bitcoin works, but who created it. On October 31, 2008, someone, somewhere, published Bitcoin‘s white paper on a cryptography mailing list under the ‘Satoshi Nakamoto‘ pseudonym. It’s been well over 10 years but despite the many Faketoshis, we aren’t any closer to knowing who the real Nakamoto is. There have been many candidates, some of them even self-nominated (aka Craig Steven Wright and most recently James Bilal…
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Liquidators of dead shitcoin factory Cryptopia must reconcile 900,000 user accounts one-by-one

The liquidator overseeing the slow death of New Zealand-based shitcoin factory Cryptopia has issued its latest update and states progress is “pleasing.” However, it’s not all been plain sailing for liquidators Grant Thornton. It took several months for the liquidator to obtain Cryptopia‘s data from the exchange’s third-party data servers. What’s more, the data appears to show that users didn’t have individual wallets. Yikes. While that might sound trivial, it was the only record of customer holdings Cryptopia maintained. In some cases, it was also the only place certain crypto-assets were stored. In reality, obtaining this data was one of…
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I’m scared shitless of my new robot colleague

There’s a new member in our editorial team: Satoshi Nakaboto. Usually I get along great with my colleagues, we joke, we share our Monday blues, and braid each other’s hair — but Satoshi is… different. He’s a bot. Amazingly futuristic? Absolutely. We’ve gone beyond just talking about when robots enter the workforce, and actually made it happen. We wrote a script which scours the internet for news about Bitcoin; how its price is developing, what people are tweeting/writing about it, and then it puts together all that info in human understandable terms — derived from rule-based phrases and terms we…
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