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An Enormous Statue of Jesus in Poland Just Got Internet Antennas and No One's Sure Why An Enormous Statue of Jesus in Poland Just Got Internet Antennas and No One's Sure Why

Rising 108 feet in the air, Christ the King is said to be the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. Since 2010, it’s loomed over the residents of Świebodzin, Poland, and it’s apparently already getting some upgrades. Signal broadcasting equipment was recently spotted embedded in the statue’s crown, but no one’s quite…

'Unpatchable Exploit' on Nintendo Switch Opens the Door to Jailbreaks 'Unpatchable Exploit' on Nintendo Switch Opens the Door to Jailbreaks

On Monday, anyone looking to hack their Switch or run their own software on it got some good news and more good news. An exploit has been released that opens the homebrew floodgates—and because it’s hardware-based, Nintendo can’t just patch it.

Old Match.com Profiles Reappear Online Because 'Delete' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means Old Match.com Profiles Reappear Online Because 'Delete' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Dating site Match.com went live in 1995—it’s ancient in terms of the world wide web. That’s a whole lot of time for users to forget they ever had a profile or what embarrassing content might be on it. Thanks to a glitch, you might get an unexpected reminder because an unconfirmed number of “deleted” profiles are…

Amazon and Netflix Are Suing a Shady Streaming Service for $150,000 Per Copyright Violation Amazon and Netflix Are Suing a Shady Streaming Service for $150,000 Per Copyright Violation

Amazon, Netflix, and several major Hollywood studios are all suing Set TV, a seemingly too-good-to-be-true streaming service that offers 500 channels for $20 per month. The copyright suit seeks $150,000 per work infringed, and it sure looks like they have a case against the cord-cutting company.

Weekend Long Reads: Facebook's New Data Policy

It’s Friday, and that means you’ll soon get some sleep, wake up refreshed, pour a cup of Joe, and finally read Paul Ford’s 38,000-word article about coding from 2015. But wait, Facebook just stepped in and dropped its new data policy. And now that it’s a full 1,500 words longer, you’re going to want to set aside a…

AT&T CEO Says New $15 Streaming Service Is Great Reason for Court to Approve Its Unstoppable Empire AT&T CEO Says New $15 Streaming Service Is Great Reason for Court to Approve Its Unstoppable Empire

The Justice Department’s antitrust case opposing the merger of media giants Time Warner and AT&T is in its final stages. And on Thursday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the witness stand to argue that the deal couldn’t hurt competition because the company will launch a new skinny bundle for just $15-per-month!

Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space

EarthNow is a new company looking to provide satellite imagery and live video in virtually real-time. Its unsettling pitch describes a network of satellites that can see any corner of the globe and provide live video with a latency of about a second. And a look at the startup’s top investors gives a lot of confidence…

Prosecutors Seek Two Years for YouTuber Who Gave Oreos Filled With Toothpaste to Homeless Man Prosecutors Seek Two Years for YouTuber Who Gave Oreos Filled With Toothpaste to Homeless Man

Moronic YouTube personalities commonly have a problem discerning what goes into a funny prank. For Barcelona-based YouTuber ReSet, his lack of a sense of humor could cost him two years in prison. Spanish prosecutors reportedly intend to throw the book at him for giving a homeless man Oreos filled with toothpaste.

Man Suspected of Stealing 600 Bitcoin Mining Rigs Breaks Out of Icelandic Prison Man Suspected of Stealing 600 Bitcoin Mining Rigs Breaks Out of Icelandic Prison

Either this man is really good at doing crimes or Iceland is really bad at security. Authorities say a man who is suspected of being the mastermind behind the theft of $2 million worth of bitcoin mining equipment has escaped the Icelandic prison where he was being held. What’s more, he allegedly hopped a flight on the…

Shady-Ass Cambridge Analytica Was Reportedly Developing a Shady-Ass Cryptocoin Shady-Ass Cambridge Analytica Was Reportedly Developing a Shady-Ass Cryptocoin

Cambridge Analytica, the disgraced data firm that guided the Trump campaign’s digital strategy and sparked Facebook’s latest troubles, reportedly wanted to branch out into shadier business: digital currencies. According to a former Cambridge employee, the planned token was aimed at giving people more control over…

'Direct Pay' Option on IRS Website Goes Down on Tax Day 'Direct Pay' Option on IRS Website Goes Down on Tax Day

Americans are scrambling to get their taxes filed with Uncle Sam on Tuesday, and as they cross the final hurdle on the Internal Revenue Services website, they’re getting a disturbing message: Direct Pay is currently unavailable. The Acting Commissioner for the IRS says you still have to pay, though.

Russia Blocks Millions of Amazon and Google IPs in Bungled Attempt to Ban Telegram Russia Blocks Millions of Amazon and Google IPs in Bungled Attempt to Ban Telegram

The Russian government ordered the Telegram messaging app be banned last week due to its failure to turn over encryption keys to authorities. But as the app’s founder promised, Telegram is still working. Now, Russia is breaking the internet in the country by blocking millions of IP addresses in a scattershot attempt…

Supreme Court Set to Hear Landmark Online Sales Tax Case Supreme Court Set to Hear Landmark Online Sales Tax Case

On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could at least somewhat clarify Donald Trump’s complaints about Amazon “not paying internet taxes.” It will also decide if those cheap deals on NewEgg are going to be less of a steal.

$2 Million Allegedly Stolen From Cryptocurrency Vlogger in the Middle of His Livestream [UPDATED] $2 Million Allegedly Stolen From Cryptocurrency Vlogger in the Middle of His Livestream [UPDATED]

Ian Balina, a popular cryptocurrency evangelist, was in the midst of a standard livestream on his YouTube channel on Sunday night when a viewer asked, “Ian, did you know that somebody transferred all your tokens from your account?” With $2 million worth of cryptocurrency gone from his wallet, Balina claims he was…

Facebook Reportedly Wants to Use AI to Predict Your 'Future Behavior'—So Advertisers Can Change It  Facebook Reportedly Wants to Use AI to Predict Your 'Future Behavior'—So Advertisers Can Change It 

Among the unanswered questions at Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings this week, the CEO was a bit stumped when asked if he would be willing to change Facebook’s business model in order to protect users’ privacy. Facebook’s data collection has received a lot of attention from a security perspective, but a new…

Russia Orders ISPs to Block Telegram, Founder Gets Crafty Russia Orders ISPs to Block Telegram, Founder Gets Crafty

On Friday a court ruled that Telegram should be blocked inside Russia due to its failure to turn over its encryption keys. In 2016, Russia passed “anti-terror laws” that require messaging services give authorities the ability to decrypt communications. Telegram founder Pavel Durov has defied the order and now says he…

Online Reviewers Agree: Recalled 'Bone Contaminated' Microwaveable Steaks Are Bony as Hell Online Reviewers Agree: Recalled 'Bone Contaminated' Microwaveable Steaks Are Bony as Hell

“Filled with bone,” wrote one reviewer of Banquet’s Salisbury steaks. Others related similar experiences on the TV dinner manufacturer’s website. Now, the USDA has announced that 135,000 pounds of the family-size dinners are being recalled for possible contamination “with extraneous materials, specifically bone” or,…

The Giant List of Shit Mark Zuckerberg Swears He'll Get Back to Congress on The Giant List of Shit Mark Zuckerberg Swears He'll Get Back to Congress on

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat for 10 hours of questioning before House and Senate committees this week. Most of his answers were versions of those already found in official Facebook statements. But when he received a tough question, rather than answer on the spot, he vowed to get to the bottom of it. We’ve made a…

Helpful Congressman to Zuckerberg: Hey, Remember Facemash? Helpful Congressman to Zuckerberg: Hey, Remember Facemash?

On Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg faced some tougher questions from the House than he did in yesterday’s Senate hearing. And one GOP Congressman decided to throw Zuck a bone by bringing up his original sin: Facemash. Mark didn’t seem happy.

Ted Cruz, a Former Cambridge Analytica Client, Grills Mark Zuckerberg on Political Bias Ted Cruz, a Former Cambridge Analytica Client, Grills Mark Zuckerberg on Political Bias

Before the Trump campaign got involved with the political data firm Cambridge Analytica, Senator Ted Cruz was one of its biggest clients. At Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Cruz didn’t really want to talk about that. Instead, he wanted to talk about Palmer Luckey, the alt-right-loving former…

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