Thursday, July 20, 2017

How the US demolished the world’s largest dark web drug marketplace


Earlier this month, we heard that AlphaBay – a marketplace for illegal drugs and falsified documents on the dark web – was facing a major outage, and it was believed that the incident was tied to plans of stealing users’ funds and vanishing into thin air. Now, the story has taken another dramatic turn. The US Department of Justice announced today that it’s now shut down AlphaBay, following the arrest and suicide of the marketplace’s creator and administrator, Alexandre Cazes. That’s a huge blow to the 200,000-odd dealers and consumers of drugs, hacking tools, stolen ID documents and firearms who…

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Bored programmer trains AI to rename all of the UK


Digital transformation consultant Dan Hon, trained an AI to generate British place names ー because why not? This isn’t the first time technology is being used to spew random names either. Thanks to neural networks, a rescue center’s guinea pigs have cute names, new paint colors exist, and most importantly, parents will have a new way to choose their baby’s name. But to come up with brand new British places, Dan had to compile a list of 50,000 real places in the UK, including Wales, Edinburgh, and Belfast. From there, he chose a multi-layer recurrent neural network to use and let fate take care of…

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Google’s Motion Stills app lands on Android to make buttery-smooth GIFs


When Google launched Motion Stills on iOS last year, we lamented not being able to create the same buttery-smooth GIFs on Android. Fret no more: the app has now made its way over to Google’s own OS. The app defaults to shooting three second loops, which are stabilized to almost gimbal-like smoothness. If you want to shoot something longer, you can combine multiple clips together. You can also export your results as a video if you want a higher quality option. Then there’s another mode called “Fast Forward,” which is basically Google’s take on a hyperlapse. If you’re interested in reading…

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It’s official: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be unveiled on August 23


After months of rumors and speculations, we finally have an official date for Samsung to reveal the Note 8: August 23. The device will be revealed at an event in New York starting at 11 AM ET. Rumors tell us the device will feature a 6.3-inch screen with the same tiny bezels as the S8 line, as well as a Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM and a dual camera system. We’ll find out whether that holds up a month from now. Developing…

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YouTube battles extremism by redirecting terrorism-related search terms


Google today announced it was adding a feature to YouTube to redirect anyone searching for extremist content to videos that decry terrorism. According to YouTube’s blog, this is part of Google’s larger initiative to push back against such content that keeps popping up on its video platform. Jigsaw — Alphabet’s security incubator — and counter-extremist startup Moonshot CVE partnered up to create the Redirect Method. Whenever someone searches for keywords related to extremist content, YouTube will instead show a series of videos running counter to that particular ideology. Today, YouTube is rolling out a feature using the model proven by…

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CSSReference.io is a gorgeous visual guide to CSS


The best way to learn CSS is through trial-and-error. You’ve got to write code in order to learn to be a coder. That’s the simple truth of the matter. But it’s always nice to have a helping hand guide you through the often confusing and contradictory technology used to style and illustrate webpages, which is where CSSReference.io comes in. This site is a comprehensive reference guide to the CSS properties you’re most likely to use. There are a lot of these, like the authoritative and (justifiably) respected Mozilla Developer Network. But what separates CSSReference.io from the pack is that it’s actually…

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Medical industry embraces new .health domain extension


Internet registry company dotHealth today officially released the .health domain for medical websites. The .health domain works just like .com or other top level domain extensions, though sites can only register for one after being validated as a qualified member of the health industry. Some of the largest names in medicine and tech, including Pfizer and Google, have already registered for .health domains. Jose Ignacio Rasco, CEO of dotHealth, had this to say: While education has .edu and organizations have .org, there has never been an identifiable place people could go for focused, meaningful health information online. Searching for health information…

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