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Museums tell visitors to leave their selfie sticks behind

Museums tell visitors to leave their selfie sticks behind

Selfie sticks are easy to mock and are an excellent way to embarrass your friends. To be fair, they're also a decent way to get a snapshot of yourself and your significant other in front of something without asking a stranger to handle your phone. That use is proving to be a problem in some museums, however, and now the banhammers are coming: a couple museums in New York have banned the use of selfie sticks on their premises, and they're not the only ones. The reason is due to safety.

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Apple’s new California solar farm will turn their stores, campus green

Apple’s new California solar farm will turn their stores, campus green

In an attempt to go completely green with their operations in California, Apple is building a solar farm in Monterrey County. The $850 million project will span 1,300 acres, and feed enough power to the grid to offset everything Apple does in California. Their 50-plus retail stores, new campus, existing offices, and data center in Newark — all offset by this solar farm. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new solar farm today as he spoke at Goldman Sachs Technology conference, and called it Apple’s ‘most ambitious project ever’.

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Flipboard for Desktop arrives to clean up news

Flipboard for Desktop arrives to clean up news

After five years of running on mobile platforms like the iPad, Android, and Windows Phone, Flipboard has arrived on the desktop. This system is ready to roll in your web browser - it's covering web-based content, after all - and is very, very similar to what you've seen on your mobile phone. Inside Flipboard's web browser-based console you'll be able to work with the same account you had on your mobile device. One decision in one place affects the other. All connected to the web, all made with the same clean design aesthetic.

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Yelp buys food ordering & delivery service Eat24

Yelp buys food ordering & delivery service Eat24

Back in 2013, Yelp partnered with Eat24 on what seemed like a service for the really lazy. Since then, food ordering and delivery via an app has blossomed, with apps like GrubHub joining in on the food delivery fun. With that, Yelp is announcing they want you to keep your pants off (that will make sense soon, I promise), and have acquired Eat24. The deal is worth $134 million in cash and stock, but it’s not clear if Yelp will work Eat24 into their existing platform, or operate it separately.

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French law allows websites to be blocked sans court order

French law allows websites to be blocked sans court order

France is cracking down against extremists and child abusers, and as part of it the nation has unveiled a new law that gives its law enforcement's cybercrime general directorate the power to order an ISP to block a website sans a court order. The ISPs will have 24 hours to obey the request, and will be reimbursed for whatever costs this could result in. Likewise, the ISPs will also be able to appeal the decision if they feel it was an inappropriate order, something that may or may not be honored depending on the specific circumstances.

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Gamer swatted in Minnesota, calls out prankster

Gamer swatted in Minnesota, calls out prankster

Despite the increasing number of individuals getting in trouble for it, some disgruntled or otherwise less-than-wise individuals are still swatting others -- calling in fake threats to have law enforcement and/or a SWAT team set to a gamer's home. One such 'prankster' was recently arrested for swatting, but already another incident has happened to fill the void, this time against gamer Joshua Peters, a USAF veteran living in Minnesota who goes by the handle "Koopatroopa787". After the incident, Peters called out his prankster.

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Las Vegas teen arrested for swatting pranks

Las Vegas teen arrested for swatting pranks

A 19-year-old was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday for his involvement in a swatting prank that took place in July in Illinois. Evidence was found on Brandon Wilson's computers linking him to the July 10th incident in which a SWAT team was called to respond to a murder, sending officers barging into his victim's home with weapons drawn. Wilson, who uses the online handle "Famed God," is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, where it will be decided if he should be sent to Illinois to face charges.

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Anthem insurance hacking victims now targeted by phishing attacks

Anthem insurance hacking victims now targeted by phishing attacks

Earlier this week the news broke that the Anthem insurance company had been hacked with data on over 80 million potential Americans being stolen. Now the victims of the data breach are finding themselves the targets of a widespread phishing scheme from fraudsters who managed to get their hands on the stolen information. Current and past Anthem subscribers are receiving emails and even cold calls from scam artists claiming to be from the company, the US's second largest health insurer.

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Robo-vac owner naps in the wrong spot, vacuum eats her hair

Robo-vac owner naps in the wrong spot, vacuum eats her hair

Robotic vacuums like the Roomba come with a lot of benefits and few downsides, but their autonomous functionality coupled with a relative lack of intelligence means some snafus are bound to happen (though they're usually the owner's fault). We've seen instances of this in the past. In late 2013, for example, a Roomba parked on a counter activated for its scheduled session and rolled its way onto a hot stove where it burnt up into ashes. In the latest incident, a robotic vacuum "ate" its owner's hair while she napped.

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Comcast in hot water for changing another customer’s name

Comcast in hot water for changing another customer’s name

Comcast isn't America's more beloved company, that's for sure. Its customer service practices have come under fire in the past -- there's that painfully long customer service call that caught public attention last year, for example, as well as the claim that it got a man fired from his job. Most recently, the service provider came under heat for reportedly changing a customer's name to one quite offensive, and in light of that other subscribers have starting surfacing revealing their own offensive name changes.

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