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Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Telegram flaw targets crypto users with Russian miners

Telegram flaw targets crypto users with Russian miners

A new flaw in Telegram messaging - and quite possibly in other platforms as well - flips the text in a file share to mislead users. This flipped bit of text suggests that the user is being sent an image file, for example - but in reality, the file is anything but. In an example given this morning by the folks at Kaspersky Lab at Secure List, a user might send a PNG file, but when it's accessed, it becomes an executable javascript file - of the malicious sort.

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You young people can leave Facebook now

You young people can leave Facebook now

As Facebook ages, its younger users seem to be leaving - or just not joining at all, in the first place. Where the social network in blue originally found purchase with college students, the years between then and now may have found the brand's social peak. Facebook remains the most dominant social network in the world, but according to one analysis firm, there's a limit to what young people will take.

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Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat released a new redesign of their social networking app this month and throngs of users hate it. They cannot fathom how developers at Snapchat could possibly have come up with something so bad. They've gone so far as to download old versions of the app to attempt to keep their tapping and swiping the way it was. But they can't. They can't have anything the way they want it, because Snapchat is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future, just like Facebook.

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Supreme brand Pinball machine is newest in low-effort collection

Supreme brand Pinball machine is newest in low-effort collection

Streetwear brand Supreme continued their brand power campaign this week with a brand new pinball machine. This new machine was made in collaboration with the pinball machine company Stern and was made "exclusively for Supreme." As if anyone else would somehow order a Supreme pinball machine from Stern without Supreme's involvement. That's just silly. Have a peek below for additional Supreme brand items that'd otherwise be mostly meh.

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Bitcoin price just rebounded 50%: Watch the bounce

Bitcoin price just rebounded 50%: Watch the bounce

Over the weekend the price of Bitcoin rambled its way up to over $9k, coming up on a set of stairs from its recent plunge below $7,500 just this past week. That's quite a drop below its nearly-$20k high in December of 2017 - and it looks a whole lot like chaos to most users that haven't been paying close attention to the market past a half year ago.

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Crypto taxes time: IRS has Coinbase in its sights

Crypto taxes time: IRS has Coinbase in its sights

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is ramping up an investigation of the ways and means with which citizens of the USA hide their cash for tax season. Their primary target right this minute: Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This investigation is currently aiming at Coinbase, the biggest brand in buying Bitcoin for USD - and a primary source for many millions of dollars in cash exchanged for code.

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iBoot source download: Apple hits biggest leak ever with DCMA

iBoot source download: Apple hits biggest leak ever with DCMA

This week the bootloader source code for iOS seems to have leaked in its entirety. Apple would appear to have sent a DCMA takedown notice to Github, where the code was leaked, this indicating the code posted was of some large consequence. This is a big deal because it will likely lead to custom software for the latest iPhone devices. This is also a big deal because it could potentially lead to some nefarious parties finding their way in to Apple devices with a bit of reverse engineering - but don't worry. Apple's aware of what's up.

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Bitcoin price on the rise, but something strange is afoot

Bitcoin price on the rise, but something strange is afoot

Today the price of Bitcoin seems to be continuing its rebound from around $7k, but something strange is happening at the same time. Previous recent vertical movements of the most popular coin in the cryptocurrency universe meant altcoins (all other coins, for the most part) were going to take a dive. In this case, it seems that a whole lot of altcoins are rising at the same time as Bitcoin.

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CBS has a terrible idea for a TV show called “25”

CBS has a terrible idea for a TV show called “25”

This week the folks at CBS were reportedly working on a TV show with Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg that's been described as "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but with a guy." The show will likely attempt to collect those people who love the idea of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but need more of a male perspective. You know, instead of a woman stalking an ex-boyfriend across the country, it's a man, and he's stalking a woman.

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Pokemon GO update brings baffling Ex Raid battles

Pokemon GO update brings baffling Ex Raid battles

This week Ex Raids are changing in Pokemon GO, and not necessarily for the better. These raids are the place where users are able to battle and attain some of the most monstrous, rare, or otherwise awesome Pokemon in the game. With the new changes, the methods used in the past to make the most of this bit of the game won't work the same - at least for some users.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches Tesla car into space: Watch it all over again

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches Tesla car into space: Watch it all over again

Today we're having another look at the whole Falcon Heavy test flight from SpaceX again, in video form. This time we're watching the whole series of events jammed into a single 34-minute clip, chopped up in a way that makes the whole event as simply pleasing as possible. Don't be shocked when you find yourself unable to look away - things get real weird up in here.

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Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: Why you see no choice in 2018

Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: Why you see no choice in 2018

In the year 2018, most Americans only consider one of two smartphones to purchase as their next mobile device. One is the iPhone, the one and only choice for many users who've only ever owned an iPhone and don't plan on switching any time soon. The other is the Galaxy S9, part of the Galaxy S line that's held the "wow" factor in many other American minds over the past half-decade. But why is that?

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