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Facebook lists and tracks users it considers security threats

Facebook lists and tracks users it considers security threats

Fame has its price, as many high-profile personalities can attest to. In addition to dealing with both love and hatred, there's also the matter of potential threats to their safety. That's true for both a single person and a large company, especially one that's both famous and infamous like Facebook. But while most other companies have to take a reactive stance, Facebook tries to be one step ahead of danger by putting its own users in a "Be On Lookout" or BOLO list of people whom it perceives as a potential threat to the safety of its employees and offices.

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The phone radiation top 15 list: Who’s emitting most?

The phone radiation top 15 list: Who’s emitting most?

So you'd like to know which smartphones emit the most radiation? Today we've got a chart for that - and a little explanation for what it all means. First you should know that there's no single study that shows worrying levels of negative effects on the human brain via cell phone use. That does NOT mean that you should go ahead and chat the night away every night - because we don't yet know the full effects, and studies are currently in progress.

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Instagram to completely remove graphic self-harm images

Instagram to completely remove graphic self-harm images

It turns out that a "sensitivity screen" wouldn't enough after all. In reviewing the role it may have played in a recent teen suicide, Instagram has reportedly thought of putting a blurry block on top of graphic images of self-harm and suicide. But given the complexity of balancing equally valid concerns, Instagram is setting its foot down on a simpler solution. Graphic self-harm photos are out. Non-graphic ones are allowed but you'd be hard-pressed to find them.

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Tesla hit with $29k in fines over alleged California labor violations

Tesla hit with $29k in fines over alleged California labor violations

Tesla has been fined more than $29,000 over half a dozen alleged issues involving its GA4 production "tent" in California. The fine was issued by the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA), which claims that Tesla failed to get a permit before constructing the GA4 open-air facility, among other things.

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Newark Airport latest to ground flights over surprise drone sightings

Newark Airport latest to ground flights over surprise drone sightings

Newark Liberty International Airport was forced to stop flights on Tuesday evening after officials spotted a drone in the airspace of a nearby airport. Initial reports claimed two drones were seen flying in protected airspace, though they were later clarified as a single drone seen near Teterboro Airport. The FAA stepped in to ground flights, which have since resumed.

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DJI drones get tiny parachute safety system to protect crowds

DJI drones get tiny parachute safety system to protect crowds

A company called Indemnis has developed a parachute safety system for the DJI Inspire 2 drone, one that helps keep people on the ground safe by slowly lowering a drone that would otherwise fall. The system, which is called Nexus, is the first of its kind to meet an international safety standard, paving the way for FAA permission to fly a drone over crowds.

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USB-C with secret codes making connections secure

USB-C with secret codes making connections secure

This week the folks at the USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) announced the launch of their own USB Type-C Authentication Program. With this program, manufacturers may implement and be certified for the USB Type-C Authentication specification. For the end user - you - that means you'll soon be able to know immediately if a new USB-C cord is able to cryptographically authenticate - that is, give a secret handshake to your phone or PC before it's able to supply power or transfer data.

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More than 11,600 pounds of sausage recalled over metal concerns

More than 11,600 pounds of sausage recalled over metal concerns

The US Department of Agriculture has announced the recall of more than 11,600lbs of pork and chicken sausages over the risk of contamination. According to the agency, it's possible that bits of metal may have made its way into the sausage products, putting consumers at risk. The recalled sausage products were made on November 29, 2018, and should be discarded, the USDA said in a statement.

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This $20 wearable aims to cut America’s opioid overdose epidemic

This $20 wearable aims to cut America’s opioid overdose epidemic

As it seems like the opioid crisis here in the US keeps getting more severe, a new accessory may help curb the number of deaths associated with overdoses. Developed by students at Carnegie Mellon University and dubbed the HopeBand, this device is worn on the wrist and keeps watch for potential opioid overdoses by watching for decreases in blood oxygen levels.

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Tesla Model 3 headlights get some good safety news

Tesla Model 3 headlights get some good safety news

A simple headlamp change has earned the Tesla Model 3 an all-important tick on its safety ratings, nudging the electric car further up the roster of recommended vehicles. The automaker's most affordable model had previously been granted a mere "acceptable" rating for its lights, as the IIHS attempts to coax car companies into adopting better bulbs across the board.

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Can charging my phone under my pillow cause a fire?

Can charging my phone under my pillow cause a fire?

Today we're going to have a chat about the various different places where charging your smartphone can cause a fire. Spoiler alert: fires can happen almost anywhere there's oxygen, and the vast majority of the time there's a fire involving a smartphone, it's due to shoddy equipment. Not only can your phone start on fire, your bed, your pillow, and your head can start on fire, too.

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LEGO heads swallowed and passed for science so you won’t have to

LEGO heads swallowed and passed for science so you won’t have to

It’s a sad and unavoidable fact of life that innocent as well as not so innocent toddlers love putting things into their mouths. Most of the time it's food but other times it involves things they may perceive as delicious delights. It is a parent’s worst nightmare or at least one of them, and yet toy companies keep on producing potentially dangerous pieces of plastic. That is why a group of pediatricians has taken it upon themselves to go through the weirdest test ever to find out how long it will take for a kid to poop out a LEGO head in case the little one manages to swallow one.

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