Facebook’s Top Brass Say They Knew Nothing About Definers. Don’t Believe Them.

Facebook's Top Brass Say They Knew Nothing About Definers. Don't Believe Them.

Sweet, wide-eyed Mark Zuckerberg swears he didn’t know anything. The Facebook CEO was shocked and appalled at the conduct of his company, he told reporters on a conference call Thursday, responding to a bombshell New York Times report that Facebook hired a D.C. opposition research firm called Definers Public Affairs which proceeded to undertake all manner of ethically fraught actions on its behalf.

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Neanderthals Were Just As Violent As Early Humans

Neanderthals Were Just As Violent As Early Humans

Is it time to put the stereotype of the violent and brutish Neanderthal to rest? New research paints a different picture of the ancient hominin — one that looks similar to Homo sapiens. Researchers previously thought that Neanderthal lives were far more nasty, brutish and short than ancient H. sapiens, based mainly on studies looking at levels of injury among both groups. Now, however, in a much more comprehensive look, a team of University of Tübingen (UIT) researchers found that both Neanderthals and H. sapiens living in the Ice Age sustained similar levels of head trauma.

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License Plate Scanners Track Millions of Drivers to Catch a Handful of Criminals

License Plate Scanners Track Millions of Drivers to Catch a Handful of Criminals

Despite scanning millions of cars every year, the average police department in the US only matches a license plate with a car they’re looking for 0.5 percent of the time, according to a new cache of data on the use of automated license plate readers. Police agencies across the country have been tracking the license plates of millions of drivers for years, but few people realize how widely police departments share this data, and how rarely it’s actually useful.

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Oregon marijuana prices plunge – and sales soar

Oregon marijuana prices plunge – and sales soar

Rampant overproduction in Oregon’s market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent decline in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been hard on farmers and retailers – but a boon for consumers. A new state analysis finds the price collapse sparked a big uptick in marijuana purchases – and a corresponding increase in associated tax revenue.

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US Sen. Ed Markey says mobile carriers’ alleged throttling practices highlight need for ‘net neutrality’

US Sen. Ed Markey says mobile carriers' alleged throttling practices highlight need for 'net neutrality'

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, renewed his push for "net neutrality" protections Thursday, following reports that many major U.S. mobile carriers may be "throttling," or slowing down, certain services on their networks. Markey, who led the U.S. Senate push to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality rules, said the findings from researchers behind the app "Wehe" underscore the need for the Obama-era internet rules.

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There’s no such thing as humane meat or eggs. Stop kidding yourself

There's no such thing as humane meat or eggs. Stop kidding yourself

A few years ago I wanted to visit the best egg farm I could find. I had been inside an egg factory farm. I had seen a dozen sheds, each with a dozen rows of wire cages stacked two high and 150ft deep. Those cages were so small the birds inside couldn’t even spread their wings. They were half-starved, diseased, and undeniably miserable. Factory farming was clearly wrong, so I wanted to instead find a farm that represented an ethical and humane way to raise animals for food.

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Facebook’s top execs ‘make tobacco executives look like Mr. Rogers’

Facebook’s top execs ‘make tobacco executives look like Mr. Rogers’

Facebook has endured scandal after scandal in the past two years. This one feels different. The New York Times published a jaw-dropping report Wednesday that laid out how the company sought to cover up knowledge of Russian meddling and discredit its critics; the paper said COO Sheryl Sandberg oversaw a campaign of dirty tricks while CEO Mark Zuckerberg ignored problems or deflected responsibility. And in short order, once-implausible questions about whether Zuckerberg would fire Sandberg or policy VP Joel Kaplan have become plausible.

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Irv Gordon, the Hero Who Drove His Volvo P1800 Over 3.2 Million Miles, Has Died

Irv Gordon, the Hero Who Drove His Volvo P1800 Over 3.2 Million Miles, Has Died

Irv Gordon, the man from Long Island who broke the Guinness World Record for highest vehicle mileage on a single vehicle when the Volvo P1800 he’s owned since new passed three million miles in 2013, has died at 77. The news of Irv’s death came from his daughter, who posted about it on Facebook, and was picked up by the Facebook page dedicated to him and his Volvo P1800 adventures.

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Tony Hawk Ranks His Video Game Soundtracks

Tony Hawk Ranks His Video Game Soundtracks

The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game franchise did a lot of things for skateboarding. Besides giving skateboarders their sport’s first legitimately enjoyable game, it launched underground skateboard culture into the mainstream. Since its inaugural edition was released in 1999, the Tony Hawk’s series has brought previously unknown names of pro skaters and skate lingo into the homes of millions. If your grandma knows what a kickflip is…

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Chick-fil-A in Avon gives WWII veteran free food for life

Chick-fil-A in Avon gives WWII veteran free food for life

When it’s time for lunch at Chick-fil-A in Avon, it's all hands on deck as the employees try to get through the rush before they can see their favorite customer. "If we can get to Ernie, it’s been a good day,” laughed owner Chris Tincher. Ernie, a World War II veteran, first came to the restaurant about a year ago. He comes back nearly every day of the week.

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