Backpage.com exec pleads guilty in prostitution case

PHOENIX — The sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to facilitate prostitution, acknowledging that he participated in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from competitors and win over their future business. Dan Hyer is the second Backpage.com employee to plead guilty in cases in Arizona in […]

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Reddit sleuth helps lead police to fatal hit-and-run arrest

A Reddit sleuth has helped police identify a car part, leading to an arrest following a fatal hit-and-run incident in Washington State. On Aug. 9, Washington State Patrol Trooper Johnna Batiste tweeted an image of the car part. “Troopers and detectives are still looking for a black vehicle believed to be involved in this mornings tragic bicyclist fatality. If you […]

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Court stops ‘Grand Theft Auto’ players from cheating

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Thursday awarded Take-Two Interactive Software, the maker of the “Grand Theft Auto” series, a preliminary injunction to stop a Georgia man from selling programs that it said help players cheat at the bestselling video game. Take-Two had accused David Zipperer of selling computer programs called Menyoo and Absolute that let users of the […]

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Disturbing ‘Momo suicide game’ has taken over Minecraft

The horrific “Momo” WhatsApp ‘suicide game’ linked to the death of at least one teen has appeared in “Minecraft.” The terrifying bird-woman icon associated with “Momo” has been added to “Minecraft,” an online game that is wildly popular with kids and teens. The sick icon has been added by so-called “modders,” people with knowledge of programming who create personalized content […]

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The fight to shave milliseconds off your credit card purchases

Square Inc.’s hardware chief Jesse Dorogusker is “kind of obsessed” with a metric that doesn’t appear anywhere on the company’s financial statements. For the past few years, Dorogusker and his team have been determined to reduce the amount of time it takes to process chip cards. They’re now focused on cutting down checkout time more broadly, by looking at other […]

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NASA hopes inspirational tunes will wake up Opportunity rover

NASA’s Opportunity rover is currently sitting quietly on Mars, not doing much of anything. It’s been in a state of dormancy ever since a colossal Martian dust storm swallowed the planet whole over the past few months. With no life-giving solar power with which to charge its batteries, the rover was forced to shut down and hope that it woke […]

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This Triangle Brain Teaser Will Make You Want to Throw Your Computer Out the Damn Window

Another day, another baffling brain teaser that’ll make you want to rip your freakin’ hair out. This one hails from Twitter user @jiteshpillaai, who went viral on the social media site after sharing an illustration of a triangle with multiple lines drawn through it and asking his followers a seemingly simple question along with it: how many triangles do you […]

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Apple readying iPhone-ready augmented reality glasses: report

The Apple Watch is only a few years old, but it’s already the best-sold smartwatch in the world, as more and more people appreciate the many features built into a computer that sits on their wrists. The device is still mainly an iPhone accessory, although you can also use it as a standalone product for various features, including plenty of […]

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