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Crunch Report | Facebook Fixing Its Election Ads Problem

GM is hoping to have 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, Uber is partnering with Westfield Malls to offer pick-up spots and lounges and Facebook is hiring 1,000 more people to help combat election ad interference. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Jimmy Kimmel tears up talking about his hometown Las Vegas


Jimmy Kimmel got emotional on Monday night when talking about his hometown, Las Vegas, which just suffered a mass shooting that left 59 people dead. 

"I want this to be a comedy show," he said. "I hate talking about this." He later added, "It feels like someone has opened a window into hell."

In a teary, heartbreaking segment, he implored politicians to pass gun control measures, shamed the NRA, and thanked police officers and concert goers who risked their lives protecting others.  Read more...

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Australians are throwing #equalitysausage barbecues for marriage equality


Australians have an insatiable need to throw back a "democracy sausage" sandwich after voting — and this weekend, they're continuing the sacred national rite.

Questionably cheap snags (which is what Aussies call sausages) in cheap white bread lathered in cheap sauce usually make an appearance at every Australian election polling booth. With a non-compulsory, nationwide postal survey regarding same-sex marriage under way, the snags are up again, with Australians encouraged to throw a post-vote barbecue for equality.

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American Airlines ups its pillow game by tossing in a mattress pad, duvet — but only for first class


American Airlines is making in-flight sleep better for the folks who already have the best chance at a comfortable nap. 

As if the rest of us flying back in coach didn't have it bad enough walking by all that leg room toward seat purgatory, now we'll have to uncomfortably squirm as we try to get some shut-eye knowing first and business class customers get a mattress pad, duvet, pillow, blanket, lumbar pillow, pajamas, and slippers.

The airline is partnering with mattress company Casper to offer the exhaustively engineered sleep accessories starting in December. Way to taunt the rest of us flying back in coach!   Read more...

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Daily Show's Trevor Noah gets real about gun control after Las Vegas shooting


In the wake of a mass shooting that left 59 dead and more than 520 people hurt, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "There's a time and place for a political debate, but now is a time to unite as a country." 

Well, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah thinks that's BS. On Monday night, he called out politicians and members of the media who claimed right now is not the time to talk about gun control. 

"I feel like people are becoming more accustomed to this kind of news," he said, noting there have been 20 mass shootings in the two years he's lived in the United States.  Read more...

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Xbox's 'Forza' onesie is for the living room racer in us


For many of us, our race car driving fantasies start and end in front of the TV.

But now you can at least dress the part, with Xbox launching a Forza Motorsport 7 Performance Edition onesie, designed in collaboration with Porsche Cars Australia.

The onesie has enlarged, elasticated pockets for your controllers and "fully breathable fabric" (because who doesn't sweat when they're racing Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches). 

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There's also forearm and backside padding to help ease the taxing physical demands of gaming, alongside the ultimate laziness feature — a built-in detachable hydration pouch for when you need a drink in the heat of battle. Read more...

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How to cope — and help others —after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas


Since a mass shooting in Las Vegas killed at least 59 people and wounded hundreds at an oudoor concert Sunday night, people have of course been grappling with intense emotional reactions to the tragedy. 

Whether you lived through the trauma firsthand or witnessed the aftermath on television or social media, it's important to understand your feelings and develop coping strategies that get you through the coming days and weeks. 

Here are five recommendations from psychologists who specialize in trauma and mental health:

1. Take stock of your emotions. 

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Equifax will warn 2.5 million additional hacking victims by mail

The hack that compromised Equifax was bad enough, but its response only seemed to make things worse. Even the website that verified the potential threat to your data left many people wondering. Equifax wants to remove any doubt, though. In the...
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Senate confirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman

 Ajit Pai has been confirmed by the Senate as the Chairman of the FCC. He has been acting Chairman this whole time, as the process of confirmation generally lags well behind the succession process at the agency; the former Chairman, Tom Wheeler, stepped down shortly before the new Presidential term began, marking Pai’s de facto promotion. The vote today is his de jure assumption of the role. Read More
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Truphone raises $339M to retire debt and step up in connecting IoT devices

 Truphone, a mobile company based out of London that made a name for itself through low-cost international mobile voice and data plans, is taking a very big step forward in a strategy to catapult itself into the future of communications: the company has picked up a massive £255 million ($339 million), funding that it will use to retire its debt and double down on providing data connectivity… Read More
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Ford creates 'Team Edison' to speed up EV development

There's little doubt at this point that electric cars are the future, but how do you get to that future as quickly as possible? To Ford, it's a matter of finding the right friends. In a Reuters interview, Ford's Sherif Marakby says the company has...
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Facebook says 10 million people saw Russia's 'divisive' political ads

Facebook is finally making clear just how pervasive Russia-bought political ads were on its platform in the days and weeks before and after the election. Around 10 million Facebook users saw Russia-bought political ads, according to new information r...

The United States’ share of global early-stage capital slips again

 Tech hubs tend to generate material wealth for their workers and the countries that house them. Historically, Silicon Valley has served as the de facto hub for tech. But that is under assault from markets both domestic and abroad. So, how is the ...

Nissan made this weird, sweat-sensing car seat to detect dehydration


In a peculiar interior design experiment, Nissan covered the car seats and steering wheel on a sporty Nissan Juke vehicle with a material that changes color when it absorbs sweat. 

This may seem kind of strange, and perhaps a bit gross. But not to Nissan. The Japanese car company banded with Droog Design to develop the "sweat-sensitive" fabric they call SOAK, to raise awareness about the risk of driving while dehydrated.

This could very well be a relatively cheap marketing ploy, but Nissan cites a 2015 study, undertaken by Loughborough University, which claims that even mild dehydration can result in increased driving errors on long, monotonous drives. Read more...

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ForeScout Technologies unveils security IPO filing

 ForeScout Technologies has unveiled its IPO filing. This puts the network security company on track for a public debut that could happen as soon as late October. ForeScout helps companies and government agencies monitor the devices connected to their networks and alerts them of potential intrusions. Read More
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Turns out the Equifax hack was even more gigantic


Somehow, the Equifax hack was worse than originally reported. 

The company put out a press release on Monday to say the hack exposed the personal information of 145.5 million U.S. consumers, up from the original estimate of 143 million. That comes out to about 45 percent of the U.S. population. 

Around 8,000 Canadians also had their information exposed, according to the new release. 

"We continue to take numerous steps to review and enhance our cybersecurity practices," interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr. said in the release. "We also continue to work closely with our internal team and outside advisors to implement and accelerate long-term security improvements." Read more...

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Topology lets you try before you buy glasses using AR in an app

 Topology Eyewear is an augmented reality app providing custom-fit glasses from a 3D scan of your face. Most glasses are mass manufactured to fit a supposedly symmetric head. The problem is, most of us are not that symmetrical. The Topology app, a...
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Toys 'R' Us hopes AR will bring you back to its stores

Let's say you're Toys 'R' Us: you've just declared bankruptcy, and you're looking for something, anything that might convince customers to visit your stores instead of buying all their toys through Amazon. What would you do? If you ask Toys 'R' Us,...
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New Google Pixel 2 XL leak shows the phone's front display


Google's big Pixel 2 launch is just a couple days away but the leaks just keep coming.

It looks like we can now add the display to the growing list of what we know about the Pixel 2 XL. 

Images of what appear to be both the front-facing displays of the handset surfaced Monday, thanks to leaker Evan Blass. The promotional images show the phone's front side from both straight-on and side angles.

The side angle is particularly intriguing, given the previous rumors that suggest the phone will have a so-called "squeezable frame" that allows you to interact with Google Assistant by pressing on the sides of the phone. Read more...

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