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How a cow-clicking parody game harvested Facebook user data

Back in 2010, the video-game designer and scholar Ian Bogost created Cow Clicker, a withering satire of Farmville and other clicker games that were, at the time, wildly popular on Facebook. As he developed Cow Clicker, Bogost quickly discovered something: Facebook gave app developers a lot of data about users. He was able to get each user's unique Facebook ID (Zuckerberg's is"4", as it turns out); and without even him asking for it, Facebook sent him "affiliation" info about users' schools, workplaces, and other organizations they belonged to.

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Majority of $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill Goes to US Military

The last minute signing of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in the US is a big windfall for the Pentagon, who will be getting the majority of the money, in the realm of $700 billion. This includes 14 new ships, 28 new helicopters, and 56 of the costly F-35 warplanes. This $700 billion does not include other military-related spending, including the VA.

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Leaked email shows how Cambridge Analytica and Facebook first responded to what became a huge data scandal

An email exchange obtained by Business Insider showed an early exchange between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica amid a rash of negative press in 2015. "This has been a difficult period for us, but I would like to reiterate our commitment to adhering to Facebook's terms of service," Cambridge Analytica wrote.

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Utah legalizes 'free-range parenting'

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a law Friday that legalizes a childrearing method called “free-range parenting," which encourages children to be independent. Herbert signed into law bill SB65, which gives children the freedom to develop self-sufficiency. The law states that children must be mature enough to handle each situation — though it does not specify an age.

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Driver Of Tesla Model X Dies After Violent Crash Incinerates Car

Driving on Highway 101 near Mountain View, California, a Tesla Model X suffered a gruesome crash when the vehicle hit a carpool lane barrier, leading two more cars to crash into it, and causing the lithium ion batteries powering the vehicle to ignite and explode, at which point the vehicle burst into flames. 

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White House declares ban on transgender people serving in military

The White House has announced orders to formally ban transgender people from serving in the military, following up on Donald Trump’s controversial policy pledge that sparked widespread backlash last year from civil rights groups and US defense chiefs.

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French officer who swapped places with a hostage in terror attack dies

A police officer who swapped places with a female hostage during an attack by an ISIS supporter on a supermarket in southern France has died of his wounds, French authorities said.

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Passengers take over Greyhound bus to stop drowsy driver

Passengers of a Greyhound bus bound from Phoenix to Dallas took matters into their own hands after witnessing the driver falling asleep during the trip, according to multiple reports.

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Chilling legal documents reveal just how shitty the "planning" behind lethal "world's tallest" waterslide really was

A Kansas grand jury handed down a 20-count indictment against the management of well-known water park company Schlitterbahn today, accusing the company’s leaders of a long string of criminal mistakes, incompetencies, and deceptions that all reportedly contributed to the death of a 10-year-old boy.

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Venezuela's oil-backed cryptocurrency will be convertible to Russian rubles – President Maduro

The so-called ‘petro’ digital currency, which was successfully launched by Venezuela last month, will be traded for several global currencies, including the Russian ruble. “Starting March 23, all legal and physical entities will be able to purchase the petro directly… within the next 15 days for convertible currencies: yuan, rubles, Turkish liras and euro,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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WATCH: DC Lawmaker Claims ‘Rothschilds Control the Federal Government’ & the World Bank

A lawmaker in DC was recorded on video claiming that the Rothschild family controls not only the World Bank but also the federal government. This quickly painted a target on his back.

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Two dead as car bomb explodes in Egyptian city of Alexandria

A car bomb has rocked the coastal Egyptian city of Alexandria, reportedly killing two people and injuring at least four others. The attack comes just two days before Egypt’s presidential election. The blast is said to have occurred near the Tolip Hotel in the city’s neighbourhood of Stanley. Multiple Egyptian sources, citing eyewitnesses, report that the bomb targeted the convoy of the security director of Alexandria, Major General Mustafa Nimr.

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Justice Department to ban bump stocks

The Justice Department is proposing rule changes that will effectively ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday.

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Iowa family of 4 found dead in Mexican resort condominium

An Iowa couple and their two young children were found dead in a rented condominium in Mexico, authorities said. The Sharp family was reported missing by relatives in their hometown of Creston early Friday, about a week after the family left for vacation. Creston police said they contacted the U.S. Department of State, and the bodies were found during a welfare check at the condo in Akumal near Tulum. Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

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Unarmed man with pants down fatally shot by Harris County deputy

Video obtained by the Houston Chronicle captures the killing of an apparently unarmed man who was shot by a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy in the Greater Greenspoint area Thursday.

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Superintendent Says Students Are Armed with Rocks In Case of a School Shooting

There’s a rocky controversy when it comes to school safety in Schuylkill County. The superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District is in the spotlight after telling lawmakers in Harrisburg his students protect themselves against potential school shooters with rocks.

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U.S. steel tariffs meet barrage of criticism at WTO

U.S. President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs met a barrage of criticism at a World Trade Organization meeting on Friday, as the European Union, Japan, Australia and others joined a debate started by China and Russia.

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“Unhappy” Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

After a late 1:30 pm start to the hastily organized afternoon press conference, President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday averting a government shutdown at midnight, acting just hours after saying he was considering a veto. He wasn’t.  Saying he was “unhappy” with the bill, the president explained that while the bill isn’t perfect, it includes several “hard-fought” defense spending increases (the largest on record) which push the defense budget to $700BN, and a pay-hike for the troops. Trump added that he was “forced” to sign the bill for national security reasons, knowing full well the pushback he will get on the right for caving to conservatives on both the wall and the exploding budget.

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Large swath of West Texas oil patch is heaving and sinking at alarming rates

Two giant sinkholes near Wink, Texas, may just be the tip of the iceberg, according to a new study that found alarming rates of new ground movement extending far beyond the infamous sinkholes. Analysis indicates decades of oil production activity have destabilized localities in an area of about 4,000 square miles populated by small towns, roadways and a vast network of oil and gas pipelines and storage tanks.

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Deep neocon connections to pro-Trump alternative media shills

During the Trump campaign I found myself at my wits end seeing and listening to endless drivel about how Donald Trump was anti-establishment and fighting the neo-con establishment from the likes of Alex Jones, Jeff Rense and all of the alt-right talking heads that seemed to appear out of nowhere. All of these people were (and many still are) spewing the same narrative like they were taking direction from a think tank. (More on that later.)

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