Post-Cody Wilson’s arrest, few know what’s up with his company or legal efforts

Enlarge / At Defense Distributed’s nondescript space among the North Austin business parks, it was business as usual on September 21, 2018. (credit: Nathan Mattise) AUSTIN, Texas—On the surface, everything appears to be normal at Defense Distributed, the firearms company founded by 3D printed guns activist Cody Wilson. Employees have been reporting to work as […]

Mental health crisis grips Puerto Rico as rebuilding efforts stumble a year after hurricane

Mental health issues in Puerto Rico are growing, according to health officials, as residents struggle with government red tape and economic issues that are snarling efforts to rebuild – coupled with the ugly psychological effects of the new hurricane season.

Facebook accused of undermining international aid efforts in Burma because it spreads fake news (FB)

REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Facebook was accused by British politicians of undermining international aid efforts in Burma/Myanmar. That’s because of Facebook’s role in spreading fake news about the persecuted Rohingya group, which has been targeted for ethnic cleansing over the last year. UK MPs said Facebook’s “Free Basics” internet service, which is popular in Burma, was […]

‘I had to do everything to make him fall in love with me’: Glamour model recounts efforts to escape

Model Chloe Ayling, who was drugged, bundled into a suitcase and kidnapped in Italy last year said she tried to make her captor fall in love with her so he would let her go. Speaking on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire program on Monday, the 21-year-old British model revealed she had started to share a bed […]

Twitter acquires online safety company to bolster anti-abuse efforts

Twitter has repeatedly come under fire for not doing enough to stop hate speech, allowing outside groups to sow political discord and failing to limit the spread of misinformation. To address these issues, the company announced earlier this year that it was looking for outside experts to help in its effort to promote healthy, open […]

California’s efforts to restrict Elon Musk’s flamethrowers go down in flames

Enlarge (credit: Boring Company) A California state bill that would have more heavily regulated the use of flamethrowers has now effectively fizzled out in a legislative committee. In light of this development, there’s nothing to stop Boring Company customers in California from receiving the company’s sold-out flamethrowers. On May 26, the day after the bill […]

“Like stealing candy from a baby,” arrested teen says of his phishing efforts

The Concord Police Department, with their police dog “Dug,” arrested a teenage suspect believed to be involved in a phishing campaign at a local high school. (credit: Concord Police Department) Last week, police in Concord, California, arrested a high school student for successfully deploying a series of phishing emails targeting teachers at his school in […]

Mysterious ticks from Asia that can carry a deadly virus and drain cattle of their blood are now in the US — and efforts to kill them are failing

Shutterstock/MR.AUKID PHUMSIRICHA Last November, an Icelandic sheep in New Jersey was found to be covered by Haemaphysalis longicornis or East Asian longhorned ticks. These ticks can carry a deadly virus known as SFTS and may also be able to transmit Lyme Disease and other pathogens. The ticks survived the winter and have survived efforts to […]