Amazon quietly ended its year-old program that was supposed to be like a better vending machine (AMZN)

Amazon Amazon announced Instant Pickup in August 2017, offering instant purchasing much like a vending machine. It started with five Pickup locations and announced plans to expand. Amazon has now quietly ended the program, a company spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.  Amazon is still keeping and expanding the Pickup locations, which now have the same functionality […]

Year-old router bug exploited to steal sensitive DOD drone, tank documents

Enlarge / A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper awaits maintenance December 8, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. Training materials for the Reaper Aircraft Maintenance Unit were stolen by a hacker exploiting a Netgear router. (credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen) In May, a hacker perusing vulnerable systems with the […]

A 97 year-old World War II veteran was beaten to death in Baltimore

Associated Press/Patrick Semansky Washington (AFP) – A 97 year-old World War II veteran has become the oldest homicide victim in crime-ridden Baltimore after he was beaten to death in his pajamas for refusing to leave his home. Wadell Tate was killed on July 21 by burglars inside the rowhouse he had owned for six decades, […]

How an 111 year-old brand is trying to make old-fashioned greeting cards relevant for millennials

Since American Greetings went private in early 2013, it has pivoted to a new strategy, focusing on making greeting cards relevant in a digital age. It has done so by adopting an empathy-laden approach, focused on millennial consumers. The brand has encouraged meaningful conversations including tough or uncomfortable situations like infertility, for example, and also dabbled in live events A […]

300,000 year-old “early Homo sapiens” sparks debate over evolution

Philipp Gunz Until this week, the earliest known fossils of Homo sapiens were about 200,000 years old. But two recent papers in Nature have obliterated that date with a report of 300,000 year-old skull fragments from five individuals found in Morocco. The researchers who discovered the fossils call them “early Homo sapiens.” But other scientists say […]

Counter-Strike Player Banned For 1000 Years For Allegedly Harassing A 15 Year-Old Girl

In a ban spanning several lifetimes and then some, third-party Counter-Strike tournament service ESEA has banned a user until 3016 for allegedly harassing a minor. This story originally appeared on Kotaku Australia. The ban was dolled out to Reece “bloominator” Bloom, whose ESEA account will remain banned until June 6 in 3016, or 365,000 days […]