Dieselgate: A Volkswagen PowerPoint from 2006 outlined how to cheat U.S. emissions tests

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An internal Volkswagen corporate PowerPoint presentation from 2006 outlined how to trick emissions tests -- and the result of that plan to cheat environmental protections, governments, and the people who bought and drove those cars is now known as “Dieselgate.”

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Waze is an awesome driving app that also lets hackers stalk you

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I use and love Waze every day to make driving in Los Angeles manageable for me. I still use it despite periodic bursts of tech news reports that the app leaves me vulnerable to security attacks and surveillance.

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Six cases of measles confirmed in Tennessee outbreak. Measles was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000.

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Public Health officials in Shelby County, Tennessee today confirmed six cases of measles in the county, up from two last Friday. Victims of the measles outbreak are "widely diverse" in terms of age, gender and where they live, authorities said.

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Funky Friday: 'Don't Look Any Further,' Dennis Edwards ft. Siedah Garrett (1984)

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Eighties kids, do you feel me.

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U.S. opens criminal investigation into Panama Papers over tax avoidance claims

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In New York, a federal prosecutor has opened a criminal investigation around the “Panama Papers,” an archive of materials leaked from a Panamanian law firm that reveal a massive, secretive network of places where the world's most rich hide their riches.

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US ranks 41 out of 180 in global press freedom, thanks to our 'War On Whistleblowers'

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Uruguay, Namibia, Samoa, Ghana, and South Africa all offer a greater "level of freedom of information” than the United States, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2016 World Press Freedom Index, released today. The U.S. is ranked at 41 out of 180 countries in the survey.

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“FOUND: Lost Photos in Zimbabwe.” A real life viral mystery video by Joe Sabia.

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“i found an SD card in the middle of zimbabwe. now I am trying to find the card's owner.”

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What a Looming Patent War Could Mean for the Future of America's Marijuana Industry

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There is growing concern in the American marijuana industry “about what may happen on the intellectual property frontier if and when legalization spreads across the country,” Greg Walters writes at VICE in a story out today. In recent years, there's been an explosion in new strains with wacky names, and growers are looking to patent their strains just like one might for a new type of apple or rose. If or when America decriminalizes pot, our intellectual property laws could clash with the pot business boom to create one hell of a legal mess, very quickly.

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On 4/20 day, Canada vows to legalize weed within one year

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Canada's Health Minister Jane Philpott (hehe pot pott get it pot) said today that Canada now has a date for decriminalizing pot: Spring, 2017. The announcement was made on 4/20 Day, significant to cannabis users for reasons nobody can remember, wonder why.

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Florida man catches 400-pound Goliath Grouper fish with a wrench

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His tool of choice: a DIY wrench lure. It's a wrench, string, and two fishing hooks. With only this tool, Florida man Ryan Hein was able to reel in a 400-pound Goliath grouper while fishing in the St. Petersburg area.

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Tupac talks Trump's greed in newly unearthed 1992 MTV interview

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Tupac knew what was up. In a previously unreleased interview with the rap icon shot in 1992, Tupac Shakur concisely and accurately analyzes Donald Trump's greed.

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Irregularities in New York primary robbed some of right to vote, say Sanders supporters and officials

Polling station in NYC during the New York primary elections, April 19, 2016. REUTERS

The New York primary results are still being tallied, but Trump has won the GOP vote, and Hillary Clinton is emerging as the Democratic party winner. Widespread reports of voting irregularities have Bernie Sanders' campaign and some elected officials calling the state's primary voting system "a disgrace." New York City officials were quick to blame the city Board of Elections for stripping more than 125,000 Democratic voters from the rolls.

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Virginia appeals court overturns anti-trans bathroom rule, could North Carolina fall next?

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A high school in my home state of Virginia discriminated against a female-to-male transgender teen boy by forbidding him from using the boys' restroom, a federal appeals court ruled today. The case is a win for human rights, and could change what happens just one state to the south, in North Carolina. There, a recent and similarly weird bathroom law just went into effect, discriminating against LGBT people and hearkening the good old southern days when "colored" Americans were forced to use separate bathrooms, far away from where they could contaminate any white people with their otherness.

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Powerful photographic portraits of Veterans For Bernie Sanders

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My photographer friend Clayton Cubitt, whom I met here in the Boing Boing comments a decade ago, did an amazing project to support the campaign of U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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Turns out the U.S. military really is dropping “cyber bombs” on ISIS

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There's been an awful lot of talk about “cyber pathogens” and “cyber bombs” lately from the mouths of American officials discussing terrorism, and how we will vanquish it. President Obama mentioned “cyber ops” against Islamic State terrorists in one recent address. Today, we know a little more about what was behind last week's cyber-hawkish hacking headlines.

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Microsoft sues US government for the right to tell you when the feds are reading your email

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“We appreciate that there are times when secrecy around a government warrant is needed,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Thursday. “But based on the many secrecy orders we have received, we question whether these orders are grounded in specific facts that truly demand secrecy. To the contrary, it appears that the issuance of secrecy orders has become too routine.”

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U.S. military claims to be dropping 'cyber bombs' on ISIS

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America's military forces are dropping "cyber bombs" on Islamic State terrorist groups for the first time, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told reporters accompanying him on a military flight on Tuesday.

The ISIS internet attacks, whatever the particulars really may be, are part of a stepped-up coordinated effort to put increasing pressure on the militant organization.

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