Category: Technology

Pinterest wants you to take a deep breath, literally

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Pinterest isn’t your typical social network — for starts, its 250 million users spend their time creating collections of things that make them happy, rather than competing to spread news that might end up making someone sad. But when Pinterest users search the platform for something dreary anyhow, the company doesn’t have qualms about stepping in.

Today, Pinterest has revealed a new set of “emotional well-being activities” that it will automatically suggest to user who search for phrases that signal that they’re undergoing some anxiety or stress or otherwise feeling bad. And yes — one of those exercises, developed in partnership with the Stanford School of Medicine’s Brainstorm lab, literally asks Pinterest users to take some deep…

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Facebook design flaw let thousands of kids join chats with unauthorized users

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Facebook’s Messenger Kids app is built around a simple premise: children shouldn’t be able to talk to users who haven’t been approved by their parents. But a design flaw allowed users to sidestep that protection through the group chat system, allowing children to enter group chats with unapproved strangers.

For the past week, Facebook has been quietly closing down those group chats and alerting users, but has not made any public statements disclosing the issue. The alert, which was obtained by The Verge, reads as follows:

Hi [PARENT],
We found a technical error that allowed [CHILD]’s friend [FRIEND] to create a group chat with [CHILD] and one or more of [FRIEND]’s parent-approved friends. We want you to know that we’ve turned off this…

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Equifax agrees to settlement of up to $700 million over 2017 data-breach

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Equifax has agreed to a settlement over its 2017 data breach that saw as many as 147 million people’s personal information, including names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers, exposed by the company. As part of the settlement, the company will pay at least $575 million, but this could rise to as much as $700 million depending on the amount of compensation people claim. The company has agreed to provide free credit monitoring services to anyone affected for up to 10 years, as well as cash payments of up to $20,000 per person to refund any costs incurred as a result of the breach.

“Equifax failed to take basic steps that may have prevented the breach that affected approximately 147 million consumers,” said FTC Chairman…

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French inventor will attempt to cross English Channel on jet-powered hoverboard

The inventor of the Flyboard Air, Franky Zapata, says he plans to cross the English Channel on his jet-powered hoverboard on Thursday to mark the 110th anniversary of the first airplane flight between Britain and France, The Guardian reports. Zapata says he’ll fly between Sangatte and St Margaret’s Bay in a crossing that should only take around 20 minutes at speeds up 140 km/h (around 87 mph).

The crossing will be a challenge for the French inventor, who has previously said that it takes between 50 and 100 hours of practice on the company’s previous water-powered Flyboard just to be able to stand up on the jet-powered Flyboard Air. Speaking to The Parasian Zapata said that his last flight, a demonstration flight over the crowds at…

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India successfully launches its first lunar lander bound for the Moon

India's Vikram lander, with it the Pragyan rover, before launch

Early this morning, India launched its very first lunar lander bound for the surface of the Moon. The spacecraft will spend the next month and a half traveling through space before attempting a touch down on the lunar surface in September. If successful, India will become the fourth nation to ever land a vehicle intact on the Moon.

The lander is just one of a handful of vehicles headed to the Moon as part of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission. It’s a follow up to Chandrayaan-1, India’s very first robotic mission to the Moon. That initiative, launched in 2008, successfully put a spacecraft in orbit around the Moon, as well as sent a probe crashing into the lunar surface. Those vehicles made some significant discoveries, most notably confirming…

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