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Mashable 2017-06-28 23:30:43

And now for some very Canadian news: Mail delivery has been halted in certain areas of Vancouver because a "well-known crow" attacked a mailman.  SEE ALSO: Buy this house and you'll live in 2 countries at once Canuck the crow, who is identifiable to locals because of a red tag on its ankle, has been causing trouble in the area for a long time apparently. His long list of troublesome behavior includes everything from riding the SkyTrain to evidence tampering. Canada Post spokeswoman Darcia Kmet told the BBC: "Regular mail delivery was suspended to three homes due to it being unsafe for our employees. We are monitoring the situation when delivering the mail to other residents on the street. If our employees believe it is safe to deliver to those three addresses, they do so." Read more...More about Watercooler, Canada, Vancouver, Mail, and Mailboxes

Mashable 2017-06-28 23:30:43

Is ransomware still ransomware if its goal is purely to destroy? This is less if-a-tree-falls hypothetical and more sobering reality for the untold number of people across the globe whose computer systems have been infected with the NotPetya ransomware. That's because the latest digital scourge to cripple computer networks in 65 countries (and counting) doesn't fit the typical ransomware mold. Instead of just encrypting users' files and holding those files ransom, NotPetya appears to do permanent damage to computer systems.  SEE ALSO: A new ransomware is sweeping the globe, but there's a vaccine Read more...More about Hackers, Hacking, Ransomware, Petya, and Notpetya

The Next Web 2017-06-28 23:30:39

Drones flying in the sky are becoming a commonplace sight, so seeing one swing perilously close to a DJ mid-concert is not concerning by itself. Seeing one fall from the sky like Icarus a few seconds later is a little more unusual. In the video, you can see the drone hovering between the crowd and the bouncing DJ. As it’s pulling back from the stage, a confetti cannon spews right in its direction. Rotors apparently jammed, it plunges down and out of sight. It’s not exactly clear whose drone it was — my guess is it belonged to the production… This story continues at The Next Web

TechCrunch 2017-06-28 23:30:31

 Slowly, but surely, the Baxter robot is learning. It starts as a series random grasps — the big, red robot pokes and prods clumsily at objects on the table in front of it. The process is pretty excruciating to us humans, with around 50,000 grasps unfolding over the course of a month of eight hour days. The robot is learning through tactile feedback and trial and error — or, as… Read More

The Washington Post - National 2017-06-28 23:30:17

Some at the White House want to confront Iran in Syria, but the military wants to avoid any risk of wider conflict.

The Washington Post - National 2017-06-28 23:30:17

Listen to a blind rider navigate the subway: 'I literally fell between two train cars.'

The Washington Post - National 2017-06-28 23:30:17

Southern Co. freezes costly work on flagship coal plant meant to showcase carbon capture technology.

The Washington Post - National 2017-06-28 23:30:17

Trump's argument is technically accurate, while also deeply misleading.

The Washington Post - Sports 2017-06-28 23:30:16

The Capitals right wing addressed his impending free agency following the Quicken Loans National pro-am.

The Washington Post - Sports 2017-06-28 23:30:16

The right-hander out of South Carolina signed for his slot value of $946,000.

The Washington Post - Sports 2017-06-28 23:30:16

The Nationals' saves leader has not yet started throwing and probably won't for some time.

The Washington Post - Opinions 2017-06-28 23:30:15

The GOP controls the White House and Congress, so ultimately its leaders must step up to prevent future Russian attacks on American democracy.

The Washington Post - Politics 2017-06-28 23:30:14

The House is set to vote on bills Thursday dealing with “sanctuary cities” and illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

The Washington Post - Politics 2017-06-28 23:30:14

Another debate over preexisting conditions is brewing over the Senate bill to overhaul the health-care system. We dig into what the bill says about preexisting conditions.

The Washington Post - Politics 2017-06-28 23:30:14

Democrats are pouncing on the health-care debate to attack GOP incumbents and challengers.

The Washington Post - Politics 2017-06-28 23:30:14

Committee leaders receive assurances as panel chairman Richard Burr suggests the probe could wrap up by the end of the year.

BBC - Sport 2017-06-28 23:30:13

Which team sounds like a brand of margarine and where do the Red Imps play? Take our Europa League quiz.

BBC - Business 2017-06-28 23:30:11

Is it possible to find peace in Thailand?

BBC - Business 2017-06-28 23:30:10

As global demand for opals soars, miners of the rare gemstones can make a fortune, but there is just one catch - they have to find them first.

BBC - Business 2017-06-28 23:30:10

How California is turning its car problem into a way to make LA greener.

BBC - Business 2017-06-28 23:30:07

The Fed has given large US banks the green light to use extra capital for share buybacks and dividends.

BBC - Business 2017-06-28 23:30:06

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley will announce whether she will let Fox's Sky takeover plan go ahead.

BBC - UK 2017-06-28 23:30:04

Harrison Ballantyne was with four other boys and was found near a bridle-path.

BBC - UK 2017-06-28 23:30:04

The 23-year-old was leading a minibus group on a tour when he fell from a cliff in Orkney.

BBC - World 2017-06-28 23:30:03

The investigator is reported to have narrowly escaped death in the Port Harcourt attack.

BBC - World 2017-06-28 23:30:01

Activists investigating Chinese factories which made Ivanka Trump shoes are freed pending trial.

Io9 Gizmodo 2017-06-28 22:33:35

It’s no surprise that a comic book based on the classic whodunnit board game Clue is outlandishly silly—after all, just like the beloved movie, it’s hard to take the fact you’re an adaptation of a board game with any sense of seriousness. IDW’s new Clue series rolls with that, and takes it a step further with several…Read more...

Kotaku 2017-06-28 22:32:25

I love asking questions almost as much as I love listening to answers. Two weeks ago at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo (“E3"), I got to do both!Read more...

Kotaku 2017-06-28 22:32:25

In my search for the best kart in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I paid almost no attention to the bikes. Neither did any of the build recommendation websites that I cited. That’s because a lot of the bikes in Mario Kart 8 didn’t used to be viable in competitive play. Turns out, I shouldn’t have been so quick to write them off.…Read more...

venturebeat 2017-06-28 22:32:12

VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech Channel tracks the most important news and analysis about the technological and economic divide between Silicon Valley and the rest of America. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in a free newsletter. We include news stories by VentureBeat staff, guest articles from leading voices in this important conversation, and a number of posts from other outlets. We hope you enjoy the Heartland Tech newsletter. Kansas City, Missouri has its Big 5 initiative. Columbus, Ohio has a 20/20 plan. In Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh has its PGH Lab. These are just a handful of the many efforts to nurture entrepreneurial ecosystems and create jobs in America’s heartland cities. Such programs often work from the ground up, but what if tech job creation could become a two-way conversation between these regions and the established tech hubs of Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York? Working to open this kind of dialogue is Patrick McKenna, a venture capitalist wh [...]

AndroidCentral 2017-06-28 22:31:21

Keep your OnePlus 5 protected with a case! After months of hype, the OnePlus 5 is finally here! Whether you're waiting for your new phone to arrive in the mail or you've got it in your hand, we're sure you're marveling at it's gorgeous, all-metal design. If you're hoping to keep your OnePlus 5 in immaculate condition, your best bet is a quality case. At launch, OnePlus itself actually offers the best cases available, but we've rounded up a few cheaper options from Amazon. We'll be sure to keep this list updated as more cases become available OnePlus protective cases Assuming you bought your phone through the OnePlus website, you would have seen some of what it has to offer for OnePlus 5. As expected, you can buy some pretty cool style swap covers, which are essentially shell cases designed by OnePlus which are available in Sandstone, Ebony Wood, Carbon Fiber, and Rosewood finishes. The are super slim cases that add little bulk to your phone, offering just enough around back to le [...]

MacRumors 2017-06-28 22:31:00

According to Apple's System Status website and multiple reports sent in by MacRumors readers, Apple's iCloud Backup service is unavailable for some users. Apple's site says iCloud backup is down for "less than 1 percent of users," but those affected have been unable to restore from an iCloud backup since yesterday. Customers impacted by the iCloud outage who attempt to restore an iOS device using a backup are seeing the process hang while in progress, with the restore failing to complete. iCloud backups can still be made from iOS devices, so data is safe, but affected users will not be able to restore from backups until Apple's servers are back up. In some cases, existing iCloud backups are also not showing up on new devices. Apple employees have been telling customers to wait it out and set up recently purchased iPhones and iPads as new devices rather than restoring from an existing backup. Apple's iCloud Backup service has been experiencing issues since 8:00 a.m. yesterday morn [...]