Meet the Internet’s ‘greatest liar,’ whose Twitter death hoaxes have fooled millions

Meet the Internet’s ‘greatest liar,’ whose Twitter death hoaxes have fooled millions

You would think that after two decades, Tommaso Debenedetti would have tired of hoaxes. He’s had a pretty good run, after all — the New York Times, Nicolas Sarkozy and many others have at one point fallen for his jokes. But no, Debenedetti just can’t stop. It’s like a compulsion — or a calling. In his most recent stunt, the latest of dozens, the 47-year-old Italian created a fake Twitter account for the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, from which he tweeted the “news” of the death of author Cormac McCarthy.

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Google’s giant new trans-Pacific internet cable goes online tomorrow

Google's giant new trans-Pacific internet cable goes online tomorrow

A new undersea internet cable funded in part by Google and connecting Japan with the US is slated to go online starting June 30th. The joint announcement, made today in a press release from NEC Corporation, says construction and testing on the trans-pacific cable, dubbed "Faster," was successfully completed and the system is now ready for service. The whole line runs 9,000 kilometers and stretches from Oregon to Chiba and Mie prefectures in Japan.

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Home Computers Connected to the Internet Aren’t Private, Court Rules

Home Computers Connected to the Internet Aren't Private, Court Rules

A federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled that the user of any computer that connects to the Internet should not have an expectation of privacy because computer security is ineffectual at stopping hackers. The June 23 ruling came in one of the many cases resulting from the FBI's infiltration of PlayPen, a hidden service on the Tor network that acted as a hub for child exploitation, and the subsequent prosecution of hundreds of individuals.

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What media companies don’t want you to know about ad blockers

What media companies don’t want you to know about ad blockers

New York Times CEO Mark Thompson caused a minor stir a couple weeks ago when he gave a speech at an advertising conference declaring that “No one who refuses to contribute to the creation of high quality journalism has the right to consume it.” By Trevor Timm.

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Microsoft is offering a free Xbox One if you buy a Surface Pro 4

Microsoft is offering a free Xbox One if you buy a Surface Pro 4

Summer has just begun, but Microsoft is already thinking of back-to-school season, offering students a free Xbox One with the purchase of a Surface Pro 4 in a deal that runs from now until mid-August. The offer is good only through the Microsoft Store. Users must add both a $899 Surface Pro 4 and a $299 Xbox One to their cart; the Xbox One's price will be taken off at checkout.

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Xbox One vs. PS4: The post-E3 2016 scorecard

Xbox One vs. PS4: The post-E3 2016 scorecard

The annual E3 gaming show is the gaming equivalent of the State of the Union address. Each of the companies recap the year that was, and — more importantly — offer a look at what's to come. For Nintendo, the show was largely a placeholder — the company showed off its new Zelda game, but deferred details on its next-gen NX console until later this year (both are coming in 2017). But for Microsoft and Sony, we got a fairly detailed look at how the next year is shaping up for both rival gaming platforms.

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‘Tesla Solar’ wants to be the Apple store for electricity

'Tesla Solar' wants to be the Apple store for electricity

Tesla Motors Inc. 's bid to buy the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer has little to do with selling cars. Rather, it's about solving two of the biggest problems standing in the way of the next solar boom. And perhaps a good deal more.

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How China Took Center Stage in Bitcoin’s Civil War

How China Took Center Stage in Bitcoin’s Civil War

A delegation of American executives flew to Beijing in April for a secret meeting at the Grand Hyatt hotel, just blocks from Tiananmen Square. They went to meet with the new kingmakers in what has become one of the grandest and strangest experiments in money the world has seen: the virtual currency known as Bitcoin. Against long odds, and despite an abstruse structure, in which supercomputers are said to mine the currency via mathematical formulas…

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