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Everybody Stay Calm! Netflix Isn’t Pulling This Awesome Comedy Show

Please just ( Netflix and) chill. No,  Michael Scott  is not leaving the online video streaming service ― at least for now. Rumors abounded online this week that the American version of “ The Office ” was set to leave Netflix U.S.  So I was just told that @netflix is getting rid of The Office? WHAT THE HELL, WHO APPROVED THIS???? I want a name, I'm just tryna talk — Eric Palacios (@EricPalacios17) April 4, 2017 Netflix: “The Office is leaving Netflix.” Me: pic.twitter.com/xZO9xtBrj0 — The Office (@TheOfficePosts) March 29, 2017 But for fans of the fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin, that’s luckily all they were — pesky internet falsehoods (The news wasn’t so good for fans of the British version of “The Office,” which left Netflix on March 31 .).  Netflix confirmed it had no plans to pull the U.S. comedy in the best possible way: @EricPalacios17 this is not true! pic.twitter.com/FRogTJ44uv — Netflix US (@netflix) April 4, 2017 It later used one of the show’s most iconic moments to repeat the message: Fool me once, strike one.

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Airbnb Bans Host Who Dumped Guest Because She’s Asian

This ski trip went downhill and took a racist turn fast. Airbnb says it has permanently banned a host from the platform after she canceled a guest’s reservation minutes before her arrival because the guest was Asian. And we know that was the host’s reason, because she said so. “One word says it all,” the host wrote in a text message to the would-be guest. “Asian.” Airbnb told The Huffington Post the incident happened in February near Big Bear, California

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The Unintended Consequences Of An Easy Life

A little while back, I wrote about Keynes’ prediction that our greatest challenge today would be what to do with all the leisure time we now have as a result of technology doing all the work that previously kept us occupied. My conclusion was – as you’re probably only too well aware – that this problem doesn’t seem to have materialized as we’ve just filled the time with even more work in pursuit of increased productivity, higher incomes and better standards of living. This debate has taken a new turn in recent months as we ask a more nuanced question about the role of technology in our lives, questioning the fundamental case for technology progression at all: Do we really want to be more productive? What are the unintended consequences of technology making the little things in life easier and easier? My thinking on this was sparked by a fascinating depiction of a day of our lives in 2030 by Vodafone’s Head of Product Management, Sally Fuller . In this utopia/dystopia, as I wake up my coffee machine is alerted by the sensors under my skin that I will soon be vying for my caffeine hit.

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Would You Fly In A SpaceX Rocket?

If nothing else, Elon Musk, the mastermind behind Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX, knows how to get attention. Recently, he made headlines when he revealed that next year SpaceX, the private space exploration company he founded in 2002, intends to fly two paying customers on a mission that would travel to the moon, orbit the moon without landing, and then return to land on Earth. A private space company has never sent a manned mission into space. The main reason is obvious. No private space company has the history needed to guarantee the safety of the passengers, whether they are astronauts or, in the case of SpaceX’s proposed mission, mega-wealthy customers

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Chris Evans Warns Young Co-Star About Internet While Answering Internet Questions

Today’s lesson: Always listen to Captain America. The dude has been through it all. He’s fought Nazis, aliens and even pop culture references. But there’s one foe even the Cap will try to avoid: the internet.  In a new video for Wired , Captain America, aka Chris Evans , and his “Gifted” co-star Mckenna Grace help answer some of the internet’s most-pondered Chris Evans questions.  Can Chris Evans tap dance?

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Facebook Releases New Tools To Combat Revenge Porn

On Wednesday, Facebook unveiled a handful of new tools aimed at reducing the spread of so-called “revenge porn” on the site, a category  Mark Zuckerberg defined as “any intimate photo shared without permission.” To be clear, Facebook has never permitted this type of content, and generally restricts nudity of all sorts. These new tools simply enable Facebook to remove a photo faster when a user reports it.  Critically, they will also automatically flag the photo if it’s uploaded again elsewhere, thereby keeping Facebook censors from playing an endless game of whack-a-mole and scrapping photos one by one. “If someone tries to share the image after it’s been reported and removed,” Facebook Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis explained in a blog post on the subject, “we will alert them that it violates our policies and that we have stopped their attempt to share it.” The company said it typically also disables the accounts of people who share intimate images without permission. A spokesperson told The Huffington Post the initiative arose from a series of roundtables with women’s safety organizations. A 2016 study by the Data & Society Research Institute and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research found one in 25 Americans has been a victim of revenge porn, with that number skyrocketing to one in 10 women under the age of 30.

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Silicon Valley’s Plot To Reinvent The Dreaded Conference Call

By David Pierce for WIRED . Stepping into one of the “project rooms” at speaker-maker Sonos’s office in downtown Boston is like opening a teleportation portal. The large, messy space, cluttered with half-built soundbars and heaping piles of screws, almost exactly replicates a room 3,000 miles away in Santa Barbara. Two screens hang on the wall of each one, displaying live feeds from both offices. Microphones around the room make it impossible to even whisper without being heard across the country; a surgical camera hanging overhead can zoom in on tiny screws anywhere on the table.

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Wellness Apps Evade The FDA, Only To Land In Court

By Megan Molteni for WIRED . Smartphone apps are great at lots of things, from sending selfies, to solving late-night taco cravings. And even if they occasionally fail, the stakes are usually low — unless you consider being carnitas-less at 2:00 AM a life-threatening situation. The exception is with apps that claim to measure your heart rate, monitor your blood pressure, improve your memory, coordination, or vision. These apps aren’t offering diagnoses, but they do give users an impression about their health. And for the most part, the FDA lets these apps run wild, not requiring them to go through any rigorous vetting process to ensure they are both safe and effective

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