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Don’t Believe These Fake News Stories About The Ariana Grande Concert Attack

Fake news swept across the internet in the aftermath of a  deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night. An attacker killed 22 people and injured dozens more, police say . Many used social media to offer and appeal for help, others used it as an opportunity to troll and put out false information. Reports that a gunman was on the loose at a nearby hospital, that Grande had been injured in the blast and that she had immediately retired from music all circulated within hours of the explosion which British police are treating as a terrorist incident. Here’s a round up of the fake news stories to watch out for so far: type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=59235f47e4b034684b0f0573,5923bb52e4b094cdba56f410,5923a45de4b03b485cb460fb,592371f5e4b03b485cb45299 — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms

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Trump’s Interior Secretary Took Time To Discuss The Border Wall With A Far-Right Troll

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke held a video call in April with an infamous right-wing internet troll and a virtual reality entrepreneur to discuss the Trump administration’s plans to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Zinke’s half-hour call with Charles “Chuck” Johnson, the CEO and founder of Gotnews.com, and Palmer Luckey , the founder of Oculus VR, occurred just after lunch on April 12, according to a recently published log of Zinke’s scheduled meetings  last month.  The call’s listed topic of discussion: “Border Wall building plans.”  What knowledge or expertise Johnson and Luckey could bring to such a conversation, and why the man tasked with managing some 500 million acres of federal land would agree to the meeting, is anyone’s guess.  A conservative journalist with serious credibility issues , Johnson is perhaps best known for being banned from Twitter  in 2015 after asking for donations to help him “take out” civil rights activist DeRay McKesson. He also unsuccessfully sued Gawker for defamation, seeking $66 million over articles addressing rumors that Johnson  defecated on the floor  at some point during college. In January, Forbes reported that Johnson was “ working behind the scenes with members of the Trump transition team’s executive committee” to “recommend, vet and give something of a seal of approval to potential nominees from the so-called ‘alt-right’” to work in the administration. Luckey, the multimillionaire founder of Oculus VR, has come under fire for funding a pro-Donald Trump internet group  that pumped out anti-Hillary Clinton memes during the 2016 presidential race, and for  donating $100,000 to Trump’s official inauguration committee.  The Interior Department did not respond to HuffPost’s multiple requests for comment. However, a spokeswoman for the agency told Gizmodo that the April 12 call was arranged by Zinke’s friend Scott McEwen, a co-author of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography  American Sniper . “The Secretary had a brief meeting where he listened to Johnson and Luckey’s ideas about using technology on the border and referred the gentlemen to the Department of Homeland Security,” the spokeswoman told Gizmodo.  “Regarding setting up the meeting, a friend of the Secretary’s suggested he talk with them about their technology,” she added

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Congressman Expertly Trolls Donald Trump With Cheat Sheet For First Big Trip Abroad

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) majestically trolled Donald Trump by tweeting him a cheat sheet for his first big trip abroad as president. As Trump jetted off for his nine-day jaunt to the Middle East and Western Europe on Friday, Lieu thought it prudent to give the president some advice to ensure he stays out of trouble while overseas. “ DON’T leak classified information ,” was his top tip. He also felt compelled to state that Israel is an ally of the U.S., and Russia is not. To: @POTUS @realDonaldTrump Here's a cheat sheet for your 1st overseas visit

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Senators Demand Answers After Reporter Is ‘Manhandled’ At FCC Hearing

Senators have complained to the Federal Communications Commission after a journalist said security guards pushed him to a wall while he was covering an FCC hearing on ending  net neutrality . Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) complained in a  letter to the FCC Friday that the incident appears to be part of a “pattern of hostility toward the press characteristic of this administration, which underscores our serious concern.” CQ Roll Call reporter John Donnelly was covering the hearing, brought about as part of the Trump administration’s push to end net neutrality and allow service providers to restrict access to content. Donnelly was attempting to question FCC commissioner Michael O’Reilly after a press conference on Thursday when two guards suddenly “pinned” the journalist to the wall until the commissioner had left, according to a statement from the National Press Club.  One of the guards then “proceeded to force Donnelly to leave the building entirely under implied threat of force,” the press club statement said.

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Coffee Shop Customer Delivers ‘Obnoxious’ Table Neighbors A Delicious Lesson

Raise your morning cup of joe to this tasty act of petty revenge. When recently faced with “loud and rude” people sitting next to him at a coffee shop in Paris, i nformation security consultant Khalil Sehnaoui‏ di dn’t get mad. He got even. After hearing that they’d just decided on what to call their  new business, he quietly bought up the corresponding domain name . Coffee shop. People next to me are loud and rude

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Google Uses Kids To Promote Its Brand In The Classroom

I’m not writing about the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, Marvel or Harry Potter. This blog is about how high-tech companies like Google use kids and schools to grab market shares and promote their brands and the negative consequences. On May 14, 2017, a front-page article in the New York Times reported on “How Google Took Over The USA Classroom.” According to the article, “Google, a unit of the $652 billion Alphabet, is the latest big contender in a decades-old battle among tech companies to hook students as future customers.” The report focused on one particular school in Chicago. “The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill. In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments

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3D-Printed ‘Eyes’ Could Help Blind Children’s Faces Grow Naturally

BALTIMORE — Scientists and engineers are 3D printing all types of objects these days, including eyes: A group of eye specialists and eye-care providers from the Netherlands has used 3D-printing technology to create artificial eye structures, called conformers, in a small study of five children. The technique could help children with conditions called microphthalmia and anophthalmia, in which they are born with underdeveloped or missing eyes, respectively, the research team says. These conditions, which can occur in one or both eyes, affect more than 10 percent of blind children worldwide and as many as 30 in 100,000 children, according to previous studies. Although the sculpted eyes don’t enable the child to see, they do provide critical support of the eye socket so that the child’s face can have a natural, proportional look, the researchers said today (May 11) here at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the world’s largest gathering of eye and vision researchers. “If there’s no eye present, there’s not enough adequate stimulus for the bone around the eye socket to grow,” Maayke Kuijten, a postdoctoral fellow at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam who conducted a study on five children fitted with the conformers, said at ARVO. The 10 Weirdest Things Created by 3D Printing Because children with these conditions may have malformed eye sockets, the face and the areas around the eyes cannot expand to their natural contour, Kuijten said.

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The White House: Who’s Listening In?

The president is on a tear about all things (and people) that record and perhaps some that may have been on or near his person during meetings with now former FBI director, James Comey “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press,” a duly agitated President Trump wrote on Twitter . It wasn’t really clear whether it was the prez himself who was the bearer of the hidden microphone. Yes, it was White House high drama at a level not seen since Alexander Butterfield revealed the presence of a secret White House taping system during Nixon’s tenure in the Oval Office and the current kerfuffle captures much of the aroma that infused Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 Hollywood thriller, The Conversation (although I doubt, that unlike the film, whomever is doing the recording will have a crisis of conscience similar to the one endured by the flic’s protagonist played perfectly by Gene Hackman). I’ve had a fascination for all things that record and chalk that up to my father’s love of “gadgets.” Despite having little money to spare – living in a walk-up tenement in Brooklyn – he’d invest in stuff like an early 1950s Webcor reel-to-reel tape recorder, periodically parking it – and me – in front of our tiny-screen black and white TV to record live opera (when the networks were imbued with a bit of high culture). I’ve fond memories of watching the recorder’s green “magic eye” pulse along with the arias of Madame Butterly; becoming so mesmerized I’d often miss the moment when the reel end of 3M tape spun wildly in finality while I scrambled to thread a new one. At NYU Film School – in James Manilla’s sound course, circa 1970 – I was introduced to a piece of technology: so beautiful, so perfect, I still get thrills just looking at it.

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