Everything That's Wrong With Y Combinator's Sexism In Tech Post

Ever since Paul Graham stepped down from Y Combinator, the Stanford of startup accelerators has been trying to give off a more welcoming vibe. The attempts thus far have seemed awkward, half-hearted, and therefore insincere. As though Sam Altman got PR advice on crisis control from a YC bro-founder: Just tell 'em what… » 7/25/14 4:17pm 44 minutes ago

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

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Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. » 7/25/14 4:09pm 51 minutes ago

A Trip On the Hybrid Crane-Boats That Pull Wreckage from NYC Harbor

The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for keeping debris out of New York's Harbor, whether it's dead whales, helicopters, driftwood, or floating docks. Without the Corps the harbor and the outlying beaches of the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore would be filled with massive pieces of debris and ships would risk… » 7/25/14 3:43pm Today 3:43pm

Apple Snuck Backdoor Surveillance Tools Into Their (i.e. Your) iOS

Innovation did not die with Steve Jobs. Apple has quietly installed data discovery software, including a file-relay tool that can bypass backup encryption, in around 600 million iPhones, iPads, and other devices running their latest iOS. You are correct to surmise that this has been a boon to law enforcement. » 7/25/14 3:06pm Today 3:06pm

U.S. Army Mistakenly Mails Israel Missile Agreement to a Gawker Reader

Last night, Gawker got a tip from a longtime reader: "I get a lot of emails for a different person with the same name as me," the message said. "Someone who works in some capacity in the government. I don't know if this one I just received about Israel, missiles, etc is even a thing." Yes, it's a thing. » 7/25/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Jennette McCurdy Addresses Fap-Gate on Reddit: "I Am Not a Role Model"

Now that she's free from the bonds of her Nickelodeon overlords, Sam and Cat star and subject of furious fapping Jennette McCurdy can finally say what she's wanted to say since her (actually pretty tame) sexy lingerie selfies leaked earlier this year: "I am not a role model." » 7/25/14 2:50pm Today 2:50pm

Meet the Goofy Georgia Teen Who Is Vine's Newest Comedy Star

Not every teen on Vine can become an instant viral superstar by sticking his dick in a microwaveable food product. Some have to be, well, more inventive. Enter Brandon Bowen, a 16-year-old from Georgia whose goofy rap-inspired videos are arguably the greatest thing on Vine. Everybody, grab your plastic spoons. » 7/25/14 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

Rob Lowe Manifests as 80's Nagel Hunk in Moonbeam City

Rob Lowe was the real life Prince of Perfect Male Hotness in the 1980's so his translation into Nagel art makes a visceral sense that cannot be denied. The whole sensibility of this teaser is so sexy yet ridiculous (sexdiculous?) that I am speechless except for a prayer of thanks that Comedy Central is doubling down… » 7/25/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

BuzzFeed Editor Benny Johnson Engaged In Even More Plagiarism

Benny Johnson, the 28-year-old Viral Politics editor at Internet leviathan BuzzFeed, came under fire from two Twitter users on Thursday for copying text from a variety of sources, including Yahoo! Answers. Today the same users, @blippoblappo and @crushingbort, provided several more instances where Johnson stole… » 7/25/14 2:12pm Today 2:12pm

Larry and Sergey Are Building Google Maps But For The Human Body

Last night, Google announced what the Wall Street Journal says "may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever." Baseline Study will try to create the most comprehensive picture of "what a healthy human being should be" by mapping personal genetic and molecular information. It will start with… » 7/25/14 2:05pm Today 2:05pm