Twitter is holding off on fixing verification policy to focus on election integrity

Twitter is pausing its work on overhauling its verification process, which provides a blue checkmark to public figures, in favor of election integrity, Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour tweeted today. That’s because, as we enter another election season, “updating our verification program isn’t a top priority for us right now (election integrity is),” he wrote on Twitter this afternoon.

Last November, Twitter paused its account verifications as it tried to figure out a way to address confusion around what it means to be verified. That decision came shortly after people criticized Twitter for having verified the account of Jason Keller, the person who organized the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Fast forward to today, and Twitter still verifies accounts “ad hoc when we think it serves the public conversation & is in line with our policy,” Beykpour wrote. “But this has led to frustration b/c our process remains opaque & inconsistent with [...]  read more

73: Bitcoin IRL

Now it's time to go down the cryptocurrency rabbit hole — or maybe the bitcoin mineshaft? Joon Ian Wong is managing editor at cryptocurrency news …
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The best Amazon Prime Day deals 2018 in the US, ranked

Amazon Prime Day deals are still in full effect, and we’ve ranked all of the top deals before they end at 12am PDT in the US. They’re still available, according to our in-depth list of deals.

There are hundreds of dollars worth of sales. You’ll find laptop deals, phone deals and 4KTV deals in stock.

This 36-hour Prime Day 2018 marathon is over in a few hours time, but day two has brought us a big-screen 4KTV deal at $249, Roomba vacuums for $230, and an Echo Dot smart speaker for $29.99.

What’s still on sale for Prime Day on July 17? Try the over 100 (and growing) list of deals below. We’re constantly updating Amazon products with new price drops.

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The Kindle, Fire Tablet, and Fire TV are all discounted. We’ve researched and listed all of the best deals below in a comprehensive guide. After all, we had the first beat on the Amazon Prime Day start and finish date in an exclusive report.

You’re not too late, but it’s getting close to the end. We’ll [...]  read more

Voting machine maker sold states systems with remote-access tools

That admission raises a lot of questions over how seriously ES&S took its security, and it contradicts statements it previously made to reporters that it had no knowledge of selling machines with remote-access capabilities. Lying to lawmakers can carry severe consequences down the line if that deception is discovered, so ES&S was forced to make the confession.

In 2006, at least 60 percent of US ballots were logged using ES&S election management systems. Those machines count all of a county’s ballots and in some cases are used to program all voting machines in a county.

Those machines with pcAnywhere installed on them also had modems which gave ES&S technicians access to the systems — as well as possibly opening the door to infiltrators. ES&S claimed in its letter that the modems were set up to only make outgoing calls, so it was up to election officials to grant the company’s technicians remote access. However, it’s unclear how exactly how those [...]  read more

Bitcoin price passes $7K bringing all 100 top coins up with it

Bitcoin is moving up, and it’s taking 99 of its best friends along for the ride. In the last 24 hours, every one of the top 100 coins by market cap was in the green with 84 of them posting gains of over 5 percent. At the time of writing, Bitcoin was sitting at $7,310, up 14 percent in the last 7 days and up almost 10 percent in the last 24 hours.

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Bitcoin itself crossed the $7,000 mark for the first time in the last month, an indication but no sure sign that it might be shaking off a summer slump that’s seen prices plunge below $6,000 on more than one occasion. Bitcoin is quickly moving back toward early June norms around $7,500 though may meet resistance at $7,750. In March, Bitcoin dipped below the $10,000 mark and it’s been unable to mount a rally back above that level in the months since.

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They may not last, but mid-July’s gains aren’t just a Bitcoin story. Out of the top 100 coins, 24 coins made double digit gains in the last [...]  read more

A Giant Iceberg Grounded Itself Near a Greenland Town

When an iceberg breaks off from a glacier, it can drift for thousands of miles, traveling freely across the open ocean. But last week, an iceberg’s journey was interrupted when it got stuck on a shallow part of the seafloor along Greenland’s western coast.

In other words, the iceberg was grounded—and it had lodged itself right beside the small island village of Innaarsuit. Such grounded icebergs are actually pretty common, says Fiamma Straneo, who has traveled about 20 times to Greenland’s ice sheet for her work at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. What’s unique about the iceberg by Innaarsuit, which has a population of less than 200, is both its size and its proximity to the village.

A grounded iceberg experiences ocean water pushing at it in one direction and the seafloor pushing in another—a tug-of-war that makes it easy for limbs to break off with a splash that can rock boats or flood coasts. The iceberg might even do an entire somersault in the water. [...]  read more