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Jennings Brown


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Past articles by Jennings:

How This Dubious “Doctor” Became “The Most Quoted Human on the Planet”

Online, Steve Maraboli looks like the trope of a motivational speaker—photos of him speaking onstage, podcasts, apparent endorsements by celebrities, frequent mentions about best-selling books. He spent the last two decades crafting this image, building an online empire of self-mythology. He has falsely presented himself as a doctor, a United Nations humanitarian program director who won an… → Read More

Man's Confession of Killing His Sister Reportedly Caught on Doorbell Camera

A former football player accused by law enforcement of murdering his pregnant sister allegedly confessed to the killing while standing in front of a doorbell camera that captured the moment. → Read More

ProtonMail Just Launched A Calendar So You Can Encrypt Your 2020

ProtonMail—an email service that makes it stupid-easy to encrypt communication—has now made it stupid-easy to encrypt your schedule. → Read More

Thing I Instinctively Hate Likely to Become Wildly Popular

In its quest to create new ways to make its denizens dissociate from reality, Snapchat is launching a cartoon series that puts user avatars in the episodes. → Read More

China Set to Launch Its GPS Competitor Next Year

China is close to launching the last two satellites that will complete BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System—the nation’s rival to the United States’ Global Positioning System. → Read More

Welp, There’s at Least One Thing That Bing Does Better Than Google—Disinformation

The Bing search engine—which is still around ten years after Microsoft created it, despite having only five percent market share—gets a lot of flak for not being as useful as Google’s search engine. But a recent study found that it’s actually even worse at delivering information than was previously known. → Read More

Instagram AI Will Shame Users Before They Post Offensive Captions

In Instagram’s latest push to be one of the least toxic of the major social media services, the platform is launching a feature that warns users before they post something that could be offensive. → Read More

Robot Santas, Ranked

As traditionally depicted, Santa Claus is a kind of cult leader who runs an enormous factory using slave labor and stolen IP to churn out knockoffs of the latest products. He’s basically Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jack Ma, and Jeff Bezos rolled into one. Which is to say, he should be regulated or put in prison. → Read More

Google's Secret Relationship With Union-Busting Firm Outed by Calendar Entries: Report

Following months of growing internal tension between workers and executives within Google, the tech juggernaut has hired a consulting firm known for fighting union activity, according to a report from the New York Times. → Read More

Instagram Investigating App That Allowed Users to Peek Into Private Accounts

Instagram is trying to shut down a stalker app that cracks through the social media platform’s privacy settings. → Read More

Private Equity Ghouls Buy Non-Profit That Handles .Org Domains

Private equity firm Ethos Capital has acquired the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the agency that operates the .org domain. → Read More

WeWork Reportedly Knew About Its Toxic Phone Booths For Months

Leadership at WeWork knew that the company’s custom phone booths had elevated amounts of formaldehyde for months before it warned its customers about sitting inside the small toxic cells, according to a report from Bloomberg. → Read More

Man Pleads Guilty to Remotely Controlling His Girlfriend's Car With a Computer

An Australian man pled guilty this week in the Magistrates Court to stalking his ex-girlfriend, largely through the use of an app that tracked and controlled her car. → Read More

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Make It Easier to Log Off Facebook Forever

Three senators introduced a bill on Tuesday that aims to make it easier for people to get off large social media networks like Facebook and YouTube. → Read More

Lab Test Finds Toxic Chemicals in Black Market THC Cartridges

A test of more than a dozen THC vape cartridges by NBC News has some produced some sobering results: Every sample bought on the black market was tainted by at least one toxic additive, including a chemical linked to the mysterious vaping illness that has sickened hundreds. → Read More

Report: US Justice Department to Open Facebook Antitrust Investigation

The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly planning on joining the growing cluster of agencies investigating Facebook for antitrust violations. → Read More

Creator of Labradoodles Says He Unleashed 'Frankenstein’s Monster'

Three decades ago, while working at the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia, Wally Conron bred a guide dog that could live in a household with a blind woman and her dog-allergic husband. Almost immediately he realized that his creation, the labradoodle, was a monstrosity. → Read More

Megabots Throws in the Towel and Puts Battle Robots on Ebay

Megabots, a startup that was dedicated to bringing behemoth battle-robot entertainment to the masses, is selling off its assets before filing for bankruptcy. → Read More

Police Say Woman Bit Camel's Balls: 'The Camel Did Nothing Wrong'

If you had asked me yesterday if there is a circumstance in which you should bite a camel’s testicles, I would have said, “No, there is absolutely no reason anyone should ever bite a camel’s testicles.” Today, I’ve learned that indeed, there might be a good reason for just such an act. → Read More

Kik Kills Off Messaging App to Focus on Cryptocurrency Amidst Rising Company Chaos

Kik Interactive plans to shut down its popular messaging app following a legal battle with the Security Exchange Commission, and will instead focus on its cryptocurrency Kin, which is at the center of the lawsuit. → Read More