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Popular YouTube prankster jailed for staging bomb threat hoax

There are practical jokes and then there are displays of idiocy. The following is the latter. Following a rather elaborately staged bomb threat hoax, a popular YouTube troll has been arrested.
Web

Not even Unanimous A.I. could predict March Madness

Your March Madness bracket has already been hopelessly busted, but maybe this will make you feel better -- not even swarm intelligence could've predicted this year's already crazy results.
Computing

Microsoft attempts to lure developers with tool to port Chrome extensions to Edge

Microsoft is attempting to lure developers over to Edge by creating a tool that will help those developers port their Chrome extensions easily over to Microsoft's web browser.
Web

Kickstarter makes Drip its first acquisition

In a blog post published Thursday, Yancey Strickler, the co-founder and CEO of the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, announced that his company made its first acquisition. The lucky beneficiary of the buyout is Drip, a crowdfunded music…
Gaming

March Madness fans, here's how to play Facebook Messenger's secret basketball game

Facebook quietly added a new mini basketball game to its Messenger app this week as a treat for fans chatting about March Madness (or basketball in general).
Mobile

Oops: In Lavabit case, Feds forgot to redact ‘ed_snowden@lavabit.com’

Lavabit's owner Ladar Levison wasn't allowed to say who the feds were targeting when they requested his secure email company's private SSL keys, as he was under threat of contempt and faced possible jail time. Now he doesn't need to.
Computing

Chrome 50 beta update gets pushy with new notification improvements

Web pages could start loading up certain elements much quicker in the near future, thanks to Chrome's way of handling declarative preload in the new beta. On top of that, push notifications have seen some tweaks, in this 50th beta release…
Social Media

Twitter is halting TweetDeck for Windows support in mid-April

Impacting anyone that manages mulitple Twitter accounts in the TweetDeck app for Windows, the social network is ending support for the standalone application soon and is encouraging users to switch to the Web.
Computing

A new algorithm can tell when you’re tweeting while drunk, and may help save lives

If you've drunk tweeted in the past, you can regain a bit of dignity by knowing that you've contributed to some great research that now allows scientists to detect just how inebriated you are when using social media.
Mobile

Want to encrypt your email? ProtonMail is finally out on iOS and Android

The popular encrypted email service has arrived on iOS and Android, after being in closed beta since last August. ProtonMail has also opened registration to the public for free.
Web

Apple signs deal to power part of iCloud with Google Cloud Platform

In a move that sees Apple working with one of its chief competitors, the company has signed a deal to power part of iCloud with the Google Cloud Platform, reducing its reliance on Amazon Web Services.
Mobile

NYCLU raises privacy qualms about LinkNYC’s Wi-Fi hotspots

Phone booths are being converted into free public Wi-Fi hotspots -- but how safe are they? The NYCLU says data the Link hubs collect carry "a risk of security breaches and unwarranted NYPD surveillance."