Matt Novak
Matt Novak
Senior writer at Gizmodo. Founder of http://Paleofuture.com. Writing a book about movies that U.S. presidents watched at the White House.Source
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Chicago Police Started Secret Drone Program Using Untraceable Cash: Report

Chicago Police Started Secret Drone Program Using Untraceable Cash: Report

The Chicago Police Department started a secret drone program using untraceable money seized in drug raids and other criminal investigations, according to a bombshell new report from the Chicago Sun-Times. The drone program is reportedly used for crime scene photos and terrorism-related issues, among other investigations, according to internal Chicago Police Department emails obtained by activist group Distributed Denial of Secrets and reviewed by the Sun-Times. The emails, sent by Karen Conway, director of Chicago’s police research and development, indicate roughly $7.7 million was spent...

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Juul CEO Resigns, Company Announces It Will Stop All Advertising

Juul CEO Resigns, Company Announces It Will Stop All Advertising

Juul Labs CEO and cofounder Kevin Burns is stepping down from the San Francisco-based e-cigarette giant, according to a press release published on the company’s website. Juul also announced that it will stop all print, digital, and broadcast advertising in the U.S., effective immediately. The CEO’s resignation comes in the wake of at least nine deaths from vaping related illness across the U.S. in recent months, none of which have been linked directly to Juul. The company has also pledged to stop lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on e-cigarette related issues. “Working at...

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September 25, 2019
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Elon Musk Tweets 'FREE AMERICA NOW' As His Coronavirus Predictions Prove Very Wrong

Elon Musk Tweets 'FREE AMERICA NOW' As His Coronavirus Predictions Prove Very Wrong

Billionaire Elon Musk, America’s dumbest smart guy, spent the night tweeting about how America needs to “reopen” its economy, despite Musk’s failed predictions about the trajectory of the coronavirus crisis. A month ago, Musk insisted that new coronavirus cases in the U.S. would be “close to zero” by the end of April. Well, it’s the end of April, and the country is still reporting over 20,000 new cases per day, according to the CDC. “FREE AMERICA NOW,” Musk tweeted overnight after sending out news articles about plans to relax social distancing restrictions in various parts of the U.S.,...

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April 29, 2020
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Canada to Make Online Hate Speech a Crime Punishable by $16,000 Fine

Canada to Make Online Hate Speech a Crime Punishable by $16,000 Fine

Canada’s ruling Liberal government announced on Wednesday that it plans to make online hate speech a crime punishable by as much as $20,000 (roughly $16,250 US) for the first offense and $50,000 ($40,600 US) for the second. The proposal would punish social media users who broke the law but exempt social media companies that host such content from fines. The news, first reported by Canada’s public broadcaster, comes after a 20-year-old man recently rammed his truck into a family of five in Ontario, killing everyone but a 9-year-old, in what Canadian police say was an anti-Muslim terror...

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