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Hillary Clinton Wikipedia page redirected to ‘Mein Kampf’ for 16 hours and no one noticed

Despite how much we all love it, Wikipedia is not a credible source. That's because any one can edit content at any time, adding in falsehoods that can sit there until, well, someone notices. Case in point: a page dedicated to the bibliography of Hillary Clinton redirected to Adolf Hilter's autobiography Mein Kampf on...

How to: tickle a rat

In a new meta-analysis published in PLOS One, researchers from Purdue, Stanford and the Canadian Council on Animal Care look at the different techniques used to induce laughter in rats in order to improve their wellbeing and capture their laughter, which is delightful. Their conclusion: if you're going to tickle a rat, use the...

Aide with all the Bud Light on Capitol Hill insists it’s not to celebrate taking away your health care

"What, this? This is for the bowling team later." An aide pushing a cart full of beer into the Capitol basically pinky-swore that the beverages had not been ordered to celebrate the House passing a bill designed to kill Obamacare. Shortly before House Republicans celebrated a narrow vote approving President Trump's promised health care...

Confidant is an early alert system to help find missing people

Technology such as Facebook’s Safety Check has massively helped with the challenge of identifying and finding people when they go missing, but it is anything but perfect as missteps have shown. Confidant, a project developed at the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon in New York this weekend, is aiming to complement existing systems with a notification...

On-demand food startup Sprig is shutting down today

Sprig, the on-demand food delivery service, is shutting down, The Information reports. TechCrunch has since obtained the copy of the email Sprig is sending to customers today. “It is with a heavy heart that my co-founders and I share that Sprig, Inc. will be shutting down the app today,” Sprig CEO Gagan Biyani wrote...

History buff confirms 1830 legend of Australian pirates in Japan

Nick Russell took a close look at contemporary samurai accounts of a strange ship that landed at Mugi port in 1830, and found it corroborated the celebrated legend of convict pirate William Swallow, who led an escape from Tasmania via a mutiny on the brig ship Cyprus. The pirates, some of whom were later...

Facebook’s first social VR app is cool — but there’s a problem

Image: facebook Facebook just took a big step forward in its bid to make virtual reality more social. The company released Facebook Spaces at its F8 developer conference Tuesday, a new app for Oculus Rift that lets you hang out with friends in virtual reality. We took the app, which is available now in...

Jeremy Liew: Forget the critics; watch “Planet of the Apps” for its window onto pitch meetings

Reviewers have not been kind to Apple’s first TV offering, “Planet of the Apps.” Variety had a particularly entertaining, if biting, take, with writer Maureen Ryan likening the show to “something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained.”...

Pokémon Go reveals sponsors like McDonald’s pay it up to $0.50 per visitor

Pokémon Go-maker Niantic says it has driven 500 million visitors to sponsored locations like McDonald’s Japan where gamers can score a special virtual good. But it never said how much those sponsors paid per visitor delivered by the game. But in an interview published yesterday by Brazil’s Globo newspaper, Niantic VP of strategic partnerships...

Microsoft cofounder pledges $30 million to help Seattle’s homeless

Paul Allen speaks at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards benefit dinner in New York City on Oct. 15, 2012. Billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, has committed $30 million to a new initiative that will help establish permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness in Seattle....