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Predictive computer models have helped Chicago curb shootings by up to 39 percent

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Comparing modern technology to the future predicted by Philip K Dick's sci-fi short story — and eventual 2002 feature film — Minority Report is getting easier by the day. Some of Dick's predictions, like the broad implementation of biometric scanning systems and driverless cars, are already here, but the film's big future tech hook of predictive crime stopping has been a slower burn here in reality. Now, Chicago police using cutting-edge predictive algorithms to curb violent crime have proven that knowing where shootings are going to occur, and who will be involved, is actually possible, and it's having a dramatic impact on the murder rate. 

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Mike Wehner

August 8th

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This free ‘robot lawyer’ will help you beat Uncle Sam anywhere in the United States

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The United States is a democracy, where every citizen has the right to be treated fairly by the legal system, but unfortunately things don't always work out that way. Fighting something as simple as a parking ticket can be a minefield of confusing regulations and obscure rules that seem to have been designed specifically to overwhelm the average person. Now, a 'robot lawyer' is trying to change that, and after already helping to get nearly 400,000 tickets thrown out, the tool is available for everyone in the United States.

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Mike Wehner

July 14th

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City axes carpooling laws, causing mass chaos

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Most of us roll our eyes at traffic laws, and when you're stuck behind a hundred other cars trying to make it down the same stretch of pavement, the idea of a carpool lane catering only to those with three or more people in their vehicle can seem downright criminal. For decades, Jakarta, Indonesia, had one of the most strict carpooling laws around, allowing vehicles with three or more occupants to skirt the rest of the traffic bottleneck thanks to special fast lanes. Then they stripped the law from the books, and all hell broke loose.

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Mike Wehner

July 6th

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Woman kills boyfriend with pistol in botched YouTube stunt

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Fame is a funny thing, and some people will go to unbelievable lengths to attain it. For Monalisa Perez, a 19-year-old Minnesota woman, and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, the itch of YouTube stardom ended in tragedy. Hoping to create a viral video and spark attention for their video channel, the couple staged a stunt that ended in Perez accidentally killing Ruiz with a single gunshot to the chest.

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Mike Wehner

June 29th

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‘Making a Murderer’ convict Brendan Dassey wins in appeals court, has conviction overturned

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Brendan Dassey — the 16-year-old who was convicted alongside his uncle Steven Avery for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach which spawned the hit Netflix documentary series Making a Murdererjust cleared one of the biggest legal hurdles standing between him and freedom. Dassey, now 27, scored a win in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals with a panel of judges ruling 2-1 in favor of upholding a federal judge's ruling that his conviction should be overturned.

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Mike Wehner

June 23rd

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Officials arrest Apple distributors who sold private data

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Smartphone users — which, at this point, is pretty much everyone — already have enough to worry about when it comes to hackers, malicious apps, and malware invading their phones, but in China, some iPhone users found out their worst enemy was actually the folks selling them their devices in the first place. Chinese officials have now arrested 22 Apple distributors after discovering that they were selling off sensitive user data they found on a secure Apple database. The crooks apparently collected over $7.3 million (over 50 million yuan) from selling the information before being caught. 

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Mike Wehner

June 9th

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Sting operation caught Apple misleading customers over right to repair

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It's no secret that Apple isn't a huge fan of the "right to repair" movement, or the laws that support consumers' decisions to have their Apple hardware fixed by anyone but Apple itself. The company has been to court on the issue before, but recently released court documents pertaining to a right to repair case in Australia reveal that the company was caught red handed denying consumers repairs that were guaranteed under the country's laws.

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Mike Wehner

June 7th

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Thieves ram sex toy warehouse doors, steal 30,000 condoms

Anyone who has walked through a store checkout with a box of condoms knows how potentially awkward it can be. Some extremely bold thieves in Las Vegas apparently know that feeling all too well, so they decided to get their rubbers the old fashioned way: by driving a station wagon through a warehouse door and stealing tens of thousands of them.

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Mike Wehner

May 31st

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PayPal sues Pandora for ripping off its logo design

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Last October, Pandora decided that the brand was in need of a revamp. So, as tech companies are prone to do, the music streaming company rolled out a brand new logo. And, as tech companies are also prone to do, the new logo design was accompanied with a healthy dose of marketing jargon.

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Yoni Heisler

May 24th

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The FAA was just forced to lift its drone registration requirements

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Being a drone owner requires a few things. You need decent amount of cash if you want the high-end hardware, along with the patience and willingness to learn how to actually fly the thing. As of 2015, you also needed to register the aircraft (if weighs a half pound or more) with the Federal Aviation Administration. Now, a federal court in Washington, D.C. has ruled against that requirement, deeming the FAA's mandatory registration "unlawful."

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Mike Wehner

May 23rd

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