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College Students Use Fake GPS Signals to Commandeer $80M Yacht

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While other college students conquered the kegstand and crossed “motorboating” off their To Do lists last June, a handful of University of Texas students were acting out their inner pirate. The Houston Chronicle reports that students from the school of engineering worked with their professor to develop a device that approximates the spoofing fad of the early aughts, remotely taking control of a luxury yacht sailing the Mediterranean.

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Gary Shteyngart Had The Idea For Google Glass, But His Editor Thought It Was ‘A Little Much’

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In this week’s New Yorker, Gary Shteyngart chronicles his adventures wearing Google Glass. Russian émigré novelist Mr. Shteyngart is a prime candidate to pioneer the technology. After all, his last book, Super Sad True Love Story, foretold a near-future that was eerily prescient.

Mr. Shteyngart envisioned a device called an äppärät, which was basically an even more powerful smartphone, that constantly beamed a stream of information and data to the characters. But in early drafts, Mr. Shteyngart was even more ahead of the curve.

He had conceived something more akin to … well, Google Glass. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (Inside Bitcoins, 500 Startups DemoDay, Dating Disrupted, Voting Hackathon, Civic Hack Night, Young Tech Summer)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Don’t miss this week: Young Tech Summer (WIX, Primesense, GetTaxi, Wedeeo, Mobileye), which is on Wednesday, as well as TalkNYC’s Innovation in Impact Marketing (Droga5, Kenneth Cole, Causes, charity:water) and the 2nd CivicHackNight (with @CitiBikeNYC and #BikeNYC).

Coming up: Ad Think II: Emerging Tech in Advertising (Adcade, Locket, Oneqube, SponsorHub) on August 6. VentureOutNY Brazil (with David Teten of ff Venture & Ross Goldstein of DFJ Gotham, I’m giving away five FREE passes) also on August 6. And Startup Grind (w/ Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia, I’m giving away 3 FREE Passes) on August 14. Read More

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Drunk Teens Trash Innocent Woman’s Home After Party Invite Goes Viral on Facebook

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Teens’ never-ending rampage to destroy everything in this world has claimed another victim. This time, one woman said hundreds of the uninvited nuisances trashed her home in Belfast after somebody posted her son’s party invite on Facebook. BBC News reports that some of the teens were rioters who have been involved in sectarian violence in other sections of Northern Ireland. Read More

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After Jane Austen Inspired a Bunch of Rape Threats, Twitter Is Making it Easier to Report Abuse

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For months, activist Caroline Criado-Perez has been campaigning to get more women on the United Kingdom’s money, and on Wednesday, the Bank of England announced that Jane Austen, author of lots of books that have been unfairly mischaracterized as chick lit, would replace Charles Darwin on the 10-pound note.

Now, one would think the only offensive thing about this development is that, as author Lev Grossman points out, the detestable Miss Bingley from Pride and Prejudice is quoted on the bill. But apparently not, because since the announcement Ms. Criado-Perez has been dealing with a slew of abuse and rape threats on Twitter.

To repeat, a woman has been bombarded with rape threats because Jane Austen is going to be on the United Kingdom’s money. Jane. Austen. Read More