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Using an increasingly sophisticated method for making fake videos, or "deepfakes," video editors can realistically face-swap someone into a video. (As our sister site Gizmodo reports, the technology has been especially popular for making fake celebrity porn.) Deepfakes will soon make it hard to tell when a video of a famous figure is real. To demonstrate, BuzzFeed and director Jordan Peele created a "deepfake" of Barack Obama saying things like "President Trump is a total and complete dipshit."

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Last spring, CNN announced a text-only version of its site, linking to text-only articles, so people with spotty internet connections (such as the people then in Hurricane Irma's path) could access the news. Lite.cnn.io is ugly, but it's fast and functional. And it isn't the only pared-down news site.

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Most of us will only get to live into our 70s, so raise your hand if you're jealous of 100-year-olds blowing out their birthday candles and delivering some sage advice about how to live a long and happy life. A study called the 90+ study aims to collect data on the oldest oldsters, but the results do not, as has been implied, indicate that alcohol is a longevity tonic.

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You're probably aware that developed nations such as Israel, Russia
and the United States have missile defence systems. But do you know how these systems work? Or how effective they are? They're not the impenetrable shield you think they are.

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On Saturdays and Sundays, I don't look at any media, social or otherwise. Those are nice days! It's like a spa treatment for the brain. But unfortunately, my brain is addicted to social media, so come Monday I'm clicking and swiping and freaking out at every piece of horrifying information that comes across my newsfeed. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a way to keep up with family and friends, and even a bare minimum of news, without being forced to see every dreadful thing that the Facebook sidebar throws in your face?

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There's no greater boogeyman in our modern society than the serial killer. They're ruthless killers, they're everywhere, and they're after you -- right? Not really. Serial killers are very real, and very dangerous, but the chances of you encountering one are next to nothing.

Shared from Gizmodo

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Last night on The Project, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that his state will be the second last in the country to ban lightweight, single-use plastic bags.

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If you get breaking-news notifications on your phone, you'll often find you disagree with what Apple about what constitutes news. Instead, you can turn use news aggregation app Nuzzel, which can notify you when a certain number of your Twitter friends link to the same URL, no matter the source.

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Now more than ever it's important to be able to tell when you're reading #FakeNews. However, determining whether something is fake or real isn't always easy. Think you know your stuff? Give Factitious a try.

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With a heated global political climate and the threat of nuclear war seeming to loom over our heads, it's hard not to be stressed right now. But you don't have to sit there and stare at your news feed in agony.

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Former FBI director James Comey's testimony was released yesterday in written form ahead of his hearing today. It's a matter-of-fact recounting of a few conversations he had with the US president, so you wouldn't expect it to be an entertaining read. But it's well-crafted: Just the right amount of detail, just the right amount of scene setting. Ever need to tell a story? Use these tips to tell it like James Comey.