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Trash your romaine lettuce and don’t eat any in restaurants, says the CDC

Ars Technica - 23 min 21 sec ago

Enlarge / Romaine lettuce, looking innocuous. (credit: Chimpr / Flickr)

Step away from the salad, advises the CDC. Specifically, you should stay away from romaine lettuce in every possible form: baby romaine, spring mix, whole heads, precut, the works. An outbreak of pathogenic E. coli across 11 states and Canada has been traced to romaine lettuce, an echo of a similar outbreak that happened at the same time last year.

The warning extends to lettuce in restaurants, shops, and your home, and the CDC recommends taking no risks: if you think you bought the lettuce before the current outbreak, trash it anyway. If you’re not sure it’s romaine, trash it anyway. If you had romaine in your fridge, they recommend washing down the entire fridge with warm, soapy water; and, if you're inclined to be extra cautious, a bit of diluted liquid bleach to follow.

Why the high level of alarm? The outbreak is caused by a particularly nasty strain of E. coli that can, in some cases, lead to a type of kidney failure; it’s not to be trifled with. So far, 32 people in the US got sick between October 8 and 31, of whom 13 have been hospitalized. In Canada, six people have been hospitalized out of a reported 18 cases. So far, no deaths have been reported. Because of how long it can take before the CDC gets wind of a case, the agency thinks it won’t yet know about cases happening since the first few weeks of November, so those numbers will probably change.

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Facebook's latest crisis is about its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg: What you need to know - CNET - News - 37 min 10 sec ago
The social network is already under fire for scandals involving election meddling and data privacy. Now its top leaders have come under the microscope.

Dealmaster: Get a Galaxy S9 for $520, plus more early Black Friday deals

Ars Technica - 37 min 20 sec ago

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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by another suite of early Black Friday deals that'll remain available through the big day itself. Those discounts include a PS4 Slim bundle with Spider-Man for $200, discounts on various high-performing TVs from Samsung, Vizio, and TCL, a nice drop on Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop, and Samsung's Galaxy S9 for $520.

The latter is not the best phone in that price range—we'd give that honor to the OnePlus 6T—and Samsung's take on Android is always a mess. But its OLED screen is still top-notch (and sans notch), its camera is excellent, and it has an actual headphone jack and microSD slot. If you don't mind having a worse camera and a notch staring back at you, we'll note the OnePlus 6 is also on sale for $429. Either way, you can see the whole deals list for yourself below.

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

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Black Friday 2018 deals at Walmart: PlayStation, Xbox, iPad, Google and more - CNET - News - 38 min 47 sec ago
The massive discount retailer is arguably the king of Black Friday. Here are its best deals.

Sprint Black Friday 2018 deals today: Free iPhone XR, $100 iPad, free $500 LG TV with LG V40 - CNET - News - 54 min 21 sec ago
Sprint will also cut you a break on the Galaxy S9 and Note 9, and Apple Watch 4.

Black Friday 2018 phone deals: Free OnePlus 6T, buy LG V40, get free TV now; $200 Palm soon - CNET - News - 56 min 21 sec ago
Plus, $400 off the LG V40, a $430 BlackBerry Key2 LE and $150 off a Palm.

Black Friday 2018 kitchen and appliance deals starting now: $40 off Instant Pot, $100 off Vitamix products and more - CNET - News - 57 min 31 sec ago
Upgrade your cooking game or make laundry day more fun with our favorite deals on kitchen gadgets and large appliances.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

The Register - 58 min 11 sec ago
Because watching a 'Genius' mope about the shop floor will inspire a generation

While it may be having some difficulty shifting its latest iPhones, Apple has found time to fling open its stores and inflict hordes of excited schoolchildren on the "Geniuses" therein.…

The 62 Best Black Friday deals of 2018 - CNET - News - 59 min 57 sec ago
Black Friday is Nov. 23, and that means the usual cornucopia of deals. Some are good, some are bad -- these are the best.

Black Friday 2018 deals at Sam's Club start Thursday: Fitbit Versa for $150, 55-inch Vizio TV for $450 - CNET - News - 1 hour 16 min ago
The 55-inch Vizio M-Series for $450? That's among the best deals of the year.

Black Friday 2018 early deal ends today: Up to $150 off newest MacBook Air at B&H - CNET - News - 1 hour 22 min ago
Today only: multiple configurations are on sale, starting at $1,099.

Facebook appeals Cambridge Analytica fine - CNET - News - 1 hour 26 min ago
The social network says there's no evidence user data was shared inappropriately in the UK, where the fine was issued.

Black Friday Google Assistant deals: $119 Ecobee thermostat and $119 Philips Hue starter kit live now, $25 Home Mini speaker coming soon - CNET - News - 1 hour 29 min ago
Black Friday deals are everywhere. We've rounded up the best deals on Google-Assistant-enabled devices for your home.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina turkey basting gets sexy in Netflix spot - CNET - News - 1 hour 35 min ago
If you don’t think Thanksgiving cooking is sexy, you haven’t seen this.

Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation

Ars Technica - 1 hour 37 min ago

Enlarge / Visualization of the spread through social media of an article falsely claiming 3 million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. (credit: Filippo Menczer)

Shortly after the 2016 election, newly elected President Donald Trump—peeved at losing the popular vote to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton—falsely claimed he would have won the popular vote if not for the supposed votes of 3 million illegal immigrants. The lie spread rapidly across social media—far faster than factual attempts to debunk it. And Twitter bots played a disproportionate role in spreading that false information.

That's according to a new study by researchers at Indiana University, published in Nature Communications. They examined 14 million messages shared on Twitter between May 2016 and May 2017, spanning the presidential primaries and Trump's inauguration. And they found it took just six percent of Twitter accounts identified as bots to spread 31 percent of what they term "low-credibility" information on the social network. The bots managed this feat in just two to 10 seconds, thanks in large part to automated amplification.

Why are bots so effective at spreading false information? Study co-author Filippo Menczer attributes their success to so-called "social bias": the human tendency to pay more attention to things that seem to be popular. Bots can create the appearance of popularity or that a certain opinion is more widely held than it actually is. "People tend to put greater trust in messages that appear to originate from many people," said Menczer's co-author, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia. "Bots prey upon this trust by making messages seem so popular that real people are tricked into spreading their messages for them."

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Black Friday 2018: Nintendo's eShop Cyber Deals are live - CNET - News - 1 hour 44 min ago
Load up for the long weekend with this Nintendo Switch and 3DS digital sale.

California fires boost interest in PurpleAir's pollution sensors - CNET - News - 1 hour 53 min ago
The company's map displays air quality around the world.

Samsung's foldable phone is here, with a brand-new Android UI - CNET - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
A totally new phone design needs a totally fresh interface.

Holograms to Match of the Day: Huawei shindig shows 5G is still playing all things to all people

The Register - 1 hour 58 min ago
But whatever, you can expect phones next year

Roundup After years of interminable waffle, 5G is almost upon us, and Huawei wants to tell us what works – and what must wait. At this stage, the wrinkles are as valuable as the milestones, because 5G is a vast smorgasbord of different technologies and aspirations.…

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