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Important news you may have missed on Wednesday, Aug. 10.


Dell Cameron


Posted on Aug 10, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 7:04 am CDT

Here’s some news you may have missed:

Among his supporters, Donald Trump is known for “telling it like it is.” But as this viral video demonstrates, the Republican candidate routinely contradicts his own words.

Facebook users appear to be stealing images of children to generate money from clicks. Daily Dot reporter Lyz Lenz identified a viral photo of a baby with disabilities likely being used in a money-making scam.

The family of Seth Rich, a murdered DNC staffer, called for an end to unfounded theories surrounding the 27-year-old’s death. A $20,000 bounty offered by WikiLeaks for the identity of the killer has fueled speculation that Rich may be responsible for leaking the DNC’s emails. Recent remarks by Julian Assange on a Dutch news program further stoked the conspiracy.

Competing in Las Vegas, AI-aided “robots” located and fixed network security flaws while simultaneously detecting and exploiting vulnerabilities on a target server. Developed by DARPA, the Cyber Grand Challenge is the “world’s first automated network defense tournament.”

YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous, a transgender woman who posts lifestyle vlogs to a considerable fanbase, was reportedly detained for five hours in Dubai because of the gender identity listed on her passport.

Google didn’t remove the label “Palestine” from its map service: It never existed. The territories—recognized as a state by more than 130 U.N. members—were individually labeled as “Gaza” and “West Bank” until a bug reportedly took them down. The map controversy, however, led to the hashtag #PalestineIsHere, with several activists declaring a boycott of Google’s app.

A GoFundMe account for Bresha Meadows, a 14-year-old girl who killed her allegedly abusive father, has raised more than $27,000. The girl’s mother says she saved the family after enduring years of domestic violence.

Ransomware developed by a pair of hackers successfully took control of a smart home thermostat. (Just imagine having to bribe your own heater to shut down in the dead of summer.) Thankfully, it was just a demonstration—this time.

More about the Olympics: Wikipedia, it turns out, is the best (or at least the most hilarious) place for Olympic commentary; coverage of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles shows we still don’t know how to talk about adoption; women of the Today show awkwardly oiled down Tongan Olympian Pita Taufatofua; and Chance the Rapper just premiered his latest hit, a piano ballad dedicated to the men and women’s USA basketball teams.

Sorry, I’m all out of jokes about how it isn’t Friday yet. Just stare at this puppy.

The Baltimore police department regularly violated the constitutional rights of residents and overwhelmingly targeted African-Americans, the Justice Department revealed in a damning 163-page report released on Wednesday.—via Del Quentin Wilber and Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun

Newly released emails reveal staffers from the Clinton Foundation tried to gain favors and access from the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.—via Eric Lichtblau, New York Times

Facing a backlash, Clinton disavowed the support of Seddique Mateen, the father of the Orlando nightclub shooter who appeared at a Clinton rally earlier this week. The Clinton campaign said it was unaware of his attendance at the public event.—via J.J. Gallagher, ABC News

Trump’s penchant for bending the truth took a break for two days in 2007, when he was required to testify under oath. It didn’t go well.—via David A. Fahrenthold and Robert O’Harrow Jr., Washington Post

For some reason, a dude in New York City tried to climb Trump Tower using only suction cups. It didn’t go well, either.—via John Annese, New York Daily News

Facebook doesn’t let people buy guns on the social network. Then why was BuzzFeed able to buy an AR-15?—via Alex Kantrowitz, BuzzFeed News

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*First Published: Aug 10, 2016, 7:24 pm CDT