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Nearly All NFTs Created With OpenSea’s Free Minting Tool Are Fake, Plagiarized, or Spam

A free non-fungible token minting tool from OpenSea, one of the largest NFT marketplaces online, is being overwhelmingly misused to commit fraud and create spam, the company said on Thursday.Read more…

FTC Says Social Media Was a ‘Gold Mine’ for Scammers in 2021, Leading to $770 Million in Losses

Social media has become an increasingly popular tool among scammers in recent years, which is bad news for those of us that frequent the platforms. A new report from the Federal Trade Commission published this week called social media a “gold mine for …

Spoilers of the Week: January 24-28

Just in case you missed some Morning Spoilers this week, we’re trying something new: highlighting some of those stories in video format. But don’t worry, here are links to all those articles below—and you can still read new Morning Spoilers posts every…

Fox News host Dan Bongino earned himself a Google Ads ban too

Days after he was permanently banned from YouTube, Dan Bongino has also lost his ability to earn revenue from Google ads. On Friday, the Bongino Report Twitter account sent out a tweet suggesting Google had revoked the pundit’s AdSense account. Later t…

The Week’s Best Toys Are Animated, Stuffed, and Ready to Terminate

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9’s regular round up of the latest and coolest toy news on the internet. This week, Hasbro goes ‘90s with a trio of animated X-Men icons, MAFEX swings between the worlds of DC Comics and the Terminator, and Hot Toys returns to The Mandalorian for a few more Nite Owls. Check it out!

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The FBI Reportedly Considered Buying Spyware That Could Hack Any Phone in the U.S.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation spent two years considering whether it should procure a clandestine commercial spyware tool that could reportedly hack any phone within the United States, according to an investigation by New York Times Magazine. Rea…

Researchers Develop COVID Test That Uses a Smartphone to Gets Results on the Cheap

If you’re also someone who’s waited in line for hours to get a COVID test—or faced similar frustrations trying to buy them at your local drugstore—then you’re in luck. A group of scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara say they’ve d…

8 Horror Movies to Watch After You Devour Archive 81

An apartment building with ties to the occult. A person obsessed with a mystery they uncover in found footage. The blurring of media and reality. Surveillance and paranoia. The possibility of other dimensions! Netflix’s spooky series Archive 81 combine…

The Oil Industry Has a $500 Billion Bubble Problem

Oil prices are rebounding as global economic activity picks back up. But the boom could likely be a mirage as governments finally get their act together on climate change—and it could lead to financial ruin if Big Oil ends up chasing it.Read more…

Two New Drugs Are Exacerbating the Overdose Crisis

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week suggests that two recently resurfaced drugs are now contributing to the ongoing overdose crisis in the U.S. Among both reported overdose deaths and drug busts, officials are seeing …