Eating disorders have been rebranded as fasting. But they are as dangerous as ever

Chicago rapper CupcakKe has been criticised for social media posts about her month on a water fast. Its tech gurus who led the way in this irresponsibility CupcakKe is a 22-year-old Chicago rapper famous for highly explicit sex-positive songs, including one about SpongeBob SquarePants. She has also been upfront about her various mental health issues. In September, CupcakKe (ne Elizabeth Harris) abruptly announced she was retiring from music in an she posted on Twitter. She followed this a couple of days later with a alarmed at her drastic dieting and told her as much. The British actor and activist Jameela Jamil, who seems to feel obliged to weigh in on every single body-image issue, swooped in to comment. Please take …

Google claims it has achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ but IBM disagrees

Task that would take most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years completed by quantum machine in minutes For Google it was a historic announcement: a declaration that it had won the race to achieve quantum supremacy the moment that a futuristic quantum computer performed a task that stumped even the most powerful standard computer in the world. But for all the fanfare, which saw Googles CEO Sundar Pichai compare the feat to published its claim in the journal Nature on Wednesday after an earlier report on the work appeared briefly on a Nasa website last month. The paper describes how a team led by John Martinis, leader of the research team working on quantum supremacy, built a superconducting quantum processor named Sycamore …

Amazon removes hundreds of toxic and unsafe products after news report

Wall Street Journal found that more than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon have been declared unsafe by federal agencies Amazon has removed hundreds of toxic and unsafe products from its site after a Wall Street Journal report found thousands of listings from third-party sellers dont comply with federal safety standards. Thousands of problematic products remain. More than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, including 2,000 listings for childrens toys and medications. The Journal also identified 157 items Amazon had already banned still listed on the site, and one product it tested had lead levels that exceed federal limits. In light of the report, Amazon has reworded or taken down 57% of the …

Not OK, computer: how it feels to have your music leaked

When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists, having music leaked can be devastating In 1997, Radiohead imagined a future in which technological dependency and out-of-control consumerism had merged to form a dark, digital void. OK Computer, the bands third album, painted prescient pictures of riot police at political rallies and anxious lives lived in suburbs surrounded by endless motorways. The digital advances promising to bring us together, it seemed to warn, would instead corrode and cause chaos. Last weeks big Radiohead news wouldnt have sounded out of place on that albums technosceptic vision of tomorrow. The band had been hacked, Tuesday, and 18 …