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The Psychological Reason Why People Hate Spicy Foods

The Psychological Reason Why People Hate Spicy Foods

As one of those people who douses everything she eats in a light (or, more often than not, generous) layer of hot sauce, I've never understoo...

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AIRLINE SAYS “NO” TO EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PEACOCK

AIRLINE SAYS “NO” TO EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PEACOCK

A woman at Newark Liberty International Airport recently tried to bring an emotional support animal (ESA) on board her United Airlines flight. She eve...

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Crypto coin company ‘disappears with millions’, leaving one-word message: ‘Penis’

Crypto coin company ‘disappears with millions’, leaving one-word message: ‘Penis’

A crypto coin start-up has disappeared from the internet with a supposed haul of millions in investor cash, leaving a short, succinct message. Homeles...

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Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove

Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove

Proving once again that Google Chrome extensions are the Achilles heel of what's arguably the Internet's most secure browser, a researcher has...

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How bitcoins became worth $10,000

How bitcoins became worth $10,000

On Tuesday evening, the value of one bitcoin shot above $10,000. It has been a remarkable run for a currency that was only worth about $12 five years ...

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Elon Musk wins bet, finishing massive battery installation in 100 days

Elon Musk wins bet, finishing massive battery installation in 100 days

Tesla has completed construction of a massive 100 megawatt, 129 MWh battery installation in South Australia. The new facility boasts the largest megaw...

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Russian military cites game screenshot as “evidence” of US ISIS support

Russian military cites game screenshot as “evidence” of US ISIS support

In now-deleted social media images, the Russian Ministry of Defense used what is almost certainly a screenshot from a mobile game as part of its suppo...

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Conservative outlets escalate anti-SpaceX campaign

Conservative outlets escalate anti-SpaceX campaign

The articles began appearing in late August, mostly in conservative publications such as Town Hall, Breitbart, and the Daily Caller&nbs...

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State system to catch voter fraud has 99% false positive rate

State system to catch voter fraud has 99% false positive rate

A database system that will now be used by Indiana to automatically purge voter registrations that have duplicates in other states is 99 percent more ...

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New neural network teaches itself Go, spanks the pros

New neural network teaches itself Go, spanks the pros

While artificial intelligence software has made huge strides recently, in many cases, it has only been automating things that humans already do well. ...

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Feds Arrest Man Credited With Helping To Stop Ransomware Attack

Feds Arrest Man Credited With Helping To Stop Ransomware Attack

Marcus Hutchins' Twitter account suddenly went quiet a day ago when the FBI took him into custody in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Briti...

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IBM and Sony cram up to 330 terabytes into tiny tape cartridge

IBM and Sony cram up to 330 terabytes into tiny tape cartridge

IBM and Sony have developed a new magnetic tape system capable of storing 201 gigabits of data per square inch, for a max theoretical capacity of 330 ...

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Intel Democratizes Deep Learning Application Development with Launch of Movidius Neural Compute Stic

Intel Democratizes Deep Learning Application Development with Launch of Movidius Neural Compute Stic

Today, Intel launched the Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick, the world’s first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained ...

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WHAT GENE-SWAPPING CHEESE MICROBES COULD SAY ABOUT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

WHAT GENE-SWAPPING CHEESE MICROBES COULD SAY ABOUT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

YOU AND YOUR favorite cheese—whether it's cheddar, Wensleydale, or a good aged goat brie—have something in common: You&rsquo...

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After 3 straight wins, Porsche kills its Le Mans hybrid in favor of Formula E

After 3 straight wins, Porsche kills its Le Mans hybrid in favor of Formula E

As was sadly expected, on Friday Porsche confirmed its plans to end the all-conquering 919 Hybrid LMP1 racing program at the end of 2017. Like Audi be...

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Blizzard shuts down “legacy” WoW fan server hours after it goes up

Blizzard shuts down “legacy” WoW fan server hours after it goes up

A highly anticipated private server intended to emulate the state of World of Warcraft during the decade-old "Burning Crusade" exp...

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Judge: Waymo may be in “a world of trouble” if it can’t prove actual harm by Uber

Judge: Waymo may be in “a world of trouble” if it can’t prove actual harm by Uber

SAN FRANCISCO—At a court hearing on Wednesday, US District Judge William Alsup questioned whether Waymo can really show the harm ...

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Snooty The Manatee Dies, And A Florida Community Mourns

Snooty The Manatee Dies, And A Florida Community Mourns

Two days after his 69th birthday, Snooty the manatee has died in what the South Florida Museum says was "simply a heartbreaking accident." T...

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Aboard the NS Savannah, America’s first (and last) nuclear merchant ship

Aboard the NS Savannah, America’s first (and last) nuclear merchant ship

BALTIMORE—Alongside a former grain pier in a strangely quiet corner of this cargo port, there's a ship straight out of the future—the ...

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Brains of former football players donated to science are rife with disease

Brains of former football players donated to science are rife with disease

Signs of a degenerative brain disease were widespread among a sample of donated brains of former football players, researchers reported Tuesday in the...

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DOJ announces official takedown of AlphaBay, world’s largest Dark Web market

DOJ announces official takedown of AlphaBay, world’s largest Dark Web market

Department of Justice officials announced Thursday in Washington, DC that they had shut down notorious online Dark Web marketplace AlphaBay in conjunc...

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Security guard robot ends it all by throwing itself into a watery grave

Security guard robot ends it all by throwing itself into a watery grave

The automation revolution, where most of our jobs are replaced by robots and we spend the rest of our days floating around on rubber rings sippin...

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Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting

Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting

The seas were calm in early December 2010 when a spacecraft fell out of the sky, deployed its parachutes, and splashed into the Pacific Ocean. No Amer...

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Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting

Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting

The seas were calm in early December 2010 when a spacecraft fell out of the sky, deployed its parachutes, and splashed into the Pacific Ocean. No Amer...

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Russia has a plan to compete with SpaceX, but it has a flaw

Russia has a plan to compete with SpaceX, but it has a flaw

For a long time, with its low production costs and efficient fleet of rockets, Russia has been the leading player in the global market for satellite l...

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China’s crazy car-straddling elevated bus is just a giant scam, police say

China’s crazy car-straddling elevated bus is just a giant scam, police say

Last August, we wrote about a crazy elevated bus that straddles road traffic in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao near Beijing. In the we...

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This giant crocodile was an apex predator 166 million years ago

This giant crocodile was an apex predator 166 million years ago

For decades, paleontologists have wondered about a mysterious, toothy jaw fragment discovered on the island of Madagascar. Dating to the mid-Jurassic ...

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Next Windows 10 update won’t include the most exciting promised feature

Next Windows 10 update won’t include the most exciting promised feature

Arguably the most interesting forthcoming Windows 10 features that Microsoft showed off at its Build developer conference this year were "Ti...

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Windows 10 will try to combat ransomware by locking up your data

Windows 10 will try to combat ransomware by locking up your data

The latest Windows 10 build, today's 16232, contains a few new security features. In addition to the richer control over exploit mitigat...

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In attempt to achieve YouTube stardom, woman accidentally kills her boyfriend

In attempt to achieve YouTube stardom, woman accidentally kills her boyfriend

A Minnesota woman has been charged with manslaughter after she shot and killed her boyfriend as part of the pair’s attempt to become Y...

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Survey: Pain patients overwhelmingly prefer medical marijuana over opioids

Survey: Pain patients overwhelmingly prefer medical marijuana over opioids

When patients have a choice between opioids and medical marijuana for a painful condition, an overwhelming majority say they prefer marijuana, that it...

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Walmart sued after teen steals machete and kills her Uber driver

Walmart sued after teen steals machete and kills her Uber driver

There has been a lot of media coverage about Uber driver misdeeds—drunk driving, drivers stealing from their passengers, and even ...

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Low-latency satellite broadband gets approval to serve US residents

Low-latency satellite broadband gets approval to serve US residents

A company seeking to offer low-latency broadband from satellites yesterday received a key approval from the Federal Communications Commissio...

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Konami reportedly blacklisting ex-employees across Japanese video game industry

Konami reportedly blacklisting ex-employees across Japanese video game industry

According to a Wednesday report in the Nikkei Asian Review newspaper, Konami is apparently blacklisting former employees in the Japanese vid...

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Right to speak freely about engineering is subject of 1st Amendment lawsuit

Right to speak freely about engineering is subject of 1st Amendment lawsuit

An Oregon engineer who has been trying for years to convince state officials to elongate yellow traffic light times has a new cause: the First Amendme...

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To kill net neutrality rules, FCC says broadband isn’t “telecommunications”

To kill net neutrality rules, FCC says broadband isn’t “telecommunications”

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to gut net neutrality rules and deregulate the Internet service market may hinge on the def...

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Defense contractor stored intelligence data in Amazon cloud unprotected

Defense contractor stored intelligence data in Amazon cloud unprotected

On May 24, Chris Vickery, a cyber risk analyst with the security firm UpGuard, discovered a publicly accessible data cache on Amazon Web Services...

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Uber engineer Levandowski, accused of massive theft from Google, has been fired

Uber engineer Levandowski, accused of massive theft from Google, has been fired

The Uber engineer at the center of the company's litigation with Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, has been fired. Levandowski's termination was ...

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Killer antibiotic now 25,000× more potent—and resistant to drug resistance

Killer antibiotic now 25,000× more potent—and resistant to drug resistance

With clever chemical tweaks, an old antibiotic can dole out any of three lethal blows to some of the deadliest bacteria—and give evolution one n...

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Curiosity rover finds its crater was habitable for 700 million years

Curiosity rover finds its crater was habitable for 700 million years

Gale Crater, the site being explored by the Curiosity rover, was chosen as a landing site because its structure and composition suggested that it migh...

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Want to get a game on Steam? $100 is all you need

Want to get a game on Steam? $100 is all you need

Valve announced today that anyone will be able to publish games on Steam through its previously announced Steam Direct program for "a $...

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WCry ransomware worm’s Bitcoin take tops $70k as its spread continues

WCry ransomware worm’s Bitcoin take tops $70k as its spread continues

WCry, the National Security Agency exploit-powered ransomware worm that began spreading worldwide on Friday, had reportedly affected hundred...

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“Genericide” legal assault to nullify the Google trademark fails

“Genericide” legal assault to nullify the Google trademark fails

What do a teleprompter, thermos, hoover, aspirin, and videotape have in common? They were once trademarked but lost their legally protected status bec...

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Watching two waves of hot lava in the Solar System’s largest volcano

Watching two waves of hot lava in the Solar System’s largest volcano

Volcanic activity appears to be a common feature in our Solar System; we have evidence of it on three planets and two moons and hints of it elsewhere....

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15-second ads coming to Amazon’s Alexa

15-second ads coming to Amazon’s Alexa

Where there's a media platform popular with consumers, advertisers are never far behind. Case in point, Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa...

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Intel’s Itanium CPUs, once a play for 64-bit servers and desktops, are dead

Intel’s Itanium CPUs, once a play for 64-bit servers and desktops, are dead

Remember Itanium? Intel's first crack at 64-bit server processors from circa the turn of the millennium? Well, two things: Intel is releasing ...

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Astronomers find water in the atmosphere of a warm, Neptune-sized planet

Astronomers find water in the atmosphere of a warm, Neptune-sized planet

Scientists are announcing a rare look into the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet more than 400 light years away. The planet is roughly Neptune-si...

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SpaceX may finally be reaching a nirvana of high flight rates

SpaceX may finally be reaching a nirvana of high flight rates

Due to accidents, production issues, and other factors, SpaceX has in recent years failed to achieve a "high volume" launch rate of a d...

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Measles outbreak rages after anti-vaccine groups target vulnerable community

Measles outbreak rages after anti-vaccine groups target vulnerable community

Minnesota is experiencing its largest measles outbreak since the 1990s following a targeted and intense effort by anti-vaccine gro...

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Google phishing attack was foretold by researchers—and it may have used their code

Google phishing attack was foretold by researchers—and it may have used their code

The "Google Docs" phishing attack that wormed its way through thousands of e-mail inboxes earlier this week exploited a threat tha...

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The hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought

The hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought

A remote hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips for seven years was more severe than many people imagined, because it allowed hackers to remotely g...

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Samsung joins the self-driving car gold rush

Samsung joins the self-driving car gold rush

The tech industry has a bad case of four-wheel fever, and it looks like there's no cure in sight. Before too long, it will be impossible to buy a ...

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Yik Yak is finally relegated to the dustbin of Internet history

Yik Yak is finally relegated to the dustbin of Internet history

On Friday, the Yik Yak app officially closed up shop. The company’s founders, Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, wrote up a short blog post...

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Fitbit Flex 2 “exploded” on woman’s wrist, leaving second-degree burns

Fitbit Flex 2 “exploded” on woman’s wrist, leaving second-degree burns

Samsung isn't the only company that has had deal with exploding products. A Wisconsin woman told ABC News that her new Fi...

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Friendly fire may have killed Army Rangers during ISIS raid in Afghanistan

Friendly fire may have killed Army Rangers during ISIS raid in Afghanistan

The Defense Department on Friday released the names of two Army Rangers who died during a raid on a compound in Afghanistan on Thursday. ...

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Acer Predator X27: 4K, HDR, and 144Hz G-Sync for the ultimate gaming monitor

Acer Predator X27: 4K, HDR, and 144Hz G-Sync for the ultimate gaming monitor

Acer has unveiled what may just be the perfect gaming monitor—so long as you don't like ultrawides, at least. The Predator X27 is ...

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President Trump signs NASA advisory bill, says it’s “about jobs”

President Trump signs NASA advisory bill, says it’s “about jobs”

Prior to Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump had made only a few passing references to space during the first two months of his administratio...

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Net neutrality rules took away your Internet freedom, FCC chair claims

Net neutrality rules took away your Internet freedom, FCC chair claims

Did you feel a sudden loss of Internet freedom in February 2015? That's when the Federal Communications Commission imposed net neutrality rul...

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Most groundwater is ancient but contains surprising human fingerprint

Most groundwater is ancient but contains surprising human fingerprint

Water is typically considered a renewable resource, as the global cycle of evaporation and precipitation constantly redistributes it. But not all sour...

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Russian man gets longest-ever US hacking sentence, 27 years in prison

Russian man gets longest-ever US hacking sentence, 27 years in prison

Russian hacker Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison today. He was convicted of causing more than $169 million in dam...

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US nabs a hacker in the Maldives, but Russia sees it as “kidnapping”

US nabs a hacker in the Maldives, but Russia sees it as “kidnapping”

The recent arrest of a Russian hacker by the US Department of Homeland Security is stirring up diplomatic difficulties. The suspect, 30-year-o...

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Don’t look now, but the PC is the world’s biggest gaming platform

Don’t look now, but the PC is the world’s biggest gaming platform

If you follow the business side of the game industry at all, you're probably sick of hearing how mobile gaming is a fast-growing business juggerna...

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Ubisoft’s first attempts at VR show impressive maturity

Ubisoft’s first attempts at VR show impressive maturity

Earlier this year, Ubisoft announced that it was interested in bringing "a number of its games" to VR platforms like the Valve-powered HTC V...

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Dawn of War 3: The most promising take on Warhammer 40K yet

Dawn of War 3: The most promising take on Warhammer 40K yet

What's impressive about Dawn of War III is how beautifully it manages to communicate the weight, scale, and ferocity of the Warhammer 40...

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Man O’ War – Corsair

Man O’ War – Corsair

Warhammer is a refuge from both progress and decline. It’s a safe space where you can always enjoy a militarist’s historical highlight ree...

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Valve will require phone number for Dota 2 ranked matches

Valve will require phone number for Dota 2 ranked matches

Dota 2 maker Valve is taking serious action to cut down on the prevalence of smurfing—using a secondary account in order to play again...

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Report: Google will add an ad blocker to all versions of Chrome Web browser

Report: Google will add an ad blocker to all versions of Chrome Web browser

The Wall Street Journal just dropped a shocker of a report: Google, the biggest Web advertising company in the world, is planning to build an ad ...

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FCC helps AT&T and Verizon charge more

FCC helps AT&T and Verizon charge more

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to eliminate price caps in much of the business broadband market by imposing a new standar...

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I Tried To Pirate Spore And Bricked My Laptop

I Tried To Pirate Spore And Bricked My Laptop

In 2008, I brought my laptop over to my friend Amanda’s house to pirate Spore. Her boyfriend Nate, who worked at the local GameStop, told m...

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>10,000 Windows computers may be infected by advanced NSA backdoor

>10,000 Windows computers may be infected by advanced NSA backdoor

Security experts believe that tens of thousands of Windows computers may have been infected by a highly advanced National Security Agency backdoor. Th...

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Chrome, Firefox, and Opera users beware: This isn’t the apple.com you want

Chrome, Firefox, and Opera users beware: This isn’t the apple.com you want

If you're using Chrome, Firefox, or Opera to view websites, you should be aware of a weakness that can trick even savvy people into trusting malic...

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South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses

South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses

From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast influenza viruses. A compound in the frog’s mucus—long known to ha...

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The Xiaomi Mi 6 out-specs the Galaxy S8 for half the price

The Xiaomi Mi 6 out-specs the Galaxy S8 for half the price

With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 finally ready for market, it's time for a round of smartphone updates from the usual suspects. The chip debuted&n...

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ATM skimming fraudsters plead guilty

ATM skimming fraudsters plead guilty

Joel Abel Garcia, a 35-year-old from the Bronx, New York, became the third member of an alleged ring of automated teller machine "skimmers" ...

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New processors are now blocked from receiving updates on old Windows

New processors are now blocked from receiving updates on old Windows

We knew Microsoft was planning to block installation of Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on systems with Intel 7th Generation Core processors (more...

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Qualcomm loses legal battle with Blackberry, must pay $815M

Qualcomm loses legal battle with Blackberry, must pay $815M

BlackBerry has won $815 million in an arbitration battle against Qualcomm over royalty payments, the company said today. The award also will incl...

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Ancient ruins point to the origins of American state power

Ancient ruins point to the origins of American state power

The palace overlooking the plaza at El Palenque would have been an incredible sight to people living more than 2,300 years ago in Mexico's Oaxaca ...

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Feds finally shut down botnet that menaced world for 7 years

Feds finally shut down botnet that menaced world for 7 years

Federal prosecutors say they've dealt a fatal blow to Kelihos, a network of more than 10,000 infected computers that was used to deliver spam, ste...

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Ajit Pai can’t convince websites that killing net neutrality is a good idea

Ajit Pai can’t convince websites that killing net neutrality is a good idea

The plan to eliminate net neutrality rules and replace them with voluntary commitments is not winning over lobbyists for major Internet companies...

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Tesla is worth more than General Motors or Ford

Tesla is worth more than General Motors or Ford

Props to Elon Musk and the people at Tesla. The company may rarely be profitable, and it is yet to sell enough electric vehicles to tri...

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Long Egg Incubations May Have Doomed the Dinosaurs

Long Egg Incubations May Have Doomed the Dinosaurs

From their warm-blooded innards to their feathered exteriors, increasing evidence shows that birds and many dinosaur species had a lot in common. But ...

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America takes on Japan in terrifying giant mech battle this August

America takes on Japan in terrifying giant mech battle this August

In 2015, a team of American engineers created the MegaBots Mk. II, a 15-foot-tall, 5,400kg, paintball cannon-armed mech of nightmarish proportion...

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Microsoft formally bans emulators on Xbox, Windows 10 download shops

Microsoft formally bans emulators on Xbox, Windows 10 download shops

Microsoft has officially begun encouraging Windows 10 users to download and install the Creators Edition patch, and that has been met w...

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Do you want to play a game? Ransomware asks for high score instead of money

Do you want to play a game? Ransomware asks for high score instead of money

At this point, Ars readers have heard countless tales of computer users being forced to pay significant sums to unlock files encry...

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Google expands automatic “fact check” insertion into search results

Google expands automatic “fact check” insertion into search results

After launching a preliminary test in October, Google has officially rolled out an automatic fact check tag program on its search ...

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What Are Crushed Red Pepper Flakes?

What Are Crushed Red Pepper Flakes?

In layman terms, what kind of pepper(s) are these crushed red pepper flakes coming from? Red pepper flakes are in every pizzeria across America, bu...

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Next-generation DDR5 RAM will double the speed of DDR4 in 2018

Next-generation DDR5 RAM will double the speed of DDR4 in 2018

You may have just upgraded your computer to use DDR4 recently or you may still be using DDR3, but in either case, nothing stays new forever. JEDEC, th...

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Comcast: We won’t sell browser history, and you can opt out of targeted ads

Comcast: We won’t sell browser history, and you can opt out of targeted ads

Comcast today said it has "no plans" to sell its customers' individual Web browsing histories, but Comcast can still deliver person...

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We may have just witnessed the dawn of truly commercial spaceflight

We may have just witnessed the dawn of truly commercial spaceflight

Elon Musk had himself a day Thursday. For the first time in history, his company launched a fully reusable first stage of an orbital ro...

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For the first time, we know what Tyrannosaur faces really looked like

For the first time, we know what Tyrannosaur faces really looked like

New scientific discoveries about Tyrannosaurs have upended our understanding of the giant predators whose massive populations extended from Asia to th...

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Pruitt chooses not to ban pesticide after scientists find neurotoxicity

Pruitt chooses not to ban pesticide after scientists find neurotoxicity

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced late Wednesday that a widely used pesticide will remain available to fa...

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Microsoft sued for millions over Windows 10 upgrades

Microsoft sued for millions over Windows 10 upgrades

Unhappy Windows 10 users in Illinois are taking Microsoft to court, claiming that problems caused by the Windows 10 upgrade show that it was negl...

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Intel is keeping Moore’s Law alive by making bigger improvements less often

Intel is keeping Moore’s Law alive by making bigger improvements less often

Intel took half a day this week to talk about processor manufacturing technology. The company still believes in Moore's Law and says the principle...

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How many NSA spy hubs are scooping up your Internet data? I counted 7

How many NSA spy hubs are scooping up your Internet data? I counted 7

A couple of years ago, when I was investigating the UK's safest ISP, a high-ranking employee at Virgin Media told me there was no NSA or...

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StarCraft remaster unveiled, and original SD version becomes free

StarCraft remaster unveiled, and original SD version becomes free

A long-rumored StarCraft remaster for computers was finally unveiled on Saturday by Blizzard Entertainment, set for launch in...

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X-rays let you see the smallest feature buried in your CPU

X-rays let you see the smallest feature buried in your CPU

The semiconductor industry is beyond remarkable when it comes to the complexity and precision of processes. A modern integrated circuit is n...

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ISPs are selling your web history

ISPs are selling your web history

The US Senate yesterday voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced ISPs to get your consent before selling Web browsing history...

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Corsair One review: The best small form factor PC we’ve ever tested

Corsair One review: The best small form factor PC we’ve ever tested

It's hard to believe that the Corsair One comes from the same company that designed the Bulldog, a small form factor PC so monstrously ugly t...

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Intel will release 8th-gen Coffee Lake chips this year—still at 14nm

Intel will release 8th-gen Coffee Lake chips this year—still at 14nm

Intel's eighth-generation Core CPUs, codenamed Coffee Lake, will launch in the second half of 2017—far earlier than the 2018 launch period s...

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Man sentenced to 3 years for Facebook threat to kill Obama

Man sentenced to 3 years for Facebook threat to kill Obama

A Wisconsin man lost his bid before a federal appeals court to set aside his 3-year prison sentence for threatening to kill then-President Barack Obam...

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How to Make Your Kitchen Look Clean When You're Too Lazy to Actually Clean It

How to Make Your Kitchen Look Clean When You're Too Lazy to Actually Clean It

I’m one of those people whose stress level is directly related to how messy my apartment is, especially my kitchen (because that’s where t...

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Leftover Rice Could Make You Very Sick

Leftover Rice Could Make You Very Sick

On a scale from “1” to “listeria” the amount of stomach trouble I would expect a bowl of rice to give me falls around a &ldquo...

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The Witcher's Author Says He Screwed Himself Out Of Profiting Off The Games

The Witcher's Author Says He Screwed Himself Out Of Profiting Off The Games

If you happen to run into Andrzej Sapkowski, creator of The Witcher, you might not want to bring up the video games. They haven’t made his ...

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Counter-Strike Players Are Skeptical Of The Game's New Map

Counter-Strike Players Are Skeptical Of The Game's New Map

Yesterday, Counter-Strike received its first new Valve-developed map in quite some time. It’s called Canals, and it’s based...

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eBay can’t be sued over seller accused of patent infringement

eBay can’t be sued over seller accused of patent infringement

It's game over for an Alabama man who claims his patent on "Carpenter Bee Traps" is being infringed by competing products on eBay. Ro...

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New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results

New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results

It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information than your own genetic blueprints. With varying degrees of accuracy, the four-...

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Virtual machine escape fetches $105,000 at Pwn2Own hacking contest

Virtual machine escape fetches $105,000 at Pwn2Own hacking contest

Contestants at this year's Pwn2Own hacking competition in Vancouver just pulled off an unusually impressive feat: they compromised Microsoft's...

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Man accused of sending a seizure-inducing tweet charged with cyberstalking

Man accused of sending a seizure-inducing tweet charged with cyberstalking

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Maryland man, and charged him with cyberstalking, for allegedly sending a seizure-inducing tweet to...

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ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn’t “sensitive”

ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn’t “sensitive”

ISPs that want the federal government to eliminate broadband privacy rules say that your Web browsing and app usage data should not be classified...

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Microsoft’s unprecedented patch delay and silence

Microsoft’s unprecedented patch delay and silence

Last month, Microsoft took the unprecedented step of canceling Patch Tuesday, the company's monthly release of security fixes for its large s...

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The CIA uses board games to train officers—and I got to play them

The CIA uses board games to train officers—and I got to play them

Alarms and flashing lights have begun blaring in a hotel meeting room, much to the chagrin of CIA Senior Collection Analyst David Clopper. T...

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Google Chrome restricts background tabs to 1% CPU, prolonging battery life

Google Chrome restricts background tabs to 1% CPU, prolonging battery life

Rejoice, Chrome users! With Chrome 57, released this week, your laptop might soon get more than three hours of battery life when you have multipl...

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The social media “echo chamber” is real

The social media “echo chamber” is real

By making so much information so accessible, social media has drastically changed the way we consume information and form opinions in the modern era. ...

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New EPA chief denies CO2 is major factor in climate change

New EPA chief denies CO2 is major factor in climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency is charged with enforcing two of the major pieces of US environmental legislation: the Clean Air and Clean Water A...

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Elon Musk on batteries for Australia: “Installed in 100 days or it is free”

Elon Musk on batteries for Australia: “Installed in 100 days or it is free”

On Thursday morning, the Australian Financial Review published a story saying that Lyndon Rive, Tesla’s vice president for energy...

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Google is buying data science community Kaggle

Google is buying data science community Kaggle

Google's latest acquisition appears to involve data scientists and machine learning contests. According to TechCrunch sources, the ...

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NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off

NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off

Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and peers through a porthole cut into the side of a silver, tanker-truck-sized vacuum chamber...

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How Blizzard distilled Overwatch’s hope from Project Titan’s failure

How Blizzard distilled Overwatch’s hope from Project Titan’s failure

LAS VEGAS—May of 2013 was not a very fun time to be at Blizzard if you hear Game Director and Vice President Jeff Kaplan tell it. After yea...

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Humans must become cyborgs to survive, says Elon Musk

Humans must become cyborgs to survive, says Elon Musk

Humans must become cyborgs and develop a direct high-bandwidth connection with machines or risk irrelevance and obsolescence, says Tesla and SpaceX fo...

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We finally have a computer that can survive the surface of Venus

We finally have a computer that can survive the surface of Venus

Venus is one of the most inhospitable places in the solar system. Descending through the clouds of boiling sulphuric rain is actually the easy bit&mda...

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Kaléo’s opioid overdose drug went from $690 to $4,500—and senators want answers

Kaléo’s opioid overdose drug went from $690 to $4,500—and senators want answers

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and thirty of his colleagues sent a letter to Kaléo Pharmaceuticals Wednesday to question the company&#...

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Intel will invest $7 billion to finish a factory it started in 2011

Intel will invest $7 billion to finish a factory it started in 2011

Intel announced today that it would spend $7 billion to complete Fab 42, a factory in Chandler, Arizona that will eventually be used to build chips on...

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Windows 10 0day exploit goes wild

Windows 10 0day exploit goes wild

There's a zero-day exploit in the wild that exploits a key file-sharing protocol in all supported versions of Windows. That includes Windows 10, t...

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Forgotten passwords are bane of the Internet. Facebook wants to fix that

Forgotten passwords are bane of the Internet. Facebook wants to fix that

Facebook is unveiling a new service that remedies one of the biggest headaches facing online users today—the forgotten password. Starting Tue...

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What happens in the ageing brains of bilinguals?

What happens in the ageing brains of bilinguals?

Bilingualism is a surprisingly fraught topic of research. For a long time, exciting results have been pouring out of the field, suggesting t...

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Elon Musk joins Donald Trump’s advisory council despite criticising President-elect

Elon Musk joins Donald Trump’s advisory council despite criticising President-elect

Elon Musk has joined Donald Trump’s advisory council despite having dismissed Mr Trump as “not the right man for the job” ...

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Yahoo admits it’s been hacked again, and 1 billion accounts were exposed

Yahoo admits it’s been hacked again, and 1 billion accounts were exposed

On December 14, Yahoo announced that after an investigation into data provided by law enforcement officials in November, the company and outside foren...

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Elon Musk: Tesla solar roof will likely cost less than a normal roof

Elon Musk: Tesla solar roof will likely cost less than a normal roof

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the solar roof that will be sold under a combined Tesla-SolarCity will most likely cost less to install than a normal roof. ...

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It’s time to get rid of the Facebook “news feed,” because it’s not news

It’s time to get rid of the Facebook “news feed,” because it’s not news

In the wake of the US election, critics have blamed Facebook for bringing about—at least in part—Trump's surprise ...

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How Hackers Wrecked the Internet Using DVRs and Webcams

How Hackers Wrecked the Internet Using DVRs and Webcams

The internet was on shaky footing for the better part of Friday thanks to a large-scale attack on a company that runs a large portion of crucial ...

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George Orwell never dreamed of advertising as invasive as Yahoo’s proposal

George Orwell never dreamed of advertising as invasive as Yahoo’s proposal

Yahoo wants to take advertising to the next level—that is, the Orwellian level—bombarding people in public places with targeted advertisin...

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Agents of influence: How reporters have been “weaponized” by leaks

Agents of influence: How reporters have been “weaponized” by leaks

Since June, some entity has been releasing e-mails and electronic documents obtained via network intrusions and credential thefts of politicians and p...

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Scientists investigate death of 10,000 endangered 'scrotum' frogs in Peru

Scientists investigate death of 10,000 endangered 'scrotum' frogs in Peru

Scientists are investigating the mysterious deaths of at least 10,000 endangered frogs, in a river which leads into South America’s most famous ...

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IEEE P802.3bz brings five times the speed using current Ethernet cabling

IEEE P802.3bz brings five times the speed using current Ethernet cabling

People don’t typically think much about the nest of cables and wires that run through walls and ceilings at the office and in the home. These&nb...

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Elon Musk's plan to colonize Mars

Elon Musk's plan to colonize Mars

Elon Musk is the man with a vision for a human mission to Mars, and on Tuesday he shared his plans at the International Astronautical Conference in Me...

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Programmable chips turn Azure into a supercomputer

Programmable chips turn Azure into a supercomputer

Microsoft is embarking on a major upgrade of its Azure systems. New hardware the company is installing in its 34 datacenters around the world sti...

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Firefox ready to block certificate authority that threatened Web security

Firefox ready to block certificate authority that threatened Web security

The organization that develops Firefox has recommended the browser block digital credentials issued by a China-based certificate authority for 12 mont...

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Inside Eve: Online’s propaganda machine—from Photoshop to DDoS

Inside Eve: Online’s propaganda machine—from Photoshop to DDoS

On June 30, 2016, a costly battle took place in Eve: Online. An alliance of players calling themselves the Imperium—assisted by allies in t...

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Dear College Students: You Should Take Geology

Dear College Students: You Should Take Geology

GEOLOGY (OR, MORE properly these days, geosciences) is a field that most incoming first-year students have little experience with. Maybe they had...

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Hands on with the iPhone 7: A brief peek at the wireless future

Hands on with the iPhone 7: A brief peek at the wireless future

The rumors got a lot right about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Its design isn't too far off from the 6S and 6S Plus, it has an immo...

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Raspberry Pi sells over 10 million computers

Raspberry Pi sells over 10 million computers

Four years since it first went on sale to eager developers, the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer has sold an impressive 10 million units. It...

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Survivors of Aurora Shooting Have to Pay at Least $700K to Cinemark Theater Chain

Survivors of Aurora Shooting Have to Pay at Least $700K to Cinemark Theater Chain

Survivors of the 2012 Colorado movie theater attack will have to pay the Cinemark chain $700,000 for legal fees, according to a report. The Lo...

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Palm Beach teen posing as doctor arrested for posing as doctor AGAIN

Palm Beach teen posing as doctor arrested for posing as doctor AGAIN

Can't stop, won't stop — Malachi Love-Robinson just can't quit practicing medicine, even though he is a teenager and lacks the requi...

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The surgeon general just sent a worrisome letter to every doctor in America

The surgeon general just sent a worrisome letter to every doctor in America

America's doctor just knocked on the doors of every US physician across the country. Virtually, at least. On Thursday, US Surgeon General Vi...

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Corning tries to refute Galaxy Note 7 scratch test fail

Corning tries to refute Galaxy Note 7 scratch test fail

More shatter resistant but not really more scratch resistant. That might be the summary of Corning’s point about the Gorilla Glass&nbs...

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Cincinnati Zoo deletes Twitter account after one Harambe reply too many

Cincinnati Zoo deletes Twitter account after one Harambe reply too many

The Cincinnati Zoo called it quits on Twitter late Monday after Harambe sympathizers refused a trolling cease-fire. The zoo offered no explanation ...

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New lawsuit against Fox News: It’s a ‘sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult’

New lawsuit against Fox News: It’s a ‘sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult’

Roger Ailes is out at Fox News but the troubles for the network might just be getting started. In a new lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Cou...

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No Man’s Sky’s PC patch is out now

No Man’s Sky’s PC patch is out now

It’s still without patch notes, but the PC version of No Man’s Sky’s 1.04 patch is now live. The patch—which went into te...

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Does your WebCam Crash after Windows 10 Anniversary Update? Here’s How to Fix It

Does your WebCam Crash after Windows 10 Anniversary Update? Here’s How to Fix It

If your webcam has stopped working after installing recently-released Microsoft's big Anniversary Update for Windows 10, you are not alone. ...

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Paleontologists just found a 2,500-pound T. rex skull in Montana

Paleontologists just found a 2,500-pound T. rex skull in Montana

In the rocky hills of what is now Montana, a Tyrannosaurus rex once lumbered across the land, standing as high as 20-feet tall and stretchin...

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Facebook, Unity Partner to Take on Steam and Other PC Gaming Platforms

Facebook, Unity Partner to Take on Steam and Other PC Gaming Platforms

In its quest to be all things to all people, Facebook announced its intentions to take on the likes of GOG and Steam. Collaborating with Unity - on...

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Verizon has a plan to make the Android bloatware problem worse

Verizon has a plan to make the Android bloatware problem worse

Verizon Wireless is reportedly trying to add more bloatware to Android phones by installing apps from other companies in exchange for payment. &q...

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Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught

Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught

DEA Special Agent Carl Force wanted his money—real cash, not just numbers on a screen—and he wanted it fast. It was October 2...

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When we’re happy, we actively sabotage our good moods with grim tasks

When we’re happy, we actively sabotage our good moods with grim tasks

Always keeping your house tidy and spotless may earn you the label of “neat freak”—but “super happy” may be a more accur...

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Tesla Model S battery bursts into flames, car “totally destroyed” in 5 minutes

Tesla Model S battery bursts into flames, car “totally destroyed” in 5 minutes

A Tesla Model S has burst into flames during a test drive in the southwest of France. Four people were in the car, including a Tesla employee; they al...

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Apple confirms iPhone 7 release will be delayed

Apple confirms iPhone 7 release will be delayed

The release of iPhone 7 may be delayed. Tech experts have long predicted that the latest installment of the phone was due for release on September ...

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Apple Has A Lot Riding On The iPhone 7, Just Ask Target

Apple Has A Lot Riding On The iPhone 7, Just Ask Target

It’s been something of a trying year for Apple AAPL -0.19% investors. Profits keep pouring in from the company’s massive iP...

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Hacker plans to give away stolen bitcoins, but Reddit users are suspicious

Hacker plans to give away stolen bitcoins, but Reddit users are suspicious

A Reddit user claiming to be connected to the hackers that stole about $65 million in Bitcoin earlier this week announced a plan to give some of the i...

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Man arrested for throwing Batman-style ninja star at Seattle police

Man arrested for throwing Batman-style ninja star at Seattle police

The Dark Knight attempted to rise again earlier this week — but not in Gotham. Police in Seattle arrested a 23-year-old man who allege...

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Three Florida men charged with trying to join Islamic State

Three Florida men charged with trying to join Islamic State

In February this year, Gregory Hubbard, also known as "Jibreel," told an FBI informant that he wanted to bring America to its knees, and tha...

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T-Mobile has the fastest LTE in the U.S.

T-Mobile has the fastest LTE in the U.S.

OpenSignal’s bi-annual ‘State of Mobile Networks’ report puts the big four U.S. carriers up against one another in terms of service ...

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Meta-search engine Torrentz.eu quitely shuts down

Meta-search engine Torrentz.eu quitely shuts down

Within a month after popular piracy website KickassTorrents was shut down following the arrest of its alleged owner Artem Vaulin i...

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Rio 2016: Want to make Olympic GIFs? Not so fast, says IOC

Rio 2016: Want to make Olympic GIFs? Not so fast, says IOC

It's the finals of the 100m at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, fresh from their latest bout of smack talk, are on their ...

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Quinoa? Kale? How about the new "Superfood" Cockroach Milk

Quinoa? Kale? How about the new "Superfood" Cockroach Milk

Pour out that almond milk — the new hip thing is cockroach milk. Well, kind of. The female Pacific beetle cockroach is one of a ...

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Vet Raises Money To Help Donald Trump Earn His Own Purple Heart

Vet Raises Money To Help Donald Trump Earn His Own Purple Heart

Donald Trump was thrilled last week when a veteran at a Virginia rally gave him his Purple Heart. “I’ve always wanted to get a Purple...

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India's Got a Vape Problem

India's Got a Vape Problem

Two years ago a drug inspector raided a small crockery shop in Mohali, a city in India’s northern state of Punjab. He found a single vape and ei...

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How Nanotechnology Will Keep Your Bananas and Mangoes From Rotting

How Nanotechnology Will Keep Your Bananas and Mangoes From Rotting

A Canadian team has invented a new way to make sure that fruit stays fresh for longer, by spraying them with a nano-scale formula. Jay Subramanian, a ...

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Huge Void Discovered In The Centre Of Milky Way

Huge Void Discovered In The Centre Of Milky Way

Astronomers have found a huge stellar void around the center of our Milky Way galaxy. There has been no star formation in a a region stre...

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At This English Bar, An Old-School Solution To Rude Cellphones

At This English Bar, An Old-School Solution To Rude Cellphones

There was a time when people went to bars to talk to other people, maybe even meet someone new. But that was in the BC era — before cellphones. ...

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Mint 18 review: “Just works” Linux doesn’t get any better than this

Mint 18 review: “Just works” Linux doesn’t get any better than this

The newly released Mint 18 is a major upgrade. Not only has the Linux Mint project improved Mint's dueling desktops (Cinnamon and MATE), but ...

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Comcast supports higher prices for customers who want Web privacy

Comcast supports higher prices for customers who want Web privacy

As the Federal Communications Commission debates new privacy rules for Internet service providers, Comcast has urged the commission to let ISPs o...

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Sunk: How Ross Ulbricht ended up in prison for life

Sunk: How Ross Ulbricht ended up in prison for life

On October 1, 2013, the last day that Ross Ulbricht would be free, he didn't leave his San Francisco home until nearly 3:00pm. When he did finally...

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The federal government just approved first private mission to the Moon

The federal government just approved first private mission to the Moon

The Outer Space Treaty requires countries to “authorize and continuously supervise" the activities of space missions under their ...

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No Man’s Sky Trailer Today Recaps the Four Pillars

No Man’s Sky Trailer Today Recaps the Four Pillars

Over the last few weeks, Hello Games and Sony released four No Man’s Sky trailers designed to teach you about the four Pillars of the ...

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Next iPhone Tipped to Sport 3GB RAM

Next iPhone Tipped to Sport 3GB RAM

The next iPhone is said to sport minor design changes, and to compensate for that Apple will be upgrading in the hardware department. Reports of ...

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Man arrested after wife makes grilled cheese too cheesy

Man arrested after wife makes grilled cheese too cheesy

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. — A man was arrested Wednesday after police said he became violent when his wife made him a grilled cheese sandwich with t...

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NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos

NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos

The federal government announced plans Thursday to lift a moratorium on funding of certain controversial experiments that use human stem cells to crea...

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Your 'Gluten Sensitivity' May Be More Than a Trendy, Made-Up Illness

Your 'Gluten Sensitivity' May Be More Than a Trendy, Made-Up Illness

If foods like bread and pasta make you feel sick, you may have had a rough time in 2014, when you rolled out the news that no, you didn't have cel...

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Does flossing really help dental hygiene?

Does flossing really help dental hygiene?

In a bombshell piece of investigative journalism by Associated Press reporter Jeff Donn, Americans learned on Tuesday that more than a centu...

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The Best Community College Football Team in the Country Is Still Depressing

The Best Community College Football Team in the Country Is Still Depressing

"Last Chance U is a new six-hour docu-series from Netflix about junior college football in small rural Mississippi" is a factually corr...

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A Bunch of Retired Wrestlers Are Suing the WWE for Neurological Injuries

A Bunch of Retired Wrestlers Are Suing the WWE for Neurological Injuries

A bunch of retired male and female professional wrestlers are suing the WWE, claiming in a lawsuit Monday that the company is responsible for the neur...

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What It's Like to Win Millions Playing Poker in Your Twenties

What It's Like to Win Millions Playing Poker in Your Twenties

In May 2015, 21-year-old Charlie Carrel won almost $1.25 million playing poker. At the Grand Final of the PokerStars European Tour in Monte Carlo he b...

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Why Is There No ‘Proper’ Olympics Video Game in 2016?

Why Is There No ‘Proper’ Olympics Video Game in 2016?

With the Olympic Games in Rio starting on August 5, you'd be forgiven for expecting to see a tie-in video game stacked in specialist stores and su...

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How Being a Sports Bookie Helped Me Live Comfortably in Prison

How Being a Sports Bookie Helped Me Live Comfortably in Prison

Life Inside is an ongoing collaboration between the Marshall Project and VICE that offers first-person perspectives from those who live and ...

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Donald Trump Is Now Anti-Porn, Apparently

Donald Trump Is Now Anti-Porn, Apparently

Keeping true to the Republican Party's draconian platform, internet safety advocacy group Enough Is Enough announced Monday that Do...

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People in Thailand are going to jail for Facebook comments

People in Thailand are going to jail for Facebook comments

Richie just wanted to post a sarcastic comment on Facebook. He almost went to prison for it. Others weren't so lucky: these days, people in Thaila...

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Why Terrorists Keep Attacking France

Why Terrorists Keep Attacking France

The truck attack that killed at least 84 people and injured hundreds more in Nice last week was a particularly brutal tragedy, but it was ju...

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Top Republicans Believe Trump Might Ghost the 2016 Election

Top Republicans Believe Trump Might Ghost the 2016 Election

Republican officials are reportedly preparing a back-up plan in case the Trump Train fully derails and the candidate decides to drop out of the race l...

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A Cybersecurity Expert Told Us What the DNC Hack Means for the Future of Democracy

A Cybersecurity Expert Told Us What the DNC Hack Means for the Future of Democracy

Thanks in part to the publication of 19,000 internal emails from behind the scenes at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), that party's conven...

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California closes the Steve Jobs license plate loophole

California closes the Steve Jobs license plate loophole

One of the many things Steve Jobs was famous for was his refusal to put a license plate on the back of his car, a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG. Jobs—o...

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Poll: Libertarian Gary Johnson beating Trump, Clinton among active troops

Poll: Libertarian Gary Johnson beating Trump, Clinton among active troops

Military troops favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president over Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, according to a ...

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Billion-dollar brain training industry a sham—it's a placebo effect

Billion-dollar brain training industry a sham—it's a placebo effect

Who wouldn’t want to be smarter? After all, high intelligence can help you get better grades in school, more promotions at work, fatter pay chec...

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Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for £18.5B

Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for £18.5B

Microsoft has announced that it will acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion (£18.5 billion) in an all-cash deal. The transaction is expected to clos...

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Google's Tensor Processing Unit could advance Moore's Law 7 years into the future

Google's Tensor Processing Unit could advance Moore's Law 7 years into the future

Forget the CPU, GPU, and FPGA, Google says its Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, advances machine learning capability by a factor of three generations. ...

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First SpaceX missions to Mars: “Dangerous and probably people will die”

First SpaceX missions to Mars: “Dangerous and probably people will die”

As we get close to the end of September, when Elon Musk has promised to lay bare his plans for colonizing Mars at an international space con...

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