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  • Telling the truth about defects in technology should never, ever, ever be illegal

    Telling the truth about defects in technology should never, ever, ever be illegal

    Congress has never made a law saying, “Corporations should get to decide who gets to publish truthful information about defects in their products,”— and the First Amendment wouldn’t allow such a...

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  • Researchers believe Earth constantly attracts mini-moons

    Researchers believe Earth constantly attracts mini-moons

    What the hell is going on up in there in space? Just as I was beginning to accept the fact that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore, I find out that Earth has more than one moon. This is unacceptable. A...

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  • Twitch is reportedly making a play for YouTube’s top talent

    Twitch is reportedly making a play for YouTube’s top talent

    Rumors this week have surfaced that Twitch is trying to encroach on YouTube’s territory by offering deals to its top stars if they’ll come and stream on Twitch instead. Twitch‘s motivation appears...

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  • Developing bionics: How IBM is adapting mind-control for accessibility

    Developing bionics: How IBM is adapting mind-control for accessibility

    What if there was a way to give everyone suffering from conditions like paralysis or Locked-in syndrome the means to operate prosthetic devices and tech gadgets using mind-control? Well, there is...

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  • The island of enchantment hasn’t lost its charm: An entrepreneur’s guide to San Juan, Puerto Rico

    The island of enchantment hasn’t lost its charm: An entrepreneur’s guide to San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. From the mayor being arrested on fraud charges, to the the effects of hurricane Maria and the local government being forced to...

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  • The island of enchantment hasn’t lost its charm: An entrepreneur’s guide to San Juan, Puerto Rico

    The island of enchantment hasn’t lost its charm: An entrepreneur’s guide to San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. From the mayor being arrested on fraud charges, to the the effects of hurricane Maria and the local government being forced to...

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  • Librarian blew $89k in city money on free mobile game

    Librarian blew $89k in city money on free mobile game

    I’m consistently amazed by the lengths people will go to for their free-to-play mobile games. In this case, a librarian in Utah managed to blow thousands of dollars on Game of War. According to...

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  • This browser extension makes it harder for Facebook advertisers to target you

    This browser extension makes it harder for Facebook advertisers to target you

    A trio of Mozilla Fellows recently released a browser extension designed to keep Facebook‘s advertisers from pigeonholing you. We’ve argued that Facebook should pay users for their data, but in...

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  • Pornhub subsidiary wants to pay you cryptocurrency for watching porn – but don’t get too excited

    Pornhub subsidiary wants to pay you cryptocurrency for watching porn – but don’t get too excited

    Adult entertainment streaming service Tube8 – a Pornhub subsidiary with over 150 million page visits each month – wants to reward your porn-watching habits with cryptocurrency… so it is putting...

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  • Heroic vandal massively improves Facebook’s bus shelter adverts

    Heroic vandal massively improves Facebook’s bus shelter adverts

    Facebook, bruised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and fifteen years of unmitigated dickery, is currently in the process of trying to rehabilitate its image. As the saying goes, you can’t polish...

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  • Google Play promised to ban cryptocurrency mining apps, but we found tons

    Google Play promised to ban cryptocurrency mining apps, but we found tons

    Google recently announced its plan to curtail the distribution of cryptocurrency mining apps on the Play Store, but it appears some are still slipping through the net. “We don’t allow apps that...

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  • This $40 Squarespace alternative is the economic solution you’ve been looking for

    This $40 Squarespace alternative is the economic solution you’ve been looking for

    With Obior, you can create an amazing site with all the built-in hosting and special features you’ll need to get it done. And while most such services will usually cost $10 to $15 a month, you can...

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  • EOS community fights back against ‘whales’ controlling its blockchain

    EOS community fights back against ‘whales’ controlling its blockchain

    The EOS community is growing anxious that its blockchain is really being controlled by a select few. A petition has been drafted to introduce voting limits to protect small-time token holders...

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  • San Francisco judge orders bail payment in Bitcoin

    San Francisco judge orders bail payment in Bitcoin

    A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered a cyber-criminal to pay their bail charges in Bitcoin, inadvertently stimulating cryptocurrency mainstream adoption. The Daily Post – a local Palo Alto...

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  • The week’s best Android games to distract you from Earth’s impending doom

    The week’s best Android games to distract you from Earth’s impending doom

    Welcome to our new column, in which YouTuber NimbleThor brings you a short list of the best new mobile games for your Android device, released over the past week. Whether you’re into casual time...

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  • Jam’s cheap splashproof speakers cleverly hide charging cables for hassle-free portability

    Jam’s cheap splashproof speakers cleverly hide charging cables for hassle-free portability

    Michigan-based audio brand Jam isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel with its new range of Bluetooth speakers – but it is trying its darnedest to make them look cute as buttons, while surviving pool...

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  • Without these three cutting edge technologies, your smart home will never be simple

    Without these three cutting edge technologies, your smart home will never be simple

    What if I told you that, just like modern VR was born from smartphone technology, the next generation of smart homes will share technology with autonomous vehicles? The centerpiece is machine...

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  • WhatsApp backups won’t count against your Google Drive storage from November

    WhatsApp backups won’t count against your Google Drive storage from November

    Good news for folks who rely on Google Drive to store their WhatsApp backups: they’ll soon no longer count against your cloud storage quota, so the space you have on there will be entirely yours...

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  • Apple says teen who hacked its network didn’t compromise customer data

    Apple says teen who hacked its network didn’t compromise customer data

    Seeking to reassure customers after the news of repeated breaches of its network broke yesterday, Apple said that no user data was compromised in the attacks, reports Reuters. The statement...

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  • Google is reportedly building its own Assistant-powered smart display

    Google is reportedly building its own Assistant-powered smart display

    After letting third-party hardware brands take a crack at building smart displays powered by Google Assistant, the search giant is said to be working on one with its own label on the tin this...

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