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 2018-01-23 01:02 

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Google hires former Xbox, PlayStation exec Phil Harrison...

Phil Harrison followed up almost two decades as an executive for both Sony and Microsoft as an investor in computer and video game companies. But he's moving back to the tech world with a new role as Vice President and GM of Google, Harrison announce....

 2018-01-23 00:36 

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The first 512GB microSD card arrives in February...

It didn't take long for someone to topple 2017's microSD storage record. The UK's Integral Memory has unveiled what it says it the first shipping 512GB microSD card. So long as your device can handle microSDXC (most Android phones and tablets,...

 2018-01-22 23:53 

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Android Oreo now shows WiFi network speeds before you connect...

Ever hop on a WiFi hotspot to save mobile data or boost speed, only to find out that it's so slow that you might as well have stayed on cellular access? If you're using Android 8.1 Oreo, that shouldn't be a problem going forward. After several...

 2018-01-22 23:24 

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Netflix to spotlight up-and-coming comedians with 15-minute specials...

Netflix has been streaming comedy specials for a while now. Seinfeld got his first show on the streaming platform last September and released a couple more events starring Patton Oswalt and Dave Chappelle before the New Year. Now, according to Deadli......

 2018-01-22 22:47 

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Google is building an AI research team in France...

Google announced today that it's expanding its AI research efforts, setting up a new research team in France that will work with the country's AI research community on issues ranging from health to the environment. Google says the team's work ...

 2018-01-22 22:16 

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AltspaceVR co-founder joins Facebook's social VR team...

Facebook announced today that Eric Romo, the former CEO and co-founder of AltSpaceVR, is joining its social VR team as Product Director. He'll be helping with Facebook's nascent but thriving social VR efforts, building upon the company's Faceb...

 2018-01-22 21:54 

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Netflix's Juventus FC documentary premieres February 16th...

You won't have to wait much longer to see how Netflix handles a soccer (aka football) documentary. The service is premiering the first three episodes of its Juventus FC docuseries, First Team: Juventus, on February 16th. The show will cover the hig......

 2018-01-22 21:29 

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Netflix added 8.3 million customers in Q4, its biggest growth ever...

While Netflix is facing more competition than ever, its growth isn't slowing. The company just announced its four quarter earnings results, and revealed that worldwide it added 8.3 million customers, "the highest quarter in our history and up 18 p...

 2018-01-22 20:58 

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AI-powered robot finds common soap ingredient may combat malaria...

Around half of the world's population is at risk of contracting malaria and it causes around half a million deaths each year. However, the parasites that cause malaria are becoming more resistant to the drugs we currently use to combat them, meaning.....

 2018-01-22 20:37 

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Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay 'trusted' publishers for content...

Facebook has plans to tweak its News Feed to include more posts from friends and family and less from news publishers in an attempt to fix some of the platform's problems. Now news magnate Rupert Murdoch thinks that the social network should adopt a.....

 2018-01-22 20:27 

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Montana is the first state to enact its own net neutrality rules...

Most of the states fighting the FCC's net neutrality repeal are counting on lawsuits or legislative measures that could take years to process, but Montana Governor Steve Bullock isn't willing to wait. He just signed an executive order requiring th...

 2018-01-22 20:16 

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Hackers are stealing millions in cryptocurrency during ICOs...

A new report from Ernst & Young details just how big of a problem security is when it comes to cryptocurrencies. Researchers collected data on 372 initial coin offerings (ICOs) that took place between 2015 and 2017 and found that over 10 percent......

 2018-01-22 19:55 

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Google's $20 million Lunar Xprize will end without a winner...

The Lunar Xprize is about to come to an anticlimactic end after more than a decade. Google has confirmed to CNBC that it doesn't plan to extend the $20 million competition past its March 31st deadline -- itself an extension well beyond the original 2....

 2018-01-22 19:34 

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Apple Music now offers artists detailed streaming and download info...

As a musician, knowing how your songs are performing on streaming platforms is important. Spotify brought real-time stats and demographic information to a dedicated app for artists this past October, while Pandora and YouTube have had similar dashboa......

 2018-01-22 19:12 

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Waymo starts testing its autonomous cars in Atlanta...

Waymo started offering free autonomous rides in Phoenix last April as a way to promote its self-driving cars. The Alphabet-owned company has been trying to ramp up its own ride-sharing service to compete with Uber and Lyft, offering a driverless taxi......

 2018-01-22 18:58 

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This is what the Xbox Watch could have looked like...

Microsoft has a tumultuous relationship with smartwatches. Its bulky wrist-mounted wearable, the Band and Band 2, saw limited success at retail but couldn't compete with sales of the Fitbit or the Apple Watch. As of October 2016, it seems the Band br....

 2018-01-22 18:43 

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Intel tells customers to stop using its faulty Spectre patch...

Intel has another Spectre patch in the works, after users reported that its last fix led to random rebooting issues. Consequently, the company is now recommending that its customers stop deploying that original patch, and instead start testing out th......

 2018-01-22 18:25 

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Uber security flaw compromised two-factor authentication...

Two-factor authentication only works if it's strictly enforced in software, and it sounds like Uber might have fallen short of that goal for a while. In a chat with ZDNet, security researcher Karan Saini has revealed a flaw in Uber's two-factor ve...

 2018-01-22 18:07 

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Kim Dotcom sues the New Zealand government for $6.8 billion...

Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site MegaUpload, is suing the New Zealand government for $6.8 billion dollars. According to the legal documents provided by the BBC, the claim covers the destruction of his business, loss of reputation, lost bu......

 2018-01-22 17:46 

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iTunes snafu made 'Thor: Ragnarok' available almost a month early...

When you check out the Thor: Ragnarok page on iTunes, it says pre-orders of digital copies are expected to arrive on February 20th. But as TorrentFreak reports, some people got their hands on the Marvel film about a month early due to some sort of sn......

 2018-01-22 17:23 

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Hulu and YouTube are off to a solid start with live TV...

Hulu and YouTube both launched live TV streaming services last year, and now CNBC has a first look at subscriber numbers for both sites. Hulu is at 450,00 paid subscribers, which doesn't include people using the service under free promotions, and You....

 2018-01-22 17:06 

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DJI's Mavic Air drone may have improved 4K video...

DJI is supposed to be unveiling a new drone on January 23rd, but the cat might already be out of the bag. Kanzhaji has posted photos and details of the Mavic Air, a foldable drone that would reportedly slot neatly between the diminutive Spark and the......

 2018-01-22 16:32 

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Amazon's convenience store of the future makes me nervous...

Half a decade in the making, and after a year of intensive testing, Amazon's cashier-free convenience store is opening to the public. Amazon Go, located at the base of the company's Seattle HQ, is the first of its kind: a convenience store with no...

 2018-01-22 16:16 

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Facebook explores whether social media is good for democracy...

As part of its Hard Questions series, Facebook has decided to explore the question of whether social media is good for democracy. The last US presidential election brought that question to the fore of many people's minds, directly or indirectly, as i....

 2018-01-22 15:34 

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Uber acquires David Chang's delivery-only 'restaurant'...

Today, Ando, the popular delivery-only New York restaurant from famed Momofuku chef David Chang, shut down operations, as it's been acquired by UberEATS. The restaurant had been working with UberEATS since it launched in 2016, and now it will be full....

 2018-01-22 15:02 

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Acoustic tractor beams could lead to levitating humans...

LG wants levitating speakers in every home, but what about gravity-defying humans? Well, science could well be on its way to making us float too, thanks to a breakthrough in sonic levitation. Engineers from the University of Bristol have demonstrated......

 2018-01-22 14:42 

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India wants to collect taxes from its cryptocurrency investors...

India's income tax department has sent notices to tens of thousands of people dealing in cryptocurrency, after learning that $3.5 billion worth of transactions have been conducted over a 17-month period. The move comes as India's finance ministry ...

 2018-01-22 14:21 

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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy can't launch during a government shutdown...

We've been eagerly anticipating the static fire test of SpaceX's largest rocket yet, the Falcon Heavy, for a few weeks. Now, it appears that we'll have to wait a little longer. SpaceX has confirmed that the test will be affected by the US gove...

 2018-01-22 14:00 

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Microsoft unveils cheap laptops and more tools for education...

When it comes to the lucrative education market, Microsoft doesn't want to be left behind -- especially when that Google's Chromebooks are increasingly popular with schools. Microsoft's big selling point this year? More cheap Windows 10 notebo...

 2018-01-22 13:31 

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Nokia will disable the key feature of its priciest scale...

Nokia has announced that it will be disabling the headline of feature of its Body Cardio scale in a software update. The scale was sold with the ability to track Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV), essentially measuring the speed at which your blood flows thr......

 2018-01-22 13:01 

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MilliDelta robot surgeon is the size of a one cent coin...

Another tiny robot is gearing up to join the ranks of microsurgeons, but this one is small enough to fit in your coin purse. Inspired by pop-up books and origami, the milliDelta bot measures mere millimetres when unfolded (roughly the size of a one c......

 2018-01-22 12:02 

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3D printers could let you produce your own drugs...

You might imagine that drug production only happens at gigantic pharma corporations with millions of dollars worth of equipment. However, researchers at the University of Glasgow have unveiled a new process of building "reactionware," or small rea...

 2018-01-22 11:40 

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FilmStruck's alternative streaming service is coming to the UK...

A movie streaming service backed by Warner Bros. and Turner is launching in the UK in the "coming weeks," the pair have announced. FilmStruck has been lighting up screens in the US since late 2016, and will arrive across the pond with a slightly d...

 2018-01-22 11:01 

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The Morning After: Nike's PlayStation sneakers and Amazon Go...

Hey, good morning!Welcome back to the week. Playboy demonstrates once again that it doesn't understand the internet, Nike and PlayStation come together in a sneaker and Amazon's checkout-free store opens to the public this week....

 2018-01-22 09:20 

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Apple may be close to launching its HomePod speaker...

Apple's HomePod has been sitting in limbo for the better part of a year, but a few new clues suggest that it's on the cusp of launching -- and hint at what it can do. To begin with, the HomePod recently received FCC approval. The filing itself doe...

 2018-01-22 07:04 

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Sphero cuts jobs and refocuses on education...

Sphero was supposed to have a banner holiday with a slew of toys themed around Star Wars, Cars 3 and Spider-Man on top of its own self-branded creations. However, things turned out very differently. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it rec......

 2018-01-22 04:58 

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Rocket Lab reaches orbit for the first time...

Rocket Lab has reached orbit for the first time, even though it's only the private space company's second flight. Even more impressive? The test mission, dubbed "Still Testing," had three customer satellites in tow: one is an Earth-imaging...

 2018-01-22 03:44 

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Netflix's 'The Crown' earns the lone streaming win at the SAG Awards...

With each new awards season, more streaming series and movies make their way to the list of nominees. In fact, one category at tonight's 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Female Actor in a Drama Series, was comprised entirely of nominees from H....

 2018-01-22 02:29 

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Mo'Nique accuses Netflix of gender and race pay gaps...

Pay gaps in the entertainment industry might not be limited to conventional productions. Actress and comedienne Mo'Nique has called for a boycott against Netflix after accusing the service of gender- and race-based pay gaps. It reportedly offered M......

 2018-01-22 01:05 

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Speedy DNA nanorobot could lead to molecular factories...

DNA-based robots promise all kinds of microscopic machinery, but there's a major obstacle: they're slow. Existing designs that use biochemical processes for movement can take hours to shuffle molecules around, which makes them utterly impractical ...

 2018-01-21 23:28 

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Glasses could prevent motion sickness in self-driving cars...

Never mind festooning a self-driving car in lights and other devices to fend off motion sickness -- you might just have to slip on some eyewear. University of Michigan researchers have patented a system that could use glasses or a headset to prevent......

 2018-01-21 22:03 

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US coal industry saw little growth in 2017 despite White House push...

The Trump administration has been eager to prop up the US coal industry despite evidence that it's in a steep decline. But did it have much of an effect? Not really. Reuters has obtained preliminary Mining Health and Safety Administration data sho......

 2018-01-21 20:31 

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Playboy sues Boing Boing over a web link...

Playboy has filed a lawsuit against Boing Boing, accusing the offbeat news blog of copyright infringement for linking to an Imgur gallery and a YouTube video that showed every Playmate centerfold. Boing Boing wasn't involved in the creation of the ga....

 2018-01-21 19:02 

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Facebook hires TV network CEO to land worldwide sports deals...

It's clearer than ever that Facebook wants to become a leader in live sports streaming. Variety and the Guardian have learned that Facebook has hired Peter Hutton, the CEO of Discovery-owned TV network Eurosport, to lead its negotiations for worldwi.....

 2018-01-21 17:32 

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Amazon's checkout-free store opens to the public January 22nd...

Amazon's bid to automate the convenience store is finally ready for the public. The company has confirmed that the Amazon Go store attached to its new Seattle headquarters will be open to non-employees on January 22nd, or more than a year later than.....

 2018-01-21 16:00 

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After Math: First!...

It was a week of firsts for the tech industry. Facebook finally got around to adding its first African American board member (because it's not like it's already 2018 or anything), a lifeguard drone made its first Hasselhoffian beach rescue, Ferrar...

 2018-01-21 14:31 

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Google's Gboard debuts a quick way to create reaction GIFs...

Google's Gboard for iOS is lagging a bit behind its Android counterpart, but a new update for iPhone users comes with a game changer. As The Verge has noticed, its dedicated GIF-maker button is no longer hidden at the bottom and now has a more promin....

 2018-01-21 13:00 

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Ben Heck's mini pinball game: Designing the case...

With the electronics, mechanisms and simulations done, the miniature pinball game is starting to come together. Now it needs a great case. Remember, not every design element needs to be done on the computer first; sometimes it's better to get han......

 2018-01-21 08:12 

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Verizon's lower-cost unlimited plan now works in Canada and Mexico...

Verizon's latest unlimited plans may have some undesirable... limits, but at least you won't have to pay for the more expensive plan the next time you're on a North American vacation. As of January 25th, the $75 Go Unlimited plan will include ...

 2018-01-21 04:04 

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'Overwatch' pro player suspended for homophobic slur...

The Overwatch League's honeymoon is over. Dallas Fuel player Felix "xQc" Lengyel has been suspended by both the League and Fuel after hurling a homophobic insult at the Houston Outlaws' openly gay player Austin "Muma" Wilmot. After...

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