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  • 4 days ago
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    Parents In Germany Face $26,500 Fine If They Don’t Destroy Controversial ‘My Friend Cayla’ Dolls

    After researchers found that My Friend Cayla dolls were recording users’ and sending this information out to a third party specializing in voice-recognition for police and military forces, officials in Germany told parents to get rid of the toys. In case families didn’t take that request seriously, the country’s telecommunications regulator has since clarified that parents who don’t destroy their Cayla dolls could face more than $25,000 in fines.

  • 5 days ago
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    ZTE unveils Axon 7s with Snapdragon 821

    ZTE extends the life of the Axon 7 even further - there’s a new upgraded version, which sports a Snapdragon 821 chipset (up from the 820). However, it’s not clear if it has 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage like the previous spec bump. Really, that’s all ZTE’s press release says and their website is yet to be updated with the 7s model. We did notice that the speaker grill design has changed, but there’s no info on any changes to the stereo speakers or the Dolby Atmos.

  • 11 days ago
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    15 things Kurt Vonnegut said better than anyone else ever has or will

    1. "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'" The actual advice here is technically a quote from Kurt Vonnegut's "good uncle" Alex, but Vonnegut was nice enough to pass it on at speeches and in A Man Without A Country. Though he was sometimes derided as too gloomy and cynical, Vonnegut's most resonant messages have always been hopeful in the face of a...

  • 11 days ago
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    Ohio prison inmates 'built computers and hid them in ceiling'

    A prison work programme has backfired, after two inmates in the US state of Ohio built computers from PCs they were supposed to be dismantling for recycling. The unsupervised inmates later hid the PCs in the ceiling of a training room. Investigators found software, pornography and articles about making drugs and explosives on the machines. The discovery came after IT staff flagged unusual levels of internet activity on a contractor's account.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Vimy Ridge centenary: Thousands of Canadians mark battle's anniversary

    More than 20,000 Canadians have traveled to Europe to mark the centenary of one of the country's defining moments - the Battle of Vimy Ridge during World War One. About 3,600 Canadians died in the battle in northern France, that began on Easter Sunday, 9 April 1917. It was the first time different Canadian military divisions had fought together under one command.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Musician forced off flight at Reagan National Airport due to 'risk' from his cello

    Striding through Reagan National Airport, musician John Kaboff was one upset passenger. "I was mortified to have to be removed from a flight, like I just committed a crime," he said. The 46-year-old cellist was sitting in his seat, on an American Airlines flight to Chicago, when he says a flight attendant and the pilot asked him to leave.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Bitcoin regulation overhaul in Japan

    Japan’s Government has long been working on a bill to amend its Banking Act, accounting for changes to the economy stemming from the growth of telecommunications technologies. Last week, the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) announced that this bill will come into full force on Saturday, April 1. The amendments include an ordinance concerning digital currencies as well as digital currency exchanges.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    How to Stay Rich in Europe: Inherit Money for 700 Years

    The richest Florentine families in 1427 still are: New research shows Europe leads the world in inherited wealth. Lamberto Frescobaldi sets two wine glasses atop a wooden barrel in the spacious cellar of his company's winery in a 1,000-year-old castle not far from Florence. Uncorking a bottle of Nipozzano, he takes a sip and nods. The red that his family supplied to Michelangelo and Pope Leo X still tastes pretty darn good.

  • 1 month ago
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    Police Officer, 3 Others Killed in a Shooting in Wisconsin

    A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours before ending in a volley of gunfire around 5 p.m.

  • 1 month ago
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    Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why

    The world is ending and only the whales know. At least, that’s one explanation. Humpback whales are normally pretty solitary—scientists used to call groups of 10 to 20 “large.” Now they’re congregating in groups of 20 to 200 off the coast of South Africa. Something is definitely going on here, but so far experts are stumped.

  • 1 month ago
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    Video may shed new light on Ferguson police shooting

    When 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, police officers shared a video showing Brown with his hands around a shopkeeper's neck as he makes off with a carton of cigarillos. Police called the incident a strong-arm robbery and argued that Brown had brought the same level of violence to his confrontation with officer Darren Wilson moments later. But previously unreleased surveillance video casts doubt on whether Brown robbed the store shortly before he was fata...

  • 1 month ago
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    These are the 24 Senators that introduced a bill to let telecoms sell your private internet history

    Protection of your Internet history is up in the air thanks to new, pending legislation. A new bill coming before Senate aims to completely dismantle the FCC’s ability to enact data security or online privacy protections for consumers under the powers of the Congressional Review Act. Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res 34) was introduced by Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and cosponsored by 23 other Senators.

  • 1 month ago
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    Solar-Powered Water Wheels Prevented 1 Million Pounds of Trash From Entering Baltimore Harbor

    Meet Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel—a pair of floating, solar and hydro-powered trash interceptors keeping Baltimore's waters clean. These frankly adorable trash wheels can collect as much as 38,000 pounds of debris in a single day.

  • 1 month ago
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    Meet the Man Who Wants to Eradicate Hangovers by 2050

    Scientist David Nutt believes a chemical called “alcosynth” is the secret to drinking without regret. As Prohibition showed, taking booze away from the public is wildly unpopular with just about everyone but Bible-thumpers and bootleggers. But what if, instead of being banned, alcohol was simply replaced with something better? Something that makes you feel talkative and sociable without also making you throw up/fall down/feel hungover/get fat/make terrible decisions/get into fist fights or a...

  • 2 months ago
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    NASA to Unveil New Exoplanet Discovery Tomorrow

    NASA will announce a new discovery involving planets orbiting stars other than the sun at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

  • 2 months ago
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    Drug maker pushes pause on $89K drug after outcry

    In an unexpected move, Marathon Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that it is pausing the roll-out of its now FDA-approved Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug—which has an $89,000-per-year list price. The announcement comes in the wake of intense outcry from patients, the public, and lawmakers over the drug’s eye-popping price, which Marathon announced last week. The drug, deflazacort, is a steroid treatment that slows the progression of Duchenne, a rare, devastating neuromuscular disorder that l...

  • 2 months ago
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    Brexit legal challenge blocked by High Court

    A fresh legal challenge over Brexit and exactly how the UK would leave the single market has been blocked by the High Court. The case was brought by campaigners pushing for a 'soft' Brexit, with the hope of forcing the Government to seek MPs' permission if it wanted to leave the trading bloc. Refusing to give the go-ahead to the new challenge, the judges said they would giver their reasons later. During the application hearing they had expressed concerns the court action might hav...