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    Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' has the longest run atop Amazon since 'Fifty Shades'

    "Becoming" by Michelle Obama is not just one of the best-selling books of the past year — it is one of the hottest titles of the decade. The inspirational memoir by the former first lady has been on sale for more than two months, yet it is still No. 1 on Amazon's constantly updated list of best-selling books. Amazon said "Becoming" enjoyed the longest streak at No. 1 for any book since "Fifty Shades of Grey" came out in 2012.

  • 5 hours ago
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    Rogue One Writer Says EA Have “Catastrophically Mismanaged” The Star Wars License

    Gary Whitta, writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has not minced his words when discussing the recent cancellation of yet another Star Wars game at EA. The title was originally under the directorship of Uncharted’s Amy Hennig but the game, codenamed Ragtag, was reviewed internally and cut back, resulting in Amy leaving the project. Visceral Games, the chaps behind the classic Dead Space who working on the project were shut down and Ragtag became Orca, a much more focused, smaller project. I...

  • 5 hours ago
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    Methane rain falls on Titan's north pole from cloudless skies

    NASA’s Cassini orbiter captured summer arriving on Titan's north pole with evidence of methane rain, though that rain appears to have fallen with no clouds in sight.

  • 6 hours ago
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    Americans Have Lost Faith In Their Ability To Move From Poverty To Riches

    People in the United States and other developed countries are losing faith in the capitalist system to improve their lives, according to a new global poll commissioned by the World Economic Forum, published on the eve of its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • 1 day ago
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    A Poker-Playing Robot Goes to Work for the Pentagon

    IN 2017, A poker bot called Libratus made headlines when it roundly defeated four top human players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em. Now, Libratus’ technology is being adapted to take on opponents of a different kind—in service of the US military

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    Crime blotter: A Walmart iPhone theft ring, New Hampshire delivery scammers sentenced

    Police are looking for two suspects who they say have carried out an operation that stole more than $40,000 worth of iPhones and Apple Watches from WalMart locations in as many as four states. According to PennLive, the operation involves the two thieves entering the store late at night with suitcases and placing the merchandise in them.

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    Woman wakes up with rare condition that prevents her from hearing men's voices

    A rare condition called reverse-slope hearing loss makes the sufferer unable to hear low frequencies, including most men’s voices. Ms Chen from Xiamen on China’s east coast woke to find she couldn’t hear her boyfriend talking. The previous evening she had reportedly experienced nausea and ringing in her ears.

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    Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression

    The psychedelic drug psilocybin could help alleviate depression by causing people to have a less pessimistic outlook on life, according to preliminary research published in Frontiers in Psychology. Previous research has found that depression is associated with unrealistic negative predictions of future life events. Scientists from the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London were interested in whether psilocybin — the main psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms — could reduce ...

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    "Another Big Wave of Fixes" Coming in the Next Fallout 76 Patch

    Bethesda’s first Fallout 76 patch this month addressed more than 150 different bugs and problems. Hot on its heels, however, is a second patch which is due to release later in January. Now, Bethesda has given fans some details about what will be included in that upcoming update. According to the studio, players should expect it by the end of the month, and it will include; “another big wave of fixes.”

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    Vancouver City Council votes to declare ‘climate emergency’

    Vancouver City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to declare a climate emergency. The motion was introduced by OneCity Coun. Christine Boyle. Now that the motion has passed, city staff will come up with new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set new climate change targets. Boyle says her motion passing unanimously proves how important it is to be a greener city.

  • 2 days ago
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    Netflix Expected to Spend as Much as $15 Billion on Content This Year

    As you’ve surely noticed by now, Netflix boasts an ever-expanding library of original movies and TV series. “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” and “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” are just some of the conversation starters to premiere on the streaming giant in recent weeks, and they have something in common: They all cost money to acquire and/or produce. So much, in fact, that Netflix spent $12 billion on content in 2018 — and, according to...

  • 2 days ago
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    Malevolent soft power, AI, and the threat to democracy

    In the space of less than a decade, the world of social media has gone from being an enabler of to a threat to democracy. While the internet can still mobilize large numbers of people to political action, it can also spew false information about candidates, suppress the vote, and affect the voter rolls and the election machinery of the state.

  • 2 days ago
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    Are we city dwellers or hunter-gatherers?

    For centuries, we have been telling ourselves a simple story about the origins of social inequality. For most of their history, humans lived in tiny egalitarian bands of hunter-gatherers. Then came farming, which brought with it private property, and then the rise of cities which meant the emergence of civilisation properly speaking. Civilisation meant many bad things (wars, taxes, bureaucracy, patriarchy, slavery) but also made possible written literature, science, philosophy and most other gre...

  • 3 days ago
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    Pornhub reports spike in DC porn viewership during government shutdown

    Pornhub is reporting a spike in its traffic from the District during the government shutdown, according to its analytic team. The Pornhub Insights team said its statisticians noticed an increase in porn viewership and a shift in the hours during which people are watching porn in D.C.

  • 3 days ago
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    F.T.C. Is Said to Be Considering Large Facebook Fines

    The Federal Trade Commission is in the advanced stages of its investigation into whether Facebook violated privacy rules and is expected to seek large fines from the company, according to two people familiar with the inquiry. The five members of the commission met in mid-December to discuss the investigation, according to the people, who would speak only on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is not public. The meeting is a sign that the investigation is far along, the people s...

  • 3 days ago
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    Is a Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across the U.S.?

    In the evening of Dec. 15, 2016, Dakota James called his friend Shelley in a panic. He was cold, disoriented, and scared out of his mind, wandering the streets of downtown Pittsburgh, trying to find someone—anyone—who would help him. “I don’t know where I am,” he told her, sobbing. “I’m so cold. Please help me. I’m lost.” Shelley didn’t hesitate.

  • 3 days ago
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    Ford commits to electric F-150 pickup truck as legacy auto buckles under EV pressure

    During a presentation at the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference in the MGM Grand in Detroit, Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets, made a blockbuster announcement. After more than 40 years in the market, and amidst the impending arrival of vehicles like the Tesla pickup truck and the quad-motor Rivian R1T, the beloved Ford F-150 is going electric.

  • 4 days ago
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    St Louis Federal Reserve Publishes Report Explaning Why Bitcoin will not go to Zero

    In a report published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the price of Bitcoin BTC is “not likely to fall to zero”. Considering both bullish and bearish scenarios, the future price of Bitcoin will most likely remain somewhere between the two. David Andolfatto and Andrew Spewak consider that the bullish case is too optimistic considering Bitcoin’s ever-growing demand with limited supply. They also conclude that the bearish case of Bitcoin falling to zero is also unlikely to happen.

  • 4 days ago
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    Before Logic, There Was Magic: The Ultimate Mystery Of The Universe Has Been SOLVED!

    For this exercise to work, we need to establish a couple of ground rules. First, drop your logic defense. That’s the exercise. Then, consider that everything that the mind could possibly imagine … has indeed occurred. If time and space are one, we will one day be able to revisit the realms of what we call our “imagination.”

  • 4 days ago
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    'Legend of Zelda' copy sells for $3.3K at auction

    A copy of the original NES game 'The Legend of Zelda' has sold at auction for more than $3300.

  • 5 days ago
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    EA And Star Wars Partnership Has Been Bad For Everyone - PlayStation Universe

    Partnerships between two companies are not uncommon in entertainment. A company will often allow a franchise to be used by a development studio, animation house, or publisher, coming to some sort of deal in the process. Usually, this works out well for everyone. The franchise gets to expand to new markets and demographics and the people working on it get to labor on a beloved franchise that many of them have followed for years.

  • 5 days ago
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    Apple loses patent case appeal, owes VirnetX $440M in FaceTime dispute

    A federal appeals court has upheld a landmark patent judgment brought by VirnetX against Apple, affirming a $440 million judgment in a years-long patent dispute. On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied Apple's efforts to overturn a 2016 verdict that imposed $302 million in damages. That figure has since risen to encompass enhanced damages, interest, and more. Many would dub the Nevada-based VirnetX a "patent troll," as it has no meaningful source of inco...

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    New satellite network will make it impossible for a commercial airplane to vanish

    For the first time, a new network of satellites will soon be able to track all commercial airplanes in real time, anywhere on the planet. Currently, planes are largely tracked by radar on the ground, which doesn't work over much of the world's oceans. The final 10 satellites were launched Friday to wrap up the $3 billion effort to replace 66 aging communication satellites, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave, who got an early look at the new technology.

  • 6 days ago
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    Texas canines contain DNA of red wolves declared extinct in 1980

    A pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carries a substantial amount of red wolf genes, researchers said, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. The finding has led wildlife biologists and others to develop a new understanding that the red wolf DNA is remarkably resilient after decades of human hunting, loss of habitat and other factors had led the animal to near decimation.

  • 6 days ago
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    Pound strengthens after parliamentary defeat leaves Brexit plan in tatters

    The British pound shrugged off a dramatic vote in the UK parliament that left the government's Brexit plans in tatters. Parliament on Tuesday struck down the divorce deal that Prime Minister Theresa May had negotiated with the rest of the European Union by a record margin. The defeat was expected, but the size of the loss — 432 votes to 202 — was a surprise.