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Month: October 2018

Why Hank Green had to write a novel to get to the truth about viral fame

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As creators move to the cultural forefront, the question of how much power they wield — if any — is one Hank Green ponders with care. “I think that [creators have a social] responsibility, but I think that the responsibility can be taken differently by each person,” he says. “And I often cannot stand people […]

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NASA photo shows where Hurricane Michael turned out the lights

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Amazon invests in solar power and recycling programs to cut carbon footprint

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Amazon announced two new initiatives today that are aimed at reducing its environmental impact. The first is a $10 million investment in the Closed Loop Fund, an effort to pool corporate resources to help the US improve its municipal recycling programs. The other is a solar energy project in the United Kingdom that will see […]

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Julian Assange needs to take care of his cat, or it’ll be given away, Ecuador says

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Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has been hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the past six years, has been given a new set of house rules if he wants to continue his stay. In a memo first published on Ecuadorian website Código Vidrio and obtained by The Guardian, conditions for his […]

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Magic Leap’s conference teases the thrilling potential of what its hardware can’t yet provide

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Florida-based startup Magic Leap became infamous for hyping itself as a revolutionary company whose vision for augmented and mixed reality would transform the worlds of computing, communication, and entertainment — whenever it finally decided to show its hyper-secretive technology to the public, that is. The company set expectations high, but when it finally shipped its […]

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It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

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Who you call and what apps you use could determine what ads you see Continue reading…

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SimpliSafe releases a new smart doorbell with a wide angle camera

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Home security system company SimpliSafe launched a new smart standalone doorbell today with heat sensors and motion detectors. It’s the company’s first product that’s technically not inside the home. The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro has a wide angle 1080p camera that supports HDR with a 162-degree field of view, that’s just short of seeing everything […]

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Google Maps will now help you find EV charging stations

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Finding a place to quickly top off your electric car’s battery might get a little bit easier: Google announced today that it’s adding support to Google Maps for EV chargers. Both Tesla and Chargepoint’s global network of EV chargers will be added to the iOS and Android versions of the app starting today, with support […]

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What it’s like to fall 31 miles to Earth after your rocket fails

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Stanford study says almost every unique FCC comment was pro-net neutrality

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When the FCC asked for public comment on its plan to end net neutrality last year, the docket was swarmed with millions of comments from bots. The fake comments used real identities and made it difficult for anyone perusing the system to find legitimate commenters trying to express their views. A new study from a […]

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