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Pro-ISIS Hacking Group Targets 800 US School Websites

The latest target of pro-ISIS hackers is none other than 800 school websites across the United States. The widespread hack occurred last Monday, and lasted two hours, in which visitors were redirected to a YouTube propaganda video featuring Arabic audio...


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Couple Finds Hidden Camera Disguised as Smoke Detector in Florida Airbnb

An Indiana couple visiting Longboat Key, Florida, found an unnerving surprise in the master bedroom of their Airbnb: a hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector. Derek Starnes told ...


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Twitter Testing New 280-character Limit for Tweets

Need more room to type those deep thoughts? Twitter is testing a 280-character limit for tweets, doubling the current length restriction that's been in place since the company's founding 11 years ago.The test is being made available to a small subset of users and applies to languages othe...


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Google Cancels Meeting on Diversity

Google surprised many of its workers Thursday after the company suddenly canceled a town-hall meeting in the wake of the firing of a worker who had written the controversial leaked memo on diversity. In an email to employees, CEO Sundar Picahi said some...


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Scientists Call Out NY Times for Incorrect Claim About Climate Report

Scientists appear to have debunked The New York Times' claim it was leaked a secret, gloomy climate change report which it published amid fears President Trump would suppress it. On Monday, The New York Times ...


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Elon Musk: 29-Minute NYC-to-DC Hyperloop Gets Approval

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk claimed Thursday that he had received "verbal" government approval to build a futuristic underground rail system that would take riders from New York to Washington, D.C. in less than half an hour. In a series of mysterious tweets that would not be taken ser...


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Hackers Demand Millions for Stolen HBO Data

Hackers using the name "Mr. Smith" posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded that HBO pay a ransom of several million dollars in bitcoin to prevent further such releases. The data dump included what appear to be scripts from f...


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11-Year-Old's Invention Could Prevent Hot Car Deaths

MCKINNEY, TX - An 11-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas could potentially put an end to hot car deaths. Bishop Curry is a young inventor who loves gardening and all things technology. When a baby from his neighborhood died after being left in a hot car, he never wanted something like that ...


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Microsoft Funds Faster Internet for U.S. Heartland to Bridge Gap

For years, Microsoft Corp. focused its efforts to expand high-speed internet access on developing markets around the world. Now, the company is waking up to the problem in its own backyard, after the 2016 presidential election shed light on how far rural parts of America had fallen behind cities ...


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FDA Panel Endorses Potential First US gene Therapy to Treat Leukemia

A panel of cancer experts Wednesday unanimously endorsed a leukemia treatment that could be the first gene therapy available in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted 10-0 to recommend approval of the treatment, which was d...


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Amazon Prime is on pace to become more popular than cable TV

Someday soon, more U.S. households will be subscribers of Amazon Prime than cable or satellite TV, according to recent estimates of Amazon’s popular shipping and entertainment service. According to estimates from Morningstar, nearly 79 million U.S. households now have an Amazon Prime memb...


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Space Breakthrough: Scientists Teleport Photon From Earth to Orbit

For the first time, scientists have successfully teleported a photon from the ground to a satellite in orbit. It’s been 20 years since quantum scientists successfully teleported a photon over 10 miles, proving that quantum entanglement — a process that Albert Einstein called “spooky actio...


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The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor

It might not be long before algorithms routinely save lives—as long as doctors are willing to put ever more trust in machines. The automated approach could prove important to everyday medical treatment by making the diagnosis of potentially deadly heartbeat irregularities more reliable. I...


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U.S. Judge Allows Twitter Lawsuit Over Surveillance to Move Forward

A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that Twitter Inc. could move forward with a lawsuit that aims to free technology companies to speak more openly about surveillance requests they receive from the U.S. government. The U.S. government had failed to show the kind of "clear and present danger" t...


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Major Cyber Attack Disrupts Businesses Around World

A cyber attack wreaked havoc around the globe on Wednesday, crippling thousands of computers, disrupting operations at ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia. The virus is believed to have first taken hold on Tuesday in Ukraine where it...


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STUDY: Forgetting actually makes you smarter

The inability to remember has long been considered a failure of the brain, but a new study has found that our brains are actively working to forget memories in order to retain the truly important information. In fact, the study’s researchers believe the brain is not designed to keep memor...


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Atari is working on its first game console in 20 years

Known as a pioneer in the formation of the video arcade and modern video game industries, Atari is stepping back into the hardware business with a new game console — its first in more than 20 years. The New York company, swimming with the tide on the popularity and nostalgia of retro game...


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Crash Override or Industroyer are a New Cyber Threat to Power Grids

Two cyber security companies said they have uncovered a sophisticated piece of malicious software capable of causing power outages by ordering industrial computers to shut down electricity transmission. Analysis of the malware, known as Crash Override or Industroyer, indicates it was like...


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Revealed Facebook Exposed Identities of Moderators to Suspected Terrorists

Facebook put the safety of its content moderators at risk after inadvertently exposing their personal details to suspected terrorist users of the social network, the Guardian has learned. ...


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Boeing Testing Huge Drone Submarine off Palos Verdes Coast

The Boeing "Echo Voyager" is a 50-ton, 51-foot-long monstrous underwater robot. The unmanned undersea vehicle is now going through several months of trials at sea before setting off on its own with no crew and no tether to a support ship.Powered by a hybrid electric battery system, it...


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Pro-Trump Oculus Rift Founder is Now Working on Border Wall Monitoring Tech

Palmer Freeman Luckey was a Silicon Valley genius. When he was just 21, he made an overnight fortune selling his start-up, a company called Oculus VR that made virtual-reality gear, to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014. But that success story took a sideways turn this year when Mr. Luckey w...


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Apple Could Help Government Agencies Spy on Us

Two unrelated reports suggest that Apple might have the technical capability of mass spying on its customers in a certain area and feeding the obtained information to intelligence agencies that would be able to take immediate measures. Apple has long maintained that the privacy and security for i...


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NASA Hired Its First New Class of Astronauts in Years to Help Get to Mars

There are 12 new “astronaut candidates” whose dreams of going to space have just come within reach. NASA officially introduced its 2017 class of astronauts on Wednesday afternoon in a briefing from the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The agency received a record number of applications in...


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Uber Fires Executive Who Obtained Rape Victim's Medical Records

Uber's problems with corporate culture aren't over just because it fired 20 people. Both the New York Times and Recode have learned that the ridesharing company has fired Asia-Pacific president Eric Alexander (shown above) after word got out that he obtained the medical records ...


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7 Girls Claim Drone Recorded Them While Sunbathing Naked on Deck of Boat

Seven young girls from Spain filed a police report saying they were recorded by a drone while basking naked on the deck of a boat in Mallorca. According to the complaint, ...


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Germany Set to Introduce the World's First Zero-Emission Passenger Train

Germany is set to introduce the world's first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen. The Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere, and provides an alternative to the country's 4,000 diesel trains. Lower Saxony has already ordered 14 of them from ...


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SpaceX Re-Launches a Dragon Capsule for the First Time

SpaceX is no longer limited to reusing rockets -- it's reusing capsules, too. The private spaceflight outfit has launched a refurbished Dragon cargo capsule (namely, one last used in September 2014) as part of a resupply mission to the International Space Station. While the vehicle isn't as compl...


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World's biggest airplane rolls out for the first time

What's longer than a football field, heavier than a blue whale and powered by six Boeing 747 engines? The Stratolaunch, a rocket-launching airplane that left its hangar for the first time on May 31. The Stratolaunch is designed to carry space rockets to high altitude, where they're then l...


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Faceless Fish Found in Unexplored Abyss

A 16-inch faceless fish, Typhlonus nasus, which researchers are calling a Faceless Cusk has been found in a 2.5 mile deep abyss off the eastern side of Australia in the Commonwealth marine reserves from northern Tasmania to central Queensland.  Along with the faceless cusk, scientists ha...


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Boeing is Building DARPA's New Hypersonic Space Plane

A few years ago, DARPA started work on a new experimental aircraft project called the XS-1, a vehicle designed to make launching satellites a faster, less expensive endeavor. Today, that project just took a huge leap forward: D...


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NY Forces Smart Lock Maker to Improve Security

Smart locks promise the security of a traditional lock without the need to carry around a key. Most can be unlocked with a mobile app or an RFID-equipped card you can store in y...


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World's Biggest Aircraft Nails Critical Test Flight

A massive airship dubbed the Airlander 10 recently completed a successful test flight, bringing the helium-filled behemoth one step closer to commercial use. Though it looks like a massive blimp, the ...


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Facebook to Reimburse Some Advertisers After Discovering Bug

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would refund some advertisers after finding a bug that wrongly attributed video carousel ad clicks as clicks to the advertisers' websites. When users tried to expand and watch the video carousel on the mobil...


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Lowe's Exoskeletons Help Workers Carry What You Can't

Exoskeletons aren't just for shipyard workers or people with limited mobility. If Lowe's has its way, they'll help store staff fetch your giant bucket of paint. The home improvement retailer has partnered with Virginia Tech to test prototype passive exoskeletons that make it easier to haul heavy ...


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New Report Suggests 2016 Heat Wave Was Anomaly, Antarctica Is Actually Getting Colder

The report stated that while the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost point of the continent is often described as a region with one of the largest warming trends on Earth since the 1950s, new research indicates that temperatures in the region have shifted from a warming trend to a cooling trend...


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Google Researcher: North Korea May Be Linked to Massive Cyberattack

Security researchers have documented similarities between the WannaCry code and malware created by Lazarus group, a hacking operation that has been linked to North Korea. The code similarities were discovered by Google researcher Neel Mehta on Monday. Google declined to comment....


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Flaw in Intel Chips Could Allow Hackers to Take Over Your Computer

A 7-year-old flaw in Intel chips could enable hijackers to gain total control of business computers and use them for malicious purposes. Attackers could take advantage of the flaw to get full control over business computers, even if they were turned off, provided they w...


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Massive, fast-moving cyberattack hits as many as 74 countries

As many as 74 countries have been hit by a huge, fast-moving and global ransomware attack that locks computers and demands the digital equivalent of $300, according to Kaspersky Lab, a Russian-based cybersecurity company. ...


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Microsoft's Big Cloud Play

Today Microsoft rolled out a set of very impressive technical innovations based on the Azure Cloud.  The most notable to non-developers is a new feature for Microsoft Powerpoint in which it can provide real time translations of a powerpoint presenter's speech.  By scanning a simple QR code, users...


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