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Facebook’s now playing Verizon-sponsored NFL clips

  Ready for some in-your-face(book) football? According to the WSJ, Facebook is now showing NFL news, highlights and fantasy info in US feeds, topped off by clickable Verizon ads. The social network said the new arrangement was a “small video sponsorship test… to evaluate how people, publishers and marketers respond to co-branded video content on […]

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Google reportedly agrees to rent ‘The Interview’ online (update: official)

Sure, Sony may be defying hackers’ threats by letting independent theaters screen The Interview, but you might not live close enough to watch the flick. What if you want to see it online? You might get that chance. Sources for both CNN and Recode claim that Google has “tentatively agreed” to distribute the movie online […]

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The Big Picture: NuSTAR telescope shows the sun blasting out X-rays

Pop quiz, hotshot: What do you get when you heat gas above 3 million degrees Celsius? High-energy X-rays, of course — just the kind that NuSTAR was launched to detect. The space telescope took a break from hunting black holes to snap its first-ever shot of the sun. When that X-ray image (blue and green) […]

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Google alerts the FBI to YouTube comment threatening to kill cops

A Colorado man named Jeremiah Perez has been arrested for a comment he posted onYouTube, threatening to kill “retired helpless cops,” which Google itself reported to authorities. Mountain View called up the FBI in San Francisco after someone with the username “Vets Hunting Cops” posted this comment on one of its videos: SINCE DARREN WILSON […]

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Uber’s CEO is now a wanted man in South Korea

2014’s been a year to forget for Travis Kalanick, but since there’s still a week to go before 2015, there’s one more nasty surprise waiting for him. South Korea has indicted Uber’s CEO on charges of operating an illegal taxi service in the country, which could see him slapped with an $18,000 fine, or two […]

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Samsung has closed its flagship London store

  Just like that, Samsung has decided to close its flagship ‘Experience Store’ in London. Only ten of these glossy retail outlets exist across the UK, and the one in Westfield Stratford shopping center was Samsung’s crown jewel, playing host to numerous early bird product launches such as the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S […]

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The UK will decode the genes of 100,000 people to help fight cancer

The UK is about to launch one of the more ambitious attempts at using genetic research to fight cancer and other nasty diseases. The National Health Service’s England branch plans to collect and sequence the genomes of 100,000 people in hopes of understanding both how DNA affects these sicknesses (such as gene-specific causes or symptoms) […]

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Meizu’s M1 Note is a dirt-cheap iPhone 5c on steroids

  While many Chinese smartphone makers have recently stepped up their efforts in delivering more original designs, we can’t say that’s the case with Meizu’s latest offering. In fact, we already knew the cheeky company was up to something when the Chinese media received an iPhone 5c chassis in their invitations, and now we know […]

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Critical flaw forces Apple to push first automatic OS X security update

A critical security issue in the network time protocol (NTP) has prompted Apple to push an automatic OS X update for the first time ever. Google researchers discovered the flaw which could allow a remote attacker to “send a carefully crafted packet that can overflow a stack buffer and allow malicious code to be executed.” […]

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Snapchat alternatives (and their users) vanish from Windows Phone

  Snapchat warned that it was clamping down on third-party apps to prevent sketchier examples from compromising your security, and it appears to be making good on its word — much to the chagrin of Windows Phone users, who haven’t had an official Snapchat option so far. Windows Central notes that 6snap and other titles […]

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Watch the first steps of a robot inspired by stick bugs

  They grow up so fast, don’t they? It was just a few years ago that HECTOR the stick bug robot was little more than a twinkle in Bielefeld University’s eye, and it’s already taking its first steps. Okay, so this isn’t quite a tear-jerking moment, but it’s still an important achievement in robotics. As […]

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Samsung’s super-wide curved monitor makes your PC extra trendy

  If both ultra-widescreen and curved computer monitors are all the rage these days, then Samsung’s new SE790C display is supremely fashionable. The 34-inch, 3,440 x 1,440 LCD has both a super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and a gentle arc, combining two trends (fads?) in one. Supposedly, this all-encompassing design produces a “3D-like” effect that brings […]

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Obama doesn’t believe the Sony hack was an act of war

If you were worried that the US government would see the Sony Pictures hack as grievous enough to prompt a larger conflict with North Korea, you can relax. President Obama tells CNN that he doesn’t see the digital assault as an “act of war” — it was aserious instance of “cybervandalism,” but that’s it. He […]

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Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos

  Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn’t mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge William Martini contends that police don’t need search warrants to create bogus Instagram accounts for the […]

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The US wants China’s help blocking North Korean hackers

The enemy of my enemy is my friend — at least, it is for the US. Sources for both theAssociated Press and the New York Times claim that American officials have asked China to implement a block that would “cripple” North Korea’s ability to launch cyberattacks like the one that hobbled Sony Pictures. Unfortunately, this […]

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Google+ can automatically ‘enhance’ your mobile video recordings

Google’s no stranger to tweaking your photos automagically, and now it’s extending that expertise to video. By using Google+ and its auto-backup system for your media, Mountain View says it can adjust the lighting, color, stability and, soon enough, speech in any video you shoot. Just be sure to have Auto Enhance activated on your […]

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