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'Saturday Night Live' announced this weekend that 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' lead Adam Driver will host the show Jan. 16.

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Forbes Tech News on Twitter

The Pebble Time smartwatch has gained valuable new tools for health tracking http://onforb.es/1JfNEZ3  pic.twitter.com/WozHsdUNfZ

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You can now order an Uber via Facebook Messenger

Today Facebook pulled the wrapping off its partnership with Uber to bring the transportation service to Messenger. Starting today, select users will be able to order a car through Uber inside of Messenger.

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Ex-NBA star buys a 'League of Legends' eSports team

He may well be on to something. As Bloomberg notes, 27 million people watched 2014's League of Legends World Championship. That's more than the 19.9 million who saw this year's NBA finals, folks. Even though Gravity isn't likely to pay its players NBA-level salaries any time soon, it might not take long for Fox to make a return on his investment.

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An art made of trust, vulnerability and connection

Marina Abramović's art pushes the boundary between audience and artist in pursuit of heightened consciousness and personal change. In her groundbreaking 2010 work, "The Artist Is Present," she simply sat in a chair facing her audience, for eight hours a day ... with powerfully moving results. Her boldest work may still be yet to come — it's taking the form of a sprawling art institute devoted to experimentation and simple acts done with mindful attention. "Nothing happens if you always do things the same way," she says. "My method is to do things I'm afraid of, the things I don't know, to go to territory that nobody's ever been."

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Newly discovered hack has U.S. fearing foreign infiltration - CNNPolitics.com

Washington (CNN) A major breach at computer network company Juniper Networks has U.S. officials worried that hackers working for a foreign government were able to spy on the encrypted communications of the U.S. government and private companies for the past three years.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai on How India Can Produce More Tech Leaders Like Him

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Thursday said the Indian education system, which nurtured him, needs to allow students to take risks, and to fail, if it wants to produce more global technology leaders.

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Inside Google's Quantum Computing Lab, Questing for the Perfect Computer | MIT Technology Review

John Martinis, 57, is the perfect person to wrestle a mind-bogglingly complex strand of quantum physics research into a new engineering discipline. Not only can he dive into the esoteric math, but he loves to build things. Operating even a single qubit is a puzzle assembled from deep quantum theory, solid-state physics, materials science, microfabrication, mechanical design, and conventional electronics. Martinis, who is tall with a loud, friendly voice, makes a point of personally mastering the theory and technical implementation of every piece. Giving a tour of his new lab at Google, he is as excited about the new soldering irons and machine tools in the conventional workshop area as he is about the more sophisticated equipment that chills chips and operates them. “To me it’s fun,” he says. “I’ve been able to do experiments no one else could do, because I could build my own electronics.”

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Our obsession with elite colleges is making our kids feel worthless

With this mindset as mantra, and with those colleges routinely denying 90-95% of applicants, we set our children on a grim racecourse to try to beat those nearly impossible odds. We’ve created a way of life in which kids have no time for play—which is an inalienable right for every child around the globe, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Instead, we insist that every moment of our children’s lives be enriching, as if each activity, athletic endeavor, quiz, and piece of homework is a make or break moment for their future . As if every afternoon must be harnessed for usefulness.

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Hydrogen fuel cells promise to keep drones flying for hours

The use of drones by consumers and companies has exploded over the past few years. As the devices have soared in popularity, a lot of the critical features and functions have rapidly improved. The aircraft have gotten steadily cheaper, more powerful, and easier to use. The cameras have gotten better while also getting much smaller. The autonomous navigation has evolved by leaps and bounds. One thing that has not changed much, however, is battery life.

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Elon Musk worries third World War would ruin Mars mission - CNET

I don't think we can discount the possibility of a third World War. You know, in 1912 they were proclaiming a new age of peace and prosperity, saying that it was a golden age, war was over. And then you had World War I followed by World War II followed by the Cold War. So I think we need to acknowledge that there's certainly a possibility of a third World War, and if that does occur it could be far worse than anything that's happened before. Let's say nuclear weapons are used. I mean, there could be a very powerful social movement that's anti-technology.

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How Italy’s Hacking Team Discovered the Future of Surveillance | MIT Technology Review

The program can infect a device by taking advantage of security flaws in operating systems and other software; Hacking Team either discovers these vulnerabilities itself or pays other companies for knowledge of them. RCS can get onto a computer through a malware-laden e-mail, as in M’s case, or by someone covertly getting physical access to a device. Some customers deploy RCS by installing a device called a Network Injection Appliance at an Internet service provider, which can steer a targeted person’s Web browser to a phony Web page that smuggles RCS onto his or her system. Customers pay Hacking Team for the software and a system of proxies that keep their communications with the software—and their investigations—under wraps. They also get comprehensive technical support. “The value that they’re adding is the training, consultancy, and ease of use that they can offer to any agent who is unfamiliar with computers,” said Edin Omanovic, a research officer at Privacy International, who has tracked the surveillance industry .

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We could see a black-and-white Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters next year

Around the film's release, Miller talked about wanting a black-and-white Fury Road .  A Slashfilm piece from May quotes him saying that there are "only two ways" to film a post-apocalyptic movie: make the colors incredibly vivid, which he chose for the released version, or totally remove them. "The best version of this movie is black-and-white, but people reserve that for art movies now," he said.

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Beer me, R2-D2! You're my only fridge

Pursued by journalists eager to cover any and all things Star Wars, the full-size replica droid with authentic lighting, projection, and sound effects races towards Nevada at its top speed of 1 kilometer per hour, custodian of the geek appeal that can win its maker a fair share of fanboy love, and restore the refrigeration category's place in the blogosphere spotlight...

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How to Use Facebook Business Manager: A Complete Guide : Social Media Examiner

Oh my goodness, Kristi! You must have been reading my mind. I promised myself I would figure out how to get my Facebook Business Page out of the dreaded Facebook Business Manager, today! I’ve had it about a year, and I am not at all impressed. Luckily, I only transfered one client to this platform–all others are still under managed pages. Thank you for this. After I read it, I’ll be back.

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No Cell Signal? This Can Help When You Wander Off-Grid

@Jay Campbell Hi Jay. Nick from goTenna here. The device won't connect you to any centralized network when you're off-grid. Instead, goTenna pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth LE, and allows you to send text messages and GPS locations via long-range radio waves in a peer-to-peer capacity. So, you can still be entirely off-grid, disconnected from other networks, and still communicate with traveling companions and share locations with them.

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Beginner tips to becoming a data analyst

The new year is quickly approaching and it is common during this time for people to start thinking of a career change or step up their careers for the new year. For some, a career in data analysis may be an appealing option.

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Apple Mac security: MacKeeper exposes 13 million user account details | ZDNet

The maker of Mac utility software MacKeeper has admitted to leaking 13 million user account details from an unsecured database.

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For vast majority of seniors who own one, a smartphone equals ‘freedom’

Asked if they feel that their phone represents “freedom” or “a leash,” 82% of smartphone-owning seniors described their phone as freeing, compared with 64% of those ages 18 to 29. By contrast, 36% of adult smartphone owners under the age of 30 described their phone as a leash, double the 18% of adults ages 65 and older who chose this term to describe their phone.

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'Vuvuzela' messaging system hides your metadata in a blare of noise

The main drawback of Vuvuzela (which is still under development) is that it's inefficient — users would have to get used to delays between messages. However, these gaps wouldn't be too annoying. In order to scope out the system's limits, the researchers behind the project (led by PhD student David Lazar), tested Vuvuzela on hired servers, simulating 1 million users generating 15,000 messages per second. Even with this volume of data, the message latency was only around 44 seconds. And while this would be too annoying for the system in its current state to find commercial uses, that might just be an acceptable delay for the privacy-conscious.

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Hillary Clinton on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Joe Trippi on the Soul and Technology of Politics | MIT Technology Review

In Iowa, the Kennedy team was harnessing the most advanced technology then available to a presidential campaign: the telephone call combined with meticulous use of three-by-five index cards. A paid phone bank would call registered Democrats and independents and ask them whom they intended to vote for in the upcoming Iowa caucuses. An index card would be created with the voter’s name, address, and phone number—and a code number for the person’s answer to that one question, handwritten on the card. A “1” meant the voter was for Kennedy; “2” that the voter was leaning to Kennedy; “3” that a voter was undecided. Worst was “4”: it meant the voter was supporting our opponent, the president of the United States, Jimmy Carter. When newly minted Kennedy organizers like me arrived in Iowa, we were told what county we would be organizing—and were handed shoeboxes of index cards that had been coded.

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How to get price-drop refunds without even trying - CNET

I signed up for the service about a month ago, then promptly forgot about it -- until yesterday, when Paribus notified me that a paper-cutter I'd purchased from Amazon had dropped $6.78. A mere six hours later, Amazon e-mailed me directly to say they'd processed my $6.78 refund. (It was a little odd to read the letter "I" had written to Amazon's customer service, which was copied in the response, but then I realized it was no different than what I'd have written myself.)

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Netflix's new Windows 10 app embraces Microsoft's universal dream

It's still really early days for Windows 10 and the future of the universal app platform. Netflix is available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets today, but the phone and Xbox versions are still separate and not universal. That will change over the coming months, but it highlights the challenges of convincing developers to build these apps. "We've got a long ways to go in our Store yet to get to the scale that we want," explains Mehdi. Netflix, Uber, Shazam, Twitter, and others are a good start, but there are thousands more big apps to go until Microsoft can say universal apps are a success.

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2015: The year Windows, OS X and iOS became naggy and annoying | ZDNet

What do I remember most about 2015? I'll tell you what it is; it's the incessant nagging by Windows, OS X and iOS to upgrade to the latest version, try new services, and buy more stuff.

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Why Google is reminding us all it's a data vacuum

Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech. If you look carefully, you may even find her doing comedy about tech. Kirsty also presents the New Economics Foundation's Weekly Economics Podcast.

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Uhh you guys organized 35,000 Star Wars events on Facebook this month

Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech. If you look carefully, you may even find her doing comedy about tech. Kirsty also presents the New Economics Foundation's Weekly Economics Podcast.

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Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin collide in 'SNL' sketch

It's then that 2008 Clinton offers her current self some advice: Don't be cocky. As she puts it, in the last election, "I was cocky too, and then someone named Barack Obama stumble out of a soup kitchen with a basketball and a cigarette and stole my life."

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With Edge inheriting one-quarter of Internet Explorer's flaws, is it any more secure? | ZDNet

The software giant is pushing users away from old versions of Internet Explorer. But how secure, based on vulnerabilities, is Windows 10's new browser?

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Samsung Galaxy A9 rumors point to huge display and massive battery | ZDNet

Leaked spec for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A9 point to a device with a huge 6-inch display and 4000 mAh battery, but the processor and screen density seem disappointing.

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Free Speech in the Era of Its Technological Amplification | MIT Technology Review

The third event upset observers who value privacy, respect women, and worry about sexual predation. Reddit, an online bulletin board whose links and material are generated by its community of users, hosts forums called “subreddits”; until recently, a number were dedicated to sharing photographs of pubescent and teenage girls. These subreddits were part of a larger trend of websites catering to a taste for images of young women who never consented to public exposure (examples include “self-shots,” where nude photos intended to titillate boyfriends find their way online, and “revenge porn,” sexually explicit photos of women uploaded to the Internet by bitter ex-boyfriends). The two most popular subreddits publishing images of young women, “r/jailbait” and ­ “r/creepshot,” didn’t traffic in illegal child pornography; the forums’ moderator, an Internet troll known as Violentacrez, was much valued by Reddit’s registered users, called “redditors,” for his industriousness in removing unlawful content. (I speak from hearsay; I never visited r/jailbait and r/creepshot.) Instead, the photographs of underage girls showed them clothed or partially clothed, and they were taken in public (where American courts have decided no one has a reasonable expectation of privacy).

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Tristan Walker: A New Approach to Personal Care Products

He plans to continue trying to reach the broader market of black and Latino consumers, which he thinks has been ignored for too long. Market studies show the shaving industry for black men is $200 million to $300 million, he says. “But I think it’s $4 billion.” And, he adds with a laugh, “our country’s getting a lot more curly haired.”

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Leaked Moto X 2016 is a curious metal creation

All that said, these details and the image itself should be taken with a grain of salt. The possible departure from front-facing speakers or customization, both big parts of what made the Moto X popular, not to mention that massive camera lens, make this supposed leak a bit of a stretch.

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An IFTTT-powered CNET Smart Home? We're testing it out - CNET

With that in mind, we wanted to find out just how useful -- and reliable -- IFTTT actually is. We've already installed a lot of devices in the CNET Smart Home, everything from lights and locks to thermostats and garage door openers, and a lot of it works with IFTTT. Moving forward, we'll be testing out a bounty of IFTTT recipes, then reporting back on how well everything works in full detail. For now, here's a product-by-product look at everything IFTTT can do for us.

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AndroidGuys.com on Twitter

85 QHD(1440P) Stunning wallpapers provided by Mother Nature http://bit.ly/1RwXZHM  pic.twitter.com/tCFw7jukYx

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8 Top Office Design Trends For 2016

Lesizza says nature is having a serious moment in design. Reclaimed wood panel installations, exposed concrete flooring, and incorporating natural flora patterns in fabrics and artwork are all becoming more prominent, along with plant life itself in the form of living walls, he says. "Some of our favorite pieces and projects from the last year take a page from this trend, and also go hand in hand with one of the bigger trends: bringing the home into the office," says Lesizza. "It’s the natural, cozy feeling that a lot of these finishes and details have that will continue to make this trend a popular one throughout 2016."

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A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet

Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located.

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AndroidGuys.com on Twitter

ICYMI White elephant gift ideas under $25 for tech lovers http://bit.ly/1QBD4TK  pic.twitter.com/OzNbAdFEqN

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luigiplr/netify-jump

Netify Jump is a software-based system that effectively transforms your computer into a WiFi router and/or repeater.

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4 big moments from the Democratic debate no one watched

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley squared off in New Hampshire on Saturday for an inconveniently timed third debate third debate. And we watched it so you could go out on your Saturday night.

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lesovsky/pgcenter

PostgreSQL provides various statistics which includes information about tables, indexes, functions and other database objects and their usage. Moreover, statistics has detailed information about connections, current queries and database operations (INSERT/DELETE/UPDATE). But most of this statistics are provided as permanently incremented counters. The pgcenter provides convenient interface to this statistics and allow viewing statistics changes in time interval, eg. per second. The pgcenter provides fast access for database management task, such as editing configuration files, reloading services, viewing log files and canceling or terminating database backends (by pid or using state mask). However if need execute some specific operations, pgcenter can start psql session for this purposes.

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This Man Does Not Give A Sh*t About Star Wars

And so I walked out of the theater that warm evening feeling kind of meh, probably mimicking some of my friends’ enthusiasm so I wouldn’t feel left out. And over the years, I’d join my friends when they talked about key scenes and I’d joke with coworkers about going to our office at the "Death Star." But it was all a little forced — the truth is I didn’t give a shit. Like an atheist trying to get by in Puritan New England in the 17th century, you’ve got to talk the Gospel and walk the Gospel or you might get burned at the stake. Or even worse, teased by your friends at school. And then decades later, I'd be puzzled over by adult buddies, who’d gaze at me in curiosity, trying to figure out whether I was being sarcastic or just plain strange. Most of the time, they wouldn’t even indulge me or ask me to explain my indifference. They’d just awkwardly turn away and find someone normal to talk to. Because it is strange not to like Star Wars  — it’s one of those rare cultural phenomena that unites everyone — jocks and geeks, hipsters and frat boys, white-collar executives and blue-collar factory workers, women and men, gays and straights, blacks and whites, native-born and immigrant.

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Google Maps on iOS now shows the best gas prices in town

The iOS version of Google Maps has been updated to bring travelers up-to-date pricing on gasoline, a boon for road trippers who love to push their gas tank to the limit in search of a good deal.

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Get the Smallest Drone with a Built-In Camera, Plus a 2GB SD Card to Capture Your Flights [Deals Hub]

You know how in spy movies, you see secret agents flying around tiny, barely noticeable drones that are capable of getting into spaces that no person can? You can own one of your own. Grab the World’s Smallest Camera Drone on sale now from the

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R2-D2 or C-3PO? Robotics designers weigh in on which approach makes the most sense | ZDNet

"My point is that we often can't help but assume that an entity is human-like in some capacity. This appears to be the case with robots as well. Robots such as the Paro and Pleo, seal and dinosaur simulacrums, respectively, elicit strong emotional reactions and care-giving tendencies despite our rational understanding that they are mere machines. If the goal is to evoke a more emotional response such as delight or affection, with few expectations of cognitive ability, a non-humanoid form is likely to be more successful than a humanoid. If your robot can carry out a small subset of tasks well (or poorly, for that matter), I think it best to steer clear of the human form factor, lest the real human in the interaction project more complex expectations onto the robot. Of course, if your robot is in fact more capable than its form lets on, you could be underselling your bot which will either pleasantly surprise your users, or deter them altogether.

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MomentFeed: Localized Mobile Marketing Solutions for Search and Social | Marketing Technology

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The Best iPhone Apps for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Overcast is my favorite podcast app. The Smart Speed feature that shortens silences is quite cool and innovative and ensures that you don’t waste time unnecessarily. The Voice Boast feature normalizes volume across all shows using a combination of dynamic compression and equalization. You can also create custom playlists, and sort them based on your priority, so you can listen to your favorite podcast first. You can also It also helps you find new podcasts, and get recommendations from people you follow. Overcast 2 includes streaming capabilities, so you can start playing an episode immediately, rather than waiting for it to download completely.

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Hillary Clinton suggests America should embrace Muslims — as terror informants

Clinton said she feared that openly anti-Muslim sentiments from candidates including Donald Trump would fan the flames of radicalization in America. Trump has called for a widely reviled ban on Muslims entering the country, which drew opposition and rebuke from everyone including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to former Vice President Dick Cheney to the CEO of Google .

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Hillary Clinton on encryption: 'maybe the back door isn't the right door'

Democrats have strange ideas about the internet , too. At tonight's ABC News presidential debate, candidates offered a number of vague, borderline-illiterate thoughts about technology, especially Hillary Clinton. It all started when ABC gave her an inane prompt, characterizing encryption as a "terrorist tool used in the Paris attacks." In response, Clinton suggested that, instead of breaking encryption, the US should launch a "Manhattan-like project" to "bring the government and tech communities together" so that law enforcement can "prevent attacks."

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How to use photos from computer as Apple TV screen saver

The new, 4th Generation Apple TV introduced the new aerial view screen savers which span across major world cities and produce super-high-quality live images taken from a fancy drone. These images are really stunning to look at, but can get old after some time. Plus, if you have great photos from your last trip on your computer, it’s always cool to add a more personal, homey touch to your Apple TV. You have always been able to stream photos from My Photos or via your iCloud photos, but fewer people know that they can stream photos from any folder on their computer with Home Sharing enabled.

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'Sorry': Hillary Clinton briefly goes missing during debate

During Saturday night's Democratic debate, ABC cut back from commercial to the live debate, only to find that Hillary Clinton wasn't at her podium. The moderators continued, regardless.

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