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House of Cards' fourth season and the meme-ification of Frank Underwood

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SpaceX will attempt another launch and sea landing today

Elon Musk is probably crossing his fingers the Falcon 9 will finally launch today.

What did Ted Cruz eat off his lip during the GOP debate?

More importantly, was it a booger?

64 dogs rescued from South Korea meat farm now have a shot at long, happy lives

Humane Society International announced earlier this week that it helped shut down a dog meat farm in South Korea.

Catch up on 'House of Cards' in 3 minutes before the new season

It's mostly just Kevin Spacey choking dogs to death every episode.

McFly's Tom Fletcher has another baby video, this time from the delivery room

Tom Fletcher announces his new book while his new baby is about to be born.

An adorable species of octopus was discovered and it's basically a cartoon character

An adorable new kind of octopus was discovered by NOAA's Okeanos Explorer.

Kylo Ren can deliver a tour de Force in all your favorite movies

He's a villain for every occasion.

Now this is how to give an email scammer a taste of their own medicine

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Trump defends his penis size. What does science say?

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Libraries at the Crossroads

American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend.

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Google Cast gets an analytics tool for developers

Google today announced a significant enhancement to the developer tools for its Google Cast software, which lets people stream media from their PCs and mobile devices to TVs and speakers. The Google Cast software development kit (SDK) Developer Console now includes dedicated pages for analytics for apps that work with Google Cast.

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Oculus VR founder: We’ll support Mac if Apple ‘ever releases a good computer’

Palmer’s definition of a “good computer” is one that can handle the demands of VR software. The issue is that these games and tools need a hyper-rapid frame rate in the range of 90-to-125 frames per second to prevent people from getting motion sick. The Oculus founder says that Apple just doesn’t have an option on the market to meet that demand. Also, it’s worth pointing out that Oculus is a Facebook subsidiary, and Microsoft owns around 1.6 percent of Facebook.

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Boeing's self-cleaning bathroom zaps germs with UV light

Since that's probably not enough for the fastidiously clean, they also made almost every component inside hands-free. Want to lift the toilet cover and seat? Simply wave your hand over their sensors. The faucet, soap dispenser, hand dryer and even trash can cover all have sensors of their own. You still have to touch the door latch with the current concept, but the team's looking to turn it into a hands-free experience, as well. Plus, they're planning to add a vacuum vent system that can suck unfortunate accidents on the bathroom floor.

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Link from Legend of Zelda is now exploring Google Maps

Someone at Google Maps clearly loves video games. In the past the company has snuck  Pac-Man and Pokemon Easter eggs into its mapping service, and today The Legend of Zelda is joining in as well. It's a small change, but a tiny, pixelated Link now replaces the little peg typically featured in Maps. When you go into street view mode, he even turns along with the camera. Unfortunately, Hyrule hasn't been added to the mapping service. The timing might seem a bit strange — Zelda celebrated its 30th anniversary on February 21st — but today marks the release on  the HD version of Twilight Princess on Wii U , complete with Wolf Link amiibo. Link will be sticking around in Google Maps for the next five days, according to the  Japanese Zelda Twitter account .

7 Watch SpaceX's Fifth Attempt to Launch Its Falcon 9 Rocket Live, Which Will Make You Question the Very Nature of Reality

For the fifth time in just over a week, SpaceX is trying to launch its Falcon 9 Rocket. Am I stuck in a timeloop? Is any of this real? Am I here? Are you?

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Watch a SpaceX launch and landing attempt this evening at 6:35PM ET

The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 24th, but was delayed until Sunday, February 28th.  The launch window for the rocket began at 6:46PM ET on Sunday, but was put on hold due to a wayward boat. A second attempt a short time later saw the craft's engines start, but as they fired, something went wrong and the launch was aborted. After considering a third attempt, SpaceX staff made the call to scrub the flight, postponing the blastoff. On the plus side, SpaceX says the Falcon 9 rocket remains in good condition.

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SpaceX successfully launches satellite, but fate of rocket remains uncertain

But this trip also presented a very significant challenge for SpaceX in terms of both speed and distance. This latest round trip, the rocket has had to reach up to 9000 km, meaning the faster fuel burnout led to less control on the landing.

10 Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it

Microsoft’s intentions must be judged by Microsoft’s actions, not Microsoft’s words. Their actions speak plainly enough: they are working to turn today’s open PC ecosystem into a closed, Microsoft-controlled distribution and commerce monopoly, over time, in a series of steps of which we’re seeing the very first. Unless Microsoft changes course, all of the independent companies comprising the PC ecosystem have a decision to make: to oppose this, or cede control of their existing customer relationships and commerce to Microsoft’s exclusive control.

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Amazon reverses course on encryption for its Fire tablets

You will be able to encrypt Amazon Fire tablets again after a new update this spring.

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The 4 Most Important Things MythBusters Taught the World

If a learner doesn’t get confused, there are a couple of options. Either the person already understood the new material, or they didn’t learn anything. You have to be confused to learn just like the MythBusters have to accept the possibility that they will fail. It’s part of life. So we should salute the MythBusters and their many epic failures (hello JATO rocket car explosion).

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Tinder tests 'Share' button to turn you into a matchmaker

Although it’s clear Tinder has taken pains to ensure that a shared link won’t be exploited by users — making them destructible is a good touch — there’s something about a ‘Share’ button on a dating app that feels mismatched. No one has any doubt that Tinder is more of a group-sport than a one-on-one experience, with people trading phones and matching for others. But the app trades on serendipity, and that’s not necessarily achieved here.

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Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Somehow Finds Humor in War

In Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Tina Fey revamps her old “Weekend Update” newscaster persona to play an actual TV war correspondent in Afghanistan. Based on Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle , the movie does something that a lot of folks would be afraid to try: find comedy in a drawn-out intractable war. It could have easily backfired, but in Fey’s hands (and those of writer Robert Carlock) the jokes land alongside the bombs. That’s not to say Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is without flaws. Coming as it does in the midst of loud cries for more diversity in Hollywood, it unfortunately has at least two Afghan characters played by non-Afghan actors (one being Christopher Abbott, whose last major role was literally James White in James White ). But if you can cringe past that, you’ll see Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is doing the best it can. And its best ain’t bad. Check out the WIRED video review of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot above.

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Cortana in 3 more languages

Also speaking of Cortana, you can now save useful information by setting reminders with less information (for example, the name of a book you want to read by saying “remind me to read [insert book name]” or a to-do item without a due date by saying “remind me to wash the car”). You can add specific details like location, time, and people at a later time so that Cortana will surface the reminder when it’s most relevant. Microsoft also promises that in future builds, Cortana will be able to retrieve these upon request, “just like a real personal assistant would.”

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Companies will sell employees Apple Watches for $25 to reach health goals

Getting an Apple Watch, which can cost $350 or more, for only $25 is both a carrot and a stick. Employees get a great deal, obviously. But the employees have to meet certain health goals over a two-year period. If they don’t, then they have to reimburse the company the full price of the watch, according to the WSJ.

17 Watch a SpaceX launch and landing attempt this evening at 6:35PM ET

The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 24th, but was delayed until Sunday, February 28th.  The launch window for the rocket began at 6:46PM ET on Sunday, but was put on hold due to a wayward boat. A second attempt a short time later saw the craft's engines start, but as they fired, something went wrong and the launch was aborted. After considering a third attempt, SpaceX staff made the call to scrub the flight, postponing the blastoff. On the plus side, SpaceX says the Falcon 9 rocket remains in good condition.

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Meerkat Is Ditching the Livestream — And Chasing a Video Social Network Instead

Rubin brought the staff to his native Israel on a company retreat, decided that something had to change, and alerted his board in October that he wanted to pivot the business to build a new video social network instead. Around this time, some employees left the company for various reason, including Meerkat’s VP of engineering. But for the most part, Meerkat has been working on the social network idea ever since.

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The Force Awakens and A New Hope Are More Similar Than You Think

Many reviewers ( including our own)  noted that The Force Awakens seemed to take the major personality traits of the lead characters from A New Hope and reshuffle them before giving different combinations to the new protagonists. Ruths’ analysis bears that out. Poe takes on Luke’s pilot abilities, and is grouped together with all the other pilots, while Rey and Kylo Ren play out the Force-based conflict between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. The Rey/Vader comparison is especially potent, since Vader’s enduring popularity—and what we learned about him in later movies—calls to mind the way Rey’s lineage has become a hotbed of speculation.

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BMW plans self-driving software overhaul to fend off the likes of Apple, Google

German automaker BMW is planning a major corporate changes going forward, in an effort to build "the most intelligent car" it can, sensing impending competition from Apple, Google and others in Silicon Valley. BMW's i3 commuter car. Klaus Froehlich, a BMW board member who oversees the company's research and development, spoke with Reuters at the Geneva auto show this week. He said BMW is working internally on the next evolution of the automotive business, hoping to ensure it doesn't lose out to newcomers. Froehlich even used an analogy from the smartphone industry, where many companies are simply part of the massive supply chain for profitable handset makers like Apple. "Our task is to preserve our business model without surrendering it to an Internet player," Froehlich said. "Otherwise we will end up as the Foxconn for a company like Apple, delivering only the metal bodies for them." This isn't the first time BMW has expressed caution about sharing information with companies like Apple, out of worry that it might effectively become just another supplier. However, technologies like self-driving systems might demand help from outside parties such as Apple and Google, which are more familiar with software.

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As Apple Goes to War With the FBI, Amazon Drops Encryption From FireOS 5 Devices

David Scovetta, a member of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, tweeted the above image when he noticed that his Fire Tablet would no longer support encryption. We reached out to Amazon to confirm—and, indeed, local device storage is no longer encrypted for Fire tablets running OS 5. But, the company argues that communication between those tablets and the cloud are encrypted. Here’s exactly what Amazon said in an email sent to Gizmodo:

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Starboard to push for control of board in upcoming Yahoo talks: sources

"I want to make it very clear: between management, Marissa, myself, the rest of the management, her management team, and the committee, and the Board, we're absolutely all aligned," Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman said at a conference this week, referring to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. "We're looking at this in terms of what creates the best shareholder value."

23 Watch a SpaceX launch and landing attempt this evening at 6:35PM ET

The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 24th, but was delayed until Sunday, February 28th.  The launch window for the rocket began at 6:46PM ET on Sunday, but was put on hold due to a wayward boat. A second attempt a short time later saw the craft's engines start, but as they fired, something went wrong and the launch was aborted. After considering a third attempt, SpaceX staff made the call to scrub the flight, postponing the blastoff. On the plus side, SpaceX says the Falcon 9 rocket remains in good condition.

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SpaceX successfully launches satellite, but fate of rocket remains uncertain

But this trip also presented a very significant challenge for SpaceX in terms of both speed and distance. This latest round trip, the rocket has had to reach up to 9000 km, meaning the faster fuel burnout led to less control on the landing.

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Meerkat is pivoting away from the livestream game it helped invent

Meerkat debuted almost one year ago at SXSW 2015. It immediately became the darling of the festival. Livestreaming apps existed before Meerkat, but it was one of the first to let users do it from mobile and broadcast to potentially thousands of users — users that could then post comments about the stream in real time.

26 Watch Live: SpaceX's Latest Attempt to Land Its Falcon 9 At Sea

Today at 6:35 p.m. EST, SpaceX hopes, at last, to make its fifth attempt to launch and then land, its Falcon 9 rocket on an at-sea platform. The launch attempt has been delayed for a multitude of reasons over the last nine days, including bad weather, heavy winds, and even a boat roaming into a safety zone.

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http://news.slashdot.org/story/16/03/04/2111250/china-tries-its-hand-at-pre-crime?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

China's effort to flush out threats to stability is expanding into an area that used to exist only in dystopian sci-fi: pre-crime. The Communist Party has directed one of the country's largest state-run defense contractors, China Electronics Technology Group, to develop software to collate data on jobs, hobbies, consumption habits, and other behavior of ordinary citizens to predict terrorist acts before they occur . "It's very crucial to examine the cause after an act of terror," Wu Manqing, the chief engineer for the military contractor, told reporters at a conference in December. "But what is more important is to predict the upcoming activities." The program is unprecedented because there are no safeguards from privacy protection laws and minimal pushback from civil liberty advocates and companies, says Lokman Tsui, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who has advised Google on freedom of expression and the Internet.

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Everything coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime in March

Remember way back in 2013, when Netflix put out its first true original show, House of Cards ? Remember how shocked you were at how good it was? Remember a year later, when the second season came out — and was equally compelling? Remember last year, when the third season came around, and you stopped watching about four episodes from the end?

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NASA Thinks It Can Make a Supersonic Jet With No Boom

Coen thinks the problem is solvable, though. He says the agency is researching new kinds engine inlets and nozzles, that along with lighter composite airframe materials and avionics will result in a plane that burns one-third as much fuel as the Concorde did. “We are chipping away at the efficiency gap between subsonic and supersonic aircraft,” Coen wrote in an e-mail to Wired. “But we keep in mind that supersonic flight also delivers a value that subsonic cannot: Time!”

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Frank Underwood's guide to social media

Frank is a man of detail. So let’s be Frank about it and keep a close eye to your social media analytics and making reporting on your social media activity a habit. This way, you gain better insights into how far you are from achieving your business goals but also you keep the impact of social media on your brand measurable.

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3 Storytelling Tools to Enhance Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

Who doesn't love hearing a juicy story? Whether sitting around a crackling campfire, listening to a horror story, or even just a phone call with a friend venting to you about that bad date last week. We all love listening to a great story, one that both captivates and holds us speechless for a moment in time.

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Study confirms the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is painfully true

During the Oscars last week, Twitter users were out in force, rallying round the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite . The reason? If it wasn’t obvious, the lack of racial diversity among the Academy Awards nominees.

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Google is experimenting with adding social features to search for celebrities and brands

Dubbed ‘ Google Posts ,’ the “experiment” is meant to allow politicians a place on the Web, whether they have one or not. It’s also real-time, and seems to be rather official; Google says politicians have been given access to Posts, so they can communicate directly. Once they create a post, it shows up in search results for their name.

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Encrypted email service Lavabit rises from the dead to file brief in Apple’s defense

Lavabit, a company that operated an encrypted email service for more than 400,000 people — reportedly including NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden — before it shut down in 2013 under legal pressure from the FBI, rose from the dead today. In a federal court filing, the company came out in defense of Apple, as the tech giant pushes back against the FBI’s demands that it find a way to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone.

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23andMe CEO: I'll Sleep When We Bring Our Full Test Back To Market

For Wojcicki, it's a foregone conclusion that 23andMe will resume its full test in a few years. The company still needs to prove to regulators that its tests are reliable, and that the average consumer can understand the results. "That actually made us better," she explains. "We did a lot of testing to show that someone with a junior high school education could understand the tests."

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Mario is making a return to the Wii U this year

Fan of Mario? Own a Wii U? Well, Nintendo has just announced that its biggest star is coming to the Wii U later this year in a new game called ‘Paper Mario: Color Splash.’

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AMD promises the solution to gaming on ultra-thin laptops is coming 'very soon'

Ultra-thin notebooks are awesome to carry, but nobody in their right mind would confuse one for a gaming notebook. But there’s still a HUGE appetite for thin notebooks that can game. I also bet there’s a bunch of gamers out there who, as they get into their 30s and 40s, wouldn’t mind condensing their entire computing life down into one device that does it all… External GPUs are the answer. External GPUs with standardised connectors, cables, drivers, plug’n’play, OS support, etc.

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10 must-have Microsoft apps for your Android phone | ZDNet

Surprise! Microsoft is among the most prolific developers of apps for the Android platform. And Redmond has turned on the afterburners in the past year, releasing a string of quality business-focused apps. Here are my 10 picks for the best of the bunch.

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Mapping data might have just revealed who the real Banksy is

The geographical profile built up by the university’s researchers shows a pattern between the location of Banksy’s work and its close proximity to Gunningham and his known hangouts. There was no illegal tracking of him involved, the university was able to build the profile using entirely public data, which makes it all the more creepy.

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5 ways to get the most out of mobile UX

On the iPhone, these same menu options appear along the bottom tab bar without issues. It seems that TED tried to duplicate the iOS tab bar at the top of the Android app, with odd results. At the same time, the Android version has filters for New and Popular that you don’t immediately see in the iOS version because their hidden behind a nonstandard icon that combines an up arrow and down arrow. TED Talks rock, but their mobile UX isn’t consistent.

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Absurd Creatures: LOL Good Luck Going in the Ocean Ever Again

I’ve been doing our Absurd Creature of the Week column for almost two years now, covering damn near 100 creatures and getting somewhere around 35 percent of the facts right. Not bad! (Editor’s note: ±65 percent, p=0.04.)  I’m going to keep writing those, if you don’t mind, but now we have a new addition to the Absurd Creature family: a live-action show of epic proportions. Alright, maybe that’s overstating things. We’d need more explosions for it to be epic, and our budget doesn’t allow for that. But it’s still pretty neat.

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A tiny change to Instagram led to a major increase in usage

The software engineers behind Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram are constantly looking to improve the app’s performance. Performance improvements might sound like an exercise in perfection for perfection’s sake, but in fact they can lead to important things — like more usage from end users.

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Think You Know The News? Take The Fast Company Quiz

Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge.

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Google will apply the ‘right to be forgotten’ to all EU searches next week

In 2014, an EU court decided that Google must comply with requests to remove some search results, in a decision that became known as "the right to be forgotten." As part of that decision, European users can submit a request to Google, asking the company to delist results that are "no longer relevant" or otherwise outdated. Until now, however, Google would only delist results for its European sites, such as google.co.uk and google.fr. Presumably, then, EU users could still find the delisted results by visiting google.com.

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Microsoft to finally unveil its universal Xbox apps later this month

Microsoft is planning to unveil its universal Xbox apps later this month. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the software giant will detail a number of apps and plans to open the platform to developers at the Build conference in San Francisco on March 30th. Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed on Twitter today that Microsoft will "discuss our next steps with the Universal Windows Platform at //build later this month."

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Google is letting celebrities and businesses post directly to search results

Google has begun experimenting with an entirely new format for search results, which could eventually let any brand, celebrity, or organization have a dedicated Twitter-like feed built right into the company's search engine. Google first started employing something similar last month by letting  presidential campaigns post lengthy debate rebuttals — and later by curating candidates'  stances on key issues like gun control and immigration . The design of these search results is similar to Google's mobile "cards," which can be swiped as well as clicked or tapped on to expand for more information.

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Zootopia Review - IGN

Zootopia is continually funny and engaging from the start, when we see Judy’s far less positive parents tell her how it’s okay to have dreams; just don’t try and achieve them. The animation is terrific and Zootopia, the location, is a fantastic creation – a place made up of subsections that run the gamut from desert terrain to a snow-covered area to a central cityscape that is similar to what you’d find in a human city, yet also filled with many distinct tweaks to reflect the needs of its animal populace. A really great touch is that the animals in the film are all proportioned just as they are in our world, even though they also walk and talk, and a fantastic sequence makes use of this by having Judy follow a criminal into Little Rodentia, an area where all the buildings and vehicles are tiny for the rodents who live there, which suddenly makes Judy into a giant by comparison, crashing through the streets.

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San Bernardino DA says seized iPhone may hold “dormant cyber pathogen”

It sounds like he’s making up these terms as he goes. We've never used these terms in computer science. I think what he’s trying to suggest is that Farook was somehow working with someone to install a program on the iPhone that would infect the local network with some kind of virus or worm or something along those lines. Anything is possible, right? Do they have any evidence whatsoever to show there is any kind of cyber pathogen on the network or any logs or network captures to show that Farook's phone tried to introduce some unauthorized code into the system?

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If you want a selfie with Rihanna, you'll have to follow very specific instructions

She's especially excited about the "9 to 5" boots, which are also most of a pair of pants. In fact, Rihanna has promised to accost the first person she sees wearing her shoes on the street.

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The 4 Most Important Things MythBusters Taught the World

If a learner doesn’t get confused, there are a couple of options. Either the person already understood the new material, or they didn’t learn anything. You have to be confused to learn just like the MythBusters have to accept the possibility that they will fail. It’s part of life. So we should salute the MythBusters and their many epic failures (hello JATO rocket car explosion).

51 Woman drives with painted cardboard license plate, gets arrested
52 Bill Gates reportedly talked Microsoft out of bidding $8 billion for Slack
53 40 of the world’s biggest banks are experimenting with blockchain
54 Donald Trump's spelling errors make 'National Grammar Day' all the more relevant
55 Samsung reportedly interested in buying Tidal to replace Milk Music
56 Microsoft could finally show the world its universal Xbox apps next month
57 Sony unveils ‘Future Lab’ to solicit public input on its prototypes
58 'Sweateralls' look so much cooler and comfier than their denim counterpart
59 Google confirms it will extend E.U. right-to-be-forgotten to all Google Search domains from next week
60 Marian Prokop on Twitter
61 Calculator showing how much exercise it takes to burn off fast food will ruin your lunch plans
62 A fluffy cat is the leader of this adorable chihuahua family
63 Goal Kitty reaches for the sky, finds Internet fame instead
64 Super cool DIY lamp sheds some light on Take Your Action Figure to Work Day
65 Google, Microsoft, and other tech giants file legal briefs in support of Apple
66 California's Bullet Train Gets Delayed, Leaves Door Wide Open for Hyperloop
67 Ben Carson officially ends quasi-campaign for president
68 Bumble now lets you find a new BFF
69 Amazon drops encryption feature in Fire tablet software
70 Photo Essay: NYC's Controversial New $4 Billion Transit Hub
71 Fashion-forward, 4-year-old boy is a runway model with an awesome hairstyle
72 Tinder wants to make it easier to share profiles
73 Millennials like teensy, inconvenient little hotel rooms that make older business travelers furious
74 An A-to-Z Guide to Bullshit Alternative Medicine on YouTube
75 Whole Foods Apologizes for Making Oranges More Convenient
76 When capital prefers venture over public markets
77 The Coolest Rides Coming to Shanghai Disneyland
78 The next Windows 10 update is all about Cortana
79 Seattle Sued for Letting Lyft, Uber Drivers Unionize
80 AMD wants to standardize the external GPU
81 MIT's DeepDrumpf Twitter Bot Uses Neural Networks To Tweet Like Donald Trump
82 DT Giveaway: Don’t pay for 4K! Just win this 55-inch Samsung from us instead
83 Amazon's Echo Dot lets you put Alexa inside any speaker
84 Phantom 4 Review: DJI’s New Drone Outsmarts Bad Pilots
85 7 Amazing Gameplay Clips From Portal, Dota, and Other Vive Demos - IGN
86 Uber Spends Big on International Expansion
87 SpaceX's rocket crash lands on a floating drone ship — as expected