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Big Data Looms as Next Battle in Europe

BRUSSELS—As Google Inc. prepares to fight charges that it has violated Europe’s competition rules, lawyers here are already limbering up for the next battle: big data.

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Star Wars: Is Finn a Jedi? - IGN

Finn, (portrayed by John Boyega) has appeared in both Star Wars teaser trailers wearing stormtrooper armor. Earlier today, a panel at Celebration confirmed that Finn is a stormtrooper for at least some portion of the story. However, Finn is also depicted in the second trailer wearing civilian-style clothes alongside Daisy Ridley's character Rey and droid BB-8. His on-screen costume closely matches both the concept art and a costume on display at Celebration, which clearly includes the same saber holder straps.

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Finance world in the dark as Bloomberg terminals go offline

Financial markets were thrown into turmoil on Friday as the Bloomberg terminals used by hundreds of thousands of financial industry workers went offline in an unprecedented global outage.

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Take The Fast Company News Quiz

Illegal "Game of Thrones" streaming, a new product from Reddit, and more. Here's our quiz for April 17, 2015.

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Instagram Tightens Guidelines to Curb Pornography and Harassment

The overhaul of Instagram’s community guidelines is the biggest since Facebook bought the app three years ago for $1 billion. Since then it has exploded to 300 million monthly users, from 30 million.

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19 New Things We Learned About ‘Star Wars 7’ Today

12Oscar Isaac Reveals Casting Reaction Oscar Isaac revealed he only found out a day before the first table read, where that iconic cast photo was taken, that he had won the role of Poe Dameron. He was actually at a hotel, wondering if he would need to spend another night in town for the table read, when he found out that he had been cast. Originally, the actor was worried that he couldn't tap back into his excitement for the role, so he "blasted" the iconic Star Wars theme and pretended his hotel shampoo bottle was a light saber, to try and get back into the Star Wars spirit.

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Verizon's New Pay TV Pitch Isn't A La Carte TV. But It's Getting Closer.

Here’s the latest: An offer from Verizon that lets its Fios TV customers buy a “skinny bundle” of TV channels, and then augment it with a variety of “channel packs” — groups of networks with similar themes, like a sports pack that includes ESPN and Fox Sports — that they can swap out each month. They can also buy extra ones for $10 each.

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AMD reports earnings miss of four cents per share on revenues of $1.03B

Analysts polled by Yahoo Finance had expected a loss of five cents per share on revenues of $1.05 billion. Just a year ago, AMD’s revenues were $1.4 billion. Revenues for the current quarter represent a drop of 17 percent from the last quarter, and 26 percent from the year-ago quarter.

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IGN 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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Apple Watch accessibility features detailed

The smartwatch will also come with Apple’s widely praised VoiceOver functionality — a screenreader that is already present in OS X and iOS — with support for 14 languages. Other accessibility features include interface zoom, grayscale mode, the ability to reduce motion and transparency and switching labels.

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5 Great Cityscape iPhone Wallpapers

Most of my wallpapers for my home screen are minimal, clean, and without a lot going on. Cityscapes are usually a blend between clean and busy, which in my opinion, makes them great for lock screen wallpapers. Whether you like the look of a city coming to life at night or the sun kissed buildings during the day, you’ll like these wallpapers.

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Smartwatch Showdown: Pebble Time vs. Apple Watch

The Pebble Time offers fewer stock options than the Apple Watch with only plastic casings of black, white or red and matching silicone bands. The Time Steel is available with a stainless steel casing and genuine leather and stainless steel bands. Bands, however, are swappable with the Pebble supporting any third-party 22m straps. Pebble also allows for third-part smart straps that attach to the device’s battery connector and provide additional functionality, such as GPS tracking, a heart rate monitor, or additional battery life.

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Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers for testing

One week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac, Apple on Thursday issued the first beta build of OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite to developers for testing.

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Chris Dodd's Email Reveals What MPAA Really Thinks Of Fair Use: 'Extremely Controversial' | Techdirt

Dear Ambassador Froman: The community I represent doesn't think much about copyright or fair use at all, which is why you don't hear from us very often. After all, we aren't paid huge sums of money to send you emails like Chris Dodd is. We aren't paid to try and get laws passed and trade agreements made to benefit ourselves. We aren't in the room when all those industry representatives get together to decide what's best for our country. In fact, we aren't even allowed in the room. But we're the reason you have a job. We're the ones you're supposed to be helping. We're the people most affected by your trade agreements. Your job isn't to help Chris Dodd keep his job, and what's best for Chris Dodd my not be best for us. All we ask is that you keep us in mind through all of this, because your job, most of all, is to represent us. You're all we've got to protect us from Chris Dodd and all those seeking to profit from your actions. Please stand up for us. Sincerely, The American Public

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Microsoft will bundle its apps on Cyanogen’s Android OS

"People around the world use Cyanogen's operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices," said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc. "This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world." Microsoft says it will "continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we're delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services."

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The Verge 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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Apple fixes sporadic startup woes with OS X 10.10.3 supplemental update

– A + Apple fixes sporadic startup woes with OS X 10.10.3 supplemental update By AppleInsider Staff Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:29 am PT (01:29 pm ET) A video driver glitch that caused some Mac users to experience startup trouble under OS X 10.10.3 was addressed by Apple on Wednesday with a supplemental update to the company's venerable desktop operating system. Appearing in the updates tab of the Mac App Store under the slightly redundant heading "OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 10.10.3," the latest revision "fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video." Word of the bug first surfaced last week, as users reported significantly lengthened startup times compared to their systems' behavior under OS X 10.10.2. Some found that clearing their Mac's PRAM solved the problem, others found salvation in resetting their startup disk selection in System Preferences, while many were unable to come to a resolution. Another issue, in which opening large JPEG files using QuickLook or Preview can cause a Mac running 10.

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Three Weeks After Launch, Vessel Gets Another $57.5 Million In Funding Led By IVP

Jason Kilar previously served as the CEO of Hulu, LLC, an online video joint venture of News Corp and NBC Universal. Jason joined Hulu after nearly a decade of experience at Amazon.com where he served in a variety of key leadership roles. After writing the original business plan for Amazon's entry into the video and DVD businesses, he ultimately became Vice President and General Manager of Amazon's …

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Medium Now Lets You Block Other Users

Blocking is as essential to any social platform as being able to add followers, but it wasn’t until now that you could do so on Medium .

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Wikileaks has published the complete Sony leaks in a searchable database

Today, Wikileaks published a database of all of the data leaked from Sony Pictures in last year's hack, comprising 173,132 emails and 30,287 separate documents. The documents contain private legal opinions as well as sensitive conversations between executives, many of which  were the subject of reports in the wake of the hack . "This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement. "It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there."

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With Quickie, Make A Quick 5-Second Video Call With Your Friends

Meet Quickie , a nifty little iOS app to make 1-on-1 video calls that automatically end after a few seconds. You might use Quickie to tell a joke to a friend or say good morning to your partner for example. Sending a text message won’t be as personal as a phone or video call, but calls are a strong commitment in our busy lives.

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Better one-handed operation and other updates for Chrome for iOS - CNET

Chrome for iOS follows the trend of other mobile browsers and now lets you pull-down on a page to reload it, making it easier to navigate the Web on your iPhone with one hand. It's welcome news for straphangers, dog walkers and others. But wait, there's more! In addition to the standard pull-down-to-reload gesture, Google added two other gestures to open and close tabs. Pull down and to the left to open a new tab. Pull down and to the right to close the current tab. When you begin to pull down on a page, a banner appears at the top with the close, reload and open new tab options. These new gestures show up only on the iPhone; iPad users are likely using two hands anyway and will need to continue to tap the refresh, new tab and close buttons.

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Are You The Toxic Coworker?

Every office has a person or two who can be very difficult to deal with. From introducing oneself to a new colleague to voicing concerns in a meeting, find out the better way to interact with others in a non-toxic way.

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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman - Official Trailer

Attend the Hollywood Charity Screening on April 16th, 2015. Tickets and information available here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/winning-t... Paul Newman had a fifty-plus year career as one of the most prolific and revered actors in American Cinema. Yet few know the gasoline-fueled passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man's makeup. Newman’s racing career spanned thirty-five years, and he won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner. Official Release Date: May 22, 2015 For more information, visit: http://adamcarolla.com/newmanracingfilm/

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Accessory makers are solving Apple's MacBook problem

We like Apple's 12-inch MacBook with its sleek look, high-res screen and scant mass -- but we have a big problem with the single USB-C port. For one, it doubles as the lone power connector, meaning you can't even charge your MacBook and transfer files at the same time. Another issue is finding peripherals that even support the new standard, fancy as it is . However, you're not totally screwed -- if you don't want to pay for Apple's own (expensive) USB-C adapters, there are options coming from established companies like Belkin and some very intriguing products on Kickstarter.

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Join Us At The TC Pitch-Off In Budapest And Zagreb

Ahoy, Hungary and Croatia, TC is in town and we’d love to see you. As part of Startup AddVenture, we’ll be holding a mini pitch-off in Budapest and Zagreb. We’ve been through this part of the world a few times but this time we’re giving away two tickets to Disrupt New York to the winners so you’ll want to take part.

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TNW Launchpad: Connecting Startups to Corporates via Real-life Meetups

Normally when people talk about startups and corporates, it’s in opposition: one disrupting the way the other does business, or sweeping in with an outlandish acquisition in order to protect the status quo.

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How ancient 'zombie worms' screwed up valuable fossils - CNET

Since the discovery, it's been assumed that the worms evolved with whales about 45 million years ago because they're often found chowing down on the bones of dead whales on the seafloor. New research, however, says the red-colored bone eaters evolved a lot earlier than that -- at least 100 million years ago -- when they dined on the bones of prehistoric animals like sea turtles and plesiosaurs (aquatic reptiles with long necks). In doing so, they might have literally devoured much of the fossil record left behind by such animals.

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Where are the drones?

Essentially, the drones that could possibly carry out delivery tasks are not technologically apt to do it yet. The drones that are technologically capable of doing it now are far from being small and affordable UAVs that people will not be afraid to see above their heads. The industry still hasn’t produced a reliable product where the cost meets the desired quality. And this is very important, since the drone delivery idea is first of all aimed at reducing the cost of deliveries.

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Facebook Wants to Help Your Friends Pronounce Your Name

Do you have a strange, oft mispronounced name (like yours truly?) Then Facebook wants to help you out.

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Verizon Will Let You Choose TV Channel Bundles for $65

In addition to the 36 channels available in the fixed package like CNN, HGTV and AMC, Verizon Custom TV subscribers can add on any two bundles of channels grouped by genre, such as sports and kids’ entertainment.

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Instagram institutes harsher rules to control harassment, porn, and nudity

Instagram revealed new community guidelines today that were designed to cut down on harassment and pornography. This is the biggest change to the guidelines since Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012, and it helps clarify rules that critics and parents complained were too lax and users complained were overreaching and enforced with double standards.

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Fly the bleep-bloop skies (ANA’s Star Wars-themed 787 Dreamliner)

Fly the bleep-bloop skies (ANA’s Star Wars-themed 787 Dreamliner)

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Dutch launch criminal investigation into Uber

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into Uber for providing an illegal taxi service in violation of a court order, a statement said on Friday.

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Slack CEO Defends $2.8 Billion Valuation

One potential downside of startups raising funds at lofty valuations is that it can hamper their ability to recruit workers, who may decide to join a company based on the potential for its equity to rise in value. But Butterfield said a higher valuation can also attract engineers and others who believe they are getting a piece of a substantial, growing company, Butterfield said.

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Guardian Tech 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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Cult of Mac on Twitter

LA school district wants multimillion dollar refund for failed iPad program http://cultm.ac/1b9QPqW  pic.twitter.com/dMeSh0qAlT

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Welcome to Asteroid War Games, Where Scientists Practice Saving Earth

There’s a 1200-foot asteroid headed straight for the Earth. You’ve got five days to come up with a plan, or go the way of the dinosaurs. This isn’t the script for the Day After Tomorrow sequel — it’s the scenario being war-gamed by a roomful of PhDs as we speak.

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The FTC Wants Your Opinion On Airbnb, Uber and Lyft

Should cities treat Airbnb rentals like any other hotel room? What kind of insurance should Uber drivers carry to protect passengers? These are just some of the questions that the Federal Trade Commission will (probably) be discussing in an upcoming workshop exploring the so-called “sharing economy.” And it wants to hear from you.

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Apple stores holding 'Apple Watch Basics' workshop from April 24

The workshops will be held throughout the day at an interval of 1.5 hours and will also be held during the weekend. Interested customers can schedule a workshop appointment for themselves through the Apple Store app or through the retail store websites. Certain stores will also be conducting an additional Apple Watch workshop: “Stay in touch with Apple Watch.”

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Google extends Chrome support for Windows XP until the end of 2015

This isn’t just a formality: computers running Windows XP haven’t received security patches in over a year and are facing a number of critical security vulnerabilities. At the operating system level, computers running XP are inherently in danger of being infected by malware and viruses, making it increasingly difficult for Chrome to provide a secure browsing environment. That’s why we strongly encourage everyone to update to a supported, secure operating system.

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TechCrunch

If you spend entirely too much time creating, searching for and sharing the best GIFs and Vines with your friends, then you might get a kick out of a new mobile application called Trio. The app allows you to mash up media in order to create unique “remixes” that combine photos, videos, GIFs and music pulled from a variety of public sources, as well as from your own Camera Roll. Read More

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Why you will fail to have a great career

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

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24 Brilliant New Words That Must Be Added To A Dictionary

” I just got dudevorced with Jake as ever since he got a girlfriend, he has been hiberdating. And that chick ain’t even nice, she just so ambitchous and drags Jake along into her youniverse. No longer having a bro beside me, I decided to loosen up and go masturdating. But I was so absorbed with my thoughts of what an arse Jake is that when I got to the movies, I had a brief bout of destinesia. Shaking myself, I remembered that I wanted to watch some movie that just premiered last weekend, so I went to buy a ticket and a bag of chips. Entering the hall I noted that there were many moviegoers today. I settled down and started to tuck down to my bag of chips. I opened it, and lo and behold, the large puffy bag just held but a small handful of chips! Such a chiptease! Grumbling, I downed the measly thing in one gulp. As the movie started I noted that it was just another boring film that centers on columbusing. It wasn’t helping either that there was a cellfish person sitting next to me. Shut up woman, people are watching a movie here! I have no interest listening to you nerdjacking about horoscopes, and I bet neither does the person at the other end of the line.

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Scientists Have Simulated Time Travel With Photons

In a quantum regime, the authors say, the paradox of time travel can be resolved, leaving closed timelike curves consistent with relativity. Near a black hole, for example, the extreme effects of general relativity play a role.

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Why I taught myself 20 languages -- and what I learned about myself in the process

I began my language education at age thirteen. I became interested in the Middle East and started studying Hebrew on my own. For reasons I still don’t quite understand, I was soon hooked on the Israeli funk group Hadag Nachash, and would listen to the same album every single morning. At the end of a month, I had memorized about twenty of their songs by heart — even though I had no clue what they meant. But once I learned the translations it was almost as if I had downloaded a dictionary into my head; I now knew several hundred Hebrew words and phrases — and I’d never had to open a textbook.

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The psychology of evil

Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

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Which country does the most good for the world?

It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, "Which country does the most good?" The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).

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Batman v. Superman trailer makes an early, blurry debut online

For those who absolutely, positively cannot wait to see the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer  set to debut at IMAX theaters on Monday , the official trailer has been released some hours after a low-quality version leaked online. This teaser trailer starts to illuminate the grounds for conflict between two of the world's favorite superheroes. Superman's boundless powers have apparently earned him the public's distrust, and Batman is playing his usual public protector role in taking on the man from Krypton. It's all set to a menacing, pounding soundtrack, and culminates in a badass quip from Batman, wearing a thick new suit of heavy metal armor. "Tell me, do you bleed?" enquires the Dark Knight, before following up with the words, "You will."

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53 Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast
54 Mad Science Writer: The foreskin: Why is it such a secret in North America?
55 Embrace the near win
56 How to make peace? Get angry
57 No Internet, No Credit Cards, No Problem: How Airbnb Launched In Cuba
58 How I Hacked Ola, India's Biggest Startup
59 Let's adventure on Twitter
60 'Mythbusters' star: Bring back band, shop class if you want better test scores
61 'Daredevil': The story behind that one-take hallway fight
62 Life that doesn't end with death
63 All Hail Hillvetica, The Hillary Clinton Typeface
64 Fifty shades of gay
65 Sex: Let's talk
66 How Marissa Mayer Mobilized Yahoo
67 Trio Lets You Mash Up Your Own Media With GIFs, Vines, Music And More
68 Dove Is Really Reaching With This New Stunt That Forces Women To Label Themselves "Average" Or "Beautiful"
69 Coin, The One Credit Card To Rule Them All, Is Finally Shipping
70 Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice
71 What the gay rights movement learned from the civil rights movement
72 The Messy Business Of Reinventing Happiness
73 Female Chimps Seen Making, Wielding Spears : DNews
74 Our buggy moral code
75 How Introverts Can Network Without Changing Their Personalities
76 Will the Apple Watch Eclipse the Classic Swiss Watch?
77 Reg Saddler on Twitter
78 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recovering after quadruple bypass surgery
79 Why I love a country that once betrayed me
80 Why Email Will Be Obsolete by 2020
81 LRB · Andrew O’Hagan · Ghosting: Julian Assange
82 Adorable new 'Star Wars' droid proves it's not CGI
83 45 years after Apollo 13: Ars looks at what went wrong and why
84 The magnificence of spider silk
85 State seizes 11-year-old, arrests his mother after he defends medical marijuana during a school presentation
86 Naspers Drops Off $40 Million For Brazilian Mobile Conglomerate Movile
87 208 Awesome iPhone Apps for 2015
88 How Your Lies Sound When You Sneak Out Of The Office For A Job Interview
89 What's With The Reddit Button That's Driving the Internet Nuts?
90 Who Has the Fastest Web Connections? (Hint: Not the U.S.)
91 The Vaccines - Dream Lover
92 The myth of the gay agenda
93 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
94 Netflix Gets Star Treatment From Broadband Firms Abroad
95 Scientists Perturbed by Loss of Stat Tool to Sift Research Fudge from Fact
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