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Verizon is rebranding Yahoo and AOL as 'Oath'

Right now, the transaction is scheduled to close in the current quarter, which means we could hear something official about the future of the Yahoo and AOL brand names before too long. That's a bit later than originally anticipated; the delays came from Yahoo's huge security breach and the subsequent restructuring of the deal that saw Verizon save $350 million on its purchase.

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Trump signs bill rolling back FCC privacy rules for ISPs

That measure not only repeals the rules, it also prevents the FCC from writing similar rules in the future, throwing into question how much the FCC can do to police ISPs looking to trade off their customers' privacy for higher profits. Because of the current legal landscape, the FTC can't police ISPs either, leaving customers without a federal agency that can clearly protect them in this space."

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There's now a really good reason to get the Netflix app for Windows 10

The feature is currently rolling out to Windows 10 users via an app update in the Windows Store. If you don't see the new update and download buttons, your best bet is to check again later. (For what it's worth, we had no success getting the downloads feature on a Windows 10 laptop at the time of publishing.)

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Android beats Windows to become the internet's most used operating system

In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 39.5% share in March followed by iOS (25.7%) and Android (21.2%). It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.7%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.6%). However, in Asia, Android is on 52.2% compared to 29.2% for Windows.

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New immigration policy could increase scrutiny of visas for computer programmers

According to the memo, “the fact that a person may be employed as a computer programmer and may use information technology skills and knowledge to help an enterprise achieve its goals in the course of his or her job is not sufficient to establish the position as a specialty occupation.” The memo specifically says that “an entry-level computer programmer position would not generally qualify as a position in a specialty occupation.”

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Apple orders 70 million flexible OLED displays from Samsung | Cult of Mac

Samsung reportedly received an order from Apple buying over 70 million bendable OLED for its upcoming iPhone that many fans and rumormongers anticipate will be the most innovative smartphone to ever come out of Cupertino.

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Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card

Amazon this morning announced the launch of  Amazon Cash , a new service that allows consumers to add cash to their Amazon.com balance by showing a barcode at a participating retailer, then having the cash applied immediately to their online Amazon account. The service will support adding any amount between $15 and $500 in a single transaction, Amazon says.

8
Apple is developing its own graphics chips for the iPhone

If what Imagination says is true, we could see an A-series chip with both a fully Apple-designed CPU and GPU as early as next year’s iPhone range. Apple has already found success in the field of CPU design, with ARM-based processor cores that often vastly outperform those of competitors. But the particulars of any new GPU design are likely to come under heavy scrutiny: Imagination is skeptical that Apple would be able to come up with chip technology that wouldn’t infringe upon its patents.

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Chirp provides soundwave communication to the Internet of Things

It’s not every day that you meet a startup with showcasing technology that sounds like something of out of the Cold War. Like the use of sound waves to transmit data from one device to another, eschewing the need for QR codes, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC. But this exists thanks to the work of the team at Chirp, a group of scientists, acoustic technologists, and engineers that emanated out of University College London.

10
The White House says it's totally saving Trump's deleted tweets, don't you worry

In his March 30, 2017 letter, according to the Associated Press Monday, Ferriero says the White House told the archives department that, sure, of course they're archiving every one of Trump's tweets, including the deleted ones — even though there are no details as to how, exactly, they're doing so.

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Elon Musk takes a dig at short sellers on a big day for Tesla's stock

It's been a tough couple of months to be short Tesla shares, as they have gained nearly 30% this year. On Monday, shares were up 4% after news that Tesla made a   record number of deliveries  in the first quarter. Deliveries rose 69% to 25,000, rebounding after delays in the previous quarter, according to a company release on Sunday.

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No bank account? Amazon makes it easier for you to shop online

Creating a service like Amazon Cash could help people underserved by banks or without credit or debit cards to shop online. Amazon gift cards are already available in stores, but -- using an Amazon Cash barcode for your account -- the company made it simpler and faster to add money. Additionally, the same service could help Amazon bring in more lower-income customers, after it's successfully convinced wealthier customers to shop there .

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Google upgrades AI to flag propaganda videos

The search giant came under fire recently when top brands claimed ads were appearing on YouTube propaganda vids. Understandably not wanting to fund extremism, even inadvertently, several of the companies pulled their ads.

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Google WiFi will help you get your kids off the internet

Google is making it easier to pry phones and tablets out of your kids’ hands. With Google Wifi , you can now schedule an internet pause time during which the Wi-Fi is blocked from certain devices. The company suggests using it during dinner, your kids’ homework time, or bedtime. You can set multiple timers, tailor how often those pauses repeat (like only on school nights), and then choose the affected devices. You can even pause your gadgets for some extra device sanity when trying to go to sleep.

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Netflix Gets Offline Playback on Windows

Great news if you’re the sort of person who just wants to kick back and watch movies on your laptop when you’re flying. The Netflix app for Windows 10 now supports offline playback, meaning you can download shows and movies and save them for when you don’t have Wi-Fi.

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10 essential first steps after installing Windows - TechRepublic

However, there are a few things I always make sure to check off when I set up a new Windows environment in a business environment. Some of these steps involve making my life easier so I can work more efficiently, and others involve reducing some pet peeves over which Microsoft and I butt heads. A few of my recommendations involve personal preferences - which of course will vary depending on the administrator involved - but in those cases I outline my reasoning behind these preferences. Many will also apply to home computers, not just those used in a business environment.

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You can buy a colorful, customized Nintendo Switch for $499

Of course, the added splash of color comes at a price. Purchasing a Switch through ColorWare will cost $499, a $200 premium over a standard unit. The company says that painted units will ship in six to eight weeks. It’s definitely not cheap, but for those looking for a custom Switch, there are few other options at the moment. Recently custom vinyl skin maker dbrand explained that Nintendo’s new console and its controllers are “not compatible with vinyl wraps or any adhesive-backed skin of any kind.”

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How one company's DevOps success got them the green light to hire 1000 developers - TechRepublic

By utilizing DevOps to more effectively leverage their existing developers, IT began to differentiate itself as a key value driver in the organization, Gregory said. Leadership at the company realized what the IT team could accomplish, and how they could further build the business by investing more in the team. This led to the decision to green-light the hiring of 1,000 developers. To put that into perspective, Express Scripts has around 30,000 employees total, including doctors and other healthcare providers, Gregory said. Still, it's quite a massive investment on behalf of the company.

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USA TODAY Cars 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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'World's first' small UAV beams 4G signal as a 'flying cell tower' - TechRepublic

On Monday, a VA-based tech firm, Fenix Group, Inc., partnered with Martin UAV, a company that produces "rugged utility drones," to produce an under-55-lb unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of offering 4G cell service—an accomplishment it calls the "world's first."

21
Apple is developing its own graphics chips for the iPhone

If what Imagination says is true, we could see an A-series chip with both a fully Apple-designed CPU and GPU as early as next year’s iPhone range. Apple has already found success in the field of CPU design, with ARM-based processor cores that often vastly outperform those of competitors. But the particulars of any new GPU design are likely to come under heavy scrutiny: Imagination is skeptical that Apple would be able to come up with chip technology that wouldn’t infringe upon its patents.

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Tesla gives its 'fully self-driving capable' vehicles major software upgrade - TechRepublic

The v8.1 update on 'second generation' Teslas brings major improvements to Autopilot. Here's why it's an important step towards delivering fully autonomous vehicles.

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Every smartphone should include a one-handed mode

Activating the one-handed mode while rushing to a meeting and eating a bagel has practically become second nature; I use the feature at least a dozen times a day. It’s now one of the very first things I look for in every new phone I test, and its omission was enough of a deterrent to keep me from considering phones like the OnePlus 3T , ZTE Axon 7 , and Google Pixel as my daily drivers.

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Detroit is kicking Silicon Valley’s ass in the race to build self-driving cars

Earlier today, Recode and several other outlets reported that Tesla is now worth more than Ford after delivering a record number of cars for the quarter. This news will no doubt lead to some celebration in Silicon Valley, which has sought to portray itself as the logical successor to Detroit as the capital of American innovation. But new research released today shows that the upstarts on the sunny West Coast — Uber, Google, and Tesla — still have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to outpacing their rivals in chilly Michigan.

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How to launch a successful AI startup - TechRepublic

Since the market is so saturated, said Joshi, many businesses that want to invest in AI are struggling to choose the right solution. "They are going after AI companies, but they have a thousand options to pick from," he said. "In some cases, what happens is they're like, 'There's so much hype. I don't want to get burned, so I'm just not going to do it.' And that's the worst outcome."

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27 Ways to Learn to Program Online

Coursera launched in April and already has hit the 1 million student mark , and has expanded to include 0ver 200 courses from 33 universities. If you haven’t heard of Coursera, it is the Stanford-learning-idea-turned-mega-startup that basically lets you take a full university course online taught by a real professor at one of the world’s best schools – for free

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Bang & Olufsen's new wall speakers are cute, clever, and very expensive

My colleague Vlad Savov was able to demo the BeoSound Shape in person, and while he noted that the sound quality was good, true to its background design, the Shape seemed more meant for casual listening, not audiophile music. Additionally, he noted that his demo used eight speakers, twice that of the already expensive starter kit, which translates to a huge premium that you’re paying for Bang & Olufsen’s admittedly impressive design. But at that price, there’s no reason why you couldn’t invest in cheaper, better-sounding speakers and simply work slightly harder on your interior design to account for it.

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Asia tipped to be the global smart cities leader in development

Jiyo, a new comprehensive digital platform introduced by Dr. Deepak Chopra to discuss holistic approaches to health and well-being, just launched its “Smart Cities-Internet of Well-being” program in partnership with Aspen City of Well-being, a non-profit organization whose focus is measuring, prioritizing and improving the overall health of community members in Aspen. Jiyo’s localized platform … Read more »

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FCC removes competition requirement from Charter-TWC merger conditions

The FCC has reworked one of the key requirements it put on Charter’s 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House, governing where the massive cable company expands to in the coming years.

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Sonos Playbase review: The only speaker your living room needs

But the Sonos Playbase has me thinking that it's time to upgrade. This massive speaker, wide and flat like a pizza box, is designed to sit underneath your TV, and includes three distinct audio channels as well as a built-in subwoofer. Like all other Sonos products, it uses WiFi to connect to other speakers and lets you stream music from just about any service you can think of, but it also outputs all of your TV audio. Sure, it's not a full 5.1 setup, but a one-box, one-cord solution to upgrade my home theater seems like just what I need. Still, as with almost everything Sonos does, it doesn't come cheap: $700 in this case. For those who want better sound in their living room, the Playbase is a compelling option -- particularly if you're a music fan.

31
Someone is playing ‘Dark Souls 3’ using bananas as a controller

There’s an unofficial internet law called “Rule 34” that states that anything and everything you could ever think of has already been made into pornography. Now, judging by recent events, there clearly needs to be another rule stating that every object in the world can be turned into a video game controller. The latest: A bunch of bananas.

32
All the Best Movies Coming to and Leaving Netflix in April 2017

Netflix is about to rain down on April with some nerd-friendly original content, but that’s coming at the cost of some of the best nerd-friendly classic TV.

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Product Hunt now lets you ask its community to recommend apps and tools

Product Hunt has long been one of the best places to discover new apps, services, gadgets and tech-focused content. Now, in addition to its its categorized feeds for surfacing stuff you might like, it now lets you ask the community to help you find products for your specific needs.

34
Your political views help determine which science books you buy

Kelly Garrett, an associate professor at Ohio State University's School of Communications who was not involved with the research, said he disagreed with framing the results as further proof of information bias. Showing that liberals prefer books on basic sciences, or that conservatives tend to pick applied science books, doesn't necessarily mean consumers are willfully ignoring diverse viewpoints, he said.

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The mysterious hedge maze from 'S-Town' is falling apart, and it's too sad to handle

An anonymous Imgur post surfaced after the podcast's release depicting the maze in its former glory: growing, green hedges, McLemore's gates that create 64 possible solutions, and a variety of paths within to wander. At least one of these photos is public on the Facebook account of Tyler Goodson, John's close friend who helped him build the maze. Goodson appears to have first publicly posted this one in February 2016.

36 Imagination Technologies' shares plunge 70 percent after Apple ditches firm

LONDON Imagination Technologies ( IMG.L ) has been told by Apple ( AAPL.O ), its biggest customer, that the maker of iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches is to stop using its graphics technology in its new products, sending shares in the company crashing by more than 70 percent on Monday.

37
Google X employee reportedly collapsed on the job due to harsh working conditions

It’s possible that the demand for plenty of data on Project Wing drones – which were at one point failing to land and take off vertically as planned – was the reason for team members being forced to spend several hours a day out in the field. However, if the report is accurate, it could be a sign of systemic issues within Google, and perhaps across Silicon Valley at large.

38
Congress is trying to give even more power to Hollywood

And that brings us to Goodlatte’s bill. It would effectively remove the Copyright Office from the library and remove the public interest mission of the library as a counterbalancing force on the Copyright Office and its recent one-sided focus on the law. The copyright-centric industries —who have always had an uneasy relationship with the internet — recognize one of the best ways to protect their interests is to have much more control over who will be in charge of the Copyright Office. The new bill gives the copyright industry the means to do that. However, it also puts the appointment in the hands of Donald Trump, who so far, has failed to appoint people to hundreds of open positions — meaning that the Copyright Office may remain vacant for quite some time.

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Homeland Security announces steps against H1B visa fraud

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily, which appeared to fall short of President Donald Trump's campaign promises to overhaul the program.

40
Facebook is testing a second News Feed without posts from your friends

The tab is essentially a second News Feed, except without any posts or baby pictures from your friends. Instead, Facebook is using the tab to only show recommended videos and articles based on what you already like and watch in your main News Feed.

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Report: US tech jobs hit nearly 7 million workers, up 3% from year before - TechRepublic

About 60% of all 2016 tech job gains occurred in IT services and custom software services, Herbert said in the press release. The most new tech businesses last year were also in this area, the report found, with more than 5,000 companies created. This sub-sector has experienced a job growth rate of 24% over the past five years.

42
Boeing and ULA demo their Emergency Egress System for crewed space launches

Boeing and the ULA are getting closer to launching their CST-100 Starliner aboard an Atlas V rocket, as a private contractor shuttling astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The space companies wanted to give a true demonstration of their progress, so they invited us to check out their Emergency Egress System (EES) in action – not on a space center pad on a working rocket, where it’ll eventually provide crew an abort option prior to launch, but on a zipline spanning Colorado’s Royal Gorge.

43
George Takei to tell his story of time in a WWII Japanese-American internment camp in new graphic novel

Takei was five years old when he and his family were forced into an internment camp due to President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 , which relocated and imprisoned more than 120,000 Japanese-American citizens following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Takei’s graphic novel will tell the story of his family’s time in the camps, as well as the aftermath and effect of those events on his life and career.

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As Apple's GPU plans go public, Imagination fears becoming a tech orphan

Ten years after Apple effectively created a viable, high-end mobile graphics business for Imagination Technologies--and a year after the iPhone maker publicly declined to acquire the company--the British graphics technology firm now appears to be in full panic mode that its mobile technology may end up abandoned like MIPS, PowerPC, Nvidias Tegra and Texas Instrumentss OMAP. Apple stifles the Imagination Imagination develops silicon intellectual property reference designs for mobile graphics processors that are then customized and built by licensees, typically as part of an Application Processor. Apple has licensed Imaginations PowerVR GPU technology in all of the A-series chips used in its iOS devices and Apple TV, as well as in the S-series chip package inside Apple Watch. (Apples Macs use GPUs from other sources, including the Intel graphics built into Core x86 CPUs, as well as dedicated GPUs from AMD and Nvidia). Apple contributes about half of Imaginations licensing revenues, so if future iOS devices replace the design firms PowerVR graphics with a home grown GPU developed by Apple (as Imagination declared today ), it would obviously be devastating for the chip design firm (just as it was for PortalPlayer when Apple abruptly stopped using its chips in iPods).

45
Why So Many Workers Prefer Their Remote Colleagues To The Ones In Their Office | Fast Company

By beaming into countless home offices for video-based meetings day in and day out, and encouraging employees to share aspects of their home-based work, “Surprisingly, working remotely gives me a chance to really know our employees on a personal level, because we often disclose more about the world we live and work in than we did when we were colocated,” says Herrmann.

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Of course your comics are political, Marvel

That title never set out to attract think pieces by polemicizing American society, or trailblazing a diversity initiative at Marvel. Rather, its focus on “authenticity and realism” is what turned Kamala Khan into the Peter Parker of her generation. She’s a regular person who worries about homework and her doting Pakistani parents, on top of being a former Avenger. She’s fully realized and relatable. It’s almost incidental that Kamala has become iconic at a time when Islamophobia has settled in the White House. Showing an ordinary girl growing up in circumstances that don’t mirror the experience of so-called average Americans is radical all on its own.

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The reality of hacking....or a new hacking reality?

As concerning as these hacks are, we should be aware that at the end of the day, the risk is merely the misuse of data. Without question, attacks such as these can have devastating effects on people’s lives, but their outcome is limited to the virtual world and cannot touch the physical world, at least not directly.

48
The Places We’ve Lost In The Facebook Era | Fast Company

In the ’90s, marginalized communities found a home online, focused on passions like punk rock or body modification. Then came “the Walmart of the internet.”

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Want To Be Happier And More Successful? Learn To Like Other People | Fast Company

And that, in turn, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy: Assume the worst in other people, and they’ll prove it every time (“confirmation bias,” anyone?), closing off one opportunity after the next to shore up those crucial relationships that your own happiness and success depend on. Sure, self-help books are a great way to better your work life. But their typical focus on you  may have the unintended result of limiting your ability to wring more value out of the social world around you, which is teeming with people, while you’re just one of them.

50
How to install and troubleshoot Bluetooth devices in macOS - TechRepublic

Although Bluetooth-connected devices began as a cord-cutting luxury for many users, Bluetooth connections have become critical for linking a Mac to keyboards, mice, trackpads, speakers, and more. Installing Bluetooth devices is typically straightforward if a few basic instructions are followed. Here's how to view, install, configure, and troubleshoot Bluetooth devices in macOS.

51 The Original Ending of Alien Was Both Terrifying and a Huge Bummer
52 Report: 52% of businesses still running Windows XP, despite support ending in 2014 - TechRepublic
53 Nikon Tries to Right the Sinking Ship With a Stupid Swarovski Replica
54 Ford tops the list of automated driving leaders in new study
55 Robots will steal 24.7 million jobs and create 14.9 million new jobs by 2027 - TechRepublic
56 Tesla Beats Estimate With 25,000 Deliveries as Model 3 Nears
57 The Best Tax Preparation Software of 2017
58 Android squeaks past Windows to become internet’s most popular OS | Cult of Mac
59 It’s official (probably), the iPhone 8 is going OLED
60 Get an inside look at the exploit infrastructure - TechRepublic
61 Spotify, Apple Boost Music Business to Best Year in Two Decades
62 How to track down USB flash drive usage with Windows 10's Event Viewer - TechRepublic
63 Philip Morris Joins Tech Giants Among the Most Dominant U.S. Stocks
64 Science turns paintings into photos because Prisma is so 2016
65 People Are Paying to Work From Bars and Restaurants
66 Veteran designer Christopher Stringer leaves Apple after 21 years
67 How Uber Uses Dark Patterns To Game Its Drivers | Co.Design
68 Five Disturbingly Weird Things That Happen in The Boss Baby
69 Why video game cameras seem to always suck
70 Budgeting Doesn't Have to Suck If You Think of It As a Habit Rather Than a Task
71 Sonequa Martin-Green's Star Trek: Discovery Character Has a Brand New Name
72 Catwoman Is Bringing Exploding Motorbikes to Injustice 2
73 Bruce Wayne Is Finally Going to Start Training to Be Batman on Gotham (No, Really)
74 iOS 10.3.1 update is now available
75 The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a big problem: the Samsung Galaxy S8
76 Twitter adds location sharing for business offering customer support over Direct Messages
77 Apple’s MacBooks could see the return of MagSafe power cords
78 Google claims Levandowski launched competing projects long before Otto
79 Marissa Mayer will not be part of the new AOL-Yahoo combined company called Oath
80 Are Custody Laws Standing In The Way Of Gender Equity? | Fast Company
81 Apple wants to sell HBO, Showtime and Starz in new premium TV bundle
82 Future Teens Will Probably Have Better Fake IDs Than We Did
83 Google: Please Don't Look at Our Very Tiny Ad Problem
84 Oh great, now Nintendo Switches are warping in their docks
85 There Are No Roller Coasters in This VR Theme Park
86 Oops, that vibrator with a camera is super easy to hack
87 The internet is debating Peeps on pizza and OMG what is happening
88 Rare Images Suggest Thunderstorms From Space Are Even Weirder Than We Thought
89 US cracks down on the tech industry's go-to work visa
90 Top tech fitness gadgets | ZDNet
91 New H-1B Guidelines Crack Down on Computer Programmer Jobs
92 17 Things We Learned on the Set of Spider-Man: Homecoming - IGN
93 Funny or Die at 10, an Oral History
94 A Former Trump Adviser Met With A Russian Spy
95 The Sonos Playbase is a home theater in a slab
96 Yahoo + AOL = Oath, for some reason