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Amazon provides new details on its plan for a drone superhighway in the sky

This morning, at NASA's UTM Convention , Amazon announced details of a plan designed to solve these kinds of problems. The company laid out its vision for a multi-tiered superhighway in the sky, one in which all drones flying above 200 feet would have the ability to communicate with — and ideally sense and avoid — other aircraft. It’s an attempt to put an end to the Wild West atmosphere that has been the norm for uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) over the last five years, replacing it with a next-generation air traffic control system. It hopes to establish a basic regulatory framework and set of technical standards that manufacturers can work toward. All this would prepare the airspace for a time when thousands, even tens of thousands of drones fly over the average city delivering parcels, monitoring air quality, and handing out parking tickets.

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OnePlus 2 release date, news and features

There's a lot going on with the upgrade to OnePlus 2. Improved internal specs, a sturdier design and an easier-to-see display are key features that await the first users on August 11. That is, if they are lucky enough to snag a coveted OnePlus 2 invite.

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Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right

The future -- or at least, the future as Microsoft envisions it -- sits on the right side of the Start menu. These are the colorful, animated live tiles that debuted in Windows 8, pulling double duty as app shortcuts and informative widgets. You can resize these live tiles, drag them about to arrange them into groups and pin as many apps as you'd like -- the entire Start menu can be shrunk or expanded to suit your liking. It's essentially a miniaturized version of the fullscreen Start menu we saw in Windows 8. Hate live tiles? Then unpin them to excise them from your computer, leaving you with the narrow column of frequently used apps we've known for so long.

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Facebook shares its diversity training course with all - CNET

To address its own issues, Google has pledged $150 million to focus on diversity initiatives this year. Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose company last year revealed that its workforce is 70 percent male, said the industry in general hasn't done enough to attract women. He added that diversity, in addition to being an ethical charge for a company, is one that could boost its financial performance.

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Apple, Google join White House pledge to fight climate change

Some of the US' bigger tech firms have already made conspicuous efforts to embrace clean energy and otherwise tackle climate change , but they're reinforcing that commitment today. Apple, Google and Microsoft are among the 13 corporate giants helping the White House launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which encourages companies to cut pollution and use sustainable resources. The tech industry members aren't really changing course (they're already using or moving to 100 percent energy, for example). However, they're definitely showing how their bread is buttered -- they're "setting an example" for others, and pushing for good results from the climate negotiations in Paris this year. Think of the pledge as both a publicity grab as well as a formal acknowledgment of ongoing work.

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Moto X Play unveiled: Motorola's middle-ground phone

The Moto X Play has a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, and 2GB of RAM. It's got a water-repellant coating. The full-HD 5.5-inch display is 1,920x1,080: perfectly good, but nothing crazy like the Quad HD resolutions on recent Samsung phones (or, the Moto X Style). The rear camera's been bumped up to 21 megapixels, with a new dual LED flash that color-corrects. The also-improved front-facing camera's 5 megapixels, wide-angle and also has flash for low-light situations (if you can bear flash in your face).

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Meet Cortana: The ultimate guide to Windows 10's helpful digital assistant

The first time you click the search area in the Windows 10 taskbar, Cortana will pop up and ask for a few basic permissions—voice and digital inking recognition, access to your location data, et cetera—as well as the name you’d like her to call you. Answer each as you see fit, though be warned: Cortana’s at her best when you give Microsoft more of your information, much in the same way Google Now is most useful when you’re tapping into Google’s full range of services.

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Wondering which programming language to learn? Whether you want to build apps for the Web, desktop, Android devices or for Internet of Things-enabled gadgets, Java is a great choice. It’s a powerful object-oriented language that’s easy to learn, write, debug and use.

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OnePlus 2 is a $329+ metallic upgrade with a beefed-up camera

Camera-wise, don't be fooled by the same 13-megapixel and f/2.0 specs, because the real upgrade lies within the pixel size: A generous 1.3um instead of the common, but smaller 1.12um for this resolution, meaning it's more capable in dark environments and less prone to blurry shots. In addition to that, the new camera is assisted by optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash. It's no wonder the OnePlus 2 is almost 1mm thicker and 0.46 ounce heavier; but who cares, right? Admittedly, the lowering of the camera looks funny and will take some getting used to, but it's designed that way so that your fingers are less likely to block the lens. On the other side of the phone, there's a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for those who seek to satisfy their selfie needs.

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Tuner Startech sends off the Land Rover Defender with limited-edition Sixty8 model

The custom Defender is called Sixty8, a number chosen because the very first Land Rover Series was introduced 68 years ago. It gets Startech’s 3.1 vintage design appearance package, which adds a new grille whose design is inspired by the one found on the Series 3 that was built from 1974 to 1983. The Sixty8 also gets a beefy skid plate up front, a two-tone black and gray paint job, 18-inch alloy wheels that look like period-correct steel wheels, and model-specific emblems all around.

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China officially ends ban on video game consoles

China is finally scrapping its 15-year ban on video game consoles. According to a statement from the country's Ministry of Culture, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft — among others — will now be allowed to manufacture and sell video game consoles anywhere in the country.  The Wall Street Journal first reported the news earlier today.

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The Verge on Twitter

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VSCO Cam's new Collections feature lets you curate your favorite images

The new Collections feature, which is available on both the iOS and Android versions of VSCO Cam today, lets users re-share images published by others that are visible through in the Grid, through search, or through their own feed. Sharing an image is a two-step process: you double tap something you like to save it to your library, and then you have to go back into your library of images to re-share it out to the world. VSCO co-founder and CEO Joel Flory says this added friction when sharing images was intentional in order to make sharing more deliberate. "It's a very intentional publishing aspect," he notes. Images shared to a collection preserve attribution to the original photographer and link back to their accounts, further differentiating the feature from other platforms that are known for curation.

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Forbes Tech News on Twitter

As many as 950 million phones could be affected by Android's worst-ever vulnerabilities: http://onforb.es/1MSomCF  pic.twitter.com/5NhR4wuTuB

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Introducing IGN Plays Live - IGN

In the beginning, there was IGN Plays…and it was good. Thankfully, the next evolution of our Let's Play series is here: IGN Plays Live. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. A ton of live gameplay with your favorite IGN editors (and not-favorite editors).

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LG Just Introduced A New Flip Phone For Smartphone Users

According to Engadget  -- which notes that flip phones are actually becoming more popular  in some parts of Asia -- the LG Gentle costs about $179, and has a 3.2-inch screen and a 3-megapixel camera. (As a point of comparison, the basic iPhone 6 is $649 off-contract, and boasts a 4.7-inch screen and a substantially more powerful 8-megapixel camera.) As you can see in the photo above, the LG Gentle also has a T9 keypad, which is basically extinct outside of gimmicky smartphone apps  that invite you to relive the pain of agonizingly cycling through clusters of letters to type out basic text messages.

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Twitter revenue grows, but no one's signing up any more

Twitter has a problem that was clearer than ever in its earnings report today, in which the company grew its sales 61% but admitted new users aren't interested in joining up any more. While listening to Twitter's conference call with investors, would-be CEO candidate Snoop Dogg had a trenchant critique.

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You May Soon Be Able To Get The Perfect Gmail Address

Google is testing a new service that will allow Gmail users to personalize their email addresses and avoid those awkward handles. Instead of the custom "@gmail.com" domain that users receive when signing up for Gmail, you would be able to pick a personalized domain, as long as it's not already registered to another user.

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Google reportedly tried to buy a synthetic burger company

We looked at animal products at the molecular level, then selected specific proteins and nutrients from greens, seeds, and grains to recreate the wonderfully complex experience of meats and dairy products. For thousands of years we’ve relied on animals as our technology to transform plants into meat, milk, and eggs. Impossible Foods has found a better way.

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Xbox One screenshots are coming to SmartGlass on Android and iOS

Xbox One users who also own a Win 10 phone have long been able to share their gaming screenshots using Microsoft's Smartglass app . Now that ability is coming to both Android and iOS devices. Users will be able to view, share, and save their screenshots. There are some restrictions however. For Android users, the new features will only be available, at least initially, on the Android Xbox One SmartGlass Beta . And for Apple fans, only those users who have already signed up for the iOS Xbox One SmartGlass Beta program through the Apple Store.

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This is Microsoft's Arrow Launcher for Android (download APK)

whenever i see this type of things MS does, like android lockscreens with a shit ton of functionality and now this launcher, i wonder why they don’t show windowsphone/mobile the same type of interest and innovation in the ui department. if they would truly believe the current wp way of doing things is perfect they would bring a launcher that mimics windows to android, but that’s not the case? so are they saying that this type of launcher is more useful than our current wp one? why can’t they experiment with their own operating system? bring a separate build for windows insiders where they can experiment with 3 pages homescreens, revised app list,animations,multitasking? how come we get to see thew experimental side of MS on android and not on windows? ffs they control the os 100%, why don’t they do it?

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HSBC, First Direct customers can now join in the Apple Pay fun in the UK

They've now got their act together and are signed up to the service, meaning their customers can pay for things with their iPhone or Apple Watch just like everyone else.

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For OnePlus, China is no longer its biggest market

Pei, the Head of Global at OnePlus, has recently spent most of his time in India to help build up his company's presence there. The OnePlus One now makes up about 40 percent of the Indian smartphone market in that price tier, according to the exec. More interestingly, while other brands continued to slash prices there, the One stood its ground and still maintains a "satisfactory" sales performance. Pei gives credit to Indian users for their thorough research before making rational purchase decisions; and on his end, his team actively gets feedback via forums, Facebook and even Reddit.

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 35: Kevin Smith On How To Be Yourself And Make A Living | Techdirt

Long-time Techdirt readers know that we're big fans of Kevin Smith, not just for his films and podcasts but also for his many innovative approaches to business, distribution and creativity in general — and we're proud to say that he is also a pretty big fan of Techdirt. This week, he joins us on the podcast to discuss the experience of striking out on your own path as a creator while countless voices from the status quo try to tear you down — and the rewards that come when you manage to ignore those voices and be unapologetically yourself .

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Razer Purchases Ouya

I cover the video game industry, write about gamers, and review video games. You can follow me on Twitter and hit me up there if you have any questions or comments you'd like to chat about. Disclosure: Many of the video games I review were provided as free review copies. This does not influence my coverage or reviews of these games. I do not own stock in any of the companies I cover. I do not back any Kickstarter projects related to video games. I do not fund anyone in the industry on Patreon.

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How the OnePlus 2 Plans to Be More Than a One-Hit Wonder

Today, OnePlus is launching its second device, the OnePlus 2. It’s an upgrade on the original in a number of ways, with a brighter 5.5-inch, 1080p screen and a (supposedly) massively improved 13-megapixel camera. (Neither spec has changed, but the implementation has—these are the advantages of a second generation.) It’s a flagship phone in every sense, with 4GB of RAM, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 processor, and a fingerprint reader. It runs OnePlus’s own OxygenOS, which is for the moment just a lightly-customized version of stock Android plus an additional home screen populated with your most-used contacts and apps. The battery will last at least a day, though co-founder Carl Pei cautions it might not last as long as the One. It’s powered by USB-C, and along with the phone OnePlus will be selling a nifty red charging cable that’s reversible on both ends—even in your old-school USB port.

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95% Of Android Phones Could Be Hacked With Just One Text

The hack relies on bugs in Stagefright , a media playback service that’s built into Android. All hackers need is a phone number: Once they send a photo or video MMS message to a phone, they have full access. The security flaw—present in most Android phones manufactured after 2010—allows hackers to steal and monitor the contents of a phone. In other words, the hacker has complete control—a phone owner need not even open the text for the attack to take effect.

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CNET on Twitter

Doc or Sorkinization? Which will be the better Steve Jobs movie? http://cnet.co/1IofTTy  pic.twitter.com/LApE654fgD

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The Privacy Risk Of Behavioral Profiling

So lets got back to my initial thoughts on how to defeat anyone trying to build such a profile on me. You see, in normal situations I wouldn’t mind if this was used to flag high or low probability of it actually being me logging in to my online bank, insurance company, online electronics store or the local library. Heck no, I’d support the implementation of such additional and “invisible” authentication security! But I’m a bit paranoid you see, and I can most certainly see situations were I don’t want to be profiled and identified like this. Doing forensics & investigations into the “dark web” is one. Intelligence gathering for my government – or any other government – one doesn’t want to leave fingerprints all over the place. Visiting the pages of your favorite attorney, leak submssion website for a news organisation, employer or government organisation are other situations. Basically there are LOTS of situations were you may not want to be easily identified. Ashley Madison, say no more.

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Before you fault your salesperson, make sure your process isn’t broken

With the five whys, a sales manager not only has insight into the specific reason for a given lost sale, but also any possible long-term communication concern that could be detrimental to future sales if internal issues are not resolved. A further internal look into how the company’s CRM system is run wouldn’t hurt; however, in this case, the missed sales opportunity is not the result of a “bad salesperson.” Rather, it’s the result of an internal sales process that isn’t promoting effective communication between sales development representatives and salespeople. Asking the five whys allows a sales manager to get to the root of the problem, which is often easily fixed with a little sales education.

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LaGuardia Airport Will Get a Sprawling $4B Redesign

Cuomo unveiled plans for the new La Guardia at a luncheon in New York on Monday, along with Vice President Joe Biden. The renderings, presented by real estate developer Daniel R. Tishman, show a single terminal that will replace the four existing disjointed terminals built in the mid-20th century. The new terminal will be set 600 feet closer to Grand Central Parkway highway, freeing up two miles of space for planes to taxi in and take off. The plan also includes a rail link connecting LaGuardia to the subway system (which JFK Airport already has), as well as a ferry service. The project is expected to cost $4 billion, with additional (but undisclosed) funding from Delta Airlines, which has a hub at LaGuardia.

32
Dropbox Hires Google, Facebook And Twitter Veteran Todd Jackson As VP Of Product

I’m San Francisco bureau chief at Forbes. I’ve been covering the tech industry from Silicon Valley since about the time of the Netscape IPO. I've worked at The New York Times, Fortune, the Industry Standard, the San Jose Mercury News, Wired and the Los Angeles Times. Over the years, I’ve written about chips, PCs, software, security, the Internet, mobile, digital media, VCs and startups. Before becoming a journalist, I worked as a software engineer at Sun Microsystems and as a professional mountain guide. Follow me on Twitter

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Twitter for Windows 10 gets a new look

Twitter for Windows 8 first debuted in March 2013, and it has been barely updated ever since. Aside from a few bug fixes over the past couple of years, the app has remained the same in terms of looks and features. Twitter is working on an updated app for Windows 10, and it appears it will be rolling out soon. Screenshots of the new app are available in the Windows Store right now, revealing a look that complements the new theme for Windows 10.

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LinkedIn brings back contact export feature after user backlash

LinkedIn has discovered that folks really don't like waiting for their contact info. A couple of days ago, the company removed its CSV and VCF file export tool, supposedly to discourage third-parties from "scraping" user data. You could still get the data by requesting an archive from the company, but that process took up to 72 hours. LinkedIn's business-oriented community was not thrilled, so the company quickly backpedaled, saying "we've heard you loud and clear... effective immediately, we have turned the CSV download link back on." However, once it gets the wait time for archival requests down to "within minutes," the feature will be turned off again.

35
Twitter's growth in the US grinds to a halt

Twitter has shown that it can make money off its U.S. users, but it's going to be hard for the company to show Wall Street that it can survive if it's not growing its most lucrative user base simultaneously.

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The five most important things from Motorola's Moto X event

In 2013, Motorola Mobility introduced the Moto X, its first smartphone since being acquired by Google. The Moto X didn't have the best specs on the market, but it did have something virtually no other phone had: customizability. The Moto Maker store let buyers pick the color of the phone's backplate and accents, eventually adding options like a bamboo case. Motorola followed up with the Moto G, perhaps the cheapest usable smartphone on the market.

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Microsoft hopes computer users show some love for Windows 10

Windows 10 also makes standard apps faster and more robust. It's much easier, for instance, to connect a Gmail account with the Mail program. Personalization and alphabetization in the Start menu makes starting apps quicker. Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant counter to Apple's Siri, could be a huge timesaver for users hunting for files or just a fun source of entertainment.

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Deliveroo brings you food from restaurants that don't deliver…

Deliveroo’s app is great. It shows you which restaurants are available, along with a very accurate delivery time estimate. The benefit over traditional apps – certainly in Dublin where I’m located – is that there is a more diverse range of cuisines available. That means more healthy restaurants and more international choices.

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Meet the $180 Moto G, Motorola's newest budget Android phone

During its global launch event today, Motorola announced the new, third generation Moto G with all-around improved specs.

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Bethesda says it can’t make any more limited edition Fallout 4 Pip-Boys

"We reached a point where we'd go back to the factories and they were like, 'Guys, this is it, sorry. This is as long as we can run the lines and as many of them as we can make,'" Hines told GameSpot. "We'd go back to [the factories] and say, 'Demand for this is insane, we've got to make more.' And they'd move other projects off or shift stuff to other factories and it just came to [them telling Bethesda], 'Final answer: sorry, this is as many as we can make.' And we sold every single one of those that we could."

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The Verge on Twitter

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42
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused By Lack of Oversight

An official investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo over California last October finds that a co-pilot unlocked the ship’s braking system too early. The incident, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board’s report, could have been prevented with better safety procedures.

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Medium cracks down on cyberbullying in rules update - CNET

"We want everyone to feel at home on Medium. This doesn't mean you're free from having your views challenged or your ideas re-characterized," the blog post explains. "But some speech shuts down more expression than it opens up, by causing silence, retreat, isolation, or intimidation. No one should feel any less than who they are from spending time here. And that's where we decided to draw the line."

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CNET on Twitter

Microsoft fixes Windows 10 crash bug ahead of July 29 launch http://cnet.co/1GY2qAM  pic.twitter.com/nbHET735EX

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The Moto X Play is is cheaper than the competition and has a massive battery

In addition to the third-gen Moto G and Moto X Style, Motorola today unveiled the new Moto X Play, a new, bigger Moto X that's cheaper than the competition and has an absolutely massive battery.

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Delta's Fancy New Upgrade Could Put You On A Private Jet

The upgrades will run $300 to $800 per trip, and will be offered, at least initially, to passengers who rank in the top tiers of Delta’s SkyMiles frequent flyer program; Delta will open up only a few such flights at first, and plans to target travelers on the East Coast. The airline already operates a 66-plane private jet service called Delta Private Jets, and upgraded passengers will be riding on one of the fleet’s aircrafts. The majority of upgrades will be granted only the day before a flight, though some may come through two days in advance.

47
Mashable on Twitter

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Infographic: One Of These Fictional Weapons Is The Most Badass Fictional Weapon Ever

There's not much joy in seeing two indestructibles unable to destroy each other. That's why scenes of Superman and General Zod flinging each other into buildings is not a good time at the movies these days. It's much more suspenseful to see someone threatening to wreak obscene amounts of havoc on innocent civilians—or someone else defending those civilians—with the coolest possible instrument-of-death science or magic allows. A new infographic ranks the fictional world's most badass clobbering concoctions—and sifting through them is a blast.

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Google now helps you dodge crowds at your favorite places so you can be the worst

When you’re having a long, busy day, you’re often grasping for pockets of time to escape and do something right for you, like getting a quick coffee from the place by your work. But when you walk in at 3pm and you’re surrounded by 20 business suits who were all apparently pre-programmed to swarm the shop at the same time as you, it’s hard to not turn around and walk right out.

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Amazon Takes On Product Hunt, Shopify With Launchpad, An All-In-One Marketing And Sales Portal

Product Hunt has made a splash as a new place for startups to market new products, Shopify offers a way for them to easily start selling their products online, and Shyp takes the pain out of sending things from point A to B. Now it looks like Amazon is preparing to one-up their respective concepts. Today it unveiled Launchpad , a platform for hardware and physical goods startups to “launch, market and distribute” new products on Amazon.

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54 DefCon Hackers Tell How They Cracked Brink's Safe in 60 Seconds
55 CBS plans to livestream Super Bowl commercials for the first time
56 Exclusive: Education company Blackboard seeks $3 billion sale - sources
57 BlackBerry Jumps Most in Two Months on Morgan Stanley Upgrade
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59 The world’s platform for change
60 Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
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63 The psychology of your future self
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65 Why do ambitious women have flat heads?
66 I am an adjunct professor who teaches five classes. I earn less than a pet-sitter | Lee Hall
67 How autism freed me to be myself
68 How to make hard choices
69 Why ordinary people need to understand power
70 Why people need poetry
71 The 10 Most-Pirated Movies
72 John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician | Siobhan Roberts
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74 My journey to yo-yo mastery
75 Black Students In The U.S. Get Criminalized While White Students Get Treatment
76 Americans Feel Better Informed Thanks to the Internet
77 How societies can grow old better
78 Reg Saddler on Twitter
79 What separates us from chimpanzees?
80 What we learn from insects’ kinky sex lives
81 China's answer to the Tesla Model S: The Youxia X
82 Ask Cortana anything: Sassy answers to 59 burning questions
83 The Rise Of Silicon Savannah And Africa’s Tech Movement
84 Success, failure and the drive to keep creating
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86 $1 million in sunken treasure recovered from ocean floor after 300 years
87 Windows 10 review
88 Topshop pulls 'tiny' mannequins after woman's on-point Facebook post
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