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Your words may predict your future mental health

Can the way you speak and write today predict your future mental state, even the onset of psychosis? In this fascinating talk, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to investigate how our words hint at our inner lives and details a word-mapping algorithm that could predict the development of schizophrenia. "We may be seeing in the future a very different form of mental health," Sigman says, "based on objective, quantitative and automated analysis of the words we write, of the words we say."

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Polaris confirmed: AMD's $200 Radeon card will bring high-end graphics to the masses

AMD says its new Polaris-based graphics cards will deliver performance equivalent to $500 graphics cards from today’s generation. That’s roughly in line with the Radeon R9 390X, GeForce GTX 980, or air-cooled Radeon Fury. Assuming that proves accurate, the massive performance leap stems from the adoption of 14nm FinFET technology in Polaris, a leap forward by two full technological generations for graphics processors. Both AMD and Nvidia (which uses 16nm FinFET tech in its new Pascal GPUs) were previously stuck on the 28nm node since late 2011, after 20nm technology proved to be a bust for graphics cards.

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft agree to remove hate speech across the EU

It’s good to see that this issue got escalated and the European Commission was able to come up with a code of conduct quite quickly. Instead of making tech companies deal with every single European country, they can agree on rules for the EU as a whole.

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No warrant needed to obtain location data held by cellphone carriers, US court rules

Law enforcement officers don't need a warrant to gain access to a cellphone's location data, as long as they obtain it from wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

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Airbnb’s new site lets neighbors complain about noisy guests

The launch of this portal comes as the company moves forward with its new marketing campaign that encourages you to “live there”: Guests shouldn’t just stop in a city for a split second and leave, but should actually take it all in like a local. And that means being a good community member. To defuse local governments and its citizens putting forth potential regulations, such as what Airbnb faced in San Francisco with Proposition F , it has to show that it’s taking the needs of non-guests and non-hosts very seriously.

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Softbank to sell $7.9 billion of Alibaba shares

Thomson ReutersA sign of Alibaba Group is seen at CES Asia 2016 in Shanghai Softbank Group said it will sell at least $7.9 billion of shares in Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group Holding as it looks to raise capital.

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Facebook Messenger Said to be Getting End-to-End Encryption

Security has become one of the most talked-about elements of mobile devices recently, so it’s perhaps not all that surprising that one of the largest social media networks in the world would be gearing up to roll out its own features. According to a report from The Guardian , citing unnamed sources, Facebook is planning on rolling out end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger.

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King Tut Had a Space Dagger

Objects made from the metal of meteorites were probably considered extremely valuable in ancient Egypt, but they also reveal the sophistication of smithing during that era of human history. And the blade was not the only object in Tut’s tomb made from an unusual and rare material: a scarab necklace he was buried with is believe to be silica glass, caused by the impact of another space rock smashing into the Libyan desert and melting the nearby sand.

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AMD's Radeon RX480 GPU is VR ready for just $199

For its upcoming Polaris GPUs, AMD doesn't just want to entice hardcore gamers. Instead, it's aiming to bring virtual reality-capable PCs to just about everyone with its new Radeon RX480 video card, which will retail for a mere $199. The RX480 is capable of more than 5 teraflops of computing power, whereas NVIDIA's new GTX 1070 packs in over 6 teraflops for $380, and the high-end GTX 1080 sports around 9 teraflops for $600. On paper alone, AMD's new card is an astounding value.

11 Periscope Goes After Trolls With Comment Moderation

Here's how it works: While watching a broadcast, viewers can now report offensive comments and, after doing so, will no longer see messages from that commenter for the remainder of the stream. When someone reports a comment, the system will randomly select a few viewers to vote on whether they think it's spammy, abusive, or looks okay.

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This founder launched a $14,000 smartphone immediately after laying off employees at his other startup

This founder launched a $14,000 smartphone immediately after laying off employees at his other startup

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Xbox One price drops to $299 ahead of E3

If Microsoft is hoping to quell rumors of new Xbox hardware at E3, it isn't doing the greatest job. The company has permanently cut the prices of Xbox One consoles by $50 across the board, lowering the base price to $299 -- even some of the nicer multi-game 1TB bundles now sell for $319. These are tremendousprices, of course, but they're coming just a couple of weeks before E3. While this could just be an attempt to goose sales during the historically quiet summer, it's only going to fuel talk of a possible smaller 2TB system that would become the new flagship. The price drop is great if you're looking for the most affordable Xbox One possible, but it's otherwise worth holding off a little while... especially if you want to see what Sony brings to the table .

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Learn how to be your most healthy & productive self in our next #BizChats

Learn how to be your most healthy & productive self in our next #BizChats

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Elon Musk: Tesla Model 3 owners won’t get free Supercharging for life without paying extra

The best thing to do with an electric car is to charge your car where you charge your phone. Would you really take your phone to a gas station? … Driving to a Supercharger, in order to get $5-worth of electricity, and spending half an hour of your time, you’re like, maybe barely at minimum wage. So it’s just not the best thing for people, but you know, they kind of do it out of habit.

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Fable gets a second chance as a digital card game on Kickstarter

“We are close to the finish line, but it is going to be impossible for this small indie studio to complete and launch the game without your valued support,” Flaming Fowl notes on the Kickstarter page. “It takes a lot of resources to not only launch a game like this but to continue to support and develop it. Microsoft have helped us by giving us the license for Fable Fortune, but they are no longer investing in the project. We need to secure the remaining funds ourselves to complete development. To be clear, all the funds we raise on Kickstarter will solely be spent on the development of the game.”

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Instagram officially announces its new business tools

Instagram this morning officially announced the launch of its tools for business users, including new business profiles, analytics and the ability to turn Instagram posts into ads directly from the Instagram app itself. The launch comes following a series of leaks and reports of the tools’ imminent launch, and largely confirms details we already knew — like how the profiles would be structured , and what sort of insights on posts and audience demographics would be available.

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Y Combinator is giving some Oakland residents a basic income in new pilot study

A product of the YC Research program , Basic Income is a long-term study to assess the impact technological improvements have on resources, jobs, and cost of living. Altman posits that as technology moves to replace existing jobs, there has to be some minimum level of income to allow people to live — to provide a floor. He believes people should be able to work and earn as much as they want, however, saying, “We hope a minimum level of economic security will give people the freedom to pursue further education or training, find or create a better job, and plan for the future.”

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Fog Creek launches HyperDev collaborative app-development tool out of private beta

In fact, he did that recently when he wanted a feed for a certain type of podcast from a radio station. Over the span of a five-hour plane trip from New York to San Francisco — with Wi-fi all the way, thank goodness — he built the project in HyperDev. The for-loop portion in the app “was the most cut-and-pastey code I had ever done in my life,” Spolsky said. But it worked. And that’s exactly the type of quick programming where HyperDev can shine.

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Facebook spares humans by fighting offensive photos with AI

Facebook’s artificial intelligence systems now report more offensive photos than humans do, marking a major milestone in the social network’s battle against abuse, the company tells me. AI could quarantine obscene content before it ever hurts the psyches of real people.

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Instagram's Business profile and tools are here, and they look just like Facebook Pages'

With more than 200,000 companies using Instagram to promote their businesses, it was inevitable that Facebook would unveil tools to help these users. The tools even look like Facebook’s own page insights tool, which displays reach and impression numbers alongside fan growth rates. It’s clear that Facebook assumes its business users would use both Instagram and Facebook, since the tools are so similar.

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Hedy Lamarr's FBI File Is Shockingly Slim

Hedy Lamarr lived an extraordinary life. She was an actress who pushed boundaries, an inventor who went unappreciated in her time, and a sex symbol who was very much appreciated in her time. And given the life she led in the 1940s you might expect her to have a rather thick FBI file. But you’d be wrong.

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Twitter Shuts Down Russian Parody Accounts, and the US Government Is Pissed

Twitter parody accounts are the second worst thing on Earth. What’s the worst thing? When Twitter shuts down parody accounts because they might offend public figures. That’s what Twitter has been doing recently with accounts that poke fun at Russian politicians, such as @DarthPutinKGB. And the American government isn’t happy about it.

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Mophie brings wireless charging to its iPhone battery cases

Wireless phone charging has been around for years, but most consumers wouldn't know it. The fight between different standards and a lack of support from phone makers has made the entire idea of charging your mobile wirelessly a huge mess. Mophie is hoping to bring some sanity to the concept with its new $100 Juice Pack Wireless cases for the iPhone 6 and 6S, which integrate cord-free charging along with an additional 50 percent of battery life.

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To Fight Trolls, Periscope Puts Users in Flash Juries

Internet trolls’ offensive comments are facing a new kind of policing: the flash jury. On Tuesday, the live-video app Periscope, owned by Twitter Inc., began rolling out comment moderation that will use a group of randomly selected viewers to decide if flagged comments are actually abusive.

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Simply Hired is shutting down June 26, reportedly as part of an acquisition

Simply Hired, a technology company based in Sunnyvale, California, operates job search engines in 24 countries and 12 languages. With more than 30 million unique visitors per month, the company provides job seekers access to millions of job openings across all job categories and industries, reaching job seekers on the web, mobile devices, email, and via thousands of partner sites including The Washington …

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EU cautions governments against banning Uber, Airbnb

BRUSSELS/LONDON European Union governments should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU says in new guidelines, seeking to rein in a crackdown on the "sharing economy".

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Over 1,500 TSA Agents Have Been Reassigned to Political Rallies Since April

In the latest figures provided to Gizmodo, we see a staggering number of TSA agents being temporarily reassigned to non-transportation related activity over the past two months. In April and May the US Secret Service asked for over 1,520 TSA agents to assist at various campaign events for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. But a TSA spokesperson says that they’re not concerned.

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Leaked photos suggest the next MacBook Pro keyboard will be part touchscreen

Where the function keys on the keyboard usually go, there's a cutout, which suggests that it will be replaced by a touchscreen pad, as has been rumored.

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The creator of Orange Is the New Black is producing a Netflix comedy about women's wrestling

Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan is keeping her hands full by executive producing GLOW , a new comedy about female wrestling that's just been given a series order by Netflix. Set in Los Angeles, the show will focus on a struggling actress whose last shot at stardom involves working as a wrestler on a weekly series. It's being created and run by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and Kohan and Orange Is the New Black producer Tara Herrman are serving as co-executive producers.

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Jawbone denies it's getting out of the wearables business

Jawbone didn't a statement about the report that it's looking to sell off its speaker business, however. It makes sense that the company would turn its focus to wearables and fitness thanks to its experience in the space, though Jawbone didn't comment on any specific upcoming products.

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Computex 2016

Computex is to Taipei what the Consumer Electronics Showcase is to Vegas. The yearly event is huge for Taiwanese brands like Acer and Asus, but that doesn’t mean other companies like Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba will sit idly by. The week-long show is where we often see the finished products of rough drafts shown to us just five months prior at CES . If you’re wondering what laptops to buy for back to school. or what tablets to buy for the holidays, Computex is where you’ll see these new products first.

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General Mills Just Recalled 10 Million Pounds of Flour for a Possible E. coli Outbreak

Tracking the source of food poisoning is detective work. By the time the case gets started—especially for an illness with such a long lag, like E. coli—the trail has usually already gone cold. While there’s often a suspect, it’s not uncommon for these mysteries never to be solved.

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Person of Interest Creators on the Big Twist in Episode 100 - IGN

Jonathan Nolan: You know, we had been talking about this for a long time, way back to teasing it at Comic-Con just after Season 2. We had sat down and started to break Root's arc at the end of that season. She goes into a lunatic asylum, and we started to break and write her arc for the beginning [of Season 3] where there's this redemptive path, sort of an inflection point for her character. She's desperate to find the Machine. She fights her way to an empty warehouse, and the Machine has moved itself; kind of heartbreaking. So we sat down and charted out her path going forward. At this point we knew we were obsessed with Amy Acker, who's an incredible actor and become a dear friend. Just a lovely person, amazing actor. So we knew we wanted her to be a series regular, and we wanted to build her. We wanted her redemptive story to be believable, because we've invested in this great villain. You don't want to just throw that away and have her become cuddly. But such a fun character to write, and we knew we needed a great arc for her. So we started planning at that point, and then obviously some unexpected turns along the way, most notably her relationship with Shaw, which was awesome to write and see with those two actors.

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Thor: Ragnarok May Finally Give Fans the Planet Hulk Movie They've Been Waiting For

If true, it sounds like this element is just a smaller cog in the larger story of Thor and his minions stopping Ragnarok, which feels like the perfect way to handle it. As much as we’d all love to see Hulk kick ass for two hours, that doesn’t develop story or character. If it’s just dropped in there for a single set piece, you give the fans what they want, and you have a fun jumping-off point for the rest of the film.

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The Romanian Teen Hacker Who Hunts Bugs to Resist the Dark Side

With bug bounty programs, companies across all industries have started offering money instead of T-shirts, USB sticks or plain ignorance when a white hat hacker finds a flaw in their products. This is wonderful news for everyone, as WIRED has explained, as it incentivizes better security and helps keep talented hackers from going over to the dark side. But more specifically, for Alex Coltuneac and Eastern European security enthusiasts who formerly had only nefarious hacking opportunities in their native lands, this is great news. More bug bounty opportunities means more cash and more sleepless nights. And no reason to consider criminal hacking.

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Amy Schumer reminds body shamers that she's a Greek goddess

Many people have commented on the fact that Amy has been accused of stealing jokes. They have been doing this as an attempt to invalidate my reasons for posting the picture. I'm in no position to say if Amy had stolen jokes or not. There is no correlation between the accusation and my statement about body positivity. Other comments are about how Amy looks or some of the myths surrounding Aphrodite. One comment was about Aphrodite having multiple partners. Well, she is also the goddess of pleasure and sex. The comments are attempting to slut shame Aphrodite and Amy, and by extension, any woman who fits their description. If they wanted to describe sexual promiscuity within Greek mythology, they should have commented about Zeus. I didn't know the post would blow up like this, so I was no where near prepared for the onslaught of negative and hateful comments. I can't imagine the hell that people who are shamed for their bodies must feel all the time on instagram. It's a disgusting trend of hate and malice that only furthers my point on the importance of loving bodies and accepting bodies, no matter what they look like.

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More Details Have Been Revealed About Those Rogue One Reshoots

It certainly sounds like, while Rogue One may not exactly be “in crisis,” the Post wasn’t inaccurate in reporting the film has issues. Which it should. If the movie was ready in May, they would’ve scheduled it for summer. It’s being released in December to give the filmmakers time to get it right. A rough cut this early, warts and all, means Edwards is working hard.

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Marvel’s Version of Batman Comes Back Angrier Than Before

Stretching back to the 1970s, the Squadron Supreme was the publisher’s pointed homage to the major characters of rival company DC Comics, with analogues of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and other showing up every time the team got revamped. The latest version of Nighthawk is the last survivor of an alternate reality introduced in 2003 with grittier updates of the Squadron characters. Born as Kyle Richmond, the 2003 Nighthawk’s origin story starts with his parents getting killed in a vicious hate crime. He trains to be a peak physical specimen like Bruce Wayne, but specifically targets white supremacists in his fight against evil.

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Guy creates clever way to find a new roommate

So, after living through a few horrible roommates and the process of finding one, Alfredo Salkeld wanted to find a better way. The copywriter for an ad agency decided that he was not going to take the standard approach, digging through classified ads and tagged friends of friends on Facebook. Instead, he went rogue in an attempt to fill a vacant room in his Orlando home with a rent of $475 a month.

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Microsoft updates Windows Holographic with multitasking, Bluetooth mouse support, and tabs in Edge

Microsoft today updated Windows Holographic, which lets developers turn Windows 10 apps into holograms for the company’s HoloLens headset. This is the first major update to the platform, which was first announced at the company’s Build 2015 developer conference .

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Microsoft is no longer ‘mobile first’

That’s because, like Windows Phone before it, no one has much incentive to invest in the remaining Windows 10 Mobile infrastructure. Microsoft’s roster of hardware partners is exceedingly slim, and it includes none of the big-budget manufacturers that make up the rich Android ecosystem. While at different points in its existence, the mobile Windows platform has been adopted by such OEMs as Samsung, LG, HTC, and Motorola, Alcatel is currently the largest player to devote even a fraction of its lineup to Windows-powered handsets.

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TechCrunch on Twitter

Energysquare is a wireless phone charging pad that doesn’t use induction http://tcrn.ch/1r12yz3  pic.twitter.com/CMLkdBIpTb

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One of the World’s First Aircraft Comes Back to Life (Bowtie Included)

The Normalsegelapparat weighs just 40 pounds, and stretches 20 feet from wingtip to wingtip. The pilot is meant to hang by his arms from the wings, and direct the craft by swinging his body, like a gymnast on parallel bars. Given Lilienthal’s grim end, the team approached things more cautiously, with a focus on aerodynamics. They sent the glider, complete with a mannequin pilot, to a huge wind tunnel in Emmeloord, Holland. In keeping with the 19th century vibe—and proving some Germans do have a sense of humor—they dressed the dummy in knickers, a white shirt, and a bow tie.

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Digitalize your creations with Equil Digital and Ink Smartpen 2

The Equil’s smart stylus reads notes written on just about anything you can picture yourself working on – a Post-It, a legal pad, a Moleskine, even a piece of random scrap paper.

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ASUS' latest Transformers take heavy cues from Microsoft's Surface

Both the Transformer 3 Pro and the Transformer 3 have a 12.6-inch display with 2,880 x 1,920 resolution, 275-ppi pixel density and wide viewing angles. There are other similarities as well: Both feature USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connections, Harmon Kardon speakers, and USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. As you might expect, both 2-in-1s are also compatible with ASUS accessories such as the Pen, a Universal Dock, an AudioPod (a quad speaker with surround sound) and the ROG XG Station 2, a graphics dock that gives the humble tablet PC the power of a desktop computer (and it's VR-ready, to boot!). Both tablets are available in Icicle Gold as well as Glacier Gray. Of the two, the Transformer 3 Pro is the heftier one at 8.35mm thick. Its kickstand has a "stepless hinge" that lets you set the device at any viewing angle up to 170 degrees. The 3 Pro also comes with a Cover Keyboard that's backlit and offers "laptop-grade 1.4mm key travel," which ASUS says will provide a typing experience similar to that of a normal-sized notebook.

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Amazon waiting for 'acceptable business terms' to put Prime Video on Apple TV

Why isn't there a Prime Video app on the Apple TV — and why doesn't Amazon sell either the Apple TV nor the Chromecast on Amazon.com? According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, it all comes down to "acceptable business terms."

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A closer look at that $14,000 Android phone

The system works like this: By default it's a beefy, ultra-masculine Android smartphone with a skin that looks like it was designed by the prop department of a spy movie. But once you've flicked the tiny toggle on the back of the device, it'll switch into a secure mode with a green and white, 8-bit skin. In this mode, all but the most essential sensors are disabled, and both calls and text messages are encrypted, only to be read by trusted devices carrying the Solarin Friend app. In this environment, your data is protected by 256-bit AES encryption, backed up by security firms Zimperium and Koolspan. There's even a secure concierge service that monitors the state of your phone and warns you of incoming attacks.

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Facebook to conduct its first livestream broadcast from space

Zuck isn’t actually going to space himself – instead, he’ll be streaming from the Facebook headquarters and asking the astronauts up at the ISS questions from followers. The Facebook Live video is expected to start at 9:55 AM PT on June 1st.

51 Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League
52 Chariot - Senior Full-Stack Web Engineer
53 Breaking down Bran's bizarre vision from the latest 'Game of Thrones' epsiode
54 Square now lets you lease its contactless and chip reader for $1 per week
55 This is the life-sized Pong table you never knew you needed
56 Elon Musk took an embarrassing Tesla test drive with Google's cofounders: The car would go only 10 mph
57 A Simulation of What 100,000 Volts Does to Human Flesh
58 Facebook’s FbStart program names Amazon, DocSend, and Pitchbook as new partners
59 Jeff Bezos slams Trump for 'working to freeze or chill the media'
60 Jeff Bezos: Amazon Echo is just the 'beginning of a golden era'
61 Jeff Bezos slams Peter Thiel's funding lawsuit against Gawker
62 Microsoft is going to invest a lot more cash in startups — here's what it wants in return
63 Sirin Labs' Solarin is today's most ridiculous $16,000 Android phone
64 Witcher 3's Blood and Wine Map Compared to Wild Hunt - IGN
65 Adam Dell’s new startup Clarity Money raises $2.5 million to be ‘your money guru’
66 Catch up with Computex 2016: Day two
67 Why Google and Microsoft shouldn't be worried about losing $50 billion Salesforce to Amazon
68 Recently confirmed Myspace hack could be the largest yet
69 Inside the construction of Paris’ Halle Freyssinet: The landmark campus for 1,000 startups
70 Taste the fiery, slow motion rainbow with the Slo Mo Guys
71 This SSD weighs less than a paper clip but holds 512GB
72 ‘Unusual’ Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe This Exhibition
73 Krita 3.0: The Animation Release | Krita
74 Storage wars: Patriot introduces 2TB solid-state drive at Computex
75 Amazon Japan adds 12 new original series to Prime Video
76 There's Little Energy In Congress For Making Encryption Law
77 Apple may finally update its old ass Thunderbolt Display | Cult of Mac
78 Dramatic Photos Show Some of the Worst Flooding Texas Has Ever Seen
79 TechRepublic on Twitter
80 Vista Equity Partners buys marketing automation giant Marketo for $1.8B in cash
81 It's convertible season, so what are you waiting for?
82 The Best Photo Album Apps You've Probably Never Heard Of
83 The entire mass of the Milky Way, measured
84 A London startup has announced a $200 bracelet that can tell you how happy you are
85 MySpace hacking might be the biggest data breach yet
86 Samsung unveils 512GB postage stamp-size NVMe SSD, could see use in MacBook
87 'Modern Lovers,' a summer love story with a very Brooklyn twist, is our next MashReads pick
88 Apple invested $1 billion in this Chinese ride-hailing app — here’s how it works
89 Grab this $100 bill in an accelerating Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode
90 Sirin Labs launches Solarin, a $14,000 privacy-focused smartphone
91 Bruges Built an Underground Beer Pipeline to Improve Traffic
92 Lagom Is an Informative, Minimalist Browser Start Page
93 Security Check Required
94 No surprise, Google Home is based on Chromecast, not Android
95 A 3D Printer Made This Building -- And People Actually Work There
96 Paris Is Now Banning All Pre-1997 Cars
97 NYTimes Bits on Twitter
98 Out-of-Box Exploitation: A Security Analysis of OEM Updaters
99 Jawbone refutes reports that it will exit the fitness tracker market
100 Atari will enter IoT market with new connected devices in partnership with Sigfox