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last updated: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:54:12 -0400

Facebook's political influence under a microscope
(Reuters) - As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality - an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge.

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BBC News - Technology
last updated: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:17:24 GMT

Facebook gives friends higher priority in News Feeds
Facebook is to give posts by users' friends and family greater prominence - a move that may challenge professional publishers.

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PC World - News RSS feed
last updated: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:21:00 +1000

Box Shuttle makes it easier to ditch on-prem file storage
Businesses that want to get their files out of on-premises data centers and into the cloud have a new option with Box Shuttle.

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Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
last updated: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:12:00 -0400

Facebook's political influence under a microscope

A mobile phone shows a Facebook page promoting Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, in this photo illustrationAs the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality - an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge. According to research scheduled to be published in August in the Journal of Communication, when people tagged their friends on Facebook in voting reminders, turnout increased by 15 to 24 percent. In the United Kingdom, a Facebook reminder days before the deadline to register to vote on whether the country should exit the European Union led to 186,000 people registering online to vote, according to the government.


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Is this the Tesla killer?
SILICON Valley start-up Tesla Motors is largely considered the leader when it comes to electric cars, but another manufacturer thinks it’ll reign supreme.

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CNET News
last updated: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:31:35 +0000

Google wants to show you all the data it's collected about your online habits - CNET
The web giant's new tool lets you review the sites you visit, the searches you make and the videos you watch, among other things.

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Netflix picks up reboot of 1960s TV show 'Lost in Space' - CNET
The new series is based on the adventures of the Robinson family as they grapple with a strange alien environment far from home.

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Sen. Warren says Apple, Google and Amazon have too much power - CNET
The prominent senator from Massachusetts believes "competition is dying" in America, and anti-competitive mergers are responsible.

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Here's how the 'Game of Thrones' epic 'Battle of the Bastards' scene was created - CNET
The visual-effects studio that created one of the most climactic scenes from the series shows how it was done.

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Big Windows 10 update scheduled for August - CNET
Microsoft will bring an improved Cortana to Windows and new features to the Xbox One.

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I taught my mom how to play Doom - CNET
CNET writer Danny Gallagher goes to Hell and back with his mother by showing her how to play the new bloody reboot of the classic first-person shooter.

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Verizon set to offer 'unlimited' option, data rollover - CNET
The company could make its announcement, which may also include unlimited calls to Canada and Mexico, next week.

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​Get a Lyft in the 'Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 - CNET
Who ya gonna call to grab a ride in a vehicle that scares away specters? This weekend, Lyft offers a Ghost Mode option to riders in select American cities.

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Microsoft giving away free Xbox One to students buying Surface PCs - CNET
Buy a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, get an Xbox One for free -- if you're a student, parent or teacher.

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A drunk driving virtual reality app is on its way - CNET
If you've ever wanted to experience monumentally awful things like drunk driving, soon you'll be able to without putting yourself and other people in danger.

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ACLU sues to kill decades-old hacking law - CNET
The advocacy group says the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act makes it hard to investigate websites for bad behavior and potential discrimination.

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Tesla's next Supercharger expansion could involve...gas stations? - Roadshow
Despite efforts to get drivers away from the pump, Tesla might be sending 'em right back there, albeit for electrons instead of hydrocarbons.

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Clinton's tech policy backs entrepreneurs and more internet access - CNET
Hillary Clinton unveils a tech agenda that promises to reinvigorate the economy. At least one critic warns that her plans are costly.

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Ford issues three recalls for fewer than 10,000 vehicles - Roadshow
Affected models include Focus Electric, F-150, Explorer and Transit Connect.

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BOSEbuild Speaker Cube kit teaches kids the power of DIY - CNET
Just in time for summer, Bose is releasing a step-by-step build kit that breaks down the science of sound and shows kids how to build their own functioning Bluetooth speaker.

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Boris Johnson's Brexit victory speech uploaded to Pornhub with X-rated title - CNET
Pornhub user "BrexitVote" posted Johnson's speech with a comical, but obscene title.

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Protect your messages, hide them in emoji - CNET
Mozilla, which makes the Firefox browser, has come up with a novel way to send secret messages across the web -- and look adorable while doing it.

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Amazon starts selling its own branded coffee, baby food - CNET
The company quietly launches private-label brands Mama Bear baby food and Happy Belly coffee on its website.

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HTC leads $10 billion consortium to invest in virtual reality - CNET
The phone maker, whose Vive VR headset was released earlier this year, helps to form an investment consortium aimed at supporting "true innovation" in VR.

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Till death do us part: Man marries his phone in Vegas - CNET
Technically Incorrect: At a Las Vegas wedding chapel, a man professes his love for his phone so deeply that he decides to make the ultimate commitment.

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Rihanna 'Sledgehammer' music video the first to debut in Imax theaters - CNET
The music video for the song on the 'Star Trek: Beyond' soundtrack will debut on Vevo and Tidal after its big Imax debut.

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Toyota recalls almost 500,000 US hybrids for airbag issues - Roadshow
Thankfully, it's not a *Takata* airbag issue, but it's a problem nevertheless.

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6 reasons to love the 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' reunion - CNET
Fans cheered the stagehand, roared at Minnesota jokes and pondered whether corn was grass as the cast of the cult show reunited.

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The rise of AI and challenge of making conversational bots (The 3:59, Ep. 70) - CNET
We also discuss Amazon's offer of an ad-supported phone and how IBM is using its Watson technology to help with cancer treatment.

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BuzzFeed - Geeky
last updated: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:01:04 -0400

HBO Might Have Just Confirmed This "Game Of Thrones" Plot Point

Putting the R in R+L=J.

The Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones confirmed what many fans have been speculating about for years – that Lyanna Stark is, in fact, Jon Snow's mother.

Most fans also took it as confirmation that his father is Rhaegar Targaryen, the man who kidnapped (or perhaps eloped with) Lyanna. But although there is overwhelming evidence that supports this, it wasn't explicitly stated in the show – and so some are speculating Jon's father could actually be someone else. Someone like Robert Baratheon, Aerys Targaryen, or even Ned Stark himself.

But HBO seems to have settled the debate by releasing this chart on its behind-the-scenes website, which directly links Jon Snow to Rhaegar Targaryen.

But HBO seems to have settled the debate by releasing this chart on its behind-the-scenes website, which directly links Jon Snow to Rhaegar Targaryen.

It's a bit odd really, considering the showrunners seem to be keen to keep the mystery of Jon's father alive at least a little longer. Not only did they mute part of what Lyanna said to Ned in the Tower of Joy – which would no doubt identify him as a Targaryen once and for all – they've also mostly avoided commenting on the scene outside of the show.

There will probably still be some sceptics out there. But to be honest, there is no textual evidence that Ned and Lyanna had an incestuous relationship, and nothing that indicates Lyanna could have been impregnated by Aerys Targaryen either. There is actually evidence against Robert Baratheon being Jon's father – specifically, the fact Lyanna asked Ned to protect Jon from Robert because he'd kill him if he found out about him. It doesn't make any sense that Robert would kill his own child with Lyanna – it does, however, make a lot of sense that he'd want to kill Rhaegar's child.

HBO / Via makinggameofthrones.com

And as for Jon's looks – well, it's pretty clear he got them from his mama.


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Here’s How to Get a Full-Blown IMAX Theater In Your Home
It'll cost you

But if you happen to be a tasteless rap star from the early 00s, it might be time to upgrade that home cinema setup.

IMAX has launched a new IMAX Private Theatre division, according to a new Bloomberg report, which will bring the high-quality cinema standard into the home.

Predictably, such a setup doesn’t come cheap. Those interested in adding an IMAX extension to their home will have to fork over $400,000 (around £300,000) just to get the basic ‘Palais’ system installed.

Of course, if you’re the type of ‘high-net-worth individual’, as Bloomberg puts it, who sneers at at figures such as this, there’s always the ‘Platinum’ system, which gives you more chairs and costs around $1 million (around £745,000).

The new private IMAX standard comes with a 10-feet tall screen and also includes dual 4K/3D projectors, an IMAX sound system, touchscreen remote, and seating (7-18 for the Palais version and up to 40 for the Platinum setup).

Interestingly, Chinese and Middle Eastern buyers will be given the option of paying $10,000 extra for a set top box that will allow them to rent new releases at the same time they open in theatres, for an extra fee of course.

The boxes, which don’t look like they’ll be making an appearance in the US or Europe any time soon, are named IMAX Home Premier and will apparently use fingerprint scanners in some capacity.

IMAX says a smaller version of the basic home theatre, which it’s calling the ‘Prestige’ setup, will also be coming in the future, no doubt with a similarly exorbitant price tag.

This article originally appeared on TrustedReviews.com

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last updated: Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:22:42 +0000

liamalexander: My daily stats: 12 new followers, 9 new unfollowers via http://t.co/hROlspGI
liamalexander: My daily stats: 12 new followers, 9 new unfollowers via http://t.co/hROlspGI

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last updated: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 22:44:57 +0000

alanjonesUK: RT @PopSci: Scientists finally have some answers about the mysterious "dark matter" in the human genome: http://t.co/Gm4Fh0B6
alanjonesUK: RT @PopSci: Scientists finally have some answers about the mysterious "dark matter" in the human genome: http://t.co/Gm4Fh0B6

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This chatbot is responsible for more than 160,000 dismissed parking tickets

Dubbed “the world’s first robot lawyer” by its 19-year-old creator, Joshua Browder, DoNotPay has now successfully contested over 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York. The program attempts to glean information from a simple survey to determine whether an appeal is possible by asking questions that could lead to a dismissal in court, questions like: “were there clearly visible parking signs?” From there, the AI attempts to guide users through the appeals process while aiming for a dismissal. To date, it’s been successful in 64 percent of attempts, successfully defending 160,000 of 250,000 offenders in the 21 months it’s…

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