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US Sues To Block AT&T Purchase of Time Warner
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The U.S. Department of Justice is suing AT&T to block its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. “The legal challenge was expected after AT&T rejected a demand by the Justice Department earlier this month to divest its DirecTV unit or Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting — which contains news network CNN — in order to win […]

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Authorities serve Apple a warrant for Texas shooter’s iPhone
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 Two weeks ago today, 26 people were killed by a gunman at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Two phones were discovered at the scene: older push-button LG and what local news described as a “blood spattered” Apple iPhone SE. Now local law enforcement has served Apple with a search warrant in order to […]

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Iconic hacker booted from conferences after sexual misconduct claims surface
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Enlarge / John Draper, seen here in 2011. (credit: campuspartycolombia) John Draper, a legendary figure in the world of pre-digital phone hacking known as “phreaking,” has been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior going back nearly two decades. According to a new Friday report by BuzzFeed News, Draper, who is also known as “Captain Crunch,” acted […]

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Giant 'Minecraft' graphics upgrade delayed to 2018
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The Minecraft team had a bunch of news at their MineCon Earth convention, but the biggest news may be what's not happening. Mojang and Microsoft have delayed the launches of both the Super Duper Graphics Pack and cross-platform Switch multiplayer to…

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Hairy situation: DC’s rail system may be taken down by human shedding
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Enlarge / The DC Metro, when it’s not on fire. (credit: Getty | Bill Clark) For residents of our nation’s capital, news of a fire on the city’s rapid transit system—the Washington Metro—is not surprising. It catches fire and smokes quite regularly. At some points last year, there were reports of more than four fires […]

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TechShop shuts down all U.S. locations, declares bankruptcy
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 A bit of sad news for the maker community today: TechShop is shutting down nationwide. TechShop was pretty much heaven for the adventurous do-it-yourself’er. Imagine a big building filled with everything from sewing machines to laser cutters to woodworking equipment to welding rigs. The general philosophy was “Don’t try it at home — try it […]

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To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated
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Enlarge (credit: Norwich University) In a world where accusations of “fake news” are thrown around essentially at random, critical thinking would seem to be a must. But this is also a world where the Moon landings are viewed as a conspiracy and people voice serious doubts about the Earth’s roundness. Critical thinking appears to be […]

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Why Are Tech Companies Trying to Kill Us?
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This is the question that keeps me up at night after seeing the news of Russian influence through social media, and the rapid rise of road deaths due to smartphone use. I wonder if the executives in these firms understand not only that dead customers don’t generate revenue, but also that some of the victims […]

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The end of Stranger Things S2 slays whatever early-season nitpicks existed
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Enlarge / It took a while to get all these folks in the same place fighting the same battle, but boy was it satisfying… (credit: Netflix) Warning: This post contains spoilers for Stranger Things 2 through episode six. You can read our review of season one or episodes 1-3 and episodes 4-6 elsewhere on site. […]

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