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Facebook test splits news feed to highlight posts from friends     – CNET
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The change could have big ramifications for publishers. The social network emphasized, though, that it’s only a test.

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Google denies report of revenue sharing with news publishers     – CNET
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Search giant calls Financial Times report of revenue sharing deal “totally wrong.”

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Google aims to share revenue with news publishers
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Google isn't kidding around when it says it wants to make amends with subscription-based news outlets. The search giant's head of news, Richard Gingras, told the Financial Times that the plan is to share revenues with publishers who take advantage o…

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Harman Kardon's Cortana-Powered Smart Speaker Underwhelms
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Early reviews of the Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana — the smart speaker that features Microsoft’s personal assistant — have been lukewarm at best. The speaker will be available in the U.S. starting Sunday. Like Amazon’s Echo line and Google’s Home speakers, Invoke lets users play music, manage calendars, set reminders, check traffic, get news […]

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Binge on 'Futurama' all day long     – CNET
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Good news, everyone! Hulu is the new home to every episode of “Futurama.”

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CNN granted first FAA waiver to fly drones over crowds     – CNET
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The US Federal Aviation Administration says the news network can make routine flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over people.

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Russian Troll Factory Paid US Activists To Fund Protests During Election
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bestweasel writes: The Guardian reports on another story about Russian meddling, but interestingly, this one comes from a respected Russian news source, the RBC. From the report: “Russian trolls posing as Americans made payments to genuine activists in the U.S. to help fund protest movements on socially divisive issues. On Tuesday, the newspaper RBC published […]

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Judge throws out Allergan patent, slams company’s Native American deal
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Enlarge / Allergan’s R&D and global production site in Pringy, France. (credit: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images) A federal judge ruled today that patents protecting Allergan’s $1.5 billion blockbuster dry-eye drug, Restasis, are invalid due to obviousness. The international drug company’s stock dropped about five percent on the news. The ruling by US Circuit Judge William Bryson […]

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Tesla fires hundreds of workers
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Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2014. (credit: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Tesla has a reputation as a demanding place to work, and the company lived up to its reputation this week when it fired hundreds of workers. The San Jose Mercury News estimates that between 400 and 700 workers were let go, based on […]

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