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Facebook outages ripple across Myanmar after violent clashes
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Users report experiencing several-hour blackouts on the social network after sectarian riots left two people dead and 14 injured. Facebook says it can’t find any technical issues on its end.

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Tesla's Model 3, and more!
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After years of anticipation, Tesla just unveiled its most affordable electric car to date. The Model 3 is a svelte EV for the masses that starts at $35,000, and it can drive 215 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, Hyundai set a world record by drivi…

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'Bent light' offers glimpse of huge galaxy 11.7 billion light years away
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Astronomers have used a trick of general relativity to look around a corner, of sorts, and view a massive, distant galaxy with remarkable clarity.

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PayPal nixes North Carolina ops center following anti-LGBT law
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The passing of HB2, a law that denies protections for people who are gay or transgender, is proving to be very expensive for Governor Pat McCrory and the state of North Carolina. In the weeks following Governor McCrory signing the anti-LGBT bill into…

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Google Assistant Gets More Features, Greater Reach
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Google this week debuted a slew of new capabilities for Google Assistant at CES in Las Vegas. The new Connect platform lets device manufacturers incorporate Assistant into their products easily and cost-effectively. Connect uses Google’s existing smart home platform to expand to new device types, while making device setup and discovery easy for consumers. A […]

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Theory Challenging Einstein's View On Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested
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mspohr writes: The Guardian has a news article about a recently published journal entry proposing a way to test the theory that the speed of light was infinite at the birth of the universe: “The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that […]

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Startups, climate change, cross-border business on top
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Dr. Richard Somerville, professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UCSD, will discuss "What does a climate scientist think we should do about climate change?" The talk will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at World Resources Simulation Center, …

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FDA Approves Large Clinical Trial For Ecstasy As Relief For PTSD Patients
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first large-scale, phase 3 clinical trial of ecstasy in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the New York Times reported. The regulatory green-light follows six smaller-scale trials that showed remarkable success using the drug. In fact, […]

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FBI director says Chinese hackers are like a “drunk burglar”
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Ivan David Gomez Arce James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, says Chinese hackers are daily targeting US companies’ intellectual property. “I liken them a bit to a drunk burglar. They’re kickin’ in the front door, knocking over the vase, while they’re walking out with your television set,” Comey said Sunday on CBS’ 60 […]

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