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Project Loon balloons to connect storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

Project Loon is an audacious concept dreamt up in Google’s secretive X lab to connect remote regions of the world through high-flying communications balloons. Now headed up by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, the balloons have been green-lighted to take flight

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Accelerating fintech in China

 Saturday night on a Shenzhen street corner, a young guitarist dressed in Johnny Cash black strums away, singing melodies. His open guitar case has a laminated QR reader, propped up, welcoming digital tips from passersby. China’s expeditious adoption of fintech

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Australia’s Startmate accelerator announces its most recent class

 As the startup tech scene blossoms in Australia, despite challenges like a small pool of local institutional investors and natural threats like the predatory Dropbear, one of the key components of its success has been the development of its national

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Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you

 Dear Silicon Valley,  You used to be the envy of the world. Over the last decade I’ve seen countless cities try to become you, from the Silicon Savannah to the Silicon Bayou. At last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford’s campus,

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Tech leaders weigh in on diversity, inclusion and sexual harassment on stage at Disrupt

 At TechCrunch Disrupt SF last month, themes around diversifying the tech industry emerged in both in panels explicitly about those challenges and in unexpected places too. We’ve collected some of the highlights, pulling together the collective wisdom of a number

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Debian 9.2 ‘Stretch’ Linux-based operating system is here — download the distro now

Debian is one of the most important Linux-based operating systems. It is a great distribution in its own right, but it is also the foundation of many other distros. For instance, Ubuntu is largely based on Debian, and then many

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Curing the incurable

 Very rarely, an app comes along that changes your life. I want to tell you about such an app, and how it changed mine. I had nothing to do with its making; I have never installed or opened it on

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Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

 The smart home assistant race has been building to a fever pitch over the course of the last couple of years. Things really came to head this past two weeks, when Amazon, Google and Sonos all held big events highlighting

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Facebook to manually review ads that target people based on ‘politics, religion, ethnicity or social issues’

Advertisers are to face increased scrutiny from Facebook as the social network attempts to clamp down on questionable and controversial ads. The move comes in the wake of the revelation that 10 million Americans saw ads during the run up

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EFF criticizes iOS 11’s ‘misleading’ Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles for being a privacy and security risk

The strange, unintuitive way Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles work in iOS 11 has drawn ire from many quarters. The latest voice is that of digital right group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) which says that the “off-ish” setting now offered

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Debunked: Apple slows down older iPhones to encourage upgrades

With the launch of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and iOS 11, a persistent rumor resurfaced. There has long been speculation that Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones in an attempt to encourage people to upgrade to

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Google parent Alphabet looks to restore cell service in Puerto Rico with Project Loon balloons

 The FCC has given approval for Google parent company, Alphabet, to help Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands regain wireless service. The company will attempt to enable LTE connectivity using its high-flying Project Loon balloons. BREAKING: FCC issues experimental license

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Angry young men

 I used to build bombs in my basement. My friend, a guy who called himself Damage Inc. on the BBSes, built pipe bombs and made a rocket launcher that shot small Estes rockets tipped with razors. We set them off

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In defense of the Amazon Fire Phone

 The Fire Phone is widely regarded as one of Amazon’s biggest misfires — and rightfully so. After debuting in the top spot of the company’s retail charts, things quickly spun out of control. It’s more than enough to put a

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Proud, Star-Filled Tribute Song for a Puerto Rico in Need

Andrew Boryga reviews “Almost Like Praying,” featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda and a gathering of artists, whose proceeds benefit relief efforts for the hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Go to Source

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Facebook security chief rants about misguided “algorithm” backlash

 “I am seeing a ton of coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos” wrote Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos on Saturday in a reeling tweetstorm. He claims journalists

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Highlights from the Second Weekend of the New York Film Festival

Richard Brody’s notes on Claude Lanzmann’s “The Four Sisters,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” and other major screenings from the 2017 New York Film Festival. Go to Source

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Google’s ‘bezel-less future’ is why the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have no headphone jack

An increasing number of smartphones are ditching the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, and the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL follow this trend. While it is something of an inevitability that the old-style jack will be completely replaced, there are

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New York Comic Con 2017 ditches high-tech in favor of extravagant experiences

Taking a trip to a sparsely populated desert before it becomes inundated with zombies. Being immersed inside the new HBO series Westworld. Doing odd jobs alongside everyone’s favorite time-traveling duo of Rick and Morty. Those were just some of the experiences

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Porsche’s Mission E caught testing alongside Tesla vehicles

 Ignore the exhaust tips on the back. Those are just to throw off casual onlookers. According to our friends at Autoblog, there’s a good chance this is the electric car Porsche hopes to throw down against Tesla. Called Mission E

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