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The battle between hotels and Airbnb escalates in NYC

 The war between Airbnb and the hotel industry rages on, and it’s reaching new lows here in New York. A campaign, backed by the Hotel Association of New York City Inc. and the union that represents hotel workers, launched a

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL get big discounts

The Pixel and Pixel XL are among the best flagship smartphones that you can buy today. And, since they’re rapidly approaching their one-year anniversary, they are now offered with some serious discounts direct from Google, making them an even more

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Irony alert: the BBC has designed its own font to avoid paying license fees

The BBC has announced plans to roll out a new font across its network of websites in a cost-saving measure. The corporation has designed a new font called BBC Reith, named after Lord Reith, the founder of the BBC. The

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Does quantum tunneling take time or is it instantaneous?

In the weird world of quantum physics, it’s not unusual for particles to tunnel through barriers that under normal circumstances they shouldn’t be able to pass through. While this process, called quantum tunneling, is well documented, physicists haven’t been able

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Does quantum tunneling take time or is it instantaneous?

In the weird world of quantum physics, it’s not unusual for particles to tunnel through barriers that under normal circumstances they shouldn’t be able to pass through. While this process, called quantum tunneling, is well documented, physicists haven’t been able

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Privacy: UK government to force social media and tech companies to give users more control over their data

The UK government is set to introduce a new Data Protection Bill which will give people the right to demand companies delete personal data. The bill, due to be introduced this summer, will make it easier for people to find

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Lightning LS-2??R: The world’s fastest production motorcycle gets a whole lot faster

The electric Lightning LS-218 remains to this day the fastest street legal production motorcycle on the planet. But not for long. Tired of hearing how the track-only Kawasaki H2R managed to beat it by 2 mph at Bonneville, Lightning has

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Lightning LS-2??R: The world’s fastest production motorcycle gets a whole lot faster

The electric Lightning LS-218 remains to this day the fastest street legal production motorcycle on the planet. But not for long. Tired of hearing how the track-only Kawasaki H2R managed to beat it by 2 mph at Bonneville, Lightning has

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On managing outrage in Silicon Valley

 I hate sexism; it can’t be eradicated fast enough. I’m also frustrated that there’s still far too little diversity in Silicon Valley. Yet a newer form of discrimination is starting to greatly alarm me, and that’s discrimination against anyone with

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Asphalt made of cigarette butts paves the road to less litter

The 6 trillion cigarettes produced every year generate over 1.2 million tonnes of butt litter, and not only do the majority of them end up in the environment, but they’re technically toxic waste. Now, researchers at RMIT University in Australia

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Asphalt made of cigarette butts paves the road to less litter

The 6 trillion cigarettes produced every year generate over 1.2 million tonnes of butt litter, and not only do the majority of them end up in the environment, but they’re technically toxic waste. Now, researchers at RMIT University in Australia

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In its push to compete in Southeast Asia, WeWork is pouring $500 million into the region

 Less than two weeks ago, WeWork took the wraps off a new massive round of funding — $500 million from the Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital, the Japanese internet giant SoftBank, Greenland Holdings, and China Oceanwide. Now, the company

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10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

 How and to what extent the FCC should regulate the internet has been a hot question for years, and the present administration is proposing to eliminate the 2015 Order that created net neutrality rules. But Congress isn’t going to take

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A smartwatch won’t fix what’s broken with Fitbit

 Fitbit’s Q2 earnings could have been worse. Unlike Q4 of last year, the company didn’t use the opportunity to announce that it would be laying off six percent of its staff. Still, things are bad. As we pointed out earlier

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Ubiquiti Networks AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi-Fi System is a worthy Apple AirPort successor [Review]

There are many great wireless routers on the market nowadays, from companies like Netgear, Linksys, and D-Link. My favorite router of all time is not being made anymore, sadly. Unfortunately, the company that made the aforementioned product is no longer making

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Beyond the boring blockchain bubble

 The silly season continues. Speculators are piling into the cryptocurrency space in the hopes of–sometimes very literally–making money fast. As I write this Ethereum’s value has halved since June but is still 20x since January. Litecoin is up 12x since

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Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

 Y Combinator-backed, MIT spin-out Escher Reality is building a cross-platform toolkit and custom backend for mobile AR developers — aiming to lower the barrier to entry to building “compelling experiences”. Read More Go to Source

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Google employee’s anti-diversity manifesto goes viral as the company dismisses the diatribe

A document entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” in which an employee strongly criticizes the company’s efforts towards diversity and equality has gone viral. The opinionated article was written by an unnamed senior software engineer, and it accuses Google of political

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Microsoft video confirms Spotify is coming to Xbox One

It has long been expected that the Spotify app would make its way to Xbox One, and evidence supporting this has been mounting for some time. Now a video by Major Nelson — or Larry Hryb, if you prefer —

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Travis Kalanick reportedly sought to reassert control at Uber after ouster

 Just under two months after resigning from Uber, former CEO Travis Kalanick has reportedly asked some former colleagues if they would support him in a potential shareholder battle, according to a new report by The Information. You’ll periodically find these kinds

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