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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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This startup wants to modernize the hotel industry

 Calling for room service is kind of annoying, though it’s one of the most first world-type of problems one could have. But that’s just to say the hotel industry is behind, technologically speaking. Startup AavGo is trying to fix that

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There’s a manifesto criticizing Google’s diversity efforts circulating inside the company

 A screed from a Googler against the company’s diversity policies appears to be circulating internally at the company, according to Gizmodo, which has published the memo. Motherboard first reported on the existence of the document making the rounds, which Googlers

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Weekly Culture Review: Patti Smith, Frank Ocean, and More

Jia Tolentino shares her cultural favorites from the week, including “Detroit,” Michiko Kakutani, large adult sons, and more. Go to Source

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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

 Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s market cap is now over $800 billion. This year alone, shares of

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Tesla lowers Model X base price due to improved margins

 Tesla has lowered the entry-level price of the Model X SUV, from $82,500 to $79,500. The $3,000 price drop is the result of improved margins for the electric vehicle, which the company achieved thanks to “efficiencies” achieved in the manufacturing

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Please Confirm You Are Not a Robot

Mia Mercado devises a humorous list of ways to prove to a computer you are not a robot, including crying to Adele and taking Harry Potter quizzes online. Go to Source

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YouTube Music gets a proper offline mode for songs, albums and playlists

The arrival of offline mode to YouTube Music may not seem like news, but the reality is that the “mixtape” option that was available was very limited. Now YouTube has made it possible to download playlists, songs and albums for

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Report: LTE Apple Watch is on the way this year

One of the limitations — if you want to class it as such — of the Apple Watch is that it need to be paired with an iPhone. But this could be about to change. According to a Bloomberg report,

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New active suspension makes Polaris RZR more responsive than ever

The side-by-side plot continues to thicken. In recent years, we’ve seen well-established performance car technologies like turbocharging and paddle shifting make their way over to the side-by-side market. Now Polaris imports another: active suspension. In what Polaris calls the first

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New active suspension makes Polaris RZR more responsive than ever

The side-by-side plot continues to thicken. In recent years, we’ve seen well-established performance car technologies like turbocharging and paddle shifting make their way over to the side-by-side market. Now Polaris imports another: active suspension. In what Polaris calls the first

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