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China bans Internet companies from reporting news, tightens grip on media

For years, the narrative about China in the West has been that the country was slowly but steadily moving towards more free and open reporting. In some ways, this narrative has always been hopeful rather than factual — China currently ...

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Your privacy at risk: Verizon reportedly close to purchasing Yahoo’s Internet business

For the past four years, Marissa Meyers has prominently helped and attempted to guide Yahoo back to something approaching relevance. While the company is one of the earliest giants of the Internet, its increasingly irrelevant in the modern era, which ...

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Neuroscientists just isolated the part of the brain that controls free will

Free will might have been the province of philosophers until now, but we’ve cracked the problem with an fMRI. Neuroscientists from Johns Hopkins report in the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics that they were able to see both what happens ...

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How the blockchain could revolutionize welfare — or undermine the poor

The blockchain (more accurately called “distributed ledger technology”) has long been a fixation for nerds of all stripes, but lately the real world has been taking notice as well. No longer solely the domain of crypto-security nuts and techno-utopians looking ...

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Pokémon Go is a roaring success — so why did Google spin off the company that developed it?

Pokémon Go is officially a smash hit. Nintendo’s stock has risen an eye-watering 54% since the title launched. Early fears that the game demanded access to iOS accounts have been resolved, and while we’ve seen some significant hiccups related to ...

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Theranos CEO banned from operating lab for 2 years

Things are not looking good for the once-lauded blood testing startup Theranos. Following an investigation, US federal health regulators have imposed stiff penalties against the firm, including barring CEO Elizabeth Holmes from owning a lab for two years, withdrawing regulatory ...

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Battlefield 1’s alpha shows that 4K is within reach for high-end gaming PCs

EA recently ran a closed alpha test of Battlefield 1, and allowed certain outlets access to the game in its unfinished form. So far, the response has been positive, and if the team at DICE follows through for the final ...

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ET deals: Save 24% on a 28-inch 4K UHD Dell gaming monitor

Looking for a nice 4K UHD display to keep up with your high-end gaming PC? Check out this 28-inch model from Dell. Not only does it support a full 2160p resolution and offer an impressive response time, but you can ...

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ET deals: Dell Inspiron 3650 quad-core desktop PC for $579

For a limited time, Dell is offering up a massive discount on the Inspiron 3650 desktop PC. With today’s coupon in play, you’ll snag this powerful quad-core tower PC for 47% off the sticker price. Internally, this model has a ...

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Jaunt opens its industry-leading VR capture tech to other studios

There has been a lot of attention paid recently to several excellent new rigs for capturing high-quality 360-degree stereo video — especially the open-source Facebook Surround 360. But VR-leader Jaunt still has what may be the best rig in production. ...

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