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Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Earlier this week, both Reddit and Google revealed plans to crack down on adult content, and while Reddit has held firm to its decision, Google has listened to the outcry of its users and, likely upon fully realizing how many users were poised to leave, reversed its decision. Today on the company's Product Forums, Google worker Jessica Pelegio announced the reversal, saying that rather than instituting this new adult content limitation, the company will merely be ensuring that its users stick to the current rules.

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Chrysler expands recall to include 467k SUVs

Chrysler expands recall to include 467k SUVs

Yesterday Chrysler revealed plans to recall about 26,000 Chrysler 200 sedans over a fairly serious problem with their transmissions, and now it has announced plans to expand a recall from last year, adding about 467k SUVs to the number of potentially faulty vehicles. This follows a previous recall that took place in September for the same stalling problem (which has now been linked to the fuel pump relay); about 189k SUVs were recalled then, and with this latest recall, the total number jumps to in excess of 656,000 cars.

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NASA’s Ceres pics show mysterious bright spots on planet

NASA’s Ceres pics show mysterious bright spots on planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is drawing nearer to the dwarf planet Ceres, and unlike the photos we saw late last month when the spacecraft was farther away, the latest ones are quite a bit clearer...and sporting a big mystery. At a distance of 29,000 miles away on February 19, the spacecraft took an image that shows two distant bright spots on or near the surface of the small planet. The cause of those spots continue to be a mystery.

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Runcible is a classy wooden smart pocket watch

Runcible is a classy wooden smart pocket watch

Pulling your smartphone out of your pocket, clicking the screen on to check the time, and then tucking it back away is entirely lacking the classy feel that comes from doing the same with a pocket watch. There are smartwatches to check the time, as well, but soon enough there will be a third choice: the Runcible, a wooden pocket watch with a smartphone's (or, perhaps, smartwatch's?) innards. At quick glance it looks like an ordinary pocket watch, but upon closer look there's a camera poking out the back and quite a bit more hidden inside.

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Twitter introduces more tools to combat trolls

Twitter introduces more tools to combat trolls

Twitter has been criticized on numerous occasions for how it handles trolls, and it has made a serious effort in recent times to change that. Early this month, for example, a message from Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo surfaced in which he took personal responsibility for the social network's trolling troubles and vowed that Twitter won't be tolerating such abusive users any longer. Fast-forward a couple weeks, and the microblogging service has announced some new tools for combating abusive users, trolls, and other issues.

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Chrysler recalls 26k cars due to transmission issue

Chrysler recalls 26k cars due to transmission issue

Chrysler is back with another recall this year, this one concerning its new Chrysler 200 sedans specifically. The problem is a serious one, though arguably not as serious as whatever is causing Jeeps to catch on fire: a transmission problem could cause the car to roll away after it fails to properly shift into park. The auto maker says it has received five complaints from owners who could not get their cars to shift into park. The majority of the affected vehicles are located in the United States.

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Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1 limited edition jazz speaker arrives next week

Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1 limited edition jazz speaker arrives next week

Early this month, Sonos introduced its new Blue Note PLAY:1, a limited edition (a first from the maker) speaker designed to pay tribute to Blue Note Records and jazz in general, including the jazz legends that made it all happen. As you might have guessed, the Blue Note PLAY:1 is blue, but not in the static sense -- it has a fade from dark navy to a lighter cobalt shade, something that results from both hand-painting techniques and, says Sonos, the "strategic use of robots".

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Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Astute Netflix users will have noted the big content changes that took place over the course of December -- the first of the month marked a lot of shows and movies disappearing and some new ones coming in to fill the void, followed by more additions over the course of the including (including another Original Series Marco Polo). It seems like that just happened, but the new year is moving quickly and another big content library reshuffle is just around the corner, set to kick off on March 1.

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Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Consumers are tired of shelling out relatively high figures for slow Internet speeds, and Google Fiber has long been the glimmer of light on the horizon promising better things for the digital generation. Still, its launch has been metered and to those waiting for it to come their way, every aspect of the rollout appears to be painfully slow, from selecting where it will arrive next to getting it finally up and running. A Google executive recently told cities that if they want Fiber, they're going to need to make the process easier...taking a jab at Time Warner Cable in the process.

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2016 Audi R8 revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut

2016 Audi R8 revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut

Following a small leak earlier this week, Audi has officially introduced its new 2016 Audi R8 ahead of its planned debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The newest model takes Audi's already beastly R8 to the next level, retaining largely the same design (though there are, of course, some changes) as the current version while trimming down its weight, boosting its speed, and giving buyers a couple different engine options. Likewise, there will be two different colors available at launch.

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