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Iran reportedly flies monkey into space, brings it back safely

Iran reportedly flies monkey into space, brings it back safely

Big news coming out of Iran today, as the country has reportedly flown a monkey into space and returned it safely to Earth. At any rate, that's what the country's state-run TV is claiming, and if it's true, this is a significant step forward for Iran's space program. The monkey apparently flew to height of 72 miles before returning to Earth, so provided these reports are accurate, it definitely made it into space with that kind of height.

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HTC M7 front and rear housing show up in new video

HTC M7 front and rear housing show up in new video

There's been no shortage of HTC M7 rumors, and today ETrade Supply is fueling the fire by showing off a couple of supposed M7 parts in a new video. ETrade Supply has reportedly gotten its hands on the rear and middle housing of the M7, comparing the rear housing to various HTC phones to give us a better idea of the size and overall look of the rumored handset. Do these parts definitely belong to the M7? That's impossible to say, but the idea that the device's rear and middle housing are floating around out there certainly is exciting.

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Skyrim Dragonborn DLC now available for pre-purchase on Steam

Skyrim Dragonborn DLC now available for pre-purchase on Steam

It's nearly time for Dragonborn to launch on PC, and eager Skyrim fans will be pleased to know that its now available for pre-order now on Steam. Skyrim's latest DLC went up for pre-order this weekend, a little more than a weekend before it becomes available for download. As far as we can tell, there isn't any bonus you get for pre-ordering, aside from getting the payment part of the transaction out of the way early.

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Google+ becomes the second most popular social network behind Facebook

Google+ becomes the second most popular social network behind Facebook

Move over Twitter, because according to Trendstream's Global Web Index for Q4 2012, Google+ has managed to move into the second-place spot for social platforms. This puts it behind Facebook (although by a significant amount of users), with YouTube also managing to top Twitter. Now Twitter is in fourth place in terms of total active users, at least according to Trendstream's collected data.

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BitTorrent announces cloud storage and sharing service Sync

BitTorrent announces cloud storage and sharing service Sync

Cloud backup services are popping up everywhere these days, with even BitTorrent now jumping onto the cloud craze. BitTorrent has announced a new cloud backup service it calls Sync, and though it of course has plenty of similarities with other cloud services out there, Sync offers a couple key differences. By using Sync, you're actually using BitTorrent's servers to transfer files from one device to another.

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Namco offering free strategy guide in place of canceled Ni No Kuni orders

Namco offering free strategy guide in place of canceled Ni No Kuni orders

Earlier this week, we told you about the nasty situation some who pre-ordered the Ni No Kuni Wizard's Edition are now facing. In short, Namco Bandai and Digital River oversold the Wizard's Edition, meaning that it had to cancel some orders and delay the shipment of others. This, obviously, has a fair few gamers upset, but Namco Bandai is trying to diffuse the situation by offering some freebies to those who had their order canceled.

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Anonymous hacks U.S. Sentencing Commission site after Swartz death

Anonymous hacks U.S. Sentencing Commission site after Swartz death

The death of Aaron Swartz, as many of you already know, is something that has Anonymous upset, and today the hacker collective is doing something about it. Two weeks after Swartz committed suicide, Anonymous has taken over the U.S. Sentencing Commission's website, leaving a message for visitors and threatening to release government documents it has uncovered. At the time of this writing, the U.S. Sentencing Commission hasn't made a statement about the attack.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 25, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 25, 2013

Welcome to Friday evening everyone. Today more BlackBerry Z10 images leaked out, while IDC is saying that Samsung is in the lead with strong demand for its smartphones. OUYA is making a few tweaks to its controller before the Android-based games console launches, and we're sorry to say that tomorrow it becomes illegal to unlock your phone without permission from your carrier. If you were planning to unlock your phone, then you better do it tonight.

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Google places strict NDA on Project Glass Hackathon events

Google places strict NDA on Project Glass Hackathon events

There's understandably a huge amount of buzz surrounding Google's Project Glass, and the fact that the company is holding two developer events at the end of the month isn't helping to quell the excitement. Sadly, if you were waiting for all kinds of details to come out of these developer events, we've got some sour news for you. Google has placed a rather strict non-disclosure agreement on the event, and everyone who attends will have to sign one.

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