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Karma Neverstop replaced with Pulse tiered data plans

Karma Neverstop replaced with Pulse tiered data plans

Karma has announced that is is pulling Neverstop, allowing present customers to keep enjoying it until their billing cycle ends, but stopping further renewals after that (as well as new signups). It is replacing Neverstop with a new service called Pulse, but the move isn't terribly surprising — Karma announced some pretty big changes to Neverstop last month that throttled users after they reached a 15GB data cap.

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Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook will be opening Instant Articles up to all publishers this upcoming April, the social network has announced. The service, which is already being used by a few hundred publishers, will be available to all regardless of the publication’s size and location. The change will take place at the Facebook F8 conference on April 12, with the social network pointing interested publishers toward its documentation to “prepare for open availability.”

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Amazon Prime Now launches restaurant delivery in San Diego

Amazon Prime Now launches restaurant delivery in San Diego

Amazon Prime Now has unveiled restaurant deliveries in San Diego, making it the latest city to enjoy Amazon’s on-demand food shuttling service from local restaurants. As with other cities, Prime Now subscribers in San Diego will be able to order meals from participating restaurants in the local area; an Amazon driver will bring it to the customer when the meal is finished, opening up delivery options for residents who may not otherwise have time to venture out themselves.

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Facebook India MD to resign, but not over Free Basics failure

Facebook India MD to resign, but not over Free Basics failure

Facebook India’s managing director Kirthiga Reddy is resigning, it has been announced. After she steps down, Reddy will return to the US and seek “new opportunities,” apparently planning to remain with the social network at its Menlo Park headquarters. A successor is currently being sought, with Reddy reportedly working with Facebook’s Asia Pacific managing director William Easton and Asia Pacific VP Dan Neary.

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Foursquare adds food ordering with Delivery integration

Foursquare adds food ordering with Delivery integration

Foursquare’s app is the latest option mobile users have for ordering food and having it delivered straight to their home or office. The new functionality comes via an integration with Delivery.com, a service that makes it easy for individuals to find local restaurants and merchants offering product delivery. Thanks to this integration, Foursquare users will be able to order meals, groceries, and more directly through Foursquare’s app, then have it delivered or go pick it up, whichever is preferred.

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Porter Ranch gas leak patched, perma-fix underway

Porter Ranch gas leak patched, perma-fix underway

For more than three months, a well near Porter Ranch in California has been leaking massive volumes of gas into the environment, forcing residents to be evacuated to leased houses and hotels. The incident has been called an environmental disaster, but now, finally, a fix has been put in place. According to Southern California Gas Co., the first step in a solution to the problem has been implemented and was successful. It is being described as a temporary fix, but the process of permanently blocking it is now underway.

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NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

A scheduled cargo run to the International Space Station has been delayed, NASA announced yesterday, due to packing bags that have developed black mold. The bags are used to pack food, clothes, and other supplies being sent the ISS, and they’re made of fabric. Of them, two were found to have black mold present, and more possibly could be affected. The black mold's cause has not been determined at this point, but the space agency is looking into the matter.

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Researchers ‘beautifully preserve’ rabbit brain using cryonics

Researchers ‘beautifully preserve’ rabbit brain using cryonics

Researchers have successfully preserved a rabbit’s brain using cryopreservation technology, the Brain Preservation Foundation has announced. The work was done by 21st Century Medicine’s researchers, and used an Aldehyde-stabilized procedure to preserve and store the brain without damaging the neural circuits, opening the door for very long term storage and preservation efforts. The study has been published in Cryobiology.

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IRS successfully thwarted hack attempt (this time)

IRS successfully thwarted hack attempt (this time)

The IRS has announced it successfully blocked hackers who were attempting to steal electronic filing PINs belonging to taxpayers. The attack, which took place in the prime of tax season, is the latest attempt to steal data, but fortunately for tax payers was not successful this time around. Notably, the IRS announced last year that it had suffered a data breach, one that left hundreds of thousands of taxpayers vulnerable to identity theft.

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Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Researchers have discovered a bunch of galaxies described as being 'behind' the Milky Way, at least from our own perspective in the universe, and they may be responsible for the Great Attractor, a gravitational anomaly. This collective of galaxies, of which there are hundreds, are located about 250 light years away from Earth, and many of them have been studied by researchers for the first time ever. According to the newly published study, 883 galaxies have been found.

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Twitter Trust & Safety Council is latest effort to tackle abuse

Twitter Trust & Safety Council is latest effort to tackle abuse

Twitter has announced the formation of its new Twitter Trust & Safety Council, the company's latest effort to curb the levels of abuse present on the service. This isn't the company's first move to combat bullying and harassment, but is one of its larger efforts, involving inaugural members like Anti-Bullying Pro, Crisis Text Line, the Anti-Defamation League, and more.

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Instagram rolls out account switching to iOS and Android

Instagram rolls out account switching to iOS and Android

Users have been asking, and Instagram is finally making it happen: the service has just announced upcoming support for switching between accounts, a feature that just recently cropped up in testing again after having surfaced briefly last year. The feature is rolling out as of this week, though many users aren’t seeing the option to add another account yet, and it is coming to both the iOS and Android apps. Once available, users will simply need to add their accounts in the app, then tap to toggle.

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