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Time Warner Cable rumored to be acquired by Charter for $55B

Time Warner Cable rumored to be acquired by Charter for $55B

While the talks of a merger with Comcast have only just subsided following regulators' disapproval, it appears that Time Warner Cable has already found another suitor. In a new report from Bloomberg this week, TWC is said to be nearing an acquisition deal with Charter Communications worth roughly $55 billion in cash and stocks. The deal, which could be announced as early as Tuesday, is also said to include Charter's $10.4 billion purchase of smaller cable TV provider Bright House Networks, a deal that was made prior to the TWC talks.

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Jony Ive made Apple’s first-ever Chief Design Officer

Jony Ive made Apple’s first-ever Chief Design Officer

Apple designer Jony Ive has been promoted to Chief Design Officer, adding the aesthetic of the company's near-iconic retail stores to his responsibilities. As of July 1st, Ive will step up from his current position as Senior Vice President of Design, and become Apple's first ever Chief Design Officer. The new title will comes with a juggling of staff beneath Ive, as his central position in the company adjusts to both take on more tasks while at the same time trimming some of the minutiae he notoriously dislikes.

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BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry is axing jobs across its smartphone business, as the ailing Canadian company attempts to coax out a profit amid dwindling demand. The job losses, confirmed by BlackBerry this week, are a result of moves to "consolidate our device software, hardware and applications business," a spokesperson for the firm said, with a renewed focus on pushing software and licensing revenues rather than relying on handsets that have singularly failed to set enterprise or consumer markets alight.

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Man sets world record riding hoverboard over lake

Man sets world record riding hoverboard over lake

You still can’t go down to the store and buy yourself a hoverboard, and that is disappointing. You can, however, watch one Canadian man hover above a lake like the Green Goblin, and that’ll do for now. The man in question is Catalin Alexandru Duru, and he recently took off on a hoverboard over Lake Quareua in Quebec, Canada. He created the prototype hoverboard himself, something he says is the first real hoverboard and proof that it is something that can be done.

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Lil Bub the cat will have her genome sequenced

Lil Bub the cat will have her genome sequenced

Lil Bub is perhaps the most interesting cat on the Internet, and she enjoys a hefty fan base. She’s instantly recognizable due to her unique appearance: large green eyes, a short snout, and a tongue that is perpetually sticking out. She also is small and has very short legs, has extra digits on her paws, and sadly has no teeth. The reasons behind this are believed to be DNA mutations, something a pair of researchers want to definitely pinpoint. Thusly, they’re going to sequence Lil Bub’s genome.

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Lizard Squad teen admits guilt in 23 charges of swatting, harassment

Lizard Squad teen admits guilt in 23 charges of swatting, harassment

A 17-year-old in Canada plead guilty in court this week to 23 criminal charges of harassment, including swatting and extortion, mostly aimed at young women who played the online game League of Legends. The British Columbia resident describes himself as being a member of the hacking group Lizard Squad, and admitted to a number of swatting incidents that targeted victims in Tucson, Arizona and Florida, among other US cities.

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This iPhone 5C saved its owner from a shotgun blast

This iPhone 5C saved its owner from a shotgun blast

There is a growing trend of YouTube videos where recently released mobile devices, like new iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, get shot by weapons such as sniper rifles and shotguns, all while being filmed with precision cameras, allowing us to see the phones break and shatter in super-detailed slow motion. This iPhone 5C might resemble something from those videos, but it wasn't shot for the sake of entertainment. No, it was shot by someone who was trying to murder the owner.

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Yeesh, Scrabble adds ridic load of new words to dictionary

Yeesh, Scrabble adds ridic load of new words to dictionary

Scrabble wants you to pwn your opponent, and so now it'll let you officially use pwn and a slew of other words as part of your gameplay. The last update to the Scrabble dictionary took place back in August of last year, and likewise modern lingo was added to the list, including the ever-important “selfie”. This time around you will find even more tech terms and modern slang, including the likes of ridic and pwn, hacktivist, and so many more.

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Researchers developed an algorithm that learned to rap

Researchers developed an algorithm that learned to rap

Do you spend your spare time penning lyrics and dreaming of hitting it big? If so, you may have more than humans to compete with in the future. Researchers at the University of Aalto in Finland have created a machine-learning algorithm that can both analyze existing rap lyrics and then spit out its own…and not just weak rhyming verses, either. The resulting lyrics are said to be on the same topic and in the same style as existing lyrics it has analyzed, and with a complexity on par with human-sourced lyrics. Training for the algorithm involved more than 10,000 songs from in excess of 100 different rappers.

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Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

You know you have a popular car when it starts getting damaged and stolen for parts, but you'd think the battery would be the least likely cause for vandalism. Well, apparently that's the hot-ticket item on the black market if you're a Toyota Prius owner. San Francisco drivers of the hybrid have noticed an increase in car battery theft in recent days. Both police and local dealerships have noticed the new trend, and one belief is that there is a growing demand for the part as owners of the first generation Prius reach the end of their 10-year battery warranties.

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