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Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft will buy LinkedIn for $26.2bn, the two companies have announced today, with the surprise acquisition of the business-focused social network continuing Satya Nadella's strategy to further invest in services. The deal - announced while Microsoft is also readying at least one new Xbox One console for unveil this morning - will see LinkedIn retain its own brand rather than be subsumed into Microsoft-whole.

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New massive monument found buried in ancient rock city Petra

New massive monument found buried in ancient rock city Petra

Petra, the incredible ancient rock city in Jordan, has long had a massive monument buried under its sands that researchers describe as “hiding in plain sight.” Archaeologists recently discovered the monument using images of the region taken with satellites and drones, as well as photos from ground surveys in the region. Using them, the team found signs of a monument bigger than an Olympic-sized swimming pool and with a design that differs from other buildings in the region.

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Study: sharks have distinct, individual personalities

Study: sharks have distinct, individual personalities

A new study hailing from Macquarie University’s Department of Biological Sciences has found that sharks have individual personalities, and these personalities are consistent across various environments. Many animal species have been found to have individual, distinct personalities (consider your cat, for example); this study marks the first time such distinct individualities have been observed in sharks.

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University of Calgary pays $20k for ransomware decryption keys

University of Calgary pays $20k for ransomware decryption keys

The University of Calgary was recently infected by ransomware that has affected the institution’s systems for the past ten days. As with other ransomware attacks, the university found some of its computers encrypted with demands for payment in order to decrypt the data. Though the university has been working on the matter for several days, it has ultimately had to pay approximately $20,000 CDN to get the decryption keys.

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Science says tall people are more productive at work

Science says tall people are more productive at work

Science has had a lot to say about being tall — studies have shown everything from higher potential earnings throughout one’s life to increased happiness and more. A new study has found that being tall may also be a sign that you’re more productive than your less-tall peers, something based on the long-term monitoring of more than 5300 men in Indonesia. Across a seven-year time span, researchers found that taller men were more productive than shorter peers, something they based on hourly earnings.

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Keurig Kold soda machine discontinued, company lays off 130 workers

Keurig Kold soda machine discontinued, company lays off 130 workers

It's sad news for Keurig, but not terribly surprising: the company's pod-based soda machine, the Kold, has been discontinued. Consumers weren't interested in the Keurig Kold, and it's not hard to see why -- the machine cost nearly $370 USD and each pod, which produced one soda beverage, cost about $0.50. Considering a 12-pack of soda cans typically costs between $3 and $5, it would have taken a lot of soda consumption to make the machine worthwhile.

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Study: archerfish can learn to accurately recognize human faces

Study: archerfish can learn to accurately recognize human faces

Fish are generally regarded as dumb, but maybe that’s not a fair assumption. At least one type of fish, the archerfish, is able to recognize human faces, according to a new study. Researchers with the University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Oxford found that archerfish can learn to recognize different people with a pretty high level of accuracy, doing so despite its lack of a superior visual cortex, the kind found in primates.

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Zika virus breakthrough: researchers find protein that inhibits infection

Zika virus breakthrough: researchers find protein that inhibits infection

University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers have made a breakthrough in their evaluation of the zika virus, finding that a “very small protein” found in every human greatly inhibits the virus’ ability to infect cells, and may also keep the virus from killing brain cells. The protein is called “interferon-induced protein 3,” IFITM3 for short, and is the first reported weakness discovered in with the zika virus.

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Underwater ‘lost city’ is really just a cool natural phenomenon

Underwater ‘lost city’ is really just a cool natural phenomenon

Underwater near Zakynthos, a Greek island, are some interesting and seemingly human-made structures. When they were discovered by tourists diving in the region, assumptions were made and word spread quickly that some archeological artifacts, possibly the remains of a long-lost city, had been discovered. These claims spurred a group of researchers into investigating the matter, and what they discovered was different, but no less interesting: these structures are entirely natural.

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Synthetic human genome project may lead to lab-grown transplantable organs

Synthetic human genome project may lead to lab-grown transplantable organs

Some scientists want to create a synthetic human genome, and their proposal has critics worked up into a frenzy. In a perfect world, this proposed synthetic human genome would be used to grow human organs for transplant, aid humans in developing medications and vaccines for various illnesses, and more. In a less-than-ideal world, critics worry it could also lead to the creation of a human without parents, to “designer humans” with specific attributes.

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Tinder will be more transgender-friendly starting in July

Tinder will be more transgender-friendly starting in July

Tinder will soon be a more welcoming place for transgender individuals, the company's CEO Sean Rad said recently. Starting sometime in July, Tinder will add a feature in which users can better specify who they’re looking for and who they (the user) are as a person. Rad also suggested that some augmented reality features could one day make their way into the app.

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Facebook Notify news app is being shutdown

Facebook Notify news app is being shutdown

Facebook’s Notify news app was introduced in November 2015, and now just a little over half a year since its launch, the company says it will be dropping support for the app. According to a message being sent to Notify users, Facebook is working on “transitioning parts of Notify into” some of its other products. The Notify app will be pulled from the App Store; speculation has it that very few people have been using the app (if they knew it existed at all).

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