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Circuit City to be resurrected this summer

Circuit City to be resurrected this summer

There’s a good chance, assuming you live in the US, that you don’t have to drive far to find a long-abandoned Circuit City sitting unloved and unwanted. In late 2008 as the economy heaved, Circuit City announced layoffs and plans to close many dozens of stores. That was the writing on the wall, as by early 2009 it had decided the remaining U.S. stores would be shuttering for good. Though the world is no more hospitable thanks to things like Amazon, Circuit City is coming back.

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Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix hit a snafu during its expansion today, with the biggest telecom in Indonesia, PT Telekomuniksai Indonesia Tbk, blocking access to the service. The blockage is said to be over Netflix’s lack of a content provider permit, as well as objections to some content made available through Netflix. Concerns about adult and violent shows were cited as part of the reason for the banhammer.

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Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft has been developing mobile apps for platforms other than its own, mostly through its Garage skunkworks arm. Most those apps land primarily on Android but when it does put out something for Apple's iOS, it's sometimes a mix of strange and beautiful. Like that odd selfie app. Now, out of the blue, Microsoft has launched a new News Pro service, coming from Garage, that is available both on the web and on iOS. It is almost like a jab at Apple News or even Flipboard, except that it tries to focus on work-related content scoured through Bing.

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Google teams with Fox News for final Republican debate

Google teams with Fox News for final Republican debate

Google has teamed with Fox News Channel ahead of the final Republican debate. This is the last debate ahead of the 2016 primaries, and with this Google partnership, people will have a trio of new options for staying up to date on the details. Says Google, it is integrating three additional elements into the debate, including Google Trends data, questions from YouTube stars, and a new way to get info from candidates.

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White giraffe in Tanzania is one of a kind

White giraffe in Tanzania is one of a kind

The Tarangire National Park in Tanzania is home to a white giraffe with a red mane, something described as being “extremely rare.” The calf was born last year and was recently spotted with some other (regular) giraffes — her name is Omo, something derived from the name of a detergent brand. Omo is a Masai giraffe, and she has leucism, a condition where small amounts of pigment exist in some parts of the body.

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Researchers find oldest evidence of human warfare

Researchers find oldest evidence of human warfare

The oldest evidence of warfare between humans has been unearthed in Kenya, revealing that about 10,000 years ago a group of people were attacked and killed with primitive weapons. In total, remains belonging to 27 individuals were found in Northern Kenya about 20 miles away from Lake Turkana. This region has proven very fruitful for researchers in the past, being about where the oldest ever stone tools were found.

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Whales wash ashore in England, one explodes during probe

Whales wash ashore in England, one explodes during probe

A fifth sperm whale has washed ashore on a beach in England, this one being spotted some time this past weekend. The whales have been found beached on the eastern coast of England, with the first being found in Hunstanton, Norfolk last Friday. Another three deceased beached whales were found in Skegness a short while later, and the fifth was most recently found in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire.

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CT scan of soft-bodied leech opens door to new research

CT scan of soft-bodied leech opens door to new research

Researchers have successfully performed a CT scan of Chtonobdella tanae, a terrestrial leech with a soft body that is typically difficult to scan. When it comes to such invertebrates — those with a soft body, that is — researchers usually must dissect the creature to learn about its inner part, or section it and create a 3D model using those sections. A CT scan, though, produces a model much quicker and without killing the specimen.

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Researchers find why it’s so hard to break bad habits

Researchers find why it’s so hard to break bad habits

We’re almost a month into those New Year resolutions, but many have already broken them or failed. If you count yourself among those individuals, your lack of success might be due to the seemingly impossible task of breaking a habit — bad or otherwise. It’s well established that changing one’s ways isn’t easy, and researchers have discovered why — you’re literally going against your programming.

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Venus flytraps ‘count’ touches to optimize eating bugs

Venus flytraps ‘count’ touches to optimize eating bugs

Venus flytraps are creepy enough on their own — they’re plants that bite down on whatever happens to wonder inside their ‘mouth,’ after all, digesting the poor unwitting creature. As it turns out, though, the plants are more complex than previously known, using a fairly sophisticated ‘counting’ method to determine the size of a bug and how much digestive juices it will take to eat it.

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Facebook COO talks countering extremists with ‘likes’

Facebook COO talks countering extremists with ‘likes’

Facebook and Twitter are two of many online destinations where extremist groups like ISIS share propaganda in an effort to bolster their real-life followers. Critics have accused these online destinations of failing to adequately squash such accounts. In recent days, Facebook unveiled an effort in Europe to help combat hate speech on the social network, and more recently the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg discussed countering extremism with floods of 'likes'.

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‘Zano’ probe finds why drone Kickstarter campaign failed

‘Zano’ probe finds why drone Kickstarter campaign failed

Crowdfunded projects are risky, and sometimes they don’t pan out. Though some efforts are underway to give backers a bit more protection, the industry is still relatively new and sometimes projects, despite hitting their funding goals, fail to deliver. One of the biggest examples of this is the tiny Zano drone which, though it raised far more than it sought, ultimately fell far short of its goals and left many backers disappointed.

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