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Ten years of change

Ten years of change

A decade is a long time in technology. Ten years ago the smartphone did not exist. LTE was an acronym on the roadmap. Wearable technology was the stuff of jury-rigged helmets and goggles in the labs of MIT. Your TV was standard resolution, your internet connection a trickle not a flood, and your coffee table almost certainly didn't have a tablet on it.

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Kim Dotcom legal case rules him eligible for extradition

Kim Dotcom legal case rules him eligible for extradition

Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing started in September after years of delays. Now about three months later, the ruling has been made: Dotcom is eligible for extradition to the United States where he would be tried on copyright charges. The extradition may not pan out, though, as Dotcom and his lawyer still have 15 days to appeal the ruling. It has been almost four years since Dotcom's New Zealand home was raided by police.

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Venomous sea snake washes up on California beach

Venomous sea snake washes up on California beach

Thanks to a particularly strong El Nino, sea snakes are washing up on California beaches at an increased rate. Most recently, researchers were surprised to discover a type of venomous reptile called the yellow-bellied sea snake washed ashore earlier this month on a California beach…far beyond its normal habitat. Even more surprising, this is the second of its kind discovered this year.

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Dwindling bee numbers put crucial U.S. crops at risk

Dwindling bee numbers put crucial U.S. crops at risk

Bee populations are changing and decreasing in many places around the world, and studies indicate that humans are largely to blame. According to a new national bee-mapping study, which for the first time looks into wild bee populations across the States, the nation’s crucial crops are at risk of destabilization due to the drastic reduction in bee populations.

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Toshiba’s accounting sins cost 6,800 workers their jobs

Toshiba’s accounting sins cost 6,800 workers their jobs

Things are going from bad to worse for Toshiba, with the company revealing plans to lay off another 6,800 workers amidst a record net financial loss. This follows a report earlier this month stating the company will spin off its PC business in an effort to ditch unprofitable business units. At the heart of its most recent troubles is an accounting scandal that came to light earlier this year.

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New internet error code identifies censored websites

New internet error code identifies censored websites

Everyone on the internet has come across at least couple error codes, the most well-known being 404, for page not found, while other common ones include 500, for internal server error, or 403, for a "forbidden" page. However, with latter, there's the growing issue of why a certain webpage has become forbidden, or who made it so. In an effort to address things like censorship or "legal obstacles," a new code has been published, to be used when legal demands require access to a page be blocked: error 451.

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Tim Cook talks about the future of Apple in 60 Minutes interview

Tim Cook talks about the future of Apple in 60 Minutes interview

This weekend's episode 60 Minutes on CBS featured a detailed look at Apple, with in-depth interviews with Angela Ahrendts, Apple's head of retail, design head Jony Ive, and even CEO Tim Cook. Host Charlie Rose covered an incredible range of topics, from Apple's design and retail practices, the issues of encryption and terrorism, to even the construction of the company's new "spaceship-shaped" campus.

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Researchers infuse salt into asphalt for winter roads

Researchers infuse salt into asphalt for winter roads

Winter is upon us, and though it has been warmer than usual, those days are limited; sooner or later the roads will be covered in snow, and the city will deal with that issue by dumping a bunch of salt. It’s a common practice, one that can be extremely hazardous if the trucks are delayed or salt availability is limited. The solution may be something that seems incredibly obvious, though: asphalt that is infused with salt.

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Even the US Postal Service doesn’t want to touch hoverboards

Even the US Postal Service doesn’t want to touch hoverboards

Without a doubt, the most dangerous items this holiday season are hoverboards, and that's because they're likely to be the "hottest" gift of the year. Airlines, retailers including Amazon and Target, and even UK authorities want nothing to do with the self-balancing scooters, and now even the US Postal Service doesn't want to touch them due to the serious risk of fire they pose. USPS stated today that it will no longer ship hoverboards by air, either internationally or domestically.

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Kickstarter launches probe into $3.5m failed project

Kickstarter launches probe into $3.5m failed project

Kickstarter has hired an investigative reporter to hunt down details on the massively funded — and ultimately failed — ZANO drone campaign. More than 12,000 of the service’s backers paid more than £2m for the small autonomous drone, and they were supposed to receive their item in January of this year. The release date came and went, and the company behind the project, Torque Group Ltd, ultimately shut down last month, leaving backers with nothing.

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