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Uber given the banhammer in Germany…again

Uber given the banhammer in Germany…again

Uber has been hit again with legal woes in Germany, receiving today a ruling that its uberPOP drivers in particular must get the same permits as taxi drivers to continue picking up riders -- something that has haunted Uber across multiple countries and within several states, and that despite its best efforts otherwise have hampered its ability to operate the way it wants. This is the second time Uber has been given the banhammer in the nation, with this latest ruling reversing the ruling made in September that had overturned the original ban.

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Facebook and Flipboard are breaking up

Facebook and Flipboard are breaking up

If you’re using Flipboard as a social media aggregator, you might have to look elsewhere to accomplish that. According to Flipboard, Facebook is changing the game on social sharing outside of their walls, and will no longer allow posts form friends and family to be seen inside Flipboard’s apps for existing users. In addition to the feed change, Facebook is also breaking up with Flipboard. If you’re not already using Facebook on Flipboard, you have until next week to start. After then, you’ll never have the option again.

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NASA tests LEAPTech: a crazy experimental 18-engine electric wing

NASA tests LEAPTech: a crazy experimental 18-engine electric wing

NASA is testing their latest experiment; the new idea is the LEAPTech electric wing. LEAPTech stands for Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology, and this set of wings looks very different from a traditional airplane wing. The LEAPTech wing looks a bit strange with its narrow surface area and its lengthy 31-foot wingspan. Not to mention that the wings are decked out with 18 small engines, while most commerical jets normally have two or four engines. It's electric and aims to be safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly.

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American Horror Story: Jessica Lange won’t be returning next season

American Horror Story: Jessica Lange won’t be returning next season

American Horror Story has successfully brought the macabre to television viewers, something few series have been able to do successfully. The show is known for its storyline styles: each season is its own story, and brings with it many of the main actors from the previous season, giving them new identities and roles. Jessica Lange has been with the show since Season 1, having played four different characters, and now she has revealed that her role on AHS came to an end with Freak Show.

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The Walking Dead spinoff series detailed: prequel timeline

The Walking Dead spinoff series detailed: prequel timeline

With The Walking Dead, viewers were thrust right into the action, scarcely seeing the world before it was filled with roving hoards of the undead. As we're reported before, fans will soon be able to enjoy the world and its madness all year thanks to a spinoff series that is in the works. Details have been slow to surface, but have been brought to light regardless and newest among them is a glimpse of the timeline: the spinoff series is set to be a prequel of sorts, starting farther back before the zombies arrive.

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Bloodhound SSC 1,000 mph car gets a bullet-proof exterior

Bloodhound SSC 1,000 mph car gets a bullet-proof exterior

The world's first 1,000 mph car, the Bloodhound SSC, just became bullet-proof. This car isn't going to hit the highway in a hail of gunfire, obviously. It plans to break the World Land Speed Record in 2016. At 1000 mph, the wheels will be doing 10,000 rpm, which is 167 revolutions per second. Going that fast, any tiny rock kicked up from the car could become a lethal projectile, derailing the entire run and killing its driver, Andy Green. The Bloodhound's design team is most concerned that a chunks of metal could get dislodged from the wheels themselves and then fly towards the cockpit at incredible speeds.

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Uber goes green: Testing fleet of BYD e6 electric cars

Uber goes green: Testing fleet of BYD e6 electric cars

Uber made a deal with Green Wheels and Chinese automaker BYD to use BYD's e6 electric cars. Uber's first fleet of twenty-five electric vehicles is being tested in Chicago. Uber hopes to expand its Chicago test market to include other cities and add hundreds of BYD electric cars to its fleet before the end of the year. If you're unfamiliar with China's BYD, or "Build Your Dream," you're not alone. In America, when we think of electric vehicles we may think of the Tesla or Nissan Leaf instead of BYD.

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Cuba launches its first free public WiFi hub in Havana

Cuba launches its first free public WiFi hub in Havana

In a first of its kind project in Cuba, the nation's government has approved the opening of a WiFi hub in the city of Havana that's free for the public to use. The country has had limited internet access resources before this, but they have been strictly allocated for schools and necessary businesses. Not only will the WiFi be free to use at a local cultural center, but the service itself is being generously shared by the center's operator, a popular visual artist by the name of Kcho.

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NYPD computers used to edit Wikipedia entries on police brutality

NYPD computers used to edit Wikipedia entries on police brutality

It's not unheard of for companies, politicians, and other famous people to be caught making edits to their own Wikipedia pages in order to appear in a better light or hide information. But now it looks like the New York Police Department has tried its hand at the Wikipedia censorship game, as edits to entries about several instances of police shootings and brutality from the last year have been traced to NYPD computers. Among the edits have been changes meant to be favorable to the officers, as well as requests to delete certain passages.

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The Guardian “clarifies” its Whisper allegations

The Guardian “clarifies” its Whisper allegations

After making a big stink about the issue last year, The Guardian is "clarifying" some of the accusations it flung in anonymous messaging service Whisper's face. Although The Guardian states that these are just clarifications and that the substance of its original reports remains true, those same clarifications have actually removed much of that substance which has painted Whisper as a villainous agent in the service of Big Brother. Now it seems that Whisper, while still reporting some things to the authorities, might not be so devious after all.

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