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Twitter says why it won’t ban Trump and other world leaders

Twitter says why it won’t ban Trump and other world leaders

When it comes to people who repeatedly break Twitter rules, few are as notable as President Trump himself, who was once briefly (and kinda-sorta accidentally) suspended from the service for a few minutes. Trump is known for his boisterous, sometimes irate, often reckless, tweets; many have called for Twitter to ban him, but the service has so far refused. Until now, it has mostly stayed quiet on its reasons for letting Trump's account remain.

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Curiosity finds strange, tiny Mars feature: trace fossils possible

Curiosity finds strange, tiny Mars feature: trace fossils possible

NASA's Curiosity rover has discover an unusual -- an quite tiny -- feature on the Mars landscape, one with a strange shape and an unknown explanation. The features, which may be related to minerals, were found in an area so interesting that researchers had sent the rover back for a second look. The features' strange appearance have raised questions about whether NASA has discovered trace fossils on the Red Planet, and researchers aren't ruling that out yet.

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Golden Globes 2018: how to stream it live this weekend

Golden Globes 2018: how to stream it live this weekend

The 2018 Golden Globes award show will be streamed live for the first time ever, another sign that we live in a mostly post-cable world. Whether you're a cable subscription who doesn't like being restricted to the cable box or a cord-cutter looking for a way to watch at the same time as everyone else, you'll now have an option. The live-over-the-Internet award ceremony won't be without a big restriction, though.

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Xbox One Sea of Thieves controller has mysterious glowing design

Xbox One Sea of Thieves controller has mysterious glowing design

Microsoft has introduced a new Xbox One controller, the Sea of Thieves Limited Edition. Channel your inner pirate with this model, which will be launching in the relatively near future. As the name suggests, the controller has a pirate-based theme, but one with a big twist -- joining its deep purple translucent color is a special pattern hinting at mystery with its own special surprise.

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Eagle wearable has OLED display, headphones for personal entertainment

Eagle wearable has OLED display, headphones for personal entertainment

Kopin has teamed with Pico Interactive to create "Eagle," a mobile headset with a removable OLED display bar. This is a personal entertainment device, according to Kopin, which says Eagle has won the duo a CES 2018 Innovation Award. When put on, the user gets to watch content on the equivalent of an 80-inch screen, but in a very personal, intimate way.

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NASA research shows CFC ban is helping ozone hole recover

NASA research shows CFC ban is helping ozone hole recover

Ozone depletion is on the decline, according to NASA, which has announced that scientists have demonstrated a particular aspect of this via a satellite instrument for the first time. According to the instrument, which was made by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, chlorine atom levels are decreasing and with that comes a decrease in their destruction of the ozone layer. The favorable change is the direct result of international bans on chlorofluorocarbons, NASA says.

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Intel Spectre and Meltdown updates released: How to protect yourself

Intel Spectre and Meltdown updates released: How to protect yourself

Intel, to put it mildly, isn't have a good week. Recent security concerns snowballed into a wider warning from Google about vulnerabilities affecting a huge array of processors made over the last couple decades, particularly ones from Intel. Called Meltdown and Spectre, both exploits were recently disclosed by Google Project Zero, which issued its warning earlier than planned following a bunch of reports and bits of information working people up into a frenzy over the past couple days.

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Largest known prime number discovered by GIMPS project

Largest known prime number discovered by GIMPS project

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, more commonly referred to as GIMPS (not to be mistaken with the image editing software), has announced the discovery of the largest known prime number. That number is a huge 2^77,232,917-1, which contains 23,249,425 digits. To more easily refer to it, the number is also being called M77232917. Dozens of hours have gone into verifying the number.

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Starry Internet reveals 2018 roadmap for 200Mbps wireless

Starry Internet reveals 2018 roadmap for 200Mbps wireless

A couple years ago, Chet Kanojia, the founder of defunct Aereo, announced a startup called Starry Internet aimed at taking on the big broadband companies. Starry Internet has kicked off the new year with a big announcement, relatively speaking: it is bringing its Internet service to two new markets. That's possibly just the start, though, as the company says it is currently eyeing more than a dozen other regions to expand into.

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Hulu Animaniacs reboot inbound with Spielberg as executive producer

Hulu Animaniacs reboot inbound with Spielberg as executive producer

Hulu has made a surprise announcement: a new deal that will have it rebooting the popular cartoon Animaniacs with Steven Spielberg returning as the show's executive producer. As well, a new deal has a few classic cartoons, including the original Animaniacs series, launching on Hulu today. Those shows include the full Animaniacs series, as well as the Tiny Toons Adventures collection and Pinky and the Brain.

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Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram is experimenting with a new feature that allows its customers to cross-post Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp, a feature that builds upon the Facebook cross-posting it officially launched in late 2017. Only some Instagram users are spotting this feature at this time, and they all appear to be in Brazil. When the feature may roll out more extensively is unclear.

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White House bans personal staff and guest phones from West Wing

White House bans personal staff and guest phones from West Wing

The White House has proceeded with a ban against personal cell phone use, preventing its staffers from using their own handsets while at work on the premises. A rumor of the ban surfaced weeks ago, proving controversial as staffers worried that they'd be cut off from family and friends under such a restriction. Despite those worries, the Trump administration has decided to implement the ban, citing security concerns.

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