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NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

As promised, NASA has made an announcement related to its sun investigation mission, the now-formerly named Solar Probe Plus. The space agency, it turns out, has decided to change the mission's name to Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker who published a study in 1958 detailing a phenomenon that is now known as solar wind. "This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for a living individual," Science Mission Directorate associate administration Thomas Zurbuchen explained.

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Tesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegations

Tesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegations

Tesla is in the midst of heavy criticism following allegations from workers and others over working conditions. A report surfaced recently via The Guardian claiming poor Tesla factory worker conditions resulting in one hundred ambulance visits over the last three years. While these allegations continue to roll in, Tesla has announced the appointment of a new HR leader, not stating the reasons for its former HR chief's departure.

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Arrested Development season 5 is officially inbound for Netflix

Arrested Development season 5 is officially inbound for Netflix

After numerous rumors dating back to the summer of 2013, we finally, finally have confirmation: a fifth season of Arrested Development will be made for Netflix, giving fans the follow-up to Netflix's early 2013 fourth season premiere. We've known for the better part of four years now that Netflix was interested in keeping the show around for a fifth season, something that had been confirmed by Imagine Entertainment's CEO Brian Grazer, but plans were never made official.

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T-Mobile ‘Free Data for Life’ tablet perk has been shut down

T-Mobile ‘Free Data for Life’ tablet perk has been shut down

Back in October 2013, T-Mobile announced a then-new perk for tablet owners that would give them 200MB of 4G LTE data for free every month. It was a great offer at the time, and though it's still great to get something free today, the 200MB figure doesn't go very far. It's for that reason that T-Mobile has shut the program down; as of yesterday, any new tablet activations won't get the free monthly data, though existing users won't be affected by the change.

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YouTube taps Kevin Hart, Ellen and more for exclusive shows

YouTube taps Kevin Hart, Ellen and more for exclusive shows

YouTube has announced plans to launch new, exclusive and free shows starring some big name celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Hart. There will be a total of seven new ad-supported shows featuring both Hollywood celebrities and some of YouTube's own biggest stars. The shows will be available to watch anywhere in the world, but only through YouTube.

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Ubuntu is ditching Unity and going back to GNOME

Ubuntu is ditching Unity and going back to GNOME

Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu for tablets and phones is dead, and that the Ubuntu desktop OS will be reverting back to GNOME instead of using Unity. It's a major change, one that Shuttleworth describes as 'a very difficult decision.' This spells the end to Canonical's visions of 'the convergence future' -- instead, the company will be focusing on the areas of business that are growing, Shuttleworth explains, which includes servers and VMs, the cloud infrastructure products, and, of course, the desktop, among other things.

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Twitter ditches default egg profile photo

Twitter ditches default egg profile photo

If you joined Twitter at any point in the last several years, there's a good chance the default 'egg' profile photo is the only one you've ever known. The egg, while fitting with the service's bird-themed logo, has become synonymous with abusive trolls who create an account to spew hatred at others anonymously. This was one of three reasons Twitter has decided to refresh its default avatar, the first time it has done so since 2010.

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Mad Catz has closed up shop: company will liquidate assets

Mad Catz has closed up shop: company will liquidate assets

Mad Catz, the gaming peripheral company that has been around for decades, has officially shut down. The news is sad but not unexpected -- the company has struggled for years with financial difficulties, and last year it assembled a committee to see about selling the company. According to a newly published release announcing the closure, no company was interested in buying Mad Catz and none of the company's banks were willing to extend it additional credit.

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Netflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’

Netflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’

Netflix has some episodic animated hits, such as BoJack Horseman, and now it is preparing to offer its first major animated movie: America: The Motion Picture. This animation will be rated 'R' and will feature Channing Tatum as the voice behind George Washington, the movie's lead role. The movie is said to feature a 'revisionist history' storyline.

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Spotify ‘Traffic Jams’ shows artists creating music during LA rush hour

Spotify ‘Traffic Jams’ shows artists creating music during LA rush hour

If you've ever been stuck in Los Angeles traffic, you know it can be a long while before you're finally free. A single trip from A to B can take well over an hour, and that's just enough time to create an entirely new piece of music...at least if you're one of the artists featured on Spotify's new 'Traffic Jams' show. The show features two artists who have never worked together before meeting up in a car and creating a masterpiece before traffic starts moving.

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Reddit gives users new profile pages in social media push

Reddit gives users new profile pages in social media push

Reddit is home to seemingly endless communities spanning all sorts of categories and topics, and so it’s no surprise that many people have become distinguished on the platform for one reason or another. There are novelty accounts that have arose to fame, for example, performing specific actions like writing poems and drawing pictures. Other users are popular in their own niche, and now they can set up their own profile pages.

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Wishbone app data breach affects huge number of users

Wishbone app data breach affects huge number of users

Wishbone, an app popular among teenagers, has suffered a data breach, it has been revealed. The company informed its users of the intrusion in a notification recently, saying it became aware of the data swipe on March 14. The notification says that unknown individuals “may have had access” to the company’s API and used it to nab data on the service’s users. The info may contain more than 2 million email addresses, among other things.

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