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Juul ends flavored e-cig pod retail sales to reduce teen use

Juul ends flavored e-cig pod retail sales to reduce teen use

Following increased scrutiny, vape company Juul has announced that it will end flavored e-cigarette pod sales to retail companies. The move aims to decrease underage access to vaping products, though these flavors aren't going entirely away: they'll still be available through the company's website, but age verification will be required for purchases.

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These terrifying NASA photos show the California Camp Fire raging

These terrifying NASA photos show the California Camp Fire raging

NASA has released shocking photos of the California Camp Fire, showing the spread of the record-breaking blaze from space. Already named the state's most destructive fire in recorded history, although the Camp Fire only began on November 8, it has already spread to a whopping 125,000 acres in size.

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Google outage blamed on misdirected traffic through Russia, China

Google outage blamed on misdirected traffic through Russia, China

Google’s Internet services and API are one of the most used in the world to the point that prolonged unavailability of those services could cripple businesses and users alike. So when some users reported that they were unable to reach parts of Google’s services, it’s not surprising that some were on the verge of panic. Google has reported that it has resolved those issues and is conducting an internal investigation on what happened. But considering what happened involved Internet traffic being routed through unintended networks in other countries, it might be a bit too early to celebrate.

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PayPal cancels accounts used by multiple antifa groups and the Proud Boys

PayPal cancels accounts used by multiple antifa groups and the Proud Boys

PayPal is cancelling the accounts of far-right group the Proud Boys, as well as some antifa groups, according to new reports. The decision eliminates the groups' abilities to raise funds and is considered a form of "de-platforming." This isn't the first time PayPal has removed accounts for certain groups or companies.

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DNA confirms 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor

DNA confirms 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor

A 10,000-year-old skeleton found in a Nevada cave is the ancestor of a Native American tribe, according to a new study. The remains are known as the Spirit Cave mummy and were believed to be part of a group called "Paleoamericans" that existed before Native Americans. Genetic testing of DNA extracted from the mummy's skull changed that.

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Prehistoric art in Borneo cave includes world’s oldest figurative painting

Prehistoric art in Borneo cave includes world’s oldest figurative painting

Researchers have discovered the world's oldest known cave painting of an animal, according to a new study. The painting features a creature that looks like a bull and dates back around 40,000 years. Until now, scientists believed the world's oldest cave paintings were located in Europe, but this newly discovered art was found in Indonesia.

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Piranha barking reveals fish identities in murky water

Piranha barking reveals fish identities in murky water

Piranhas are known for their sharp teeth and carnivorous appetites, but few think about the sounds they make. These small fish "bark" by contracting their gas bladders to produce a noise. A new study reveals that these barking sounds differ based on species and offer a way for researchers to identify the fish even in dark waters.

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Verizon Prepaid plans upgraded: Auto Pay discount, extra lines, more

Verizon Prepaid plans upgraded: Auto Pay discount, extra lines, more

Verizon has updated its prepaid plans, throwing in a discount for Auto Pay customers, along with adding more data and lines. The new Verizon Prepaid range reflects just how competitive the segment has become in recent years, with what once was an afterthought compared to postpaid plans now being increasingly popular among multi-device users.

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7-Eleven cashierless checkout testing begins in 14 Dallas stores

7-Eleven cashierless checkout testing begins in 14 Dallas stores

7-Eleven is following Sam's Club and Amazon to offer a cashierless experience for its customers...some of them, at least. The company revealed plans to offer cashierless checkouts last year and now it has moved to make that a reality. As of today, more than a dozen 7-Eleven stores in Dallas will offer scan-and-go technology for mobile checkouts.

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Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

It was a little over a year ago when Amazon announced it would be looking to build a second headquarters somewhere in North America, in turn kicking off an unofficial competition with cities biding to lure the internet giant with tax and other incentives. Then in January the company announced it had narrowed down the list of candidates to 20 cities, and would pick a location for its "HQ2" before the end of 2018. The year is quickly coming to a close, and it seems Northern Virginia might be the winner.

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Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones

Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones

Psychologists with UC Irvine and UC Riverside have developed a new test designed to measure intelligence. Unlike some existing tests, which often require payment and take a large block of time to finish, the new test is free and can be completed in only ten minutes. The test is designed to work on tablets and smartphones.

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Dolphins forced to simplify calls as human noise pollution grows

Dolphins forced to simplify calls as human noise pollution grows

Bottlenose dolphins have been forced to simplify their speech due to a variety of noisy human activities, according to new research out of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The change in calls was discovered by researchers who placed microphones on the Atlantic Ocean's floor to monitor noise levels near Maryland.

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