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Flat Earther survives rocket launch, didn’t see if Earth is not flat

Flat Earther survives rocket launch, didn’t see if Earth is not flat

Late last year, the Flat Earth movement gained a new hero and a new public face. Self-taught rocket scientist “Mad” Mike Hughes went public with his plan to launch himself nearly two-thousand feet into the atmosphere on a self-made steam rocket. Perhaps validating his painted image of a persecuted genius, Hughes finally made true his boast and launched himself into the air and surviving to tell the tale. But not to answer the biggest question of all.

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Tumblr discloses 84 state-sponsored propaganda accounts

Tumblr discloses 84 state-sponsored propaganda accounts

Tumblr has revealed that its platform was used for state-sponsored disinformation campaigns, making it the latest among multiple online social platforms to discover propaganda accounts. The issue came to light in a big way late last year when Facebook revealed that it had been widely used by Russia-backed entities to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election. Similar issues have been found on Twitter and Reddit.

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Deep-sea anglerfish with parasitic mate caught on video for first time

Deep-sea anglerfish with parasitic mate caught on video for first time

For the first time ever, someone has captured anglerfish mating on video. This isn't a cloudy, blurry, underwater video that's hard to discern, fortunately. In it, we see the female anglerfish in all her terrifying glory, glowing "whiskers" floating lazily in the water, a tiny male fish hitching a ride while literally fused with her body.

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Craigslist closes personal ads over trafficking bill

Craigslist closes personal ads over trafficking bill

Craigslist has unexpectedly closed its personal ads sections, after the US Senators passed H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking bill. The bill introduces new penalties - including fines and prison terms of up to ten years - for websites which "unlawfully promote and facilitate" sex work, in addition to "unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims."

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Kuvee smart wine bottle joins the IoT graveyard

Kuvee smart wine bottle joins the IoT graveyard

The Internet of Things claims another victim, with smart wine bottle startup Kuvée telling owners that it's shutting down. The company raised $6m and had a hit crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo back in 2016, with its $199 Kuvée FreshPour system that promised to keep wine fresh for up to two months.

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Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect

Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect

Almost all of the major annual tech shows, like CES, MWC, and IFA, happen in the West, though, of course, their audience and exhibitors come from all over the world. There are, however, other equally big IT gatherings on the other side of the globe that also give important insight on the trends and developments in those regions. In two months’ time, Japan will be holding the country’s and one of the region’s largest trade show, Japan IT Week Spring, and its lineup shows just how much AI and IoT have spread throughout the world.

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Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report

Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report

Early evidence suggests the pedestrian killed by an Uber autonomous car in Arizona may have been to blame in the controversial accident earlier this week. The ride-sharing company's self-driving Volvo SUV fleet was grounded on Monday, after a collision overnight. The pedestrian was taken to hospital, but according to police died of her injuries.

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Subscribe with Google makes a lot of sense for some news

Subscribe with Google makes a lot of sense for some news

Subscribe with Google was introduced today to bring online newspaper subscriptions into Google's warm embrace. The announcement was made by Google's Jim Albrecht, Project Management Director for Subscribe with Google. "Today we’re announcing Subscribe with Google," said Albrecht, "the simple way to subscribe to news publications and maintain access everywhere: websites, apps, even search results."

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Macy’s VR in-store tool offers immersive furniture shopping

Macy’s VR in-store tool offers immersive furniture shopping

Macy's is the latest retailer to explore the use of virtual reality as a shopping tool. Starting this summer, select Macy's stores will introduce a VR tool that enables customers to better visualize potential furniture purchases in a "real" room. This is an expansion of a furniture pilot project, which the company calls a success. As such, the expansion will bring the VR tool to 60 more stores throughout the nation.

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Venezuela Petro cryptocurrency use blocked by White House

Venezuela Petro cryptocurrency use blocked by White House

The White House has officially banned the use of Venezuela's state cryptocurrency "Petro." An executive order on the matter was signed by Trump today, and in it the White House dictates that all US persons, including permanent residents and entities, are prohibited from buying or otherwise dealing in the cryptocurrency. The move follows Venezuela's recent launch of the digital currency, an action that violates recent US sanctions.

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‘Oumuamua binary system origins teased in latest interstellar object study

‘Oumuamua binary system origins teased in latest interstellar object study

The mysterious interstellar object named 'Oumuamua likely originated from a binary system, according to the latest update. Last month, researchers explained that the object, which is long and thin with a "cigar" shape, is tumbling through space after being launched due to a "violent past." Scientists have continued to study the object, shedding light on the world from which it originates.

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Uber self-driving car fleet benched after pedestrian death

Uber self-driving car fleet benched after pedestrian death

Uber has grounded its entire self-driving car fleet in the US and Canada, after one of its autonomous vehicles reportedly killed a pedestrian in Arizona overnight. The vehicle is said to have been driving itself when the incident took place, though with a safety operator at the wheel.

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