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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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Bitcoin mining banned in NY’s Plattsburgh over electricity usage

Bitcoin mining banned in NY’s Plattsburgh over electricity usage

Mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrency requires a huge amount of electricity, and that's a problem for modern day prospectors in search of a fortune. Mining operations have popped up in New York's Plattsburgh, a small city with incredibly cheap electricity rates due to its proximity to a hydroelectric dam. Mining operations have gravitated to the city to take advantage of its cheap rates, but that has proven to be a big problem for the small city.

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Netflix Patches test scrapped: criticized feature won’t happen

Netflix Patches test scrapped: criticized feature won’t happen

Netflix has abandoned its "Patches" test, officially putting an end to the feature that some users began seeing in recent weeks. The test, when it was live, gave participating accounts a new reward for watching content called "Patches." These badges, which may have been used to unlock content at some point (though not in the test), rewarded kids for watching certain shows, such as the Netflix Original "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

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Duolingo Klingon course finally launches for English speakers

Duolingo Klingon course finally launches for English speakers

Language-learning company Duolingo has finally launched its Klingon course, the end result of more than two years of work. The company first announced plans to release a Klingon course back in May 2015, but as with other courses, a lot of work goes into developing the material. Though some languages don't require as much time, Klingon has spent a great deal of time in the company's "incubator."

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Toys’R’Us to employees: we are closing all US stores

Toys’R’Us to employees: we are closing all US stores

Though some might not exactly be sad to see it go, much less surprised, it’s still a sad day when an icon goes under. After 70 years of being the toy store, especially with its grammatically questionable name, Toys’R’Us is folding. It has just told employees that it will either liquidate or sell its US stores. Either way, those stores will close down and the worst part is, of course, the more than 33,000 jobs that will be lost because of it.

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Netflix ’60 Minutes’ original alternative may take on the news genre

Netflix ’60 Minutes’ original alternative may take on the news genre

The news genre has long been a fan-favorite across multiple mediums: radio, videos, and even podcasts. It's no surprise that Netflix had dabbled in it with its Making a Murderer series, but that's reportedly only the start of the company's ambitions. According to a new report, Netflix is looking into creating its original alternative to "60 Minutes," an episodic series.

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Stephen Hawking dead at 76

Stephen Hawking dead at 76

The scientific community and the modern world at large mourn the loss of one of its greatest minds and most famous personalities. Stephen Hawking, whose name has become almost synonymous with modern-day theoretical physics, passed away at the age of 76, not a small achievement considering he wasn’t expected to live beyond 37. But, as with any human being who has reached such a level of renown, his name will permeate not just works in scientific fields but perhaps even popular media as well.

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Genes influence empathy, but don’t explain everything: study

Genes influence empathy, but don’t explain everything: study

Empathy, a key factor in healthy human relationships, is partly influenced by genetics, according to a newly published study. The work was done by 23andMe, a genetics company, as well as researchers with the University of Cambridge, the CNRS, Institut Pasteur, and Paris Diderot University. During the work, researchers found that women often have higher levels of empathy than men, but genes don't explain the difference.

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Intel could ruin Broadcom’s big Qualcomm takeover

Intel could ruin Broadcom’s big Qualcomm takeover

The Qualcomm Broadcom saga is about to get a whole lot more complicated, with Intel reportedly hoping to buy Broadcom itself. The latest chapter in what has become an escalating - and confusing - war of words and investor wrangling, it could mean an unexpected derailment as Intel attempts to prevent a super-competitor in the mobile chip space.

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Apple buys Texture, the Netflix of magazine subscriptions

Apple buys Texture, the Netflix of magazine subscriptions

Apple has acquired Texture, a digital magazine subscription service that promises to do for periodicals what Apple Music has done for all-you-can-eat music. Currently offering more than 200 different magazine titles, Texture launched back in 2010 and now includes GQ, Car and Driver, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic, among others.

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Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

On Wednesday night, many Washington residents were greeted by a loud and unexpected sight: a big fireball that lit up the sky. Witnesses reported hearing a loud, booming sound; others reported shaking as the fireball whizzed through the sky. Officials were both surprised and confused by the sudden appearance, later reaching out to the FAA and other agencies in an effort to figure out what caused it.

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131-year-old message in a bottle found in Australia sets new record

131-year-old message in a bottle found in Australia sets new record

The oldest message in a bottle ever discovered was recently found on a beach in Australia. The bottle was tossed into the sea from a ship on June 12, 1886, making it 131 years old. Within the bottle, which itself is a dark amber color with German writing on the side, was a small rolled note measuring 200mm x 153mm. Some work went into deciphering the German message scrawled on it, revealing certain details about its origins.

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