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Tax deadline extension promised after IRS e-filing outage

Tax deadline extension promised after IRS e-filing outage

Today is the deadline to file your 2017 taxes, and that makes the IRS's Direct Pay and e-filing system outages a problem. The agency's systems went down today, with the IRS confirming that it is having problems accepting electronically filed taxes, such as the kind submitted through services like TurboTax, as well as accepting payments online through Direct Pay.

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NASA plans quiet supersonic flight tests over Texas

NASA plans quiet supersonic flight tests over Texas

NASA has revealed plans to conduct 'quiet supersonic' flight tests over Galveston, Texas, in coming days. The tests will involve a pair of F18 jets that'll fly over the city this upcoming November. During the test, these jets will break the sound barrier up to eight times per day while people on the ground listen. The agency ultimately plans to survey hundreds of residents to get data on how they perceive the noise levels.

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Southwest flight 1380: Woman partially blown out of window, one heart attack, safe landing

Southwest flight 1380: Woman partially blown out of window, one heart attack, safe landing

The left engine of a Southwest airline jet blew "shortly after takeoff" this afternoon, resulting in an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Initial reports suggest that 8 passengers were injured and one passenger died as a result of the incident.* The plane was a Boeing 737-700 and has successfully landed as of the posting of this article.

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Austin test uses blockchain to provide homeless with digital IDs

Austin test uses blockchain to provide homeless with digital IDs

The city of Austin, Texas, is testing blockchain technology as a potential solution to homeless identification problems. Though blockchain is best known in association with cryptocurrency, we've seen various companies launch blockchain-based services including image rights platforms. Over past months, many groups and companies have presented concepts that use blockchain for digital IDs and identity management, as well.

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CDC warns of multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

CDC warns of multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a public statement today advising that a multi-state E. coli outbreak has been linked to chopped romaine lettuce originating from Yuma, Arizona. According to the CDC, infections have surfaced in 11 states impacting 35 people afflicted with the O157:H7 strain. Of those people, 22 have been hospitalized and three developed kidney failure.

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Credit card signature phase-out: 5 things to know

Credit card signature phase-out: 5 things to know

Credit card signatures in the US are finally set to retire, with the card networks putting their foot down over chip-enabled payments. While credit cards with embedded security chips - also known as EMV cards - have become commonplace, the need to still sign a paper slip or a touchscreen was a hangover from the old days of magnetic strip swiping. Now, US retailers are finally getting up to speed with the new technology, though it may not be entirely smooth sailing. Here's what you need to know...

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Reddit says racist content and slurs don’t violate site rules

Reddit says racist content and slurs don’t violate site rules

Reddit has a long history of allowing controversial subreddits to stay live, though it has implemented certain actions against them in the past, such as quarantining. Still, the site has historically dragged its feet about banning subreddits that many felt were in violation of site rules, in some cases allowing them to remain, and it has now stated that racist content is permissible.

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Twitter’s pistol emoji replaced with squirt gun in new update

Twitter’s pistol emoji replaced with squirt gun in new update

The Twitter emoji, more commonly called Twemoji, were updated to version 2.6 today, the latest update since the minor one introduced in late February. It's a pretty standard update, but there is one interesting aspect to it: the "Pistol" emoji (which is actually a cartoon revolver) has been replaced by an equally cartoony squirt gun.

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Universal Studios Orlando Pokemon theme park planned for 2020

Universal Studios Orlando Pokemon theme park planned for 2020

Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, has plans to add a huge Pokemon theme park attraction, according to a local news source. The addition will reportedly involve opening a fourth theme park, as well as a Pokemon-centric park that revolves around the popular franchise. That Pokemon attraction will be added to Universal Orlando's KidZone, according to the report, joining other popular kid-friendly characters.

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Green Apple: 100-percent renewable energy milestone reached

Green Apple: 100-percent renewable energy milestone reached

Apple now powers all of its worldwide facilities - everything from retail stores to offices like Apple Park - with renewable energy, the company has announced today. The milestone sees Apple produce 626 megawatts of clean energy globally, courtesy of 25 currently-operational energy projects.

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Buzz Aldrin passes lie detector tests over seeing UFOs

Buzz Aldrin passes lie detector tests over seeing UFOs

UFOs are real and there is life out there. That might be the conclusion some will reach upon hearing that news that Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, and two other deceased astronauts passed lie detector tests over what they saw during their space missions. Of course, that only means they were completely convinced about what they saw. On some other day and in some other context, that would almost be equated to being a little loony.

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Spotify April 24 event hits play on smart speaker rumors

Spotify April 24 event hits play on smart speaker rumors

Spotify is holding a press event on April 24, though the company is tight-lipped on what, exactly, could be on the agenda. The streaming music firm debuted its stock, SPOT, on the New York Stock Exchange earlier this week, and has been recruiting new staff with expertise in hardware development.

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