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Facebook Changes Course, Says It Won’t Separate News Feed After All

  by Eric Lieberman Facebook announced Thursday it no longer plans on altering its News Feed by having one for friends and family then another for sponsored content. Businesses and organizations heavily reliant on Facebook’s promotional capabilities have been concerned with the experiment because by separating content from brands and publishers by placing it in an “Explore” feed, those entities ...

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Elon Musk Launches Prototypes For A Massive Network Of Satellites In Space

SpaceX SES-10 Falcon 9 used booster launch 3-30-17

  by Tim Pearce SpaceX, a company built by Elon Musk to colonize other planets, sent two prototype communications satellites into orbit Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reports. The satellites were a part of the company’s 18th consecutive commercial launch. The prototypes were sent to gauge the possibility of creating a network of thousands of satellites capable of providing internet to billions ...

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Watch: SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 with PAZ satellite

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SpaceX is hoping to launch the next Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday morning carrying Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite into low-Earth orbit. The private space company is targeting 9:17 a.m. EST for the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with satellite deployment to occur 11  minutes after launch. The rocket’s first stage was previously used to lunch FORMOSAT-5 in August ...

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Watch: This Robot REALLY wants to get the heck out of the room

Boston Dynamics spotmini disturbance test

Boston Dynamics posted a video last week of one robot helping another leave this very same room. When you see how the worker treats the “SpotMini” robot, you just might understand why they’re all trying to escape. In actuality, the testing is intended to understand how well the robot handles unanticipated events. A test of SpotMini’s ability to adjust to ...

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Google Makes Huge Change On How To Search For Images

  by Eric Lieberman Google is now no longer offering the “View Image” option while browsing on its popular search platform. While ostensibly a minor move, the removal of the button is critical because it appears to represent an effort to reduce the amount of copyright infringement that occurs so casually and with presumed prevalence. Publishers have long battled with ...

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An Intern At Apple Stole And Then Leaked Critical iPhone Source Code, Says Report

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  by Eric Lieberman A former intern at Apple reportedly leaked a portion of source code for iOS, the proprietary iPhone operating system. Reports of the stolen data first surfaced earlier this week after the exclusive computing language was found online on GitHub, a web-based hosting service where anyone can post computer code for communal use. But now the culprit ...

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Facebook Is Experimenting With A ‘Downvote’ Button

  by Eric Lieberman Facebook is testing a new feature in which users can “downvote” certain comments made on posts, thus triaging the ones communally deemed most worthy of more public attention. The experiment, one of many for the social media company turned tech conglomerate, was spotted and publicized by multiple Twitter users, including tech writer Taylor Lorenz. A quick video of what the ...

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Watch: Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is in outer space

Star Man Tesla Roadster above Earth

update: SpaceX has shut down the live stream likely due to reception issues as the Tesla continues on its journey away from Earth. The 4.5-hour video captured during the live stream is included below. Elon Musk’s private space transportation company, SpaceX, successfully launched their first Falcon Heavy rocket with a payload entirely made up of Mr.Musk’s midnight-red Tesla Roadster and ...

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Watch: Elon Musk sends his car to Mars … sort of

Falcon Heavy launch of Tesla Roadster to Mars

Video of the launch and current live stream available at the bottom of the post SpaceX has scheduled the first Falcon Heavy launch for Tuesday the goal of which is to put CEO Elon Musk‘s midnight-cherry red Tesla Roadster in an orbit going between Earth and Mars repeatedly. The Falcon Heavy launch would place the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, meaning that ...

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eSports Athletes Won Over $2.7 Million in 2017

Grossing over $2.7 million in total prizes, the top 10 mobile video game player rankings were dominated by women who accounted for 70% of the list. The top mobile athlete claimed tournament prizes totaling over $420,000 in 2017, placing her in the top 25 highest-earning eSports athletes in the world, according to eSportsEarnings.com. Top Skillz Competitors of 2017 Ranking Username State Prizes Won 1 yutourmaline ...

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Watch: SpaceX Launch of GovSat-1/SES-16 on 1-31-18

SpaceX SES-10 Falcon 9 used booster launch 3-30-17

SpaceX is targeting Wednesday afternoon for a Falcon 9 launch of the GovSat-1 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Elon Musk’s successful private space launch company expects to launch during a 2-hour and 31-minute window beginning at 4:25 p.m. EST. The payload will be delivered to a transfer orbit ...

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Is Elon Musk Now Selling $600 Flamethrowers?

  by Chris White Tech guru Elon Musk promised last December that his newest company would develop a flamethrower, and now it looks like this might be one promise he’ll follow through on. Reddit users on several Musk-related subreddits noticed earlier this month that the URL “boringcompany.com/flamethrower” began redirecting to a page with singular password box. One user managed to guess the original ...

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Report: Twitter COO Resigns

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  by Eric Lieberman Twitter COO Anthony Noto is resigning from his post at the social media company and heading to the helm of a growing personal finance company. After a career on Wall Street, Noto joined Twitter as CFO in 2014, then took over as head of operations in 2016, according to Bloomberg, which was the first to report the move. ...

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Latest victim of the #SchumerShutdown : SpaceX

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

Private space launch company SpaceX is the latest victim of the Democrat-led government shutdown. Elon Musk’s rocket company had planned to launch the Falcon Heavy rocket by the end of January and had rescheduled a test for today in preparation for the launch, but the furlough of government workers has caused the test to be canceled. “This shutdown impacts SpaceX’s ...

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