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China bans Internet companies from reporting news, tightens grip on media

For years, the narrative about China in the West has been that the country was slowly but steadily moving towards more free and open reporting. In some ways, this narrative has always been hopeful rather than factual — China currently ...

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US Navy hit with $600 million lawsuit for software piracy

The US government generally believes software piracy is bad. This doesn’t stop individual members of Congress or the government from occasionally pirating their own software, or using video and audio assets without permission, but it’s supposed to prevent piracy on ...

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Windows 10 blamed for continued drop-off in system shipments, flat IT spending

Windows 10’s launch last year was a huge success for Microsoft. In the past year, the number of systems running Windows 10 has grown enormously, spurred by Redmond’s free upgrade offer and a number of less-upstanding practices. From a strictly ...

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Theranos CEO banned from operating lab for 2 years

Things are not looking good for the once-lauded blood testing startup Theranos. Following an investigation, US federal health regulators have imposed stiff penalties against the firm, including barring CEO Elizabeth Holmes from owning a lab for two years, withdrawing regulatory ...

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New Kickstarter PGS Labs claims it can provide ultimate handheld gaming PC

The idea of a portable PC gaming system that could handle a wide range of games and operating systems is an attractive one. But a recent Kickstarter that claims it can deliver such a product should be taken with an ...

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Another sign Apple is nixing the iPhone 7’s headphone jack: Cirrus Logic releases Lightning kit

For months, there’ve been rumors that Apple would remove the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack from its next-generation iPhone. Those rumors got another boost yesterday when Cirrus Logic unveiled its new MFi Headset Development Kit. The new development board is “designed ...

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The Tesla Model S floats — but maybe not forever — Elon Musk boasts

Is there anything a Tesla can’t do? Elon Musk now says the Tesla “Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time.” That makes it one of a handful of cars sealed well ...

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ET deals: Dell Inspiron 3650 quad-core desktop PC for $579

For a limited time, Dell is offering up a massive discount on the Inspiron 3650 desktop PC. Use today’s coupon, and you’ll snag this powerful quad-core tower PC for 47% off the sticker price. Internally, this model has a sixth ...

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Google’s developing its own version of the Laws of Robotics

Google’s artificial intelligence researchers are starting to have to code around their own code, writing patches that limit a robot’s abilities so that it continues to develop down the path desired by the researchers — not by the robot itself. ...

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Ancient dagger found with King Tut forged with meteoric iron

Researchers have confirmed that an iron dagger found buried with King Tutankhamun has a composition similar to iron meteorites and was almost certainly created from so-called “meteoric iron.” The discovery sheds new light on the state of metallurgy in ancient ...

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