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Last Build Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 11:38:44 GMT

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Target Slapped With Largest Ever Fine for 2013 Data Breach

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:49:00 GMT

The most customers ever hacked has ended in Target paying the biggest ever data breach settlement.Shoppers check out during Black Friday sales at a Target store in Braintree, Massachusetts, on Nov. 23, 2012.

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Gene Study Shows Zika's Stealthy Spread

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:38:44 GMT

The Zika virus was spreading in Brazil for as long as a year before anyone noticed, and for weeks and months in places such as Miami, studies show.A Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker sprays around a school in the Wynwood area of Miami on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.The team studied the spread of the Zika virus (left; courtesy NIAID) among affected regions in South and Central America and the Caribbean (right, in red).By analyzing genomes generated as part of the study, researchers confirmed that the Zika virus was present in affected countries well before the first confirmed cases were detected.

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President Trump Has Just One App on His Phone. What Is It?

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:18:24 GMT

Mike Allen of Axios joins MSNBC's Brian WIlliams sharing a detail from his latest reporting.

Uber Overcharges Riders By Millions, Suit Says

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:38:00 GMT

Uber is skimming over $7.4 million per month from passengers in New York City alone, according to a class action lawsuit filed Wednesday.The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street is seen in this photo illustration taken in Madrid on Dec. 10, 2014.

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NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Looks Right at Home on the Red Planet

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:42:00 GMT

NASA has unveiled some cool new concept art for its next Red Planet robot, the Mars 2020 rover, and it looks awesome.This artist's concept shows how NASA's Mars 2020 rover will look as it explores the Red Planet.

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Some Uber and Lyft Riders Are Already Ditching Their Own Cars

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:46:00 GMT

The fast adoption of ride service technology bodes well for self-driving car technology, a big area of investment for many companies.In this photo released by Uber on May 19, 2016, a self drive car is seen during a test drive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While Uber has said little up to now about its plans in the sector, the California group last month was among the founding members of an industry group called the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets which also includes Alphabet unit Google, Ford, Volvo and Lyft.The car will have multiple sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment.A smartphone app for Lyft drivers. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

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Former Playmate Gets Probation, Graffiti Cleanup in 'Body Shaming' Case

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:26:00 GMT

Former Playmate Dani Mathers, 30, pleaded no contest to settle a criminal case for taking a photo of a nude woman at a gym and posting it online.Playboy model Danielle "Dani" Mathers leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after pleading no contest to charges she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online with a mocking comment. She was sentenced to probation and 30 days community service.Model Dani Mathers, center, in court with her attorney during a hearing in Los Angeles on May 24, 2017.

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World's Biggest Aircraft Nails Critical Test Flight

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:43:00 GMT

A massive airship, the Airlander 10, recently completed a successful test flight, bringing the helium-filled vehicle a step closer to commercial use.At a mammoth 302 feet (92 meters) long, the blimp-like Airlander 10 is the largest aircraft currently flying.

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AI May Hold the Key to Stopping Suicide

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:56:00 GMT

Researchers are now using machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict people at high risk of suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.Researchers are hoping AI can provide a lifeline to those at risk of suicide.

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Will This 'Impossible' Motor Take People to Other Planets?

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:27:00 GMT

When NASA one day sends humans to Mars, the journey could take six to nine months each way. But there's a highly-experimental device being developed that could help get us there in less than half that time — if it really works.Illustration of Em Drive, the device created by British engineer Roger Shawyer

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Conservative Reps Urge Trump to Fire NIH Head

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:47:32 GMT

A group of conservative members of Congress urged President Trump to fire NIH director Francis Collins because of his support for stem cell research.Stem Cell Research.Experimenting with cells in petri dish by adding fluid from a pipette, used in therapeutic cloning, microbiology, genetic engineering and pharmaceutical research.Stem Cell Research.Experimenting with cells in petri dish by adding fluid from a pipette, used in therapeutic cloning, microbiology, genetic engineering and pharmaceutical research.

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Forty More Genes for Intelligence Discovered

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:37:00 GMT

More genes for intelligence have been found, but don't expect designer smart babies or DNA tests for big brains.Brain activityBrain activity

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How Instagram Could Be Hurting Your Mental Health

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:10:00 GMT

A new study says Instagram is the worst social media network for young people's mental health. Snapchat is the second worst.The Instagram logo on an iPhone

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This Online Therapist Start-up Is Booming Since Trump Was Elected

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:42:00 GMT

Online therapist site Talkspace has seen an 80 percent boom in members since Donald Trump was elected.

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That Tweet You Just Sent Could Help Predict a Flu Outbreak

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:32:00 GMT

Our social media and smartphone use is producing heaps of new information that researchers hope could be used to track disease outbreaks in real-time, predict earthquakes, and even prevent suicides.Your everyday smartphone use might reveal more information than you think.The influenza rate over time as measured by official government surveillance data and Twitter surveillance estimates.A man smokes an electronic cigarette at Henley Vaporium in New York City in 2014.

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Uber Freight Could Disrupt One of America's Core Industries

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:30:24 GMT

Uber launched a new app on Thursday called Uber Freight, which matches trucking companies with loads to haul.Uber's new trucking service, Uber Freight.

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Julian Assange Rape Case Dropped After 7 Years

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:46:00 GMT

Two women in Sweden accused the WikiLeaks founder of rape and sexual assault in 2010.Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Friday May 19, 2017.Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017.

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This Airport Is Moving Its Air Traffic Controllers 80 Miles Away

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:47:00 GMT

London City Airport is set to move its air traffic controllers 80 miles away — where they will instead watch a live feed.Personnel give a demonstration in the operations room at National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Swanwick in Hampshire on Thursday. Employees give a demonstration in the new operations room — which is located 80 miles away from London City Airport. A British Airways plane takes off at London City Airport.

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Google Has a Whole New Way to Help You Find a Job

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:46:34 GMT

Google wants to help you find your dream job.Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., May 17, 2017.Google's new jobs tool.

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Companies Stockpile Bitcoin as Ransomware Threat Grows

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:42:00 GMT

Companies are stockpiling digital currency in preparation for future ransomware attacks, which have grown exponentially in the past few years.A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coin at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris.A diverse group of British companies were asked whether they stockpiled digital currency in case of a ransomware attack. A third admitted that they did, although midsize companies were more likely to maintain stores of the cybercash.One of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell's coins in this photo illustration at his office in Sandy, Utah, from September 17, 2013.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Throwback Thursday: The Moment He Got in to Harvard

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:59:00 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg is going back to college next week... sort of.Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg poses at Harvard University on May 14, 2004.Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg poses at Harvard University on May 14, 2004.

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This Google Executive Wants to Improve Your Selfies

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:16:43 GMT

Google Photos boss shares his vision for the future of your selfies.Anil Sabharwal demonstrates updates to Google Photos during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference on May 17, 2017 in Mountain View, California.Anil Sabharwal demonstrates updates to Google Photos during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference on May 17, 2017 in Mountain View, California.

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EU Slaps Facebook with Multimillion-Dollar Fine for 'Misleading' on WhatsApp

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:59:00 GMT

Facebook has been fined $122M by European regulators for providing "misleading information" about its acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp.A woman holds a tablet displaying WhatsApp's logo in front of the screen with the Facebook logo. REUTERS/David W CernyFacebook's website.

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How Google Is Catapulting Ahead With Its Smart Assistants

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:13:55 GMT

Google showed off advancements in voice and vision technologies at the company's annual Google I/O Developer Conference.Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., May 17, 2017.Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2017 Conference in Mountain View, California.

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