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Bitcoin paid for this couple's entire wedding

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:32:00 GMT

With bitcoin hitting a record high of over $16,000, one wedding in Indiana just got bigger.Brad Lee and Sierra Linarducci's wedding next year will be fully underwritten by her father's investment in bitcoin, whose price has roared 1,100 percent since January.

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Is it too late to invest in Bitcoin?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:56:00 GMT

Bitcoin: Nobody knows why it's up so much, but everyone wants in on the soaring virtual currency.A Bitcoin illustration on a motherboard.

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How North Korea recruits its army of young hackers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:49:00 GMT

Experts from around the world recently gathered in Seoul to discuss North Korea's hacking abilities — and how to defend against them.Students type on laptop computers during a cyber-defense programming class in the "War Room" at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.Students participate in a cyber-defense programming class at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. They were practicing hacking each other as part of a government program to train them to battle Kim Jong Un's techno-soldiers.

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Iran-sponsored hackers have targeted Israel, Saudis, Turkey since 2014

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT

The cybersecurity firm FireEye says the group is "largely focused on reconnaissance efforts to benefit Iranian nation-state interests."U.S. intelligence officials have long considered Iran to be a highly capable adversary in cyber space. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, attends the 21st Nationwide Assembly of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commanders on Sept. 15, 2015 in Tehran.

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Iconic tech conference faces backlash for all-male keynote speaker lineup

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:44:00 GMT

One of tech's biggest trade shows stands accused of a lack of diversity, after selecting all-male keynote speakers for the big event.Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of Volkswagen Brand, speaks during a keynote address at CES International on Jan. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas.

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Who loses in the Google and Amazon tit for tat?

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:27:58 GMT

Google and Amazon are so not cool with each other right now.Amazon's Peter Larsen introduces Amazon Fire TV during a press conference in New York on April 2, 2014.Amazon's Peter Larsen introduces Amazon Fire TV during a press conference in New York on April 2, 2014.

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New spacesuit will rescue stranded astronauts

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Patient filed for suit that features a 'take me home' button.In February 1984, shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless became the first astronaut to float in space untethered, thanks to a jetpack-like device called the Manned Manuevering Unit, or MMU.

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These baby worms are good news for future Mars settlers

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:05:01 GMT

New experiment suggests worms could thrive in Martian soil.Colonists work in a greenhouse on Mars in this artist's conception.An experiment that resulted in various flowering plants, especially in a Mars soil simulant. The pots were put in water to keep the soil containing the earthworms cool.Illustration of a closed agricultural ecosystem on Mars.Simulated "Martian gardens" allow NASA scientists to test which plants can be grown on Mars. This photo shows the results of a preliminary study on lettuce. From left, lettuce seeds grown in potting soil, the Martian simulant with added nutrients, and the simulant without nutrients.

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Apple is paying Ireland $15.4 billion in back taxes — so why are the Irish saying no?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:57:00 GMT

After a contentious EU ruling, Apple has agreed to pay $15.4 billion in back taxes to Ireland. So why is that nation appealing the decision?Apple CEO Tim Cook responds at a news conference in 2015.

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Now you can order donuts, coffee, even dinner — all from your car

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:35:00 GMT

Drivers in late-model GM vehicles can now order Starbucks coffee, book a table at TGIFriday's, or order pancakes for pickup from IHOP — all from the dashboard.Starbucks cups

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How bug-delivering drones are helping defeat deadly diseases

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:29:04 GMT

It's all about getting sterile mosquitoes to areas affected by Zika, malaria, and more.A female Aedes aegypti mosquito feeds on a human host.A cloud of mosquitoes swarms over the Colorado River in Marble Canyon downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell as the five-year-old Western drought continues on September 26, 2004 southwest of Page, Arizona.Lab assistant Amy Sebo drops mosquitoes into test tubes as she prepares them to be tested with the VecTest procedure for West Nile Virus, Saint Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Antigen Panel Assay June 20, 2003 at the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District headquarters in Wheeling, Illinois.WeRobotics uses a drone to help spread sterile mosquitoes.

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Say hello to the 'world's smallest tape recorder'

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:43:00 GMT

Microbes engineered to record on the microscopic level may bring new ways to diagnose disease and monitor environmental changes.Escherichia coli bacteria magnified 7000 timesWorld's smallest tape recorder is built from microbes

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Sandberg warns of workplace backlash following #MeToo movement

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:47:00 GMT

Some men have said they are afraid to be alone with women at work out of concern for being accused of sexual harassment, Sandberg, the Facebook COO said.Sheryl Sandberg speaks during a panel session on the first day of the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 20, 2016.Sheryl Sandberg speaks during a panel session on the first day of the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 20, 2016.

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Is the internet's favorite 'ugly' site going public — and cleaning itself up?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:04:00 GMT

It's currently valued at almost $2 billion, but Reddit's offbeat, quirky feel might be an impediment to a successful IPO.Tennis player Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are engaged. NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Reddit, and Partner at Y Combinator, Alexis Ohanian speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 - Day 3 at The Manhattan Center on May 6, 2015 in New York City.

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Why Amazon wants drones that self-destruct

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:26:00 GMT

Breaking up in the air could help prevent injuries on the ground.Amzaon Prime Air aims to deliver packages to customers using drones.

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The rise of smart machines puts spotlight on 'robot rights'

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:20:00 GMT

Are computers on their way to becoming people?Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker confers with C-3PO in "Star Wars."Humanoid robot Sophia from Hanson Robotics answers questions at the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Visitors stroke a Pleo robotic dinosaur at the CeBIT technology trade fair in Hanover in 2011.Jimmy Fallon talks with Sophia on "The Tonight Show."

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Why NASA created this amazing 'chain mail' wheel

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:07:00 GMT

The ultra-flexible wheel is designed to handle the Red Planet's harsh terrain.Engineer Colin Creager attaches the latest version of the SMA Spring Tire to a test rig in the lab.

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Is this the shoe that will help rewrite marathon history?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:28:00 GMT

Nike's Zoom Vaporfly called 'the most efficient shoe in terms of the energy required to run that anybody has ever studied.'The consumer version of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite,Boulder-based runner Andy Wacker tests a new state-of-the art prototype shoe while being monitored by graduate student Shalaya Kipp in the Locomotion Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder. A new study published this week by CU Boulder researchers confirms that the shoe, the Nike Vaporfly 4%, reduces the energetic cost of running by 4 percent.Eliud Kipchoge finishes after attempting to break the two-hour marathon barrier, finishing with a time of 2:00:25 on May 6, 2017 in Monza, Italy.

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Elon Musk wants to build a high-speed transit system in Chicago

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:13:00 GMT

Planned electric pods would move people from downtown to O'Hare International Airport within 20 minutes.SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on Sept. 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.

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Russian trolls pushed graphic, racist tweets to American voters

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:40:00 GMT

NBC News uncovered graphic and offensive tweets sent by Russian trolls in an attempt to further divide an already-divided nation.The Twitter Inc. logo is shown with the U.S. flag during the company's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Nov. 7, 2013.Screencap of a November 4th, 2016 tweet from FOX News host Sean Hannity's account.Popular right-wing news aggregation site Drudge Report ran an above-the-fold image to promote the unsubstantiated Clinton occult ritual story.A screengrab of a retweet posted by a Russian troll which references the notorious white nationalist slogan, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." The profile face has been blurred because former Russian trolls said they stolen online profile photos for their social media avatars.

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Is this the man who shut down Donald Trump's Twitter account?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:55:00 GMT

A man who may have been involved in the process that led to the shutdown of the president's Twitter account told TechCrunch it was "definitely a mistake."The Twitter page for President Donald Trump.

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Will Mars colonists snooze their way to the Red Planet?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:19:00 GMT

'Induced torpor' could make long space missions safer and more manageable.The SpaceWorks torpor habitat involves placing the crew of a Mars mission into a prolonged hypothermic state during the in-space transit phases.Torpor could help fit more people on smaller ships to help rapidly populate space colonies.Putting a crew into a chilled sleep state could alleviate some of the health concerns about space travel.

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Report finds little change in tech industry leadership diversity

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:15:43 GMT

Asian women were the least represented group as executives when compared to their representation in the tech industry's professional workforce.Attendees working on Apple Inc. laptop computers participate in the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 Hackathon in London, U.K., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.

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YouTube cracks down on disturbing content

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:52:00 GMT

YouTube terminated hundreds of accounts and removed more than 150,000 videos after big-name advertisers pulled ads over disturbing content involving children.YouTube's logo.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaks during the opening keynote address at the Google I/O 2017 Conference on May 17, 2017 in Mountain View, California.

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