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Is the media contributing to global inequality?

As more media outlets fall under the control of a shrinking number of private owners, opportunities for ordinary people around the globe to participate and produce media are under threat.

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Bush babies inspire world's most agile jumping rescue robot

In making Salto, a rescue robot designed after real-life bush babies, or galagos, researchers' technological leap has led to more than few literal leaps as well.

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Audi debuts traffic light technology that counts down to a green light

A driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, says Audi. 

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Samsung scores Supreme Court victory in patent battle with Apple

The justices unanimously ruled that Samsung may have copied the design of an Apple cellphone but not its capabilities or 'all the chips and wires.'

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Tim Cook pushes back on Apple Watch sales estimate (+video)

An IDC report claims Apple Watch sales were down 71 percent in the 3rd quarter. But is that really the whole story?

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Opposing neoliberalism without right-wing populism: A Latin American guide

Many observers see the rise in right-wing populism as a backlash against three decades of neoliberalism, but is racist, chauvinistic, nationalism, the only coherent response?

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Does a better Uber rider tracking app signal the rise of Big Brother in tech?

Uber will track the location of riders up to five minutes after they reach their destinations, prompting a wave of concerns from internet privacy advocates. 

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EU urges social media giants to act on hate speech

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft must act faster to counteract hate speech, the European Commission said on Sunday.

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Space tourism: Virgin Galactic makes successful glide test

Virgin Galactic's new and improved aircraft still has a number of testing phases to go before it is ready to carry passengers.

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Could Apple drones take on Google Maps?

The craft will record changes to road conditions and track construction areas, providing on-the-fly travel updates to users.

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How curated articles could help Facebook fight fake news

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to serve as a news source for its users by developing a tool that highlights news stories from established sources rather than fake news sites. 

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Apple letter drops hints about self-driving car development

In an open letter, Apple encouraged the government to level the autonomous car playing field between 'new entrants' and 'established manufacturers' – in a way that would allow Apple to continue its own secretive research and development.

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'Driver mode': An answer to distracted driver fatalities?

Crashes caused by distracted driving spiked in 2015. The Department of Transportation hopes a distraction-limiting 'driver mode' for cellphones may provide part of the solution.

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Why did Twitter buy little-known start up Yes, Inc.?

Keith Coleman, not much of a Twitter user himself, will take on the increasingly difficult task of creating new products and reigniting the platform's user growth.

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'Just a bunch of people'? Apple seeks to define corporate values

Apple CEO Tim Cook says corporations need values, and he's an advocate of various causes. But values can also create controversy, as the divisive election season showed. How can companies formulate value systems that work for all their employees?

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Confusion about job creation is obscuring America's productivity crisis

Illogical thinking about jobs – and the misguided policies that stem from it – stand in the way of focusing on America's most pressing economic problem: our slowest-ever growth in productivity. 

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Google Doodle: Why should we know about Jagadish Chandra Bose?

The Indian Renaissance man, a father of wireless communication and Bengali science fiction, also taught us that plants have feelings. 

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Uber in court: Is it a digital service, or an unlicensed taxi company?

A case the European Union's highest court heard arguments for on Tuesday centers on whether Uber and other companies in the sharing economy are digital services, or real-life service providers that must face real-life regulations. 

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Britain's internet history law: A new frontier of surveillance?

After months of debate, the British Parliament has passed a controversial law that gives authorities – from police to food regulators, fire officials, and tax inspectors – powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country. 

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Weekend of free rides follows ransomware attack on Bay Area transit

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is the latest of several institutions to experienced a ransomware attack on computer systems.

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