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Investor bets gamers will spend big on virtual bling

Former hedgie Mike Novogratz is betting that gamers have way too much time — and money — on their hands. The former Fortress Investment Group bigwig has poured about $3.6 million into an online exchange that allows gamers to purchase virtual bling for their digital characters — a controversial $50 …

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New app aims to thwart crimes against real estate agents

Crimes against real estate agents are a growing problem, and mobile apps are cropping up to help them stay safe. The latest is called Forewarn, launching Monday, which allows an agent to enter a prospective client’s phone number ahead of a blind meeting and get an instant background check that …

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‘Supervolcano’ isn’t erupting soon so quit freaking out

The supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park may wipe out life on Earth as we know it, but that’s no reason to panic. Despite reports of an imminent explosion, experts said that those predictions are sensational and it’s unlikely that a “supereruption” will happen in the next few thousand years. The …

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Microsoft built a huge treehouse for their employees

From Apple’s new spaceship headquarters to Google’s massage rooms, nap pods and on-site doctor, day-to-day life can be pretty sweet working for some of the world’s most recognizable companies. And Microsoft has arguably outdone them all by building every kid’s dream tree house. The new office facility for Microsoft staff …

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Hackers can now get into any Wi-Fi connection in the world

Equifax and Yahoo disclosed major security breaches recently, which are quite scary, especially the former. But security researchers are about to unveil to explain how hackers could hack any existing Wi-Fi connection and spy on all of your data. The encrypted WPA2 protocol was just breached, putting at risk everyone …

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Fidget spinners are way cooler in space

Fidget spinners’ 15 minutes may be up here on Earth but in space, their popularity has just begun. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik recently shared a video of a fidget spinner aboard the International Space Station. Instead of just the spinners’ arms rotating around the center, the whole contraption spins around …

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The iPhone 7 is selling faster than the iPhone 8

Apple’s older iPhone 7 models are outselling the recently launched iPhone 8 ahead of the early November debut of the premium iPhone X, broker KeyBanc Capital Markets said, citing carrier store surveys. Traditionally, new editions of the iPhone have sold quickly as fans queue for the latest upgrade and the …

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Astronomers witness violent star collision that could unravel mysteries of the universe

WASHINGTON — It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Astronomers around the world reacted to the signal quickly, focusing telescopes located on every continent and …

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Robots are better at slicing open humans than surgeons are

Human surgeons are some of the most skilled, precise individuals on the planet, but no amount of training and experience can make them better at slicing human flesh than robots already are. A new study aimed at comparing the steady hand of a human surgeon against the cold precision of …

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Neiman Marcus stores can see what customers are buying online

Neiman Marcus’ new marketing tool has a whiff of Big Brother. Regular Neiman customers might be surprised to know that their online browsing history on the store’s Web site is available via company-issued iPhones to their sales associate while they’re browsing the racks. So if a customer recently clicked on …

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