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Nobody can explain loud ‘booms’ heard worldwide

Mystery booming sounds have left people baffled all over the planet. The terrifying noises have been recorded everywhere from the Middle East to the Midwest this year — with the majority heard on the US east coast. The latest boom came to light this week scaring residents in Alabama. Cops …

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Earth enveloped by new pollution right in front of our eyes

WASHINGTON — The world is getting brighter, but scientists say that may not be a good thing. Researchers said on Wednesday satellite data showed that Earth’s artificially lit outdoor surface at night grew by about 2 percent annually in brightness and area from 2012 to 2016, underscoring concerns about the …

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iPhone supplier stops illegal overtime

Foxconn, a main supplier for Apple’s iPhone, says it has stopped interns from working illegal overtime at its factory in China. It comes after a Financial Times report found at least six students worked 11-hour days at its iPhone X plant in Henan province. The practice breached Chinese laws preventing …

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Tesla builds world’s biggest lithium ion battery

MELBOURNE – Tesla Inc has completed construction of the world’s largest lithium ion battery in Australia, putting it on track to meet a 100-day deadline for switching the battery packs on, the South Australian government said on Thursday. Tesla won a bid in July to build the 129 megawatt hour …

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Peter Thiel may be looking to buy Gawker

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel may be looking to buy online news site Gawker.com, BuzzFeed said on Wednesday. Thiel’s lawyers have objected to the currently ongoing sale process of Gawker.com, saying that he has been prohibited unreasonably from bidding for the website’s assets, the internet media company reported, citing a federal …

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Facebook will show you if you liked Russian propaganda

NEW YORK — Facebook says it will show users if they followed or ‘liked’ Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram. The company said Wednesday it will launch a portal to let people see which accounts of the Internet Research Agency they followed between January 2015 and August …

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The inside story of Apple’s HomePod is pure tragedy

It doesn’t make its own smartphone (anymore), and it doesn’t have a regular computer either. But Amazon is the undisputed king of voice computing at home. Its Echo devices sell better than anything else, with Google’s Home coming in second place. Apple should have launched a voice-activated smart speaker next …

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Now there’s ‘distracted boyfriend’ meme fan fiction

The “distracted boyfriend” meme has been an instant classic since going viral earlier this year. People put various captions or images over a stock photo of a man checking out another woman while getting an evil look from his girlfriend, with often hilarious results. Thanks to photographer Antonio Guillem’s publicly …

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Russian bots target FCC in attempt to get net neutrality repealed

Russian hackers are using New Yorkers’ stolen identities to get net neutrality repealed — and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the feds are refusing to cooperate with investigations into the fraud. The FCC is planning to ax the Obama-era laws, which ensure all web traffic is treated equally …

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Peter Thiel has sold most of his remaining Facebook stake

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, Facebook Inc’s first institutional investor, has sold three-quarters of his remaining stake in the social network, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. Thiel, who is a member of Facebook’s board, now owns 59,913 Class A shares in the company after selling 160,805 shares for about …

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