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Unpopular grad tax might be cut from GOP tax plan

The GOP’s tax bill may not end up raising taxes for graduate students as much as they had feared, Bloomberg reports. The final version of the tax plan that blends individual bills from the House and Senate won’t tax the thousands of dollars many graduate students receive in tuition reductions …

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Sally Ride will get her own postage stamp next year

Today, the United States Postal Service unveiled a preview of its 2018 stamp program, which includes one honoring the late Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space. The USPS didn’t say when the stamp would be available. Ride is depicted in her blue NASA jumpsuit, with the …

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Comcast says it loves net neutrality, hugs it to death

The FCC is racing to a vote tomorrow to reverse net neutrality, and the ISPs are thrilled. That includes Comcast, which continues to pretend like it loves net neutrality while at the same time arguing that the only rules currently making it a reality ought to be killed. In a …

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Microsoft announces new AI-powered search features for Bing

Today, Microsoft announced a series of artificial intelligence-driven features for its Bing search engine to make it more conversational and nuanced. The news, unveiled at an event in San Francisco, means that Bing will make better use of object recognition, so-called machine reading (for parsing text and extracting meaning), and …

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New Twitter ads admit it’s too hard to use

New Twitter ads were revealed today that take a jab at one of the service’s core problems. No, not Nazis, but that new users struggle to understand how to even use the platform. The two commercials show comedian Romesh Ranganathan, representing Twitter, intervening to help befuddled new users who can’t …

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Mirai botnet creators plead guilty

Three men, Paras Jha, 21, Josiah White, 20, and Dalton Norman, 21, entered guilty pleas for their roles in creating and deploying the Mirai botnet last year. The men apparently ran their own DDoS mitigation service, meaning they unleashed this massive botnet of zombie devices in an effort to boost …

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7-Eleven is testing a delivery service

7-Eleven is testing mobile ordering on its 7-ElevenNow app at select stores in Dallas, Texas, the company announced today. The purple-colored 7-ElevenNow app is available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The app also supports 7Rewards, where customers can earn points for making purchases. If …

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