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Reddit and other web companies ask FCC to reexamine free data programs

A group of companies and organizations that includes Kickstarter, Etsy, and Reddit have asked the Federal Communications Commission to take a stronger stance against “zero rating” programs that let broadband providers exempt specific services from data caps. Sent yesterday, the letter urges the FCC to establish an “open, public process” …

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Foxconn replaces 60,000 factory workers with robots

Foxconn, the largest contract electronics manufacturer in the world, says it has automated away 60,000 jobs in one of its factories, according to the BBC. The cuts are part of an ongoing process to replace humans responsible for “many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations” with robots, the company …

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Google is building a self-driving car R&D center near Detroit

Google’s Self-Driving Car Project just announced on Google+ that it’s building what it calls a “self-driving technology development center” in Novi, Michigan, about 30 miles northwest of Detroit. The 53,000-square-foot facility will be used for research and development in concert with the company’s Michigan-based partners — this is still the home …

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Marvel is making a massive change to Captain America

Spoilers ahead: Despite being one of Marvel Comics’ most idealistic and incorruptible superheroes, Captain America is now being written as perhaps one of the company’s greatest villains. With the release of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 today, Marvel has revealed that Cap has operated as sleeper agent for Hydra, the …

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Weiner review: an embarrassing, unmissable ringside seat to scandal

Weiner’s unfortunate last name became the understandable focus of racy, punny headlines in 2011, when he publicly tweeted a clothed dick-pic meant as a private message for a 21-year-old college student. Once the youngest New York City councilman ever elected, then a 10-year veteran of Congress, Weiner resigned in 2011 …

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Xiaomi unveils the Mi Drone

One of China’s most popular consumer electronics brands today launches its own take on one of the hottest categories in consumer tech: drones. Xiaomi’s Mi Drone is a quadcopter with a 360-degree 4K camera attached and a remote control that uses your Mi smartphone as its viewfinder. One of the …

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First Click: I am an electronics god

I feel like a god. Note that I used the lowercase “g” god, not uppercase. I’m not the proper noun God for crissake. I’m not a surgeon. I’m just a lowly man with a portable USB hard disk drive that I resurrected from the trash heap. All it took was …

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More people are trying e-cigs in Europe despite concerns

Usage of e-cigarettes is increasing across Europe, according to a new study, but is being outpaced by the number of people who consider the devices dangerous. The research, conducted by scientists from Imperial College London, found that the percentage of European adults who admitting ever trying e-cigarettes rose from 7.2 percent in …

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