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Twitter cuts intel agencies off from analysis service: report

Twitter has barred US intelligence agencies from accessing a service that sorts through posts on the social media platform in real time and has proved useful in the fight against terrorism, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper, in its report Sunday evening, cited a senior US intelligence official as …

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Thai students caught using 'Mission Impossible' exam spy glasses

A top Thai medical college has caught students using spy cameras linked to smartwatches to cheat during exams in what some social media users on Monday compared to a plot straight out of a Mission Impossible movie. Arthit Ourairat, the rector of Rangsit University, posted pictures of the hi-tech cheating …

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FTC and FCC shine a light on mobile security updates

Google began issuing monthly security updates for Android ever since the Stagefright bug was exposed, and companies like Samsung, LG, and Sony committed to the program to also issue updates to their Android devices. But how exactly are these updates moving along? What is the process of deciding which phones get …

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Hyperloop super-fast rail to hit milestone

Elon Musk’s vision of a Hyperloop transport system that carries passengers in pressurized tubes at near-supersonic speeds is on track to hit a milestone on Tuesday. Musk outlined his futuristic idea in a paper released in 2013, challenging innovators to bring the dream to life. Hyperloop Technologies, one of the …

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Amazon takes aim at YouTube with new video service

Amazon.com Inc. launched a service on Tuesday that allows users to post videos and earn royalties from them, setting up the world’s biggest online retailer to compete directly with Alphabet Inc’s YouTube. The service, called Amazon Video Direct, will make the uploaded videos available to rent or own, to view …

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Instagram releases completely redesigned iPhone app

Surprise: Instagram just released a major update to its iPhone app that completely changes the look of the world’s most popular photo-sharing app. We saw some hints that the Facebook-owned app was testing a pretty dramatic redesign, and early peeks at the new layout were universally praised by users. It …

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'Hyperloop' sled speeds through U.S. desert via electromagnets

A car-sized sled powered by electromagnets rocketed to more than 100 miles (160 kph) an hour through the Nevada desert on Wednesday in what the Los Angeles company developing the technology said was the first successful test of a futurist transit system called hyperloop. Hyperloop One is among several companies …

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Hyperloop One test bodes well for transit's fast future

The possible future of transit zipped along a short track in the desert outside Las Vegas on Wednesday before sliding to a stop in a bed of sand, sending up a tan wave. Hyperloop One, a start-up hoping to revolutionize transport systems, held its first public test of engine components …

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