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The Verge Guide to Cyber Monday

If you’re like us, Cyber Monday is a time of the year that you wish never came to an end. It’s when you can get the absolute best deals on tech like big 4K TVs, gaming consoles, phones, laptops, and more. You won’t have much time to act on these …

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Chinese companies want to help shape global facial recognition standards

The report details how Chinese companies including ZTE, Dahua and China Telecom are proposing standards for facial recognition to the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the body responsible for global technical standards in the telecommunication industry. Usually, the standards set by the ITU are technical in nature, but human rights …

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Europe's space agency approves the Hera anti-asteroid mission

Hera will carry two CubeSats that can fly extremely close to the asteroid’s surface before touching down. Those briefcase-sized spacecraft will act like drones, capturing vital data about the impact crater and giving scientists data including the mass of the asteroid that will help them deduce its composition. The aim, …

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Cellphone plans get up to 40% costlier in India

India has long been a wonderland for cellphone users. At a time when most telecom operators across the globe charge anywhere between $5 to $10 for a gigabyte of mobile data, telcos in India deliver that for just a few cents. Spare another $2 to the same telecom operator, and …

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Get personalized expert help for your startup at Disrupt Berlin

Want to get professional feedback about your pitch deck, marketing assets, or immigration issues? Attending Disrupt Berlin? We’ve brought in experts from around Europe (and Silicon Valley) to help you directly. These events were hugely popular when we first did them at Disrupt in San Francisco the other month, so …

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Astronomers find stellar black hole so large it shouldn't exist

The team used China’s Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) to find stars orbiting objects that are seemingly invisible — a technique that had been proposed back in 1783, but hadn’t really been possible until recently. They then used both the US’ Keck I telescope and Spain’s Gran …

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