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Jack Ma ‘Hopes’ For Apple Pay Partnership

Oct 30, 14 Jack Ma ‘Hopes’ For Apple Pay Partnership

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s founder and CEO Jack Ma said he hoped to do “something” with Apple Inc. in the future, after meeting with Tim Cook on Monday night. Ma also announced that his company’s Alipay had become the third-largest payment system in the world, behind Visa and Mastercard.

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Are Smart Guns The Next Step For Police?

Oct 30, 14 Are Smart Guns The Next Step For Police?

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The August shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has renewed the public’s fears about excessive use of force by police, but a startup hopes to offer a solution. Yardam Technologies, based in Santa Cruz, California, is currently testing a device, small enough to fit in the handle of most police guns, that tracks the weapon’s use in real time.

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Sex-Themed Swag Basket Underscores Tech’s Bro Problem

Oct 29, 14 Sex-Themed Swag Basket Underscores Tech’s Bro Problem

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When Blake Francis, the founder of the advice app Need, wanted to get journalists' attention, he decided to send over some swag baskets. Instead of being filled with the usual branded pens and t-shirts, Francis' basket contained a vibrator, a bottle of K-Y Jelly sexual lubricant, raw oysters and a bottle of tequila.

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Apple’s Latest Feature: Payments Peer Pressure

Oct 28, 14 Apple’s Latest Feature: Payments Peer Pressure

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Imagine a long line of people waiting to pay for their items at a retail store. They're all checking out with Apple Pay, which functions as a swipe of your credit card with nothing but a tap of your iPhone 6 against a special sensor. Then it's your turn to pay, and you're fumbling with cash. Your change spills out and clangs on the counter. How red is your face?

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Japanese Man Becomes First Person Jailed For 3D Printing Guns

Oct 27, 14 Japanese Man Becomes First Person Jailed For 3D Printing Guns

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A 28-year-old Japanese man became the first person to be jailed for designing and printing 3D guns. Yoshitomo Imura reportedly printed five plastic guns, two of which could fire real bullets. The Yokohama District Court in Japan sentenced the man to a two-year jail term for violating laws that restrict the production of weapons and its possession.

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Notorious Piracy Site Hawks Free Anonymity Service

Oct 26, 14 Notorious Piracy Site Hawks Free Anonymity Service

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Swedish torrent site Pirate Bay in the past few days prominently featured advertisements for a free virtual-private network, or VPN. That the Pirate Bay is pushing ads is nothing new; however, the greater awareness over the free VPN coincides with fewer users being able to access the site.

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The Great 2014 Beer Census Needs Me Now

Oct 25, 14 The Great 2014 Beer Census Needs Me Now

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I never thought it would come to this, but right now I feel like packing up, abandoning my home country England, and following the millions of hopefuls who have made their way to America to live their dream. I am talking about working for a company called Next Glass that is currently touring America leaving no booze unturned in their admirable quest to buy up every bottle of beer and wine they can find.

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Hashtag OMG: The Queen Sent Her First Tweet – Maybe?

Oct 25, 14 Hashtag OMG: The Queen Sent Her First Tweet – Maybe?

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Her Majesty the Queen has joined the unwashed commoners on Twitter -- and sent her first tweet about the launch of the Information Age gallery at the Science Museum in London,. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," read the tweet from Queen Elizabeth.

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Florida Rules Police Can’t Track Cellphones Without Warrant

Oct 23, 14 Florida Rules Police Can’t Track Cellphones Without Warrant

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Florida's Supreme Court has barred police from track suspects via cellphone signals without a warrant. "Because cellphones are indispensable to so many people are normally carried on one's person, cellphone tracking can easily invade the right to privacy in on'e home or other private ares," Chief Justice Jorge Labarga wrote Thursday in the 5-2 ruling.

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Take A Look At “Your Life On Earth”

A new BBC tool can help us to look at the changing face of the dynamic natural world, using our own life as context. The videos, images and beautifully presented data help us to understand how, since we were born, humans have changed, the Earth has changed, and how humans have changed the Earth.

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