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Google and Microsoft agree to lawsuit truce – bbc.com

Eighteen lawsuits had been active between the companies, relating to uses of technologies in mobile phones, wifi and other areas. Details of the deal were not shared, but in a joint statement the firms said they would “collaborate on certain patent matters”. – Dave Lee

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RUSSIA SHOWS OFF ROBOTIC COCKROACH – popsci.com

The secret roach’s name was Death’s Head, aka Blaberus Cranifer, and it came from Russia on a mission. It is a small, mechanical beast, styled after the death’s head cockroach. – Kelsey D. Atherton

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Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips – nytimes.com

At the inaugural International Solid-State Circuits Conference held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1960, a young computer engineer named Douglas Engelbart introduced the electronics industry to the remarkably simple but groundbreaking concept of “scaling.” JOHN MARKOFF

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When is Google’s birthday? – telegraph.co.uk

Google is celebrating its 17th birthday with a commemorative Doodle harking back to the web of the 1990s. The image, featuring a retro, plastic PC, lava lamp and even 1998’s “Google!” Logo, features on Google’s homepage on September 27, which the internet giant has retroactively chosen as its birthday – James Titcomb

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Hilton says its checking claims of hacking at hotels – venturebeat.com

Hilton Worldwide Holdings said on Saturday it was investigating claims that hackers had compromised registers in gift shops and restaurants at a large number of Hilton Hotel and franchise properties across the United States – Mohammad Zargham

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Kit helps children hunt new antibiotics – bbc.com

Designer and entrepreneur Vidhi Mehta has developed a biology kit that works with an app, to help children become ”citizen scientists”. It allows them to crowdsource their investigations, as they hunt for materials with antibiotic properties. – Dougal Shaw

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Instagram Hits 400M Users Just 9 Months After Announcing 300M – techcrunch.com

Today, Facebook-owned photograph-centric social network Instagram announced that it has hit 400 million users. This comes just nine months after announcing that it hit the 300 million mark. – Drew Olanoff

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European court adviser finds against US data sharing deal in Facebook case – thenextweb.com

A long-running legal battle between Facebook Ireland and Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, has resulted in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) recommending that the passing of data between Facebook’s Irish and US headquarters is in breach of European data protection laws. – Ben Woods

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I built a Twitter bot that entered—and won—1,000 online contests for me – qz.com

This is the story of how I wrote a Twitter bot to automatically enter contests and ended up winning an average of four contests per day, every day, for about 9 months straight. By Hunter Scott, QUARTZ

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eBay and PayPal officially part ways – engadget.com

We knew eBay and PayPal were headed to splitsville this year, and now it’s actually happening – Timothy Sappala

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Facebook is testing a way to make you watch more video – fortune.com

Facebook wants you to watch even more videos when you log on to the social media site, which is why it’s testing a “Watch Later” button on its videos for the desktop version of the site – Benjamin Snyder

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Google hires team behind cleaning startup to help find you a plumber – engadget.com

This morning, Homejoy, an on-demand cleaning service startup in San Francisco, announced that it would be shutting down on July 31st. CEO Adora Cheung told Re/Code that the decision came about in large part due to four ongoing lawsuits brought against the company by workers who wanted to be reclassified as employees – Nicole Lee

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Google blames careless humans after first driverless car injury – telegraph.co.uk

On Thursday, Google revealed that three of its employees, who had been riding in one of its driverless Lexus cars, were taken to hospital with minor whiplash after a car rear-ended it at traffic lights in Mountain View, California, earlier this month – James Titcomb

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The Inside Story of Oculus Rift and How Virtual Reality Became Reality – wired.com

AS HE FLEW from Orange County to Seattle in September 2013, Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus, couldn’t envision what the next six months would bring. By PETER RUBIN, WIRED

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Intel’s Skylake chips: What you need to know about the next big CPU change – cnet.com

If it seems like only months ago that we were talking about Intel’s fifth generation of processors for laptops, desktops, hybrids and tablets — also known by the codename Broadwell — that’s because it was – Dan Ackerman

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San Francisco starts using ‘pee-proof’ paint to stop public urination – cnn.com

San Francisco city officials are implementing a new “pee-proof” paint around the city to combat the persistent problem of public urination.  By Jareen Imam, CNN

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A Week In, Casey Neistat’s New App Beme Has 1.1M Videos Shared – techcrunch.com

Launched about a week ago, Beme is a new video-sharing app built by viral filmmaker Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett, former VP of Engineering at Tumblr and Hacker-in-Residence at betaworks – Fitz Tepper

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Monsanto Is Trying To Become The Biggest Company In The History Of Agriculture – modernfarmer.com

  Monsanto, the enormous agricultural technology corporation perhaps best known for its genetically modified seeds and its herbicide Roundup, is on a mission.

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Groupon Acquires OrderUp Food Delivery Service – techcrunch.com

Groupon appears to be readying itself to expand into food delivery and take on services like GrubHub. Today, the company announced its acquisition of food-delivery service OrderUp and detailed its plans to expand into the $70 billion sector

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Flipagram signs deal to bring real music to its short photo and video stories – theverge.com

Flipagram — an app that you probably have never heard until right now which has amassed over 33 million users — has struck a deal with major labels, independents, and publishers, giving it access to their considerable music libraries

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Yik Yak Is Now Allowing Users To Post Photos – huffingtonpost.com

Yik Yak, the popular and controversial anonymous social media app, announced Wednesday it will allow users to post photos, but will not let them submit images that show a person’s face

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HTC’s Under Armour-connected Grip fitness band delayed until later this year – cnet.com

If you were planning on getting an HTC Grip, a fitness band made by HTC and Under Armour, get ready to wait a little longer

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People Apparently Care More About the iPod Than the Apple Watch – esquire.com

If Google Trends is anything to go by, and it probably is since Google now owns every scrap of information in the known universe, the Apple Watch is getting searched for far less than any other Apple product out there, including the iPod, which debuted almost a decade and a half ago

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NASA’s New Horizons Team Works to Revive Pluto-Bound Probe – nbcnews.com

NASA said its New Horizons probe suffered a temporary communication breakdown on Saturday

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New Zealand makes cyberbullying a crime – engadget.com

New Zealand has passed a law that criminalizes one of the least desirable facets of the internet: cyberbullying.

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In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To … Humans – npr.org

Computer programs are super powerful, and they’re coming for your job, right? Not so fast

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