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‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster Justin Rosenstein had tweaked […]

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Udacity adds robotics and digital marketing Nanodegree programs, 21 new hiring partners

Today at the inauguralUdacity Intersect conference, the online education startup announced new robotics and digital marketing variants of its popular Nanodegrees an effort to expand its corpus of 21st century skills-based courses. In addition to the new degrees, Udacity is adding 21 new hiring partners spanning the automotive, defense, tech, […]

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The White House and Equifax Agree: Social Security Numbers Should Go

The Trump administration is exploring ways to replace the use of Social Security numbers as the main method of assuring people’s identities in the wake of consumer credit agency Joyce said officials are looking into “what would be a better system” that utilizes the latest technologies, including a “modern cryptographic […]

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How Crazy Is Elon Musks Hypersonic Space Rocket Airline?

For whatever reason, some of the world’s smartest and most eccentric people tend to be drawn toward airlines. Elon Musk is the latest, but with a twist—rockets. Tacked onto a detailed explanation Friday of how SpaceX intends to land cargo on Mars five years from now—a farcical schedule that Musk conceded […]

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Musk Wants to Build a Rocket That Will Get You Anywhere on Earth in an Hour

Entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has long dreamed of creating a human colony on Mars, is planning to build a new rocket ship code named “BFR” capable of traveling anywhere on Earth in under an hour. If the concept becomes reality, Musk said a journey from New York to Shanghai can […]

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AT&T’s DirecTV Is Giving Refunds on NFL Packages Due to Protests

Subscribers to AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket who want to cancel the service because of football players’ national anthem protests can get refunds, according to customer service representatives. The protests, which started with some players kneeling during the anthem to protest racial inequality, has expanded to teams and even […]

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California Considers Following China With Combustion-Engine Car Ban

The internal combustion engine’s days may be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed to achieve long-term targets for cleaner air. Governor Jerry Brown has expressed an interest in barring the sale of vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines, Mary Nichols, […]

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Social Media Meltdown: The Ace Hardware Twitter Account Spent All Of Yesterday Asking What Hammers Are

Weve seen a lot of clueless companies misuse Twitter, but its going to be hard to top the blunder Ace Hardware just made. Yesterday, @AceHardware sent out numerous tweets proving that the company has no idea what hammers are. This would be pretty embarrassing for any organization, but for a […]

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Tech’s push to teach coding isn’t about kids’ success it’s about cutting wages

Todays hi-tech wages threaten Silicon Valleys bottom line. What better way to drive down coders pay than by investing in a new generation of cheap labor? This month, millions of children returned to school. This year, an unprecedented number of them will learn to code. Computer science courses for children […]

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