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Scientists find Earth-like planet circling sun’s nearest neighbor

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Scientists have discovered a planet that appears to be similar to Earth circling the star closest to the sun, potentially a major step in the quest to find out if life exists elsewhere in the universe, research published on Wednesday showed.<p>The relative proximity of the planet, known as …

Apple to kill iPhone's huge bezels by ditching the home button

Another day, another iPhone rumor. The latest report from Bloomberg indicates that the 2017 iPhone will kill the home button.<p>This isn’t the first time the rumor has popped up, mind you; it’s been floating around ever since we’ve been told the 2017 iPhone will have a curved OLED display. The point …

HopSkipDrive wants to be the Uber for kids

TechCrunch recently went down south to Los Angeles for our mini-meetup and to catch up with the region’s burgeoning tech scene.<p>One of the startups that caught our attention is HopSkipDrive, which aims to be an Uber for picking up your kids. Uber passengers need to be at least 18-years of age to …

Startups

Russian Doping Whistleblowers Fear for Their Lives After Cyber Attack

The couple was tense when we met in a nondescript hotel room somewhere in the United States. We were asked not to reveal the exact location of the rare interview and only learned it ourselves at the last minute.<p>Yuliya Stepanova, an 800-meter runner, and husband Vitaly, a former doping officer in …

Doping

Virtual reality gets starring role at Venice film festival

There will be a special salon at the event for viewing increasingly ambitious productions in the new immersive format<p>Venice, first of the big autumn film festivals, is the most glamorous, attracting big stars to Europe’s most beguiling location. But this year, virtual reality technology could steal …

Virtual Reality

BuzzFeed's Editor-In-Chief 'accidentally' leaked private DMs

BuzzFeed’s Editor-In-Chief, Ben Smith, tweeted a screenshot of a private DM conversation between him and a reporter at The Intercept earlier today. In that exchange of messages, the reporter revealed that they are leaving the publication and inquired about jobs at BuzzFeed.<p>Smith told me, via public …