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Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 phones are beautiful

But software and carrier intrusion undermine the experience<p>Welcome to Mossberg<i>, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Re/code by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Re/code.</i><p>For this week’s column, I’ve been testing two …

World's tech leaders, convened in secret, talk Trump

What do the billionaires, politicians and tech leaders of the world talk about when they get together? The same things as the rest of us, it seems. And right now that means Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.<p>Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page and Tesla Motors CEO …

Donald Trump

Natural Gas Blowout Doubled Methane Emissions in Los Angeles Area

More than 100,000 tons of methane entered the atmosphere following a 2015 natural gas well blowout in Southern California, enough to double methane …

Telegram now lets you edit those regrettable late-night messages

Telegram has just sailed past 100 million monthly active users and, aside from its well-known encryption creds, that might be because it’s genuinely helping the people who organize groups on its chat app.<p>Its latest update offers silent messages for channel admins to use if they need to post a …

Facebook launches interactive full-screen ads called Canvas

At an event in New York today, Facebook launched its newest product for marketers: interactive mobile ads called Canvas, which it first announced back in September.<p>Canvas is an evolution of the earlier Carousel ads, which allowed users to swipe through multiple product or brand photos if they were …

This 'Giant' Iceberg is Actually Shorter Than This Ship

It’s a stunning photo. A 3,300-ton ship appears like a two-story house next to a giant skyscraper of ice. But there’s more to the photo than meets …

Mark Zuckerberg Asks Employees To Stop Crossing Out “Black Lives Matter” On Facebook’s Walls

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is asking his employees to stop being ignorant and racist (my words, not his).<p>In an internal memo obtained by Gizmodo, Zuckerberg said he was disappointed by the “several recent instances of people crossing out ‘black lives matter’ and writing ‘all lives matter’ on the …

Oil Producing Nations Struggle To Cope With Falling Prices

U.S. consumers are enjoying extremely low gasoline prices, but the big drop in oil prices is causing hardship in nations that depend on oil production to fund their governments and social programs. NPR takes a look at which oil producing countries are hurt most and how they're …

Big bank miss and more job carnage in the oil patch: What you need to know before markets open

North American markets look headed for a lower open today as oil prices fell after top producer Saudi Arabia ruled out production cuts.<p>U.S. crude oil …

Never Circle for Parking Again with 'SpotHero' App

Samsung Gear S2 Classic with 3G reaches US carriers

You don't have to settle for plain Jane looks just to get a cellular-equipped Samsung Gear S2 in the US. Both AT&T and Verizon have started taking pre-orders for a 3G version of the Gear S2 Classic, which should you keep you online while preserving that traditional watch look. On AT&T, it'll cost …

Samsung Gear

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is making this iPhone fan jealous

It’s been a while since I paid any serious attention to Samsung devices, but at MWC the company caught my eye. The S7, which was announced on Sunday at the company’s Unpacked event doesn’t look all that different from last year, but it’s making me jealous.<p>Samsung’s embrace of building an ecosystem …

Researchers: speak up now or risk being muzzled on government policy

New rules could stop state-funded scientists advising ministers and make it easier for companies and campaign groups to sway government decisions<p>The government is introducing new rules that will severely restrict the academic freedom of university researchers and prohibit them from advising …

London School of Economics

Blood test that reveals 'true age' shows risk of dying from cancer

The difference between biological age and chronological age can be used to predict cancer<p>The difference between a person's biological and physical age can predict whether they will get and die from cancer, a study has found.<p>Changes in how genes work can be spotted in blood tests and used to work …

Cancer

Canada’s banks could be forced to raise equity, cut dividends if oil prices keep sinking, Moody’s warns

Some Canadian banks could be forced to preserve capital by raising equity or even cutting dividends if oil prices continue to slump, Moody’s warns in …

What caused the 15-metre ‘crap bubble’ on Lake Ontario? T.O. workers knew more than they told

Toronto Water bureaucrats acknowledged internally that a brown “blob” seen by a pilot flying over Lake Ontario in November could have been caused by …

Frailty, falls, hip fractures: Early predictors of Parkinson’s Disease?

New research suggests that people who develop Parkinson’s Disease are at increased risk of falling and injuring themselves in the years leading up to their diagnosis<p>People who are prone to falling and injuring and injuring themselves in middle age are at significantly increased risk of developing …

Medical Research

Leaking Natural Gas Well In California Is Permanently Sealed

A leaking natural gas storage well on the outskirts of Los Angeles has been permanently sealed and shut down, after spewing methane into the atmosphere for months, California officials say.<p>Southern California Gas Co., the utility that owns the leaking well, announced Thursday that the California …

Natural Gas

Some Syrian refugees can now pay for food just by scanning their eyes

In Jordan, some Syrian refugees can now pay for their groceries with the blink of an eye.<p>The United Nations World Food Programme, which addresses the …

World Food Program

'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years

"For future civilizations — or whatever else is out there"<p>Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay — with successive generations passing on information from one …

Sleep well, baby boomers, the millennials aren’t taking over politics … yet

ALERT ALERT, the Wall Street Journal blared on its front page on Tuesday, MILLENNIALS UNSETTLE RACE.<p>The aforementioned race being that for the …

New Android malware sweeps through Denmark

A new virus is hitting Android phones in Europe, uncovered by Heimdal Security. Called Mazar, the virus spreads through texts and, once installed, forwards all web traffic through a malicious proxy, allowing attackers to harvest sensitive details from the user's web activity. Heimdal tells the BBC …