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Indonesia is preparing to execute prisoners, police official confirms

Spokesman says firing squad has been in training, risking backlash from foreign governments with citizens on death row<p>Indonesia is preparing to execute several prisoners, a police official has said, confirming reports that a year-long pause in the death penalty could be nearing an end.<p>Authorities …

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China Set to Free Last Remaining Jailed Tiananmen Square Protester, Reports Say

The last person jailed in connection with Beijing’s 1989 pro-democracy Tiananmen Square protests may soon be released, according to a U.S.-based …

The Helium iPhone case is for you, iPhone camera fans

The iPhone camera has spawned an entire generation of "iPhoneographers," but often times, those fans have to use additional accessories to capture a particular shot. And there are still limitations even with those add-ons — one phone can only handle so many accessories. A company called Helium is …

Barack Obama to Meet Queen and Prime Minister Cameron During U.K. Visit

LONDON — President Barack Obama arrived for lunch with Britain's 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, ahead of scheduled talks with the U.K. prime minister on what he sees as a defining moment in the U.K.'s history.<p>Barack and Michelle Obama landed in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Marine One …

Prince's death raises numerous questions about prior health

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince talked dirty in song but had a reputation for clean living. He also had an ability to put on shows that were electrifying …

Music

Amazon Prime Video now has 4 times as many movies as Netflix

As Netflix has shifted toward original (and exclusive) shows and movies, the size of its catalog has gone down.<p>Research last month showed that since January 2014, the number of titles available on Netflix in the US has shrunk by 31.7%. This was particularly pronounced in movies, where Netflix's …

Amazon Video

AT&T's plan to counter T-Mobile is Cricket Wireless unlimited

Cricket Wireless, the AT&T-owned prepaid carrier, has announced that it's offering an unlimited data, text, and voice plan for $70 per month. That's the all-in price, including taxes and fees, and for people who sign up for automated billing the price drops to $65 per month.<p>There's fine print, and …

Pope to church: Be more accepting of divorced Catholics, gays and lesbians

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines.<p>He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, …

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Once sold for scrap, Nasa's lunar rover prototype is up for six-figure auction

Three vehicles used in Apollo missions based on original model, which was recovered in an Alabama backyard and is expected to sell for at least $120,000<p>It cost $38m to develop and helped humans explore the moon – but ended up being sold for scrap in Alabama.

Apollo Missions

Luxe, a startup that valet parks your car when you can’t find a spot, just raised $50 million from Hertz

That's why rental-car company Hertz just made a $50 million strategic investment in Luxe, a San Francisco-based startup that makes it its job to handle the parking for you.<p>Luxe works as a valet on-demand. In a way similar to Uber, you tap on an app when you need your car parked, and it tracks you …

Startups

Facebook adds a dedicated video tab as part of a major redesign for live-streaming

All video, all the time<p>Last year, live video transformed from a dull commodity into a mainstream phenomenon, led by Snapchat, Meerkat, and Twitter’s acquisition of Periscope. But perhaps no company has embraced live video with the aggression of Facebook, where CEO Mark Zuckerberg is said to be …

Messaging app Kik just launched a bot store

Artificial intelligence is invading the chat app<p>Today, messaging app Kik announced a new bot store to urge users and developers alike to embrace the trendy new form of artificial intelligence-powered software. The company has offered bots in its chat app in the past, which you can converse with …

26-year-old hacker gets $3M for self-driving car startup

A 26-year-old hacker just banked millions to take on Elon Musk.<p>George Hotz is the founder of Comma.ai, an autonomous driving startup that's roughly six months old. On Monday, top VC firm Andreessen Horowitz announced a $3.1 million investment in the company.<p>Comma.ai is working on a kit that will …

Artificial Intelligence

How to encrypt your iOS or Android device

The battle between Apple and the FBI has brought a renewed focus on the importance of encryption. Regardless of what your opinion on the case may be, I shouldn't have to explain the significance of protecting your personal data -- and it all starts with your smartphone.<p>These devices hold your …

Email took an almighty beating this week, but it’s far from dead

While 2016 is shaping up to be the year virtual reality and the Internet of Things went mainstream, it could also go down in history as the year email’s much-touted demise cranked into overdrive. At least, if this week’s events are anything to go by.<p>With the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, …

Microsoft is taking its cues from Facebook as it totally shakes up Office

Similarly, the most exciting thing to happen to Microsoft Office in the last 10 years was probably the demise of Clippy, and yet it's still the center of many millions of people's working life, even amid mounting competition from the likes of Google and Slack.<p>"I think people don't understand how …

Trump fends off controversy hoping to clinch Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Next Tuesday's Wisconsin presidential primary is emerging as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump's march to their party's nomination. One of his worst weeks of the 2016 campaign is colliding with a state already skeptical of his brash brand of …

North Korea tells its people a new famine may come, they again may need to 'eat the roots of grass'

When<p>Kim Jong Unmade his first public speech as North Korea's leader in 2012, he stood in front of a massive military rally in the capital’s main square and told the crowd that they would “never have to tighten their belts again.” Kim was referring to his country’s history of poverty and food …

Last 5 hostages on hijacked Egypt plane recall fear, photo

LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — First the hijacker said the women could leave. All the children, too. Then the man in the suicide vest agreed that all …

Domestic Violence

Apple declares victory in battle with FBI, but the war continues

After US government extracts data from San Bernardino iPhone, company says it is committed to increasing products’ security<p>Apple has declared victory in its battle against the FBI, after the government announced it had found a way into the San Bernardino killer’s iPhone that did not require the …

Check out Facebook's special studio in New York City where it teaches celebrities how to use its products

Now, the so-called Facebook Media Central has become more popular than ever thanks in part to the explosion of the social network's "Live" broadcast video tool.<p>Take a peek inside and see what kind of tips Facebook's sharing with its big name guests:

Microsoft says it faces 'difficult' challenges in AI design after chat bot Tay turned into a genocidal racist

Microsoft issued an apology in a blog post on Friday explaining it was "deeply sorry" after its artificially intelligent chat bot turned into a genocidal racist on Twitter.<p>In the blog post, Peter Lee, Microsoft's vice president of research, wrote: "Looking ahead, we face some difficult - and yet …

Chatbots

Mark Zuckerberg attended the most elite boarding school in America

The school touts the highest endowment of any boarding school in the country with $1.15 billion and is one of the most selective schools out there, accepting a mere 19% of applicants per year.<p>Exeter's eliteness is bolstered by its impressive roster of notable alumni, which includes 19 US senators, …

Netflix is going all in on HDR and more original content

After revealing an ambitious plan for global expansion earlier this year, Netflix is now looking to focus on what's arguably the most important part of its business: content. In a recent meeting at Mobile World Congress 2016, the video giant shared more details about what subscribers should expect …

Apple vs. FBI: Congressman urges Comey to drop demands, 'take a deep breath'

Amid the tense standoff between the FBI and Apple, a Los Angeles congressman on Tuesday urged FBI Director James Comey to drop the demand the tech giant help the agency unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists.<p>Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) wrote in a letter to Comey that it should …

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