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Mark Zuckerberg has decided to testify before Congress

After repeated calls for him to do so, Mark Zuckerberg has decided he will testify before Congress.<p>Facebook sources tell CNNMoney the 33-year-old CEO has come to terms with the fact that he will have to testify before Congress within a matter of weeks, and Facebook is currently planning the …

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Philando Castile Shooting in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Sparks Protests

Protests erupted in Minnesota overnight after a man was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in front of his girlfriend and a child.<p>The aftermath of Philando Castile's shooting in Falcon Heights was apparently captured in graphic detail on Facebook video.<p>Angry crowds gathered outside the …

Law Enforcement

A Man Apparently Died Watching ‘The Conjuring 2’ And Then Disappeared Into Thin Air

It appears the most peculiar mystery <i>The Conjuring 2</i> has brought to the table is one that was unintentional. (Well, depending on your level of cynicism.)<p><i>The Times of India</i> reports that a 65-year-old man at a Tiruvannamalai theater died of a heart attack during a screening of the popular horror film. …

Released court transcript reveals judge's logic on sentencing the ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault

Turner, 20, was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman he met during a fraternity party at Stanford University in January 2015.<p>Despite facing a maximum of 14 years in prison and prosecutors asking for 10 years, Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in a county …

'Star Wars' outcry after China shrinks star in poster

Above are two official posters for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. One is the U.S. poster and the other is China’s version.<p>There are several small …

Google just released new AI software that can learn faster

Google is ignoring everything the Terminator franchise taught us and is releasing "TensorFlow", open-source software that helps computers learn quicker than ever before. The software is a branch of artificial intelligence called "machine learning," tech that has already found a home in Google …

LG G4 owners getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow update from next week

When it comes to Android smartphones running manufacturer skins on top, the wait for the latest software updates can be excruciating, especially if you have a carrier-locked version. This year, LG’s seeking to change that it seems. The Android OEM announced via press release this morning that …

Android News

Israeli-Palestinian violence: What you need to know

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Over the past few weeks, violence in the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flared up.<p>Bloodshed is not unusual in this part of the Middle East but this particular wave of aggression -- stabbings as well as a shooting and driving into crowds -- is very different from …

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Stephen Hawking Envisions the Worker Robot Apocalypse

In his Reddit AMA, the scientist forecasts potential doom and admits he missed Wayne's World 2.<p><i>Theory of Everything</i>, the Academy Award-winning biopic about Stephen Hawking, took an elegant look at the life of the world-renowned genius. But it left a few things on the cutting room floor about …

9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

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What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

Phone data can predict infectious disease outbreaks

A team of Princeton and Harvard researchers analyzed the phone call records of 15 million users in Kenya -- not to spy on people, but to study the spread of seasonal disease. The team wanted to see if the movement of phone users can predict outbreaks of seasonal diseases like rubella or German …

Rumor: Sony to unveil an Xperia Z5 Premium at IFA this Wednesday

<b>Update 2</b>: It seems the 4K “tip” may have originated from this Tweet by Evan Blass (evleaks) dated August 26th. In it, he posts specs from a Facebook page of “Sony Georgia” then follows up by saying it “doesn’t seem to be an official account.” Take a look at the screen capture:<p>For reference, the …

Phones

Why Google+ failed, according to Google insiders

In a sense, it's giving up on pitching Google+ as a social network aimed at competing with Facebook. Instead, Google+ will become two separate pieces: Photos and Streams.<p>This didn't come as a surprise — Google+ never really caught on the same way social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn …

Google

The whitewashing of Allison Ng: “Aloha” isn’t alone in casting white actors in Asian roles

Like Cumberbatch as Khan and ScarJo in “Ghost in the Shell,” Emma Stone isn’t Asian, just playing one on film<p>During the ‘00s – the aughts -- it used to be that blockbuster summer films popped an Asian guy into its cast (“we ought to have an Asian guy”) and made sure he was dead before the final …

Samsung can’t make S6 Edge screens fast enough to meet demand

Are the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge going to be the phones that help Samsung stretch its lead over Apple in terms of overall handset sales? …

Mobile

Good News: Johnny Depp Is NOT Missing [UPDATE]

Phew!<p><i>Update:</i> Crisis averted! According to Australia's Nine News Brisbane, <b>Johnny Depp</b> has reunited with his wife, <b>Amber Heard</b>, in Australia, where he will continue shooting the fifth <i>Pirates of the Caribbean</i> movie.<p><i>Earlier:</i> Johnny Depp, the bohemian movie star of our teenage dreams, may have gone …

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Mark Hamill didn't know the name of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' until he saw it online

Hamill, who reprises his role as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," admitted he first saw the title online during a panel Saturday at "Star Wars Celebration," an annual celebration of everything about a galaxy far, far away.<p>The 63-year-old actor said he had to check whether that was …

It's time for Google to throw 'open' Android under the bus

Europe has been investigating Google Search for so long now, that the filing of formal antitrust charges last Wednesday was almost anticlimactic.<p>But there was one part that stuck out. In addition to filing formal charges related to Google Search, the European authorities also said they were …

Android News

'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2': EW Review

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2<p>We gave it a <b>D</b><p><i>Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2</i> does all it was created to do: exist. For Sony and Kevin James to once again cash in on the …

Apple’s Streaming Music Service Will Debut In June

Apple’s streaming music service, which will be a totally overhauled version of Beats but with iTunes branding and tighter integration with Apple’s own devices and software, will make its official debut in June, likely at WWDC. A source with knowledge of the company’s current plans tells TechCrunch …

Microsoft and Google find common ground to build Angular 2

If you had told me Microsoft and Google would collaborate on a major JavaScript framework a year ago, I wouldn’t have believed you, but today the company announced the unlikely pairing.<p>At ng-conf in Salt Lake City, the Angular team announced that it’s been working closely with Microsoft’s …

The best smartphones from MWC

The 2015 edition of Mobile World Congress is coming to a close today and, as much as we'd like to stay longer in lovely Barcelona, it's time to say goodbye. While this year's event may have seemed a little underwhelming, we did see major announcements from HTC and Samsung -- two companies battling …

Google's new wireless service will reportedly only work on the Nexus 6

A limited offering<p>The wireless service that Google all but confirmed this week will only work on the Nexus 6 smartphone, according to a new report. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, citing sources familiar with the matter, says Google's service could launch as soon as late March. But it won't work with any …

Artist reveals a hidden message in Apple's iCloud agreement

Terms of service for the internet are often good for two things: inspiring wild outrage, or simply acting as a textual speed bump between us and the web. Now, it appears they're also good for hiding secret messages.<p>Artist Florence Meunier scoured Apple's terms and conditions for iCloud and found a …

Weight-Loss Success Story: 'I Can Be the Mom My Kids Need Me to Be'

Charita Smith lost 150 pounds on ABC's Extreme Weight-Loss. Read about her journey and how she's managing post-TV stardom.<p><b>Before:</b> 310 pounds <b>After:</b> 160 pounds<p><b>The Lifestyle</b>Charita Smith, 33, is a Colorado mother to three boys and works two part-time jobs, which leaves very little time to prep food. …

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