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Asia
6:28 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Now At The Top Of Japan's Mount Fuji: Free Wi-Fi

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 10:41 am

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Business
5:06 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Chicago's 'Cloud Tax' Raises The Cost Of Streaming Videos

Chicago is taxing services such as Netflix and Spotify. Some residents wonder if a tax on other Internet services will follow, and others worry the levy will scare away business.
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Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 3:15 pm

You wouldn't expect to pay a local tax when you stream a movie on Netflix, but Chicago has decided that such cloud-based services should be taxed just like tickets for live entertainment.

There was no debate or public hearing over the city's "cloud tax" — a 9 percent tax on streaming entertainment like Netflix and Spotify.

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Economy
6:26 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Trading Suspension Highlights New York Stock Exchange's Shrinking Influence

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It's All Politics
5:11 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

How To Take A Picture-Perfect Presidential Candidate Selfie

Gray Barrett (right) took this selfie with Rand Paul in Washington, D.C., this summer. "Though I'm not a Rand Paul supporter, I couldn't pass up this opportunity!" he said.
Courtesy Gray Barrett

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 10:35 am

"Pics or it didn't happen" is a common refrain these days. You can't just experience life. You have to document it. And so, when fans line up to shake hands with a presidential candidate, that handshake often really isn't enough. It's all about the selfie — a self-portrait shot from a cellphone. And candidates are being deluged with selfie seekers on the trail.

Selfies are "a part of American culture" and, for candidates, taking them has to be part of a broader digital campaign strategy, said Brian Donahue, founder and CEO of Craft Media Digital, a political communications firm.

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Sports
4:31 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Fight Over NBA Star DeAndre Jordan Turns Into Emoji War

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 6:26 pm

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NBA free agency is often chaotic, even dramatic.

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For DeAndre Jordan, it was just plain weird.

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

OPM: 21.5 Million Social Security Numbers Stolen From Government Computers

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 9:41 pm

Updated at 9:40 p.m. ET

The U.S. government says it's concluded "with high confidence" that the Social Security numbers of 21.5 million people were stolen from government background investigation databases.

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

IBM Announces Breakthrough In Chip Technology

An alliance led by IBM Research has produced the semiconductor industry's first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functional transistors.
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Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 2:10 pm

IBM says it has overcome a technological hurdle by producing a prototype chip with transistors that are just 7 nanometers wide, or about 1/10,000th the width of a human hair. The smallest transistors currently in use are twice as big.

The breakthrough occurred at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. It could result in the ability to place 20 billion transistors on a chip the size of a fingernail.

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Shots - Health News
12:25 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Online Symptom Checkers Can't Replace The Real-Life Doc Just Yet

Let's see: fever, headache and dizziness.
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Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 5:09 pm

We've all been there before: headache, dizziness, sore throat. Uh-oh! Better Google the symptoms or maybe try WebMD's online symptom checker to see what's wrong.

But how accurate are these online symptoms checkers, anyway?

Turns out, millions of people are entrusting their health to some pretty lousy diagnostic systems.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Dismissed Reddit Figure Victoria Taylor Breaks Silence

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Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 1:02 pm

Victoria Taylor, famous for her role in Reddit's popular r/IAmA section, has broken the silence over her dismissal that prompted an insurrection last week in which moderators shut down many of the site's most popular sections.

Posting on Reddit, Taylor thanked those who rallied to her defense, calling the response "extraordinary."

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The Two-Way
8:35 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Facebook's New Logo Is A Visual Nod To Gender Equality

A woman designer at Facebook recently updated the company's iconic "friends" logo, making the woman's silhouette larger and moving it in front of the man's.
Facebook

One of Facebook's iconic logos just got an update. That tiny image that lingers in the corner of most Facebook pages — two small silhouettes of a man and a woman — it will be a little different on Facebook mobile pages starting this week.

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