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Security - 40 stories
AI-powered app finds and locks away your racy photos

WeChat begins censoring users ahead of China’s National Party Congress

After Drone Hits Plane in Canada, New Fears About Air Safety

Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

Australia launches revenge porn reporting tool

AVG Internet Security Review: A premium antivirus suite that you can put on all your household PCs

Microsoft never disclosed 2013 hack of secret vulnerability database

Intel proposes a mathematical formula for self-driving car safety

DOJ indicts Chinese fentanyl distributors selling to Americans online

Mobileye wants self-driving cars to prove they're safe

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Microsoft - 15 stories
Hands on with Windows 10's Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop

Microsoft wants to reimagine VR

Microsoft looks to iOS and Android for its path forward in mobile

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Lots of small changes—and maybe the revolution

Microsoft resurrects its most iconic mouse

Microsoft finally pledges to update Halo: Master Chief Collection… next year

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 has more power and a new 15-inch size

Tech Tip: Moving the Windows 10 Taskbar by Hand

How to use Microsoft's Paint 3D: Creating cool 3D scenes has never been so much fun

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review: This could be Microsoft's biggest Windows yet

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Hardware - 26 stories
Samsung believes 'programmable objects' will blanket your home

GM expands self-driving tests to Manhattan

In 3-1 vote, LA Police Commission approves drones for LAPD

Razer's external graphics dock is back: The Razer Core V2

'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm

Niantic CEO: AR will reach full potential 'when we get the glasses'

Hulu’s VR content is now available on Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Fukushima disaster: The robots going where no human can

Walmart sees a shopping future filled with VR, AI and chatbots

Intel says its computer chips will accelerate AI revolution

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Google - 20 stories
Google now offers special security program for high-risk users

Control YouTube's live TV service with Google Home

Justin Trudeau welcomes Google's Toronto tech paradise

Google and Levi's are working on their next smart jacket

Google Maps Pulls Calorie-Counting Feature After Criticism

Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites

Gmail on iOS might get what Android already had—third-party email support

Let’s talk about that Pixel 2 contrast color button though

Google removes cupcake calorie counter from Maps

Google's Pixel 2 gives you the best of Android — if you can find it

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Apple - 11 stories
iPhone 7 is beating iPhone 8 according to sales research

Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concerns

Apple HomePod: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price

iPhone X could make 2018 phone sales great again

German soccer team puts players on your iPhone for AR selfies

Qualcomm expects to make nice with Apple -- eventually

First iPhone X batch reportedly only contains 46,500 units

The iPhone 7 is reportedly outselling the iPhone 8

Why the Apple Inc. iPhone 8 Plus Is Outselling the iPhone 8

Apple answers Sen. Al Franken’s privacy concerns over Face ID

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Social - 28 stories
After boycott, Twitter targets 'creep shots,' hate symbols

Facebook’s Building 8 head, Regina Dugan, is leaving the company

Facebook snags a Kerry Washington-produced drama

What Happens to Facebook's Mind Reading Project Now That Its Leader Is Gone?

Netflix Says It Will Spend Up to $8 Billion on Content Next Year

Two months after Disney split, Netflix pledges $8B for original content

eBay will now verify luxury handbags sold on the site

Facebook's secret hardware lab is losing its chief visionary

SelfMade helps you post better photos online

WhatsApp joins other messaging platforms with live location sharing

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Science - 7 stories
Get lost in NASA's stunning Saturn rings panorama

The Zoomable Universe is a feast for your eyes and brain

What the new gravitational waves discovery means for the future of astronomy

Alligators are Feasting on Sharks in America's Rivers and Estuaries, Scientists Discover

China's first space lab will soon crash to Earth. No one knows where it'll hit.

Alligators will eat sharks when given the chance

Scientists detect gravitational waves from a new kind of nova, sparking a new era in astronomy

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Miscellany - 24 stories
EA shuts down the studio behind 'Dead Space'

Indiegogo created a marketplace for successfully-funded projects

Silicon Valley stereotypes meet musical in 'South of Market'

21 years later, original developer works to fix 16-bit Sonic

Kimbal Musk Wants to Feed America, Silicon Valley-Style

Amazon Studios head resigns after sexual harassment allegations

Greenpeace blasts Amazon over poor environmental practices

Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes

Corner Office: Bryan Roberts of Venrock on Seeing Problems as Opportunities

Activision's Clarifies Its Patent For Encouraging Microtransactions

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