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Security - 11 stories
Facebook didn't mean to send spam texts to two-factor authentication users

Facebook will send postcards to verify US election ad buyers

VPN Unlimited review: Good speeds, but what's with that map?

Officials probe first possible drone-related aircraft crash in the US

Raw sockets backdoor gives attackers complete control of some Linux servers

To kill net neutrality, FCC might have to fight more than half of US states

Distracted driving: Everyone hates it, but most of us do it, study finds

How security became more important than convenience

32 class-action suits filed against Intel over Spectre and Meltdown flaws

Cyber attacks reportedly cost the US as much as $109 billion in 2016

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Microsoft - 2 stories
Microsoft’s Cortana is finally on IFTTT

Tech Tip: Creating a Point of Return for Windows

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Hardware - 15 stories
Magical interactive Harry Potter wands swing into toy fair

Elephone U Pro review: gorgeous China clone of Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone has amazing battery life

The Next LG Flagship Smartphone Will Launch In June: Here's What We Know About 'Judy'

Sennheiser’s ultimate ‘ear bud’

Unlocked phones vs. locked phones: Why you should care

Schiit’s tiny gizmo breaks a cardinal audiophile rule

Put a 20,000mAh power bank in your pocket for $16.49

AMD sending out free processors to solve firmware flashing Catch-22

No MWC, no problem -- LG's next flagship phone may be unveiled later in June

Robots compete in skiing challenge and other news

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Google - 11 stories
Good news: Chrome debuts automatic blocking of annoying ads

Google Auto Trends report says we're all dog-obsessed dashcam buyers

Google app beta adds built-in screenshot-editing tools

Google's firing of James Damore was legal, labor board says

Google is making it easier for 911 to find you in an emergency

Internet rages after Google removes “view image” button, bowing to Getty

Google Pixel 2 users report warming phones and shortened battery life

Google conducts test to help 911 accurately locate callers

Infamous Google memo author shot down by federal labor board

Google spending $2.5 billion to expand operations across the US

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Apple - 7 stories
Twitter says goodbye to its unpopular Mac desktop app

Twitter pulls the plug on its official Mac app

Apple Employees Can't Stop Walking into Glass Walls

Apple HomePod review: Leaves a stain but not a strong impression

Apple dictates that all new apps must fully support the iPhone X screen

The HomePod and Sonos One both leave marks on wood surfaces (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep.119)

iMac Pro review: Hard to upgrade, but holy Jony Ive it’s fast

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Social - 8 stories
Why Facebook's earliest efforts to kill off Snapchat completely backfired

Twitter’s fake news problem is getting worse

How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook

Uber is reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asia business

Awkward! Why social media creates such cringeworthy moments

Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can represent copyright infringement

Call for women-only Uber Pools for London

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Science - 12 stories
This airbag helps protect Olympic skiers from crashes

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

Discovery of alien life might not bring the response you'd expect

Scientists stunned by huge light discovery

Today Was the NASA Opportunity Rover's 5000th Martian Dawn

New studies zero in on roots of depression and why ketamine reverses it

As satellite threat looms, Air Force moves to buy small rocket services

Oxygen ions may be an easy-to-track sign of life on exoplanets

NASA rover spots a stripey Mars surprise

SpaceX's first internet satellites are set to launch Sunday

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Miscellany - 12 stories
Amazon owns my Echo, I'm just feeding it

PowerUp releases its phone-controlled paper airplane

Charter fails to defeat lawsuit alleging false Internet speed promises

Verizon shakes up prepaid plans with cheaper pricing tier, hotspot tethering and more

Bitcoin miner in NYC home interfered with T-Mobile network, FCC says

New docu-comedy 'Poop Talk' asks why number two is taboo

Atari just announced its own cryptocurrency — and its stock already spiked over 60%

Why sneakerheads are leaving eBay for Detroit startup StockX

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom (again), but open to talking more

Why Choosing Between Android and iOS Still Matters

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