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A report from the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) today said that four drones almost caused collisions with commercial aircraft in 2015. According to the report, the incidents were classed as ‘category A’ which means a serious risk of collision existed. So much so, that one drone came “very close” to a Boeing 737 taking off at Standsted. During that incident on September 13 2015, the pilot spotted a purple remote control aircraft within meters of the airplane at about 4,000 feet during takeoff. It happened so quickly that the pilots were unable to react or take evasive reaction. Another incident… This story continues at The Next Web

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Snapchat debuted its first episode of ‘Good Luck America’ last night where viewers got to watch the company’s head of news, Peter Hamby, on the campaign trail in Iowa. While Snapchat has done live stories for political events in the past, this is the first time it has curated its own show for the Discover channel since ditching its in-house Snap channel last year. The first episode, which is still available to watch in the Discover tab, features Hamby chatting with Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie and the quirky teenage candidate Deez Nutz. The style of the show is very… This story continues at The Next Web

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The video game industry earned twice as much revenue as the entire film industry last year, an astounding testament to the incredible advancements in gaming technologies. If you’ve got a knack for creativity and a passion for gaming, you could secure yourself a slice of that enormous money pie by learning game development skills with The Complete Game Developer Course, where you’ll build 60 fully functional games on your way to game dev mastery. The best part? It’s only $39 – an 87 percent discount – on TNW Deals. Bring your game ideas to life with the help of this… This story continues at The Next Web

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Startups from all over the world can now apply for our curated startup programs: Boost and Bootstrap. Both are designed to maximize your access to the capital, customers and coverage you need.   Whether your startup is currently no more than an awesome idea or already turning heads, we’re firm believers in giving you the chance to grow. That’s why, for 2016, we’re scaling up our startup programs to make sure you get the perfect package for your company. The new Bootstrap program is designed for startups that are pre-seed and pre-revenue, whereas Boost – our well established startup package – is the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re the sort of person who just can’t wait for a new design to drop and you want to make your Chrome browser a little more exciting than it currently looks, then there are a few steps you can take to give it a Material Design makeover without having to wait for a new release. It’s not everything, but it’s a start. A word of caution though: some of this will require going into Chrome’s settings and enabling certain ‘flags’ in order to work. These aren’t generally features that are ready for release and could cause problems with your browser,… This story continues at The Next Web

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In this series of blog posts, I’ve enjoyed shedding some light onto how we approach marketing at The Next Web through Web analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), social media and more. This piece focuses on how, why, when and with what we track data. The basics of every marketing decision of course needs to be around having the data available to make a judgment call. That’s why our web analytics setup is so important to us and why we spend quite a lot of time on it. In previous blog posts we’ve written about our A/B… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has planned to bring Material Design to Chrome for more than a year, but efforts to bring the design language to the browser have recently started accelerating. According to a recently filed request on Google Code, it’s expected the first Material Design tweaks will appear in Chrome OS starting with version 50. We’re able to get a look at the changes today, which are hidden behind a number of special flags as they’re unfinished, but almost complete. The changes are fairly minimal at first glance, but the browser now uses square edges on tabs rather than rounded ones and ditches the ‘hamburger’… This story continues at The Next Web

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It may seem minor, but kids everywhere will be jumping for joy with the addition of a ‘Watch Later’ function to video push notifications sent from the YouTube Android app. If you’re subscribed to any channels in the app, you’ll be familiar with the notifications sent when your favorite YouTube star publishes another great video. Until now though, you could only watch it there and then or head to the options button to disable notifications from that channel. Now you will be able to tap ‘watch later’ and the video will be added to your Watch Later list in-app. The disable… This story continues at The Next Web

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HSBC’s online banking website and app are down, leaving thousands of customers unable to access its services after an attempted cyber attack that the company says it has successfully stopped. HSBC UK internet banking was attacked this morning. We successfully defended our systems. 1/2 — HSBC UK (@HSBC_UK) January 29, 2016 Anyone attempting to access their account on the website or app is receiving error messages reading: “We’d like to apologise to all our customers for Online Banking being unavailable” and “Application is temporarily unavailable, please try again later.” HSBC has said that it is “working closely with law enforcement… This story continues at The Next Web

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A Stanford Law professor and net neutrality expert just delivered a damning report to the FCC that claims T-Mobile’s Binge On service is likely illegal. Barbara van Schewick’s report is extensive, but claims that when you appreciate the components of Binge On collectively, it’s actually a big problem: Binge On violates key net neutrality principles that the Open Internet rules are designed to protect and creates harms to Internet openness that the general conduct rule is meant to prevent. Taken together, it is likely that Binge On violates the general conduct rule and is therefore illegal. Specifically, van Schewick writes… This story continues at The Next Web

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Stephen Hawking and Marvel’s Ant-Man – AKA actor Paul Rudd – have been enlisted in the fight to make quantum mechanics something that everyone understands, kicking off with a souped up game of chess. The battle is narrated by Keanu Reeves and features cameos from Bill & Ted. What’s at stake? The future of the world! Spoiler alert: The Quantum Chess game is actually a real thing, created by a student and now backed by the California Institute of Technology and the National Science Foundation, that is going live on Kickstarter on February 2. The celebrity pair were brought together by the team in… This story continues at The Next Web

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The 90’s were very much a golden era for hip-hop. But since I was born in the 90’s, I’ve had to experience a lot of these great albums years after they were released, with no less appreciation. If you’re in the same boat or just looking for a nostalgic playlist, Polygraph and Billboard have got you covered. The two have teamed up and created a graph of every top five hip-hop single from 1989 to 2015. Additionally, you can listen to every single one of them over on the website using an interactive timeline with details of when each song… This story continues at The Next Web

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3,520,934: That’s the number of blog posts written today. 5,740,000,000: That’s the number of Google searches per day. 782,651,327: That’s the number of tweets sent today. That’s the million-billion stats planet we live in. And in that million-billion stats world, some strange things have been happening in the marketing arena. An interesting piece of news came from an unexpected startup last month. Buffer, a company considered one of the leaders in social media, announced that they had been failing on social media. The introduction to their shocking announcement was brutally honest: We as a Buffer marketing team — working on a product that helps people… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sky has finally announced pricing for its new Sky Q TV service, which customers will be able to start signing up for from February 9. While the service itself is an impressive proposition, Sky had been staying suspiciously quiet on the pricing, leaving people to wonder exactly how expensive it will be. Wonder no longer: it’ll start from £42 per month, depending on your choice of channels. There’s an up-front installation costs ranging between £99 and £299, depending on your choice of box and whether or not you subscribe to Sky Broadband, Movies or Sports when you sign-up. With certain additional… This story continues at The Next Web

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A woman in a blue ball gown shuffles past diners into the middle of a crowded room. The lights are turned down and a spotlight shimmers off the saxophone resting in a harness on her right-hand side. Over the next five minutes the woman, who is just one part of the night’s entertainment, belts out a medley of Tina Turner’s greatest hits – including that sax solo on Simply the Best – to a stunned crowd. No sooner had she finished, another performer – she’s in a black ball gown – trundles out and sings two of her most popular… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following its announcement earlier this month, Apple’s iTunes Radio has officially gone from an ad-supported, free platform to a paid service requiring all users to have a subscription to Apple Music. The move marks the first time Apple has made iTunes Radio a paid service since its launch in 2013. At $9.99 per month, your subscription will get you unlimited skipping of songs and you won’t have to listen to any ads. If you try to access any channels on the platform from today, you will get a prompt to sign up for Apple Music. If you’re okay with advertising, Beats 1 is still… This story continues at The Next Web

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Reddit’s cofounder Steve Huffman, back in the driving seat after Ellen Pao’s resignation last year, has taken to the platform to outline some of his plans for 2016. Among them is an attempt to “modernize Reddit,” which includes the launch of both an Android and iOS app. The Android app is now in private beta, with early testers saying that while it doesn’t offer anything mind-blowing given the range of third-party apps out there, and there are a few bits missing, it’s great to get something official. Having remained largely unchanged since it launched a decade ago, the company has now… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cold messages are part and parcel of every recruiter’s day. It’s the way that we connect with new candidates, and we couldn’t survive without them. What’s pretty shocking though is that almost 90 percent of these messages aren’t personalized! Recruiting is all about relationships, and the boilerplate templates that most candidates receive are definitely not the best way to start new relationships. Personalization can be pretty time consuming though, so we’ve broken down five easy ways that you can craft super-personalized emails that will give you the best chance of success. 1. Find a mysterious connection If you were to travel 15 miles… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has long been a hold-out from releasing wireless charging devices, but according to a new Bloomberg report there’s a big reason for that. The report claims that Apple plans to release ‘long range’ wireless charging that doesn’t need direct contact with a mat. The details are scarce, but it’s expected the Cupertino-based company will add it to iPad or iPhones in 2017. Current wireless charging technologies, such as Qi, can transmit power at a distance of up to 35mm which means the phone needs to have almost direct contact to continue charging. Still, the standard has been widely adopted… This story continues at The Next Web

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The internet of things is upon us, but what’s mostly left behind when we’re talking about the novelty of connected devices is just how secure, or vulnerable they really are. Following numerous reports of hacked devices being used to scream at — or play profane noises for — children, New York’s Department of Consumer affairs has launched an investigation into the baby monitor companies and their security protocols. According to a statement by New York DCA commissioner Julie Menin: Video monitors are intended to give parents peace of mind when they are away from their children, but the reality is… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s a sad day for developers: Facebook is shutting down Parse. In a blog post, Facebook said it will begin winding the service down immediately, and shutter it entirely on January 28, 2017: We understand that this won’t be an easy transition, and we’re working hard to make this process as easy as possible. We are committed to maintaining the backend service during the sunset period, and are providing several tools to help migrate applications to other services. The Parse API will continue to function, though Facebook is also releasing a database migration tool to help developers transition to a… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the wake of a letter penned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that accuses lab startup Theranos of issues that post “immediate jeopardy to patient safety,” its biggest corporate supporter is once again distancing itself from the company. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Walgreens will no longer send lab results to the Newark Theranos lab where regulations problems popped up. They have also shut down the Palo Alto location of their lab services — the only one offering Theranos in the state. For now, Walgreens still operates its partnership with Theranos in Arizona, which has worked… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new report suggests Tesla is set to unveil its highly anticipated Model 3 this March, but may also have a second version of the car to show us. Additionally, the way we interact with apps in Teslas may be changing. First, the Model 3. According to electrek.co, Tesla will debut a Model 3 sedan in March, but will also launch a crossover version as well. The two different vehicles are built on the same platform, which means Tesla could be structuring the Model 3 as a breakout lineup rather than a one-off. But, as The Verge points out, Tesla… This story continues at The Next Web

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In October 2015 Sanmay Ved recently owned the domain name, Google.com. Of course, it was short lived, and Ved had no intentions of actually keeping the domain name, but Google decided to offer a financial reward anyway. At the time, Ved declined to share how much this reward was, but he did note that it was “more than $10,000.” Today, Google let the cat out of the bag in its “Google Security Rewards — 2015 Year in Review.” Originally, Google paid out $6,006.13 to Ved, which — if you sort of squint — spells out “Google.” After it found out… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been almost three years since Edward Snowden revealed that US law enforcers had direct access into the servers of companies like Apple, Google and Facebook, enabling them to read emails, live chats and browser search history. Doesn’t time fly? But, in the great world of news, the PRISM monitoring program has fallen right off the radar in the US and elsewhere, as government and tech companies grapple over encryption, along with the linguistics of mass-surveillance, or bulk collection. In fact, we even told you to forget about it. Well, PRISM looks like it’s back, with the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, the ‘lawyer for the House’ to… This story continues at The Next Web

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