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The rumors are true: Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal announced it has snapped up DreamWorks Animation in a $3.8 billion deal. It'll give Comcast access to successful animation properties like Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, which s...

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Elon Musk has been fighting to be treated with the same level of respect as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and it looks like his persistence has paid off. Reuters is reporting that the US Air Force has handed SpaceX a contract worth $83 million to launc...

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Today on In Case You Missed It: Two college students from the University of Washington won an invention prize at a MIT competition for their SignAloud gloves, which translate the words deaf or mute people sign into spoken words. University of Florid...

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Reports of a drone hitting a plane at Heathrow Airport may have been inaccurate. Responding to MP questions in the House of Commons, transport secretary Patrick McLouglin said: "The incident which was reported on the 17th of April, it's now thought t...

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Rovio has a lot riding on its new animated movie. Earlier this month, the Finnish company reported a €13 million ($14.8 million) operating loss for 2015, blaming "heavy investments" in future projects. The popularity of Angry Birds is waning, bu...

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The BBC and Netflix have teamed up to produce a new version of Richard Adams' seminal children's novel, Watership Down. The pair will "reinterpret" the story into a four-part animated mini series that'll air in 2017 on the BBC in the UK and globally...

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If the British public needed reassurance that e-cigarettes are healthier than traditional smoking, a new report from Royal College of Physicians (PCP) has done just that. In a 200-page document, leading UK doctors have moved to quash the "increasingl...

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If you're not showing up for your Uber, you might get charged sooner than you think. The company is trialling fees if you keep your driver waiting more than two minutes after they arrive at the pickup spot. The waiting period was previously five minu...

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There's no known vaccine for HIV, but researchers have a temporary preventative treatment in the works. A team of American and German scientists tested a quartet of injectable antibodies in monkeys that staved off the human immunodeficiency virus for...

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Philips unveiled an app update for its Hue smart lights on Thursday. The iOS- and Android-ready program has been completely revamped, including a new UI.

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Ah yes, Cracker Jack. The classic American snack food and ballpark staple that offers the thrill of finding a cheap plastic toy at the bottom of the box. Well, I should say offered, since PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division is modernizing snacking by nixing...

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The Call of Duty franchise experienced a major turning point during its Modern Warfare stage, and roared into popularity not long after that. It's been nearly a decade since the game's release, but we could soon be storming the Bloc multiplayer stage...

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Google announced that Android TV would launch with an accompanying remote app for Android devices, and two years later, they're releasing it for iOS. Lest you think that's a long delay, the newest Apple TV only got connected to its iOS Remote app in...

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Both high-end gaming PCs and bitcoin mining rigs require an awful lot of power to operate at their best, so this next bit of news is a pretty natural fit: You can load your Steam wallet using Silk Road's favorite currency. Cryptocurrency payment proc...

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Samsung isn't betting just on phone-based virtual reality. The tech mainstay has confirmed that it's working on "dedicated" VR gear that doesn't require slotting in one of its phones. Software research lead Injong Rhee didn't delve into specifics,...

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The frustration with Comcast's trial data caps doesn't just center around their existence -- it's that they're too low for many users. A 300GB monthly limit isn't much in an era where even software updates can chew up a few gigabytes, let alone 4K v...

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A group of underwater archaeologists exploring the sunken remains of King Louis XIV's flagship La Lune added a very special member to their dive team recently. OceanOne, a Stanford-developed humanoid diving robot with "human vision, haptic force feed...

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The synthesizer documentary I Dream of Wires debuted on Nextflix back in August, offering a look at the history of the instruments and their influence across genres of music. The director/producer duo film are at it again, and this time the story is...

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It's not just Apple taking a tumble in the smartphone market, apparently. IDC has published estimates for first quarter market share which not only suggest that shipments are virtually flat (up a mere 0.2 percent), but that the mobile landscape is ch...

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Amid a surprisingly rocky week for technology companies (in particular, Apple's revelation that iPhone sales are finally slowing down), it's all sunshine and growing metrics for Facebook. Its revenues for the first quarter reached $5.4 billion, up 57...

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It's never been easier to visit historic places around the world, at least virtually. And now, thanks to a partnership with Google's Cultural Institute, the Sydney Opera House is letting people take a 360-degree video tour of its iconic arts center....

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Even though Apple warned us the decline was coming, yesterday's news that iPhone sales dropped for the first time ever was still noteworthy. Correspondingly, Apple's revenues dropped for the first time in 13 years, and investors responded as you'd ex...

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It's no secret that Spotify and other audio streaming apps are constantly looking for ways to help artists connect with fans. Today, Spotify announced that it's acquiring CrowdAlbum, a company that builds a library of photos and videos from fans so t...

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With both the SpaceX Dragon and Starliner modules just a few years from their maiden launches, NASA has already started training the crews that will operate them. To that end, NASA astronauts Suni Williams and Eric Boe recently spent some time at Boe...

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As Cassini makes the final rounds of Saturn on its roughly 20-year mission, the spacecraft has maneuvered into position over Titan to explore Ligeia Mare, the second-largest methane sea on the planet's largest moon.

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