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The hackers behind the $81 million heist from the Bangladesh central bank have likely been involved in a series of attacks on the financial system, a US security firm has concluded. Researchers at the security firm Symantec also found that the malware used in the bank hacks shares code with that used in the massive 2014 cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Symantec said a bank in the Philippines has been attacked by the group that hit the Bangladesh central bank and attempted a heist from the Tien Phong Bank in Vietnam.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artificial reality startup Magic Leap is accusing two Silicon Valley employees of stealing the closely guarded secrets that make its technological tricks work.

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The scene in which Jon Snow came back to life on Game of Thrones seemed to last six years, and turns out, it did! Based on Kit Harington's footwear in this set image, I'm going to assume that this scene began filming in 2010, the height of popularity for UGGs (according to Google Trends). How crazy is it that Kit Harington successfully kept the secret of Jon Snow's death and resurrection for six years? He didn't even blow it right near the end or anything.

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One of the more frustrating aspects of air travel is when an airline loses or damages your luggage. Even in instances when an airline misplaces your luggage and successfully tracks it down to another city, retrieving it can often be an exercise in frustration. All the more so if your luggage contains items that you need immediately or if you're only on a short vacation and don't have the luxury of waiting a few days for your luggage to finally reach you. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble In an effort to help you plan your next trip a bit better, TheActiveTimes recently directed us to an interesting list detailing which U.S. airlines are most likely to mishandle your luggage, which is to say lose or damage it. The data was initially reported in the May 2016 issue of the Air Travel Consumer Report which was put together by the Aviation Consumer Protection Division. So without further ado, below are the airlines that are most likely to cause you some luggage-related frustration. As evidenced via the chart below, ExpressJet Airlines, American Airlines, Skywest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest are the top 5 offenders. For those curious, the methodology used in tabulating the data reads as follows: This section gives the rate of mishandled-baggage reports per 1,000 passengers by carrier and for the industry. The rate is based on the total number of reports each carrier received from passengers concerning lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered baggage... These baggage statistics are filed with DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (Office of Airline Information) on a monthly basis by U.S. airlines that have at least one percent of total domestic scheduled-service passenger revenues, plus any other airline that voluntarily submits the data. And while we're on the topic of luggage, if you've ever been curious as to what happens to your luggage once you check it in, the video below is a must-watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MBWZWyvMng

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Jawbone is trying to sell its speaker business, according to Fortune. It reportedly hopes to offload its Jambox speakers to another company because it views the speaker market as small and saturated. It's not stated if Jawbone is nearing a sale.

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NASA's attempt at deploying the first inflatable habitat on the International Space Station failed yesterday because the habitat hit some higher-than-expected forces during its expansion, NASA officials said during a press briefing today. NASA ended the attempt after two hours because the habitat, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), failed to expand fully. Despite successfully completing the first three steps of the expansion, NASA hit a snag when it initiated manual expansion of the BEAM.

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Space exploration company Planetary Resources is scuttling a Kickstarter-backed project that would let backers take "selfies" via space telescope, after getting funding for a separate project. It has offered a full refund to the over 17,600 people who pledged a total of $1.5 million during the campaign. "When we closed the campaign in June of 2013, we were confident that the tremendous enthusiasm from around the world would translate into continued financial support outside of the Kickstarter community to move our idea forward," wrote Planetary Resources president and CEO Chris Lewicki.

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Alibaba is the world's biggest e-commerce platform. Over 420 million people scooped up $485 billion worth of stuff last year on Alibaba's sites. The company went public in 2014, raising $25 billion — more ...

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Nest CEO Tony Fadell is the secret Silicon Valley power player behind a new smart go-kart startup, according to a report from Fortune magazine. The company, called Actev Motors, debuted its Arrow Smart-Kart at New York City's Toy Fair back in February. Actev was co-founded by CEO Dave Bell to help bring safe electric vehicles to kids, and up until now Fadell's involvement was kept secret.

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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been flirting around each other like teens at a high school dance. But thanks to Sanders' appearance on Kimmel last night, we're finally getting a look at whether this debate is going to happen, and what Sanders thinks it should look like. DON’T MISS:  How Google’s big court win just made history In his segment last night, Sanders seemed very into the idea of a debate with Trump -- as he should be, of course, given the publicity boost it would give him (not to mention framing him nicely as a presidential contender). Kimmel thinks it could be "one of the highest rated events in television history," and Sanders wants a venue to match -- specifically, "some big football stadium here in California." https://youtu.be/7KAXrZqGZ0I Apparently, Kimmel's network  ABC  has already reached out to Sanders to try to make it happen. But the roadblock here is likely to be Trump. Although The Donald said yesterday that he'd "love to debate" Sanders, they'd need to find some way of raising cash for charity in order for Trump to consider it. Meanwhile, the idea of a debate between Trump and Sanders has offended mainstream Democratic lawmakers, who see it as a publicity stunt. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, told Politico that the possibility of a debate was "bullshit," and California Senator Dianne Feinstein labelled it as a "publicity ploy." They see the race for the Democratic nomination as being over, and Sanders' continued involvement is just hurting Clinton's chances in the long run. Of course, with a State Department report hammering Clinton's use of private emails, and a former senior military adviser saying that Clinton's disregard for rules caused counter-terrorism ops to fail, things are still very much up in the air.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

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The legislation that would make tech companies crack their own encryption has lost support, according to a report citing congressional sources.

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Find out when you can watch the briefings from Sony, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Nintendo.

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An elderly hiker who wondered off a trail in the Appalachian mountains in 2013 was found dead two years later, but her story wouldn't end there. A journal recovered with her body details an ordeal that would last at least 26 days before she finally perished due to lack of food and exposure. MUST SEE:  The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble The body of 66-year-old Geraldine Largay was discovered last year on October 16th by the Maine Warden Service in Redington, Maine. The woman went missing during a hike more than two years earlier and was presumed dead after a massive rescue effort conducted by the Maine Warden Service failed to locate her. Largay's remains were ultimately found just 3 miles from where she was last seen before separating from her group on a trail near Orbeton Stream. While lost in the wilderness, the Brentwood, Tennessee woman kept a diary that journaled the entire ordeal. According to The Boston Globe , the journal confirms that Largay survived for at least 26 days while lost in the woods. A report compiled by the Maine Warden Service states that the woman tried several times to text her husband but was not able to due to a lack of cell reception. Largay reportedly sought higher ground in an attempt to find signal, but her messages were never sent. She would then set up camp near a stream and begin documenting her plight in a diary, which was found in a bag with her cell phone near her remains. “When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry," Largay wrote on a page dated August 6th, 2013, which was torn out of the journal. "It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found me — no matter how many years from now. Please find it in your heart to mail the contents of this bag to one of them.” The contents of her journal have not been released by her family.

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As virtual reality becomes more popular, there's a growing interest in systems more powerful than current devices like the Samsung Gear VR. HP is working on just such a solution: the Omen X by HP VR PC Pack.

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If you're still trying to get the bad taste of "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" out of your mouth, you might want to consider carrying around a reminder of a better interpretation of the Dark Knight. You tried.) Samsung has made a version of the Galaxy S7 Edge inspired by the Caped Crusader, featuring the Batman logo in gold on the back. It's called the Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition.

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You can't hear it, but that's the sound of University of Michigan (UM) engineers proving you don't need Apple's 3D Touch technology for pressure sensitive phones. ForcePhone does Apple's gimmick better, as it adds sensitivity to the entire phone, not just the screen. ForcePhone is a product of Kang Shin, a professor in the university’s electrical engineering and computer science departments and doctoral student Yu-Chih Tung.

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A new U.S. government report will undoubtedly revive the debate as to whether or not cellphones cause cancer. The two-year peer-reviewed study was conducted by the National Toxicology Program. In it, more than 2,500 rats and mice were exposed to GSM and CDMA radio frequencies (900Mhz for rats and 1900 Mhz for mice) each day for 18 hours — 10 minutes on, followed by 10 minutes off.

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It's becoming more and more clear that virtual reality is going to the be the driver to push the spec race in smartphones to the next level. This week, Samsung demonstrated a new smartphone display designed specifically for VR and likely headed to a future Samsung smartphone. Samsung is far from the first display maker to pack 4K resolution into a phone-sized screen — Sony released the Z5 Premium last year with such a panel — but it is the maker of some of the most popular phones on the planet and often leads the way in display quality.

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US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez today announced that Verizon has reached a tentative deal with the Communication Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, all but ending a strike that encompassed an estimated 35,000 workers and has now stretched on for more than six weeks. The strike was limited to East Coast workers employed by Verizon's wireline business, which encompasses FioS and landline phone service, but operates independently of the Verizon Wireless carrier business.

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the most grueling of all timeless American sporting events. In the Vine below, (made by Sports Illustrated offshoot The Cauldron) Hathwar misspells the word drahthaar, while Janga shakes his head knowingly in the background.

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