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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Google executive has broken the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert after taking a leap from the edge of space.

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A new survey -- conducted for a firm that recently brought its private social-networking app to the US -- also shows that teens are tired of the lack of reality on sites like Facebook.>

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Are you excited about the new multi-carrier SIM cards that are coming with the iPad Air 2? If so then you won’t want to hook it up to AT&T’s network. RELATED: Apple never mentioned this key iPad Air 2 feature during its big event Ars Technica reports that while both T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to allow iPad Air 2 models on their network to run with SIM cards that are compatible with multiple carriers, AT&T has decided to lock down this feature on the new iPads that run on its network. “When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you’ll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier,” Ars explains. “Click on AT&T and you’ll see this

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According to a securities filing, the buyer was a Russian-registered firm called Weed Growth Fund, previously known as Ovation Research. The October 20 filing said the price was $50,000 cash and 19,192 shares of Cannabis Sativa worth close to $170,000, which promotes medical uses for marijuana. The reasons for the sale were not clear but Cannabis Sativa chief and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has publicly said he thinks marijuana may be used to treat the deadly disease. The seller was Nevada-based Blue String Ventures, which describes itself as an "Internet real estate investment and branding" company.

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One company thinks you need a small phone that hitches a ride on your larger phone -- and the idea actually might not be as crazy as it sounds.>

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We’ve known for a while that Amazon’s Fire Phone is this year’s version of the Microsoft Kin or the Facebook-centric HTC First — that is, it’s a phone that is destined to go down as one of the biggest bombs in smartphone history. CNET takes a look at Amazon’s earnings report released on Thursday and brings us some new numbers that show us just how big of a flop the Fire Phone has really been. RELATED: Amazon’s Fire Phone might be a bigger flop than anyone imagined Per CNET, Amazon CTO Tom Szkutak said during an earnings call on Thursday that the company had to take a $170 million write down on the quarter thanks to costs associated with the Fire

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Just when we think the SIM card may be about to die, here comes AT&T on a self-serving life support mission. MacRumors reports that the Apple SIM card, which is designed to be used by a growing number of carriers around the world, will be locked by AT&T as soon as you sign up for a month of service. Apple confirms the report in a support document: "When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only."

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By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Well-timed bullish options bets on Digital River Inc were placed about two weeks before the e-commerce services company said on Friday it would be taken private. Digital River's stock rose 48 percent to $25.75 on Friday, a day after the Minnesota-based company said it entered into an agreement to be bought by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC for $26 a shares. A fortnight before the deal was announced there was a sudden spike in options activity with nearly 28,000 calls traded between Oct. 6 and Oct. ...

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Nest has just acquired Boulder, CO-based Revolv, one of the most flexible smart home platforms on the market. Nest, with its popular smart thermostat and smoke detector, is in a strong position in the first category. Buying Revolv (and the team behind it) positions it strongly in the second.

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The picture above isn't Marc Newson's design, but according to Dezeen, his version of the Beretta 486 Parallelo (actually pictured) will be unveiled at an event in London on November 13th. The famous designer, who as of joined his friend Jony Ive at Apple, has been collaborating with the centuries-old Italian gun manufacturer for at least couple years. Here's a blurb from a 2012 New York Times profile where he presented to Beretta 3D models of his design:

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It's Friday, which means we've all made it through another long week. Celebrate in the best way possible by checking out this subreddit dedicated to GIFs of baby elephants.>

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In an interview with Xinhua while in China, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talked about several matters important to the company, including the iPhone, Apple Pay, personal data security and China, but also the upcoming Apple Watch. Expected to arrive at some point in early 2015, the Watch should become an indispensable device to buyers. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “We are going to wonder how we ever lived without it,” Cook said in the interview. “That’s the real test of a great product: you wonder how you live without it. And I think that’s going to happen to the Apple Watch.” According to Cook, the potential of Apple Watch is “enormous,” because “it is

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On Thursday, North America had the chance to watch a partial solar eclipse darken the skies. If you happened to catch it, you witnessed something beautiful… but don’t worry if you missed it, because you can still take a look at all the beautiful images captured from the event. RELATED: Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse Have a look at the breathtaking images of the partial solar eclipse as captured by people all over the country: To view more images of the partial solar eclipse, head over to USA Today’s gallery for more stunning images.

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Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes next year, integrating the recently purchased streaming service into its hugely popular music store, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal notes that it's only heard this information from a single source, but Apple bringing Beats Music into iTunes has always seemed like a fairly obvious route for this acquisition to go — it seemed more like a question of when it will happen than if it will happen. It's not known what the integration will look like, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has frequently espoused the benefits of Beats' hand-curated playlists, so it's likely that the service's general format won't be going away.

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The coolest new feature that spans across both iOS and OS X announced this year has definitely been the Handoff feature that will let you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. And what makes it even cooler is now app developers are designing their applications to use Handoff as well so you can move what you’re looking at on your favorite apps from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa. Below we’ve listed all of the apps that support Handoff so far, which come to us by way of App Advice. RELATED: A comprehensive guide to using 2014’s coolest new iOS and OS X feature Prizmo Prizmo is “a universal photo-based scanner app that

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A senior Google executive has broken the world record for highest free-fall parachute jump today. Dr. Alan Eustace, whose official title is Senior Vice President of Knowledge, successfully completed a jump from 135,908 feet.

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