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SpaceX has signed a 20-year lease with NASA to operate a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Monday, the space agency announced that it had reached an agreement that would see SpaceX take over maintenance and operation of Launch Complex 39A, a site that saw the first and last Space Shuttle launch and 11 Apollo missions, including the Apollo 11 flight that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon. NASA, which has increasingly outsourced routine missions to the private sector, will no longer foot the bill for upkeep.

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If you set foot in Intel's CES booth this winter, you probably sensed a theme: the company is deeply, almost manically, focused on The Internet of Things. Sure, Chipzilla was showing off some tablets and phones, along with a shelf full of Ultrabooks, but the highlights of the show were all a little more unusual. Think: a light-up "smart mug," headphones that can monitor your heart rate.

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Microsoft Corp needs a "data culture" to thrive in the new computing environment, according to chief executive Satya Nadella, in his third public appearance in three weeks putting his imprint on the software company. Nadella, who took the helm in February, is seeking to push Microsoft further toward mobile and 'cloud,' or Internet-connected, computing. That marks a shift from his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, whose world view was more tied to personal computers and the Windows operating system. "Every aspect of Microsoft's business is being fundamentally transformed because of data," said Nadella at a presentation in San Francisco on Tuesday.

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The Roomba has been cleaning apartment floors for years now, but its creator sees a future where the popular household robot carries out far more useful chores. "Consumer research tells us that laundry is the number one household task that people spend their time on, so a laundry robot would be on top of the list," said iRobot CTO Paolo Pirjanian in an interview with MIT Technology Review. When it comes to navigation and helping robots understand their surroundings, Pirjanian said "the next generation that we’re working on uses a camera combined with inertial sensors like in a cell phone.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's listless advertising sales showed signs of life in the first quarter to overshadow a 20 percent drop in earnings.

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By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp's first-quarter net profit fell, but beat Wall Street's estimates as the chipmaker wrestles with shrinking demand for personal computers. Analysts on average expected 37 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. First-quarter revenue was $12.76 billion, compared with $12.58 billion in the year-ago quarter, Intel said in a statement on Tuesday. That is 1 percentage point higher than Intel's previous forecast.

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Not interested in paying a cable bill? You've certainly got options -- but between disparate streaming services, set-top boxes and your over-the-air digital antenna, managing all your content can be a bit of a hassle. Mohu is trying to fix that. The company is traditionally known for its paper-thin Leaf antennas, but it also recently funded a Kickstarter for Mohu Channels: a internet-connected tuner designed specifically for cord-cutters.

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Set-top box maker Roku continues to expand its selection of channels, with a total now topping 1,500. Given all that content, Roku analyzed customer data to determine what terms people were searching for when they sat down to stream TV shows or movies. The results are generally not shocking, but provide some key insights to Roku's most prominent audience demographics.

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There's an endless stream of selfies and ways to take selfies out there, but few are as impressive or grand as the one that Photojojo founder Amit Gupta took over the weekend using a drone. As spotted by Kottke, Gupta has been toying around with drone self-portraits for at least a couple months now, using a mounted camera to capture himself and the world around him. In this most recent one, Gupta captures himself and two others (Hatching Twitter writer Nick Bilton, for one) before flying the drone out away from them over a hill and road. ...

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Google on Tuesday announced that Gmail is getting a brand new feature that should definitely be appreciated by photographers who mainly use their smartphones to take pictures. Google’s email app will now let users insert their images faster in their emails when using the desktop version of Gmail, as long as their phones are configured to automatically back up photos on Google+. “Unless you’re a budding Ansel Adams, odds are you take most of your photos using your phone,” Google wrote on the Gmail blog. “And whether it’s photos of your hiking trip or a night out, sending photos to friends and family just got easier. Starting today, you can save time and insert your Auto Backup photos from your phone into Gmail messages

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Need to brush up on your cooking skills, but only have your iPhone close at hand? Don't panic: Google has quietly brought its Helpouts service to iOS. Much like the existing Android software, the iPhone-sized app (sorry, no iPad version) lets you schedule video chats with experts on topics ranging from baking to bike repair.

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The Criterion Collection became a part of Hulu's lineup back in 2011, quickly turning into an essential feature within the company's premium video streaming service, Hulu Plus. Today, Hulu announced it has reached yet another multi-year deal with ...

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The two cases appear to be unrelated, but in both instances snoops seemingly used the now-infamous flaw in OpenSSL, an online encryption software, to access the sites' databases. In at least one of the breaches the hackers stole hundreds of users' personal information. When the Heartbleed bug was exposed last week (Apr. 8) the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) immediately took its website down in order to start patching the flaw.

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Would Nokia’s story have had a happier ending if the company had decided to pull the trigger on releasing its first-ever tablet computer back in 2001? That’s impossible to know, but Finland’s ISTV has scored a look at Nokia’s tablet-that-never-was in an exclusive interview with Esko Yliruusi, who worked as a data communications specialist at Nokia from 1996 through 2001 and who helped work on the device. The tablet was certainly forward-thinking for its time, even though it looks nothing like the tablet form factors that Apple popularized starting in 2010. From a design perspective, the Nokia tablet is much bulkier than other tablets we’ve seen and even comes with a Surface-style kickstand to help you stand it up vertically. The

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At a developer conference for Project Ara, Google's upcoming modular smartphone platform, executives showed off a prototype build-it-yourself handset and described a roadmap for future plans. While the prototype the company showed wasn't working due to unfinished code, its hardware appeared to be in good condition.During the demonstration, project head Paul Eremenko easily slid out a Wi-Fi module from the prototype and attached a pulse oximeter that measures your blood oxygen level. With Project Ara devices, you'll be able to swap out anything from batteries and cameras to displays and processors without using any tools .

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The filmmakers behind Fast & Furious 7 are turning to the brothers of the late Paul Walker to help complete the action sequel. In a Facebook post today, the production revealed that Cody and Caleb Walker have joined the film to help fill in "some remaining action" and "small gaps" that were left in the wake of the actor's death. "Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for Fast & Furious 7, and it's among the strongest work of his career."

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HotelTonight's namesake feature is also holding it back: You can only book a room beginning at 9AM on the day of check-in. If you're planning to arrive during a major event, say, in Los Angeles during E3 or Rio during Carnival, landing without a confirmed room can add to the already stressful travel process. But the folks at HotelTonight have a good idea of whether or not you'll be able to find a room, and the team's now ready to share that info with you.

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Is this a hint about where LG will be going with its next flagship handset? @evleaks gives us a new leaked picture of a smartphone called the LG isai FL that definitely shows LG upping its game design-wise from the LG G2 that it released last year. The first thing we notice about the device is that its bezels look like the slimmest ones yet on an LG flagship phone, which is all the more remarkable considering that the G2 already has some of the slimmest side bezels of any smartphone with a display that takes up more than 75% of the handset’s front side. In fact, LG has become something of a pioneer in terms of making smartphones with tiny bezels, as a study conducted

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The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday April 7, to Sunday April 13, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

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President Obama today used his executive authority to commute the prison term of Ceasar Cantu, a convict who otherwise would have spent an extra three and a half years behind bars thanks to a typo. In 2006, Cantu pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and money laundering. His plea agreement with prosecutors resulted in Cantu falling under a base offense level of 34, meaning he'd spend roughly 11 and a half years in jail. But in his pre-sentence report, that "34" number was mistakenly replaced with a 36 — tacking an extra 42 months onto Cantu's prison stay.

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By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A dismal response in this week's auction for next-generation cellphone spectrum licenses means cash-strapped Pakistan will struggle to fund its budget this year, finance and IT ministry officials and telecom industry executives told Reuters. Pakistan is set to hold long-awaited auctions for 3G and 4G network licenses on April 23, a step the government projects will raise $2 billion to boost foreign reserves. But officials said there has been scant interest in Monday's bidding process and estimate Pakistan will raise no more than $850 million. ...

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Last Friday, Samsung's new Galaxy S5 arrived with an unexpected and underhyped feature. Like the iPhone 5S, it came with a fingerprint reader, but this reader plugs directly into PayPal, which in turn connects you to dozens of different payment systems. It’s a clever trick: instead of a password, all you need is a fingerprint, carrying you through the entire web. Of course, the S5’s fingerprint scanner might fail — by all accounts, it’s far from perfect — but that won’t be our only chance.

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system will soon offer support for even better hardware, NokiaPowerUser suggests, as evidence in Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 apparently indicates that 2K displays and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chip may be found inside future high-end handsets. Thus, future Lumia handsets and other Windows Phones may offer the same set of specs expected from upcoming Android flagship handsets. The publication says that Windows Phone 8.1 currently supports two additional resolutions, including qHD (960 x 540) and FWVGA (854 x 480). When it comes to processors, the software update supports CPUs up to Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors. It appears that Windows Phone 8.1 handsets sporting 2K or QHD displays (2560 x 1440) are already in testing, according

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By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Witnesses at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley should not be allowed to offer evidence that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was "a bully," four major tech companies argued in a court filing. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war. ...

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Roku baked its comprehensive search feature into its mobile apps last month, but only folks who used it with the firm's HDMI Streaming Stick have been able to enjoy life without wielding a remote to hunt and peck for letters ...

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