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Alexa Now Can Dash Off Text Messages to Android Phones

Amazon on Tuesday introduced new functionality that enables its Alexa virtual assistant to send and receive SMS messages on devices running Android 5.0 or higher. Carrier charges may apply. Alexa, the..

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Skype Comes to Linux in a Snap

Canonical has announced the availability of Skype as a Snap file, the universal Linux app packaging format. The release means that Skype can deliver its communication service to a wider range of Linux..

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Facebook Is Gobbling Less of Users’ Time

The social media industry may have to struggle to rehydrate in light of some surprising and troubling metrics Facebook released on Wednesday. In addition to a pause in user growth, there have been sig..

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CDC Says The Flu Season Has Gotten As Bad As The Swine Flu In 2009

This year’s flu season has killed many, and it’s still ongoing just when experts thought it's hit peak levels. Now, it’s apparently as bad as the swine flu years ago.

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Think3 is a new $1B fund that wants to buy up SaaS startups so founders can go out to build again

We all know about the unicorns of the startup world — fast-growing companies that appear to be on the road (or have already arrived at) valuations of $1 billion or more — and we hear a lot about the u..

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Hong Kong Orders Exchanges to Delist Securities Tokens

Hong Kong's securities watchdog has moved up regulatory actions against cryptocurrency exchanges and initial coin offering organizers.

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Update Your Firefox Browser to Fix a Critical Remotely Exploitable Flaw

Mozilla has released an important update for its Firefox web browser to patch a critical vulnerability that could allow remote attackers to execute malicious code on computers running an affected vers..

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ICO platform COMSA accelerating preparations for regulation in Japan

Tech Bureau, a blockchain technology and cryptocurrency group company with offices in Japan, the U.S., and Europe, today announced they will be accelerating preparations to make its recently launched ..

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Rising Sun—A cerebral board game of conquest, diplomacy, and betrayal

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Maine Dairy Company Settles Lawsuit Over Oxford Comma

Daniel Victor reports via The New York Times: Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, grammar goons and comma connoisseurs, Oakhurst Dairy settled an overtime dispute with its drivers that..