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Police Dept. Ties Annual Record for Shooting People—Dozens Shot in Only 6 Months

By Jack Burns The Phoenix Police Department set a new record last month and—it was not for the cutest lip sync challenge. PPD officers have shot 31 citizens this year, tying the record set for shootings in one year, and...

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July sets a record for number of $100M+ venture capital rounds

In July 2018, the tech sector’s leisure class — venture capitalists — kicked investments into overdrive, at least when it comes to financing supergiant venture rounds of $100 million or more (in native or as-converted USD values). With 55 deals accounting for...

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This non-binary actor is taking a lesbian ‘Romeo + Juliet’ to Broadway

Romeo is a young romantic queer much like I was at age 16, completely unsure of how to explain how I felt until I found the word “queer” and found other queers to be queer with. Romeo is an out...

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Latinx Writer Angely Mercado On Representation And Diversity In Media | NowThis

This Latina writer is chronicling her struggles with body image, race, and stereotypes in an honest, refreshing way (in partnership with #TheBoldType). » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe Writer Angely Mercado talked about her struggles with body image, race, and stereotypes....

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“Child, Disrupted” is the Latest in a Long List of Documentary Films Addressing the Adverse Effects of Technology on Children

By B.N. Frank CBS 60 Minutes, ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America and other media outlets have aired segments addressing issues about how technology is adversely affecting children.  A former Facebook president and executive have also expressed regret in the role...

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Bitpico Cashes Out, Claiming BTC to Be “World’s Most Manipulated Commodity”

News Bitpico, a controversial mischief-maker within the world of bitcoin, has allegedly rage-quit BTC altogether. The pseudonymous entity, who has previously caught attention for stress-testing the Bitcoin Cash network and trying to keep Segwit2x alive, has now reportedly washed his...

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Switzerland crash: Twenty dead in WW2 plane crash

Image copyright AFP Image caption The plane came down high above sea level in the Swiss Alps Twenty people have died after a World War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a mountainside in eastern Switzerland, police say. The plane -...

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Jamie Dimon Says JPMorgan Will Use Blockchain ‘for a Whole Lot of Things’

JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon was bullish on blockchain tech, but shied away from commenting on cryptocurrency, saying fiat payment apps are “the biggest potential disruption to our business” in an interview published in the July-August issue of the Harvard Business...

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WNYC hosts Israeli rabbi who is optimistic about new nation-state law

The far-right trends in Israel in recent years have presented a distinct challenge to liberal Zionists who still love the Jewish state; and their chief response lately has been to say that Israel under Netanyahu and the U.S. under Trump...

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PlayTable Gaming Device Combines Card & Board Games | Future Reviews | NowThis

We tested the PlayTable gaming system, which combines your all favorite board and card games on one device. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe On this NowThis Future Review, join host Dain Evans and his NowThis co-workers as they test out...

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Original Content podcast: The end is in sight on ‘Orange is the New Black’

Orange is the New Black is back for a sixth season, dealing with the fallout from season five and shifting the location to the maximum security wing of Litchfield Prison. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we’re...

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‘Treasure Ship’ ICO Dupes Investors – South Korea Asks Interpol for Help

News South Korean police have asked Interpol for help with an investigation into the fraudulent token sale of Shinil Gold Coins that were claimed to be backed by the “treasure” on the sunken Dmitrii Donskoi. Local media reported that the...

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QAnon conspiracy theorists are rallying for Trump, but why?

Tin foil hats are standard equipment for conspiracy theorists (or so we've heard from reliable sources, of course). Shutterstock Republicans have been dabbling with demonstrably false conspiracy theories for years now. Donald Trump rose to prominence among conservatives by insisting...

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Elon Musk’s Apology, Tesla’s Quarter, Waymo’s Transit Partner, and More Car News This Week

When it comes to relationships, even the business kind, sometimes you just have to make nice. That’s what Tesla’s Elon Musk did this week, when he expressed regret about sounding a bit overtaxed during an ultimately upbeat quarterly earnings call...

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Paul Manafort’s Fashion Choices Top This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Last week, while the Trump administration unveiled plans to roll back car pollution rules and told the American Civil Liberties Union to find the deported parents it separated from their children, the tallest point in Sweden melted due to climate...

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Best Point and Shoot Cameras (2018): Canon, Sony, Olympus

Best Overall Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II This Canon sits right in the sweet spot for price, features, and image quality. At $650, it's relatively affordable too. The G7 X captures detailed images thanks to a big 1-inch sensor,...

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How Cannabis Can Help Solve America’s Opioid Crisis | Op-Ed | NowThis

'Say no to drugs' is not going to solve the country's opioid crisis — America needs to recognize that cannabis can help. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe Remedy Recovery founder Joe Schrank believes that weed is an exit drug and...

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Amnesty International: Turkish-backed rebels violating human rights in Afrin

Turkish-backed Syrian rebel groups are committing serious human rights violations against civilians in the Kurdish canton of Afrin, Amnesty International revealed last week. The human rights monitor identified Syrian opposition groups Ferqa 55, Jabha al-Shamiye, Faylaq al-Sham, Sultan Mourad, and...

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Loopholes and the ‘Anti-Realism’ of the Quantum World

The theoretical physicist John Wheeler once used the phrase “great smoky dragon” to describe a particle of light going from a source to a photon counter. “The mouth of the dragon is sharp, where it bites the counter. The tail...

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How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi

Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home—it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's relatively uncongested—unless the whole family is streaming Netflix on five separate devices. When you venture out...

/ August 5, 2018