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Election 2016: a guide to winning the Murder Vote

The president of the United States will be asked to make difficult, life-and-death decisions while in office, and at some point every candidate for office will have to prove their mettle to voters. But there’s also, apparently, a phenomenon that I will call the Murder Vote. The Murder Vote is not won simply by promising a hawkish foreign policy, supporting ...

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How Netflix completely revamped recommendations for its new global audience

Before Netflix got into the business of producing its own programming, it spent a lot of time emphasizing its recommendation software, the algorithms that would learn your taste and suggest the perfect title from the company’s catalog. Over the last few years that feature faded into the background, overshadowed by original content, Emmy nominations, and its rapid global expansion. Today, however, ...

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First cast photo of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 unites world with tiny Groot fandom

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has begun principal photography, according to an announcement today by Marvel Studios. Marvel also confirmed the long-rumored casting of Kurt Russell, an actor who may play a key role in the film’s plot, which hinges on Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) search for his true father. The update came with the first production photo, featuring ...

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LG’s unannounced G5 was up for sale on a Dubai website for $680

LG is set to reveal the new G5 in Barcelona this Sunday during the annual Mobile World Congress expo, but a pre-release model of the smartphone appears to have shown up on a Dubai website for selling used items. The device, which carries a G5 logo emblazoned on the backplate, was selling for 2,500 dirhams, equal to about $ 680, on ...

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The Jaguar F-Type SVR is the fastest cat in the world

The Jaguar F-Type is a great sports car, part of the company’s Tata-infused renaissance. It looks great, sounds phenomenal, and has a wide variety of powertrain options to satisfy nearly anyone — and now it has one more. It’s called the F-Type SVR, and it’s a special version of the F-Type that’s been stuffed full of awesomesauce. It’s the first ...

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Google’s app store for education is being shut down

A little over two years ago, Google launched a version of the Play Store tailored for education in an attempt to push Android tablets into schools. There’s been basically no news about it since — until now, with Google essentially announcing plans to shut down the store. Google tells TechCrunch that in about a month it’ll “no longer sell Google Play for Education ...

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Google’s think tank is transforming into a tech lab called Jigsaw

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt announced today that Google Ideas, the New York City-based web and policy think tank, is being transformed into a tech incubator named Jigsaw. Schmidt revealed the news in a post on Medium, saying the team will focus on using technology “to tackle the toughest geopolitical challenges, from countering violent extremism to thwarting online censorship to mitigating ...

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Judge says Apple must help the FBI break into San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

A federal judge today ordered Apple to assist law enforcement with breaking into the iPhone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooters. According to court papers, Apple has declined to voluntarily provide technical help in accessing the iPhone 5c owned by Syed Farook, who killed 14 people at a health clinic in the California city on December 2nd alongside his ...

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Motion-captured Homer will answer questions live in upcoming Simpsons episode

New episodes of The Simpsons might not be as well regarded as the classics from earlier seasons, but an upcoming episode will have something its predecessors lacked — a live segment. The show will use motion capture technology for the 3-minute scene, in which veteran actor Dan Castellaneta will voice Homer Simpson, answering questions sent in via Twitter. The episode ...

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