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The Italian (Startup) Renaissance

imageThe new year could not have started better for Italy’s economy and burgeoning tech sector. In January, Cisco signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to provide training to teachers and students through the Cisco Networking Academy. As the first step in developing the Italian startup ecosystem, the tech giant is pursuing investment opportunities together with Invitalia Ventures, a national venture capital firm. This will enable Cisco to invest in the dev...
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Watch a Magnet Inside a Sock Break Open a Safe in Seconds

Watch a Magnet Inside a Sock Break Open a Safe in SecondsSafes and locks and other security measures of that nature? They’re all eventually doomed because they’re designed to open. It’s just a matter of how long it takes. With the help of rare earth magnets, it takes just seconds. Here is Mr. Locksmith demonstrating how a rare earth magnet can exploit the nickel piece in this Sentry Electronic Safe to get it open without any damage. The sock is actually just there so they can pull the magnet off the safe. SPLOID is ...
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Facebook just banned medical marijuana dispensary pages

Looking for medical marijuana? Take your search off Facebook. Or rather, Facebook is taking the search off Facebook. According to local reports in New Jersey, a state that has legalized the sale of cannabis for medical purposes, the social media giant has begun deleting dispensary pages, insisting that these businesses do “not follow the Facebook Community Terms and Standards.” The decision came as a surprise for both patients and the dispensaries, who say that their legal practices are being un...
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Twitter clips wings on terror tweets - CNET

Twitter is fighting 140-character blocks of terrorism on its platform.The San Francisco-based social network said Friday that since the middle of the year it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts with suspected links to the terrorist group Islamic State. Twitter has increased the size of its teams reviewing reports of accounts connected to extremism."The rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service," Twitter said in a blog post detaili...
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Verizon's video service sidesteps Verizon's bandwidth caps

It's accomplishing this by using its sponsored-data program, FreeBee, which is a lot like toll-free calls but for data. A company spokesperson tells Recode that: "Go90 has decided to take advantage of Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 service, which allows them to pay for customer's data usage associated with watching videos on the Go90 app. FreeBee Data 360 is an open, non-exclusive service available to other content providers on a non-discriminatory basis." But like Recode says, the inherent prob...
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Peek inside the new DeLorean with this scenic desert commercial

DeLorean Motor Company commercialNot only is the DeLorean Motor Company producing all-new DeLoreans, it has also produced a commercial. Set in a very scenic desert, the commercial shows a man being welcomed into the DeLorean with the raise of the gull-wing door. He climbs in and slowly drives off down the desert highway. Once inside, we see a few interior details. Note that the speedometer only goes up to 85 mph — not near fast enough to make the jump through time. Also note the automatic transmission shifter. Image: DeLorean...
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What Time Is the Puppy Bowl?

You may have some questions about the Puppy Bowl. Questions like, What time is the Puppy Bowl? What is the Puppy Bowl? How does the Puppy Bowl work? Who’s playing in the Puppy Bowl? What channel is the Puppy Bowl on? These are good questions, especially the first one. Sometimes knowing the starting time of an event or activity is important. That way, you can view or attend the event without missing a moment of the action contained therein. When you know the starting time of an event or activity,...
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Make an Awesome Snowball Machine Gun Out of a Landscaping Leaf Blower

Snowball fights are fun, but they’re even more fun when you totally dominate the competition. If you have a landscaping leaf blower lying around, a few modifications can turn it into a machine gun capable of firing 13 snowballs in half a second. This video from youtuber Mark Rober shows you how to build the devastating device and demonstrates how well it works. By adding an ABS Y joint and modifying some ABS pipe, your leaf blower turns into the ultimate winter weapon. A wooden plunger l...
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A Corgi Gun? XCOM 2 Mod Support Is Working As Intended

XCOM 2 is out today, and modders are already starting to flex their muscles. You can add submachine guns to your arsenal. A Muton Centurion enemy type can show up and give your squad trouble with another user-created add-on. Oh, and then there’s a corgi gun. The ACORG-47 transforms your weapon into the most vicious of animals: the Welsh Corgi. This diminutive dog should not be underestimated. Because it shoots bullets. Creator JonTerp set out to replace the floating Gremlin bot with a corgi, but...
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Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

msm1267 writes: A unique scareware campaign targeting Mac OS X machines has been discovered, and it's likely the developer behind the malware has been at it a while since the installer that drops the scareware is signed with a legitimate Apple developer certificate."Sadly, this particular developer certificate (assigned to a Maksim Noskov) has been used for probably two years in similar attacks," said Johannes Ullrich, dean of research of the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center, which on Thur...
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