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CEO Mark Zuckerberg says a billion people signed in to the social network in a single day. Kim Kulish/Corbis

Facebook has reached a new milestone: 1 billion people using the social network in a single day.

Facebook reached the high mark on Monday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. That means roughly "1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family" in a single day, he added.

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DJI didn’t start out as the best entry-level drone maker on the market but, at this point, it’s safe to say that they’ve taken the crown from Parrot and are truly creating flying machines worth flying. The new Phantom 3 Professional is the gold standard for quadcopter and I was amazed at the ease-of-use and quality of the photos and video it took.

The Phantom 3 is essentially a camera platform. It costs about $1,259 thanks to the impressive camera/gimbal combination mounted to the bottom. You control it via both a handheld control box with multi-axis sticks as well as onscreen via a smartphone tethered directly to the remote control. The smartphone sends GPS and other data to the drone and you can see what the drone sees as you fly.

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The Associated Press filed a lawsuit (PDF) this morning, demanding the FBI hand over information about its use of fake news stories. The case stems from a 2007 incident regarding a bomb threat at a school. The FBI created a fake news story with an Associated Press byline, then e-mailed it to a suspect to plant malware on his computer.

The AP sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI last year seeking documents related to the 2014 sting. It also seeks to know how many times the FBI has used such a ruse since 2000. The FBI responded to the AP saying it could take two years or more to gather the information requested. Unsatisfied with the response, the Associated Press has taken the matter to court.

An Electronic Frontier Foundation FOIA request on a different matter revealed the strategy in 2011, but it wasn't made public until last year, when privacy researcher Chris Soghoian saw evidence of the operation in the documents and tweeted about it. That spurred both the AP and The Seattle Times to complain vocally about the FBI's behavior.

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Next month's iPhone event will mark the first time in recent history that Windows users will be able to officially live-stream an Apple presentation, the company quietly revealed on Thursday through the event's website.

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Windows 10 users will be able to watch via Microsoft's built-in Edge browser, according to the site's fine print. This is because the software supports the same HTTP Live Streaming technology found in Apple apps like QuickTime and Safari. Previously, people wanting to tune into an Apple event had to have an OS X, iOS, or Apple TV device, or else find workarounds through software such as VLC. iTunes for Windows technically supports HLS, but for reasons unknown the company has never given it options for tuning into live press events.Using HLS has offered a variety of advantages for Apple, including avoiding Flash, but the standard has comparatively little support beyond the company's ecosystem. The decision has inherently limited the scope of audiences.The event is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific, or 1 p.m. Eastern. The focus of the event is expected to be on an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but Apple should also show off a fourth-generation Apple TV enhanced with an A9 processor, an App Store, Siri voice control, and a touchpad remote.
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Get ready to feast your eyes on a mashup that is equally what-the-heck amazing and a little too disturbing: Grand Theft Auto: Pokemon Edition. YouTuber Merfish modded his GTA V game to resemble the characters from his self-proclaimed favorite series, Pokémon. Then he recreated the opening theme from the North American cartoon. It kinda works in a way that makes me wonder about the truth behind Pokémon.

He has some iconic characters — mostly humans painted in some iconic Pokémon skin colors — that make me wonder just how much drugs the GTA NPCs are on. The mods also include accessories, like Ash’s hat, and Team Rocket as they would appear today.

What’s great is just how matched Merfish got his mashup. There’s even a side-by-side comparison video of the recreation and the original opening to see just how eerily accurate it is. Merfish’s channel sports some other great GTA mashups, such as “Lester the Pooh” and “Three’s Company.”

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Facebook just heralded a huge milestone, on Monday nearly 1 in 7 humans logged on to its site.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed the accomplishment in a post from his personal Facebook profile:

On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.

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What the Fedx2019;s Rate Hike Means For Your Credit Card Debt

There’s a lot going on in the economy right now, including all this news about the Fed raising interest rates. The details can be confusing, but what you really need to know is how this will affect you as a consumer. Here’s what the hike means for your debt (and what you should do about it).

There’s been a lot of talk about when exactly the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. Long story short, this will impact a lot of things, including your loans and your debt.http://twocents.lifehacker.com/who-is-the-fed...

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Researchers ought to be able to duplicate the findings of other scientists’ work, but a new study suggests that many published psychology results can't be recreated.

A huge, collaborative research project attempted to recreate 100 studies that were recently published in major psychology journals, and it found that only 39 of those studies' results could be replicated. That could mean that the studies were wrong in the first place, but researchers say that the findings tell more about the difficulty of designing a reproducible study than the accuracy of the studies themselves.

Studies need to be reproducible so that scientists can confirm their effects. That's why scientists have generally pushed toward reproducing studies — and not just in psychology. In part, that's to catch scientific fraud, but it's also simply to make scientific findings more trustworthy. In January 2014, the National Institutes of Health announced it would create new initiatives to address these concerns, but there still aren't widely established reproducibility guidelines. The study being published today speaks to why a bigger focus on reproducibility is necessary.

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Last fall, we wrote about how the FBI had set up a fake AP news story in order to implant malware during an investigation. This came out deep in a document that had been released via a FOIA request by EFF, and first noticed by Chris Soghoian of the ACLU. The documents showed the FBI discussing how to install some malware, called a CIPAV (for Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier) by creating a fake news story:
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It later came out that the way the FBI used this was an undercover agent pretended to be an AP reporter and sent the suspect -- a 15 year old high school kid... -- a "draft" of the article to review. And when the kid opened it, the malware was deployed.

In response to this, FBI director James Comey defended the practice, saying that it was legal "under Justice Department and FBI guidelines at the time" and, furthermore, that this bit of deception worked. Comey also said that while guidelines had changed, and such impersonation would require "higher-level approvals," it was still something the FBI could do.

The AP has now sued the FBI, along with the Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press (RCFP) over its failure to reveal any more details about this effort following a FOIA request. For reasons that are beyond me, even though it's the AP filing the lawsuit and the AP writing about the lawsuit, reporter Michael Biesecker apparently doesn't think its readers can handle the actual filing, so they don't include it (this is bad journalism, folks). However, you can read the actual lawsuit here.

In short, the AP made a FOIA request for documents related to this specific case above, as well as "an accounting of the number of times" that the FBI "has impersonated media organizations or generated media-style material" to deliver malware. The FBI said it was working on it, and then bizarrely told the AP that the request was being "closed administratively" because it was being combined with someone else's FOIA request, which left the AP reasonably confused, since they had not initiated that request and had no idea who had.

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Apple won’t say how many Apple Watches it has sold, but market research firm IDC thinks the company’s new-fangled wearable is doing pretty well—at least as new-fangled wearables go.

IDC says that Apple shipped 3.6 million units in the second quarter of the year, or 20 percent of the overall wearables market for that period. That number puts Apple just behind Fitbit, currently the king of wearables, which shipped 4.4 million devices, according to IDC.

“Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole,” Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC’s Wearables team, said in a statement. “Its participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem, and ultimately drives total volumes higher.”

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Apple will host an event Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where it is expected to unveil the latest version of its popular iPhone smartphone — and possibly an update to its Apple TV set-top box.  The invitation playfully winks at Apple’s reputation for secrecy around its product launches with a headline, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”

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Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva—more commonly called stone man's syndrome—is the result of a rare mutation, an anomaly in the way certain enzymes called kinases spur protein synthesis. Someone with stone man's syndrome has hyperactive kinases that catalyze more bone production than they should. The body's natural repair mechanisms malfunction, and they replace soft tissue with deposits of solid bone. Joints freeze. The body becomes a prison.

But scientists know they can manipulate those kinases to combat the disease. And chemical biologists at the University of North Carolina are leading an open source effort to unlock the secrets of kinase activity—secrets they say could pioneer a new generation of drug discovery.

Kinases are fruitful sites for biochemical innovation because they're involved in all kinds of biological processes. But here's the problem: The human genome specifies approximately 500 kinases, and 400 of them are still scientific mysteries. That's a staggering number of black boxes, especially considering the fact that scientists believe kinase research can generate insights into so many difficult medical problems, including cancer development and treatment.

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    Kinases do much more than just spur protein synthesis. They are among the primary signaling enzymes in the body, involved in turni
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One of the companies that I love doing business with is Amazon. Their customer service is one of the best out there. And I appreciate being treated like I mean something to a company. When I purchase a product I want to know that I am getting the best product and that the company will back up what they sell. This clearly defines Amazon.

So what is this article all about? Well the chief intellects at Amazon have decided to start a new portal called Amazon Underground. The initiative is a place that advertises all kinds of free things for use with your Android mobile device. I know you are just dying to start clicking with your mouse and figure out what the hype is all about with this new Underground thingy.(see image below)

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Several DSL routers from different manufacturers contain a guessable hard-coded password that allows accessing the devices with a hidden administrator account.

According to an alert issued Tuesday by the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University, the affected device models are: ASUS DSL-N12E, DIGICOM DG-5524T, Observa Telecom RTA01N, Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) SpeedSurf 504AN and ZTE ZXV10 W300.

All of the devices have an admin password in the form "XXXXairocon" where XXXX are the last four characters of the device's physical MAC address, CERT/CC said.

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2015 will be remembered as the year budget Android smartphones stopped being junk and started being pretty damn good.

The $199 Obi Worldphone SF1 and $129 SJ1.5 are the two latest budget Android phones to shake things up on the low end of the mobile scene.

Low prices aren't the only things these phones have going for them. They're from Obi Worldphone, a new company started by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, the man who Steve Jobs famously hired away from Pepsi in the 1983, and who then helped oust Jobs in 1985.

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Who doesn't love pets. They don't speak back to you in your language verbally but dogs bark and cats meow in their own sort of way and you can sense what they want by just the interpretation of their body language.

Having a pet has been one of the biggest choices I’ve made during my life. Personally I have had my equal share of cats and dogs and still they do bring another dimension to your life. Once you do decide on having a pet you are literally adding a family member to your life. One that cannot go to work to help pay for the expenses that will be incurred and will become a living form that relies on you for everything to sustain their life. Let's just put it this way - you just welcomed into your home a friend for life.

Which leads me up to today’s infographic which may help you in forming a decision on what pet you want to include into your life. The graphic below shows that dogs usually provide physical benefits, whereas cats are more intellectual. Exercising a dog almost always puts the owner in a position to exercise as well. Dogs are social animals and will help the owner run into more social situations.

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The Google Compute Cloud has gained a service for launching Docker containers and managing their lifecycles.
7 Worst Cloud Compliance Nightmares

7 Worst Cloud Compliance Nightmares

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Google's strength in running large groups of containers will give its Compute Engine Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering added appeal to developers now that the company has taken its Google Container Engine out of its alpha phase and made it generally available.

Google Container Engine, which goes by the acronym GKE to avoid being confused with Google Compute Engine (GCE), orchestrates the launch and management of Docker containers on a cluster on Google Compute Engine.

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Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.

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With 175 million unique listeners each month, SoundCloud has established itself as a major player in the streaming space. Despite its size, the company has faced an uphill battle to convert its huge community into customers who are willing to pay for "unprecedented access to the world's largest community of music & audio creators." SoundCloud has struck deals with some major labels and independent artists, but in the UK, the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) has decided to take legal action against the music sharing service for allegedly not paying artists the royalties they deserve.

In an email sent to members, PRS for Music notes: "Following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings." It believes that SoundCloud should acquire a license to offer music created by its 111,000 members and says that while it has asked the company "numerous times to recognise their responsibilities," its demands "have not been met."

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I love the CLI (Command Line Interface). You get to know so much more about your system when you know what commands to use. Most of the human race has become use to a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that allows us to see results in pretty pictures but in reality what is really happening is the CLI is working in the background when you press a button and then GUI will show you the results in the foreground.

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