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If you have been out to YouTube today you will have noticed that the "Watch Later" button is missing. The "Watch Later" button was a button control on the control panel if you wanted to add a video to your watch it later list.

So where did it go?

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“Live” is everywhere. Snapchat is doing it. Twitter has plans to enhance it. Periscope and Meerkat are built on it.

So it’s not exactly surprising that Facebook is now getting in on live action. The social networking giant began testing a new feature on Friday that brought the annual Chicago music festival Lollapalooza live to users at home. Users could browse Lollapalooza’s “Place Tips,” a Facebook initiative that launched earlier this year, to see updates and photos from their friends at the festival as well as live, trending content from artists.

Fans at the event in Chicago could also use Place Tips in their Facebook app to see the band lineup for the day and figure out how to get to the next show they wanted to see. “Facebook is using location signals like GPS as well as physical Facebook Bluetooth beacons to surface Place Tips to people at the show in high-traffic areas of the festival,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

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An anonymous reader writes: Two years in the making, President Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions today, calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change." The "Clean Power Plan" includes the first ever EPA standards on carbon pollution from power plants. CNN reports: "Under the plan, the administration will require states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards, based on their individual energy consumption. The plan also includes an incentive program for states to get a head start on meeting standards on early deployment of renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency."
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Three weeks ago Uber rallied 400 drivers to testify in an employee classification lawsuit that they wanted to stay contractors

Now, some of them have changed their minds. After speaking with Lichten & Liss-Riordan, the law firm representing the plaintiffs in the suit, six Uber drivers who originally testified on behalf of Uber have decided to testify against the ride-hailing company. They submitted new court declarations saying they were misled about the difference between contractors and employees.

If Uber loses the driver classification lawsuit, it may have to reclassify its California drivers as employees, which would cost it hundreds of millions in payroll taxes a year, not to mention back pay and penalties. The company’s business model rides on the outcome.

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Microsoft has finally begun rolling out support for syncing shared folders to a user’s computer through its OneDrive cloud storage service.

Now, people browsing a folder shared via OneDrive online or through a mobile app can click a button labeled “Add to my OneDrive” and have the folder added to their account. Changes made to items in that folder will automatically be pushed out to the computers of everyone who it’s shared with, assuming they’re compatible with the feature.

Syncing shared folders was one of the features OneDrive users have requested the most. A thread on a user feedback forum calling for the feature garnered nearly 6,000 votes of support. Until now, users have had to navigate a complicated mess of permissions to share a folder, and then recipients wouldn’t actually get a syncing version of the folder on their computer.

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One way to protest irresponsible environmental practices is through the majesty of rap.

The former Unilever thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, India, disposed of toxic mercury waste at a scrapyard in 2001, and in the time since, 45 people have died — and more than 500 have been affected.

Unilever has denied the allegations on its website. However, the company does not link to outside sources to corroborate its statement.

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How I Built Better Habits With Calendar Appointments

Old habits die hard. You’ve probably experienced this when you vowed to eat all salads forever, only to crash and burn a few days later. Building new habits takes time. A lot of time. For me, turning my habits into calendar appointments made a huge difference. Here’s how this might work for you.http://lifehacker.com/5926583/why-ha...

In an ideal world, we’d all easily develop habits that set us up to succeed. Of course, reality is a party-pooper, since building new habits takes constant, concerted effort and repetition. Oftentimes, the challenge lies in just remembering to do the damn thing every day.http://lifehacker.com/how-to-debug-y...

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The friendly hitchBOT met a grisly end in Philadelphia. That tells you all you need to know about human-AI interactions.
10 IT Job Search Habits To Nail A New Gig

10 IT Job Search Habits To Nail A New Gig

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A social media experiment to determine whether robots can trust humans ended abruptly on Saturday when hitchBOT was found dismembered.

Two weeks after setting out from Boston in an effort to reach San Francisco through the kindness of strangers, hitchBot met with the contempt of vandals. Over the weekend, the hitchhiking robot had its arms severed in Philadelphia, sometimes referred to as the city of brotherly love.

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You Can Pay $9,300 to Attach an Apple Watch to an Even Fancier Watchxa0;

Here’s an innovation so impractical, uncomfortable, and expensive, that I can’t stop looking at it. Of course the world has produced a luxury Swiss timepiece that has space on its band for an Apple Watch. It’s a goofy two-faced hybrid watch that packs a gloriously unnecessary double-whammy of bling into a single object.

Pinnacle is a line of timepieces launched today by watchmaker Nico Gerard. On one side of your wrist rests a normal watch face; on the other, a 38-millimeter Apple Watch that connects to the Pinnacle’s bracelet. The basic stainless steel Pinnacle with a 41-millimeter case costs $9,300. A a blue-faced version costs $9,500. And for those with really truly too much money to burn, there’s an 18-karat gold model that’ll set you back $112,000. Whew!

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Making geek dreams come true, Star Trek's original Lt. Uhura, Michelle Nichols, announced a few days ago that she's going on a mission for NASA. But don't get your hopes up Nichols getting into space -- she's actually flying on the agency's airborne observatory SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), which studies things like the birth and death of stars, black holes in galactic centers and how new solar systems come together. Due to its unique observation location, it can detect things far out of reach for ground-based telescopes. Nichols says she'll be flying on September 15, and she might even be able to share her experience live on her celebrity philanthropy site, Starpower. This isn't her first time on a NASA mission: She also flew on the first-generation Keiper Airborne Observatory back in the 70s. SOFIA is an upgraded mission which uses a customized Boeing 747 and six instruments for capturing the cosmos, including cameras, a photometer and spectrometers.

Thanks Kristy!

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Soylent, the curiously named meal replacement system, was already pretty simple when it debuted a couple years ago. Instead of “wasting” your time cooking and preparing ingredients, the shakes could be prepared by simply mixing a nutrient-packed powder with water. All in all, the process only took a couple minutes — but now the company is back with an even simpler system.

Just like version 1.0, Soylent 2.0 provides all the vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, and protein that your body needs — but this time, it comes pre-mixed and ready-to-drink in a 16 ounce bottle. Therefore, instead of making your shakes in batches and storing excess mixture, you can just buy a pack of bottles and drink one whenever you need a quick meal.

Related: Why 3D food printing is more than just a novelty; it’s the future of food

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Pluto's heart has a name. NASA / JHU-APL / SwRI

In the days before we had easily accessible maps of everything from our own body to the world undersea on our phones, in our cars and even on our wrists, being one of the limited number of places chosen to be "on the map" -- as in an actual folding paper one -- was a sign of a place's importance. Once you were on the map, you were often on it for good, even if your town burned down and disappeared decades ago. Today, for example, Kokrines is an empty spot on the side of the Yukon River, but one that still gets a named black dot on many maps.

This makes it all the more insulting to poor Pluto that it is no longer on most maps of our solar system after being demoted in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union. Could an entire world really be worthy of less recognition than an empty stretch of remote riverbank?

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Why do we have so many languages in the world? We could easily blame it on a combination of creativity, contact, confusion, atrophy, and style caused by local populations used to create slight regional variations on the local tongue. Or we could say that God had a strong hand in the many languages that were created and who stated the below according to the Bible:

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Despite the country being a key market continuing to see tremendous growth, Apple nevertheless lost ground in China to native phonemakers Xiaomi and Huawei during the June quarter, according to Canalys market research data teased on Monday.

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Xiaomi reclaimed the lead with a 15.9 percent share, Canalys said. Huawei grew 48 percent sequentially to a 15.7 percent share, helping to push Apple down to third place, and growing faster than any other company in the top 10. Samsung and Vivo took fourth and fifth place.Canalys didn't quote Apple's exact share in advance of publishing a full report later this week. In July, however, Apple announced that it had shipped 47.5 million iPhones worldwide during the June period, and that Chinese revenues were up 112 percent overall — presumably because of the iPhone, its flagship product.Canalys analyst Jingwen Wang commented that while Apple and Samsung have increased channel coverage through flagship stores and small- to medium-sized phone retailers, the Chinese smartphone market stayed stagnant during the June quarter. As a result, competition "has never been so intense," Wang said.Apple is continuing to succeed on a global level. Recent Strategy Analytics data pointed to Apple becoming the second-biggest cellphone vendor worldwide during the June quarter, including not just smartphones but basic "feature" phones, which often sell in poorer markets that smartphones can't reach.
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Venture-backed food replacement drink maker Soylent – yes, named after the movie where people unknowingly were sustained by eating other people – is out today with its newest product. The company this morning introduced “Soylent 2.0″ (still not people), which is actually a vegan, soy-based nutritional drink that’s now shipping in a ready-to-drink package. Previously, Soylent sold its $3-per-meal shake in the form of a powder which shipped with a free mixer and scoop.

The outside investment helped bring the cost down to $2 for 400 kcal of Soylent (or $70/mo), which itself is a mix of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins and dozens of other vitamins.

The startup built a lot of buzz, especially among the highly-driven tech community and college student crowd, who would down Soylent instead of meals when they were too busy coding or cramming to take time out to eat.

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Bohemian Guitars first won our hearts with their unique oilcan git-fiddles, an instrument at once primitive and surprisingly advanced. I played with them about two years ago and now they’re back with two new instruments and an updated axe.

The Boho 2.0 crowdfunding campaign is aimed at bringing both an oilcan bass and ukulele to market. How do they sound? Pretty good, as evidenced by this rendition of something that sounds like “Dust In The Wind” played on an oilcan uke.

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MICROSOFT HAS REVEALED the Windows Phone handsets that will be the first to be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile, but has failed to confirm when the operating system will be released.

The company has named the first 10 handsets as the Lumia 430, Lumia 435, Lumia 532, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830 and Lumia 930.

Don't fret if your phone isn't included on the list just yet, as Microsoft confirmed last year that all Lumia handsets will receive an update to Windows 10 (below).  

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The electronic world around us has changed how we do just about everything. It’s changed how we eat, how we sleep and yes, how we have sex. No longer is making love just two naked bodies rubbing together until fluids are spilled. The rules of the game are different. In the 21st century, you don’t need to be in the same room as somebody to have sex. Hell, you don’t even need to be in the same state. The playing field has been blasted wide open.

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Autoblow 2

The technology of sex toys has advanced a ridiculous amount in the last decade or so. Let’s be crude here: if you were a dude getting off solo with a toy in the 20th century, it was probably pretty janky. Modern erotic aids like the Autoblow 2 are made with high-tech materials to simulate the real thing in ridiculous ways. This oral sex substitute offers a no-stress experience thanks to a series of motorized rollers that take the work out of your wrist. Eventually we’re going to get full-on sex robots, but this is a hell of a first step.

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On July 1st, the Spanish government enacted a set of laws designed to keep disruption within its borders to a minimum. In addition to making dissent illegal (criminal acts now include "public disruption" and "unauthorized protests"), Spanish legislators decided the nation's law enforcement officers should be above reproach. This doesn't mean Spanish cops will be behaving better. It just means the public will no longer be able to criticize them.

The new law forbids "showing a lack of respect" for police officers. Not showing respect can net a member of the public a hefty fine. According to James Badcock of The Telegraph, a local police force has already exercised its brand-new "right."

In his July 22 Facebook comment, Mr Díaz criticised the use of public resources on a brand new police station in the town of Güímar, stating that the local force was a “pack of slackers”. But local police officers wasted no time in reacting, ringing Mr Díaz’s doorbell six hours later to present him with the notification of a fine which will be set at between €100 and €600.
It appears the "slackers" in Eduardo Diaz's town can be proactive if properly motivated. With a fine approaching €100 a letter at the top end, the police force should soon feel properly insulated from the public's negative Facebook comments. Over here in the US, this would be protected free speech. In Spain, it's a criminal act and -- depending on how the local judge is feeling -- could net disgruntled commenters €600,000 for assaulting police officers with words.

I'm not sure how police officers in general feel about this new law, which also makes "unauthorized" photography of officers subject to similar fines. I would like to think they're not too happy with this and would rather earn respect rather than exist in an enforced criticism-free vacuum. But maybe not. Maybe these cops -- the ones that showed up all too quickly to serve Diaz with a summons -- enjoy a cowed populace. If so, they really have no business working in the public sector.

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