1. There’s a functional $1 million mech robot for sale on Amazon
     Published by The Verge on 2015-01-19 at 02:11:20

Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Brad Stone billed Amazon as "The Everything Store" in his 2013 book about the company. Now, here's irrefutable proof: if you have ¥120,000,000 (about $1,020,000) handy, you can currently buy a rideable mech r...

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2. Fish on ecstasy: Runoff from music festival contaminates rivers
     Published by ARS Technica on 2015-01-19 at 01:30:27

Post-fest analysis also found caffeine, ketamine, other substances in river.

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3. AT&T to record $10 billion charge in fourth quarter
     Published by CNet on 2015-01-19 at 06:04:16

The company expects a pretax loss due to changes in pension and post-employment plans and abandonment of certain copper assets.

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4. Report: Apple May Be Creating a Stylus for the Rumored iPad Pro
     Published by Gizmodo on 2015-01-19 at 03:43:04

Apple Insider reports that Apple may be considering its own stylus or iPen or Apple Pen or whatever for the upcoming iPad Pro, or is it the Air Plus? Like I said, it's a big ole rumor party.Read more...

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5. Watch 3D-printed objects turn into spinning works of art
     Published by The Verge on 2015-01-19 at 00:25:36

Zoetropes are wonderful creations: they're often beautiful standing still, but when you get them spinning, they turn into proto-GIFs. Artist and Stanford professor John Edmark has created a new twist on the classic zoetrope, 3D printing a seri...

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6. Plaxo Co-Founder Minh Nguyen Charged With Murder
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2015-01-19 at 02:30:11

 Minh Nguyen, who co-founded the contact management and social networking startup Plaxo (along with Sean Parker), has been charged with first-degree murder, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
DCInno and NBC Washington both report...

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7. Microsoft’s Android lock screen now shows your music and online chats
     Published by Endgadget on 2015-01-19 at 02:57:00

Microsoft's intelligent take on an Android front end, Next Lock Screen, just got much more useful if you're a music maven or love to chat online. An updated version not only brings music controls to the lock screen (as you'll sometimes see elsewhere)...

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8. World Economic Forum Warns About "Global Threat" of IoT Hacking
     Published by Gizmodo on 2015-01-19 at 00:12:00

You know that character in some horror films who warns unsuspecting (usually) teenage victims of their impending death? The World Economic Forum's Global Risks report is kind of like that guy, filled with doom but offering damn good advice on how to stay...

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9. Aliens, Robots, Cheetahs, Oh My! Watch These “Face Hackers” Use Projectors To Modify Their Faces In Real Time
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2015-01-19 at 00:03:50

 Happy Sunday! Ready to have your mind blown?
By mixing ultra-bright projectors and advanced facial tracking with some damned fine visual design work, these guys are able to use their faces as a canvas some truly wild work. Read More

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10. Why Kim Dotcom hasn’t been extradited 3 years after the US smashed Megaupload
     Published by ARS Technica on 2015-01-19 at 04:00:11

An extradition hearing is set for June 2015. Based on history, don't hold your breath.

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11. Autonomous Cars Are Closer Than You Think
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2015-01-19 at 06:00:23

 “In the next five years, you’ll see somebody introduce autonomous vehicles,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said at a small dinner for press and analysts during CES. He was quick to qualify that statement (only in very defined areas, during ...

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12. Magic Leap’s Patents Are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future
     Published by Gizmodo on 2015-01-19 at 05:47:00

Magic Leap is one of the most intriguing secrets in augmented reality tech right now. You can piece it together from the rumors and hearsay
 , but questions still remain. If these recently-published patents are any indication, the Magic Leap future invol...

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13. Microsoft’s ‘Windows 10: The Next Chapter’ event, join us Wednesday (live blog)
     Published by CNet on 2015-01-19 at 06:22:41

On January 21, Microsoft will stake out the future of Windows, giving us a glimpse of what its software will look like on mobile devices. A successor to Internet Explorer may also be in store.

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14. 80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA. DNA!
     Published by io9.com on 2015-01-19 at 00:38:00

A recent survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics found that 80.44% of respondents supported a government policy mandating labels on foods containing DNA. Not GMOs. DNA, the genetic material contained in eve...

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15. The Trouble With Star Trek Transporters
     Published by Gizmodo on 2015-01-19 at 01:54:58

Being a Trekkie for many years, I'm used to the cyclical fictional debates of whether a Klingon Bird-of-Prey would handedly defeat a Romulan Warbird. Don't even get me started on Kirk versus Picard. But The Nerdist's "Because Science" YouTube s...

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16. Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2015-01-19 at 05:30:38

 With an increasingly global map of startup hubs, Silicon Valley needs to look not just at the factors bringing talent in, but also the negative factors diverting talent elsewhere. When a hub’s defining trait is optimism, is any time spent thin...

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17. How ‘venture builders’ are changing the startup model
     Published by Venture Beat on 2015-01-19 at 00:30:24

Guest:The venture-building philosophy is a rising movement in the tech and startup industries, both in the U.S. and internationally.

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18. Prank Transforms Living Room Into Gigantic Ball Pit
     Published by Kotaku on 2015-01-19 at 01:30:00

I am not generally a fan of being pranked, but I fully endorse anyone who wants to fill my home with colorful plastic balls while I'm out running errands. Read more...

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19. President’s broadband push pits FCC against states
     Published by CNet on 2015-01-19 at 03:17:37

President Obama gave the FCC his blessing this week to use its regulatory authority to pre-empt state laws prohibiting cities and towns from building broadband networks, but the agency will face opposition.

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20. Super Mario World AI learns how to play by listening to your advice
     Published by Endgadget on 2015-01-19 at 06:11:00

As fun as Super Mario World is to play, wouldn't be nice if you could coach from the sidelines every now and then? The University of Tubingen has developed an artificial intelligence that lets you do just that. Its Mario AI project makes Nintendo's p...

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