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No one’s sure how the windows on commuter buses between San Francisco and Silicon Valley keep getting smashed on a stretch of the 280 — maybe it’s a pellet gun, maybe it’s thrown rocks — but Apple and Google have informed employees who use the service that their commute…

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REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Facebook today announced major changes to their ‘newsfeed’ which 2 billion people use monthly. Now, Facebook plans to begin asking each user to rank their trust in various news organizations. CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg today said the social media platform will prioritize “trustworthy” news outlets on your…

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When Rep Tim Murphy resigned in shame after he was outed for pressuring his mistress to get an abortion while serving on the “House Pro-Life Caucus,” it triggered a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th, a rustbelt district in the southwest corner of the state, where a strong Democrat candidate…

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One of the few permitted vices in Nineteen Eighty-Four is Victory Gin, which oils the outer party and offers suggestions of Englishness and party power: it’s always served with clove bitters, implying that Oceania’s boots are on the ground in Asia. Chemistry professor Shirley Lin wrote an interesting post about…

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Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders on 10 years of io9. Annalee: We wanted to have a vision of the future for our readers that wasn’t completely silly but that wasn’t hopeless and dystopian. And again, part of covering science was very important to that because it was about how…

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Libertarian wisdom holds that “the answer to bad speech is more speech,” but if you’re a Peter Thiel libertarian (that is, the kind of “freedom lover” who doesn’t think women should vote, wants to spy on everyone in the world, and secretly wields power to censor the free press),…

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