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Why there’s no shortage of women in technology in Russia

A report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recently found that, in Russia, 41 percent of people in scientific research are women. The…

 
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5 apps to help grads start saving and investing

You’ve got the diploma. You’ve moved over your tassel. Now the real work begins. When you’re paying off student loans, saving and investing may seem like the last things you can afford to do. But it’s never too early to start squirreling away some money for the future, even if it’s only a few bucks at a time. Financial apps can help, as long as you’re not nervous about giving companies access to your financial data. If you’re on board with that, these apps can help make spending and investing a little less daunting.

 
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Why Blockbuster Video is staying busy in Alaska

At least 10 known Blockbuster stores across the country have managed to stay afloat in the digital age. However, the largest cluster of Blockbuster stores are not on the mainland, but in Alaska, where dark, long winters and expensive Wi-Fi have helped maintain a core group of loyal customers.

 
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Why Amazon’s use of self-driving technology would be a game changer

Amazon has assigned a dozen employees to determine how it can use self-driving technology as part of its business, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. It’s unclear what shape Amazon’s efforts will take or how far along they might be, although the company has no plans to create its own vehicles, according to the report.

 
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What’s wrong with FaceApp, the latest creepy photo app for your face

FaceApp is an app for ruining your face. It morphs you into an old (or in my case, an even older) person. It can change your appearance to make you look more masculine or feminine, maybe. Take a photo with a neutral expression, and it will force you to smile. It is an app built only to please those who have really wanted a new way to play roulette with their own face.

 
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Forget flying cars — Google’s Brin secretly builds an airship

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, has secretly been building a massive airship inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to four people with knowledge of the project. It’s unclear whether the craft, which looks like a zeppelin, is a hobby or something Brin hopes to turn into a business. “Sorry, I don’t have anything to say about this topic right now,” Brin wrote in an email.

 
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Cyberattacks involving extortion are rising, Verizon says

Government organizations were the most frequent target of these ransomware attacks, followed by health care businesses and financial services, according to data from security company McAfee, which partnered with Verizon on the report published Thursday.

 
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6 initial impressions about Samsung’s new Galaxy S8

Samsung’s newest phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, hit the market Friday starting at $720. It is a critical launch for Samsung — not only because they are the firm’s newest flagship phones, but they also may help erase the bad memory of the (recalled, overheating and exploding) Galaxy Note 7.

 
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