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The U.S. National Archives Is Hosting a Surprise Facebook Live for Movie Buffs Today

The U.S. National Archives is doing a special Facebook Live at 4.30 p.m. BST today and just sent out a special teaser, with the question, “what’s in the cans?” And now I’ve never wanted to know the answer more to anything in my entire life. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Says High-Speed Subway Test Tunnel Will Open December in L.A.

Elon Musk has announced that the test tunnel for his high-speed subway concept will officially open in Los Angeles on December 10. Musk, who made the promise on Twitter last night, said that the public will even get free rides on the roughly 2-mile test route the following day, Tuesday, December 11. Read More >>

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US Police Officer Sues Gun Classifieds Website Over Firearm Used to Injure Him

On the morning of 8 January 2016, police officer Kurt Stokinger was shot in the leg during a shootout with a man previously convicted of multiple crimes. Now, Stokinger, who is based in the US city of Boston, Massachusetts, is suing the website that allegedly enabled the man to buy his weapon, an online classifieds site for guns called Armslist. Read More >>

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Large Adult Son Threatens to Sue Landlord

Julian Assange threatened legal action against the country of Ecuador today. What’s Assange upset about? The WikiLeaks founder doesn’t like that Ecuador has cut off his internet access and more or less told him to clean up his room. Read More >>

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Time Capsule Opened to Reveal Ancient, Mysterious Treasures of 1993

Students at Shenandoah University in the US state of Virginia recently opened a time capsule from the ancient, mysterious world of 1993. What did they find inside? Bizarre contraptions like a so-called “cassette tape.” Read More >>

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Google Pulls Out of Saudi Conference as the World Still Wonders What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi

Google has become the latest tech company to pull out of a high-profile conference in Saudi Arabia commonly referred to as Davos in the Desert. Google didn’t give a reason for the decision but other companies have pulled out while citing the 2 October disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, last seen at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Read More >>

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Saudi Arabia Threatens Anyone Spreading ‘Fake News’ Online with 5 Years in Prison, Heavy Fines

Saudi Arabia is threatening to give 5-year prison terms and heavy fines to anyone caught spreading “fake news” online, a warning to those discussing the suspected murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The threat, published over the weekend in the Saudi Gazette, echoes one of President Trump’s favourite phrases to demean any journalism that he finds unfavourable to his regime. Read More >>

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Latest Boston Dynamics Video Proves the Robot Uprising Will Be Shockingly Nimble

Do you remember the Boston Dynamics robots videos of just a few years ago? It was a big deal that robots like Atlas could walk on (gasp!) uneven ground. But Atlas keeps blowing through milestones left and right, like in this new video that shows Atlas effortlessly jumping over obstacles and hopping onto boxes like it’s a parkour legend. The robot uprising is on the horizon, folks. This is not a drill. Read More >>

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Rare 1932 Movie Poster for The Mummy Expected to Fetch Over £756,000 at Sotheby’s Auction

The 1932 version of The Mummy starring Boris Karloff is one of the greatest horror movies ever made, right up there with the 1930s versions of Dracula and Frankenstein. And now an extremely rare movie poster for The Mummy could become the most expensive in the world after it goes up for auction starting today and running through Halloween. Read More >>

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Soyuz Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing After Terrifying Booster Failure 

The two-person crew aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan today shortly after launch. The crew, which was travelling to the International Space Station, is reportedly safe and in “good condition” after the scary failure was broadcast on the web. Read More >>

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Mark Judge’s Book Wasted Now Available for Free on the Internet Archive

Mark Judge’s 1997 book, Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk, has become an international focal point as people in America and elsewhere debate the fitness of Judge’s old friend, Brett Kavanaugh. But it’s virtually impossible to buy the out-of-print book, with one copy going for $1,900 (£1,438) on Amazon. Thankfully, the Internet Archive now has a copy that you can read for free, giving us a peek at this unlikely piece of American political history. Read More >>

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Remember When Facebook Promised a Delete Button for Your Sent Messages? 

Back in April, Mark Zuckerberg got caught deleting old messages he’d sent through Facebook. The tech company was forced to confirm that the CEO was reaching into other people’s inboxes and deleting old messages, but assured us that it was fine because Facebook would be giving the feature to everyone soon. Well, it’s the middle of October, six months later, and we’re still waiting. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Portal Is the Jetsons Videophone That We Thought Humanity Skipped

Facebook announced its new Portal hardware today, a limited-purpose device that allows users to video chat on Facebook almost exclusively. (Unless you're not in the US, in which case, no Portal for you.) And there’s something strangely retro about the concept: This is the standalone videophone device that George Jetson had in the 1960s—the device that we were supposed to skip over. Read More >>

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World’s Longest Nonstop Flight Starts Service From Singapore to New Jersey This Week

The longest flight in the world right now is from Perth, Australia to London, clocking in at roughly 17.5 hours. But that’s all going to change this week when Singapore Airlines starts flying from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey. Total flight time? Just under 19 hours. Read More >>

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Apple, Amazon Deny China Installed Tiny Spy Microchips on Their Servers, But We’re Still Freaked Out

In what could be the most important national security story of the decade, a new report alleges that China has been installing tiny microchips, roughly the size of a grain of rice, on the motherboards of countless servers imported into the U.S. Read More >>