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WhatsApp Is Screening Links To Rival App Telegram 30 Nov 2015, 11:09 pm

Users of Telegram, a popular messaging app, report that they can't click on links sent in competing chat service WhatsApp.

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is supposedly blocking links to a rival app, Telegram, according to users of the service. Telegram users took to Reddit to say that while they could still post URLs to in WhatsApp, the messages did not appear as hyperlinks and could not be clicked or copied into another app. The block was first reported this morning—and it isn't the first time parent company Facebook has employed this type of screening on its platform.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

NASA's New Spacecraft Will Touch The Sun 30 Nov 2015, 10:45 pm

Solar Probe Plus, launching in 2018, will fly by the sun's corona.

Scientists at NASA and Johns Hopkins University are working on a space probe that will literally touch the surface of the sun. NASA's Solar Probe Plus, which is currently being built, will cost $1.5 billion and will carry an array of sensors into the sun's corona, where they will (hopefully) survive temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit to collect data for later scientific use.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Apple Music's Sonos Launch Is More Than Another Integration 30 Nov 2015, 10:00 pm

Apple Music's partnership with Sonos is a notable moment for streaming music.

Starting December 15, Sonos smart speakers will let Apple Music users pipe even more music throughout their homes.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | John Paul Titlow

Even Barbie Can Be Hacked 30 Nov 2015, 9:20 pm

A security researcher accessed personal information stored by Hello Barbie, a Wi-Fi-enabled talking Barbie doll.

Toy manufacturers are learning a hard lesson about Wi-Fi-enabled dolls, action figures, and building sets: They can be hacked pretty easily.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Today in Tabs: [ADD RELEVANT TITLE JOKE HERE] 30 Nov 2015, 9:13 pm

Seriously, though, donate to Planned Parenthood right now.

The quiet holiday weekend dragged on for nearly one and a half whole days before a terrorist attacked the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, ultimately murdering Garrett Swasey, a police officer and father of two young children, and two civilians: Jennifer Markovsky, a 35-year-old mother of two, and Ke'Arre Stewart, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and was also a father of two. Of course, as Republican strategist Amanda Carpenter told Yahoo News's Hunter Walker, this was "politically uncomfortable" for the Republican presidential candidates, who naturally find it awkward when their womens' health and gun control policies are implemented by freelancers. They all ultimately made the prudent decision not to openly praise the shooter. Ben Carson suggested a peaceful dialogue would be a good way to decide whether mothers, police officers, and military vets should be murdered. Carly Fiorina called the killer "a protester" just like Black Lives Matter. Mike Huckabee called it "domestic terrorism" (hey that's pretty good right–) "…especially for those us in the pro-life movement." (oh.) The killer is already being carefully excised from his community of violent radicals, but Secret Gamer Girl is not going to let that stand. She traced the very clear and open connections between the Planned Parenthood attacker, the men who attacked Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis, Gamergate, and the internet's white supremacist movement. It's long but if you read nothing else about all this chaos, read this, and understand: this is an organized terrorist movement. The other thing you should read, which is much shorter, is Roqayah Chamseddine on why no one needs your sarcastic performative jokes about tragedy: "What many are calling sarcasm is in fact nothing more than an impotent masquerade." You can donate to Planned Parenthood here.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Rusty Foster

How Cyber Monday Was Born 30 Nov 2015, 7:30 pm

The creator of the online bargain bonanza on how they dreamed up a new shopping holiday—and why it was almost called "Blue Monday."

Here's a bit of trivia for you as you spend the day scouring the Internet for bargains: It's the 10th anniversary of Cyber Monday.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Elizabeth Segran

The NSA Just Ended Its Controversial Phone Records Program. But... 30 Nov 2015, 6:15 pm

One of the largest intelligence initiatives of the post-9/11 era is over, but critics worry that it could be revived through a legal loophole.

One of the most infamous signifiers of the post-9/11 era quietly ended on Sunday. The NSA's bulk metadata collection program, which was first revealed by Edward Snowden over two and a half years ago, lost its legal mandate this weekend; the program, which involved the collection of data about phone calls and text messages such as caller and recipient, time and date, and duration but not the contents, will not be renewed.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Billionaires Launch A Massive Clean Energy Fund, But Can The World Wait For Its Breakthroughs? 30 Nov 2015, 5:39 pm

Bill Gates leads a who's who list of billionaires seeking to speed up development of the most transformative energy research.

Here's some terrific news for early-stage energy entrepreneurs everywhere: a powerful group of investors wants to invest in your ideas.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Ben Schiller

How Microsoft's HoloLens May Change Everything For Industrial And Mechanical Designers 30 Nov 2015, 5:00 pm

By integrating Microsoft's "mixed reality" system and Autodesk's Fusion 360 design software, designers can see 3D holograms of their work.

Soon, product designers will be able to get up close and personal with their creations while they're still planning them. Rather than just look at digital models on their computer screens, they could walk around a 3-D hologram of the design.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Daniel Terdiman

Amazon Unveils Teaser Ad For Its Prime Air Drone Delivery Service 30 Nov 2015, 5:00 pm

With a new video ad, Amazon inches closer to making its 30-minute drone delivery system a reality.

When Amazon first made its drone delivery aspirations public, people balked at the idea—much like they did when the company announced the Jetsons-inspired Dash button earlier this year. Dubbed Amazon Prime Air, the drone delivery program promised to deliver small packages by drone to customers in under 30 minutes, though CEO Jeff Bezos warned that it would take "four or five years" to fine-tune the technology.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Pavithra Mohan

Save Space With This Convertible Vanity, Dresser, And Room Divider 30 Nov 2015, 4:15 pm

Your tiny, cramped walk-up could use a boudoir.

Le Valet, a convertible vanity from French studio La Fonction, is the latest piece of furniture to tackle the problem of optimizing space in a small apartment or home. With just a simple wooden frame, the innovative piece triples down on functionality: use it as a vanity, a clothes hanger and a handy partition.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Meg Miller

Amy Schumer and Serena Williams Improve The 2016 Pirelli Calendar Immensely 30 Nov 2015, 4:07 pm

The 2016 edition is perhaps the most progressive in a series that has been leaning more and more that way in recent years.

If a certain notorious pin-up calendar appears to contain a wider variety of body types, personalities, and levels of nakedness this year, you're not just seeing things.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Joe Berkowitz

Amazon Unveils More Details On Future Of Drone Delivery In A New U.K. Ad 30 Nov 2015, 2:56 pm

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson shows us what Amazon could be in the not-so distant future.

Two years ago, Amazon revealed its plans for an unmanned drone delivery service called Prime Air. Earlier this year, the company actually embarked on testing at a secret Canadian location. Now, the brand and former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson deliver Prime Air's first conventional ad that touts Prime Air as something from the not-so distant future.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Jeff Beer

How Rikers Inmates And Columbia Students Built A Twitter Bot--With No Internet 30 Nov 2015, 2:00 pm

In a new class, inmates learn to code behind bars.

Not long ago, a team from Columbia University set out to build an automated Twitter bot in a place with no Internet access—part of a 12-hour class for people with no prior programming experience. They held the class at New York's Rikers Island in an ongoing effort by Columbia's Center for Justice to provide educational programs for young people incarcerated at the jail complex. Teenage inmates worked alongside Columbia students to learn the basics of Python, put together tweets about their personal experiences, and contributed code to Rikers Story Bot, which randomly selects and posts a tweet from the group every day.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Steven Melendez

How William Cameron Menzies Pioneered The Art Of Production Design 30 Nov 2015, 1:00 pm

The production designer and director created the sets for Gone With The Wind, The Thief of Bagdad, Things To Come, and many more.

Author James Curtis starts his new book William Cameron Menzies: The Shape Of Films To Come by describing one of the most memorable scenes in film history: the "burning of Atlanta" in Gone With the Wind. The scene was staged but the fire was real; the soon-to-be discarded movie sets of King Kong and King of Kings were dressed up like Civil War-era Atlanta and burned to the ground. It was the first time that a scene like that had been done in real life (rather than in miniature), and every last detail of the set—from the rust on the cars to an intricate network of pipes that could fuel and dampen the flames—was meticulously thought out for the most realistic effect possible.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Meg Miller

The Making Of $53K Headphones 30 Nov 2015, 1:00 pm

How Sennheiser turned an engineering curiosity into the most cutting-edge—and expensive—headset and sound amplifier system.

In a kind of aural virtual reality, the sweeping strings and pounding timpani of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 seem to float directly into the brain.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Susan Karlin

These RFID Tags Allow Danish Cyclists To Turn Traffic Lights Green 30 Nov 2015, 11:45 am

Sorry, cars: The bike always gets to go first.

It really must be heaven to be a cyclist in Denmark. You get lovely, dedicated infrastructure, like this new bridge. You get cities that run analyses showing how bikes are good for people, and cars aren't. And now, if you live in Aarhus, you can get a special tag to help beat the traffic lights.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Ben Schiller

Would You Let This Creepy Robot Drive You Around? 30 Nov 2015, 11:35 am

Yamaha's motorcycle-riding robot can pilot a vehicle—but not as well as other computers.

"I am Motobot. I was created to surpass you." So says the distinctly creepy voice in a recent video showing Yahama's new motorcycle-riding robot, which can use a gearshift, throttle, and brakes to race down a test road on its own. Eventually, with GPS and sensors, the robot should be able to use machine learning to ride better than a human.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Adele Peters

This Is The First USDA-Certified Organic Fast Food Restaurant 30 Nov 2015, 11:30 am

Everything on the menu at Organic Coup—from the chicken to the sauce—is organic. Can it change how we think about what a restaurant can be?

There's basically one thing on the menu at the first USDA-certified organic fast food joint, and it might not be what you'd expect from a health and environment-conscious restaurant: fried chicken.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Adele Peters

These States Are The Most (And Least) At Risk From Climate Change 30 Nov 2015, 11:15 am

If there is one state that is especially screwed, it's Florida.

Climate change is going affect the whole of the United States one way or another. Whether it's extreme heat, drought, wildfires, or inland and coastal flooding, no state will be immune. But some are likely to be worse off than others. And some—because they haven't prepared—are likely to be worst of all.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Ben Schiller

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