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    Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office

    Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $230 million in 54 markets. The overseas performance — led by the U.K. with $36.7 million, Germany with $23.6 million  and France with $18.1 ... Read More

    Origami robot muscles lift 1,000 times its own weight

    Artificial muscles which allow soft robots to lift up to 1,000 times their own weight have been developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).Inspired by origami, ... Read More

    Taking two million photos of Obama

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    Paternoster: The rare lift that went over the top

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    Who waltzed off with the Strictly glitterball?

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    Christmas songs: What’s the secret to writing a hit?

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    What is net neutrality and how could it affect you?

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted three to two to roll back an Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality". The change will enable internet service providers (ISPs) to speed up or slow down different companies' data, and charge consumers ... Read More

    Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world’s biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion. Facebook, in a ... Read More

    Anita Hill heads Hollywood harassment panel

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Hill famously accused a supreme court nomine of sexual harassment in 1991 A special commission to combat sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industries will be chaired by lawyer and academic Anita ... Read More

    Raised on Janet Jackson: How the pop star shaped one fan’s life

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The State of the World tour is a re-formatted version of Janet's Unbreakable tour, which was put on hold when she became pregnant Janet Jackson plays the last date of her State of the ... Read More

    So…the pizza connection has come back…Marc Rich FBIVault release

    So, thanks to liveandlearn for pointing this out. That is a snip from the fresh release from the FBIVault today in Marc Rich. He was pardoned by Bill Clinton for a major indictment after fleeing to Switzerland.Notice at the bottom ... Read More

    Bohemian Grove sacrificing children to Lilith?

    Stories tell of child sacrifice at Bohemian Grove in front of a giant owl statue, in this thread I'm trying to figure out whom it symbolizes.Lilith in the bible can in Hebrew be translated to "screech owl", some texts claim ... Read More

    What do you know about net neutrality?

    The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to overturn Obama-era laws relating to net neutrality. We asked people in Washington DC if they have ever heard of net neutrality and what they thought about the possibility of it being ... Read More

    Harry Potter gets a weird new chapter from a computer

    The Harry Potter series may have finished, but the boy wizard has got another chapter.Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is a new story created by a predictive keyboard."He saw Harry and ... Read More

    Star Wars: These aren’t the spoilers you’re looking for

    Image copyright Disney/Lucasfilm Image caption It was a 'smart idea to do it all as a rap,' says one tweet - perhaps they should call it Hamillton? Spoiler alert: The latest Star Wars movie features a 7ft Ewok and cameos ... Read More

    HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Stepping Down

    Sheila Nevins, the president of HBO documentary films, is leaving the cabler after 38 years, Variety has learned. Nevins, 78, has presided over the non-fiction arm of the cabler to tremendous acclaim, producing over 1,000 documentaries and amassing a collection of ... Read More

    AI helps write Harry Potter fanfiction and other news

    BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at the best of the week's technology news stories including:An interstellar asteroid is checked for signs of alien technology San Francisco officials are to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city Artificial intelligence ... Read More

    Here are the Fox/Disney movie mashups you didn’t know you needed

    Disney has announced its massive takeover of entertainment company 21st Century Fox, merging two of the largest studios in the world.It means they'll now own the rights to the likes of Deadpool, The Simpsons and Family Guy.And that gives endless ... Read More

    Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean

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    PubG creator says games need ‘better protection’ from copycat titles

    "Look at movies, Armageddon came out then 20 other comet disaster films came soon after," Brendan Greene explains.He claims elements of his game, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PubG), have been ripped off by other titles and he wants better protection from ... Read More

    ‘Flat-chested’ K-pop star responds to ‘cruel’ body comments

    Amber Liu from Korean all-girl group f(x) has hit back at vicious online comments about the way she looks.She said she was fed up with people making "cruel" statements about her short hair, tattoos and flat chest - and decided ... Read More

    Glenn Miller mystery: Notebook sheds light on death

    One of the most enduring mysteries of World War Two may have been solved with the help of a teenage plane spotter.Music legend Glenn Miller's plane vanished over the Channel without a trace in 1944.Now a US historian has written ... Read More

    Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow louder

    LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9 percent on the day, as warnings grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument. The ... Read More

    Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here’s some proof

    In Jakarta, Indonesia, only 50 percent of the population has access to the piped sewerage system. More than 500,000 residents practice open defecation, and more than one million people discharge wastewater directly into the river, resulting in deteriorated groundwater quality ... Read More

    Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

    Image copyright Amazon Image caption The row meant YouTube was not accessible via Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker Amazon has started selling Google's Chromecast devices two years after it originally removed them from its store.Amazon said it removed them to ... Read More

    The choir that can never sing together

    People with the genetic condition cystic fibrosis (CF) are all told by their doctors not to meet each other. Any physical contact poses a serious cross infection risk. But a group of people who have the condition have managed to ... Read More

    Strictly Come Dancing 2017 champion to be crowned

    Image caption Gemma, Joe, Alexandra and Debbie are battling it out in the final After four months of rigorous training - and just as rigorous spray-tanning - the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 will lift the glitterball trophy on ... Read More

    Gloria Allred Queen of PC Culture: Media Social Engineering, Sex Allegations, and Fraud

    I've been wanting to post this exposé for awhile, so here we go.Gloria Allred : Media Social Engineer, Queen of PC CultureI'm sure that everyone recognizes her, but I'm afraid that most overlook her significance and power in the way ... Read More

    Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit

    Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of Vodafone customers will be able to end their contracts early after the UK's communications regulator raised concerns over new charges.In April, Vodafone introduced new international roaming charges for 60 countries outside the European Union, ... Read More

    How the lightsaber was born

    A set decorator who worked on the original Star Wars film has described the moment the lightsaber was born.Roger Christian told a BBC documentary how the weapon was created from the handle of a 1940s press camera found in a ... Read More

    US police review Russell Simmons rape claims

    Image copyright Getty Images New York City police are investigating rape and sexual assault allegations against music producer Russell Simmons.The former rap mogul took to Instagram to declare his innocence and dismiss allegations as an "insane pile on"."Today, I begin ... Read More

    Facebook Adds Snooze Button to Mute Friends, Pages for 30 Days

    Facebook would prefer that you don’t unfriend your old high school buddies every time they say something you disagree with. That’s why the company released a new feature Friday that makes it possible to temporarily mute people without banning them ... Read More

    Million Britons miss out on ‘decent’ broadband speeds

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Decent broadband can be hard to find in some rural areas, said Ofcom The UK's digital divide has narrowed but more than one million homes and offices still struggle to get good broadband, says an ... Read More

    Hugh Jackman’s novelty top hat trick

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    Oscars 2018: Palme d’Or winner The Square among foreign film hopefuls

    Image copyright Curzon Artificial Eye Image caption Elisabeth Moss and Claes Bang star in The Square, alongside others including Dominic West and Terry Notary The Square, the art world satire that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, is one of ... Read More

    US regulator halts Munchee digital-token sale

    Image copyright Getty Images The US Securities and Exchange Commission has halted a multi-million dollar digital token sale by California-based restaurant review app firm Munchee.The US regulator also warned consumers of the dangers of investing in crypto-currencies issued by firms ... Read More

    Grayson Perry to chair Summer Exhibition art show

    Image caption Grayson Perry is co-ordinating the RA 2018 exhibition Artist Grayson Perry is co-ordinating next year's Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, where anyone can submit an entry.The contemporary art show will also celebrate its 250th anniversary.It ... Read More

    V Festival: ‘No police stationed’ at 2017 event

    Image copyright PA No police were stationed inside V Festival in 2017 because of a dispute over money, the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme understands.The organisers, Festival Republic, refused to pay the cost of special police services at the 50,000-strong event, ... Read More

    Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], said on Thursday that he would sever ties with his venture capital company, Sherpa Capital, after being accused of sexual misconduct ... Read More

    ‘You are being programmed,’ former Facebook executive warns

    Image copyright PA A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session.Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook's vice president for user growth, was speaking at an event run by the ... Read More

    Schools warned over hackable heating systems

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Concerns have been raised that hackers could attack schools' heating systems during a cold spell Dozens of British schools' heating systems have been found to be vulnerable to hackers, according to a probe by ... Read More

    Oprah Winfrey to receive top Golden Globe honour

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oprah Winfrey's self-titled chat show was one of the US's most-watched programmes US television star Oprah Winfrey has been announced as the next recipient of the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award.Golden Globes head Meher ... Read More

    Apprentice winner ‘mortified’ by cake labelling errors

    Image copyright Alana Spencer Image caption "I should have kept a closer eye on things" - Alana Spencer Apprentice winner Alana Spencer was, in her own words, "totally mortified" when Food Standards Agency officials ordered her to recall cakes and ... Read More

    Star Citizen game makers being sued

    Image copyright Cloud Imperium Image caption Star Citizen players can become a pirate, a trader or a mercenary and travel between lots of solar systems The makers of the crowdfunded space game Star Citizen are being sued for copyright infringement ... Read More

    Star Citizen game makers being sued

    Image copyright Cloud Imperium Image caption Star Citizen players can become a pirate, a trader or a mercenary and travel between lots of solar systems The makers of the crowdfunded space game Star Citizen are being sued for copyright infringement ... Read More

    Star Citizen game makers being sued

    Image copyright Cloud Imperium Image caption Star Citizen players can become a pirate, a trader or a mercenary and travel between lots of solar systems The makers of the crowdfunded space game Star Citizen are being sued for copyright infringement ... Read More

    Russell Simmons accused of sexual assault by more women

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russell Simmons has said all of his relationships have been consensual More women have come forward to accuse music producer Russell Simmons of sexual assault and harassment.The New York Times has reported the stories ... Read More