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Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner’s World Record

A helium-filled balloon lifted Mr. Eustace to 135,908 feet. Fifteen minutes after he cut himself loose using a small explosive device, he was on the ground.

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Best-Selling Author Warns 'You Might Not Want to Buy' His Book | WIRED

Patrick Rothfuss is the author of the mega-bestselling novels The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, and is currently hard at work on The Doors of Stone, the final volume in his epic fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle. In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy he discusses his latest book, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a novella set in the same world but with a slightly different feel than his other works.

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Is technology killing old loved books?

Josh Spero, author of Second Hand Stories and editor of Spear's Magazine, and the author Erica Wagner, a former literary editor of the Times mull the question of high tech and old books.

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#Bendagate is back with the iPad Air 2: Watch the wafer-thin tablet snap in half on video

When Apple took to the stage a about ten days ago and announced that its new iPad Air 2 will be impossibly-thin, at 0.24 inches (6.1 mm), many of you have probably paused for at least a second to consider the possibility of that it, too, will easily bend. Interestingly enough, the first bend test of the iPad Air 2 that we saw just two days ago (see it below) lead us to think that the Air 2 won't suffer from a similar issue. The slate looked rigid. But another video that followed up just hours...

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Google Executive Sets New Freefall Jump Record

The tech giant's senior vice president is carried up to 136,400ft by a helium balloon before falling back to earth at 800mph.

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Dems on FEC move to regulate internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge | WashingtonExaminer.com

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that the left wants to regulate conservative political sites and even news outlets like the Drudge Report. Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the...

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Darknets: Murky recesses of the hidden web

The Brazilian police investigation that cracked a high-tech child porn ring earlier this month has shone a spotlight on the darker recesses of the web, an area which still poses massive technology challenges to law enforcement.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity’s crazy minimum PC specs: $500 GPU, $200 CPU, 50GB storage

Ubisoft has announced the minimum requirements for the PC version of Assassin's Creed Unity -- and, well, they're a little bit puzzling to say the least. At a bare minimum, the new Assassin's Creed game will require an Nvidia GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970. The recommended specs take that up to a Core i7-3770 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a top-of-the-line GTX 780 or Radeon R9 290X. The minimum PC specs are about twice the processing power present in the Xbox One. What on earth is going on?

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Google CEO Larry Page just put Sundar Pichai in charge of almost everything

Google's Sundar Pichai, who's already responsible for overseeing Android and Chrome, is about to have even more on his plate. According to Recode, CEO Larry Page has sent a memo to employees...

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