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Top 20 Most Popular Programming Languages Among Hacker News Readers

Sometime ago someone ran a poll on Hacker News asking what the readers’ favorite programming language was. I wasn’t surprised to see Python win, but I was surprised to see it lead Ruby by over 1,000 votes. C# fared well with 5th place, and Haskell and Clojure rounded out the top 10. Python (3044) Ruby (1718) […]

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Apple and Samsung fined for deliberately slowing down phones

Italian investigation found software updates ‘significantly reduced performance’, hastening new purchases Apple and Samsung are being fined €10m and €5m respectively in Italy for the “planned obsolescence” of their smartphones. An investigation launched in January by the nation’s competition authority found that certain smartphone software updates had a negative effect on the performance of the devices. Believed […]

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The Sailors Who Hunt Garbage for Science

Emily Penn had a mission: To find a piece of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch large enough to stick a satellite transmitter on so that researchers back on shore could track it until a vessel came to pick it up. Partway through the three-week, all-women’s sailing trip Penn was leading from Hawaii to Vancouver, she found […]

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NASA Releases More Pics of Freaky Rectangular Iceberg

New photos of a surprisingly rectangular iceberg are offering the full picture of this now-famous Antarctic structure—and it remains weird as hell. Scientists with NASA’s Operation IceBridge released the original photo last week, but it only showed a portion of the odd iceberg. With much of the ‘berg out of the frame, it wasn’t clear […]

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Tim Cook: Being gay is God’s greatest gift to me

Four years ago, Tim Cook became the first CEO of a major company to come out as gay. He says he’s happy about that distinction — and his decision. “I’m very proud of it,” the Apple (AAPL) CEO told Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday in an exclusive interview for her program on CNN International and PBS. […]

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Tech investors pin comeback hopes on Microsoft, Google and Amazon

Can earnings get the tech sector back on track? Or will they send tech spiraling into a bear market? Tech stocks briefly fell into correction on Tuesday before bouncing back from their lows — though the Nasdaq is still about 9% below its all-time highs. Microsoft (MSFT) will report its results after the closing bell […]

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How WhatsApp is being abused in Brazil’s elections

Political campaigners in Brazil have used software that scrapes Facebook for citizens’ phone numbers, and then automatically sends them WhatsApp messages and adds them to WhatsApp groups. Almost three weeks ago, 147 million voters in the country went to the polls for legislative elections and the first round of the presidential elections. This Sunday, they […]

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Facebook’s Ad Archive Report highlights top political spenders

For obvious reasons, Facebook’s looking to up political advertising transparency ahead of the midterms. Back in May, the social network introduced Ad Archive, a searchable database of political ads in the U.S. It’s following up the feature with a new Ad Archive Report, a weekly snapshot of political spending. The survey offerings a breakdown of top spenders […]

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YouTube backed itself into a corner with Logan Paul and PewDiePie

YouTube surprised everyone last week by releasing Logan Paul’s premium movie, The Thinning: New World Order, a high-gloss YouTube Red film that had previously been put on indefinite hold after the star filmed a dead body in Japan. The release has been controversial because it not only seemed like YouTube was rewarding a problematic creator, but also that the […]

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YouTube invests $20 million in educational videos

New York (CNN)YouTube is making an investment in educational videos on its platform. The company announced Monday it is putting $20 million into a series of education initiatives, including a fund to support YouTube creators making learning-based videos and providing them with more resources to better monetize their videos. It’s unclear how much of the […]

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