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How a “location API” allows cops to figure out where we all are in real-time
The digital privacy world was rocked late Thursday evening when reported on Securus, a prison telecom company that has a service enabling law enforcement officers to locate most American cell phones within seconds. The company does this via a basic Web interface leveraging a location API—creating a way to effectively access a massive real-time database of cell-site records.

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Check out this surreal chat with Theranos investor who says he’s “thrilled”
In yet another jaw-dropping interview that seemed to be broadcast from an alternate universe, venture capitalist Tim Draper tenaciously defended the failed blood testing company Theranos and its disgraced founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes. In the interview, which aired on CNBC, Draper called the limping start-up “one of those extraordinary companies” and said he was glad to have backed Holmes,…

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Dealmaster: TCL’s new Roku TVs are here, so the old one is down to $500 today
TCL has announced a one-day sale that marks its P605 Roku TV down to $500 at Best Buy. The Chinese tech firm says the deal will apply to stock at Best Buy’s retail stores and website, but the discount will only be available on May 12. TCL P605 Roku TV

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Syfy has canceled The Expanse, but its producers want to find it a new home
Season three of the acclaimed Sci-Fi drama is well underway, but unfortunately, it will be the last season to air on Syfy. The final episode will be the season finale slated for early July, Deadline reports. The Los Angeles-based production company behind the show says it will try to shop the series to other potential broadcasters or streaming platforms around…

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After “crazy hard” development, SpaceX’s Block 5 rocket has taken flight
For most watching the Falcon 9 rocket launch on Friday afternoon from Florida, the spectacle did not appear all that different from any SpaceX rocket launch and subsequent droneship landing. But sometimes, looks can be deceiving. This rocket ascending into space had been almost entirely remade. After eight years of flying the Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX has taken all of…

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Microsoft can’t fix “flickergate” Surface Pro 4s with software, so it’s replacing them
Microsoft will replace Surface Pro 4s that are afflicted with a screen flickering issue that is caused by a hardware problem and is unfixable in firmware or software. For more than a year, there have been complaints from Surface Pro 4 users that their tablet computers were developing a nasty screen flickering issue.

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SpaceX’s Block 5 rocket passes its first test, but final exams remain
For most watching the Falcon 9 rocket launch on Friday afternoon from Florida, the spectacle did not appear all that different from any SpaceX rocket launch and subsequent droneship landing. But sometimes, looks can be deceiving. This rocket ascending into space had been almost entirely remade. After eight years of flying the Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX has taken all of…

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Formula 1 finally launched its livestream—and it was a total mess
This week, Formula 1's long-anticipated Internet streaming service went live just ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. The introduction of its own online stream was a huge priority for Liberty Media, the sport's owner, which is trying to bring the 21st century to a series that until now had stoutly ignored the Internet.

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Here’s what’s going on with Hawaii’s erupting volcano
Recent events in Hawaii have been producing some remarkable images. But if you’re not a geologist—or resident of Hawaii—you might be wondering what the heck is going on. We’re here to help: while lava spewing from back yards in a subdivision seems wild, it’s not really surprising. Why is Kīlauea an active volcano in the first place?