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China issues white paper on space activities

As for future major projects, China will launch the Chang'e-4 lunar probe in 2018, with hopes of achieving mankind's first soft landing on the far side of the moon. That mission is meant to position a relay station that China will use to develop technologies for communications with the far side of the moon. No country besides the US has successfully operated a probe on Mars for longer than 14.5 seconds. Read More

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Class-Action Lawsuit Claims Chicago McDonald's Value Meals Aren't A Value

Class-Action Lawsuit Claims Chicago McDonald's Value Meals Aren't A Value

But if things like their Extra Value Meals are actually costing you more money than they should, then that's a problem. James Gertie filed the lawsuit, which he hopes will go class action, December 13 after realizing his $5.90 two-cheeseburger Extra Value Meal cost 41 cents more than just buying two cheeseburgers, fries, and a drink separately, according to the Cook County Record . Read More

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Netflix Twitter Account Hacked by OurMine

Netflix Twitter Account Hacked by OurMine

Another hacker tweet read, "World security is s-". Netflix, Marvel and the National Football League have each managed to delete OurMine's tweets - or else Twitter is doing it for them. In response to the crisis, Netflix's customer service Twitter account tweeted: "We're aware of the situation and are working to get it resolved". "The Avengers " account has 2.1 million followers. Read More

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Trump, Obama statements on China benefit Taiwan: scholar

He later deleted that tweet and replaced it with a corrected version. "We call upon China to return our UUV immediately, and to comply with all of its obligations under global law". Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the seizure "a remarkably brazen violation of worldwide law". The administration of President Barack Obama has also challenged China's efforts to boost its maritime presence with military hardware deployed in areas claimed by other regional governments. Read More

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Obama, rapping Putin, says USA could strike back on cyber

Obama, rapping Putin, says USA could strike back on cyber

FBI Director James Comey and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, are now backing the CIA's conclusion, according to a message sent to employees by CIA Director John Brennan. It was not an elaborate espionage scheme, Obama said. The president covered a range of other subjects, including the deteriorating situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo and the risks of President-elect Trump jettisoning America's "One China" policy by recognizing Taiwan. Read More

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to resign

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to resign

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will step down on January 20, clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to appoint a Republican chairman and majority at the agency. Democrats could slow the Republicans if Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn also steps down from the agency. The FCC at full strength has five commissioners, with a maximum of three from any political party, and the chairman is selected by whoever is president. Read More

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Twitter Rolls Out Live Streaming

Members of the audience within a live video on Twitter can interact with the broadcaster by commenting and sending hearts to show their support. Twitter touts itself as the place to see what's happening now, and has had several livestreaming deals, including with the National Football League and CBS News for the presidential debates. Read More

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Feathered dinosaur tail captured in amber found in Myanmar

The tail's anatomy enabled the scientists to rule out that it belonged to a bird because it was long and flexible and lacked a pygostyle , fused vertebrae that in birds support the tail feathers . McKellar said the creature would have had a whip-like tail like a mouse but covered with contour feathers similar to those that give shape and color to birds. Read More

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