Technology 

Apple reportedly acquiring Shazam music recognition app – CNET

Apple Music integrated with Shazam? We’ll have to wait and see. Patricia Puentes/CNET Apple might be adding another notch onto its acquisition belt. The iPhone-maker is acquiring Shazam, the popular music recognition app, according to TechCrunch. The report suggests that it’s adding the app to its portfolio in order to bolster Apple Music functionality. London-based Shazam, whose app can also identify movies and TV shows, is expected to sell for “nine figures” or “around £300 million ($401 million),” according to TechCrunch’s sources. The claims are unconfirmed. Neither Apple nor Shazam…

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Science 

Oklahoma Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Deaf Man Will Not Face Criminal Charges

The Oklahoma City District Attorney said the shooting was “lawful” More (OKLAHOMA CITY) — An Oklahoma prosecutor announced Friday he will not file criminal charges against a police officer in the September shooting death of a deaf man who was not following officer commands. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said his investigation determined the Sept. 19 shooting death of Magdiel Sanchez outside his south Oklahoma City home was justified. After reviewing evidence, Prater said, the shooting was “lawful, reasonable and not excessive.” Both officers who responded tried to render…

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Science 

President Trump and Donald Jr. Received Email Containing Key to Public Wikileaks Documents

The Trumps received the email after the Wikileaks files went public, not before More (WASHINGTON) — An email sent to President Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. before the 2016 election included a decryption key for hacked documents that the website WikiLeaks had already made public a day earlier. The email obtained by The Associated Press on Friday disputes an earlier news report that Trump and his eldest son had received the information before the hacked data had been made public. In fact, the email was sent to Trump and…

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Science 

Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter

The neutron star beam is weirder than we thoughtNSF/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet By Leah Crane The leftovers from the first neutron star smashup we’ve ever seen have surprised us. The beam of light that jetted out of the explosion has gotten even brighter in the three months since the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) and other observatories spotted the collision. This brightening may mean that similar jets of x-rays and gamma radiation are more complicated than we thought. At the beginning of December, astronomers used the Chandra X-ray Observatory…

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Top Stories World 

Huge FIREBALL shoots across Mediterranean sky as rock breaks off asteroid and enters Earth

The phenomenon was created after a rock abruptly came away from an asteroid and entered the Earth’s atmosphere in the early hours of yesterday morning. The fireball appeared at 5.22am and could be seen from the coast of Valencia to the Balearic Islands. It was captured by sensors installed at the University of Huelva in the Astronomical Complex of La Hita, in La Puebla de Almoradiel, Toledo in Spain. Professor José María Madievo at the university said in a press release that the fireball had been caused any a rock…

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Top Stories World 

Trump’s Jerusalem decision will cause ‘explosion’ in Arab states, Christian leader warns

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has spoken out against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital after days of conflict in the West Bank. A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli troops earlier today as tensions flared close to the Gaza border. Thousands of Palestinians have been demonstrating on a “day of rage”, while Israeli soldiers have responded with live bullets and teargas. Now, Archbishop Pizzaballa has issued a major warning about how the unrest could spread throughout the Middle East. He…

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Technology 

Tesla Model 3 customer deliveries reportedly under way – Roadshow

If you were fortunate enough to attend the LA Auto Show recently, you no doubt saw Tesla had a minty-fresh Model 3 on display. If you missed it, however, the likelihood that you’ll soon be seeing Model 3s on the road is increasing. According to reports from Reddit, Tesla has finally started to contact early Model 3 orderers regarding the delivery of their vehicles. User ry8 posted in the active r/teslamotors subreddit this week that he’s received email confirmation from Tesla that his non-employee, high-spec Model 3 is set to…

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Space 

New and improved Florida pad ready to resume Falcon 9 launches

WASHINGTON — More than a year after suffering significant damage in a Falcon 9 explosion, a Florida launch pad is ready to return to service, incorporating improvements that will allow a higher flight rate. The first launch from Space Launch Complex (SLC) 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, since a September 2016 pad explosion is scheduled for Dec. 12, when a SpaceX Falcon 9 launches a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. The rocket’s first stage performed a successful static fire test there Dec. 6, the first major activity…

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Technology 

Twitter users like longer tweets, data shows – CNET

Maybe Twitter was onto something after all when it doubled its signature 140-character limit. In November, Twitter expanded the length allowed for tweets to 280 characters from the original 140 characters. When it happened, the company was roundly criticized and mocked, either for the silliness of the whole exercise or out of concern that Twitter wasn’t focused on more important issues like tamping down on harassment. The event became such a topic of conversation that #Twitter280 began trending. SocialFlow’s chart shows Twitter users like longer tweets. SocialFlow Now, early data…

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Technology 

This is what a shooting star looks like from space – CNET

Catch a falling star from the space station. NASA/Randy Bresnik Not to destroy the romance, but when you wish upon a shooting star, you’re actually hoping a small scrap of rock or dust will grant your fondest desire. Despite being caused by meteors, shooting stars are still beautiful, and they’re even more intriguing when seen from the International Space Station.  NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik posted several lovely looks at a shooting star on social media Friday after he caught sight of a meteor strike while filming a time-lapse video.  Here’s his…

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