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I had no idea construction trade shows were this exciting

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As someone who spends much of his work day trying to sift through gadget rumors and staring wide-eyed at photos taken hundreds of millions of miles away from Earth, I'm not the kind of guy who passes judgment on what anyone does for a living. That being said, I have to assume an industry trade show for something as straightforward and utilitarian as construction equipment would be a pretty dull and boring affair. But how wrong I have been.

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Mike Wehner

July 14th

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China’s Great Firewall just got 10 feet higher

China firewall VPN blocking goes into force

Starting in February, China will force telecoms companies to block individual access to VPNs, Bloomberg has learned. Although VPNs are technically illegal in China already, getting ISPs to block them is a major escalation in enforcement, and will make it substantially harder for Chinese residents to skirt the Great Firewall.

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Chris Mills

July 11th

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Four volunteers were just locked in sealed lab for 200 days for simulated moon mission

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If you were like most kids, you at least ventured the thought of becoming an astronaut when you grew up. The idea of flying into space and maybe even walking on the moon just sounds so cool when you're a youngster — and maybe even as an adult — but you don't often consider all the compromises associated with it. A group of four volunteers are about to embark on an experiment that will test the limits of their endurance by being sealed in a laboratory for a whopping 200 days without any outside contact, and it's all for the dream of a manned moon mission.

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Mike Wehner

July 11th

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Officials arrest Apple distributors who sold private data

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Smartphone users — which, at this point, is pretty much everyone — already have enough to worry about when it comes to hackers, malicious apps, and malware invading their phones, but in China, some iPhone users found out their worst enemy was actually the folks selling them their devices in the first place. Chinese officials have now arrested 22 Apple distributors after discovering that they were selling off sensitive user data they found on a secure Apple database. The crooks apparently collected over $7.3 million (over 50 million yuan) from selling the information before being caught. 

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Mike Wehner

June 9th

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After humiliating humankind, Google’s AI is quitting Go

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What do you do when you have beaten all challengers at one of the world's oldest and most strategic board games? You retire as the undisputed champion, letting all who come after you live with the constant, nagging question of whether or not they could have possibly beaten you. The best Go player on the planet is doing just that, only it's not a person — it's Google's ridiculously skilled AI, AlphaGo.

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Mike Wehner

May 30th

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After humiliating humankind, Google’s AI is quitting Go

google alphago champion

What do you do when you have beaten all challengers at one of the world's oldest and most strategic board games? You retire as the undisputed champion, letting all who come after you live with the constant, nagging question of whether or not they could have possibly beaten you. The best Go player on the planet is doing just that, only it's not a person — it's Google's ridiculously skilled AI, AlphaGo.

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Mike Wehner

May 30th

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Apple may be playing with fire in China

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When Apple released its earnings report for the March quarter, there was one data point that jumped off the page regarding iPhone sales. Although iPhone sales declined 1% year over year, Apple saw its revenue increase in every geographic region the company operates in, save for China. Specifically, Apple saw its revenue in China drop by 14% year over year, a factor widely attributed to slumping iPhone sales during the March quarter. And though the iPhone 7 Plus was more popular among Chinese consumers than Apple anticipated, Tim Cook conceded during Apple's conference call that older generation iPhone models "didn't perform as well."

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Yoni Heisler

May 19th

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China’s Shot at Wikipedia Aims to Be a “Great Wall of Culture”

China and Wikipedia have always had a contentious relationship and it appears that authorities are beginning to realize that if they can’t allow access to the site, they’ll have to build one of their own. But the leader of the new project says “our goal is not to catch up, but overtake.”

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Rhett Jones

May 2nd

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China Is Racing Ahead of the US in the Quest to Cure Cancer With CRISPR

On Friday, a team of Chinese scientists used the cutting-edge gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 on humans for the second time in history, injecting a cancer patient with modified human genes in hopes of vanquishing the disease.

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Kristen V. Brown

April 28th

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Netflix is headed where it has never gone before

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Netflix is currently available in nearly 200 countries across the globe, but the streaming giant has historically never been able to break into China. With upwards of 1.3 billion people, China is an incredibly important market for Netflix to tap into, especially amidst some analyst concerns regarding the company's ability to drastically increase revenue growth once its subscriber count plateaus.

As for Netflix's conspicuous absence in China, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explained last year: “In China, you need specific permission from the government to be able to operate, so we’re continuing to work on that and we’re very patient. I think we’re going to be a success there, but it’s going to take some time.”

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Yoni Heisler

April 27th

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