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Eyefluence: Why The Creator Of Livescribe Is Getting Into VR

Can you control computers with your eyes? The answer might change the way you do your job.

Jim Margraff isn't your typical virtual reality CEO. The middle-aged Silicon Valley entrepreneur is best known as the creator of Livescribe, the "smart pen" that quickly built a cult following on college campuses, and as the creator of the LeapPad, the popular edutablet. Now, he's turning his attention to a new invention: Hardware that lets users control virtual reality environments with their eyes.

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GOP Candidates: Senate Should Block Or Stall Obama Supreme Court Justice Selection

The process of replacing the ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice will almost certainly be a rocky one during this election year.

The GOP presidential debate in South Carolina began with a moment of silence for Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed on early Saturday.

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The Passing Of Justice Scalia: What Happens Now?

President Obama will nominate the new Justice, but may face a tough confirmation fight with a GOP-controlled Senate.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at 79, leaving a vacancy in the high court just as the country is in the process of choosing a new leader.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead

The 79-year-old was the longest-serving current Justice on the court.

Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving current Justice on the Supreme Court, died in his sleep last night after a day of quail hunting at a ranch outside of Marfa, Texas. The 79-year-old justice, who did not say he was feeling sick and had gone to his room after dinner, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

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Hunting For ET In The California Desert

In a remote California desert, NASA is perfecting technology that may help them find proof of life on Mars.

When the next Mars rover lands in 2020, one of its goals will be to see if the red planet's rocks are hiding proof of extraterrestrial microbes. NASA dreams of one day exploring the ice glaciers of the planet's poles to see if there is indeed life on Mars. Until then, the space agency is busy testing the ET-hunting technology.

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I Tried (And Failed) To Get eHarmony's CEO To Use Tinder

"I'm tempted," said the good-spirited octogenarian, sitting with his wife of 57 years.

I was a little early for my date with Dr. Neil Clark Warren, the founder and CEO of eHarmony. Recently out of a long relationship and somewhat despairing over the feasibility of long-term partnership, I did not see myself visiting his famed, marriage-oriented website anytime soon. I'd been doing a lot of left-swiping and right-swiping of late, and it was pretty compelling. And so I had an agenda for our interview: I was going to get Dr. Neil Clark Warren to try out the competition. I was going to get the octogenarian founder of America's premiere marital-bliss brokerage to try Tinder.

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Hilarious Twitter Meme Makes A Comeback: #HealthPolicyValentines

It's that time again for the health industry's nerdiest tweetfest.

In 2012, a government employee (_@emma_sandoe) came up with the idea for an extremely nerdy Internet meme: #healthpolicyvalentines. Health policy wonks loved it, and immediately flocked to Twitter to share their Valentine's Day wishes.

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Find A Bug In A Tesla? You Could Get A Reward.

Companies like Tesla and Fitbit are offering cash rewards to non-employees who find security flaws.

It's one of the biggest threats to the Internet of Things: Bugs.

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This Greeting-Card Superstar Is Ditching Pen And Ink For The iPad Pro

For Leendert Jan Vis, digital art isn't about perfection—it's about spontaneity.

You probably don't recognize the name of Dutch artist Leendert Jan Vis, but an awful lot of people enjoy his work every day. Over the past three decades, his cheerful and quirky animals have appeared on over 250 million greeting cards as well as in picture books, as stuffed animals, and on a variety of products.

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How Steve Wozniak Brought A Comic Con To Silicon Valley

From the Homebrew Computer Club to the US Festival to his new project, Apple's cofounder has been a community builder for decades.

If you were starting an event that sat at the intersection of technology and pop culture, you could scarcely imagine a better founding myth than one involving an encounter between Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and Marvel impresario Stan Lee. As the designer of the Apple II's hardware and software, Woz played a monumental role in the personalization of computers that ushered in the era that would bring us not just PCs but smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smart TVs, and much more. And the Marvel comics that Lee co-created and wrote in the 1960s are the stuff that modern myths are made of.

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American Airlines Will Now Push Passengers To Book Uber Rides From The Airport

Uber and American Airlines are partnering for door-to-door travel.

American Airlines announced a new partnership with ride-hailing app Uber that will encourage travelers to book a ride home from the airport.

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Watch 1,400 Workers Lose Their Jobs At Once—Because Their Jobs Are Going To Mexico

The global economy hits home, and it's not pretty.

Recently, workers at an Indianapolis plant operated by Carrier, an air-conditioning manufacturer, came to work like any other day. Except it wasn't like any other day. Instead, they got to hear a speech explaining that they were losing their jobs because the company was moving the factory to Monterrey, Mexico, to save money. Carrier is owned by United Technologies Company, which made $7.6 billion last year.

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How Well Do You Know The News? Take The Fast Company Quiz

What happened this week? Here's our quiz for February 12, 2016.

Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. clap

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Dear Silicon Valley: There Are No Shortcuts In Health Care

What do Theranos, 23andMe, and Zenefits have in common? These well-hyped companies failed to meet regulatory requirements.

In 2013, 23andMe got slapped by federal regulators for failing to respond to emails. In 2015, the much-hyped biotech startup Theranos was cited by the feds for serious deficiencies that put patient safety in "immediate jeopardy." And last week, Zenefits, a company that claimed to demystify compliance, announced that its CEO would resign for, you guessed it, problems with compliance.

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Researchers Find A Crack That Drains Supposedly Secure Bitcoin Wallets

"Brain wallets" were designed to be so safe you could store them in plain sight on the Internet. Wrong!

It's always a pain to memorize a password. This is why we so often choose weak ones. A technique used for protecting bitcoin wallets (called a "brain wallet") seemed to offer a workaround. You use a strong form of cryptography to convert a password that you only keep in your mind—thus reducing vulnerability to malware and other attacks—into something that resists brute force. Brain wallets could thus be stored in the clear (effectively unencrypted) in the bitcoin blockchain, making them always available to an owner without weaknesses that would expose their value to others.

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How The "Deadpool" Writers Delivered The Deadpool Of Every Fan's Dreams

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talk about working with Ryan Reynolds to make the long-gestating film uncompromisingly, definitively Deadpool.

It takes supreme humility to forego traditional writing credits for the film you wrote. Or it would, at least, if you didn't instead bill yourself and your co-writer as The Real Heroes Here, which is exactly what Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick did on Deadpool.

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GE Gets Unimpossible, Shock Top Reviews Super Bowl Ads: Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Kevin Hart is petite for Foot Locker, young athletes inspire for Samsung, and Brooks jogs with the undead.

If we're all being honest here, I'm going to come out and say I missed Newcastle this Super Bowl. The meta-ad attitude, frolicking in the ridiculousness of the big game hype, the millions spent, and the fact we're all watching anyway. Everyone and their mother's brother took some time to review the Super Bowl ads this year, but to follow up its game ad Shock Top and comedian TJ Miller did some ad criticism of their own for a brilliant focus group of two. Onward!

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Check Out This Long-Lost Video of Steve Jobs Unveiling NeXT

Footage was thought lost until researchers discovered it while making the "Steve Jobs" film.

Steve Jobs is remembered for accomplishing so many things: the creation of the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, and Apple itself. Yet the man who has an almost mythical stature in the tech industry had his fair share of failures, too—the most obvious of which was NeXT, the company he founded after being forced out of Apple in 1985.

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Uber Offers To Pay $28.5M Fine To Customers For Misleading "Safety" Statements

Unfortunately, your cut will be less than a dollar.

Uber has offered to pay $28.5 million to settle two class action lawsuits brought against the company that alleges the ride-sharing company misled customers over safety statements it made, reports The Verge. If approved by the judge presiding over the case, the settlement will be divided among 25 million Uber passengers in the United States who used the service from January 1, 2013, to January 31, 2016. That means the average Uber customer's take will be 87 cents, which would be refunded to their credit cards or added as a credit to their Uber accounts.

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AT&T Joins Verizon In Testing 5G Wireless This Year

Company will use early version of the service as broadband replacement.

AT&T is expected to officially announce that it will begin testing a next-generation 5G wireless network this year, reports Re/code. The telecoms provider will join Verizon, which is already actively working on its 5G network. Though 5G service won't be offered to smartphone users until the end of this decade, each company—and dozens like them in countries around the world—are in a race to be the first to offer 4G's successor.

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