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General Atomics' $40-million gamble on small nukes

The scientists and engineers at General Atomics think the future of nuclear energy is coming on the back of a flatbed truck. The leadership at the San Diego company, which has been developing nuclear technologies for more than 60 years, has already spent $40 million in the expectation that its...

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    One of Facebook's biggest accomplishments: Paying far lower taxes

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  • Seagate Technology to cut about 6,500 jobs; stock jumps 22%

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    Virtual reality is often lauded as the future of gaming. With its high-tech headsets, it can transport gamers to fantastic virtual environments, completely separate from the real world.  But the recent runaway success of a mobile Pokémon app suggests great promise for augmented reality – virtual...

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    Amazon Prime Day is Tuesday: Will the deals live up to the hype?

    Amazon Prime Day returns for its second showing on July 12 after its first shot at “Black Friday in July” failed to generate much holiday cheer. Though the online shopping giant said its inaugural event racked up solid sales numbers, social media were rife with complaints about the lackluster offerings...

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    Lyft and GM to rent electric vehicles to ride-hailing drivers

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  • Victims' families sue Facebook for $1 billion over Palestinian attacks

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    Apple pressures Unicode into pulling rifle emoji

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  • Waze begins steering drivers away from nerve-racking L.A. intersections

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    The popular navigation app Waze is known for steering drivers toward briskly moving side streets. But avoiding traffic-choked main roads altogether is difficult, so users would often find themselves forced to make stressful left turns from tiny streets onto a multi-lane arteries – sometimes without...

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