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Daimler begins construction on a $562 million lithium-ion battery factory in Germany

Enlarge / Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in a conversation with Dieter Zetsche (Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars) and others. (credit: Daimler) On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the site of a future lithium-ion battery factory in the eastern German town of Kamenz. The factory…

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Senators ask FCC why reporter was “manhandled” after net neutrality vote

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Atypeek ) Two Democratic senators have asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to explain why “FCC security personnel reportedly manhandled, threatened, and ejected” a journalist who was trying to ask questions after last week’s net neutrality vote . Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) sent a letter to…

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Japan, China have extracted methane hydrate from the seafloor

Enlarge / A photo from the China Geological Survey. The researchers extracted methane hydrate from the bottom of the South China Sea. (credit: China Geological Survey ) This month, teams from Japan and China have successfully extracted methane hydrate, a hydrocarbon gas trapped in a structure of water molecules, off the seafloor. The substance looks…

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Facebook content moderation guidelines leaked

Enlarge / A wall of user photos form a Facebook logo at the company’s data center in Lulea, Sweden. (credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images) Just as the Tories—in their bid to form the next UK government—push for greater policing of free content ad networks , a trove of documents revealing the secret guidelines used by Facebook’s…

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The PicoBrew Pico: Getting closer to a counter-top beer-making machine

Two cold beers, ready for drinking and not spitting out. (credit: Megan Geuss) I’m in my mother’s kitchen in Los Angeles drinking a beer with my sister on a hot spring afternoon. The beer is a bready, hoppy IPA without any overwhelming flavors that would make you think too hard. The alcohol content is acceptable. The…

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GOP lawmaker who helped kill ISP privacy rules proposes new privacy rules

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | KrulUA) Seven weeks after Congress voted to prevent implementation of new ISP privacy rules, a lawmaker who helped lead that effort has proposed legislation that would impose similar rules in a new form. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced the House version of legislation that ultimately killed those privacy rules  in March. But now she’s…

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BostonGlobe.com disables articles when your browser’s in private mode

BostonGlobe.com has a new message for visitors using private mode. The Boston Globe website is closing off a hole in its paywall by preventing visitors who aren’t logged in from reading articles in a browser’s private mode. “You’re using a browser set to private or incognito mode” is the message given to BostonGlobe.com visitors who click on…

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A Trump FCC advisor’s proposal for bringing free Internet to poor people

(credit: Aurich / Thinkstock) When Donald Trump won the presidency, his early decisions made it clear that the Federal Communications Commission would become much less strict in regulating Internet service providers. The FCC transition team he formed to chart a new course for the agency was primarily composed of people who oppose net neutrality rules…

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Where a solar roof works and where it doesn’t

A press image of some smooth black tiles. (credit: Tesla) Last week, Tesla and Tesla’s newly-purchased solar-panel company SolarCity announced that they’d be taking pre-orders at $1,000 a pop for installations of their new solar roof product. The solar roof is made up of tiles—some that produce solar power and some inert—that look just like regular…

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Journalist allegedly “manhandled by FCC guards” for asking questions

Enlarge / FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg ) Federal Communications Commission officials said they apologized to a journalist today after the reporter accused FCC guards of “manhandling” him for trying to ask questions after a press conference ended. CQ Roll Call reporter John Donnelly, who is chairman of the National Press Club’s Press…