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Social media maelstrom

Facebook’s billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg finally stepped out yesterday to try to stanch the bleeding that has his empire under full-scale assault after revelations that information on 50 million users was improperly harvested and used by the political data firm Cambridge Analytica in its work on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. “We have a responsibility(...)

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Autonomous car hits, kills pedestrian

An autonomous car operating in self-driving mode hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday night, but police officials say their initial investigation suggests the Uber test vehicle was not at fault. Sylvia Moir, the police chief in Tempe, said a review of videos taken by the vehicle and interviews with the emergency(...)

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Underground power

Today’s quiz: What do New England coastal regions and the Caribbean islands have in common? The answer is simple – weather. Sort of. It’s actually more the impact of the weather and the revelation of how vulnerable our power systems are to the forces of nature. Take away the snow and the sub-freezing temperatures and what(...)

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Chandler backs regional rail, more RTA funds

Senate President Harriette Chandler indicated on Monday that she intends to use her new, temporary clout on Beacon Hill to push a transportation agenda that focuses attention on communities outside of Boston. Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester who is serving as Senate president until early next year, said she wants more money for struggling regional(...)

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The Codcast: Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

To listen to the state’s newest regulatory commission in its meetings, the tenor and terms, for the most part, are no different than hearings regarding oversight of most industries in the state. But the big difference is the industry they are charged with overseeing – legal marijuana – and members of the Cannabis Control Commission have(...)

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MIT: Fusion future 15 years away

MIT officials, with $50 million in initial private backing, estimate it will take 15 years to build a working prototype of a fusion power plant running on cheap, plentiful hydrogen and capable of producing carbon-free energy. Researchers have made similar claims in the past, only to see the deadlines pass with little or no progress.(...)

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