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Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

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Why Science Fiction Is the Wrong Model for the Imagining the Future

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Self-driving cars, extreme life extension, and global wifi provided by weather balloons: Google makes projects that sound like science fiction into reality at its secretive research lab, Google X.

And that may be exactly the problem.

Google finally allowed a journalist, Fast Company’s Jon Gertner,to profile Google X. His report is on newsstands (at least digital ones) today. The most interesting strategic detail he gleaned was Google’s process for selecting Google X projects:

[T]here are…

Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

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Research Finds Arsenic Poisoning in Chilean Mummies

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People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests.

Previous analyses showed high concentrations of arsenic in the hair samples of mummies from both highland and coastal cultures in the region. However, researchers weren’t able to determine whether the people had ingested arsenic or if the toxic element in the soil had…

How Much of Your Taxes Help People in Need?

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Americans scrambled to meet the IRS’ deadline on Tuesday to file their tax returns. While the annual process can be tedious and hits many where it really hurts (in the pocketbook), there’s a social good silver lining: A chunk of that money went toward helping people in serious need around the world.

ONE, the grassroots campaign of more than 3 million people fighting against extreme poverty and preventable diseases, created a web calculator to measure how much impact your taxes have on the…

4 Dead, Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast

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Four people are dead, 55 are injured and hundreds are missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people capsized off the southern coast of South Korea.

Officials fear the death toll will rise throughout the day.

The ship, which was carrying a number of high school students on a trip to a nearby island, sent out a distress signal at 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday, NPR reports

Less than two hours later had…

Ferry Sinks Off South Korea, Nearly 300 People Missing

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Nearly 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday morning.

It’s not clear what caused the multi-story vessel to list and sink, but witnesses reported an impact and loud noise just before the ship began to roll over in the water.

The ship sent out a distress signal at 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday, NPR reports, and less than two hours later had completely turned over, leaving the majority of…

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Witness Friends’ Reactions to Your Photos With This App

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Sharing moments with friends and family just got a little more personal with Reactr, an app that captures a user’s reaction after sharing a photo or video with him or her

A Reactr user sends a picture, video or text message to a friend. Before sending it, they choose the type of reaction they want to receive from the friend -– either a recorded video or photo. The friend then opens up the app, chooses whether they want to share their reaction, and if they do, the reaction is sent back to…

Courage and Compassion: 24 Photos That Show What Boston Strong Is All About

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BOSTON, Mass. — One year after the deadly bombings took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the people of Boston appeared stronger than ever. The well-known saying ‘Boston Strong’ could be seen everywhere, from banners and signs to t-shirts and storefronts. The anniversary drew a stream of onlookers, from tourists who wanted to lend their support, to last year’s runners who had returned to remember, some wearing the bright blue and yellow marathon jackets that became a symbol of…

The Boston Stories You Must Read Today

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In the year since two brothers allegedly set off a pair of bombs at the Boston Marathon, online outlets have published stories remembering the victims, investigating the perpetrators and spotlighting the survivors.

On April 15, 2013, the two blasts at the finish line killed three people and injured at least 260 others. The Boston Globe on Monday won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the bombing. We’ve rounded up some…