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Did Messenger just make Facebook cool for teens again? Not quite.

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Being “cool” is a fleeting sensation for Silicon Valley companies, where innovation moves at breakneck speeds, competition is relentless and users often fickle.

Happy 10th birthday, new Doctor Who

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Exactly ten years ago Thursday, an old TV show returned to the BBC after a 16-year hiatus. Expectations were low. It seemed, even to many of its fans, like a low-budget relic from another era

Its very name recalled wobbly cardboard sets, rubber-masked aliens, scenery-chewing actors and impenetrable scripts filled with sci-fi jargon. There had already been one attempt to revive it — a 1996 TV movie made in collaboration with Fox. The best that could be said about that was the initial plans to…

Apple may soon expand iPhone trade-in program to China

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Apple is reportedly eyeing an expansion of its iPhone trade-in program in China.

According to a Bloomberg report, the Cupertino, California-based tech company is in talks with its manufacturer, Foxconn, to roll out a trade-in program to iPhone owners in exchange for store credit.

The move, if true, wouldn’t come as a complete surprise, considering its popularity in the U.S. and how important of a market China is to…

First look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, coming to the U.S. April 10

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You won’t have to wait much longer for the biggest Android release of the year. The Samsung Galaxy S6 — along with its brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge — are coming to the U.S. on April 10, with pre-orders starting Friday, March 27.

All four major wireless carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile — have committed to selling both phones, and US Cellular will, too. Cricket and Boost Mobile will sell just the Galaxy S6. Pricing has not yet been announced; we’ll update this story as we learn…

NASA wants to grab a chunk of asteroid and move it into the moon’s orbit

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WASHINGTON — NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it — a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars.

The space agency Wednesday unveiled details of the $1.25 billion plan to launch a solar-powered unmanned spaceship to an asteroid in December 2020. The ship would spend about a year circling the large space rock and pluck a 13-foot boulder off its surface using robotic arms. It would have three to five…

Deep-fried nachos on a stick are coming to Milwaukee Brewers fans

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For baseball fans, the start of this year’s season isn’t simply a fresh start for their teams. It also means loosening belts a notch to make room for artery-clogging ballpark snacks like nachos on a stick, which are no longer just a pipe dream

This year, Milwaukee Brewers can get their hands on the “Inside The Park” nachos on a stick at Wisconsin’s Miller Park. Each nacho is stuffed with taco meat, rolled in crushed Doritos, deep fried to a golden crisp and topped with cheese and sour…

Kazakhstan villagers are abruptly falling asleep and no one knows why

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Over the past year and a half, about a quarter of the population of a northern Kazakhstan village has sporadically stopped what they’re doing and suddenly fallen into a deep sleep. And no one can explain why

Dubbed a “sleeping sickness” by scientists, the episodes are marked by an instantaneous deep slumber that lasts days on end. Those afflicted wake up feeling confused and dizzy — most don’t recall their time asleep, but some report frightening hallucinations

With New Support For Mobile Ads, Facebook’s LiveRail Isn’t Just For Video Anymore

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What to expect at Facebook’s F8 conference

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It’s a big week for Facebook. The company’s employees, developers and observers will descend upon San Francisco for F8, Facebook’s developer conference.

Facebook often uses F8 to

The time to start planning that trip to Europe is … now

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Certainly you’ve heard the refrain by now: The dollar is up against the Euro and the British pound, which means 2015 is the best year in a decade for getting value from a European vacation.

And it’s true, whether you’re looking for a luxury holiday or budget trip.

“Now’s the time,” Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, told Mashable. “The Euro, depending on the day, is definitely dipping.”

But whether it starts to…