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Samsung Wants to Rain Down 5G Internet From Space

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For hardcore mobile users, global coverage has been something of a wet dream for decades. But if Samsung (and others like them) have their say, we could be reaping the benefits of a true world-wide-web sooner than previously anticipated.

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Research: How We Laugh Online, And The Death Of LOL

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Since emojis started flooding our Internet devices, we’ve adopted new ways of communicating. Whether we’re texting someone, sending an email, or leaving a comment on a site, we somehow can’t escape these giggly yellow faces that say so much with so little. However, there’s an even more popular form of expressing enjoyment online than emojis.

Research done by Facebook – based on a piece by Sarah Larson from The New Yorker – reveals that ‘haha’ is by far the most widely used form of expressing laughter online, followed by emojis (particularly those with tears of joy), ‘hehe,’ and finally ‘lol.’ Here are some numbers extracted by Moira Burke and the Core Data Science team:

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Why Was Google ‘Bought’ By Alphabet?

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The Internet went up in flames a few hours ago when Google announced a major shift in its organizational structure: the creation of a parent company called ‘Alphabet’ with the purpose of better managing the many branches spawned by Google in various fields (like the driverless car project). Alphabet will have one CEO and one President, while the subsidiaries (Google among them) will each have their own CEOs.

Co-founder Larry Page wrote in a blog post on Monday that Alphabet is merely an effort to make Google and all the projects that emerged from it over the years “cleaner and more accountable.” Parent company Alphabet will not be a consumer brand, Page said. In fact, the purpose of creating it was to allow each separate company to evolve individually and pursue its own branding. So, let’s answer some of the most pressing questions regarding Google’s surprising decision.

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Remembering How President Obama Helped Save The Internet

President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, Medium Daily Digest served me one of the best 5-minute reads available on the web: US President Barack Obama’s open letter to the FCC, twisting their arm to do the right thing and save the Internet from ISP monopoly. For those who haven’t read it, let’s recap and remember how The White House supported (and still supports) the notion of an open Internet, amid wireless carriers’ appeal to the FCC’s June ruling.

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Graphene And Its ‘Cousins’ Need More Than Just A Killer App

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Graphene isn’t exactly a hot topic anymore, but its properties remain unchanged – and vastly unexplored. Andre Geim, one of the fathers of the exotic material, admits this much in an interview with Nature magazine.

Together with his colleague Konstantin Novoselov, Geim won the Nobel Prize in Physics for being the first to isolate and explore the impressive properties of the material – a single sheet of carbon, one-atom thick, with foreseeable application in computing, aeronautics, and pretty much every other industry. If anyone should be asked about the state of graphene, it should be him.

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Research: Our Web Browsing Habits Have Prehistoric Roots

Humans are very specific in their needs. The less we have to work for something, the more spoiled we become. However, not all of our seemingly arrogant demands are the product of ignorance. The need for control, for example, has been rooted in our subconscious since the Stone Age.

Liraz Margalit, PhD, is resident psychologist at ClickTale. According to Margalit, our need for control has a subconscious impact on everything we do. And that includes web browsing.

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Computers Can Now Tell Pain

We still rely on hospital staff to tell whether a person – who is under medical treatment and cannot communicate – is in pain. But nurses might soon be able to go on a lunch break without worrying that their mystery coma patient will succumb while they’re munching away.

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a computer vision algorithm that can assess pain levels by analyzing the patient’s facial expressions. It’s not a first, but the results of this new study are far more promising than ever before.

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Wake Up and Smell Actual Money With This Aroma-Diffusing Alarm Clock

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It’s not exactly how the saying goes, but in the case of Guillaume Rolland’s aromatic alarm clock, “wake up and smell the money” is really quite accurate. This 18-year-old French entrepreneur has come up with an ingenious alarm clock that uses scents instead of ear-ripping beeps and dings to wake people up. The craziest thing about it is that it actually works, according to those who’ve used it.

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Unbelievable: Bladeless Wind Turbine Is Better In Every Way

It may be hard to imagine that a simple stick rising from the ground can catch the wind, swirl it around and turn the vortex into electricity. Spanish startup Vortex has proved that it can be done, and the results of their bladeless wind turbine are so impressive that they put traditional wind turbines to shame. If the numbers are accurate and Vortex gets its funding, we could be in for a revolution of the first order in wind energy.

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