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DIY Blood Tests? There's A Downside To Ordering Your Own

It's legal to order diagnostic blood tests without consulting a doctor in many states. But critics say healthy patients can go down a rabbit hole of invasive assays and unnecessary treatments.
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Concerns About How Facebook And Other Social Media Giants Highlight News Online

Facebook denies there's political bias in its lists of top trending news stories. But the allegations raise concerns about the power of Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to influence political discourse. New trends in how news is curated and calls for greater transparency.

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Google To Ban Payday Loan Ads

Google says it will ban all payday loan ads from its site. Consumer advocates say the lending practice hurts the poor and vulnerable.
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Google Announces It Will Stop Allowing Ads For Payday Lenders

The search giant prohibits ads for dangerous, counterfeit and offensive items, among other things. Now it will also ban ads for loans due in less than 60 days, or with an APR of 36 percent or more.
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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Dream Has Its 1st Public Demo

Imagine a pod that can travel through a tube between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Hyperloop One tested a piece of this technology in the Nevada desert on Wednesday.
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Competing Political Visions For America’s Coal Workers

Coal mining companies in Appalachia have been steadily laying off workers and closing down. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders promise to bring new economic opportunities to the area. Donald Trump says he can revive the industry: Join us to discuss competing visions for America's coal workers and the future of the region.

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Is Facebook Suppressing Politically Conservative Content?

The fallout continues after the tech website Gizmodo published an article on Monday alleging that Facebook wasn't just relying on algorithms to identify trending topics on the social media platform.
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Facebook Denies Supressing Conservative News Stories

A former Facebook employee claims the social networking site censors news from conservative sources in its trending news section, according to a story in Gawker's Gizmodo blog.
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Taco Bell's Snapchat Game Is Strong Among Teens, But Does It Sell Tacos?

Fast food chains may succeed in entertaining teenagers on platforms like Twitter or Snapchat, but just because a brand makes teens laugh doesn't mean this elusive demographic will buy its products.
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Maryland Unveils New Driver's Licenses, ID Cards

The cards feature new security measures designed to prevent identity theft and fraud.

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