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The Intimidating Task Behind This Season's Cutest Breakout Star

One of the new characters in the latest Star Wars, BB-8, is one adorable droid. With only a sketch of the final product, its creators didn't know how much fuss would come from the harmless robot.
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An Odd, Uplifting 'Alien': Meet The Man Behind A 'Weird Twitter' Star

Jonathan Sun, MIT student: "I thought it would be interesting to look at the world as an outsider." Jonnysun, Twitter celebrity: "*pets a skeleton* u used to b a baby"
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Why Are 'Hoverboards' Literally Catching Fire?

Reports of the boards burning up have focused attention on shoddy lithium-ion batteries. While most devices with the batteries are made safely, precautions can be taken in choosing and using them.
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Privacy Advocates Sound Alarm On Cybersecurity Provision In Spending Bill

One of the provisions attached to the $1.1 trillion spending bill allows companies to share their customers' data with other companies and the government. Backers of the measure say it will help fight cyber attacks. But privacy advocates argue it will give the government easy access to Americans' personal information and does little to stop cyber crimes.
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Most-Read In 2015: The Two-Way Stories That Found The Largest Audiences

You might have seen these stories before. They range from the serious — even the wonky — to the (arguably) absurd.
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Most-Shared In 2015: Stories That Grabbed The Two-Way's Readers

The metric of sheer page views only goes so far. We wanted to see which posts resonated enough with people that a high rate of readers shared them with friends and followers.
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Fact Checking Uber On Labor Laws

A law passed by Seattle that allows Uber and other contract drivers to organize raises many legal questions. But despite claims by Uber, labor experts say, it has real teeth.
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Cybersecurity Legislation Finds A Place In U.S. Budget Bill

Congress has been trying to tackle cybersecurity for years. After several attempts to craft information-sharing legislation, the latest one has found its way into the must-pass federal spending bill.
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Help A Blind Person Identify Everyday Things, Via Smartphone App

A new app called Be My Eyes pairs blind people with sighted volunteers who help them with daily tasks that require vision, at home and outside. It's part of a new "micro-volunteering" trend online.
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For Sex Industry, Bitcoin Steps In Where Credit Cards Fear To Tread

Trying to crack down on sex trafficking, authorities have been going after online ads for adult services. Some in this industry have found a workaround to stay under the radar: cyber currency.

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