‘Game of Thrones’ Tormund and Brienne remains the largest ‘ship on the internet

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Spoilers, y’all. Don’t act like I didn’t tell you. 

The greatest love story in Westeros has only grown in strength past its meet-cute.

Yes, Tormund Giantsbane and Brienne of Tarth have not yet had their love fully realized, but that has not stopped the internet from flipping out every time that the red bearded member of the Freefolk lifts his eyebrow when talking about his tall knight in shining armor. 

Tormund got another chance to fuel fans’ fire Sunday while walking north of the wall in search of a wintry zombie to take back to Cersei. There, Tormund was only too glad to talk about Brienne, his belief that sexuality is a spectrum, and the hope that the mis-matched pair can have large, ginger babies.  Read more…

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ICE insists it doesn’t use Stingrays to track undocumented immigrants

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Tips From Podcast Hosts To Make You a Better Public Speaker

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Prisma hopes to market its AI photo filtering tech

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Donald Trump’s NOAA Just Disbanded the National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee

President Donald Trump and his administration’s assault on the climate science community has continued, the Washington Post reported, with the elimination of a 15-person advisory committee which helps translate federal scientific research into policy.

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Elon Musk and 115 other experts ask the UN to ban killer robots in open letter

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Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other leading AI and robotics experts have joined together to ask the UN to ban the use of so-called killer robots in an open letter published today.

The group is concerned about the potential use of lethal autonomous weapons and how they might be applied in the future, and they penned a short note released by the Future of Life Institute. The text was made public to kick off the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia, according to a press release.

“Lethal autonomous weapons” refers to the drones, autonomous machine guns, tanks, and other forms of weaponry controlled by AI on next-generation battlefields.  Read more…

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Microsoft reveals every game enhanced for Xbox One X

Microsoft has dribbled out details of Xbox One X visual upgrades over the past couple of months, but now it's laying all its cards on the table. The company's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has posted a list of all the games currently slated to get some k…

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Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

Money laundering and terror finance laws will stretch to cover digi-dollars

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New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

Federal agency addresses the new world of Alexa, smart cameras and IoT

A draft of new IT security measures by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has for the first time pulled privacy into its core text as well as expanded its scope to include the internet of things and smart home technology.…

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Where there’s smoke there’s a Galaxy Note: Refurbished Model 4 batteries recalled

Phablets sent to AT&T customers with batteries from FedEx are at risk

Samsung’s got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4.…

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