What do the homeless need? A city of geodesic domes, apparently

Silicon Valley is not exactly known for tactfully interacting with San Francisco’s low-income and homeless populations. Perhaps no piece of writing could convey this better than a vivid 2013 Facebook rant by entrepreneur Greg Gopman. After a walk through downtown San Francisco, Gopman complained about a downtown where “the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the center of the city,” since “there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. It’s a burden and a liability having them so close to us. Believe me, if they added the smallest iota of value I’d consider thinking…

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Author: Adi Robertson

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Twitter shut down a site that saved politicians' deleted tweets

Politwoops, a project from the Sunlight Foundation, launched in 2012 with a simple mission: save the deleted tweets that politicians would rather you didn’t see. Last night, Twitter shut the project down.

According to a statement released today by the Sunlight Foundation, Twitter decided that Politwoops violated the company’s API Terms of Service “on a fundamental level” and decided to have it removed. The Sunlight Foundation says they are unable to appeal the decision, but have decided to “honor Twitter’s latest decision,” despite working out issues with the company in 2012. According to the statement:

We are truly mystified as to what prompted the change of heart, and it’s deeply disappointing to see Twitter kill a project they had…

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Author: Colin Lecher

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A brief history of Dish's many attempts to break into wireless

The only reason Dish’s reported merger talks with T-Mobile should come as a surprise is if you haven’t been watching the company at all over the past few years. Sure, the merger might be a consolation prize for both companies, but for Dish in particular it would be a win after a long and probably frustrating string of losses. For at least four years now — and probably longer — Chairman Charlie Ergen has been striving to find ways to get Dish involved in a real wireless network. The company has fought with the FCC, juggled wireless spectrum, and been in talks with more companies than you might remember. Dish has been grasping, and these T-Mobile rumors are just the latest in a long string of rumors about the company.

So you might be…

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Author: Dieter Bohn

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New blood test shows all the viruses you've ever been infected with

Chances are, you don’t know all the viruses you’ve encountered throughout your life. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just find out? According to a new study in Science, researchers have devised a blood test that can do just that by identifying the viruses that your immune system has fought in the past. The test is in its infancy, but it’s already giving us some insight into just how similar people’s immune systems are — despite the large geographic distances that can separate them.

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Author: Arielle Duhaime-Ross

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Jamie xx rebuilds the '90s rave of his dreams on In Colour

There’s a moment in all good pop songs, that microsecond right before the hook; a space just big enough for an anticipatory gasp. In Colour, Jamie xx’s debut solo LP, feels like it’s taken up permanent residency in that moment. It’s an album where the wait is just as important as the thing you’re waiting for; an album where what has already happened is just as important as what will happen.

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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ZTE bringing its 'borderless' Nubia Z9 smartphone to the US

ZTE’s flagship Nubia Z9, which features a nearly borderless display, is coming to the United States in Q3 of this year. The phone will retail at prices between $564 and $725, depending on how much storage and RAM you prefer. (The high-end $725 “Exclusive” model also adds in a fingerprint sensor, which is actually integrated into the side of the Z9 rather than a home button or other implementations we’ve seen.

All three feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display and are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, putting the Nubia Z9 on par with flagship phones from more well-known manufacturers here in the US. Those barely-there side bezels allow ZTE to add some unique gesture controls and app shortcuts through what it calls Frame Interactive…

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Author: Chris Welch

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Dropbox adds new enterprise class features as it tries to attract big businesses

The last year hasn’t seen many flashy product launches or updates for Dropbox. The company held a big event last April to show off its Carousel app for photo management and the newly purchased Mailbox email app, but since then, it’s been a year of refinements. And not coincidentally, many of those updates have centered on Dropbox for Business. After introducing the two-account setup that lets personal user accounts live alongside a Dropbox for your work, the company has focused on improvements that make Dropbox work better with Microsoft Office, an API to help big businesses integrate the service, and numerous other updates.

Today, the company is announcing another set of updates for Dropbox for Business customers — and signaling its…

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Author: Nathan Ingraham

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