The new Acura NSX is finally here

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To say that the new NSX has had a long, fraught journey to production would be an understatement: the on-again, off-again supercar was first introduced as a concept car back in 2007. Now, in 2015, we finally know what the production model will look like.

The hybrid mid-engine NSX succeeds the legendary first-generation model, a hand-built, all-aluminum exotic that lasted in Honda’s stable for a full 15 years — so basically, the new version has a lot to live up to.

Acura notes that in the middle of development, it made a game-time decision to change powerplants — the new NSX still a hybrid, but instead of a normally-aspirated engine, it’s using a twin-turbo V6 paired to a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. In total, you’ll get north of…

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Stephen Colbert’s Late Show will premiere September 8th

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Stephen Colbert will take over the Late Show on September 8th, replacing David Letterman after more than two decades as host. Letterman’s final show will be May 20th. Colbert was chosen to be the Late Show‘s new host — the second host in its entire history — last April, at which point he began winding down the long-running Colbert Report. The Report ended its nine-year run last month with a star-studded finale, giving Colbert over half a year’s time to prepare his new series and begin moving into the Ed Sullivan Theater once Letterman moves out.

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The US Central Command Twitter account has been hacked

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The official Twitter account for the US Central Command was hacked earlier today by a group claiming to represent ISIS, which is currently using the account to disseminate military data. The account was suspended just after 1:10pm ET, roughly 30 minutes after the first compromised tweets. A linked Pastebin file described the attack as part of a so-called “cyberjihad,” saying “While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you. The hack also hit Centcom’s YouTube page, which posted three ISIS propaganda videos after being compromised.

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Shows about nothing: Togetherness and HBO’s Sunday night mumblecore block

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I still miss Enlightened. I tend to have a pretty zen, detached relationship with television: when a show that I like is on, I watch it and appreciate it and think about it. When it’s gone, I honor its memory and move on with my life. But the two seasons of Mike White’s HBO — comedy? Drama? Weekly meditation on good intentions and human frailty? — were not enough for me. Despite its mundane setting, there was always something universal lurking in its margins. The stakes were much higher than whether Amy Jellicoe would get any Twitter followers, and the show was artful and subtle in the way it let that on. If it had a high concept, it was its profound empathy for its collection of imperfect characters.

That thrillingly undefined genre…

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CNN and FAA sign research deal to bring drones into news reporting

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Drones are going to help CNN bring you the news. The 24-hour news network has signed a research agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration that will “advance efforts” to bring more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into its newsgathering and reporting process. “Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” CNN SVP David Vigilante said in a statement. “Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace.”

News organizations have joined the ever-growing chorus of criticism…

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MSI Goes USB 3.1 at CES 2015: The MSI Component Suite Tour

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Back at Computex we reported that MSI was showing a potential mock-up of USB 3.1 on one of their motherboards. Fast forward a few months and this is slowly becoming a reality, with working silicon and demos on hand, almost ready to ship. MSI also had a few neat custom builds as well as a wide variety of colored GPUs, some with a different fan design.

Instagram’s private accounts weren’t as private as they seemed

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Until recently, private accounts on Instagram were leaving certain photos accessible to anyone with the right link, according to a Quartz investigation. The bug, which was closed as a result of Quartz’s work, meant that photos posted to a public Instagram account would remain available even after the account was made private. That doesn’t explicitly contradict anything in Instagram’s documentation, but it’s still a potentially nasty surprise to anyone who’s made their account private to fend off unwanted visitors. As long as you had the public link to the photo in question, the link would have continue to work indefinitely.

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Elsevier Acquires Newsflo To Add Media Monitoring To Its Academic Research Tool Mendeley

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Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 12.07.07 Educational publisher Elsevier has picked up another London startup to boost its tech-based portfolio of products that serve the academic community. It’s acquired Newsflo, a bespoke media monitoring service that enables academics to get ‘impact’ analytics for their published research, thus helping academic institutions keep track of media coverage and social media mentions, as… Read More

Fresh Funding For Augmedix Suggests Your Doctor Could Soon Be Wearing Google Glass

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augmedix While Google Glass hasn’t had the impact that Google had likely hoped it would, a fresh funding round of $16 million raised by Augmedix today suggests it’s far from dead. Augmedix is a startup that launched in 2012, with the aim of providing medical professionals with a Glass-powered electronic health record solution: A Series A round from the company co-led by its original seed… Read More

PayPal Credit Expansion Now Lets Merchants Set Terms, Including Option For Interest-Free Payments

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paypal-credit Last July, PayPal rebranded its Bill Me Later service as “PayPal Credit,” as a part of the company’s efforts to bring its credit products “more to the center of PayPal.” Today, as promised earlier, PayPal Credit is expanding its support for monthly payments with an option for retailers that allows them to decide on the number of months and interest rates that… Read More

Spotify Now Has 15M Paying Users, 60M Overall Active Subscribers

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Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 11.19.55 AM Spotify, the music streaming service that is tipped to be soon in line for an IPO, has today announced that it now has 15 million paying users, and 60 million subscribers overall. To put this into some context, two months ago, the company said it had 12.5 million paying users out of 50 million subscribers. Both numbers indicate that Spotify is not moving the needle yet on its proportion… Read More

Capital One Acquires Budgeting App Level Money

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level-money Capital One has acquired San Francisco-based money management app, Level Money, the companies are announcing this morning. The app, which is focused on allowing consumers to keep track of their spendable cash and savings, had 700,000 users at the time of the acquisition, and has helped its customers manage over $12 billion in transactions. The startup will now continue on as a part of… Read More

European Ministers Call For Increased Digital Surveillance After Paris Terror Attacks

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Photo: AP/Thibault Camus And so it begins again; the customary fingerpointing at the Internet as a platform for fueling extremist hatred in the wake of the latest terrorist outrages in Europe — accompanied, in certain corners of the political arena, by calls for greater powers of digital surveillance to preemptively thwart acts of terror. Read More

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