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Google Dodges $12.4 Billion Bullet

Google just won a major court battle with software giant Oracle over Google’s use of elements of Oracle’s Java programming language. If Google had lost, it could have held major ramifications for the ways in which almost all software is developed. Oh, and Google would have had to cough up $US9 billion ($12.4 billion) in damages.


This Whiskey Bar Turntable Gets You Loaded On Tunes And Booze

Los Angeles-based custom cabinet maker Luno just combined two great things into one great thing, and I hate my brain for not thinking of it first.


Furniture That Flattens Into Wall Art Is Perfect For Cramped Apartments

Just because you live in a cramped downtown apartment doesn’t mean you don’t want to entertain. So here’s a brilliant way to keep some extra seating around, without wasting precious floor space once all your guests have left.


Dubai 3D Prints A Whole Office Building In A World First

The world’s first 3D printed office building has opened in Dubai, as part of a push to make Dubai and the UAE a world leader in the 3D printing industry. The one-storey, 250 square metre building is just a prototype for a further program, but it is the first of its kind that has been fully equipped and is able to be used as a functional office building.


An Artist Has Made The Louvre's Pyramid Disappear

Now you see it, now you don’t. Street artist JR’s latest work has seen him shroud the large pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris with material that, at a glance, makes it look like the structure has disappeared altogether.


US State Governments Use Racially Biased Software To Predict Crimes

We all know there’s a racial disparity in US criminal prosecutions — but imagine if a computer algorithm was being used to insert even more bias into the criminal justice system. According to a damning new report from ProPublica, that’s exactly what’s happening in many states around the country.


Understanding Exactly How We Make Decisions Is Helping AI Developers

In machine learning, a programmer might develop an AI that can calculate all possible consequences of a single action. Humans, however, don’t have the same raw computational power; we have to efficiently create and execute a plan.

We mentally invent different “layers” to organise our actions and then think about the higher levels rather than individual steps, according to a Neuron study from members of Google DeepMind and the University of Oxford.


Australia's Not The Only Country With Crazy Expensive Housing

If you thought Australia was the only country with ridiculous housing prices, this map of “Million Dollar Listings” in the US’s priciest cities will make you want to roll up into the fetal position and bawl your eyes out.


Frenetic Video Reveals The Different Layers Of Chaos Of Living In A City Like Hong Kong

Video: Big cities around the world all have an unmistakable energy — which happens when you stack people on top of more people — that makes them unique and yet similar all at once. There’s a constant buzz around the city and there are different layers to the life there. Here’s what it’s like in Hong Kong.


How NYC's Super Skinny Skyscrapers Stack Up Next To The World's Tallest Buildings 

Over the last two decades, a new type of building has invaded New York City: The super skinny supertall known as a “super-slender.” This new generation of skyscrapers range from 50 to 100 stories, are almost uniformly filled with luxury housing — and some are wedged into the city with astoundingly tiny 13.72m-wide footprints.


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