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Here are some of the weirder and more creative ad blockers on the market

Image: Shutterstock / underverse A host of niche ad blockers are helping web surfers trade annoying ads for cats, art, and inspiration. The tools are part of a burgeoning cottage industry of blocking software birthed by a popular frustration with disruptive digital ads in recent years. But where most of their ilk simply scrub pop-ups and promos from your screen, a handful of developers have tried to set their services…

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Portman’s Ohio office health care protests lead to 15 arrests

(CNN)As many as 15 activists protesting the Senate’s GOP health care bill were arrested Friday at Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus, Ohio office, according to local law enforcement, following sit-ins at two state offices that spanned more than a day. The two-day protest that started Thursday intensified when activists from ADAPT, a national disability-rights organization, decided to block the doors to the ground-floor elevators on Friday in Portman’s Columbus office building,…

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Boris the dog attends University of Reading graduation – BBC News

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The Apple Pencil case is everything we could have hoped it to be and more

Made with "natural leather."Image: Lance Ulanoff/mashable Every generation or so, an invention comes along that’s destined to change the world as we know it like Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press, or John Campbell’s sextant, or Louis Pasteur’s germ theory. These revolutionary ideas forced generations of humans to rethink how they interact with the world. Apple’s new Pencil case is such a product. SEE ALSO: OMG the best thing Apple unveiled at…

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Venezuela’s Leopoldo Lopez being released from prison to house arrest

(CNN)Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, whose imprisonment has been a rallying cry for anti-regime demonstrators, has been granted house arrest because of health concerns, the nation’s Supreme Court said Saturday morning. “By the power of Supreme Court Judge Maikel Moreno, the criminal court of the Supreme Court Justice grants house arrest to Leopoldo Lopez due to health problems,” the court tweeted.

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YC-backed Vidcode raises $1.5M to teach teens to code using Snapchat filters, videos, memes and more

Vidcode, a Y Combinator-backed startup focused on teaching teens how to code, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its curriculum. While there are a number of learn-to-code platforms out there today, Vidcodes approach is to make coding more interesting to teens by connecting it to their existing interests like Snapchat filters and memes while also allowing young coders to leverage their own photos, videos and audio in their…

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Why the Republican health care message is floundering

(CNN)The current crop of Democrats have been hammered, by friend and foe, for lacking a coherent economic message. And while it’s past time for party leadership to sort that out, a look across the aisle offers a hint of a warning: Be careful what you promise. And then, after some convincing, voters did. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, during his confirmation hearings in January, telegraphed the strategy. Skirting…

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Josh.ai raises $11 million for a premium home automation system with a smarter AI

One of the promises of voice-based computing is the ability to make home automation simpler something that major tech companies, including Amazon, Apple and Google, are now tackling with their own voice assistants and smart speakers. But their solutions are still somewhat clunky, both in terms of the software interface for configuring your smart home and the voice commands you use to take actions. Thats where the startup Josh.ai comes…

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