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It takes a while to spot what’s sci-fi about Black Mirror’s best episode

"Black Mirror" is known for dystopian visions of our tech-enhanced future. The episode everyone is talking about, though, is different.

"San Junipero" is the fourth episode of the Netflix-produced third season of the short film series.

Put it on and you may be struck, first, by the retro feel. Second, you may wonder what is sci-fi about it: the first act features no world-changing tech, only subtle hints in dialogue, music, and scenery that there's more than meets the eye. Finally, the ending is unlike any other in the series.

We've pulled highlights from the opening below. See if you can tell what's going on.

The episode opens in 1987, with a theater playing "The Lost Boys," a movie about two brothers who realize their California town is filled with vampires. Is that a clue? A car radio is playing the contemporary hit, "Heaven is a Place on Earth." Enter our protagonist, Yorkie, played by Mackenzie D...

California secession backers are trying to open an embassy in Russia

The hysteria around "Calexit," a call for California to leave the union, has died out in the weeks since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency.

One group isn't giving up hope.

The Yes California Independence Campaign, which assembled long before Election Day 2016, is taking meetings in Russia to establish a California embassy.

Louis Marinelli, president of Yes California, left for Russia two months ago to join forces with the Antiglobalization Movement of Russia. The grassroots campaign shares Marinelli’s belief that a state has a right to self-determination, he claims.


Facebook's fake news problem in one chart
Posted November 19, 2016 0:17 AM
Facebook's fake news problem in one chart

There’s been a lot of discussion over what role Facebook and its proliferation of fake news played in Donald Trump’s election victory. In the same week where “post-truth” was chosen as the word of the year, even President Barack Obama said that the rise of patently false, politically charged stories on Facebook is creating a “dust cloud of nonsense.”

It’s hard to quantify just how many Americans voted for Trump explicitly because of fake news. But as this chart from


Facebook is doing a $6 billion stock buyback (FB)
Posted November 19, 2016 0:17 AM
Facebook is doing a $6 billion stock buyback (FB)

Facebook is buying back up to $6 billion of its stock from shareholders, the company announced in a SEC filing on Friday.

Facebook said the repurchase program will go into effect in the first quarter of 2017 and does not have a fixed expiration date. The company said the buybacks will be consistent with Facebook’s "capital allocation strategy of prioritizing investment to grow the business over the long term."

Shares in Facebook rose over 1% on the news in after hours trading.

Facebook also announced that its chief accounting officer, Jas Athwal, is retiring after 9 years at the company in a separate filing. His last day will be Feburary 27.


A bizarre foam blob is taking over a street in California — here's what's causing it

A mysterious giant foam blob is filling up a street in Santa Clara, California. KTVU Fox 2 is on the scene.

The blob was for a time a mystery, with law enforcement unable to explain it. But the Santa Clara Fire Department has Tweeted an explanation: a malfunctioning fire suppressant system. Workers on the scene have been seen stacking sandbags.

We are aware of the FOAM incident from Fire Suppression system that malfunctioned. @SJFD notified. Santa Clara Agencies providing support.

— Santa Clara CA Fire (@SantaClaraFD) November 18, 2016

We echo KTVU's sentiment: Sit back, relax, and mash the WOW! button as it grows.


Hyperloop One has settled its lawsuit with former employees

Hyperloop One has settled a lawsuit filed by four former employees.

“Hyperloop One is pleased to announce that it has reached a confidential resolution of litigation with its former employees and looks forward to continuing to execute on its business plan," Hyperloop One wrote in a statement.

Brogan BamBrogan, co-founder and former chief technology officer, and several other employees sued Hyperloop One on claims that the company executives allegedly misused funds, breached their fiduciary duty, violated California labor code, and even assaulted at least one employee by placing a noose on his desk seat.


This recyclable paper bike helmet just won a prestigious design award

Many cities around the world — from New York City to Buenos Aires — are investing more in bike share systems as a form of public transportation. But the bikes don't come with helmets, so riders must either bring their own — which can be cumbersome to carry around — or go without. 

A new invention, called the EcoHelmet, may offer a solution. Made of paper, the device is collapsible, and is designed with bike share programs in mind. 

On November 17, inventor Isis Shiffer


Employees who sued Hyperloop One plan to build their own 'take on Hyperloop'

The four former Hyperloop One employees who sued the start-up said they still plan on building their take on the Hyperloop now that the lawsuit has been settled, according to a statement sent on Friday.

Brogan BamBrogan, co-founder and former chief technology officer, and several other employees sued Hyperloop One on claims that the company executives allegedly misused funds, breached their fiduciary duty, violated California labor code, and even assaulted at least one employee by placing a noose on his desk seat.


Tesla will unveil new details about the Model 3 early next year (TSLA)

We're still not done hearing new details about Tesla's long-awaited Model 3.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said there will be a "Part Three" unveiling for the Model 3 at some point in the spring during a question-and-answer session he held after Tesla shareholders voted in favor of acquiring SolarCity.

Musk first unveiled the Model 3 at the end of March. Priced at $35,000, the Model 3 has received a ton of demand and is sold out for the next year. The sedan, which has an expected range of 215 miles, will start getting delivered to customers at the end of 2017.


Mark Zuckerberg breaks down what Facebook is doing to clean up its fake news problem

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg published a Facebook post late Friday outlining some of the steps the social network is taking to deal with its massive fake news problem.

The Facebook CEO is apparently looking to show that the site is taking the problem seriously after he initially appeared to dismiss concerns about fake news last week when he said the idea that Facebook was a hotbed for such content was "pretty crazy."

"The problems here are complex, both technically and philosophically," Zuckerberg wrote Friday night. "We believe in giving people a voice, which means erring on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible."