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Obama Approves Sonic Cannons to Map Atlantic for Offshore Oil and Gas

Originally posted on TIME:
The Obama administration reopened part of the Eastern seaboard Friday to offshore oil and gas exploration, promising to boost job creation in the energy sector while at the same time fueling the fears of environmental groups. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) estimates that 4.72 billion barrels of recoverable…

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Ten years on, Facebook’s second quarter earnings show users are more engaged than ever

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Facebook’s (s FB) 2014 second quarter earnings show a healthy company continuing to grow at a surprisingly rapid rate for its size. The company beat analyst expectations for earnings per share by a landslide — $0.42 compared to the expected $0.32. But perhaps the most significant numbers are Facebook’s user engagement…

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Twitter airs its unflattering diversity numbers when all eyes are on Facebook’s second quarter earnings

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Twitter released its staff diversity numbers to the public Wednesday, but before you go lauding the company for such transparency, it’s worth noting Twitter didn’t act of its own accord. It caved to pressure from Reverend Jesse Jackson and activist organizations ColorofChange and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Furthermore, it’s one of the last consumer…

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Duolingo launches a test to certify foreign language fluency on a smartphone

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Android users will now be able to take a certified foreign language proficiency test through a smartphone app. On Wednesday, language learning and crowdsourced translation app Duolingo announced Test Center, a feature that lets students take standardized tests virtually proctored through the device’s camera. If it takes off, it could be the first step in removing…

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