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Facebook’s First VR World Is a Hideous Bride-of-Frankenstein Creation

The concept of VR worlds has been a mainstay of science fiction for decades, and has had a long time to accrue expectations as a result. Even without contending with such hurdles, Facebook’s recently revealed VR world must be reckoned a sad and lackluster opening salvo. With that out in the open, let’s see if it’s still worth poking around inside Facebook Spaces, if for no other reason than to demonstrate there’s still plenty of room for newcomers in what remains a hot area of development. The guts of the Facebook Spaces is the ...

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First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution

Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says. The energy provider said Friday’s lack of coal usage was a “watershed” moment. Britain’s longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours – first achieved last May, and again on Thursday. The government plans to phase out Britain’s last plants by 2025 in order to cut carbon emissions. Friday is thought to be the first time the nation has not used coal to generate ...

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Call Of Duty: WW2's First (Very Small) Images Seemingly Revealed

The first images from Call of Duty: WWII appear to have leaked, courtesy of an Activision website. This year’s entry in the Call of Duty series was officially announced today, but it won’t be until next week that we learn any real details about it. Despite that, the Call of Duty website was briefly home to a few low-res images that look to be from the game. As noticed by Reddit user braderz_12, the images above were located on the login page for Call of Duty profiles (and have seemingly ...

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Arkansas executes Ledell Lee in first death penalty use in 12 years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Arkansas has executed Ledell Lee in the US state’s first use of the death penalty in 12 years. It came after the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge arguing Arkansas was unfairly rushing several executions before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of April. On Thursday the state’s Supreme Court overturned a ruling blocking the use of a different drug. Lee was convicted for murder and recently told the BBC he was innocent. His third request to stay ...

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H-1B visa applications decline for first time in 5 years

H-1B visas by the numbers Fewer people want to come to America to work. On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the number of H-1B applications fell below 200,000 this year for the first time since 2014. Just 85,000 H-1B visas (20,000 of which are reserved for master’s degree holders) are granted annually, but the past few years have seen swelling demand. Applications for the visa opened on April 3, and it was the fifth consecutive year that the cap was met within five days. During that period, ...

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China's economy grew 6.9% in the first quarter

Chinese firm brings jobs to the U.S. The Chinese economy picked up steam in the first quarter. Gross domestic product grew 6.9% from a year earlier, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. That’s slightly higher than the 6.8% figure recorded in the fourth quarter of last year — and above what some economists had been predicting. The Chinese government said last month that it’s targeting growth of “around 6.5% or higher if possible” in 2017. The economy grew 6.7% last year. China’s ruling Communist party has been prioritizing ...

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ESPN Forecast: Predicting winners for first round of NBA playoffs

12:00 PM ET ESPN.com Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Who will advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs? We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of experts. Here are the results, displaying each team’s chances to win the series, along with predictions from ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI), FiveThirtyEight and a fan poll. ESPN Forecast: Celtics get past Bulls BOS (%) CHI (%) BPI 72 28 FiveThirtyEight 70 30 Fan panel 77 23 ESPN Forecast: Cavs advance toward title defense CLE (%) IND (%) BPI 80 ...

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Follow live: Capitals, Maple Leafs being their first round series

Player Summary Toronto Maple Leafs Time On Ice Faceoffs Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL % B. Boyle C 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 12 6:59 0:00 0:02 6:57 8 1 88.9 T. Bozak C 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 20 12:40 1:03 0:00 11:37 10 8 55.6 C. Brown RW 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 19 10:03 0:57 ...

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Mock draft: Predicting the WNBA draft's first round

12:00 PM ET Mechelle VoepelespnW.com Close ESPN.com women’s basketball/college sports writer 33 seasons covering women’s college basketball Covered 24 Final Fours Welcome to the “your guess is as good as ours” projection of Thursday’s 2017 WNBA draft (ESPN2/WatchESPN, 7 p.m. ET). With new leadership in place in San Antonio and Chicago — which are picking 1-2 — and not that many players who rate as sure bets to succeed in the league, this draft doesn’t lend itself to any easy predictions. But hey, we’ll know the real thing soon enough. ...

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Saudi Arabia borrows $9 billion with first Islamic bond sale

Saudi Aramco CEO: IPO still on track for 2018 Saudi Arabia has tapped international debt markets for just the second time in its history. The kingdom’s sale of Islamic bonds worth $ 9 billion comes less than six months after the world’s biggest oil exporting country tapped global debt markets for the first time by selling $ 17.5 billion in conventional bonds. Half of the new Islamic bonds will be repaid in five years, while the remainder will mature in 10 years. The effort to raise funds from global investors ...

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