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A SpaceX F9R rocket exploded during a test over Texas today after an anomaly was detected. The rocket’s software automatically blew up the ship, preventing it from leaving the test area. “Today’s test was particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test,” a SpaceX statement read. “As is our practice, the company will be reviewing the flight record details to learn more about the performance of the vehicle prior to our next test.”

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This is neat: A new free Android app called Viddit makes it possible to beam videos found on Reddit straight to any Chromecast-equipped TV. The app, which doesn’t require any type of registration, casts a continuous stream of videos from any Subreddit, with the ability to skip videos through a simple right-swipe. The developers of the app have said that they want to add the ability to log in with your Reddit account and automatically access your subscribed Subreddits in the near future.

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photo: Chris Coleman, School of Computing, University of Utah

The National Science Foundation is giving a combined $20 million to two projects that are building cloud computing testbeds for scientists. They’ll features a wide variety of processor, storage and networking options so researchers can test their workloads against new architectures. Read more »

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Vodafone’s share price rose Friday on rumors of a takeover bid by AT&T. We’ve so been here before — AT&T promised back in January that it wouldn’t launch a bid for the subsequent 6 months. China Mobile is also reportedly interested in buying a stake in Vodafone. On top of that, AT&T is also reportedly considering buying Ireland’s Eircom as a way into Europe, and Vodafone itself was rumored to be considering a bid for T-Mobile US, so y’know, it’s probably worth seeing what actually happens before getting too excited. One thing that has happened, though, is that Vodafone just stumped up $96 million to take over Greek fixed-line provider Hellas Online.

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Moto X+1 eveaks

As a farewell gift on his trip to retirement, noted tipster @evleaks has one more leak left to share: The Moto X+1 for Verizon. The images match up with earlier rumors and whispers of a larger Motorola handset, very likely with a higher resolution screen than the 720p display found on last year’s Moto X. Aside from the overall size bump, the speaker grilles are larger and there appear to be two of them, suggesting the possibility of stereo front-facing speakers. In keeping with what helped make the Moto X a popular phone, the successor model looks to be running a mainly stock, skin-less version of Android.

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