Weekly Rewind: Facebook's F8, your brain on LSD, and more

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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. Everything from what happened at Facebook’s F8 Conference to last minute tax filing tips, it’s all here.

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VR, 360 cameras, and Chatbots, oh my! Here’s everything you missed from Facebook’s F8

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From chatbots in Messenger to a new open-source 360-degree camera, this year’s F8 was perhaps the most exciting F8 conference to date — and that was only the keynote. We may see a few more cool announcements on the morrow. Here’s a rundown of everything from the show, in case you missed it.

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Forget the iPhone, we want this Japanese robot phone

Most phones look very similar these days, but Sharp doesn’t want to follow the crowd with a phone it has announced is now available. It’s called the RoBoHon, and it takes the concept of a modern smartphone and the almost ubiquitous virtual assistant, and stuffs it all inside the body of a robot.

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After hackers ran up a bill on my PlayStation account, Sony held it ransom


DT staffer Brad Bourque getting his PlayStation account hacked was terrible, but Sony made it a whole lot worse. Instead of helping him, Sony decided that he had to pay for the games that his hacker purchased, or face a permanent ban on his account. It all started Saturday afternoon. He was scrolling through his inbox and noticed some odd emails from PlayStation, all of them at 3:01 AM.

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Stephen Hawking wants to launch a swarm of nano-probes into outer space… with lasers

The distance is 25 trillion miles. The destination is a star system called Alpha Centauri. The mission? To launch a swarm of probes the size of postage stamps into outer space at 20 percent the speed of light to measure and photograph one of our nearest galactic neighbors. Celebrity physicist Stephen Hawking, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner are some of the masterminds behind this plan –dubbed Breakthrough Starshot.

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AMC CEO actually wants to allow texting in movie theaters


Looking for a way to attract more millennials into the movie theater, AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron is considering the possibility of allowing moviegoers to keep their smartphones active during a movie in order to send text messages. Detailed in an interview with Variety, Aron is looking into a couple options. One option would be to set aside an area of the theater for people that constantly want to send text messages.

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