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New iPhone expected at Apple event on Sept. 9

Apple has announced plans for a new product event Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets eagerly anticipated by consumers. 
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook on Monday, a record for the social network.  
 
 
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Wolverton: Sorry son, you're not getting a smartphone

After hearing colleague Michelle Qunn's story, talking to child development experts and observing his own behavior, tech columnist Troy Wolverton has decided not to get his son a cell phone, much less a smartphone, anytime soon.
 
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In Oakland, giant robot gears up for war

This is not exactly the promised future of robotics, which is increasingly being applied to help humans with manufacturing, health care, humanitarian aid and getting around. But Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein, 29-year-old co-founders of Berkeley-based MegaBots Inc., are hoping to fulfill another human desire: ferocious, gladiator-style entertainment. 
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Instagram making you sad? Blame the Kardashians

Instagram could be making some of its 300 million users depressed, according to a recent psychological study that examined the emotional toll of obsessing over the photo-sharing social network and following too many strangers. 
08/28/2015 07:45 AM PDT - Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison's parent company, says Noel Biderman's departure was a mutual decision and in the best interest of the company.
 
 
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08/28/2015 08:16 AM PDT - As Marin and Bay Area prices continue soaring into the stratosphere, Locksley Hall, an 1895 Belvedere mansion, sold for $47.  
 
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    Miley Cyrus takes shot at Nicki Minaj

    MTV VMAs host says Minaj’s outrage over not being nominated by video of the year was not about bigger issue, as she claimed.