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Over 5 million Raspberry Pis have been sold

How big of a phenomenon is the Raspberry Pi? The charity organization behind the tiny, low-cost computer announced this morning that over 5 million Pis have now been sold. The original Pi went on sale about three years ago next week, so 5 million is a pretty huge milestone to hit in that short period of time. The organization boasts that this figure appears to make it “the biggest selling UK computer manufacturer ever,” though you wouldn’t be wrong to take issue with its comparison: Pi is selling $ 20 to $ 35 computers — not machines that you’re going to use for serious productivity for a few years.

Still, that’s not a knock on any of the Pis. They’re surprisingly capable machines at just $ 35, especially following the introduction of a…

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DayZ has sold 3 million copies even though it’s still in development

Open-world zombie survival game DayZ has sold over three million copies since launch in December 2013, according to developer Bohemia Interactive. It sold one million copies during its first month on sale, and passed the two million mark during its first four months. Those are impressive numbers for any game, let alone one that spawned from a user-generated mod and is still in the alpha stage of development.

But DayZ (and its me-too competitors, The War Z and Rust) is one of the only places for gamers to fend for themselves in a lawless, digital world. Players are tossed into an abandoned wilderness with few supplies and are left to their devices to find a way to survive through unpredictable encounters with other desperate survivors….

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Stack Exchange raises $40 million to build out its massive question and answer network

If you don’t know what a “stack overflow” is, then chances are you don’t find yourself trawling the web for answers to obscure computer programming questions. If you did, chances are very high you would end up on Stack Overflow, a question and answer site founded by software expert Joel Spolsky. What began in 2008 as a relatively niche property has grown into one of the 50 biggest websites in the world, covering topics from coding to cooking to golf and averaging 85 million monthly visitors across of network of six sites called Stack Exchange.

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There’s a functional $1 million mech robot for sale on Amazon

Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Brad Stone billed Amazon as “The Everything Store” in his 2013 book about the company. Now, here’s irrefutable proof: if you have ¥120,000,000 (about $ 1,020,000) handy, you can currently buy a rideable mech robot through Amazon Japan.

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Charlie Hebdo will publish one million copies next week with help from Google

In the wake of yesterday’s tragic attack, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is planning its biggest print run ever. Hebdo’s usual circulation is around 30,000, but the surviving staff are planning to print one million copies of next week’s run, in a gesture that’s equal parts defiance and grief. Eight members of the magazine’s staff were killed in the attack, alongside four other victims. The magazine has solicited contributions from journalists and cartoonists across Europe to fill the pages of the upcoming issue.

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Reddit announces it will give $5 million to its users in the form of ‘Notes’

Reddit has revealed how it plans to distribute $ 5 million to its users. Kinda. In a blog post yesterday, the company unveiled “Reddit Notes,” a sort of digital currency that represents a piece of equity in the privately-held firm. Sometime late next year, a random selection of 950,000 Redditors will be gifted Reddit Notes. (The site is said to have roughly six illion active registered users, so not everyone will get a piece of Reddit’s appreciation.) As long as you’re an active user in good standing, you’ll be eligible to receive a Note.

No one really knows what Reddit Notes are

But it’s what you’ll do with a Reddit Note once you get one that remains unclear. Reddit is incredibly vague about the program, though it notes that users…

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Apple’s $450 million ebook settlement receives final court approval

Apple has received final court approval to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims that it harmed consumers by fixing the price of ebooks, according to Reuters. The settlement could have Apple paying $ 450 million — $ 400 million to consumers and $ 50 million to lawyers — but that’s only so long as Apple’s ongoing appeal of the federal ebook price-fixing verdict does not result in an overturned ruling, which previously found it guilty. In the event that the ruling is overturned, Apple will only owe $ 50 million to consumers and $ 20 million to lawyers.

The judge who approved the settlement was apparently wary to do so because of its unusual construction, but Reuters previously reported that she also felt it was unlikely that the ruling…

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FTC says two bogus tech support operations scammed $120 million from customers

The Federal Trade Commission has temporarily closed two operations alleged to have tricked customers out of $ 120 million by providing bogus technical support. The commission has brought two cases against the groups, both of whom reportedly offered specious advice and fake security software to computer users, before charging money to “activate” the useless programs.

Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said that both operations “prey on consumers’ lack of technical knowledge with deceptive pitches and high-pressure tactics to sell useless software and services to the tune of millions of dollars.” One of the FTC’s cases named a group that offered a piece of software known as “PC Cleaner” to consumers, a…

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks: The Brothers Grimm uncut, solar bike paths, a $24 million watch and more in our look at the web this week

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1. Keep Time for $ 24 Million Back in 1999, a watch sold at auction for $ 11 million, setting a record that was blown out of the water for the first time ever this week. A rare Supercomplication Patek Philippe pocket watch, made in…

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Working Apple-1 computer sold by Steve Jobs himself could fetch $1 million at auction

You can soon purchase the only surviving Apple-1 Personal Computer to come with proof that it was personally sold by Steve Jobs. Auction house Christie’s estimates its value to be between $ 400,000 and $ 600,000. The device was originally the property of Charles Rickett, who wrote a check to Apple for $ 600, along with the words “Purchased 1976 from Steve Jobs in his parents’ garage in Los Altos.”

According to a press release, the computer is fully operational, and will be sold along with the original cancelled check and a second for $ 193 labeled “Software NA programmed by Steve Jobs August 1976.” It seems likely that the Rickett’s Apple-1 will sell for more than $ 1 million, given that The Henry Ford acquired one of the devices for…

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