2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of winners and nominees

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Los Angeles Times Staff

The 58th Grammy Awards — presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences — have wrapped up in Los Angeles.

This year’s top winners include megastar Taylor Swift, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, producer-performer Mark Ronson and Canadian crooner the Weeknd, while Meghan Trainor took home the Grammy for best new artist.

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Microsoft tests underwater data center

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The Natick team behind the Leona Philpot prototype

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Such data centers could reduce data latency for users who live near the ocean

Companies are finding some of the oddest locations for data centers these days.

Facebook, for example, built a data center in Lulea in Sweden because the icy cold temperatures there would help cut the energy required for cooling. A proposed Facebook data center in Clonee, Ireland, will rely heavily on locally available wind energy. Google’s data center in Hamina in Finland uses sea water from the Bay of Finland for cooling.

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Why a small iPhone could be a big moment for Apple

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Apple’s rumored iPhone 5se could find the sweet spot between size, features, and price.

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The iPhone 5c might be the most confusing product Apple has ever made. Released alongside the iPhone 5s in 2013, the “unapologetically plastic” handset was seen by many as a cheap alternative to the high-priced flagship, a way for Apple to attack the midrange market, much like it did with iPod nano.

Except that wasn’t the case. The iPhone 5c was basically an iPhone 5 in colorful clothing. The changes inside were minimal–slightly larger battery, minor camera improvements–and it cost exactly as much as a discounted iPhone 5 would have, despite its nonmetallic enclosure. We’ll never know exactly what Apple was trying to accomplish with the iPhone 5c before it was retired last year, but I always assumed it was something of a test to see if older models would sell better with fresh enclosures.

And now it seems as though the spirit of the 5c is about to be resurrected. A new rumor by Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac says that Apple is planning to release a brand-new handset that combines the body of a 5s with the power of a 6s. Dubbed theiPhone 5se, it looks to be everything the 5c wasn’t.

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Happy Birthday Diarra.

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Happy Birthday Diarra.

Thank you, God, for giving me another year of life.
Thank you for all the people who remembered me today
by sending cards, and letters, gifts and good wishes.

Thank you for all the experience of this past year;
for times of success which will always be happy memories,
for times of failure which reminded me of my own weakness and of my need for you,
for times of joy when the sun was shining,
for times of sadness which drove me to you.

Forgive me
for the hours I wasted,
for the chances I failed to take,
for the opportunities I missed this past year.
Help me in the days ahead to make this the best year yet,
and through it to bring good credit to myself,
happiness and pride to my loved ones,
and joy to you. Amen.

Beyond ‘he’ and ‘she’: The rise of non-binary pronouns

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Kit Wilson

Kit Wilson’s introduction when meeting other people is: “Hi, I’m Kit. I use they/them pronouns.” That means that when people refer to Kit in conversation, the first-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee would prefer them to use “they” rather than “she” or “he”.

As a child, Wilson never felt entirely female or entirely male. They figured they were a “tomboy” until the age of 16, but later began to identify as “genderqueer”.

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Tanzania: JPM Yet to Form Cabinet 30 Days After Taking Oath

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Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli today clocks 30 days in office since he was sworn in.

He is yet to form a cabinet and so setting a record when compared with his predecessors Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete.

Dr Magufuli was sworn in on November 5, after his 58 per cent victory against his archrival Chadema’s Edward Lowassa.

According to Article 51 (2) of the 1977 Constitution, a president must nominate a prime minister and present the name before Parliament for approval within 14 days since his swearing in, but the supreme law is silent on when a full cabinet should be formed.

Unlike Dr Magufuli, former president Jakaya Kikwete formed his cabinet on his 14th day in office while former president Benjamin Mkapa took about 12 days to form his team after he was sworn in.

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