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White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official”  

A draft executive order circulating around the White House “is not the result of an official White House policymaking process,” according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The Washington Post, Walters denied that White House staff had worked on a draft executive order that would require every federal agency to […]

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2018-09-22 21:04:22



Corporate venture investment climbs higher throughout 2018  

Many corporations are pinning their futures on their venture investment portfolios. If you can't beat startups at the innovation game, go into business with them as financial partners. Though many technology companies have robust venture investment initiatives—Alphabet's venture funding universe and Intel Capital's prolific approach to startup investment come to mind—other corporations are just now doubling down on venture investments.

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2018-09-22 19:47:20



Star Wars: A New Hope, But as a Classic '80s Anime  

A Hanime, if you will.Read more...

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2018-09-22 19:34:06



Understanding Renaud Laplanche's next Upgraded act  

Renaud Laplanche spent ten years building LendingClub. In the process, he created an industry from scratch. Circumventing conventional banking channels for consumer credit began in 1996 when Chris Larsen started E-LOAN, which ultimately led to Prosper Marketplace. But LendingClub, which Laplanche founded in 2007, was and remains the poster child for the business of marketplace […]

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2018-09-22 19:09:09



Apple's Upcoming Streaming Service Is Reportedly So Bland Staff Are Calling It 'Expensive NBC'  

Apple's new streaming service reportedly has a $1 billion budget, but apparently it can't buy some nerve. The company has long censored its walled-garden offerings on platforms like the App Store, and per a report in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, Apple is still aiming to keep its content offerings squeaky…Read more...

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2018-09-22 17:59:24



Sign Up For Butcher Box, and Get Two Pounds of Ground Beef In Every Box, Forever [Exclusive]  

Free ground beef. Forever. Do I have your attention?Read more...

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2018-09-22 17:46:26



Do 'Stoned' Lobsters Really Feel Less Pain When Cooked Alive?  

A seafood restaurant in Maine claims to have a more compassionate method when serving up its lobsters: get them stoned first. Charlotte's Legendary Lobsters Pound now offers patrons the option of having their tasty crustaceans "sedated" with weed before being steamed to death. According to owner Charlotte Gill, Roscoe…Read more...

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2018-09-22 16:51:57



Christine Blasey Ford Says Kavanaugh Ally Viewed Her LinkedIn Page Before Her Name Was Public  

Ed Whelan, an ally of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who floated, then retracted, a conspiracy theory on Twitter accusing another man of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, allegedly viewed Ford's LinkedIn profile before her name was made public, Ford says.Read more...

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2018-09-22 15:26:04



This starter audiophile system sounds outrageously good for $88 - CNET  

The Lepai LP2020TI stereo integrated amplifier and a pair of Dayton Audio B652 Air speakers dazzle the Audiophiliac.

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2018-09-22 14:32:37



Amazon's new subwoofer pairs with its Echo smart speakers video - CNET  

The new $130 subwoofer comes with a cloth grille and supports multiroom audio.

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2018-09-22 14:24:53



Cinematic train wreck, “The Room”, is now on YouTube in its entirety  

The Room has been ranked with Plan 9 From Outer Space as a strong contender for the “best” worst movie ever made — and it’s now available in its entirety on YouTube. Written, directed, and starring Tommy Wiseau, The Room belongs in the same category as Plan 9, and Coven (which was immortalized in the 1999 documentary American […]

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2018-09-22 14:08:44



Saturday's Best Deals: 65" TV, Meat Boxes, Carhartt Socks, and More  

A $420 65" TV, a kayak designed for fishing, and a highly rated food dehydrator lead off Saturday's best deals from around the web. Read more...

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2018-09-22 13:40:27



Report: Trump May Order Antitrust Probe of Tech Companies Over BS Claims of Bias  

For months, our Twitter-addicted and conspiracy-addled president has become increasingly convinced that just like the media, Silicon Valley tech companies he barely understands are out to get him. Claims that the largely West Coast-based tech world is secretly undermining the conservative movement have long been a…Read more...

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2018-09-22 12:58:07



5 new Alexa security tricks to watch over your smart home - CNET  

Alexa just got a little better at keeping your home safe.

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2018-09-22 12:42:35



Watch Android Auto and Apple CarPlay slug it out in a Mazda CX-9 - Roadshow  

YouTubers "The Straight Pipes" sit down to find out which platform is better now that Apple CarPlay supports Google Maps.

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2018-09-22 12:37:19



The Unthinkable Is a Weird Movie Whose Ambition Wildly Outweighs Its Quality  

"Unthinkable" is, conveniently, the perfect way to describe The Unthinkable, a brash, bold, film directed by a five-man Swedish film collective called Crazy Pictures. It's a movie that's wildly, comically unpredictable in ways that are both very good and very bad.Read more...

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2018-09-22 12:37:19



Peugeot E-Legend Concept is the best kind of throwback - Roadshow  

It's electric, it's autonomous, and it's about as easy on the eyes as possible.

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2018-09-22 11:38:37



Make Your Own Jerky, Dried Fruit, and More With This Discounted Dehydrator  

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2018-09-22 11:15:40



2018 Volkswagen e-Golf: 5 things you need to know video - Roadshow  

VW's all-electric Golf is an affordable way to get your green on.

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2018-09-22 11:15:31



9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET  

Fallout shelters are the new real estate craze; Amazon wants Alexa to take over the world; and don't expect a 5G iPhone anytime soon.

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2018-09-22 11:13:28



How to bet on the McGregor-Khabib fight online (and what the odds mean) - CNET  

Find out where you can place a bet and what the odds mean.

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2018-09-22 10:36:34



Sharper Stinger: Testing Kia's upcoming performance-tuned AWD - Roadshow  

Kia's next-generation all-wheel drive system lets the Stinger switch to rear-wheel drive at the touch of a button.

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2018-09-22 10:22:22



Streaming Accounts For 75 Percent of Music Industry Revenue In the US  

Mallory Locklear reporting via Engadget: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released music industry revenue statistics for the first half of 2018 in the U.S., and on average, revenue growth has slowed. While overall revenue was up 10 percent compared to the same time last year, clocking in at $4.6 billion, that rate is only around half of the increase observed between the first halves of 2016 and 2017. Streaming revenue growth slowed as well, though it was still up 28 perce

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2018-09-22 10:00:00



The first Android phone was an ugly thing, and I loved it - CNET  

Looking back on my contrarian T-Mobile G1, the anti-iPhone, a decade later.

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2018-09-22 09:26:02



Normal-looking rocks hide a brilliant secret video - CNET  

These rocks become amazing once you look at them in a different light.

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2018-09-22 09:10:41



Swiping right on virtual relationships  

Sextech entrepreneur and advocate Bryony Cole is planning for a future when entire relationships exist in virtual reality.

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2018-09-22 08:28:17



Here's what was missing from Amazon's crazy event this week - CNET  

Not a lot -- but it was telling.

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2018-09-22 08:22:53



Google CEO Sundar Pichai pens memo warning employees against bias - CNET  

Pichai says the idea that Google alters search results to favor a political agenda is "absolutely false." He also says employees will be held accountable.

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2018-09-22 07:46:54



Singapore is the crypto sandbox that Asia needs  

Singapore Blockchain Week happened this past week. While there have been a few announcements from companies, some of the most interesting updates have come from regulators, and specifically, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The financial regulator openly discussed its views on cryptocurrency and plans to develop blockchain technology locally. For those who are unfamiliar, Singapore historically […]

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2018-09-22 07:35:57



Japan Has Attempted To Land Two Tiny Rovers On a Distant Asteroid  

On Friday, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft attempted to deploy two miniature rovers on an asteroid that it's been orbiting since mid-August. Ars Technica reports: Each weighed only about a kilogram, and after separating from the main spacecraft they approached the asteroid named Ryugu. Japanese mission scientists think the rovers touched down successfully, but are not completely sure. Communication with the two landers stopped near the moment of touchdown. This is presumably because Ryugu's rotatio

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2018-09-22 07:00:00



Comcast outbids Fox in $40B battle for Sky  

Comcast has outbid Twenty-First Century Fox for the UK's Sky, a final step in what's been a years-long takeover battle between the two media conglomerates.

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2018-09-22 06:08:51



World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide  

Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years.Read more...

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2018-09-22 06:03:22



These Steven Universe/A Softer World Mashups Are Perfect  

Just the right mixture of sentiment and melancholy. Read more...

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2018-09-22 05:45:07



Amazon's new Echo Show boasts a revamped design video - CNET  

The new Alexa-powered smart display now has a 10-inch HD screen for video.

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2018-09-22 05:32:57



Comcast buys Sky, beating out Fox - CNET  

Traditional broadcasters are scrambling to strengthen their position against Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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2018-09-22 05:28:37



Do You Answer the Phone?  

I'm not talking about when your mom calls. If your mom calls, you should answer the phone, and actually, you should just probably call your mom more often so she doesn't have to call you. (HI MOM!) What I want to know is what you do when a number you don't know calls. Do you answer the phone?Read more...

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2018-09-22 05:21:59



Did the iPhone XS survive our drop tests? video - CNET  

We dropped the iPhone XS four times on the sidewalk to see how tough Apple's "most durable glass" really is.

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2018-09-22 04:54:37



iPhone XS vs. sidewalk: Did it survive our drop test? - CNET  

We dropped a brand-new gold iPhone XS onto the sidewalk four times to find out how durable the glass is on both sides.

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2018-09-22 04:49:08



Take a tour of iPhone XS, XS Max and XR -- and Apple Park -- in this video  

Apple on Friday posted a "Guided Tour" of iPhone XS, XS Max and XR to its official YouTube channel, showing off the hardware's latest features in a video almost identical to one shot for iPhone X in 2017. Unlike last year's instructional guide, the short shared today takes place in and around Apple Park's main office building, offering an inside look at facilities normally restricted to employees.

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2018-09-22 04:40:03



Amazon's new Microwave responds to voice commands video - CNET  

Amazon is selling an Alexa-powered microwave oven for $60. It'll even order food for you with Dash Replacement built-in.

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2018-09-22 04:07:55



A Lime scooter rider died this morning in Washington, D.C., marking the second fatality this month  

Lime, the 18-month-old, San Francisco-based company whose bright green bicycles and scooters now dot cities throughout the U.S., launched a pilot program in Tacoma, Washington, today, but that tiny victory might have felt short-lived. The reason: on the opposite side of the country, a Lime rider was killed today by an SUV while tooling around Washington […]

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2018-09-22 04:02:56



This week on AI: iPhone XS & Apple Watch Series 4 launch, iOS 12, watchOS 5 & tvOS 12 ready to download  

The iPhone XS, XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 shipped this week, alongside iOS 12, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5. There was plenty to discover about of all of them.

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2018-09-22 03:38:44



Dark Souls: Remastered on Nintendo Switch is playable for free this weekend - CNET  

Praise the Sun, there's a free network test to try out this weekend.

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2018-09-22 03:35:17



2018 BMW 4 Series is ravishing in Snapper Rocks Metallic Blue - Roadshow  

While the 4 Series is a fine-looking car in its own right, the extra kick from this optional metallic blue paint makes it stand out from the crowd.

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2018-09-22 03:32:06



NAD's Bluetooth Viso HP70: Ready for audiophile prime time? - CNET  

NAD comes late to Bluetooth and noise-canceling headphones -- was it worth the wait?

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2018-09-22 03:30:57



Massive Undersea Walls Could Stop Glaciers From Melting, Scientists Say  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Building walls on the seafloor could prevent glaciers from melting and sea levels rising due to global warming, scientists say. Barriers of sand and rock positioned at the base of glaciers would stop ice sheets sliding and collapsing, and prevent warm water from eroding the ice from beneath, according to research published this week in the Cryosphere journal, from the European Geosciences Union. The audacious idea centers on the construction of "extr

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2018-09-22 03:30:00



Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is one step closer to production - Roadshow  

If you really want a 1.6-liter V6 in your life, this is the only way to get it, unless you buy an actual Formula 1 car.

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2018-09-22 03:24:13



Seven reasons not to trust Facebook to play cupid  

This week Facebook has launched a major new product play, slotting an algorithmic dating service inside its walled garden as if that’s perfectly normal behavior for an ageing social network. Insert your [dad dancing GIF of choice] right here. Facebook getting into dating looks very much like a mid-life crisis — as a veteran social […]

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2018-09-22 03:22:23



Amazon debuts tons of new products, Apple Watch reviews are in video - CNET  

This week's big tech news includes Amazon's announcement of a ton of new products, Apple Watch series 4 reviews and Nintendo's online service going live.

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2018-09-22 03:06:53



Fintech startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018  

Fintech promises to be one of the hottest topics at Disrupt Berlin 2018, and you can take that to the bank — see what we did there? On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your fintech business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley? Oh […]

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2018-09-22 02:28:07



GoPro Hero7 Black is its most stable-shooting camera yet video - CNET  

Thanks to its new HyperSmooth image stabilization your adventures big and small will look so much better.

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2018-09-22 02:06:04



Southern California Sees Its Longest Streak of Bad Air In Decades  

According to state monitoring data, Southern California violated federal smog standards for 87 consecutive days -- the longest stretch of bad air in at least 20 years. "The streak is the latest sign that Souther California's battle against smog is faltering after decades of dramatic improvement," reports San Francisco Chronicle. From the report: The ozone pollution spell began June 19 and continued through July and August, with every day exceeding the federal health standard of 70 parts per bill

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2018-09-22 02:05:00



Freddy Krueger's Visiting for Halloween, But Not The Way You Might Expect  

And it's all thanks to the classic tradition of the sitcom Halloween episode. Read more...

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2018-09-22 02:04:10



You Might Be the Killer Turns a Twitter Conversation Into a Meta Horror Film  

When authors Sam Sykes (The Mortal Tally, An Affinity for Steel) and Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath, Blackbirds) had a detailed Twitter conversation deconstructing the horror genre last year, who could've guessed we'd see that conversation brought to the big screen?Read more...

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2018-09-22 01:54:27



Hands-on: Apple Watch Series 4 Hermes  

Apple Watch Edition may be long gone, but that doesn't mean Apple culled all premium Watch offerings from its lineup. AppleInsider goes hands on with the pricey $1300-plus Hermes Apple Watch Series 4 to see what the higher price tag gets you.

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2018-09-22 01:42:04



Amazon Is Making It Easier To Set Up New IoT Gadgets  

At an event yesterday where the company unveiled a range of new Echo smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices, the company announced a new way to easily set up internet of things (IoT) devices. The Verge reports: Called Wi-Fi Simple Setup, the system will use Amazon's Wi-Fi Lockers to store your Wi-Fi credentials and share them with compatible smart home devices. Amazon is debuting this tech with TP-Link and Eero, with the idea that customers can reuse network credentials in order to set u

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2018-09-22 01:25:00



Romanian Ransomware Suspect Pleads Guilty To Hacking CCTVs In Washington DC  

gosand writes: "A Romanian woman [named Eveline Cismaru] has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the U.S. capital," The Register reports. The U.S. Department of Justice stated: "This case was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service's protective mission and its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration." She could face a max of 25 year

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2018-09-22 00:45:00



FCC Angers Cities, Towns With $2 Billion Giveaway To Wireless Carriers  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission's plan for spurring 5G wireless deployment will prevent city and town governments from charging carriers about $2 billion worth of fees. The FCC proposal, to be voted on at its meeting on September 26, limits the amount that local governments may charge carriers for placing 5G equipment such as small cells on poles, traffic lights, and other government property in public rights-of-way. The proposal, whic

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2018-09-22 00:03:00



iPhone XS Teardown Shows Few Changes Aside From the Battery  

iFixit tore apart Apple's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, revealing very similar insides to last year's iPhone X. Engadget reports the findings: One of the most interesting features is the battery on the XS. The iPhone XS sports a slightly downgraded battery from the iPhone X, a 10.13 Wh battery (2,659 mAh at 3.81 V) versus 10.35 Wh (2716 mAh at 3.81 V). But a new configuration might more than make up for it: Apple is using a brand-new L-shaped single-cell battery instead of two separate batteries.

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2018-09-21 23:20:00



Telltale Games Hit With Major Layoffs As Part of a 'Majority Studio Closure'  

Telltale Games, the video game developer behind The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman: The Enemy Within, laid off a large number of its staff today. According to The Verge, "the company will retain a small team of 25." From the report: "Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges," the company said in a statement. "A majority of the company's employees were dismissed earlier this morning." The

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2018-09-21 22:40:00



Google Employees Discussed Tweaking Search Results To Counter Trump's Travel Ban  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Days after the Trump administration instituted a controversial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed how they could tweak the company's search-related functions (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) to show users how to contribute to pro-immigration organizations and contact lawmakers and government agencies, according to internal company emails. The email traffic, reviewed by The Wall Street Jour

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2018-09-21 22:00:00



Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla  

Polestar debuted its first production EV and previewed its electric car line in New York with the CEO squarely taking aim at Tesla. The Volvo subsidiary pulled the cover off its Polestar 1, which it positioned less as a hybrid and more as a fully electric (gas optional) car to attract fence sitters to EVs.

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2018-09-21 21:52:26



Divers Are Attempting To Regrow Great Barrier Reef With Electricity  

A trial is underway to restore damaged coral on the Great Barrier Reef using electricity. From a report: The reef has been severely assaulted in recent years by cyclones and back-to-back heatwaves. Nathan Cook at conservation group Reef Ecologic and his colleagues are attempting to regrow surviving coral fragments on steel frames. The frames are placed on damaged parts of the reef and stimulated with electricity to accelerate the coral's growth. Electrified metal frames have previously been used

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2018-09-21 21:20:00



Instagram denies it's building Regramming. Here's why it'd be a disaster  

Instagram tells me Regramming, or the ability to instantly repost someone else’s feed post to your followers like a retweet, is “not happening”, not being built, and not being tested. And that’s good news for all Instagrammers. The denial comes after it initially issued a “no comment” to The Verge’s Casey Newton, who published that […]

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2018-09-21 21:04:27



The 10 Best Deals of September 21, 2018  

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...

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2018-09-21 20:56:46



Huawei Trolls Apple By Giving Battery Packs To People Waiting in Line For the iPhone XS  

Huawei, which recently surpassed Apple to become the world's second largest smartphone player, can't stop taking shots at the iPhone maker. From a report: After the iPhone XS was unveiled with little new, Huawei tweeted "Thank you for letting us be the real hero of the year," a tease for their upcoming Mate 20 Pro unveiling next month. Now Huawei's taking another shot -- by handing out battery packs to people waiting in line for the iPhone XS and XS Max in Singapore. The packaging says "You'll n

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2018-09-21 20:42:00



Belkin Boost Up wireless charging dock for iPhone and Apple Watch landing in December  

Belkin has introduced a pair of wireless charging docks that allows an iPhone and an Apple Watch to be recharged from the same stand, with the Boost Up Dock offering minimalist stylings alongside an updated version of the PowerHouse Charging Dock.

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2018-09-21 20:37:18



Boston Dynamics door-opening robot has some creepy competition - CNET  

Watch out Spot Mini. There's another door-opening robot in town, Anymal.

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2018-09-21 20:11:02



You can now watch The Room for free on YouTube - CNET  

Oh, hi Mark.

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2018-09-21 20:03:14



Magic Leap is Pushing To Land a Contract With US Army To Build AR Devices For Soldiers To Use On Combat Missions, Documents Reveal  

Magic Leap, a US-based startup valued at north of $6 billion and which counts Google, Alibaba, Warner Bros, AT&T, and several top Silicon Valley venture capital firms as its investors, is pushing to land a contract with the U.S. Army to build augmented-reality devices for soldiers to use on combat missions, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing government documents and interviews with people familiar with the process. From the report: The contract, which could eventually lead to the military pur

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2018-09-21 20:00:00



Zapped: Infiniti drops Q50 Hybrid for 2019 - Roadshow  

While it promises a bunch of electrified models in the future, it won't have any at all for a little while.

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2018-09-21 19:47:07



Twitter Notifies Developers About API Bug That Shared DMs With Wrong Developers  

Twitter has started notifying developers today about an API bug that accidentally shared direct messages (private messages) or protected tweets from a Twitter business account with other developers. From a report: According to a support page published today, Twitter said the bug only manifested for Twitter business accounts where the account owner used the Account Activity API (AAAPI) to allow other developers access to that account's data. Because of the bug, the AAAPI sent DMs and protected tw

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2018-09-21 19:25:00



Romanian Ransomware Suspect Pleads Guilty To Hacking CCTVs in Washington DC  

gosand writes: The Register reports that "a Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the US capital." The US DOJ stated that "this case was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service's protective mission and its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration." She could face a maximum of 25 years if convicted. She and her cohort

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2018-09-21 18:45:00



Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area  

From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that, among others the firm had considered, has “enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal culture, an artistic culture, and […]

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2018-09-21 18:43:07



Here's What You Can Do With Apple's New iOS 12 Parental Controls   

Parents, to curb your kid's phone usage, you may no longer need to hold their chargers hostage, yell out nightly countdowns ("Three more minutes!") or draft up elaborate tech contracts that you'll look at exactly once. At least, if you're on Apple devices. The new iOS 12 parental controls are here, and they allow you…Read more...

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2018-09-21 18:32:05



Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans To Closely Track Search Users in China: The Intercept  

Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned. From the report: The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, code-named Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location -- and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who w

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2018-09-21 18:05:00



Sexy Handmaid's Tale costume gets pulled because duh - CNET  

A retailer pulls the costume after online backlash.

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2018-09-21 18:01:27



David Patterson Says It's Time for New Computer Architectures and Software Languages  

Tekla S. Perry, writing for IEEE Spectrum: David Patterson -- University of California professor, Google engineer, and RISC pioneer -- says there's no better time than now to be a computer architect. That's because Moore's Law really is over, he says : "We are now a factor of 15 behind where we should be if Moore's Law were still operative. We are in the post -- Moore's Law era." This means, Patterson told engineers attending the 2018 @Scale Conference held in San Jose last week, that "we're at

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2018-09-21 17:30:00



Joaquin Phoenix in his Joker makeup is plenty creepy - CNET  

Joker director Todd Phillips teases Joaquin Phoenix's supervillian look.

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2018-09-21 17:06:02



Giant Spiderweb Cloaks Land in Aitoliko, Greece  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Warmer weather conditions in western Greece have led to the eerie spectacle of a 300m-long spiderweb in Aitoliko. A vast area of greenery has been covered by the web, reports the Daily Hellas. Experts say it is a seasonal phenomenon, caused by Tetragnatha spiders, which can build large nests for mating. An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders. Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biolog

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2018-09-21 16:47:00



Here's Your First Look at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker in Makeup  

You've seen the man behind the masquerade. Now you get to see just what Joaquin Phoenix's nascent clown prince of crime will look like.Read more...

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2018-09-21 16:34:35



Twitter Bug That 'May Have' Exposed Direct Messages Probably Didn't Expose Anything  

Some Twitter users received an alert on Friday warning that a bug "may have" allowed their direct messages and protected tweets to be viewed by developers who weren't authorized to see them. But the conditions needed for that to happen seem so far-fetched, it's unlikely any users at all were actually affected. Read more...

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2018-09-21 16:27:59



This Deep Sea Eel Is the Raddest Thing You'll See All Week  

It's been a long-ass week. And next week isn't looking better. But I would urge you to take a break from our never ending freak show on the surface and feast your eyes on one of the most amazing things you will ever see courtesy of scientists aboard the E/V Nautilus—this incredible eel.Read more...

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2018-09-21 16:01:40



EU Justice Commissioner Quits Facebook, Describing Her Experience as 'Channel of Dirt'  

The European Commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality shut down her Facebook account, describing her experience on the social network as a "channel of dirt." From a report: At a news conference Thursday in Brussels, Vera Jourova said that she received an "influx of hatred" on the popular platform and decided to cancel her account as a result. "I don't want to avoid communication with people, even with critical people," she said, noting her decision to leave Facebook was not to avo

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2018-09-21 16:00:00



'It Just Seems That Nobody is Interested in Building Quality, Fast, Efficient, Lasting, Foundational Stuff Anymore'  

Nikita Prokopov, a software programmer and author of Fira Code, a popular programming font, AnyBar, a universal status indicator, and some open-source Clojure libraries, writes: Remember times when an OS, apps and all your data fit on a floppy? Your desktop todo app is probably written in Electron and thus has userland driver for Xbox 360 controller in it, can render 3d graphics and play audio and take photos with your web camera. A simple text chat is notorious for its load speed and memory con

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2018-09-21 15:20:00



Join our Apple Core Sweepstakes to win* a brand-new phone! - CNET  

We joined forces with Speck to give away one iPhone XS Max and one iPhone XS, both unlocked and with three cases each. This sweepstakes ends Oct. 7, 2018.

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2018-09-21 15:10:43



Travel Like an Expert With These Rarely Discounted eBags Packing Cubes  

Packing cubes can make organizing clothes and toiletries for your next trip a little less hellish, and eBags' cubes are widely considered to be among the best. They don't go on sale often, but you can save 20% on a three or six-pack today from Amazon by clipping the 20% on-page coupon. You can even choose your…Read more...

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2018-09-21 15:03:58



iPhone XS Max in greater demand than past Plus versions, says small-scale survey  

A survey performed by long-time Apple analyst Gene Munster Stores Friday saw shorter customer queues at Apple retail stores, but higher demand for the highest-end model.

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2018-09-21 14:46:52



Apple's New Strategy: Sell Pricier iPhones First  

The staggered release gives the company a month to sell higher-end models without cheaper competition from itself. WSJ: This year, according to people familiar with Apple's production plans, the company prioritized production of its two pricier OLED models, the iPhone XS and XS Max, whose prices start at about $1,000. Both will hit stores Friday, followed five weeks later by the least expensive new model, the XR, which has an LCD screen and a starting price of $749. The staggered release gives A

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2018-09-21 14:40:00



AutoComplete: Mercedes is testing its Project One hypercar on the road video - Roadshow  

Plus: Genesis G70 gets pricing, and Peugeot builds a retro concept.

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2018-09-21 14:29:18



New builds of iOS 12.1 beta released to support iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max  

Apple has issued new builds of iOS 12.1 beta to support the latest iPhone XS and XS Max that includes the delayed Group FaceTime feature.

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2018-09-21 14:17:30



Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Predicts the Internet Will Split in Two By 2028 -- and One Part Will Be Led By China  

Speaking at a private event in San Francisco this week, Eric Schmidt said he believes within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China. At the event, economist Tyler Cowen asked, "What are the chances that the internet fragments over the years?" To which former Google CEO said: I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America. If you look

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2018-09-21 14:00:00



Facebook's IGTV reportedly recommends heinous videos to kids - CNET  

Instagram responds by saying it has "zero tolerance for ... explicit images or images of child abuse."

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2018-09-21 13:57:57



Hands on: 44mm Space Gray Apple Watch Series 4  

The Apple Watch Series 4 is finally available to everybody. AppleInsider goes hands on to provide our first impressions and thoughts on Apples latest wearable.

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2018-09-21 13:55:41



Enter to win* swag from your favorite antihero! - CNET  

One lucky follower will win some awesome Deadpool swag, including a copy of Deadpool autographed by TJ Miller and more! This giveaway ends Sept. 23, 2018.

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2018-09-21 13:49:18



ACLU, NAACP, and Dozens of Other Groups Call Out Tech Giants Over Forced Arbitration  

Dozens of groups, including the ACLU, NAACP, and the Economic Policy Institute, wrote letters to some of America's largest tech companies on Friday, demanding that they free their employees from forced arbitration. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Uber were among the companies whose CEOs received the…Read more...

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2018-09-21 13:07:39



Microplastics Can Spread Via Flying Insects, Research Shows  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Microplastic can escape from polluted waters via flying insects, new research has revealed, contaminating new environments and threatening birds and other creatures that eat the insects. Scientists fed microplastics to mosquito larvae, which live in water, but found that the particles remained inside the animals as they transformed into flying adults. Other recent research found that half of the mayfly and caddisfly larvae in rivers in Wales

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2018-09-21 13:00:00



Infowars and Prison Planet Belatedly Banned From PayPal for Obvious Reasons  

Just when we thought Twitter was going to be the last one to hold the toxic bag that is Alex Jones, payment processing giant PayPal reminded the internet today that, yup, it was still helping Infowars make money, and that also it's very sorry and plans to stop. Better late than never!Read more...

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2018-09-21 12:46:13



Octopuses given party drugs for science - CNET  

Octopuses act more social when dosed with MDMA, a study finds.

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2018-09-21 12:43:35



The Real Story Behind That Viral Video of President Trump Hissing Like a Snake  

Have you seen that viral video of President Donald Trump hissing? It's really weird. But it makes more sense if you see the original video. And after some sleuthing, we finally tracked it down.Read more...

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2018-09-21 12:33:03






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