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Putin Confidant Disinvited From EU-Funded Conference After Report

BRUSSELS -- A close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been disinvited from a conference funded by the European ...
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Facebook, Google, CDC under pressure to stop anti-vax garbage from spreading

reader comments 61 with 43 posters participating Share this story With five measles outbreaks ongoing in the US, lawmakers are ...
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Huge study finds professors’ attitudes affect students’ grades

reader comments 15 with 13 posters participating Share this story “You just have to believe!” is the kind of trite ...
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Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct messages

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always or even at all if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains direct messages ...
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Steve Ballmer’s Los Angeles Clippers sign cloud deal with Microsoft rival Amazon Web Services

LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer. (L.A. Clippers Photo)Imagine Lakers legend Kobe Bryant selling season tickets for the Los Angeles Clippers ...
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Opendoor files to raise another $200M at a $3.7B valuation, documents show

The housing market is predicted to cool this year, but the market for startups selling houses? It seems to be heating ...
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Daily Crunch: Amazon scraps HQ2 plans in NYC

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As GE and Amazon move on, Google expands presence in Boston and NYC

NYC and Boston were handed huge setbacks this week when Amazon and GE decided to bail on their commitments to build ...
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Uber reports $3B in Q4 revenue, rising operating losses

Ahead of its anticipated initial public offering this year, Uber reported a net loss of $865 million in the fourth ...
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Facebook may face multi-billion dollar fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Getty Images | NurPhoto reader comments 48 with 40 posters participating Share this story Cambridge Analytica & Facebook View more ...
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NASA moves to buy more Soyuz seats for late 2019, early 2020

Enlarge / The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is seen in this false-color infrared image as it launched with Expedition 57 Flight ...
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Microsoft shaking up how Windows feature updates are rolled out—again

reader comments 60 with 50 posters participating Share this story Customers using Windows Update for Business will lose some ability ...
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Seattle indie game developer tinyBuild raises $15M, plans to grow using ‘dynamic structure’ strategy

tinyBuild, the Seattle-area indie game developer and publisher of titles such as Hello Neighbor and Rapture Rejects, has raised a ...
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30 Years Later, Russia Aims To Rewrite The Soviet War In Afghanistan

When a legislative body formed in the reformist Gorbachev era gathered in Moscow in December 1989 to reflect on the ...
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Investment Manager Michael Calvey Denies Fraud Allegations

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Aquaman, Khal Drogo actor may play Duncan Idaho in new Dune film

Enlarge / Jason Momoa hit the big time with his portrayal of Khal Drogo in HBO's Game of Thrones and ...
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The Week In Russia: ‘Putin Lived, Putin Lives, Putin Will Live’

Editor's Note: To receive Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia each week via e-mail, subscribe by clicking here. Last spring, longtime ...
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Twitter considering a tweet ‘clarifying’ function

Clarification hasn’t always been Twitter’s strong suit. Fittingly, there’s a bit of confusion around the longstanding suggestion that the service ...
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Muscovites Slam Flawed New Flats

Some residents of condemned Soviet-era housing blocks in the Kuntsevo district of Moscow -- known as "Khrushchyovka" after Soviet leader ...
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Amazon leads $700M round in electric automaker Rivian

Rivian, the electric automaker that debuted its first two vehicles just three months ago, has raised $700 million in a ...
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Why is this copy of Super Mario Bros. worth $100,000? We asked a buyer

Enlarge / Of the millions of copies of Super Mario Bros. ever sold, this is the rarest and most valuable ...
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Politicians pushing back on corporate power celebrate victory in Amazon’s NYC reversal

New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris hosts a rally protesting Amazon’s planned New York office. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)In ...
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Palmetto gets $20 million credit line for its solar and energy efficiency installation marketplace

For homeowners that want to go green, but have trouble figuring out how to do it, Palmetto Clean Technologies has the ...
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Dubai airport briefly halts flights after drone spotted

Earlier today, Dubai’s International airport shut down flights for roughly half an hour, owing to the sighting of a drone ...
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Urban unicorn renewal

Three cities, three dead urban unicorn renewal projects. In just the past few days, we’ve had Foxconn renege on Wisconsin, ...
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We’re Ready to Unite With Russia, Belarus Leader Lukashenko Says

Belarus is ready to merge with Russia, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on the third and last day of his ...
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Future unicorns: Algorithm predicts the next $1B companies, including one Seattle startup

Sales automation startup Outreach was the only Seattle company to make CB Insights’ list of future unicorns. (Outreach Photo)Can algorithms ...
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Samsung’s new Tab S5e is super thin, supports Bixby, and costs just $399

reader comments 96 with 60 posters participating Share this story Samsung's $399 Galaxy Tab S5e. The company's thinnest and lightest ...
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Remembering the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan, 30 Years Later (in Pictures)

Feb. 15, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. The nine-year Afghan War claimed the ...
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How to decarbonize America — and the world

Ramez Naam Contributor More posts by this contributor The Ultimate Interface Is Your Brain The Green New Deal has burst ...
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Pop culture toymaker Funko expands into board games with acquisition of Seattle studio

The Funko team after the company kicked off a new era as a publicly traded company. (Nasdaq Photo)Funko, the maker ...
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3DEN raises $2M to create pay-as-you-go urban spaces

3DEN is building spaces for what it calls the “in-between moments” of your day. The name (pronounced “Eden”) comes from ...
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NJ AG: Takedown notice that led to new gun-file lawsuit came from Slovakia—not us

Enlarge / Hmm, those don't seem to be the same thing.Google Maps reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating, including ...
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Peloton peddles toward an IPO, self-driving is big business and SaaS’s new highs

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was ...
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Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Fly Over Sea of Japan

Nuclear-capable Russian bombers carried out a training flight over the Sea of Japan, prompting Tokyo to scramble air force planes ...
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Sources Say EU Ready With Sanctions Over Russia’s Detention Of Ukraine Seamen

BRUSSELS -- EU diplomats have agreed to impose asset freezes and visa bans on a number of Russians involved in ...
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Russian Teen Gets Prison Term For School Attack

A Russian teenager who attacked a teacher with a meat cleaver and fired an air gun into her face during ...
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BRCK acquires ISPs EveryLayer and Surf to boost Africa’s public Wi-Fi

Jake Bright Contributor More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: Zimbabwe’s net blackout, Partech’s $143M fund, Andela’s $100M raise, Flutterwave’s ...
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Belarusian Leader Skips Munich Conference Because Of Talks With Russia’s Putin

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will not to take part in the February 15-17 Munich Security Conference because he is in ...
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Samsung’s new tablet sports Bixby 2.0

Bixby’s been on a bunch of phones and several appliances. Until now, however, Samsung’s smart assistant has been largely MIA ...
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Samsung is preparing to launch a sports smartwatch and AirPods-like earbuds

Samsung’s newest product launch happens next week, but already the Korean tech giant has revealed its entire upcoming range of ...
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U.S. Founder of Major Private Equity Group Detained in Russia on Embezzlement Charges, Explained

Russia has detained the U.S. founder of Baring Vostok, the biggest private independent equity fund in the country, in Moscow ...
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Wave Of Police Raids Amid Russia’s Trash Protests

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Belgian Intel Officer is a Suspected Russian Spy, Reports Say

An officer in Belgium’s military intelligence service is reportedly under investigation for spying for Russia.The unnamed officer was accused of ...
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Rocket Report: Russia’s new spacecraft; is the US sabotaging Iranian rockets?

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. reader comments 63 with 24 posters participating Share ...
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Russian Priest Under Fire for Sultry Sermons

A Russian Orthodox priest has been defrocked for his adult-themed sermons that shocked congregations, church authorities have said.The news comes ...
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American Investment Manager Reportedly Detained In Moscow Fraud Case

The American founder of the Baring Vostok investment company has been detained in Moscow and could face charges of large-scale ...
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Moscow Rail Stations, Other Buildings Evacuated Following Hoax Bomb Threats

A spate of anonymous bomb threats to institutions in Moscow has led to several evacuations, although no explosives have been ...
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Two Killed In Gas Explosion In Siberian Apartment Block

An explosion has partially destroyed a residential building in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, killing two people, local officials say ...
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U.S. Investor Calvey Detained in Moscow on Suspicion of Fraud

Russia has detained the U.S. founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group in Moscow on suspicion of fraud, a spokeswoman ...
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We Won’t Allow a Color Revolution in Venezuela, Moscow Says

Russia’s position on Venezuela is to prevent American-backed regime change, the country’s Foreign Ministry has announced, amid a jostle for ...
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No Offensive Planned in Syria’s Idlib, Kremlin Says

Khalil Ashawi President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had agreed to take unspecified extra steps to ...
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Russia’s Military Vows to ‘Prevent Invasion’ of Polar Bears in Arctic Town

Russia’s Defense Ministry has pledged to address the polar bear invasion that has struck panic in a remote Arctic settlement ...
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ChargedUp picks up £1.2M seed to grow its mobile charging network across UK

ChargedUp, a U.K. startup that offers a mobile charging network that takes inspiration from bike-sharing, has closed £1.2 million in ...
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Dealmaster: As Switch sales slow, Nintendo launches a new bundle

Enlarge / The bundle includes the neon red and neon blue Joy-Cons. reader comments 3 with 3 posters participating Share ...
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China’s Didi is laying off 15% of its staff

China’s largest ride-hailing firm Didi plans to let go 15 percent of its employees or about 2,000 people this year, ...
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Spotify says it paid $340M to buy Gimlet and Anchor

Spotify doubled down on podcasts last week with a double deal to buy podcast networks Gimlet and Anchor. Those acquisitions ...
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Kleiner’s Mamoon Hamid thinks we could be in a 15-year-long bull market (and other insights from the firm)

Late last month, the venture firm Kleiner Perkins began an official reboot, with a new, $600 million fund, as well ...
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Alibaba takes an 8% stake in Tencent-backed anime streaming site Bilibili

Ecommerce giant Alibaba is continuing its push into the world of youth culture after it scooped up an 8 percent ...
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Netflix office goes on lockdown over report of a potential shooter, suspect now in custody

Alarming reports popped up on Twitter late Thursday of incident involving an armed individual at Netflix’s Hollywood office on Sunset ...
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This DNA-driven dating startup says love is in the air — and they’ll help you sniff it out

DNA Romance co-founders Timothy Sexton and Judith Bosire. (DNA Romance Photo)It’s Valentine’s Day, so romance is in the air. But ...
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Citizen expands its crime-tracking alert app to Baltimore

Depending on who you ask, Citizen is either a useful urban safety tool or a menacing glimpse into a self-surveilled ...
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A ridiculously rare copy of Super Mario for NES just sold for over $100,000

An extra special copy of Super Mario for NES just sold for a mind-boggling $100,150. Before you go digging through ...
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Gambling, porn, and piracy on iOS: Apple’s enterprise certificate woes continue

Enlarge / Apps on an iPhone X.Samuel Axon reader comments 15 with 15 posters participating Share this story Rival tech ...
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TVA board votes to close coal plants despite Trump tweet

Enlarge / A coal train passes beside two cooling towers during unloading operations at the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil ...
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NASA lays out its commercial roadmap for putting astronauts on the moon in 2028

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine discusses the space agency’s plan to support the development of commercial hardware capable of landing astronauts ...
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StayTuned Digital helps video creators publish and measure everywhere

If you’re a video creator in 2019, you’re probably thinking about a long list of publishing destinations: YouTube, of course, ...
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Amazon sets cap for Seattle growth in coming years; canceled New York jobs will likely go elsewhere

Amazon will end its growth in Seattle in coming years after its offices under construction open, and the 25,000 jobs ...
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Postscript wants to be the Mailchimp for SMS

Email is certainly not dead, despite many such exclamations, but there’s no question that it’s a bloated, seeping hog of ...
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Everything you need to know about GM’s new electric bikes

General Motors announced last year it was getting into the electric bike business. But besides a crowdsourcing name competition and ...
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Zendesk just hired three former Microsoft, Salesforce and Adobe execs

Today, Zendesk announced it has hired three new executives — Elisabeth Zornes, former general manager of global support for Microsoft ...
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New York politicians slam Amazon as it drops HQ2 plan

Like the initial HQ2 plan, today’s news that Amazon will no longer be setting up shop in Queens has been ...
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Facebook may face a record-setting multi-billion-dollar fine from the FTC

The Washington Post is reporting that Facebook’s row with the FTC could result in fines an order of magnitude larger ...
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TikTok spotted testing native video ads

TikTok is testing a new ad product: a sponsored video ad that directs users to the advertiser’s website. The test ...
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Tetris 99 isn’t just a great twist on a classic—it’s a gameplay revolution

Enlarge / What happens when more people get their hands on Tetris pieces in a single online match? A lot ...
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Redfin posts $487M in revenue in 2018 as losses balloon to $42M for the year

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman at the 2018 GeekWire Summit. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)Redfin’s desire to compete in every ...
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When do you go native?

The hardest decision in app development is often the very first one Jon Evans @rezendi / 17 hours So you’re ...
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William Barr confirmed to lead the Justice Department

On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Trump nominee William Barr as the next head of the Justice Department. Barr ...
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Google’s Waymo risks repeating Silicon Valley’s most famous blunder

reader comments 103 with 68 posters participating, including story author Share this story Everyone in Silicon Valley knows the story ...
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Why your startup may not be as great as everyone says

Gil Ben-Artzy Contributor One of the very first things we ask Israeli entrepreneurs who are hoping to break into the ...
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The 2019 Genesis G70—can a good car overcome brand snobbery?

reader comments 55 with 44 posters participating, including story author Share this story The Genesis G70 is an attractive car, ...
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U.S. Senate Confirms Barr As Attorney General, Will Oversee Mueller Probe

William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate, despite concerns over how ...
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Come on, Amazon! The implications of the tech giant’s abrupt decision to nix its NYC HQ2

Amazon faced opposition from some New Yorkers after announcing plans to put part of its HQ2 project in Queens. (GeekWire ...
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Did New York lose anything with Amazon’s rejection? It’s complicated.

Now that Amazon has said that it’s taking its ball and going home rather than deal with mean, pushy New ...
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Boston and NY share high tech losses as Amazon and GE bail on same day

Boston and New York have been sporting rivals for decades, constantly fighting over bragging rights across all four major sports, ...
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NASA emphasizing “speed” in its return to the Moon

Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine would like the agency to return to the Moon "fast" but sustainably. reader comments ...
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Big win or big loss? Reaction mixed to Amazon’s shocking decision to scrap New York HQ2

The day Amazon announced HQ2, this graffiti appeared in the company’s new neighborhood, Long Island City. (GeekWire Photo / Monica ...
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DriveNets emerges from stealth with $110M for its cloud-based alternative to network routers

Software is eating the world, and today a startup that’s taking this maxim to the world of telecoms has raised ...
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JPMorgan is creating a cryptocurrency pegged to the dollar

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. reader comments 39 with 33 posters participating Share this story JPMorgan Chase is developing a ...
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Uber Freight snags Airbnb, Box veterans as it eyes global expansion

Uber Freight, which helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, has made two high-profile hires this month as it continues ...
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Microsoft begins work on its 2020 Windows releases in new preview

Enlarge / Windows is now perpetually under construction. reader comments 18 with 15 posters participating Share this story Microsoft has ...
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Peltarion raises $20M for its AI platform

Peltarion, a Swedish startup founded by former execs from companies like Spotify, Skype, King, TrueCaller and Google, today announced that ...
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National retail group: Holiday sales fell short

NEW YORK – The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, said that holiday sales increased a lower-than-expected ...
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Mixed finish for U.S. stock indexes over weak retail sales

U.S. stock indexes clawed most of the way back from an early slide Thursday to finish mostly lower, ending a ...
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Our favorite psychopath, Villanelle, is back in trailer for Killing Eve S2

reader comments 9 with 9 posters participating Share this story Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is back for another round of cat ...
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Too big to sell: Airbus bids pained adieu to superjumbo A380

TOULOUSE, France – To passengers, the A380 feels immediately different – spacious, smooth and oddly elegant for a jet so ...
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Dealmaster: Take $20 off Red Dead Redemption 2 or Marvel’s Spider-Man

TechBargains reader comments 8 with 5 posters participating Share this story Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we ...
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Hacker who stole 620 million records strikes again, stealing 127 million more

A hacker who stole close to 620 million user records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from ...
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Amazon’s NYC educational investments will continue, despite cancellation of New York HQ2

Amazon’s plans to invest in New York area engineering training programs and other local educational initiatives are not being canceled, ...
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Ajit Pai orders phone companies to adopt new anti-robocall tech in 2019

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on May 5, 2017 in ...
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Amazon won’t reopen search for new HQ2 location after ditching New York City

Could Crystal City in Arlington, Va. accommodate more Amazon workers given the company’s decision to back out of its HQ2 ...
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Amazon could launch Amazon Go store in London

Amazon has secured some retail space in the heart of London, according to a report from The Grocer spotted by ...
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LG keeps leaking G8 features; the latest is a vibrating display speaker

reader comments 28 with 25 posters participating Share this story The LG G8. It looks just like the G7 and ...
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Atrium, Justin Kan’s legal tech startup, launches a fintech and blockchain division

Atrium, the legal startup co-founded by Justin Kan of Twitch fame, is jumping into the blockchain space today. The company ...
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Startup will store energy by forcing compressed air in a defunct zinc mine

reader comments 30 with 19 posters participating Share this story The future site of the Angas A-CAES Project. Angas A-CAES ...
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NATO Strongly Supports Afghan Government’s Full Involvement In Peace Talks, Alliance Chief Tells RFE/RL

BRUSSELS -- NATO is backing the full participation of the Afghan government in peace talks involving U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad ...
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Bellingcat Names Possible Third Russian GRU Agent Suspected Of Skripal Poisonings

The British-based open-source investigation group Bellingcat said on February 14 that it has established the identity of an alleged Russian ...
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Silicon Valley investment firm Alpine SG acquires 6 startups, forms new Seattle-area marketing company

ASG MarTech CEO Steve Reardon. (ASG MarTech Photo)Alpine SG, a Silicon Valley investment firm that acquires and then operates software-as-a-service ...
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Daily Crunch: Facebook (possibly) considered buying Unity

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered ...
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Facing opposition, Amazon scraps New York HQ2 plans

Enlarge / Protestors at New York City Hall on January 30, 2019. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Drew Angerer/Getty Images reader ...
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Devs accuse Sony of “playing favorites” with PS4’s cross-platform support

Enlarge / On the right, Wargroove developers asking for Sony to open up cross-platform support on the PS4. On the ...
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Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

NEW YORK – Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought ...
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In stunning reversal, Amazon drops plans for HQ2 in New York City in the face of growing backlash

Amazon planned to open an office in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)Amazon is ...
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Opera shows off its smart new redesign that’s just like all the other browsers

Enlarge / Both the new dark view and light view look good. reader comments 40 with 33 posters participating Share ...
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EU Lawmakers Call For Immediate Release Of Chechen Rights Activist Titiyev

BRUSSELS – The European Parliament has called on authorities in Russia's Chechnya region to immediately release detained Chechen human rights ...
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Bellingcat Names Third Russian GRU Agent Suspected of Skripal Poisoning

A third man suspected of involvement in the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in England last ...
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Podcast: The Great Firewall of Russia. Why Polar Bears Pillaged a Siberian Village. Julia Ioffe on Putin and Trump.

This week on From Russia With News, investigative journalist and security services expert Andrei Soldatov tells us why Russia is ...
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Want a better idea of your future climate? Try this map

reader comments 96 with 58 posters participating, including story author Share this story Absent a time machine, it’s hard to ...
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The Unseen Aspects of Paul Manafort’s Lies and Truth-Telling Are as Telling as the Ones We’ve Seen

As noted, yesterday Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Mueller’s team had proven Paul Manafort lied in three of the five ...
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Tech Moves: Smartsheet names AWS vet as CTO; Ex-Nike exec heads Grayl’s board; Indeed replaces CEO

Praerit Garg. (Smartsheet photo)Work collaboration software company Smartsheet nabbed AWS veteran Praerit Garg to lead technology efforts as the company’s ...
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Madrona continues hiring spree with Trilogy veteran Katie Drucker and former Avvo CEO Mark Britton

Venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group has hired well-known Seattle entrepreneurs Katie Drucker, the former Sigby CEO and Trilogy Partners ...
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AWS announces new bare metal instances for companies who want more cloud control

When you think about Infrastructure as a Service, you typically pay for a virtual machine that resides in a multi-tenant ...
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DigitalOcean launches its managed database service

DigitalOcean started as an affordable but basic virtual private server offering with a pleasant user interface. Over the last few ...
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114 Years After Her Birth, Ayn Rand’s Supporters Think Russia Is Ready for Her Ideas

Young Russians are increasingly turning to the American writer in their search for a political alternative. Ayn Rand was born ...
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Happy Valentine’s Day: your dating app account was hacked, says Coffee Meets Bagel

Good news for love-seekers this Valentine’s Day. In a bit of odd timing, users of the dating app Coffee Meets ...
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Amazon caught selling counterfeits of publisher’s computer books—again

Enlarge / At left, a counterfeited No Starch book. At right, the real deal.left, Bill Pollock; right, Jon Sawyer (@jcase) ...
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Russian Lawmakers Propose Fining Government Officials for Insulting Citizens

Communist lawmakers in Russia have submitted a bill that would introduce fines for officials who disrespect their voters, Interfax reported ...
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Citing lack of demand, Airbus cancels A380 superjumbo aircraft

Enlarge / An Emirates Airbus A380. reader comments 124 with 47 posters participating, including story author Share this story European ...
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Open Thread: A Mournful Valentine [UPDATE]

[NB: Check the byline. UPDATE at the bottom. /~Rayne]A year ago today, fourteen students and three staff members at Marjory ...
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Prisoner Of His Past: Gulag Child Returns To Barracks As Elderly Ex-Con

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Pinpoint grabs $13.5M Series A to bring data discipline to engineering

Sales and marketing are steeped in data to explain just how well they are doing, but engineering, the department charged ...
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China’s Didi reportedly lost a staggering $1.6 billion in 2018

China’s largest car-hailing company is facing relentless pressure from all fronts. Beijing-based Didi Chuxing reportedly lost a staggering 10.9 billion ...
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Firefox for iOS gets persistent private browsing tabs

Firefox for iOS is getting an update today that brings a new layout for its menu and settings, as well ...
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LEGO launches eight AR-focused sets

LEGO’s long been  leader among traditional toy companies when it comes to embracing tech trends, from mobile apps to robotics ...
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Zoho’s office suite gets smarter

As far as big tech companies go, Zoho is a bit different. Not only has it never taken any venture ...
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Amazon, WesternUnion debut PayCode to sell goods in emerging markets and let shoppers pay in cash

While Amazon has been methodical (read: a little slow) in launching local versions of its site for various global markets, ...
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‘Miracle’ Baby Who Survived Under Rubble Of Collapsed Russian Apartment Block Released From Hospital

An infant who was found alive by rescuers beneath the rubble of a collapsed Russian apartment building on New Year's ...
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Crackdown 3 review: Half-baked action with tasty triple-jumping

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Ukraine Deports Russia-Aligned Priest, Strips Citizenship, In Church Rift

KYIV -- Ukraine has taken the extraordinary step of deporting a senior cleric of the Moscow-aligned Orthodox Church and stripping ...
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Spokane Great Outdoors and Bike Expo will stage its first dog fashion show Feb. 24

Fashionable dogs will be making an appearance at the first Outdoor Dog Fashion Show at the annual Great Outdoors and ...
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Inside The Immaculate World Of Russian Orthodox Dating

MOSCOW -- On a recent snowy Sunday, the 17th-century Dormition Church was drawing evening Mass to a close. The ethereal ...
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Russia to Turkey: You Can’t Have Syrian Safe Zone Without Assad’s Consent

Russia told Turkey on Thursday it had no right to create a "safe zone" inside Syria unless it sought and ...
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A Valentine’s Day Ski Date for Two: Putin and Lukashenko Hit the Slopes

In southern Russia’s resort city of Sochi, President Vladimir Putin shows once again that he's always ready to demonstrate his physical fitness ...
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Alita: Battle Angel rises above its ugly ads, flies to a cloud city of awesome

Enlarge / There's just no getting around the eyes, huh, 20th Century Fox? So be it. reader comments 58 with ...
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Russian Authorities Detain Three Crimean Tatars Accused Of Being Extremists

OKTYABRSKE, Ukraine -- Russian-imposed authorities in Ukraine's occupied Crimea region have detained three Crimean Tatar activists, according to a Ukrainian ...
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More Russian Men Confess to Being in Love than Women on Valentine’s Day — Survey

A majority of Russians have admitted that they are currently in love, according to a state-funded poll released on Valentine’s ...
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What Happened To The Pointy Communist Hat?

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial buys UK currency exchange giant WorldFirst reportedly for around $700M

Ant Financial, the financial services behemoth affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has made its first big move into Europe ...
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Europe agrees platform rules to tackle unfair business practices

The European Union’s political institutions have reached agreement over new rules designed to boost transparency around online platform businesses and ...
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Teckro scores $25M Series C round to speed up clinical trials

Teckro, a software platform that claims to make the conduct of clinical trials more efficient and collaborative, has closed $25 ...
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Russia’s Economy Can Weather New U.S. Sanctions, Kremlin Says

The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia's economy could cope with any new U.S. sanctions, adding that it had demonstrated macroeconomic ...
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NATO Allies Discuss Afghan Mission’s Future After Proposed U.S. Withdrawal

NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss the alliance's military operations in Afghanistan amid indications the United States ...
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Russia Considers Japan-Style Fine for ‘Excessively Large’ Waistlines

Russia’s health and consumer rights watchdog is considering drawing on Japan’s experience in tackling obesity, including fining citizens for large ...
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Russian Investigators Are Reopening the Dyatlov Pass Case. But What Is It?

Sixty years after a group of hikers mysteriously died in the Ural Mountains, police are breathing new life into the ...
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Malt raises $28.6 million for its freelancer platform

French startup Malt is raising a $28.6 million funding round (€25 million) with Idinvest Partners leading the round and existing ...
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GoEuro rebrands as Omio to take its travel aggregator business global

European multimodal travel booking platform GoEuro has announced a change of name and destination: Its new ambition is to go ...
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Fitness startup Eastnine picks up £2M from LocalGlobe, Cherry Ventures, Niklas Zennström and others

Eastnine, a new fitness startup and app co-founded by London entrepreneur and investor Jason Goodman, is de-cloaking today, including disclosing ...
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Thailand’s Jitta raises $6.5M to develop an algorithm-powered wealth fund

Jitta, a Bangkok-based fintech startup, has announced a $6.5 million Series A round as it prepares to launch an investment ...
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Russia, Turkey, Iran Leaders To Meet In Sochi For Talks On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host counterparts from Iran and Turkey on February 14 in Sochi to discuss plans for ...
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Romance scams cost more money than any other type of consumer fraud, says the Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission has released data that shows romance scams cost more money than other types of consumer fraud ...
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Tesla ‘Dog mode’ and ‘Sentry mode’ are now live to guard your car and pets

Tesla has officially released two features for its electric vehicles aimed at protecting what owners love: their car and pets, ...
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China’s Alipay digital wallet is entering 7,000 Walgreens stores

China’s payments heavyweights have been following tourists abroad as their home market gets crowded. Ant Financial, Alibaba’s financial affiliate with a ...
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CEO of Rappler, a media company critical of the Philippines government, is arrested

There’s serious concern around press freedom in the Philippines after Maria Ressa, the CEO of independent media company Rappler, was ...
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NASA’s deputy chief echoes JFK in a pitch for commercial space ventures

NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard, at left, receives congratulations from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine after a swearing-in ceremony last October ...
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Indonesia-focused Intudo Ventures raises new $50M fund

Intudo Ventures, a VC firm focused on Indonesia, has closed a new $50 million fund. This is Intudo’s second fund to ...
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Facebook mulled multi-billion-dollar acquisition of gaming giant Unity, book claims

Less than a year after making a $3 billion investment into the future of virtual reality with the purchase of ...
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Good Omens fans will love finding all the Easter eggs in new teaser

reader comments 11 with 10 posters participating Share this story Animated versions of the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley take ...
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Geared Up: Why Amazon is getting into WiFi, and how Apple could upgrade the AirPods

What does Amazon want with Eero? The tech giant’s deal to acquire the mesh WiFi networking company is the latest ...
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Judge Rules Manafort Lied To Prosecutors, Grand Jury During Russia Probe

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, breached his plea agreement ...
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Ford F-150 recalls 1.48 million pickups due to crash concern

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. is aware of at least five accidents involving the best-selling F-150 pickup caused by unintended ...
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U.S. Senators To Try Again With Tougher Russia Sanctions Bill

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill on February 13 that would impose drastic new sanctions on Russia ...
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Levi Strauss plans to raise $100M in initial public offering

SAN FRANCISCO – Well-known jeans company Levi Strauss & Co. says it plans to raise about $100 million through an ...
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MalwareTech loses bid to suppress damning statements made after days of partying

Enlarge / Then 23-year-old security researcher Marcus Hutchins in his bedroom in Ilfracombe, UK, in July 2017, just weeks before ...
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Nintendo surprises fans with ‘Super Mario Maker 2,’ remastered ‘Link’s Awakening’ and new game ‘Astral Chain’

Nintendo announced a new installment in the Super Mario Maker series this afternoon, along with a polished and remastered edition of ...
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Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican says it is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in ...
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Super Mario Maker 2, Link’s Awakening remaster headline latest Nintendo Direct

reader comments 47 with 34 posters participating, including story author Share this story Super Mario Maker 2 seeks to earn ...
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Apple’s insider-trading policy enforcer accused of insider trading

reader comments 38 with 36 posters participating Share this story The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought suit against Gene ...
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Anti-vaxxers are spreading conspiracy theories on Facebook, and the company is struggling to stop them

As a disturbing number of measles outbreaks crop up around the United States, Facebook is facing challenges combating widespread misinformation ...
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Nintendo makes the old new again with Mario, Zelda, Tetris titles for Switch

The afternoon brought an eventful series of announcements from Nintendo in one of its Direct video promos, and 2019 is ...
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Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal

WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers challenged top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint on Wednesday over their pledge not to raise prices ...
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Nintendo is releasing a free 99-player version of Tetris

It came right in the middle of the Nintendo Direct announcement this afternoon: “99 players… but only one reigns supreme.” ...
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Qloo acquires cultural recommendation service TasteDive

Qloo announced this morning that it has acquired TasteDive. The two companies sound pretty similar — according to the announcement, ...
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Bill and Melinda Gates take to late-night TV to weigh in on 70% marginal tax rate floated by AOC

Should billionaires exist? That question is getting serious attention thanks to liberal officials raising the alarm over wealth concentration. It’s become ...
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Judge Orders Officials To Turn Over Lesin Autopsy Records

WASHINGTON -- A Washington judge has ordered the city medical examiner to turn over dozens of autopsy records and other ...
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Brightcove acquires Ooyala’s video business for $15M

Brightcove just announced that it’s acquiring Ooyala’s online video platform business. The deal brings together two long-lasting players in the ...
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Nintendo announces Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, so goodbye forever

Nintendo has ruined my life, and all our lives, by announcing Super Mario Maker 2, the sequel to the level-constructing ...
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Medivis has launched its augmented reality platform for surgical planning

After two years of development, Medivis, a New York-based company developing augmented reality data integration and visualization tools for surgeons, ...
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Opportunity on Mars, 2004-2019: NASA sings requiem to a rover — and looks ahead

Ths colorized image of the Opportunity rover’s shadow was taken on July 26, 2004, by the rover’s front hazard-avoidance camera ...
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Raw milk drinkers in 19 states at risk of rare, dangerous infectious disease

reader comments 90 with 53 posters participating Share this story If the explosion of measles cases hasn’t made you question ...
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Aluminum may be key to making exosolar systems with water worlds

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Selling 911 location data is illegal—US carriers reportedly did it anyway

reader comments 58 with 50 posters participating Share this story Three of the four major wireless carriers have been accused ...
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The infosec reckoning has arrived

2018 represented a record year for venture capital investment into information security, but this isn’t a positive trend – and ...
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Lime loses appeal to operate electric scooters in SF

Lime, similar to its competitors Spin and JUMP, just got word that while its appeal to operate electric scooters in ...
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Wattpad’s latest deal will turn its stories into TV shows and movies in Korea

Wattpad’s ambitions to grow beyond a storytelling community for young adults took another leap forward today with the announcement of ...
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Bill Gates-backed Vicarious Surgical adds a virtual reality twist to robots in the operating room

In an operating room in rural Idaho, doctors prep a patient for surgery. They make a tiny, thumb-sized incision into ...
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Asteroid is building a human-machine interaction engine for AR developers

When we interact with computers today we move the mouse, we scroll the trackpad, we tap the screen, but there ...
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Check out the first interior view of Honda’s Urban EV prototype

Honda began teasing its all-electric urban vehicle in 2017, when the automaker showed off its vision of the future — ...
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