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Flat Earther Plans New Rocket Launch, Predicts Super Bowl-Sized Ratings

Self-taught rocket scientist/daredevil "Mad" Mike Hughes will finally launch his homemade rocket in two weeks -- despite "anonymous onli...

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We All Nearly Missed the Largest Underwater Volcano Eruption Ever Recorded

schwit1 quotes ScienceAlert: She was flying home from a holiday in Samoa when she saw it through the airplane window: a "peculiar large mass" floatin...

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Australian Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests On Fire

An anonymous reader writes: If you've been counting the ways the Australian environment is trying to kill you, you can now add "arson" t...

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Apple Shuts Swift Mailing List, Migrates to Online Forum

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's Swift project "has completed the process of migrating to the Swift Forums as the primary method for discussion an...

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Facebook shirks responsibility, says experts can't be trusted - CNET

Commentary: In asking Facebook's so-called community to decide which news sources are trustworthy, Mark Zuckerberg offers a truly disturbing rationale...

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EFF: Thousands of People Have Secure Messaging Clients Infected By Spyware

An anonymous reader quotes the EFF: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and mobile security company Lookout have uncovered a new malware espionage campaign infecting thou...

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'New California' Movement Wants To Create a 51st State

PolygamousRanchKid, Ayano, and an anonymous reader all shared the same story. Tribune Media reports: A group has launched a campaign to divide California into two states. It i...

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Astell & Kern’s music player supercharges headphone sound - CNET

This portable music player that delivers a bigger bang for your tunes...

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Watch a pilot battle incredible winds to secure a landing - CNET

Commentary: At Dusseldorf airport in Germany, windy landings are a regular occurrence. This one, however, looks like it was especially fun...

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New Antifungal Provides Hope in the Fight Against Superbugs

dryriver shares news about the ongoing war against drug-resistant fungus. ScienceDaily reports: Microscopic yeast have been wreaking havoc in hospitals around the world -- cre...

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The Vista Spark amp sounds better than it looks - CNET

Incredibly enough the Vista Spark is an awesome sounding, yet affordable amplifier...

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Red Hat Reverts Spectre Patches to Address Boot Issues

An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer: Red Hat is releasing updates for reverting previous patches for the Spectre vulnerability (Variant 2, aka CVE-2017-5715) after cus...

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Apple Might Discontinue the iPhone X This Summer

BGR shares a startling prediction from Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple analyst at KGI securities: Kuo -- who we should note has an exemplary track record with respect to iPhone rumors...

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Car Manufacturers Sued Over Rodents Eating Soy-Insulated Wires

An anonymous reader writes about "a little-known problem plaguing many newer vehicles from the likes of Honda, Toyota, and Kia." The car makers used...

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado chief engineer talks turkey with Tim Stevens - Roadshow

Tim Herrick, chief engineer for the 2019 Silverado, stopped by the Roadshow stage during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to go over all the changes that his team made to the new tr...

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Twitter Says It Exposed Nearly 700,000 People To Russian Propaganda During Election

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Twitter this evening released a new set of statistics related to its investigation on Russia propaganda efforts to influenc...

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Trump's itchy Twitter thumbs have redefined politics - CNET

In the year since his election, Donald Trump has used Twitter as an official White House channel for everything from policies and praise to bullying and brinksmanship...

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The secret's out for 'Star Trek: Discovery' star Shazad Latif - CNET

The actor who plays Lt. Ash Tyler reveals his most surreal -- and most painful -- acting moments as his character's big twist is finally revealed. Spoilers!...

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You won't believe Darrell's DIY football-themed home theater - CNET

Show Us Yours: Some people hire home installers. Darrell from Illinois hired himself to build his sports-tastic home-theater room. The results are pretty astounding...

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What a Government Shutdown Will Mean For NASA and SpaceX

Ars Technica reports of how the government shutdown affects federal agencies like NASA, as well as commercial companies like SpaceX: So far, NASA has been keeping quiet about...

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How To Tame the Tech Titans

dryriver shares an opinion piece from The Economist: Not long ago, being the boss of a big Western tech firm was a dream job. As the billions rolled in, so did the plaudits: G...

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Ajit Pai's FCC Can't Admit Broadband Competition Is a Problem

An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: While the FCC is fortunately backing away from a plan that would have weakened the standard definition of broadband, the a...

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Nintendo's Newest Switch Accessories Are DIY Cardboard Toys

sqorbit writes: Nintendo has announced a new experience for its popular Switch game console, called Nintendo Labo. Nintendo Labo lets you interact with the Switch and its Joy-...

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Norway Will Make All Short-Haul Flights Electric By 2040

Norway's public operator of air transport plans to make all short-haul flights in the country entirely electric by 2040. "State-owned Avinor, which o...

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Twitter says Russian propaganda more widespread than estimated - CNET

The social network will email more than 600,000 users in the US who saw tweets from Russian-linked accounts during 2016 election...

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn't regret firing James Damore - CNET

After accidentally turning Damore into a conservative hero, Google execs say the former employee violated company rules. Period...

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SpaceX might fire up Falcon Heavy's 27 engines Monday - CNET

Elon Musk's next big thing will get fully lit up for the first time as soon as next week...

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Acura RDX's chief engineer breaks down what's new and hot for us - Roadshow

Stephen Frey stopped by the Roadshow stage at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to talk to Tim Stevens and Brian Cooley about the newly unveiled Acura RDX prototype...

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Says He Does Not Regret Firing James Damore

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded today to the firing of employee James Damore over his controversial memo on workplace di...

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Security Breaches Don't Affect Stock Price, Study Suggests

Computer security professional Bruce Schneier highlights the key findings of a study that suggests security breaches don't affect stock price. The study has been...

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Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Katie Collins - CNET

Meet our UK reporter who loves CNET so much she worked for our site twice!...

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Tim Cook: I keep my tween nephew away from social networks - CNET

Commentary: Speaking to students in the UK, the Apple CEO also says learning coding is more important than learning a foreign language...

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Facebook will ask us to decide what's 'high quality' news - CNET

To curb "misinformation and polarization," Facebook will prioritize news from "trustworthy" publishers -- and its users wil...

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Trump Signs Surveillance Extension Into Law

President Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to announce that he has signed a six-year renewal of a powerful government surveillance tool. "Just signed 702 Bill...

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Facebook Will Now Ask Users To Rank News Organizations They Trust

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Facebook is doing a very un-Facebooky thing: It's going to start declaring that some news sources you see in your...

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Facebook to prioritize news from 'high quality' and 'trustworthy' sources - CNET

In an effort to curb "sensationalism, misinformation and polarization," Facebook's CEO says company will prioritize news from &q...

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Linking Is Not Copyright Infringement, Boing Boing and EFF Tell Court

An anonymous reader shares a report: The popular blog Boing Boing has asked a federal court in California to drop the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against it by Playbo...

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Top Bug Hunters Make 2.7 Times More Money Than an Average Software Engineer

An anonymous reader shares a report: A survey of 1,700 bug bounty hunters registered on the HackerOne platform reveals that top white-hat hackers make on average 2.7 times mor...

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Audi Smart Energy Network pilot has EVs assisting the grid - Roadshow

Instead of taxing a local grid, Audi's cars could help bolster it...

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The Galaxy S9 could get some serious camera upgrades - CNET

Like dual cameras on the Galaxy S9 Plus only...

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Tim Cook: 'I Don't Want My Nephew on a Social Network'

Tim Cook, speaking at Harlow college in Essex, shared his views on the limits on technology and social media he feels should be imposed on kids. He said: "I don&a...

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Amazon Alexa on Android can now find the best restaurants near you - CNET

Thanks to an upcoming update, you can ask Alexa for restaurant and movie recommendations nearby...

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NSA surveillance programs live on, in case you hadn't noticed - CNET

Lawmakers renew spy programs that collect massive amounts of global communications with little fuss. Privacy advocates say secrecy led to limited debate...

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CNET Show Us Yours: Submit photos of your home theater now! - CNET

Want your kickass home theater setup featured on CNET? We're looking for submissions, so get your photos ready and show us what you got...

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Is a Ram 1500 Hellcat in the works? - Roadshow

An eagle-eyed person picked up on what might be a pavement-pounding Easter egg...

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Buying Headphones in 2018 is Going To Be a Fragmented Mess

Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge: At CES this year, I saw the future of headphones, and it was messy. Where we once had the solid reliability of a 3.5mm analog connector work...

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Detour for astronaut set to be first African-American on ISS - CNET

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is no longer scheduled to travel to the International Space Station in 2018...

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Silicon Valley is 'becoming unhinged,' says top VC - CNET

Commentary: Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital seems to believe California is lazy, while, oh, China is setting the example in work ethic, according to a Financial Times interv...

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Verizon to include Mexico and Canada to Go Unlimited plan starting Jan. 25 - CNET

Users under the Go Unlimited phone plan can call and text to the two countries starting next week...

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A Cheap and Easy Blood Test Could Catch Cancer Early

A simple-to-take test that tells if you have a tumor lurking, and even where it is in your body, is a lot closer to reality -- and may cost only $500. From a report: The new t...

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Super blue blood moon prowls across the sky on Jan. 31 - CNET

The upcoming supermoon will also deliver a lunar eclipse to people in the right viewing locations. You can catch all the action online too...

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Pedestrian Attacks Self-driving Car in the Mission

An anonymous reader shares a report: Cruise AV, a self-driving car company owned by General Motors, reports that earlier this month an unidentified man in the Mission flung hi...

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Windows Mixed Reality headset prices cut in half on Amazon - CNET

If $200 is your sweet spot for a VR headset and controllers, now's your chance...

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Ford Mustang Bullitt No. 001 will be auctioned for charity - Roadshow

Pick up a badass ride for a good cause...

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Weekend Streaming: ‘Black Lightning’ arrives online - CNET

DC’s newest superhero show is now streaming, along with the return of “The Flash.”...

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2018 Nissan Leaf touts a claimed 13,000 preorders - Roadshow

Big demand means Nissan's decision to make the Leaf a bit less wacky was a wise one...

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BMW's Apple CarPlay Annual Fee is Next-level Gouging

BMW announced this week that the company plans to shift Apple CarPlay infotainment support from a one-time fee to a subscription service. Tim Stevens, writing about the implic...

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price - CNET

In the shadow of the iPhone X, Samsung’s 2018 flagship has much to prove...

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Bitcoin currency operators slapped with lawsuits alleging fraud - CNET

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission says three separate cryptocurrency-related companies defrauded customers...

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Kia Telluride three-row SUV will make it to production, report claims - Roadshow

It might not fully resemble the concept, but Kia does want another three-row SUV in its stable...

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CHina's Smartphone Maker OnePlus Says Up To 40,000 Customers Were Affected by Credit Card Security Breach

sqorbit writes: OnePlus, a manufacturer of an inexpensive smartphone meant to compete with the iPhone, states that data from 40,000 customers credit card information was stole...

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OnePlus hack exposed credit cards of up to 40,000 people - CNET

Oneplus.net was breached, and credit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes "may have been compromised."...

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Instant Messaging Company Snap Threatens Jail Time for Leakers

An anonymous reader shares a report: Snap has a simple message to its employees: leak information and you could be sued or even jailed. The chief lawyer and general counsel of...

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Ford Mustang Bullitt #001 will be auctioned for charity - Roadshow

Pick up a badass ride for a good cause...

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Amazon is Raising the Price of Prime Monthly Memberships by Nearly 20 Percent

Amazon is boosting the price of its monthly Prime membership fees for new and existing members by nearly 20%. The online retailer said Friday its annual membership fee of $99...

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Google, China's biggest tech firm sign patent-sharing deal - CNET

The search giant and Tencent will share patents with covering a range of products and technologies...

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Google Moves To Debian For In-house Linux Desktop

Google has officially confirmed the company is shifting its in-house Linux desktop from the Ubuntu-based Goobuntu to a new Linux distro, the DebianTesting-based gLinux. From a...

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Amazon Prime cost jumps nearly 20 percent for monthly subscription - CNET

Those of you paying for Prime month to month will see a higher fee of $12.99. Annual fees will remain the same...

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Get a Propel Star Wars Battle Quad drone for $74.99 - CNET

Originally $180, these are absolutely positively the drones you're looking for. Plus: a Rolls Royce hoverboard for the price of Ford Fiesta...

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Why Airports Rename Runways When the Magnetic Poles Move

An anonymous reader shares a report: For decades, pilots heading into or out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in southeast Kansas have had three runways to choose from:...

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Instagram joins EU fight against illegal online hate speech - CNET

Social networks have made dramatic improvements when it comes to removing illegal content from their platforms, says the European Commission...

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Google Releases Fix For Chromecast Wi-Fi Crashes

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google on Wednesday said it will release an update Jan. 18 to fix a bug in Cast software on Android phones that dramatically sl...

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Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust - CNET

Apple's got one idea for next-gen photo tech, but a rival technology based on the new AV1 video compression tech could go a step farther...

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Adult entertainment hasn't figured out AR either - CNET

After VR success last year, porn producer Naughty America is now targeting phones and tablets for an AR app it claims isn't porn at all. So what is it?...

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If foldable phones catch on, you can thank an unlikely source - CNET

When it comes to creating phones that take new shapes, little-known handset maker ZTE wants to lead the charge...

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Create hilarious medieval memes with this online generator - CNET

The Historic Tale Construction Kit returns online so fans of the popular meme can make their customized Bayeux Tapestry images...

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Netflix offers 'Stranger Things' town as Amazon HQ2 location - CNET

C'mon, Jeff Bezos! Choose Hawkins, Indiana! We want daily Prime deals on Eggos and possessed Christmas lights...

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You Could Soon Be Manufacturing Your Own Drugs -- Thanks To 3D Printing

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Forget those long lines at the pharmacy: Someday soon, you might be making your own medicines at home. That's...

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After conquering the world, WhatsApp looks to small businesses - CNET

The Facebook-owned company announced WhatsApp Business, an app that aims to make communicating with small businesses easier...

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Age of Empires rises in 4K from February 20 - CNET

After a four-month delay, the remastered strategy game will be released on PC with new graphics, sound and online play...

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US Tests Nuclear Power System To Sustain Astronauts On Mars

Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface on Mars have been successful and a...

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Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Intelligence makes for better leaders -- from undergraduates to executives to presidents -- according to multiple...

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Tesla Is Last In the Driverless Vehicle Race, Report Says

Navigant Research has compiled a new report on 19 companies working on automated driving systems, and surprisingly, Tesla came in last place. U.S. News & World...

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BMW's Apple CarPlay annual fee is next-level gouging - Roadshow

Putting a paywall in front of a free service is a terrifying glimpse of what a world without net neutrality could look like...

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Lifesaving Drone Makes First Rescue In Australia

Zorro shares a report from Yahoo News: A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver droppe...

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Amazon Picks 20 Finalists For 'HQ2' Second Headquarters Location

bigpat writes: Amazon took in hundreds of proposals and narrowed it down to twenty places for its "second" headquarters, with up to 50,000 new jobs p...

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Google CEO: Tech education should be more than just coding - CNET

Sundar Pichai warns that the next generation of workers will require continuous training in basic digital skills...

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Google's Fuchsia OS On the Pixelbook

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: Our early look at Fuchsia OS last May provided a glimpse into a number of new interface paradigms. Several months later, w...

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Which streamer should you buy? - CNET

Plenty of options exist for streaming Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and the rest. We've reviewed almost all of them. Here are our picks...

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Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites - CNET

It wasn't the big space rock grabbing headlines, but another asteroid came much closer to us without any fanfare this week...

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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Explain Einstein's Theories To a Nine-Year-Old?

SiggyRadiation writes: A few days ago, my 9-year-old son asked me why Albert Einstein was so famous. I decided not just to start with the famous formula E=mc^2, because that j...

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This Samsung screen patent is full of holes - CNET

Small holes in the display allow for sensors without taking away too much screen real estate...

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Airbnb purges thousands of San Francisco listings overnight - CNET

As a new law goes into effect, the short-term rental site is required to deactivate all hosts who didn't register with the city...

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This Samsung patent could solve the iPhone X's notch problem - CNET

Why have a notch when you can put holes directly into the display?...

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'Text Bomb' Is Latest Apple Bug

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A new "text bomb" affecting Apple's iPhone and Mac computers has been discovered. Abra...

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Airbnb purges thousands of its San Francisco listings overnight - CNET

As new legislation goes into effect, the short-term rental site is required to deactivate all hosts who didn't register with the city...

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Here's why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word - CNET

Commentary: Speakers with integrated voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant will soon become the norm, not the exception. Here's why...

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Bitcoin's Fluctuations Are Too Much For Even Ransomware Cybercriminals

Bitcoin's price swings are so huge that even ransomware developers are dialling back their reliance on the currency, according to researchers at cybersecurity fir...

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Volvo's Swedish engine factory achieves climate-neutral status - Roadshow

It's the first plant in Volvo's vast network to reach this goal...

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Microsoft Resumes Meltdown and Spectre Updates for AMD Devices

Microsoft has resumed the rollout of security updates for AMD devices. The updates patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. From a report: Microsoft released these patc...

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