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Recommended Reading: Apple’s AR secret weapon is already in your pocket

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Apple’s secret weapon in AR is right in front of usScott Stein, CNETSure, Apple is supposedly working on an augmented- or mixed-reality headset that’s been rumored repeatedly, but the company is flexing its AR muscle with a device you already have. C…

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Recommended Reading: The challenge of remastering ‘Blade Runner’

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Replicating Blade Runner: Why the adventure game classic is so tough to remasterWesley Yin-Poole, EurogamerNightdive Studios announced earlier this year that it planned to remaster the 1997 Blade Runner game for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and…

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Recommended Reading: Microsoft’s Panos Panay on the Surface Duo

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Exclusive Q&A: Panos Panay on how the Surface Duo transforms Microsoft againRaymond Wong, InputYou’ve likely read our review by now, but Input caught up with Microsoft’s chief product officer to discuss the company’s new folding device…

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Recommended Reading: Behind the wheel of the Polestar 2

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Driving the Polestar 2, the first electric car with a brain by GoogleAndrew J. Hawkins, The VergeThe Verge offers some first impressions of the first EV that runs Android Automotive: Google’s tech that controls things like air conditioning, na…

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Recommended Reading: The world of Lego interface panel design

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The UX of Lego interface panelsGeorge Cave, designbycave.co.ukWhether it’s a spaceship, a cash register or a car instrument cluster, Lego interface panels play a relatively small role in the grand scheme of most builds. They offer finer detail…

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Recommended Reading: The fear of TikTok

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Why America is afraid of TikTokMichael Schuman, The AtlanticA US Senator called it a Trojan Horse. President Trump reportedly wants Chinese owner ByteDance to sell it off to a buyer based in the States or to ban it entirely without having it c…

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Recommended Reading: Why is Apple breaking up with Intel?

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After 15 years, Apple prepares to break up with IntelDon Clark and Jack Nicas, The New York TimesOne of the big announcements at Monday’s WWDC virtual keynote is expected to be Apple’s long-rumored breakup with Intel. The partnership has equip…

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Recommended Reading: The life of a dropshipper

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‘It’s bullshit’: Inside the weird, get-rich-quick world of dropshippingSirin Kale, WiredIn Bali, co-working spaces are filled with remote workers looking to make big bucks — and to do so quickly. Through a process called dropshipping, sellers …

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Recommended Reading: Zoom’s security struggles

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‘Every day is a crisis’: Zoom boosts its security as scrutiny growsCyrus Farivar and Jo Ling Kent, NBC NewsAs many of us are working and attending school from home, Zoom has become a popular vehicle for video meetings and classroom sessions. During t…

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Recommended Reading: Inside the PlayStation 5 with Mark Cerny

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PlayStation 5 uncovered: The Mark Cerny tech deep dive
Richard Leadbetter,
Eurogamer

If you're craving even more explanation on the PlayStation 5 than lead architect Mark Cerny shared during his in-depth chat a couple weeks ago, get…

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Recommended Reading: What happens when bands don’t tour

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How coronavirus is destroying the livelihood of music’s behind-the-scenes workforce
Samantha Hissong,
Rolling Stone

By now, you’ve watched, or at least heard about, a musician who’s cooped up at home turning to livestreams to connect with fans. Wh…

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Recommended Reading: Dead Sea Scroll fragments in DC are fakes

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Exclusive: ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ at the Museum of the Bible are all forgeries
Michael Greshko
National Geographic

When the Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, DC in 2017, it funded a research project that examined pieces of what was thought to…

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Recommended Reading: The AI surveillance company watching Utah

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This small company is turning Utah into a surveillance panopticon
Jason Koebler, Emanuel Maiberg, and Joseph Cox
Motherboard

If you think Clearview’s AI-powered facial recognition is a major problem, buckle up. An artificial intelligence company c…

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Recommended Reading: The CIA-owned company that helped it spy on the world

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The intelligence coup of the century
Greg Miller,
The Washington Post

This in-depth report tells the story of Crypto AG, a Switzerland-based company that achieved success for its code-making machines during World War II. The company eventua…

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Recommended Reading: The lasting effect of the Iowa Caucuses

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Iowa might have screwed up the whole nomination process
Nate Silver,
FiveThirtyEight

By now you probably know the story. The Iowa Democratic Party decided to use an app to report results from its caucuses this week. These events were the fi…

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Recommended Reading: Facial recognition, police and privacy

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The secretive company that might end privacy as we know it
Kashmir Hill,
The New York Times

Clearview is a startup that developed a facial recognition system that matches a photo of a person to publicly available images. Those can be from F…

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Recommended Reading: The science fiction of William Gibson

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How William Gibson keeps his science fiction real
Joshua Rothman,
The New Yorker

While a lot of sci-fi is obsessed with the distant future, one of the best authors of the genre takes a different approach. The New Yorker explains how William…

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Recommended Reading: A year later, the CRISPR babies are still a mystery

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Why the paper on the CRISPR babies stayed secret for so long
Antonio Regalado,
MIT Technology Review

A year has passed since Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui presented work on editing the DNA of two girls while they were still embryos. Ethic…

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Recommended Reading: The making of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

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A journey to Galaxy’s Edge, the nerdiest place on Earth
Adam Rogers,
Wired

By now, even people who aren’t Star Wars fans have heard something about Galaxy’s Edge: the massive and detailed new attraction at Disneyland. Wired spoke to “Imagineers” w…

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Recommended Reading: The 15th anniversary of ‘Halo 2’

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When ‘Halo 2’ invaded planet earth
Anthony John Agnello,
The Ringer

In the latest installment of “things that will make you feel old,” Halo 2 was released on November 9, 2004 — which makes it 15 years old. The Ringer takes an in-depth look at the…

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Recommended Reading: How memes became political weapons

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How memes got weaponized: A short history
Joan Donovan,
MIT Technology Review

Memes are entertaining, but they’ve also become key weapons in politics and the spread of misinformation. This piece starts with just one of many insane stories: “In Oct…

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Recommended Reading: The Google Stadia controller prototypes

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An exclusive look at how Google designed its Stadia game controller
Stan Horaczek,
Popular Science

We’ve known for months that Google built its own controller for the upcoming Stadia game streaming service. But Popular Science recently got a behin…

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Recommended Reading: Your AirPods are going to die

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Everyone’s AirPods will die. We’ve got the trick to replacing them.
Geoffrey A. Fowler,
The Washington Post

If you hopped on the AirPod bandwagon early, your earbuds are likely near the end of their life. The Washington Post details what happens w…

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Recommended Reading: The ICE surveillance playbook

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How ICE picks its targets in the surveillance age
McKenzie Funk,
The New York Times

Through the lens of officers operating in the Pacific Northwest, The New York Times explains how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) collects informat…

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Recommended Reading: Uber wants to be the ‘operating system’ for city life

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Inside Uber’s plan to take over city life with CEO Dara Khosrowshahi
Andrew J. Hawkins,
The Verge

This week, ride-sharing giant Uber announced a test that puts both its car and food services in the same app. It’s part of a larger plan CEO Dara Kh…

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Recommended Reading: The redesigned WWE Network

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WWE Network 2.0: How WWE rebuilt its streaming service after a split with Disney
Chris Welch,
The Verge

After a flashy reveal at CES a few years ago, the WWE Network is by all accounts a success, amassing well over a million subscribers by …

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Recommended Reading: Behind the scenes of Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal’ prequel

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The creators of ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ just loved throwing puppets
Liz Shannon Miller,
The Verge

Netflix’s Dark Crystal prequel series debuted this week, offering fans another look at the world created by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Th…

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Recommended Reading: Taylor Swift and Spotify are… best friends?

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Taylor Swift is getting friendly with Spotify ahead of her new album, ‘Lover.’ Times have changed.
Tim Ingham,
Music Business Worldwide

Not too long ago, Taylor Swift shook off Spotify, pulling her entire catalog from the service and slamming musi…

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Recommended Reading: Replacing crops with solar panels

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California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up
Sammy Roth,
Los Angeles Times

In parts of California, water is becoming scarce, and that’s not great news for farmers. There is an alternative though: solar panels. Los Angeles…

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Recommended Reading: The race back to the Moon

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Dueling superpowers, rival billionaires. Inside the new race to the Moon
Jeffrey Kluger,
Time

SpaceX, Blue Origin and others are in a heated battle to help NASA return the US to the Moon. Time takes an in-depth look at the new space race an…

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Recommended Reading: The legacy of female players in ‘FIFA’

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How female characters in FIFA led to a diversity movement at EA
Dean Takahashi,
VentureBeat

Discussions on diversity and equal pay have taken over in the week following the 2019 Women’s World Cup, especially in the US. EA game designer Katie Scott…

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Recommended Reading: Apple’s ambitious TV plan

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Can Apple hack it in Hollywood? We talk to the man behind Apple TV+
Stuart McGurk,
GQ UK

Apple officially revealed it’s TV streaming service in March, but it won’t debut for the masses until this fall. There have been all kinds of reports swirling…

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Recommended Reading: Algorithms and school surveillance

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Aggression Detectors: The unproven, invasive surveillance technology schools are using to monitor students
Jack Gillum and Jeff Kao,
ProPublica

Following the rise in mass shootings, schools, hospitals and other public places are installing …

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Recommended Reading: Fighting deepfakes

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Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’
Drew Harwell,
The Washington Post

The 2016 US presidential election was plagued by fake news and election meddling across the internet. With the rise of so-called deepfake tec…

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Recommended Reading: The music streaming payday won’t go to artists

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The record industry expects a windfall. Where will the money go?
Marc Hogan,
Pitchfork

It’s no secret the music industry is booming on the back of streaming services. However, it seems like not much will change in terms of where all the money goes…

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Recommended Reading: Blame the apps for iPhone privacy woes

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iPhone privacy is broken… and apps are to blame
Joanna Stern,
The Wall Street Journal

Thanks in part to Facebook’s privacy blunders, concern over personal data security is growing. And we continue to find things gobbling up our info that we didn…

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Recommended Reading: Undercover moms battle autism ‘cure’ on Facebook

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Parents are poisoning their children with bleach to ‘cure’ autism. These moms are trying to stop it.
Brandy Zadrozny,
NBC News

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, especially in 2019. An autism “cure” is currently making the rounds i…

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Recommended Reading: Trusting companies despite privacy lapses

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People say they care about privacy but they continue to buy devices that can spy on them
Rani Molla,
Vox

In the wake of Cambridge Analytica, concerns about personal data privacy abound. Of course, Facebook isn’t the only company that’s been caught…

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Recommended Reading: Google Duplex still confuses restaurants

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One year later, restaurants are still confused by Google Duplex
Natt Garun,
The Verge

Google had us in awe when it debuted the AI-powered Duplex tech at I/O 2018. The system can be used to make reservations on your behalf, and it can even m…

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Recommended Reading: The cost of Fortnite’s success

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How Fortnite’s success led to months of intense crunch at Epic Games
Colin Campbell,
Polygon

There have been a few stories recently about intense work conditions, or crunch, at studios making high-profile titles. Earlier this month we read about A…

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Recommended Reading: Coachella was built for YouTube

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Coachella 2019 review: A festival built for YouTube
Paul A. Thompson,
Pitchfork

For years, Coachella’s opening weekend has been a huge event for YouTube. A weekend’s worth of livestreams don’t deliver all of the acts to your living room, but the s…

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Recommended Reading: The smartwatch EKG

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Smartwatches are changing the purpose of the EKG
Andrew Bomback and Michelle Au,
The Atlantic

Devices like the Apple Watch and other wearables now offer access to an EKG on your wrist. What was once reserved for a hospital or doctor’s office can n…

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