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SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy successfully launches

SpaceX has had a very good first test of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the heavy-lift orbital vehicle that can carry twice the weight of its closest competition in active operation. The massive, three-booster rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida as planned on Tuesday at 1:30 PM EST, lifting off from Kennedy Space Center’s LC-39A.

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Apple considering whether to offer rebates for full-price iPhone battery purchases

Apple may offer rebates to people who bought a full-cost replacement iPhone battery to get around throttled performance, according to a newly-published response from the company.

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Game of Thrones Showrunners to Write, Produce New Series of Star Wars Movies - IGN

The Skywalker saga's next entry, meanwhile, will arrive in 2019, with J.J. Abrams returning to direct Star Wars Episode IX . And this year, Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to arrive in theaters on May 25. Disney and Lucasfilm recently finally offered a first look at the upcoming look at Han Solo's early life, and IGN took a deep dive into all of the secrets of the trailer. IGN also took a look at how the trailer's take on Solo and Star Wars compares to other Star Wars movies .

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The creators of 'Game of Thrones' are going to make a new 'Star Wars' movie series

Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators behind the TV series adaptation of "Game of Thrones" for HBO, will write and produce a new series of "Star Wars" movies.

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Female Uber drivers earn $1.24 per hour less than men: study

“So, I think when you look at our data, I think it’s actually a mixture of preferences,” John List, professor of economics at the University of Chicago, chief economist at Uber, and a lead author on the study, told Freakonomics . “Driving fast. But I also think it’s a mixture of constraints, and what I mean by that is men work more hours and take more trips than the average woman. So, why is that? Part of it is because women have more constraints — i.e, take the kid to school in the morning. Be responsible for taking Johnny to the soccer game. And I think those constraints then lead women to actually receive less experience and less learning-by-doing. So I think it’s actually a mixture of preferences and constraints. Now as policy makers, what we want to do is make sure that we can alleviate those constraints as much as possible.”

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Report: Traditional cybersecurity costs enterprises a fortune and isn't helping that much

By virtualizing machines and providing access to data and resources only as needed, there is much less risk of infection or compromise. Zero-trust networks don't assume anything about the state of a user's end point machine, and while setting up a zero-trust infrastructure is a lot of effort, it may be the only way to head off cybersecurity threats.

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Apple patents stylus to write on any surface, not just touch screens

Apple's patented stylus could be used for both 2D and 3D applications, but the enterprise will likely find more value in 3D. One example use case would be drawing out a tube or canister in 3D, and then porting that drawing into a CAD program to formally render it for production. What's more, 2D drawings could be ported over into 3D as well.

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What will advertising on smart speakers look like?

"It is easy to assume Google will be the first, if not the largest, purveyor of smart speaker ad products," Lewis added. "While most position zero results are triggered by questions or cultural references, advertising results would likely be triggered by branded search phrases and incorporate shopping capabilities. Amazon's Alexa would provide similar opportunities at a brand and product level, but only for current advertisers/sellers."

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73% of firms fail cybersecurity readiness tests

"As threats become more advanced and sophisticated, cyber readiness is no longer a 'nice to have' but a 'must have' for businesses of all sizes," Dan Burke, vice president and cyber product head for Hiscox in the US, said in a press release. "There needs to be a dedicated investment, and not just a financial one, in order [to] prevent, detect and mitigate cyber attacks. Beyond the allocation of funds, an organization must focus on its people, its thinking and its processes, in order to become a cyber expert."

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State of the cloud union: How AWS, Microsoft, Google, and Alibaba stack up

But, again, AWS isn't the only cloud business that's growing: It's just the biggest, with no one else getting close yet. Given the opportunity, it's perhaps not surprising just how much each of the big clouds is hiring like crazy. Amazon's finance chief said AWS "continu[es] to again build on our tech teams and our sales teams" to drive adoption. Microsoft, for its part, was much the same: "We've been investing here both in engineering to land the differentiation that Satya just talked about in sales resources and then continuing to invest in technical sales resources that can help our customers be successful in these deployments." And Google, as mentioned above, called out its cloud business as the top spot for headcount additions.

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Flaw in Grammarly Chrome extension made private documents public

The extension, once installed, acts as a grammar check for anything from emails to tweets. Grammarly doesn't work on Google Docs, but it can access a wide range of a user's documents. More than 22 million people have installed the extension, our sister site ZDNet reported. It only took four lines of code to trigger the flaw, Ormandy found.

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Apple’s HomePod is (easily) summed up by these five review excerpts

The first wave of Apple’s new smart speaker are out. The short consensus is that HomePod is a great-sounding speaker, but suffers from a Siri dumbed down by its confinement inside Apple’s ecosystem.

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Scribd’s Quest To Be “The Netflix Of Reading” Is Finally Paying Off

Most jarring, in 2016, the company switched off unlimited reading because a small minority of users was gobbling up enough books to threaten the whole offering. “We have people who would read 100 books per month,” says Adler. Most of these superusers were devouring romance novels, with some bingeing on mystery books and young adult fiction. These were far from the most expensive titles, but they were adding up. “We have some scientific and technical books in the service that are like $50 or over $100 [per read],” says Adler. “But usually people who read those only read a few books a year.” To keep from going under, Scribd ended unlimited reading and began offering three e-books and one audiobook per month in February 2016.

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Apple Pulled Telegram Due to Child Pornography Images

"The Telegram apps were taken down off the App Store because the App Store team was alerted to illegal content, specifically child pornography, in the apps. After verifying the existence of the illegal content the team took the apps down from the store, alerted the developer, and notified the proper authorities, including the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) ," he wrote.

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The middle booster of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket failed to land on its drone ship

Meanwhile, the upper stage seems to be doing just fine. After launch, Musk tweeted that it had successfully ignited its engine and raised its orbit as intended. Now, the upper stage will spend about six hours coasting through space — a move by SpaceX to demonstrate a tricky orbital maneuver for the US Air Force. That coast will take the rocket through regions of intense radiation that surround Earth called the Van Allen belts, where it will be pelted by high-energy particles. If the vehicle is still operating as it should by then, the upper stage will do another engine burn, putting the car on its deep space path to Mars’ orbit.

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Alphabet names former Time Warner Cable executive to lead internet uni

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc said a former Time Warner Cable chief operating officer started Tuesday as chief executive of its internet service company, marking the unit’s third CEO in less than two years.

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Amazon Prime Exclusive phones will no longer feature ads

But starting tomorrow, it’s going to be a lot harder to complain since Amazon will be issuing a software update to all phones that it sells to remove those advertisements. Why the change of course? Well, it just wants consumers to get more use and enjoyment out of their smartphones.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 may be more expensive than last year’s S8

Now, that wouldn’t be all that surprising considering last year, Apple sold its first ever iPhone with a four-digit price tag (after taxes). But with the pricey iPhone X, consumers were getting the first Apple smartphone with a bezel-less, OLED display on top of Face ID-powered biometric authentication and an improved rear-facing dual-camera setup for photography and video. It’s not clear if the new Galaxy S9 will pack similar upgrades over last year’s S8, or features comparable to the iPhone X, to justify a price increase, even if it ends up just in the ballpark of $50 to $100 more expensive. There’s only so much more money you can charge for an incrementally better screen and a bump in battery life.

23 Snap's user growth, revenue beat analyst expectations, shares soar

(Reuters) - Snap Inc ( SNAP.N ) said on Tuesday it added more users than expected to its Snapchat messaging app as it fights to fend off competition from Facebook Inc’s ( FB.O ) Instagram, sending it shares up by nearly 30 percent.

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Netgear is spinning off its Arlo security camera business

The line is a relatively new addition, but it’s come to be a dominating factor in the connected security camera space here in the States. And line’s offerings have been equally well reviewed in spite of higher price points, clearly bringing a breath of fresh air to Netgear’s decidedly staid world of networking hardware.

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Falcon Heavy Test Flight

When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)---a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel--Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9. Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.

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Apple Homepod Review: Locked In - Slashdot

The HomePod , whether Apple likes it or not, is the company's answer to the wildly popular Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. Apple is very insistent that the $349 HomePod has been in development for the past six years and that it's entirely focused on sound quality, but it's entering a market where Amazon is advertising Alexa as a lovable and well-known character during the Super Bowl instead of promoting its actual features. Our shared expectations about smart speakers are beginning to settle in, and outside of engineering labs and controlled listening tests, the HomePod has to measure up. And while it's true that the HomePod sounds incredible -- it sounds far better than any other speaker in its price range -- it also demands that you live entirely inside Apple's ecosystem in a way that even Apple's other products do not. The question is: is beautiful sound quality worth locking yourself even more tightly into a walled garden?

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Analyzing the dynamics of online political news sharing shows that there’s an ideological pattern to who’s spreading the bad stuff. https://trib.al/sVqS5r2 

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Hovering computers will make it increasingly possible to hack equipment that doesn’t connect directly to the internet. https://trib.al/T25Ya6w 

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Falcon Heavy just successfully launched into space for the first time — but the most difficult part of the mission is still ahead

Falcon Heavy just successfully launched into space for the first time — but the most difficult part of the mission is still ahead

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Facebook hired a full-time pollster to monitor Zuckerberg’s approval ratings

But it is unusual for a company to have a staff person charged exclusively with monitoring perceptions of its CEO full time. Facebook began monitoring Zuckerberg’s perception about two years ago, a spokesman says. The move reflects his close association with Facebook’s brand and his role as the company’s chief spokesman. Zuckerberg regularly posts announcements on his personal Facebook profile, which has more than 102 million followers. Understanding how Zuckerberg’s posts and speeches resonate globally could help the company navigate a difficult period in which it has faced stern criticism from lawmakers, regulators, journalists, and average users.

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Powerful earthquake hits Taiwan, partially collapses hotel http://gizmo.do/srArWC5  pic.twitter.com/P6tm95fvUZ

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Apple’s Shazam acquisition to be examined by the European Commission

Apple acquired Shazam in December for an undisclosed sum, although the deal is reportedly worth around $400 million. We haven’t yet seen what Apple plans to do with the company, but it could incorporate the song-identifying tech into Apple Music. The Shazam app is still live, but if Apple shuts it down, Spotify would lose referrals. Spotify and Apple Music together gain 1 million clicks per day through Shazam. That could be part of the EU Commission’s concerns.

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The Secret To Staying Happy Is Getting Whatever Exposure To Nature You Can Get

Plenty of research shows that spending time in nature has powerful health benefits. For people working in cities, that’s not always possible, but there an approximate way to stay positive at least: New research shows that even if you’re trapped in an office or only able to step outside for a moment, small exposures to outdoorsy indicators–seeing trees, the sky, or hearing a birdsong–can boost your mood.

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Report: Best Buy Will Stop Selling Music CDs July 1

As Billboard reports, Best Buy has already informed its music suppliers that their services will no longer be required come July. The decision to drop CDs follows an 18.5 percent decline in music CD sales in 2017. For Best Buy specifically, it is thought music CDs now only generate $40 million per year. Vinyl will continue to be sold, but that's only guaranteed for the next two years due to a commitment made to vendors.

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Why These Three Southern Cities Attract The Most Black Entrepreneurs

Mandy Bowman, the founder of the Official Black Wallstreet app and website, which has a listing of over 4,000 black-owned businesses in the U.S. (and has been downloaded over 70,000 times), isn’t surprised that the Southeast is popular with black entrepreneurs. “The reason why these cities stand out so much is that the cost of living is much lower. The South also has a long history of entrepreneurship, especially through the Jim Crow era. People in these cities had no choice but to start their own businesses, and because of that history, I think it’s something that’s been ingrained in those cities. On top of that, these cities have a large African-American population, which is why there are many entrepreneurs in the Southeast.”

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Kylie Jenner reveals her baby's name and it's, uh, interesting

The couple welcomed baby Stormi on Feburary 1st after months of secrecy and speculation about her pregnancy. Just five days later, Kylie has officially made the announcement on Instagram (where else would you expect?) with a simple shot of her baby and her well-manicured nails.

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Pornhub is the latest platform to ban AI-generated ‘deepfakes’ porn

Pornhub will be deleting “deepfakes” — AI-generated videos that realistically edit new faces onto pornographic actors — under its rules against nonconsensual porn, following in the footsteps of platforms like Discord and Gfycat. “We do not tolerate any nonconsensual content on the site and we remove all said content as soon as we are made aware of it,” the company told Motherboard , which first reported on the deepfakes porn phenomenon last year. Pornhub says that nonconsensual content includes “revenge porn, deepfakes, or anything published without a person’s consent or permission.”

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Elon Musk put a Tesla in space, and it has launched a thousand memes

Your eyes open. It’s dark. Cold. Too cold. You’re holding something round. Not directly, there’s a glove in the way. Suddenly, a silent explosion, a flash of light. The earth below you. You’re in a car. In orbit. Slowly, your consciousness fades. Why did you piss off Elon Musk.

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No One Should Care This Much About A Corporation’s Logo

But truly crucial logo stories are few and far between. Everything else–the vast, vast, vast majority of quippy logo complaints–are armchair criticism of corporate consequence. Yes, tens of millions of people around the globe wear a Nike swoosh at any moment. But even if that Nike swoosh was redrawn with the drop shadow of a sloth taking a nap in a cloud of farts, it still won’t really matter. Nike is so big and baked into our society, it’s still gonna sell a lot of sloth fart shoes.

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