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China Is Now Blocking All Encrypted HTTPS Traffic That Uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI  

China's Great Firewall "is now blocking HTTPS connections set up via the new TLS 1.3 encryption protocol and which use ESNI (Encrypted Server Name Indication)," reports ZDNet: The block has been in place for more than a week, according to a joint report authored by three organizations tracking Chinese censorship — iYouPort, the University of Maryland, and the Great Firewall Report. ZDNet also confirmed the report's findings with two additional sources — namely members of a U.S. te

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2020-08-09 01:34:00



'5G Just Got Weird'  

SuperKendall (Slashdot reader #25,149) shared this review of the recent 5G standards codified by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in Release 16 (finalized on July 3). "5G just got weird," writes IEEE Spectrum: 4G and other earlier generations of cellular focused on just that: cellular. But when 3GPP members started gathering to hammer out what 5G could be, there was interest in developing a wireless system that could do more than connect phones... One of the flashiest things in

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2020-08-08 23:34:00



Could Spacecraft of the Future Be Powered By 'Lattice Confinement' Nuclear Fusion?  

schwit1 writes: Researchers at NASA's Glenn Research Center have now demonstrated a method of inducing nuclear fusion without building a massive stellarator or tokamak. In fact, all they needed was a bit of metal, some hydrogen, and an electron accelerator. The team believes that their method, called lattice confinement fusion, could be a potential new power source for deep space missions. They have published their results in two papers in Physical Review C... "What we did was not cold fusion,

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2020-08-08 22:34:00



NASA Ditching 'Insensitive' Nicknames for Cosmic Objects  

NASA is "reconsidering how we talk about space," reports CNET: NASA gave two examples of cosmic objects it'll no longer use nicknames for. Planetary nebula NGC 2392 has been called the "Eskimo Nebula." "'Eskimo' is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions," NASA explained. NASA already added a note to a 2008 image release showing NGC 2392 that explains the decision to retire the nickname. The agency will also use only the off

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2020-08-08 21:34:00



How to avoid stimulus check fraud: Protect your payment and personal information - CNET  

Scams don't stop during a pandemic. Here's how to protect yourself before and after you get your stimulus check.

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2020-08-08 20:46:59



Bill Gates Weighs In on US Pandemic Response, Encryption, and Grilling Tech Executives  

Bill Gates gave a wide-ranging new interview to Wired's Steven Levy (also republished at Ars Technica.) The interview's first question: as a man who'd been warning about a pandemic for years, are you disappointed with the response of the United States? Bill Gates: Yeah. There's three time periods, all of which have disappointments. There is 2015 until this particular pandemic hit. If we had built up the diagnostic, therapeutic, and vaccine platforms, and if we'd done the simulations to under

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2020-08-08 20:34:00



Still no first stimulus check? How to track it and report your missing payment to the IRS - CNET  

The details of the second stimulus check continue to be an urgent topic for lawmakers in Washington. If you're still waiting for your first check, here's how to let the federal agency know.

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2020-08-08 20:06:32



Bentley's new Bentayga Speed hides in plain sight - Roadshow  

The hotter Bentayga will debut later this month.

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2020-08-08 19:42:43



'Zombie Cicadas' Are Under the Influence of a Psychedelic, Mind-controlling Fungus  

Slashdot reader quonset shares CNN's report on "zombie cicadas" under the influence of "a psychedelic fungus" called Massospora containing the chemicals found in hallucinogenic mushrooms (citing a new study published in PLOS Pathogens). After infecting its host, the fungus results in "a disturbing display of B-horror movie proportions," West Virginia University said in a press release. First Massospora spores eat away at the cicada's genitals, butt, and abdomen. They are then replaced with fung

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2020-08-08 19:34:00



Millions of Android Phones At Risk Due to 'Achilles' Flaw in Qualcomm Chips  

"Researchers have found that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip, one of the most widely used in Android phones, has hundreds of bits of vulnerable code that leaves millions of Android users at risk," reports Gizmodo: To back up a bit, Qualcomm is a major chip supplier to several well-known tech companies. In 2019, its Snapdragon series of processors could be found on nearly 40% of all Android smartphones, including high-profile flagship phones from Google, Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, and OnePlus. Researchers

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2020-08-08 18:34:00



Second stimulus check for 2020: What's the most money you might receive? It depends - CNET  

On Friday, talks stalled on the next stimulus package. If the two sides find a path forward, a new stimulus check could be en route to you. Here's how to start calculating how big that check could be.

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2020-08-08 18:10:16



Bill Gates: Coronavirus pandemic will end 'for the rich world' by late 2021 - CNET  

The Microsoft co-founder estimates the disease will affect the developing world even longer.

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2020-08-08 18:04:40



Is the US about to Split the Internet?  

The BBC reports: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a "clean" internet. What he means by that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the U.S. But critics believe this will bolster a worrying movement towards the breaking up of the global internet. The so called "splinternet" is generally used when talking about China, and more recently Russia. The idea is that there's nothing inherent or pre-ordained about the internet being g

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2020-08-08 17:34:00



New 27-inch iMac is Apple's summer surprise video - CNET  

Sure, there are new powerful components, but what you really want are the improved webcam and nano-texture screen.

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2020-08-08 17:33:19



Get this HD portable monitor with two USB-C ports for $150 - CNET  

Regularly $200, this display can add more screen estate to your home office.

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2020-08-08 17:20:10



Researchers Build a Low-Power Radar on a CMOS ChIp  

The international R&D hub Imec has made a millimetre-wave motion detection radar integrated in a standard 28nm CMOS chip, reports Electronics Weekly, adding that it consumes just 62 mW,"making the sensor integrable into small, battery-powered devices..." The radar operates in the frequency band around 60 GHz, a license-free ISM band that can be used for new IoT applications for industrial and medical purposes... "Being extremely compact and energy efficient, the 60 GHz radar system can be

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2020-08-08 16:34:00



Stimulus package: Every benefit you could get assuming there's a final deal - CNET  

Congressional and White House negotiators have missed their Aug. 7 deadline to agree on another economic relief bill. Here's where the debate stands on enhanced unemployment benefits and more.

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2020-08-08 15:44:28



How an Automated Mistake by Apple Killed All of a Mac Developer's Apps  

Long-time Slashdot reader philml writes: Popular Mac developer Charlie Monroe woke up to find that none of his users could run his software. Instead, Mac OS was giving a message saying that it "will damage your computer". Monroe described the ensuing hassle in a blog post titled "A day without business." In a later update he added that Apple "has called and apologized for the complications. The issue was caused by my account being erroneously flagged by automated processes." But 9 to 5 Ma

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2020-08-08 15:34:00



Startups Weekly: What countries want your startup?  

They say business needs certainty to succeed, but new tech startups are still getting funded aggressively despite the pandemic, recession, trade wars and various large disasters....

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2020-08-08 15:23:52



Study: Saving Pandas Led To the Downfall of Other Animals  

UPI reports: Efforts to save the giant panda from extinction have come at the expense of other large mammals, a new study released Monday by the science journal Nature Ecology and Evolution said... Since the giant panda reserves were set up in China during the 1960s, leopards have disappeared from 81% of reserves, snow leopards from 38%, wolves from 77% and Asian wild dogs from 95%. Researchers found with the dwindling numbers of leopards and wolves, deer and livestock have mostly roamed fr

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2020-08-08 14:34:00



How I accidentally gatecrashed a startup's morning meeting  

There’s a certain kind of panic that at some point gets us all. You just got to work but did you leave the oven on at home? The gut-punch “call me ASAP” message from your boss but now they’re not answering their phone. Or that moment you unexpectedly see your camera light flash on your […]

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2020-08-08 13:59:59



The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks soon: How to watch the show - CNET  

Each August brings nights lit up by up to 100 shooting stars and fireballs per hour.

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2020-08-08 13:12:06



CNO Neutrinos From the Sun Are Finally Detected  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from SyFy: For the first time, scientists have detected neutrinos coming from the Sun's core that got their start via the CNO process, an until-now theorized type of stellar nuclear fusion. [...] The Borexino neutrino observatory is 1400 meters under the rock below the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy. It has an 8.5 meter wide nylon balloon filled with 280 tons of pseudocumene, surrounded by a tank of water, surrounded by over 2200 very sensitive photon detectors.

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2020-08-08 13:00:00



What TikTok can do for Microsoft, and what Microsoft can do for TikTok - CNET  

Microsoft, known for enterprise software, may soon gobble up TikTok from its Chinese owner. We try to figure out what happens next.

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2020-08-08 12:17:32



Sony WH-1000XM4 review: A nearly flawless noise-canceling headphone - CNET  

The much-anticipated new version of Sony's top noise-canceling headphone has finally arrived, and it makes small improvements to an already top-notch product.

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2020-08-08 12:09:48



Can coronavirus live on your mobile phone? How to clean it without damaging the screen and what not to do - CNET  

Clorox wipes will safely disinfect your phone, but there are lots of common cleaners that you should never, ever use.

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2020-08-08 11:50:39



New stimulus check requirements? Here's how your eligibility might change if a bill passes - CNET  

Both Republican and Democratic leaders want the next round of stimulus checks to open up to more people. But nobody will be eligible if the next stimulus package doesn't pass. Here's the situation today and who we think could qualify for another $1,200.

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2020-08-08 11:46:17



COVID contact tracing apps bring privacy pitfalls around the world - CNET  

Two presentations at the Defcon security conference find that government apps consume an unhealthy amount of data.

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2020-08-08 11:37:34



Streaming the new Mulan on Disney Plus Sept. 4? The one thing you need to know - CNET  

The live-action version of the animated film will require more than just a subscription.

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2020-08-08 11:27:36



The OnePlus 7T is a bargain right now at $399 - CNET  

That's for the T-Mobile version, and you might be able to score a trade-in discount as well.

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2020-08-08 10:58:36



2023 Cadillac Lyriq revealed, 2020 Audi A6 Allroad tested and more: Roadshow's week in review - Roadshow  

Here's a look at our most important stories for the week ending Aug. 8.

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2020-08-08 10:04:58



Atlassian Tells Employees They Can Work From Home Forever  

Software company Atlassian is telling employees that they don't have to return to its offices, unless they want to use them. CNBC reports: "We will seek out amazing, diverse talent unbounded by the physical footprint of our offices," the company said in an internal blog post published on Wednesday. "We will continue to compete for talent in the global hubs, and we will be able to create opportunities for those in places we would have previously not been able to reach." Atlassian's products help

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2020-08-08 10:00:00



Some people will get an interest payment from the IRS in 2020. See if you're one of them - CNET  

Taxpayers might get another paycheck from the government -- but there's a catch.

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2020-08-08 09:47:34



Samsung Tab S7+ wants to be your work-from-home tablet video - CNET  

And with Microsoft xCloud support, it wants to be your gaming tablet, too.

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2020-08-08 09:46:36



Mealthy CrispLid: This game-changing $60 add-on turns your Instant Pot into an air fryer - CNET  

What you need to know about the Mealthy MultiPot and CrispLid.

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2020-08-08 09:38:04



How to watch NASCAR at the Michigan International Speedway today without cable - CNET  

You don't need cable TV to watch the racin' and rubbin' on NBCSN.

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2020-08-08 09:35:52



Galaxy Note 20 specs vs. iPhone 11 Pro, OnePlus 8 Pro and Pixel 4 XL - CNET  

Check out how Samsung's new Note 20 stacks up against other premium phone competitors.

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2020-08-08 09:15:56



Best Buy just slashed this 75-inch LG 4K HDR TV to $800 - CNET  

That's the lowest price ever, and it comes with a $75 e-gift card.

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2020-08-08 08:47:10



NBA restart: How to watch Lakers vs. Pacers, Bucks vs. Mavericks today without cable - CNET  

The NBA restart continues Saturday with three games on TNT and an evening matchup on ESPN.

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2020-08-08 08:36:03



MLB is back: How to watch Yankees vs. Rays, Giants vs. Dodgers this weekend without cable - CNET  

Teams are still traveling and playing baseball despite COVID-19 outbreaks.

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2020-08-08 08:21:53



6 Alexa features you should turn off today - CNET  

From protecting privacy to making Alexa more efficient, here are some ways to improve your Amazon voice assistant.

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2020-08-08 08:20:29



Trump's executive stimulus orders official: Are they legal, when they start, what you should know - CNET  

The president signs four executive orders Saturday that undercut ongoing stimulus bill negotiations and could have wide-reaching effects for tens of millions of Americans.

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2020-08-08 08:13:59



I'm a dad who skateboards to find some sanity under quarantine - CNET  

Commentary: I'm old, but now I skate to try to stay calm during this coronavirus crisis.

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2020-08-08 08:05:32



Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz's new Audible tell-all podcast is cathartic and eye-opening - CNET  

On a new episode of the I'm So Obsessed podcast, Shultz reopens his wounds and feelings about Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes and his place in the world as a scientist.

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2020-08-08 07:28:35



9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET  

How to sell a $1,000 phone during a pandemic, what Trump's TikTok ban is really about, and why skateboarding can provide some sanity during quarantine.

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2020-08-08 07:04:35



Last Fall a Drone Swarm Surveilled America's Largest Nuclear Reactor -- Twice  

America's Nuclear Regulatory Commission honored a document request from a UFO group — which has inadvertently revealed a very real incident last fall at America's largest nuclear reactor in Arizona, reports Forbes: Documents gained under the Freedom of Information Act show how a number of small drones flew around a restricted area at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant on two successive nights last September. Security forces watched, but were apparently helpless to act as the drones carried

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2020-08-08 07:00:00



3 deals for Saturday: $10 handheld fan, $10 Watchmen season 1 and a cheap power bank - CNET  

Get an exclusive deal on Aukey's clever new power bank while you cool off with a $10 portable fan.

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2020-08-08 06:38:56



Best VR games on Oculus Quest - CNET  

If you're able to get your hands on the best current VR headset, this is what you have to check out.

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2020-08-08 06:32:23



Second stimulus check: How soon the IRS could send it if Congress makes a deal next week - CNET  

The White House has a plan to send your second stimulus payment faster than the first check went out. We worked out some possible dates of when this could happen, whenever Washington agrees on a new stimulus package.

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2020-08-08 06:30:36



Stimulus bill deadline: What happens now with unemployment benefits, eviction relief and a second check? - CNET  

Facing an impasse in negotiations, there are three possibilities for the coronavirus stimulus package and what it means for the uncertain financial future of tens of millions of Americans.

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2020-08-08 05:59:22



The best water filter pitcher to buy in 2020 - CNET  

Spoiler: It isn't Brita.

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2020-08-08 05:54:19



HEALS vs. CARES vs. Heroes: The biggest sticking points in the proposals and how they compare - CNET  

Why isn't the next stimulus package approved yet? Here are the issues that are providing the deepest gulf between Republicans and Democrats.

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2020-08-08 05:21:43



The most common exercise mistakes and how to fix them - CNET  

Avoid injury and start getting better results by doing exercises the right way.

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2020-08-08 05:13:56



New stimulus check requirements? How the eligibility qualifications might change - CNET  

Both Democrats and Republicans want the next round of stimulus checks to open up to more people. But nobody will be eligible if the next stimulus package doesn't pass. Here's the situation today and who we think could qualify for another $1,200.

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2020-08-08 04:38:54



Amazon doesn't always have the best price. These 5 tools help you find out fast - CNET  

These browser extensions automatically surface deals and coupon codes while you shop.

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2020-08-08 04:34:03



This iPhone accessory might be the biggest revolution in phone photography ever - CNET  

Prepare to be amazed by the difference a flash can make.

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2020-08-08 04:30:55



The best exercise-friendly face masks for 2020 - CNET  

And what to look for when you shop for a performance face mask.

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2020-08-08 04:23:23



Galaxy Note 20 specs vs. Note 20 Ultra vs. S20 vs. S20 Ultra: Samsung flagships compared - CNET  

Here's how Samsung's new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra stack up against earlier Galaxy S20 flagships.

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2020-08-08 04:21:18



Hospitals leaked personal details of COVID-19 patients on unencrypted system - CNET  

A security researcher reveals that he was able to see detailed messages from hospitals as the coronavirus outbreak got worse in California.

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2020-08-08 04:20:02



Share Ventures, an LA-based studio for company creation, is MoviePass co-founder Hamet Watt's next act  

Nearly eight years ago, Hamet Watt and Stacy Spikes launched MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticketing service that captured the minds and dollars of investors and brought thousands of cinephiles a too-good-to-be-true deal for all-you-can watch movie passes. Watt, who came to MoviePass as an entrepreneur in residence at True Ventures, previously founded the brand and […]

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2020-08-08 04:13:34



Galaxy Buds Live are the most innovative true wireless headphones of 2020 video - CNET  

They look like chrome kidney beans, but Samsung's new true wireless noise-canceling earbuds fit better than you'd think and they sound solid.

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2020-08-08 04:03:16



Mike Tyson going under, says shark who'll fight him during Shark Week - CNET  

An exclusive, gloves-off fin-terview with the shark who'll battle boxer Iron Mike during Discovery Channel's Shark Week.

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2020-08-08 04:03:14



TikTok ban: What you need to know video - CNET  

Two executive orders signed by the president will effectively ban the popular TikTok app, unless a US company takes it over within 45 days.

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2020-08-08 04:01:31



New 55,000-pound Gundam robot in Japan can move its limbs like a boss - CNET  

A full-scale moveable version of the giant anime robot watches over the Gundam Factory in Yokohama, Japan.

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2020-08-08 03:49:41



Facebook Removes QAnon Conspiracy Group With 200,000 Members  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Facebook has deleted a large group dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that a "deep state" network of powerful government, business and media figures are waging a secret war against Donald Trump. A Facebook spokeswoman said the group was removed for "repeatedly posting content that violated our policies." The deleted Facebook group, called Official Q/Qanon, had nearly

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2020-08-08 03:30:00



Second stimulus check for 2020: What's the most money you would receive? It depends - CNET  

On Friday, talks stalled on the next stimulus package. If and when the two sides find a path forward, a new stimulus check could be en route to you. Here's how to start calculating how big that check could be.

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2020-08-08 03:27:42



Galaxy Watch 3: All the fitness features Samsung promised for its next smartwatch - CNET  

Samsung promised advanced health features for its newest smartwatch, like an FDA-cleared EKG and blood oxygen monitoring.

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2020-08-08 03:27:19



Bill Gates: Coronavirus pandemic will end 'for the rich world' by late 2021 - CNET  

The Microsoft co-founder estimates the disease will affect the developing world even longer.

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2020-08-08 03:21:54



DC FanDome: Everything you need to know about the free virtual convention - CNET  

Get ready for sneak peeks at the Snyder Cut of Justice League, The Suicide Squad, The Batman and more.

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2020-08-08 03:15:33



Second stimulus check: When could the IRS send it if Congress makes a deal next week? - CNET  

The White House has a plan to send your second stimulus payment faster than the first check went out. We worked out some possible dates of when this might happen, whenever Washington agrees on a new stimulus package.

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2020-08-08 03:11:41



Former BMW designer reacts to controversial new 4 Series - Roadshow  

Frank Stephenson says the new 4 Series coupe has nice proportions, but the huge grille is "unrefined."

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2020-08-08 02:57:19



Trump's $400 enhanced unemployment benefit order: Everything it means for you - CNET  

The president signs an executive order to extend the enhanced unemployment benefit, though at a lower amount than before.

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2020-08-08 02:45:31



Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 will fit in your pocket better than last year's model did - CNET  

The company unveiled its updated device that folds open from a phone into a tablet, with a 6.2-inch cover screen and a 7.6-inch interior display.

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2020-08-08 02:17:57



Microsoft Signals Renewed Interest In Windows With Latest Reshuffle  

Microsoft is making some significant changes to the way it runs its Windows organization this week, signaling a renewed focus on the operating system that made its name. The Verge reports: The software giant placed Surface chief Panos Panay in charge of Windows earlier this year, and is now reshuffling parts of that team. It follows Microsoft's decision to slice Windows into two parts more than two years ago after the departure of former Windows chief Terry Myerson. Microsoft moved core Windows

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2020-08-08 02:02:00



iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max vs. iPhone XR, XS and XS Max: All the specs compared - CNET  

We compare iPhone 11 phones with Apple's 2018's models to see what's different.

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2020-08-08 01:57:22



Asus ROG Phone 3: Gaming on this phone makes real life feel slow in comparison - CNET  

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is built for gaming and its performance simply blew us away.

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2020-08-08 01:47:22



Stimulus bill deadline expired with no deal. 3 things that could happen, including an executive order - CNET  

Here's what's really happening with the coronavirus stimulus package and what it means for the chances of more unemployment benefits, eviction relief and a second stimulus check.

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2020-08-08 01:38:56



NASA maps the damage from the Beirut explosion - CNET  

NASA used synthetic aperture radar data from space to map where the worst damage occurred.

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2020-08-08 01:28:03



Coronavirus Clobbers Uber, Leading To $1.8 Billion Quarterly Loss  

In the second quarter of 2020, Uber announced that its ride-hailing business plunged by 75 percent compared with a year earlier -- from $12.2 billion to $3 billion. "That was offset somewhat by rapid growth in Uber's delivery business," reports Ars Technica. "Delivery bookings more than doubled from $3.4 billion to $7 billion." From the report: The company lost $1.8 billion in the second quarter on a GAAP basis. Ignoring one-time charges, Uber has been losing around $1 billion per quarter for th

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2020-08-08 01:25:00



The best kamado grills: Kamado Joe, Big Green Egg, Char-Griller and more compared - CNET  

We tested five major brands of kamado-style smokers to see how they stack up -- and to find out if the Big Green Egg really is the best.

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2020-08-08 01:23:49



Review: Pixel 4A officially has the best camera for the money - CNET  

The Pixel 4A raises the bar for how good a budget phone's camera can be.

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2020-08-08 01:03:35



Microsoft Accuses Apple of Treating Gaming Apps Differently  

Hour after Apple explained why Microsoft's xCloud wouldn't be coming to iOS, Microsoft shot back and accused the company of "consistently treating gaming apps differently." AppleInsider reports: On Wednesday, Microsoft ended its xCloud TestFlight program on iOS and said that the service would not be arriving on iPhone and iPad. In a statement on Thursday, Apple explained that it bars apps which rely on cloud streaming, per its App Store guidelines. Microsoft shot back at the Cupertino tech giant

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2020-08-08 00:45:00



Trump Blew Up More Than Just TikTok and WeChat  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to ban dealings with ByteDance, owner of video-sharing sensation TikTok, appears to codify what his administration has already been warning. A second edict targeting messaging app WeChat and its parent, Tencent, seems weirdly overdue. The executive orders issued by the White House go beyond stopping average Americans from becoming unwitting spies for the Communist Party through their postings and data. The

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2020-08-08 00:03:00



Firefox Gets Fix For Evil Cursor Attack  

Firefox has fixed a bug that was being exploited in the wild by tech support scammers to create artificial mouse cursors and prevent users from easily leaving malicious sites. From a report: The bug was discovered being abused online by UK cyber-security firm Sophos and reported to Mozilla earlier this year. A bugfix was provided and has been live in Firefox since version 79.0, released last week. he bug is a classic "evil cursor" attack and works because modern browsers allow site owners to mod

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2020-08-07 23:25:00



Google Sets Timeline For Deprecating 'Classic' Google Sites  

Google has announced that its structured wiki- and webpage-creation tool "Google Sites," which it launched in 2008 after acquiring JotSpot, will be shutting down in 2021. 9to5Google reports: This morning an email was dispatched to "active" users of classic Sites detailing its retirement, which will take place over the next year. The email, which had the subject line "Migrate your classic sites to new Google Sites," headlined that the service will be fully shut down on September 1, 2021. To begin

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2020-08-07 22:45:00



Toshiba Formally and Finally Exits Laptop Business  

The Register reports that Toshiba has transferred its remaining shares of Dynabook to Sharp, thus ending the company's time as a PC vendor. From the report: [...] As the 2000s rolled along Toshiba devices became bland in comparison to the always-impressive ThinkPad and the MacBook Air, while Dell and HP also improved. Toshiba also never really tried to capture consumers' imaginations, which didn't help growth. As the PC market contracted and Lenovo, Dell and HP came to dominate PC sales in the 2

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2020-08-07 22:02:00



Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ hands-on  

During an Unpacked event that featured the announcement of five key new devices, the Galaxy Tab S7 didn't get a ton of love. Understandable, perhaps. It doesn't quite have the star power of the Note line, nor does it have the novelty of a new foldable or Bluetooth earbuds. Tablets in general just aren't exciting […]

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2020-08-07 21:31:37



Government's PACER Fees Are Too High, Federal Circuit Says  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: The U.S. government charges too much for access to an electronic database of federal court records, the Federal Circuit ruled in a decision curbing a revenue stream the court system uses to help fund other programs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision that the government was not authorized under federal law to spend $192 million in Public Access to Court Records system fees on court technology

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2020-08-07 21:25:00



A Private Equity Firm Bought Ancestry, and Its Trove of DNA, for $4.7B  

The genealogy company Ancestry has been acquired by investment firm Blackstone for $4.7 billion, changing ownership of the company and its trove of user-submitted DNA from a set of investment firms to another private equity firm. From a report: The announcement was made in a press release published earlier this week by Blackstone, which shared it had "reached a definitive agreement to acquire Ancestry from Silver Lake, GIC, Spectrum Equity, Permira, and other equity holders for a total enterpris

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2020-08-07 20:41:00



Why We Have a 'TikTok Problem'  

An anonymous reader shares an analysis: As national security expert Lucas Kunce notes, Facebook is in fact the reason we have a TikTok problem to begin with. When Twitter launched a TikTok-like product Vine years before, Facebook actively killed the product by refusing to let Vine access its APIs on the same terms other corporations got. Mark Zuckerberg personally made the call to shut off access to Vine, and Twitter eventually shut the product down. Then, Facebook allowed TikTok to advertise ma

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2020-08-07 20:06:00



Prince Harry calls for social media reform, compares misinformation to lead poisoning - CNET  

In a new editorial, the Duke of Sussex calls on social media platforms, policy makers and advertisers to do more to combat online hate and misinformation.

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2020-08-07 19:43:53



At Talkspace, Startup Culture Collides With Mental Health Concerns  

The therapy-by-text company Talkspace -- which has raised more than $100 million from investors -- made burner phones available for fake reviews and doesn't adequately respect client privacy, former employees say. From a report: The app launched in 2014 to positive press but lukewarm customer reviews, with ratings of about three stars out of five on both the Google and Apple app stores, according to a Times analysis. Users complained about glitchy software and unresponsive therapists. In 2015 an

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2020-08-07 19:24:00



ESPN Plus monthly plan increasing to $6 - CNET  

Existing subscribers will continue to pay $4.99 a month for a year.

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2020-08-07 18:52:38



Gates Foundation Teams Up With Vaccine Maker To Produce $3 Covid-19 Shots  

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it is backing the world's largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India, to churn out 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine for poorer countries and price them at less than $3. From a report: The move comes as governments around the world, including the U.S. and U.K., strike vaccine production deals with the manufacturers of a handful of promising, late-stage vaccine development projects. The Gates Foundation as well as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

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2020-08-07 18:43:00



Massive Hack Hits Reddit  

A massive attack has hit Reddit today after at least tens of Reddit channels (subreddits) have been hacked and defaced to show messages in support of Donald Trump's reelection campaign, ZDNet reports. From the report: The hacks are still ongoing at the time of writing, but we were told Reddit's security team is aware of the issue and has already begun restoring defaced channels. A partial list of impacted channels (subreddits) is available below, according to ZDNet's research: r/NFL, r/49ers, r/

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2020-08-07 18:04:00



US Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps To Track Phones  

A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter and documents it reviewed. From the report: Anomaly Six, a Virginia-based company founded by two U.S. military veterans with a background in intelligence, said in marketing material it is able to draw

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2020-08-07 17:25:00



YouTube Will Stop Emailing Subscribers About New Videos Next Week  

A lot happens on YouTube, and the Google video site has for ages emailed subscribers that opted into alerts about new uploads and livestreams. YouTube is getting rid of these emails next week as very few people opened alerts about new videos from their inbox. From a report: The rationale is "less than 0.1% of these emails are opened," the company said. Messages about your "account, mandatory service announcements, etc." remain, with Google hoping that the broader change today will help "you more

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2020-08-07 16:45:00



Fantasy football 2020: How to play during a pandemic - CNET  

Tips to make sure your league is prepared for an NFL season filled with extra unpredictability.

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2020-08-07 16:23:31



To Head Off Regulators, Google Makes Certain Words Taboo  

As Google faces at least four major antitrust investigations on two continents, internal documents obtained by The Markup show its parent company, Alphabet, has been preparing for this moment for years, telling employees across the massive enterprise that certain language is off limits in all written communications, no matter how casual. From a report: The taboo words include "market," "barriers to entry," and "network effects," which is when products such as social networks become more valuable

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2020-08-07 16:04:00



Canada's Last Fully Intact Arctic Ice Shelf Collapses  

Iwastheone shares a report: The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday. The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. "Above normal air temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the ice shelf are all part of the recipe for ice shelf break up," the Canadian Ice Service said on Twitt

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2020-08-07 15:21:00






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