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Pinterest wants you to take a deep breath, literally July 22, 2019

Pinterest isn’t your typical social network — for starts, its 250 million users spend their time creating collections of things that make them happy, rather than competing to spread news that might end up making someone sad. But when Pinterest users search the platform for something dreary anyhow, the company doesn’t have qualms about stepping […]

Pinterest wants you to take a deep breath, literally

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Pinterest isn’t your typical social network — for starts, its 250 million users spend their time creating collections of things that make them happy, rather than competing to spread news that might end up making someone sad. But when Pinterest users search the platform for something dreary anyhow, the company doesn’t have qualms about stepping in.

Today, Pinterest has revealed a new set of “emotional well-being activities” that it will automatically suggest to user who search for phrases that signal that they’re undergoing some anxiety or stress or otherwise feeling bad. And yes — one of those exercises, developed in partnership with the Stanford School of Medicine’s Brainstorm lab, literally asks Pinterest users to take some deep…

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Every Comic-Con 2019 trailer: Snowpiercer, Picard, The Witcher, Cats, It Chapter 2, Top Gun sequel – CNET

Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Stewart, Henry Cavill, Taylor Swift, Tom Cruise, Pennywise. See everything here! Every Comic-Con 2019 trailer: Snowpiercer, Picard, The Witcher, Cats, It Chapter 2, Top Gun sequel – CNET
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Bird Is Said to Raise New Funding at $2.5 Billion Valuation

The new valuation is only slightly above the $2.3 billion that Bird was pegged at last year. Bird Is Said to Raise New Funding at .5 Billion Valuation
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Fake Facebook accounts are already reportedly offering Libra cryptocurrency – CNET

A dozen pages offering Libra are on Facebook and Instagram, a report says. Fake Facebook accounts are already reportedly offering Libra cryptocurrency – CNET
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Valkyrie is MCU's first openly LGBTQ superhero, Marvel confirms – CNET

Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie may finally get her queen after all. Valkyrie is MCU's first openly LGBTQ superhero, Marvel confirms – CNET
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United Nations wants to promote peace, sustainability through mobile games – CNET

UNESCO is sponsoring a conference in India that promotes the use of video games as tools for social and emotional learning in children. United Nations wants to promote peace, sustainability through mobile games – CNET
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Apple is close to buying Intel's phone chip business, report says – CNET

The tech giants could reportedly announce a $1 billion deal next week. Apple is close to buying Intel's phone chip business, report says – CNET
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Facebook design flaw let thousands of kids join chats with unauthorized users

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids app is built around a simple premise: children shouldn’t be able to talk to users who haven’t been approved by their parents. But a design flaw allowed users to sidestep that protection through the group chat system, allowing children to enter group chats with unapproved strangers.

For the past week, Facebook has been quietly closing down those group chats and alerting users, but has not made any public statements disclosing the issue. The alert, which was obtained by The Verge, reads as follows:

Hi [PARENT],
We found a technical error that allowed [CHILD]’s friend [FRIEND] to create a group chat with [CHILD] and one or more of [FRIEND]’s parent-approved friends. We want you to know that we’ve turned off this…

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Facebook design flaw let thousands of kids join chats with unauthorized users
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Facebook’s Libra currency spawns a wave of fakes, including on Facebook itself

The fakes could undermine Facebook’s efforts to inspire confidence and satisfy the regulators now scrutinizing the global currency. Facebook’s Libra currency spawns a wave of fakes, including on Facebook itself
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Equifax will set aside millions for data-breach victims. Getting a share of the payout could be tricky.

Equifax has been ordered to pay $425 million to consumers who were affected by a massive data breach in 2017. How do they access that money? Equifax will set aside millions for data-breach victims. Getting a share of the payout could be tricky.
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Apple reportedly in talks to buy Intel’s 5G modem business for $1 billion

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Apple may be closing in on a deal to buy up Intel’s abandoned smartphone modem business for $1 billion, with The Wall Street Journal reporting today that a deal could be announced as early as next week.

Intel announced back in April it was exiting the 5G mobile modem business earlier this year after Apple reached a surprise settlement with Qualcomm that would see Apple once again return to using Qualcomm’s modems in its phones. Intel CEO Bob Swan went on to clarify that Intel had abandoned the modem business directly because of the Apple settlement — without Apple as a customer, the company concluded that it “just didn’t see a path” forward.

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Apple reportedly in talks to buy Intel’s 5G modem business for billion
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Tesla drops lawsuit against critic after judge asks for evidence

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Tesla has dropped a lawsuit against a prominent short-seller and critic of the company, one it claimed struck an employee with his car, according to paperwork filed on Friday night with the Alameda County Superior Court. The company’s decision to drop the case comes two weeks after the judge asked Tesla to turn over evidence to back up its claims.

Tesla says it has video and audio evidence that would do just that. But in a letter to the court on Friday night, a copy of which Tesla provided to The Verge, the company’s lawyers disagreed with the judge’s order to produce the evidence.

Tesla’s legal team argued that producing the evidence would expose information about employees involved in the case that was “never intended for public…

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Uber said to be testing subscription plan that combines Eats with other ride services – CNET

It’s reportedly piloting a monthly pass that combines food delivery with car, bike and scooter rides in San Francisco and Chicago. Uber said to be testing subscription plan that combines Eats with other ride services – CNET
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Apple Watch could get MicroLED display next year, report says – CNET

The Apple Watch’s screen could be in for a big update next year. Apple Watch could get MicroLED display next year, report says – CNET
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NASA's original moon landing tapes sell for $1.82 million – CNET

Sotheby’s auctioned off the three best surviving Apollo 11 recordings. NASA's original moon landing tapes sell for .82 million – CNET
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The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift problem, explained

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Nintendo Switch owners have been experiencing problems with the console’s removable Joy-Con controllers for months, with users reporting weird joystick drifting problems that cause false inputs and have been steadily growing over time as original Switch machines grow older. A recent report by Kotaku shined a light on the Joy-Con drift issue, but if you’re looking for more information on the problem, here’s the current situation.

What is “Joy-Con drift”?

Joy-Con drift is an issue that Switch owners have been encountering over the last few months that causes the analog sticks on the controllers to randomly move around and input commands to the console, even when they’re not being physically moved.

Anecdotally, the issue…

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The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift problem, explained
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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody video hits 1 billion views on YouTube – CNET

It’s the first pre-1990s video to reach that milestone. Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody video hits 1 billion views on YouTube – CNET
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The 10 Best Deals of July 22, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.

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The 10 Best Deals of July 22, 2019
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What Expecting Parents Need Instead of a 'Baby Prenup'

The idea of a “baby prenup” was first brought into pop consciousness by Porsha of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and apparently, it’s now the latest (oh god) “momtroversy.” It is simply a written agreement between an expecting couple that lays out the childcare expectations for both parties before a baby is born.

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What Expecting Parents Need Instead of a 'Baby Prenup'
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Microsoft to pay $25m to DOJ and SEC in Hungary bribery and kickback case

Microsoft to pay $8,751,795 to the DOJ, and $16,565,151 to the SEC. Microsoft to pay m to DOJ and SEC in Hungary bribery and kickback case
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Should You Get a Cash-Back Credit Card?

Cash-back credit cards often take a backseat to travel reward cards. And it’s true that getting free airfare or upgrading your hotel stay through the power of your points feels somehow glitzier than a statement credit. But wouldn’t you rather have money back at the end of the month?

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Should You Get a Cash-Back Credit Card?
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New Apple patent filing shows a mixed reality headset that tracks your whole face

Apple patent for mixed reality HMD

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Apple has filed a patent for a complex mixed reality headset, potentially including sensors that track users’ facial features, eyes, and hands. Variety reported on the patent application earlier today; it was published last week and originally filed in March 2019. It’s part of a long string of Apple mixed (or augmented) reality patents, and, like its predecessors, it indicates that Apple is broadly examining how AR might translate from phones to glasses.

The “Display System Having Sensors” patent covers a head-mounted display, a collection of cameras and other sensors that track the external environment, and a different set of sensors that track the wearer’s eyes. The components all work together to display a virtual 3D image that’s…

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New Apple patent filing shows a mixed reality headset that tracks your whole face
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Review: Samsung’s Space Monitor saved me from cluttered-desk hell


Samsung’s Space Monitor is a clever gadget whose sum is greater than its parts. On first glance, it’s simply a decent screen mounted on an innovative bracket. But it’s hard to overstate how huge an impact it’s had on my workflow as both a tech reviewer and a musician. There’s a lot of great displays out there, but this one is a much-needed, esoteric departure from the feature-bloated monitors in the status quo. As a gamer and someone who dabbles in film and photography, I appreciate a top-of-the-line monster of a monitor like Alienware’s huge curved screens or Apple’s mind-blowing…

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Review: Samsung’s Space Monitor saved me from cluttered-desk hell
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Shane Dawson’s new documentary about Eugenia Cooney is a real moment of growth

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YouTube can be home to sensational videos, feuds among creators, and a litany of more disturbing content, but creators like Shane Dawson are demonstrating what YouTube could be like if people used their platforms to act more responsibly.

His newest video is a one-hour documentary on fellow YouTuber Eugenia Cooney, a creator who left fans concerned when she announced in February that she was taking time away from the internet to work on her health. While Cooney never openly talked about her hiatus, fans voiced their concerns about her weight, with many people asking if she had an eating disorder. She opened up about it for the first time with Dawson, who discussed his own history with an eating disorder. It’s an emotional, revealing,…

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Shane Dawson’s new documentary about Eugenia Cooney is a real moment of growth
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How to Set Up Wireless Audio Sharing in iOS 13

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 come with a new feature that makes it much easier to share audio with your friends. Sure, you can go the “two of you use one half of a pair of earbuds” route, but that isn’t the best way to experience music or watch videos—both listeners miss out on one channel of audio, after all. And while you…

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How to Set Up Wireless Audio Sharing in iOS 13
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