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NASA-SpaceX mission, stuffed dinosaur float across Twitter – CNET May 30, 2020

The historic manned launch from US soil inspires responses on the social media site. And a gravity-defying stuffed dino steals a heart or two. NASA-SpaceX mission, stuffed dinosaur float across Twitter – CNET Source: CNet

What does Tesla slashing car prices really mean for the company?

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Well, I was going to write about the historic crewed launch and SpaceX, Tesla’s overachieving older sibling, but then the launch got scrubbed. Instead, let’s discuss money.

Tesla cut prices on several vehicles earlier this week: the Model S and X now cost $74,990 and $79,990 — respectively — for their base model, a $5,000 drop. The Performance versions of both cars, which are more expensive, have also dropped by $5,000. The Model 3’s cheapest model, the Standard Range Plus Model 3, is now $37,990, a $2,000 decrease. All Model 3s are also now $2,000 cheaper. (The pricing is slightly different for the Model 3s in China, however.)

The Model Y, introduced this year, remains unchanged. So did Tesla’s closing stock price the day after the…

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What does Tesla slashing car prices really mean for the company?
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The Verge’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Give Dad something to make him glad

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The Verge’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020
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Windows 10 2004: These are the features we're deprecating or dropping, says Microsoft

Microsoft details the features it’s no longer working on in Windows 10 and those it’s removed in version 2004. Windows 10 2004: These are the features we're deprecating or dropping, says Microsoft
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Sims 4 cheats: Full updated list of codes, from rosebud to motherlode – CNET

Here’s a huge list of Sims 4 cheat codes to give your gameplay a boost. Sims 4 cheats: Full updated list of codes, from rosebud to motherlode – CNET
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Apple now sells refurbished iPhone XRs

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You can now buy a refurbished iPhone XR from the Apple Store, MacRumors reports. It’s a cheaper way of getting the bestselling phone of last year, and Apple’s refurbishing process means that it should perform almost identically to a brand new model.

A 64GB refurbished iPhone XR will set you back $499, a $100 saving over its current $599 asking price, while a refurbished XR with 128GB of storage costs $539, $110 less than the $649 Apple now charges for the phone new. Although the refurbished phone is available in a more limited selection of colors, there’s a wider selection of storage options. The 256GB iPhone XR, which Apple discontinued last year, can be bought refurbished for $629.

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Apple now sells refurbished iPhone XRs
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Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 Lego Technic kit looks super awesome – Roadshow

Seriously, the car translated mighty well to the toy bricks. Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 Lego Technic kit looks super awesome – Roadshow
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Why Twitter labeled Trump’s tweets as misleading and Facebook didn’t

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office before signing an executive order related to regulating social media on May 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office before signing an executive order related to regulating social media on May 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

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Oh boy, there’s an executive order! About social media! And also the entire internet! And the president signed it, reports Chris Megerian at the Los Angeles Times:

The order directs Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to request new regulations from the Federal Communications Commission to determine whether a social media company is acting “in good faith” to moderate content.

In theory, that could open the door to users suing social media platforms if they feel their posts are restricted inappropriately. But it could also make the companies more likely to take down false or misleading content rather that just add a disclaimer — the opposite of what Trump wants.

“That’s the irony of all this,” said Nathaniel Persily, a Stanford University…

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Why Twitter labeled Trump’s tweets as misleading and Facebook didn’t
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Didi Chuxing raises $500M led by SoftBank for its autonomous driving division, the first external investment for the fledgling self-driving subsidiary (Lulu Yilun Chen/Bloomberg)


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Didi Chuxing raises $500M led by SoftBank for its autonomous driving division, the first external investment for the fledgling self-driving subsidiary  —  Didi Chuxing has scored more than $500 million of funding for its autonomous driving division in a round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund …

Didi Chuxing raises 0M led by SoftBank for its autonomous driving division, the first external investment for the fledgling self-driving subsidiary (Lulu Yilun Chen/Bloomberg)
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The President Versus Twitter and Social Media

President Trump’s taking aim at Twitter for fact-checking his tweets is part of a long tradition upheld by aggrieved internet trolls. The stakes are high. The President Versus Twitter and Social Media
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Pandemic Forces Car Dealers to Do the Unthinkable: Sell Online

Dealerships have long resisted e-commerce, but with many showrooms closed, the dynamic is changing. Pandemic Forces Car Dealers to Do the Unthinkable: Sell Online
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Twitter hides Trump's tweet for violating its rules about glorifying violence – CNET

As the row between Twitter and the White House escalates, the tech giant is showing it’s not afraid to penalize the president for violating its policies. Twitter hides Trump's tweet for violating its rules about glorifying violence – CNET
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Twitter restricts Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

Twitter’s notice, which says that the tweet broke its rules about glorifying violence. | Screenshot: Twitter

Twitter has placed a public interest notice on a tweet from President Trump for breaking the platform’s rules about the “glorification of violence.” However, Twitter has not chosen to remove the tweet from its platform entirely, because it believes it to be in the public interest. Twitter announced the notice in a tweet thread from its official comms account.

The notice means that the tweet is hidden from Trump’s timeline, but is accessible if you visit the tweet directly after clicking a “view” button. The reach of the tweet will also be limited as part of the process. Although users can still retweet it with a comment, they cannot reply to it, retweet it directly, or like it. Twitter also says that its notice means that the tweet won’t…

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Twitter Warns that Trump Tweet Could Spur Violence

The move by the social media platform is likely to spur more threats from the White House and criticism from the president’s supporters. Twitter Warns that Trump Tweet Could Spur Violence
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Twitter adds a rule violation notice to Trump's tweet threatening Minneapolis protestors, saying it glorifies violence; users must click to see the tweet (Ina Fried/Axios)


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Twitter adds a rule violation notice to Trump’s tweet threatening Minneapolis protestors, saying it glorifies violence; users must click to see the tweet  —  Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company’s rules.

Twitter adds a rule violation notice to Trump's tweet threatening Minneapolis protestors, saying it glorifies violence; users must click to see the tweet (Ina Fried/Axios)
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Who Will Own the Cars That Drive Themselves?

Fleets of vehicles roaming streets waiting to be hailed are more efficient. But the coronavirus has made people think twice about the future of car ownership even when autonomous tech arrives. Who Will Own the Cars That Drive Themselves?
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Global shipments of wearable devices reached 72.6M units in Q1, growing 29.7% YoY, with Apple shipping 21.2M units for a 29.3% market share (IDC)

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Global shipments of wearable devices reached 72.6M units in Q1, growing 29.7% YoY, with Apple shipping 21.2M units for a 29.3% market share  —  Global shipments of wearable devices grew 29.7% year over year during the first quarter of 2020 (1Q20) as total device volume reached 72.6 million units according …

Global shipments of wearable devices reached 72.6M units in Q1, growing 29.7% YoY, with Apple shipping 21.2M units for a 29.3% market share (IDC)
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Twitter fact-checks China official's post claiming coronavirus originated in US – CNET

After fact-checking President Donald Trump, Twitter flags a tweet by a spokesman from China’s Foreign Ministry claiming the US military brought the coronavirus to Wuhan, China. Twitter fact-checks China official's post claiming coronavirus originated in US – CNET
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This is the cycling gear that will get you back in the saddle – CNET

Since the pandemic torpedoed my usual exercise routine, biking has kept me sane. Here are some of my favorite accessories and services. This is the cycling gear that will get you back in the saddle – CNET
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The best meal kit delivery services of 2020: Blue Apron, Green Chef, EveryPlate, Gobble and more – CNET

These convenient meal kit services deliver weekly menus and preportioned ingredients to enthusiastic but time-poor home cooks. And with shelter-in-place lockdowns, they’re more useful than ever. The best meal kit delivery services of 2020: Blue Apron, Green Chef, EveryPlate, Gobble and more – CNET
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Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz reportedly stepping down at AR startup – CNET

Abovitz also announces a new round of funding, according to a memo sent to employees. Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz reportedly stepping down at AR startup – CNET
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Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz to step down

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Rony Abovitz, the co-founder and CEO of lavishly funded augmented reality company Magic Leap, will step down from his position, reports Business Insider. Abovitz’s planned departure, which doesn’t yet have a concrete date, marks an unceremonious end to his tenure at the helm of Magic Leap, a once-buzzy startup that earned a high profile for how secretive it was early on about its technology and the eye-popping amounts of venture capital it raised.

Magic Leap has so far raised about $3 billion dollars over the last decade, though it has only released one product, the Magic Leap 1 headset. The company raised $350 million of that funding just earlier this month, after laying off about 1,000 employees back in April and ditching its consumer…

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President Trump's executive order concerning social media companies – CNET

The following is the text of President Trump’s Preventing Online Censorship order. President Trump's executive order concerning social media companies – CNET
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Space Force review: Netflix comedy sees the funny(ish) side of the moon – CNET

Space is the place for The Office’s Steve Carell and Greg Daniels. Space Force review: Netflix comedy sees the funny(ish) side of the moon – CNET
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A sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in development

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A sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in development, as first reported by Variety. It’s unclear when the film might be released, but Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler and screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller are all returning for the sequel.

Fowler confirmed that he’ll be back to direct on Twitter.

Sonic the Hedgehog was a hit for Paramount, earning $70 million in its first four days in theaters this February, according to Variety. However, the film initially had some controversy because of the design of its titular character.

The first design for Sonic’s movie representation was strangely (horrifyingly) humanlike. The backlash…

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Protect your AirPods: 5 cases under $15 – CNET

Whether you want to enclose your AirPods in a waterproof case, a hard shell or a silicone car, there’s a case here for you. Protect your AirPods: 5 cases under – CNET
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