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US pulls rule that would have made it harder for American companies to sell to Huawei January 24, 2020

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The US Department of Commerce has pulled a potential regulation would have made it more difficult for US companies to sell to Huawei, according to sources who spoke with the Wall Street Journal, after the Pentagon and Treasury Department protested the rule. Right now, US companies can sell […]

Mobile voting introduced for one US election, reports say – CNET

The county that includes Seattle is reportedly testing online voting via phones. Mobile voting introduced for one US election, reports say – CNET
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Star Trek: Picard is a fresh look at Trek with phasers set to angry – CNET

Review: A sci-fi legend returns, and he’s swapped the Enterprise for a bold new look at Star Trek’s essential values. Star Trek: Picard is a fresh look at Trek with phasers set to angry – CNET
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Boston Dynamics hands Spot the robot dog over to Adam Savage for training – CNET

Savage will help teach the dog new tricks now that Spot’s SDK is available to the public. Boston Dynamics hands Spot the robot dog over to Adam Savage for training – CNET
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U Texas Earnings Outcomes Pilot with U.S. Census Proves Useful

A pilot linking degrees with earnings that offered an alternative to get around a federal ban on student-level data collection has been deemed a step forward. U Texas Earnings Outcomes Pilot with U.S. Census Proves Useful
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Sonos CEO apologizes for confusion, says legacy products will work ‘as long as possible’

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Sonos CEO Patrick Spence just published a statement on the company’s website to try to clear up an announcement made earlier this week: on Tuesday, Sonos announced that it will cease delivering software updates and new features to its oldest products in May. The company said those devices should continue functioning properly in the near term, but it wasn’t enough to prevent an uproar from longtime customers, with many blasting Sonos for what they perceive as planned obsolescence. That frustration is what Spence is responding to today. “We heard you,” is how Spence begins the letter to customers. “We did not get this right from the start.”

Spence apologizes for any confusion and reiterates that the so-called legacy products will “continue…

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This hour-long Splatoon concert features holographic squid kids

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Arguably the most important characters in Splatoon 2 are Pearl and Marina, a pair of aquatic DJs who host the show that airs each time you boot up the game. Outside of a few rare events, you don’t really get to see them perform, though. That’s what makes this new video from Nintendo so cool. It features the two virtual performers on a real stage with real musicians for close to an hour of wonderfully incomprehensible music.

The concert actually took place last October, at an event called Nintendo Live 2019 in Kyoto. The Splatoon 2 pair were joined on tage by Callie and Marie, the squid sisters from the original game, and the opening act was none other than K.K. Slider, the singing dog from Animal Crossing.

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This hour-long Splatoon concert features holographic squid kids
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How to Protect Yourself in Microsoft's Recent Data Breach

You’ve probably seen some scary-looking headlines about 250 million Microsoft users being compromised in a recent data breach. While those numbers are accurate, they don’t tell the whole story—it wasn’t quite as dangerous as it sounds. Let’s quickly go over the details of the breach and ways you can help keep your…

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How to Protect Yourself in Microsoft's Recent Data Breach
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Mean Girls channels Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game as culture becomes a ouroboros of remakes

Time to break out your best pink outfits because Mean Girls — the popular 2004 Tina Fey cult comedy film, which is based on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabes and has since become a Broadway stage musical — is now being turned back into a movie. This time, it’s adapting the musical, which, again, is already based on an existing movie. In other words, Mean Girls is pulling a Street Fighter: The Movie (the video game). You can thank Variety for bringing us this news.

If you’re not familiar with Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game, it’s one of the best examples of the cultural remake ouroboros in which we’re now stuck. Once upon a time, Street Fighter (the original game series) was adapted into a movie (Street Fighter, r…

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Try A Little Earnestness

During moments of personal or professional crisis, my first and only instinct has been to fix the problem by leaning hard into nihilism, reminding myself that in the end, nothing really matters; human relationships are largely immaterial; and at the end of the day, we are all going to die alone. This line of thinking,…

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Find the IMEI of a Lost Android Phone in Your Google Dashboard

So you left your phone at the bar last night. Or maybe it was swiped from your bag while you were walking through a busy crowd. Either way, you are now phoneless, cut off from the world, and frustrated. What to do?

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Find the IMEI of a Lost Android Phone in Your Google Dashboard
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What FICO 10 Means for Your Credit Score

Feeling good about your credit score? A new scoring model could change that, but probably not drastically. FICO announced today that it’s rolling out FICO 10, the latest version of its scoring model used by lenders to calculate your credit score.

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Western Governors U to Study Impact of Emergency Financial Aid on Retention

This spring, a segment of Western Governors University’s 120,000-plus students will have access to an emergency financial aid app as part of research into how the disbursement of just-in-time funds can impact retention. Western Governors U to Study Impact of Emergency Financial Aid on Retention
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Autonomous, for real. Optimus Ride self-driving shuttles want to be fully driverless in 2020 – Roadshow

Operating in four locations around the US, these self-driving shuttles ride within the limits of geofenced areas to provide last-mile connections to commuters. Autonomous, for real. Optimus Ride self-driving shuttles want to be fully driverless in 2020 – Roadshow
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Rocket League is killing online multiplayer on macOS and Linux

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Today, Epic Games-owned Psyonix announced that it will stop supporting Rocket League on macOS and Linux starting in March. Psyonix says it will release a final patch on both platforms that month that will turn off online features, which means you won’t be able to play online multiplayer anymore. You’ll still be able to play matches with your friends sitting in front of your computer, though.

According to a support document, here is what will still work after the patch:

  • Local Matches
  • Split-Screen Play
  • Garage/Inventory (existing items will not be removed from your inventory)
  • Career Stats
  • Replays
  • Steam Workshop Maps (downloaded before the final patch)
  • Custom Training Packs (downloaded before the final patch)

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Grammys 2020: Start time, livestream, nominees, performances and more – CNET

How to watch the Grammy Awards if you don’t have cable. Grammys 2020: Start time, livestream, nominees, performances and more – CNET
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The Making of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Was as Far Out as the Movie

A jumble of memorabilia, storyboards and props, an exhibit illustrates the whirl of influences behind Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 film. The Making of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Was as Far Out as the Movie
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Sign up for Target's RedCard and get $25 off your first $25 purchase – CNET

It’s basically free money. The store’s credit and debit cards also net you 5% off all Target purchases. Sign up for Target's RedCard and get off your first purchase – CNET
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Data and Machine Learning Propel Rise of Tech Jobs Through 2023

According to a new analysis by International Data Corp., the fastest growing roles in technology over the next five years will be data scientist (13.7 percent growth over that period), machine learning design/development/engineer (13.6 percent growth) and data engineer (12.9 percent growth). Data and Machine Learning Propel Rise of Tech Jobs Through 2023
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Best Buy laptop sale: Find deals on models from Asus, HP, Lenovo and Samsung – CNET

Save up to $300. Best Buy laptop sale: Find deals on models from Asus, HP, Lenovo and Samsung – CNET
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You swiped right but it doesn’t feel right: Tinder now has a panic button

The popular dating app will give users the option to log in date details and share location data that can be used in case of an emergency. You swiped right but it doesn’t feel right: Tinder now has a panic button
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Education Innovation Agenda for 2020 to Be Tackled at SXSW EDU

This year’s keynoters are bound to set the agenda for discussions on education in 2020 in new and provocative ways. That includes sessions with Sir Ken Robinson, whose critical examinations of education have inspired transformation initiatives in schools around the world; Jennifer Eberhardt, the Stanford professor who has pointed out the negative impact of bias in teaching and learning; Mary Murphy, Indiana University professor whose research has called into question how academic motivation and achievement affects “majority” and “minority” students differently; Ted Dintersmith, whose documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, has been screened in thousands of communities; and David Yeager, from the University of Texas at Austin, who will explore his groundbreaking work in the processes of adolescent development. Education Innovation Agenda for 2020 to Be Tackled at SXSW EDU
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Trump’s rhetoric agitated two game designers. They responded with Kind Words.

Seeking to curb harassment and in response to a heated political climate, Ziba Scott and Luigi Guatieri created a game built around positivity and empathy. Trump’s rhetoric agitated two game designers. They responded with Kind Words.
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U North Texas Launches Fully Online Bachelor's Degree on Coursera

The University of North Texas is giving non-traditional students a pathway to complete a bachelor’s degree online. The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program will launch on Coursera beginning in fall 2020. U North Texas Launches Fully Online Bachelor's Degree on Coursera
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U North Texas Launches Fully Online Bachelor's Degree on Coursera

{$inline_image}The University of North Texas is giving non-traditional students a pathway to complete a bachelor’s degree online. The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program will launch on Coursera beginning in fall 2020. U North Texas Launches Fully Online Bachelor's Degree on Coursera
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TikTok’s licensing deal with Merlin will give the platform access to a huge indie music selection

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TikTok has signed a deal with the digital rights agency Merlin that will give the platform access to a huge selection of independent music. Effective immediately, the agreement includes licensed music from tens of thousands of indie record labels worldwide.

TikTok, home to parody videos, memes, lip syncing, and more through clips that last for only a matter of seconds, has steadily grown in popularity over the last few years. Music is a crucial part of the platform, whether it’s setting up a joke or launching a new meme. The platform has even helped launch musicians like Lil Nas X into stardom with breakout songs like “Old Town Road.”

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TikTok’s licensing deal with Merlin will give the platform access to a huge indie music selection
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