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Samsung hints hard about dual Galaxy Note 8 cameras in its latest ad - CNET - News - August 18, 2017 - 8:54pm
It's clear when you know what you're looking for.

FTC wants AT&T to kick in $4bn to help balance US budget. Why? Some dodgy ads or something

The Register - August 18, 2017 - 8:26pm
Telco's TV biz accused of false advertising by trade watchdog

America's trade watchdog is seeking $3.95bn in damages from AT&T over allegations of dodgy marketing by its DirecTV wing.…

Explore the Moon Using Augmented Reality

Wired - August 18, 2017 - 8:17pm
The sun's getting a lot of the spotlight these days. It's time to give the moon its due.

Best Buy's 50-hour 'Black-Friday like' sale returns tonight - CNET - News - August 18, 2017 - 8:07pm
Last year's 50-year anniversary sale was such a hit Best Buy is bringing it back for 2017 with deals on iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Windows PCs and more.

'The Punisher' is coming to collect in first trailer - CNET - News - August 18, 2017 - 8:05pm
Netflix tucks a brief look at Frank Castle and his new Marvel series at the end of the final episode of "The Defenders."

Trump OKs plan for independent Cyber Command - CNET - News - August 18, 2017 - 7:39pm
White House raises stature of Cyber Command within the military, giving it more autonomy. The next move could be splitting it off from the NSA altogether.

Google explains why it banned the app for Gab, a right-wing Twitter rival

Ars Technica - August 18, 2017 - 7:15pm

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (credit: Sam Churchill)

When right-wing trolls and outright racists get kicked off of Twitter, they often move to Gab, a Twitter competitor. Gab was founded by Donald Trump supporter Andrew Torba, who says it's devoted to unfettered free expression online. This week, Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, became an active Gab user after a succession of Internet companies refused service to his website, forcing it offline. The site also hosts controversial right-wing trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos and Andrew "weev" Auernheimer.

On Thursday, Gab said that Google had banned its Android app from the Google Play Store for violating Google's ban on hate speech.

Breaking news: Google has removed Gab's Android app from the Google Play Store for "hate speech."

— Gab (@getongab) August 17, 2017

Google explained the removal in an e-mail to Ars. "In order to be on the Play Store, social networking apps need to demonstrate a sufficient level of moderation, including for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people," the statement read. "This is a long-standing rule and clearly stated in our developer policies. Developers always have the opportunity to appeal a suspension and may have their apps reinstated if they've addressed the policy violations and are compliant with our Developer Program Policies."

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Wisconsin lawmakers vote to pay Foxconn $3 billion to get new factory

Ars Technica - August 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Enlarge / House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, greets Terry Gou, president and chief executive officer of Foxconn, before President Donald Trump announces the first US assembly plant for electronics giant Foxconn, in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (credit: Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The Wisconsin Assembly voted 59-30 on Thursday to approve a bill to give incentives worth $3 billion to Taiwan-based Foxconn so that the company would open its first US plant in the state.

Foxconn, best known for supplying parts of Apple's iPhones, will open the $10 billion liquid-crystal display plant in 2020, according to Reuters. The bill still has to be approved by a joint finance committee and the state Senate.

Both houses of Wisconsin's legislature are controlled by Republicans, and the deal is supported by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican who negotiated the deal.

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Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites

BBC Technology News - August 18, 2017 - 6:56pm
The latest court decision brings the total of blocked domains to 340.

Airbnb gives free housing after Barcelona attack - CNET - News - August 18, 2017 - 6:54pm
The home rental company activates its disaster response tool for those affected by the assault that left 14 people dead.

Nokia 8 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - August 18, 2017 - 6:53pm
With a supercharged processor and dual camera stuffed inside a gorgeous metal body, the Nokia 8 is the phone we've been craving.

Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

The Register - August 18, 2017 - 6:49pm
Plus: Steve Bannon fired from White House

Updated Tech leaders today resigned from the US government's digital economy advisory board over President Trump's inability to unequivocally condemn racists.…

McLaren built a very purple 720S for a very particular customer - Roadshow - News - August 18, 2017 - 6:49pm
Parts of his collection feature some... interesting color combinations.

Spotify's free subscribers can now play music on Google Home - CNET - News - August 18, 2017 - 6:48pm
Even if you don't pay, you can now play Spotify on your smart home hub.

Does the Star Wars Franchise Really Need an Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie?

Wired - August 18, 2017 - 6:45pm
The next Star Wars anthology movie will reportedly focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi. That's cool, but isn't it time for a film about a less well-known character?

Would you spend $18,000 on carbon wheels for a Porsche 911? - Roadshow - News - August 18, 2017 - 6:29pm
Porsche claims it's the first in the industry to use a special carbon braiding process.

Kalanick calls investor suit a 'public and personal attack' - CNET - News - August 18, 2017 - 6:16pm
Uber's former CEO says he was victim of an "ambush" after the accidental death of his mother.

Guntherwerks Revamps Porsche 993s for Just $525,000

Wired - August 18, 2017 - 6:15pm
A full revamp of a beloved car, from the engine to the headlights.

Chinese 'cyber-court' launched for online cases

BBC Technology News - August 18, 2017 - 6:11pm
The court will specialise in internet-related cases as the number of online disputes rises.

Agents of Mayhem review: Destroying a really dull open world

Ars Technica - August 18, 2017 - 5:50pm

Enlarge / Scheherazade is great for taking out large groups.

Scratch beneath the surface of Agents of Mayhem—the hero-based shoot-and-loot open-world game from developer Volition—and you'll only find more shooting, looting, and hero-based action. It lacks the surprisingly heartfelt camaraderie of the studio's later Saints Row titles. It's not as beautifully, thematically simple as Red Faction: Guerilla, but it is still a few solid hours of fun.

Agents of Mayhem is a pseudo-sequel/reboot/spinoff/prequel to Saints Row (and subsequently Red Faction—all three series are connected in subtle and not-so-subtle ways), but only diehard fans will likely notice it. Saints Row regulars like Pierce Washington, Oleg Kirrlov, and even Johnny Gat make appearances (that last one, only for pre-orderers). Yet they all operate under codenames in the G.I. Joe-like Mayhem, doing battle with the Cobra-esque Legion.

The game tries to seal the Saturday morning cartoon deal with actual cartoon cutscenes. They're just too cheap looking—like Marvel's oddly shaded modern fare, but jerkier—to take the gimmick all the way. It doesn't help make it seem any less rushed when some of the scenes are notably not animated at all.

The soul in Seoul

Cheap or not, the animation is what is used to get the game’s pretty decent core conceit across. Legion's evil council wants to take over the world, while the slightly less reprehensible Mayhem aims to stop them. A battle of "bad vs. evil," as Mayhem's ex-criminal director puts it, ensues. It's a brighter and more colorful conflict than 90 percent of open-world games and far better at putting me in the mood for the open-ended shenanigans.

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