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Bitcoin soars past $12,500 five days after hitting $10,000
Bitcoin has risen above $12,500, its highest level in 2019. The new milestone comes just five days after bitcoin rose above $10,000. Bitcoin's value has risen by almost a factor of four since last December, when the price bottomed out around $3,200. Bitcoin's price is still well below the all-time high of around $19,500 reached in December 2017.

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Swapping spark plugs for nanopulses could boost engine efficiency by 20%
Further ReadingDeclaring the internal combustion engine dead? You’re speaking too soonHere in 2019, only the most fringe reactionaries are able to claim with a straight face that climate change is . But after years of the media doing its "two sides" thing, recalcitrant policy makers dragging their heels, a continued lack of investment in public transport, and intense, well-funded opposition…

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We asked, you answered: Rebecca Ford reviews your Warframe frames
Further ReadingVideo: Solving the unsolved mysteries of with the game’s designersAbout a month ago, Ars posted a couple of calls to action in our forums and on Reddit: we wanted to take your coolest designs and get them in front of the game's developers at Digital Extremes to see what the company thinks of the community's creations.

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Super Mario Maker 2 review: A great sequel, playable on a better console
Game detailsDeveloper: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Switch Release Date: June 28, 2019 ESRB Rating: E for Everyone Price: $60 Links: Amazon | Nintendo e-shop | Official website Further Reading pulls the curtain back on game design’s promise and perilWhen I reviewed the first in 2015, I lamented that the game didn't debut years earlier as a Wii U console launch…

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Europe says SpaceX “dominating” launch, vows to develop Falcon 9-like rocket
This month, the European Commission revealed a new, three-year project to develop technologies needed for two proposed reusable launch vehicles. The commission provided €3 million to the German space agency, DLR, and five companies to, in the words of a news release about the project, "tackle the shortcoming of know-how in reusable rockets in Europe.

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Security firms demonstrate subdomain hijack exploit vs. EA/Origin
Israeli security firms Check Point and CyberInt partnered up this week to find, exploit, and demonstrate a nasty security flaw that allows attackers to hijack player accounts in EA/Origin's online games. The exploit chains together several classic types of attack—phishing, session hijacking, and cross-site scripting—but the key flaw that makes the entire attack work is poorly maintained DNS.

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Microsoft OneDrive gets a more secure Personal Vault, plus additional storage options
Microsoft is launching a new layer of security for users of its OneDrive cloud storage service. OneDrive Personal Vault is a new section of your storage that's accessed through two-step verification, or a "strong authentication method," although Microsoft didn't define the latter term. Microsoft notes that fingerprinting, face scans, PINs, and one-time codes by email, SMS, or an authenticator app…

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SpaceX just aced a critical Air Force test of its Falcon Heavy rocket
On Tuesday afternoon—a little more than 12 hours after the launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida—the US Air Force's Space & Missile Systems Center declared that all had gone well with the complicated mission. "All satellites are on orbit and have made contact," the Air Force unit tweeted.

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Why a former Nazi sub base in Marseille is becoming a data center
Marseille—France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast—is many things. It's the country's largest commercial port, the birthplace of French hip-hop, and the home of the French Foreign Legion. It's also a tech industry hotspot and the landing station for 13 major submarine cables. These cables connect Europe with North America, Africa, Cyprus, the Middle East, and Asia.