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Qualcomm is already announcing next year’s 5G chips: Meet the Snapdragon X55
Two months ago, Qualcomm held the Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii. That's where the company talked for two days about how the Snapdragon X50 modem would usher in the era of 5G mmWave. That was all for , and while there still isn't a single product readily for sale with the X50 modem, Qualcomm is already talking about its 5G…

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These quarries supplied the stones that built Stonehenge
Excavations at two ancient quarry sites in western Wales suggest how ancient people probably quarried some of the stones now standing at Stonehenge. The 42 stones in question are some of the smaller parts at Stonehenge, relatively speaking: they still weigh two to four tons each. They're called the bluestones, and they came all the way from western Wales.

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The McLaren 600LT Spider: A lighter, more focused track supercar
Although we make every effort to cover our own travel costs, in this case McLaren flew us to Phoenix to drive the 600LT (and the 720S Spider; more on that next week) and provided two nights in a hotel. Further ReadingThe McLaren 570S: Entry-level means compromises even for legendary automakersI'll admit it: I wasn't sure if I was going to…

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EA opts Origin users out of “real-name sharing” after complaints
Electronic Arts is opting all users out of the "real name sharing" option on its Origin gaming service following complaints that some users may have been entered into the program without their consent. The option to "show my real name on my profile" (as opposed to just sharing an online handle) is buried in the privacy settings for every EA…

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Blood of the young won’t spare rich old people from sadness and death, FDA says
The US Food and Drug Administration issued an alert Tuesday, February 19, warning older consumers against seeking infusions of blood plasma harvested from younger people. Despite being peddled as anti-aging treatments and cures for a range of conditions, the transfusions are unproven and potentially harmful. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and the director of FDA's Center for Biologics…

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Dealmaster: Take $340 off Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, the Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a discount on the current-gen model of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook, which is down to $1,063 at Lenovo with the code "THINKPRESDAY.

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Hollywood tries to cripple several alleged pirate TV services in one lawsuit
Most of the major Hollywood movie studios are trying to cripple multiple alleged pirate TV services with a single lawsuit. The studios last week filed a copyright infringement suit against Omniverse One World Television Inc., which provides streaming video to several online TV services. Omniverse claims to have legal rights to the content, but the studios say it doesn't.

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Mandatory update coming to Windows 7, 2008 to kill off weak update hashes
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 users will imminently have to deploy a mandatory patch if they want to continue updating their systems, as spotted by Mary Jo Foley. Currently, Microsoft's Windows updates use two different hashing algorithms to enable Windows to detect tampering or modification of the update files: SHA-1 and SHA-2.

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Vox lawyers briefly censored YouTubers who mocked The Verge’s bad PC build advice
Last week, The Verge got a reminder about the power of the Streisand effect after its lawyers issued copyright takedown requests for two YouTube videos that criticized—and heavily excerpted—a video by The Verge. Each takedown came with a copyright "strike." It was a big deal for the creators of the videos, because three "strikes" in a 90-day period are enough…