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Comcast accused of lying about its prices, gets away with $1.3M settlement
Comcast has agreed to issue refunds to 15,600 customers and cancel the debts of another 16,000 people to settle allegations that the cable company lied to customers in order to hide the true cost of service. Comcast will have to pay $1.3 million in refunds. The settlement with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, announced yesterday, resolves a lawsuit filed by…

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Cooler Master is tired of telling parents their kids aren’t on drugs
Early this morning, Cooler Master tweeted a picture of its new spade-tipped thermal compound applicators and captioned it "we didn't change the shape of the syringe to make applying thermal paste a lot easier, but because we're getting tired of having to explain to parents that their kid isn't using drugs.

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Cyberpunk 2077 release pushed back to September 17, 2020
CD Projekt Red announced via tweet this afternoon that the heavily anticipated would be released on September 17, 2020. That's a five-month delay from the April 16 release date that was announced last June. "We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there's still work to be done," the company wrote.

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Video: YouTuber Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach reflects on his video history
We're going to try something a little different this afternoon. Some of Ars' highest-performing YouTube videos have focused on gaming topics—like how designers created grab-tentacle or how tricks players into terrifying themselves (though we've also done well with non-gaming topics, like exploring the phenomenon of flat earthers and even interviewing famous NASA people).

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Mozilla lays off 70 people as non-search revenue fails to materialize
Mozilla has laid off 70 people, TechCrunch reports. It's a significant move for an organization that employs around 1,000 people worldwide. "You may recall that we expected to be earning revenue in 2019 and 2020 from new subscription products as well as higher revenue from sources outside of search," wrote Mozilla interim CEO Mitchell Baker in a memo to staff…

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Google gives Chrome OS Apps a shutdown date
Chrome's Packaged Apps have been a dead platform for a while now, after a 2016 announcement that the "App" section of Chrome's Web store would be pulled from Windows, Mac, and Linux, leaving Chrome OS as the only supported OS. Today, Google announced that the last supported platform, Chrome OS, is losing access to Chrome apps, too, along with dates…

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Critical Windows 10 vulnerability used to Rickroll the NSA and Github
Less than a day after Microsoft disclosed one of the most critical Windows vulnerabilities ever, a security researcher has demonstrated how attackers can exploit it to cryptographically impersonate any website or server on the Internet. Researcher Saleem Rashid on Wednesday tweeted images of the video "Never Gonna Give You Up," by 1980s heartthrob Rick Astley, playing on Github.com and NSA.gov.

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2019 was likely Earth’s second-hottest year on record
It’s mid-January, which means the jokes about New Year’s resolutions are hopefully fading out along with your seasonal depression. Oh, and NOAA’s and NASA’s final 2019 global temperature analyses have dropped. (No need to get the party hats and noisemakers back out.) Further ReadingThorough, not thoroughly fabricated: The truth about global temperature data

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Amazon lifts ban on FedEx for third-party marketplace sellers
Internet giant Amazon is doing an about-face on its earlier ban and will now let third-party vendors using its marketplace ship items using FedEx. The company lifted its ban as of 5pm eastern time yesterday, reports Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the email Amazon sent to sellers.