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Report: Microsoft is going to try to make a cheap Surface tablet… again
Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is going to release a $400, 10-inch, Intel-powered Surface tablet in the second half of the year, in a renewed effort to take on the iPad. This represents a return to a strategy the company has tried before. The original ARM Surface RT and Surface 2, and the Intel-equipped Surface 3, were all attempts to offer…

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Amazon Prime members to get new discounts at Whole Foods
Amazon's dishing out more perks to Prime members who shop at Whole Foods. The company announced two new Prime benefits that shoppers can take advantage of in Whole Foods stores: an additional 10 percent off sale items and "deep discounts" on select best-selling items. The perks roll out across all Florida stores today and will reach all Whole Foods locations…

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FDA to start naming names of pharma companies blocking cheaper generics
The Food and Drug Administration plans this week to effectively begin publicly shaming brand-name drug companies that stand in the way of competitors trying to develop cheaper generic drugs. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told reporters on Monday and Tuesday that the agency will unveil a website on Thursday, May 17 that names names of such companies.

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Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a heck of a hybrid
In the next few months, Porsche is going to launch the Mission E, a sleek and powerful electric vehicle that might just be the most competition the Tesla Model S will have faced to date. However, the company has been electrifying some of its range for some time now. We'll have to wait a while for better battery tech before…

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Ex-CIA employee ID’d but not charged in Vault 7 leak of hacking tools
Federal authorities have identified a suspect behind last year’s Vault 7 leak of Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools. The trove published to WikiLeaks included exploits and documents for infecting iPhones, Wi-Fi routers, and Cisco Switches, and it represented the biggest-known loss of classified information in CIA history. According to articles posted by and , the suspect is 29-year-old Joshua A.

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Microsoft blocks Windows 10 April 2018 update to some Intel SSDs
The April 2018 update for Windows 10 is now being blocked from installing on systems with certain Intel SSDs. With the update installed, systems with the Intel SSD 600p Series and Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series devices seem to crash repeatedly during startup. The problem appears to be recoverable insofar as you can hold down F8 and roll back the…

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Man who claims he created bitcoin committed perjury, lawsuit says
For years now, the saga of bitcoin has been a tangled tale. Now, a new court filing has thrown a wrench into a recent high-stakes lawsuit that attempts to shed light on the mysterious origins of the cryptocurrency. The new amended complaint submitted late Monday in the ongoing case of (which is underway in a West Palm Beach, Florida, federal…

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Greenland ice cores track Roman lead pollution in year-by-year detail
Buried beneath the snow on Greenland’s surface, ancient layers of ice hold deposits of lead that originated at mines and foundries in ancient Rome. Fluctuations in the amount of ancient lead pollution that reached Greenland turn out to be a remarkably accurate way to trace the economic impact of wars, plagues, and imperial expansion in Classical Europe.

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Amid the hype and vaporware, we’re bringing clarity to the launch industry
I have covered the space beat at Ars Technica for 2.5 glorious years, and during that time, I have made a couple of observations about the community of readers here. One, you like rockets. And two, many readers here know as much, if not more, than I do about those rockets—both their history what is happening today.