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SCOTUS: Ban on “FUCT” trademark registration violates First Amendment
Federal law prohibits the registration of trademarks that are "immoral or scandalous." At least it did until today, when the Supreme Court held that the requirement violated the First Amendment. The case focused on artist and entrepreneur Erik Brunetti, who sells clothing under the trademark FUCT. Brunetti claims the mark is "pronounced as four letters, one after the other: F-U-C-T.

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Ex-chair of FCC broadband committee gets five years in prison for fraud
The former head of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) was sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding investors. Elizabeth Ann Pierce was CEO of Quintillion, an Alaskan telecom company, when she lied to two investment firms in New York in order to raise $270 million to build a fiber network.

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Capuchin monkeys have a 3,000-year archaeological record
The archaeological record of human tools use dates back about 2.5 million years, and archaeologists use changes in stone tool technology to trace changes in human evolution, culture, and lifestyles. Now a team of archaeologists in Brazil has excavated capuchin monkey stone tools dating back to 3,000 years ago, and they reveal changes in behavior and diet over thousands of…

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Review: Jessica Jones S3 is flawed but packs a powerful payoff in the end
makes its final bow with an imperfect but ultimately powerful and thought-provoking third season. The series finale—canceled before it even started streaming, along with the rest of the Marvel/Netflix Defenders series—expertly explored conflicting notions of justice, the possibility of forgiveness and redemption, and what it really means to be a hero through the lens of Jessica's fractured relationship with her…

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The Raspberry Pi 4 launch site runs on a Pi 4 cluster
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B has launched. It's a pretty big upgrade from the Raspberry Pi 3, with the company claiming that the device can provide "desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems." OK... but how does it perform as a server? Individually, the answer is just about what you'd expect.

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German regulator says it discovered new illegal software on Daimler diesels
Over the weekend, Germany's auto regulator told Daimler that it would have to recall 42,000 Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles after the group discovered illegal software on the cars that would reduce the effectiveness of the emissions-control system. Further ReadingBMW, Daimler, and VW colluded to prevent better emissions control tech, EU saysDaimler said Sunday night that it would take a one-time charge…

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Falcon Heavy rocket set to attempt SpaceX’s “most difficult launch ever”
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will attempt its most technically demanding mission yet on Monday night, with a rideshare flight organized by the U.S. Air Force. Company founder Elon Musk has characterized the mission as "Our most difficult launch ever." During this Space Test Program-2 flight, the world's most powerful operational rocket will attempt to deliver 24 different payloads into three…

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The Raspberry Pi 4 brings faster CPU, up to 4GB of RAM
Today, Raspberry Pi is introducing a new version of its popular line of single-board computer. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the fastest Raspberry Pi ever, with the company promising "desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems." The new model is built around a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC, which, with four 1.5GHz Cortex A72 CPU cores, should be a…

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It’s possible to build a Turing machine within Magic: The Gathering
Consider this hypothetical scenario: Bob and Alice are playing a game of . It's normal game play at first, as, say, Filigree robots from Kaladesh face off against werewolves and vampires from Innistrad. But then Alice draws the right card from her customized deck, and suddenly Bob finds himself caught in the equivalent of a Turing machine, the famed abstract…