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Microsoft shaking up how Windows feature updates are rolled out—again
Customers using Windows Update for Business will lose some ability to delay the deployment of each new Windows feature release once version 1903 goes live. When Microsoft first started delivering Windows 10 "as a Service" with a regular flow of feature updates, the company planned to have two release tracks: a "Current Branch" (CB) that was consumer-oriented and "Current Branch…

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NASA moves to buy more Soyuz seats for late 2019, early 2020
While NASA's commercial crew program continues to demonstrate progress—the first test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon may occur as soon as March 2—there are no guarantees the vehicles will be ready for operational flights to the International Space Station by early 2020. NASA's last contracted flight with Russia is for a mission set to launch in July.

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Rocket Report: Russia’s new spacecraft, is the US sabotaging Iranian rockets?
Welcome to Edition 1.36 of the Rocket Report! Lots of news this week on smaller rockets and the spaceports around the world that aspire to launch them. There's also an interesting report that may explain, at least in part, why recent Iranian attempts to launch rockets have ended in failure. And so much more.

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Dealmaster: As Switch sales slow, Nintendo launches a new bundle
Nintendo has released a new Switch bundle that pairs the popular game console with a $35 credit to its eShop digital store. The company announced the bundle last week, but the deal has now become available at various retailers, including Walmart (which lists it as being up for pre-order as of this writing), Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy.

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Tetris 99 isn’t just a great twist on a classic—it’s a gameplay revolution
In an interview with Ars Technica last year, Brendan Greene, the game designer best known for (), offered a throwaway opinion: every genre should have a battle royale mode. It wasn't necessarily the best-received suggestion at the time, as backlash against the battle royale phenomenon had begun, but Greene in a good position to say it.

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TVA board votes to close coal plants despite Trump tweet
On Thursday, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a federally owned utility that operates in Tennessee and Kentucky, voted 5 to 2 to close two coal-fired power-generating units by 2023, according to the . Further ReadingAfter Trump announces new rules to save coal, TVA ponders shutting 2 coal unitsThe decision includes closing the last coal-fired unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant…

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Gambling, porn, and piracy on iOS: Apple’s enterprise certificate woes continue
Rival tech giants like Google and Facebook aren’t the only companies abusing Apple’s enterprise certifications to distribute unapproved apps in the Apple App Store on iOS, according to reports from Reuters and TechCrunch. Further ReadingApple revokes Facebook’s developer certificate over data-snooping app—Google could be nextApple’s Enterprise Developer Program is intended to facilitate distribution of apps across devices internally within corporations,…

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Opera shows off its smart new redesign that’s just like all the other browsers
Opera has unveiled a new look and feel for its browser. Expected to ship in version 59 and codenamed "Reborn 3" (R3), the new appearance adopts the same square edges and clean lines that we've seen in other browsers, giving the browser a passing similarity to both Firefox and Edge. The principles of the new design? "We put Web content…

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Devs accuse Sony of “playing favorites” with PS4’s cross-platform support
Further ReadingSony’s walled garden cracks open: Cross-console play comes to PS4Last September, after years of fighting the idea, Sony finally announced that "cross-platform gameplay, progression, and commerce" would be coming to the PlayStation Network, with as the first example. Now, though, some third-party developers are saying Sony is still standing in the way of letting the PS4 versions of their…