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Judge deals blow to women suing Microsoft over gender discrimination
A federal judge has dealt a blow to women who have accused Microsoft of systematic discrimination against female employees, refusing to certify their class-action lawsuit against the company. The three named plaintiffs in the lawsuit will be able to proceed with their case. But they won't be proceeding as representatives of the broader group of women who—according to the lawsuit—have…

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Lumines Remastered turns the Nintendo Switch into a full-body vibration party
When the rhythm-puzzle game launched alongside the PSP in 2004, it maxed out that portable system's two coolest features: a big, bold screen and room for tons of high-fidelity techno songs on a UMD. ' striking aesthetic was largely thanks to the PSP difference, it seemed to declare, and it heartily one-upped anything on the similarly new Nintendo DS.

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Charter’s gigabit cable with no data caps is ready for 27 million homes
Charter's gigabit Internet service launched to another 4 million homes this month, and now more than 27 million homes in Charter's territory can get the ISP's fastest offering. Charter is aiming to make the "Spectrum Internet Gig" service—with actual download speeds of up to 940Mbps—available to nearly all of the homes in its cable footprint by the end of this…

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Senator to FCC: What do you know about stingrays’ ability to disrupt 911 calls?
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) continues to question various federal agencies about what they know about cell-site simulators, also known as stingrays. In a new letter submitted Tuesday morning to the head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, Sen. Wyden submitted a slew of new questions concerning how these controversial devices interact with the 911 emergency system.

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Marijuana drug wins FDA approval—a first that may change federal regulations
Marijuana now has an accepted medical use. The US Food and Drug Administration announced today, Monday June 25, the approval of the country’s first marijuana-based prescription medication. The drug is called Epidiolex and is a plant-derived oral solution of cannabidiol (CBD)—a chemical component of marijuana that does not cause intoxication or a euphoric “high.

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Hyperthreading under scrutiny with new TLBleed crypto key leak
Last week, developers on OpenBSD—the open source operating system that prioritizes security—disabled hyperthreading on Intel processors. Project leader Theo de Raadt said that a research paper due to be presented at Black Hat in August prompted the change, but he would not elaborate further. The situation has since become a little clearer.

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Watch the John Oliver segment that got Oliver’s name banned in China
China has begun censoring mentions of HBO comedian John Oliver on social media and restricting access to the HBO website. The crackdown began late last week after Oliver ran a scathing 20-minute segment on his HBO show, , mocking Chinese president Xi Jinping. "Attempts to send posts Friday with either the terms 'John Oliver' or 'Last Week Tonight' on the…

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Report: New AirPods, Apple noise-cancelling headphones pegged for 2019
Apple reportedly has big plans for its audio device lineup in 2019. According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, the iPhone maker is working on an upgraded model of its AirPods earbuds, a new model of its HomePod speaker, and a new pair of over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones, all of which could arrive next year.

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In China, coal rules cut sulfur emissions, but data manipulation is a concern
In 2007, China required some coal power plants to install Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) to track pollutants given off by those stations. In 2014, the Chinese government implemented tighter emissions standards for coal plants. Have those two regulations worked to reduce pollution? The answer is yes, but with a few caveats.