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How do you pronounce “NES”? Nintendo throws a wrench in the debate
For years, I thought that Nintendo had "officially" settled that debate (as far as it could be settled) in favor of pronouncing each letter of "N-E-S." But now, a throwaway line in the Japanese version of has thrown everything into question once again. N-E-S in the U-S-A I've been somewhat obsessed with the (again, admittedly unimportant) question of "NES" pronunciation…

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Samsung posts Galaxy Note9 info early, reveals 512GB version
The release of the Galaxy Note 9 is fast approaching, and Samsung just can't seem to keep a lid on the phone. The Note9 pre-order page went up early (as spotted by VentureBeat's Evan Blass) on Samsung's New Zealand site, which revealed a full back shot of the phone and the bright yellow stylus.

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FCC sides with Google Fiber over Comcast with new pro-competition rule
The Federal Communications Commission today approved new rules that could let Google Fiber and other new Internet service providers gain faster access to utility poles. The FCC's One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) rules will let companies attach wires to utility poles without waiting for the other users of the pole to move their own wires.

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Heads-up: 2FA provider Duo Security to be acquired by Cisco (ugh)
US-based two-factor authentication provider Duo Security announced this morning that it is in talks to be acquired by networking giant Cisco. According to Duo’s press release, Duo will become a “business unit” under Cisco’s Security Business Group, and current Duo CEO Dug Song will become the unit’s general manager. Ars is a happy Duo customer, and we use the product…

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EA issues apology after removing Kaepernick’s name from song in Madden 19 [Updated]
Update, 8:20pm ET: EA issued an apology on Thursday after rapper Big Sean accused the game maker of censoring his song in new video game The game maker took full responsibility for the song's edit and issued a statement to Ars Technica on Thursday: We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack.

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Fuel economy standards kill people, Trump administration claims
On Thursday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed freezing fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles at 2020 levels, erasing the gradual fuel economy increases that were signed into law by the Obama administration just before Trump took office. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt deemed the fuel economy standards too high in April and opened a formal rule-making process to…

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Tesla says it’s dumping Nvidia chips for a homebrew alternative
Tesla is creating its own chips optimized for machine learning, CEO Elon Musk said during a call with investors on Wednesday. Musk acknowledged the rumored project last December but is now providing more details. "We've been in semi-stealth mode for the last two to three years," Musk said. During that time, Tesla created what Musk described as "the world's most…

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$50 a month for 1Mbps: How AT&T and Verizon rip off DSL customers
Tens of millions of people in the AT&T and Verizon service territories can only buy slow DSL Internet from the companies, yet they often have to pay the same price as fiber customers who get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the US. That's the conclusion of a new white paper written by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA),…

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Alex Jones podcast episodes yanked from Spotify over “hate content”
"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community," Spotify said in a statement to Billboard. "Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of podcast for violating our hate content policy." It's unclear what speech specifically got those episodes removed from Spotify, and it's unclear which episodes were…