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Oculus co-founder: “Free is still not cheap enough” for current VR tech
Further ReadingVR sticker shock: How Oculus failed to prepare the world for a $599 RiftEven since Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey revealed that the first consumer Oculus Rift headset would launch at $600, many industry watchers have been arguing that the high price of entry was keeping virtual reality from becoming a truly revolutionary mass-market technology.

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AT&T—owner of HBO and DirecTV—lets HBO go dark on Dish in money fight
AT&T-owned HBO and Cinemax have been pulled from Dish's satellite TV service and the Dish-owned Sling TV streaming service over a money dispute, marking the first-ever blackout for HBO in its 46-year history. In June, US District Court Judge Richard Leon allowed AT&T to complete its purchase of Time Warner Inc.

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Notorious patent enforcement entity values its entire portfolio at $2, folds
Further ReadingTwo judges smack down notorious patent holder “Shipping and Transit” in one weekOne of the nation’s best-known patent enforcement entities has finally given up the ghost. In September 2018, Shipping & Transit LLC (formerly known as ArrivalStar) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy—voluntary liquidation—but no one seems to have noticed until the Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed it out on October…

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Dramatic footage of Soyuz accident shows rocket booster collision
On Thursday, Russian space officials held a news conference to lay out their findings into an Oct. 11 accident that involved the launch of a Soyuz FG rocket and its spacecraft. The crew of NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin escaped safely, but the rocket was destroyed.

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Musk: new Tesla summon feature will “follow you like a pet”
Elon Musk took to Twitter late on Wednesday night to tout Tesla's forthcoming "advanced summon" feature, which he says is due out in about six weeks. "Car will drive to your phone location & follow you like a pet if you hold down summon button on Tesla app," Musk tweeted. In another tweet, Musk said that "you’ll be able to…

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Tesla’s profitable quarter didn’t translate for Panasonic
In the third quarter of 2018, Panasonic lost $65 million in the branch of the business that makes battery cells to power Tesla's electric vehicles, according to . The company said it had to add production and hire workers more quickly than expected as Tesla aggressively ramped up to producing 4,300 Model 3 vehicles a week.

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Hawaiian Supreme Court gives go-ahead to giant telescope
The giant volcanoes of Hawaii's Big Island held a special place for the Polynesians who first settled there, with the peak of Mauna Kea being reserved for that society's elite. But in recent years, they've become home to a new kind of elite: some of the best telescopes humanity has designed.

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Danish physicists claim to cast doubt on detection of gravitational waves
The first direct detection of gravitational waves was announced on February 11, 2016, spawned headlines around the world, snagged the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, and officially launched a new era of so-called "multi-messenger" astronomy. But a team of physicists at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, is calling that detection into question based on its own independent data…

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Ars Lunch Break: Spying out ancient ruins on Earth from space
This week we’re serializing yet another episode from the After On Podcast here on Ars. The broader series is built around deep-dive interviews with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists, and it tends to be very tech- and science-heavy. You can access the installments on Ars via an embedded audio player or by reading accompanying transcripts, both of which are below.