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Fortnite devs working to segregate keyboard/mouse players
A decent part of 's meteoric success has been the capability for players on non-Sony platforms to play the game with friends regardless of what console, mobile phone, or PC everyone is using. One side effect of that system, though, is that it pits players using handheld controllers or imprecise touchscreen controls against those using the more precise aiming of…

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Microsoft nearly banned Gab over post saying Jews should be raised as livestock
The Microsoft Azure cloud computing service threatened to stop hosting Gab, a self-described "free speech social network," unless the site deleted two anti-Semitic posts made by a neo-Nazi who previously ran for a US Senate seat. Gab founder Andrew Torba yesterday posted a screenshot of Microsoft's notice, which said that Microsoft had "received a complaint of malicious activity" and that…

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The secret to Mars’ past warmth could be beneath Curiosity’s wheels
Mars is mostly a red pile of mysteries. In its youth, it was clearly a very different place, even hosting oceans and lakes of liquid water. But apart from wondering whether anything living ever made Mars its home, figuring out the Red Planet got warm enough to thaw all that water has turned out to be no small thing.

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In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders
In late 2016, security researcher Justin Shattuck was on assignment for an organization that was under a crippling denial-of-service attack by a large number of devices, some of which appeared to be hosted inside the network of a large European airport. As he scanned the airport’s network from the Internet—and later, with the airport operators’ permission, from inside the network—he…

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InfoWars app will stay in the iOS App Store—here’s Apple’s reason why
Apple will continue to allow the InfoWars mobile app on its App Store even after removing almost all of the podcast episodes associated with Alex Jones' conspiracy-theory website from its platforms. The iPhone maker released a statement to BuzzFeed News explaining its decision to allow the InfoWars app to remain downloadable from its store.

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There’s a big problem with Elon Musk’s plan to take Tesla private
When I asked University of Arizona legal scholar William Sjostrom about the way Elon Musk announced his plan to take Tesla private, he was scathing. "A securities attorney would say 'what the hell are you doing?'" Sjostrom told me on Wendesday. When making a big, market-moving announcement, companies normally halt trading and provide the entire proposal in one well-vetted document—they…

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This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator
Devotees of racing games love to throw shade at each other. Xbox versus Playstation, console versus PC, controller versus wheel; you name it, people will argue about it on the Internet. And one of the more common ways to denigrate an opponent in such an argument is to play the purity card.

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Here’s what SpaceX must do to win the commercial crew race
On Friday, when NASA announced the nine astronauts who would fly aboard the first commercial crew missions, Kathy Lueders sat among the audience clapping. Certainly for the manager of the space agency's commercial crew program, this was a happy day. But much hard work remains before the flights actually take place, and Lueders knows this more than anyone.

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EPA docs don’t show any scientific evidence for Scott Pruitt’s climate claims
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not been able to offer any scientific evidence for statements made by the agency's former Administrator Scott Pruitt when he went on CNBC in March 2017 and said that carbon dioxide was not known to be a major contributor to climate change. During a live interview last year on , the administrator stated: “I…