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Facing opposition, Amazon scraps New York HQ2 plans
Amazon is canceling its controversial plan to build a new corporate campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. The plan, which included almost $3 billion in subsidies and tax breaks, provoked a grassroots backlash. "The commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term,"…

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Super Mario Maker 2, Link’s Awakening remaster headline latest Nintendo Direct
The latest "Nintendo Direct" announcement video came packed with surprises, and none shattered more earth than the big Mario and Zelda games at the video's beginning and end. As seen in the above gallery, is heading to Nintendo Switch in June 2019, and it appears to include enough new tools and systems to rank as a bona fide sequel, if…

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MalwareTech loses bid to suppress damning statements made after days of partying
Marcus Hutchins, the widely acclaimed security researcher charged with creating malware that sold for thousands of dollars on the Internet, has lost his bid to suppress self-incriminating statements he made following days of heavy partying at the 2017 Defcon hacker convention in Las Vegas.

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Good Omens fans will love finding all the Easter eggs in new teaser
We've been on tenterhooks for months, waiting for news of when the long-awaited TV adaptation of would air. And now the wait is over. In conjunction with an announcement at the Television Critics Association regarding an airdate of May 31, Amazon Prime dropped a charming animated teaser trailer. Huzzah! (Mild spoilers for the novel below.

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Amid layoffs, Blizzard won’t release a “major” new game in 2019
Further ReadingActivision-Blizzard lays off 775 people after “record results in 2018”Blizzard fans are going to have to wait a little bit longer for any major new titles from the company. In a conference call accompanying yesterday's quarterly earnings announcement (where the company announced record results and significant layoffs), Activision Blizzard CFO Dennis Durkin said the company is "not planning a…

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Elsa and the gang are back and in a dark place in first teaser for Frozen 2
We awoke this morning to the first teaser trailer for , the sequel to , Disney's inventive 2013 re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen." The original was such a blockbuster that it will be hard for any sequel to recreate the magic, but the new teaser certainly looks promising.

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Ex-director of FBI, CIA takes on a phone scammer—and wins
If you're trying to extort money from people, there are probably better choices for a victim than William H. Webster. Back in 2014, Webster was called by a Jamaican man, 29-year-old Keniel Aeon Thomas, who was attempting to perpetrate the all too common advance-fee fraud scam (often known as the 419 scam, after the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code…

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Danish haunted-house studies seek to reveal the seductive appeal of horror
It's no secret that many of us here at Ars are genuine fans of horror. As a child, I would compulsively devour horror short stories and watch classic movies on late-night TV, like Alfred Hitchcock's (1960) or (1957). Then I'd lie awake at night in terror, convinced a werewolf was lurking just outside my bedroom window.

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Microsoft patches zero-day vulnerabilities in IE and Exchange
Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday this month had higher-than-usual stakes with fixes for a zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability under active exploit and an Exchange Server flaw that was disclosed last month with proof-of-concept code. The IE vulnerability, Microsoft said, allows attackers to test whether one or more files are stored on disks of vulnerable PCs.