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NASA will award Boeing a cost-plus contract for up to 10 SLS rockets
The principle behind a cost-plus contract is simple. Occasionally, the US government needs something exceptionally difficult, complex, and unprecedented to be built. In those cases, with technical challenges all but certain to arise, the government pays a contractor the entire value of the development costs, plus a fee—often 10 percent. This is a useful tool to get the best contractors…

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The latest Google shutdowns: Daydream VR, Google Clips
Google's big hardware event happened yesterday, which saw the announcement of the Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, Nest Wi-Fi, Nest Home Mini, and new Pixel Buds. While the "Made by Google 2019" event was going on, Google was quietly shutting down enough products that it could have also held a mini "Killed by Google 2019" event that same day.

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Google kills Daydream VR headset, Google Clips camera
Google's big hardware event happened yesterday, which saw the announcement of the Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, Nest Wi-Fi, Nest Home Mini, and new Pixel Buds. While the "Made by Google 2019" event was going on, Google was quietly shutting down enough products that it could have also held a mini "Killed by Google 2019" event that same day.

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Volvo’s XC40 crossover goes fully battery electric for “under $48,000”
Further ReadingVolvo says from 2019 all new models it introduces will be electric or hybridVolvo was one of the first automakers to declare its plans to do something about carbon emissions. In 2017, the Swedish OEM announced that it was abandoning development of diesel engines.

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T-Mobile and Sprint get FCC approval to merge in 3-2 party-line vote
The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to approve T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint, an FCC spokesperson confirmed to Ars today. Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O'Rielly backed Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to allow the merger, while Democrats Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks voted against it. T-Mobile and Sprint previously secured merger approval from the Department of Justice, so the…

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EU orders Broadcom to halt exclusivity deals while investigation deepens
European regulators have hit chipmaker Broadcom with a rare "interim" restriction on its behavior as their antitrust probe into the company's alleged abuse of its market power deepens. Broadcom was ordered immediately to stop applying and enforcing "anticompetitive provisions" in its dealings with six major customers, the European Commission's competition bureau said.

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Dodgy sex-psychology paper finally gets retracted
Two years ago, Ars published a story about some famous psychology research that smelled... off. Psychologist Nicolas Guéguen's flashy findings on human sexuality appeared to be riddled with errors and inconsistencies, and two researchers had raised an alarm. Now, four years after James Heathers and Nick Brown first started digging into Guéguen's work, one of his papers has been retracted.

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SpaceX says 12,000 satellites isn’t enough, so it might launch another 30,000
SpaceX is seeking permission to launch another 30,000 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites for its Starlink broadband network, which would be in addition to the nearly 12,000 satellites the company already has permission to launch. But it's too early in the process to determine whether SpaceX is likely to launch most or all of the additional 30,000 satellites.

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UK porn blacklist is dead after government abandons age verification
The United Kingdom is abandoning plans to try to force pornography websites to age-verify UK Internet users. Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan announced the shift in a Wednesday statement. Morgan claimed that "the government's commitment to protecting children online is unwavering." However, she said, the government will now accomplish that goal "through our proposed online harms regulatory regime.