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With Timeline and Your Phone, Microsoft makes a PC the phone’s second screen
SEATTLE—The PC is, for many of us, no longer the central hub for our digital and online activities; the phone has taken that role. In this new world, the relationship between the two has flipped: the phone is not a companion device for the PC, but rather, the PC is now a companion device for the phone.

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Equifax breach exposed millions of driver’s licenses, phone numbers, emails
On May 7, executives of Equifax submitted a "statement for the record" to the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing the extent of the consumer data breach the company first reported on September 7, 2017. The data in the statement, which has also been shared with congressional committees investigating the breach, reveals to a fuller extent how much personal data was…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft getting closer to finally flying again
It has been a long three-and-a-half years since the Orion spacecraft first launched into space in December 2014, making a successful shake-out flight. But now, NASA’s program aimed at building a large, deep-space capsule capable of sending astronauts to and from lunar orbit is finally ramping back up toward a series of test flights.

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Nintendo says Switch won’t get Virtual Console classic game downloads
With Nintendo offering a selection of 20 downloadable NES games as part of its newly announced Nintendo Switch Online service, starting in September, many have been wondering if the company is planning to revive its Virtual Console selection of emulated classic game downloads for the Switch as well. The answer to that question seems to be no, as Nintendo told…

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How a suspected gang member’s traffic stop led to a crucial privacy case
This was where David Leon Riley, 19, was driving very early in the morning before being pulled over by San Diego police officer Charles Dunnigan. The cop told Riley that he'd pulled him over for having expired registration tags. Dunnigan asked for Riley's driver's license, but it was expired. Dunnigan then asked Riley to step out of the car.

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Report: Butterfly MacBook Pro keyboards require more frequent, more expensive repairs
An AppleInsider article has stoked some consumer frustration over Apple's butterfly keyboards. In it, AppleInsider combed through a limited dataset of warranty events from participating Apple Genius Bars and third-party repair shops. The site determined that, in that data, the 2016 MacBook Pro's keyboard accounted for twice the percentage of all warranty events in that machine's first year on the…

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Nintendo introduces Switch cloud saves as part of paid online subscription
First, the good news: Nintendo will finally begin offering a way for Nintendo Switch owners to back up their currently vulnerable game save data starting in September. Now, the bad news: that feature will only be offered to players who spend $20 a year for Nintendo's first-ever paid online subscription service.

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Facebook changes an Oculus division’s name, invents term “Facebook Reality”
Nearly four years ago, Facebook paid roughly $2 billion to acquire the virtual reality company Oculus, yet since then, Oculus has continued operating as a formal, separate entity. All of the shared companies' VR hardware and software have been sold and marketed under the "Oculus" brand, though sometimes with a "from Facebook" disclaimer.

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Google slams “for-profit bail-bond providers,” won’t let them advertise
On Monday, Google announced that it will no longer allow ads from bail-bond companies. This isn't the first time Google has singled out an entire industry. In 2016, it banned ads from payday lenders. In a blog post, the company suggested that such ads constitute a "deceptive or harmful product," citing a 2016 study concluding that minority and low-income communities…