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Motorola and Verizon kick off the 5G smartphone hype with the Moto Z3
Cellular carriers everywhere are hyping up the rollout of "5G" network technology in the coming years, and now it looks like the hype for the hardware side of things is starting to pick up, too. Verizon and Motorola are announcing what they're calling "the world's first 5G upgradable smartphone," the Moto Z3 (not to be confused with the Moto Z3…

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Net neutrality foe Marsha Blackburn gets 85% of the vote in GOP Senate primary
US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is a step closer to the US Senate after winning yesterday's Tennessee Republican primary. Blackburn has been one of the most prominent opponents of net neutrality rules in the House of Representatives, where she chairs a key subcommittee that oversees telecommunications. Her primary win was no surprise—she took 84.5 percent of the vote, with 610,884…

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How do you pronounce “NES”? Nintendo throws a wrench in the debate
For years, I thought that Nintendo had "officially" settled that debate (as far as it could be settled) in favor of pronouncing each letter of "N-E-S." But now, a throwaway line in the Japanese version of has thrown everything into question once again. N-E-S in the U-S-A I've been somewhat obsessed with the (again, admittedly unimportant) question of "NES" pronunciation…

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Samsung posts Galaxy Note9 info early, reveals 512GB version
The release of the Galaxy Note 9 is fast approaching, and Samsung just can't seem to keep a lid on the phone. The Note9 pre-order page went up early (as spotted by VentureBeat's Evan Blass) on Samsung's New Zealand site, which revealed a full back shot of the phone and the bright yellow stylus.

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FCC sides with Google Fiber over Comcast with new pro-competition rule
The Federal Communications Commission today approved new rules that could let Google Fiber and other new Internet service providers gain faster access to utility poles. The FCC's One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) rules will let companies attach wires to utility poles without waiting for the other users of the pole to move their own wires.

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Heads-up: 2FA provider Duo Security to be acquired by Cisco (ugh)
US-based two-factor authentication provider Duo Security announced this morning that it is in talks to be acquired by networking giant Cisco. According to Duo’s press release, Duo will become a “business unit” under Cisco’s Security Business Group, and current Duo CEO Dug Song will become the unit’s general manager. Ars is a happy Duo customer, and we use the product…

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EA issues apology after removing Kaepernick’s name from song in Madden 19 [Updated]
Update, 8:20pm ET: EA issued an apology on Thursday after rapper Big Sean accused the game maker of censoring his song in new video game The game maker took full responsibility for the song's edit and issued a statement to Ars Technica on Thursday: We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack.

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Fuel economy standards kill people, Trump administration claims
On Thursday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed freezing fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles at 2020 levels, erasing the gradual fuel economy increases that were signed into law by the Obama administration just before Trump took office. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt deemed the fuel economy standards too high in April and opened a formal rule-making process to…

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Tesla says it’s dumping Nvidia chips for a homebrew alternative
Tesla is creating its own chips optimized for machine learning, CEO Elon Musk said during a call with investors on Wednesday. Musk acknowledged the rumored project last December but is now providing more details. "We've been in semi-stealth mode for the last two to three years," Musk said. During that time, Tesla created what Musk described as "the world's most…