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Waymo forges self-driving alliance with Renault and Nissan
Waymo announced early Thursday morning that it was forming a self-driving alliance with Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi—a trio of car companies that already have strong financial ties to one another. Under the deal, the companies will "explore driverless mobility services for passengers and deliveries in France and Japan." Renault is based in France while Nissan and Mitsubishi are Japanese companies.

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Hackers, farmers, and doctors unite! Support for Right to Repair laws slowly grows
Kelsea Weber is apologetic for being hard to get ahold of. “We were all busy tearing down the iPhone XS,” she says. A few minutes’ conversation with Kelsea is enough to convince you that she would be taking apart brand new Apple gear no matter what, but she does it professionally.

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The trick to saving human factory jobs might be teaming up with the machines
Sometimes the man-machine enhancements are physical, and sometimes they’re mental. Sometimes it's a Venn diagram that includes both aspects, as a skilled human worker collaborates with robotics and AI to complete a task. Further ReadingFor the industrial Internet of Things, defense in depth is a requirement

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Nation-sponsored hackers likely carried out hostile takeover of rival groups’s servers
If nation-sponsored hacking was baseball, the Russian-speaking group called Turla would not just be a Major League team—it would be a perennial playoff contender. Researchers from multiple security firms largely agree that Turla was behind breaches of US Department at Defense in 2008, and more recently the German Foreign Office and France’s military.

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Digging into the new features in OpenZFS post-Linux migration
ZFS on Linux 0.8 (ZoL) brought tons of new features and performance improvements when it was released on May 23. They came after Delphix announced that it was migrating its own product to Linux back in March 2018. We'll go over some of the most exciting May features (like ZFS native encryption) here today. For the full list—including both new…

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Interview: Baldur’s Gate 3’s creators talk D&D, turn-based RPGs, and dreams coming true
LOS ANGELES— developer Larian Studios and Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast didn't show any gameplay from the newly announced at E3 in Los Angeles last week—but they were eager to talk about the long-anticipated project in sit-down interviews. Further Reading is finally official, coming to PC and StadiaArs spoke with Larian Studios co-founder and game director Swen…

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Trump administration finalizes replacement for Obama’s Clean Power Plan
On Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule, known as ACE, to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, or CPP. Further ReadingTrump’s new “Clean Power Plan” might be a boon to coal-fired power plantsThe ACE rule was proposed last summer, and after going through the procedural steps required to enact the rule, Administrator…

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Are these the first pictures of the “Switch Mini”?
In 2019, we've seen rumor after rumor after rumor after rumor that Nintendo is planning to release a new, smaller version of the Switch in the near future, possibly without the original system's signature detachable controllers. While Nintendo hasn't announced anything officially, some new listings from Chinese accessory manufacturer Honson have reignited the rumor mill surrounding a redesigned Switch system…

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How many people did it take to colonize Australia?
A new study suggests that the first humans to move into Australia and New Guinea came in larger numbers—and perhaps with more of a plan—than some researchers previously thought. People have lived in Australia and New Guinea since at least 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were about 100 meters (300 feet) lower than today.