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Mysterious Google-branded 4K Android TV dongle shows up at the FCC [Updated]
The FCC just dropped a major surprise on us. It has documentation of a Google-branded HDMI dongle that runs Android TV and comes with a remote! It almost looks like a next-gen Chromecast, and the documents, which were spotted by reddit user 513, show off pictures, specs, and even the manual.

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AT&T’s 5G trials produce gigabit speeds and 9ms latency
AT&T says its 5G wireless trials have been producing speeds of more than a gigabit per second from millimeter wave frequencies, even in bad weather and—in some cases—without a line-of-sight connection. Latencies have been as low as 9ms, the company said. Current-generation 4G LTE networks generally use frequencies below 1GHz, which are best for covering long distances and penetrating obstacles…

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Google stops selling the Pixel and Pixel XL
Google is apparently done selling its flagship smartphones from 2016. The Pixel and Pixel XL have both been removed from the Google Store and the Project Fi store, suggesting the stock is all dried up and no more will be made. Google's current flagships, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, launched in October 2017, but the old Pixel phones…

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AMD systems gain Spectre protection with latest Windows fixes
The latest Windows 10 fixes, released as part of yesterday's Patch Tuesday, enable protection against the Spectre variant 2 attacks on systems with AMD processors. Earlier this year, attacks that exploit the processor's speculative execution were published with the names Meltdown and Spectre, prompting a reaction from hardware and software companies.

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Australian Energy Market Operator likes its new Tesla battery quite a bit
Last week, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released an initial report (PDF) on the performance of the 129MWh Hornsdale battery system that was installed by Tesla last November. It seems the market operator is pleased with the new battery, writing that the service provided by the battery system "is both rapid and precise, compared to the service typically provided…

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FTC: Warranty-voiding language like Nintendo’s and Sony’s is illegal
It's common for manufacturers of cars, video game consoles, and other products to insist that consumers will void their warranty if they use unauthorized repair services or unauthorized third-party parts. Some even insist that you'll void the warranty if you break the "warranty seal." These policies are illegal, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Putting CO₂ to use: 10 finalists named for Carbon XPrize
On Monday, the XPrize organization announced that it had selected 10 finalists for its NRG COSIA Carbon Competition. These finalists will be given space near a power plant and pipes that will deliver some of the plant's carbon-dioxide-rich exhaust. It's up to the competitors to turn that carbon dioxide into marketable products.

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Thousands of hacked websites are infecting visitors with malware
Thousands of hacked websites have become unwitting participants in an advanced scheme that uses fake update notifications to install banking malware and remote access trojans on visitors' computers, a computer researcher said Tuesday. The campaign, which has been running for at least four months, is able to compromise websites running a variety of content management systems, including WordPress, Joomla, and…

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Apple orders its most ambitious TV series yet: An adaptation of Asimov’s Foundation
As part of its yet-to-launch TV streaming lineup, Apple will develop a series based on Isaac Asimov's highly influential Foundation series of sci-fi novels, both and report. The series will be helmed by screenwriters and producers David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, who have individually and previously worked on numerous superhero films and TV series such as , as well…