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Microsoft teases next-gen HoloLens ahead of February 24 reveal
Microsoft is expected to reveal a new version of its HoloLens headset at Mobile World Congress later this month. The company has an event scheduled for February 24, and that date is being promoted in the rather mysterious video published by HoloLens' creator Alex Kipman. The planned 2019 release of the next-generation headset was leaked last year.

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Anti-vaxxers plan to subvert changes to vaccination laws
Lawmakers in Oregon and Washington state are scrambling to pass new vaccination laws as a swiftly spreading measles outbreak rages in Washington’s Clark County, a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment just north of Portland, Oregon. New bills aim to eliminate personal and philosophical exemptions for standard life-saving vaccines in schoolchildren—exemptions that have fueled such outbreaks and allowed once-bygone infectious diseases to…

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To almost no one’s surprise, Mars One is done
To the surprise of almost no one, Mars One appears to be dead. This project, founded in 2013, said it would raise funds from fees and marketing rights in order to send humans on a one-way mission to settle the Red Planet. Now, thanks to a user on Reddit, we know that the effort has come to an apparent end.

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Texas lawmaker wants to ban mobile throttling in disaster areas
A Texas lawmaker is proposing a state law that would prohibit wireless carriers from throttling mobile Internet service in disaster areas. Bobby Guerra, a Democratic member of the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives, filed the bill last week. "A mobile Internet service provider may not impair or degrade lawful mobile Internet service access in an area subject to a declared…

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Marvel’s “Offenders” will bring comic baddies, weirdos to 4 new Hulu series
four animated series revolves around a few Marvel Universe misfit characters—and it will land exclusively on Hulu. Further ReadingDisney is pulling Star Wars and Marvel films from NetflixThat streaming-service destination makes some sense, as Marvel Entertainment is already two seasons into its series as a Hulu exclusive.

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Following lawsuit, Activision starts refund program for Guitar Hero Live
American players who purchased recently may be eligible for a refund being offered by Activision. The move comes after a lawsuit over the December shutdown of the game's streaming "Guitar Hero Live" mode, which included more than 90 percent of the game's available song library. Activision's support page was updated recently to announce what it is calling a "voluntary refund…

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Augmented Reality Google Maps is coming, starts testing in private
If you remember, in May 2018, Google showed off an augmented reality version of Google Maps during the Google I/O 2018 keynote. The feature was only described as a "what if" experiment and "How [augmented reality] look in Google Maps"—it wasn't given a firm release date. Over the weekend, got to try a real working version of this concept, and,…

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SpaceX seeks FCC OK for 1 million satellite broadband Earth stations
SpaceX is seeking US approval to deploy up to 1 million Earth stations to receive transmissions from its planned satellite broadband constellation. The Federal Communications Commission last year gave SpaceX permission to deploy 11,943 low-Earth orbit satellites for the planned Starlink system. A new application from SpaceX Services, a sister company, asks the FCC for "a blanket license authorizing operation…

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Driverless delivery startup Nuro raises almost $1 billion
The autonomous delivery startup Nuro has raised $940 million from The Softbank Vision Fund, making it one of the most lavishly funded startups in the driverless car sector. The news comes after Nuro became one of the first startups in the world to begin operating a fully driverless commercial service on public roads.