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At last! Marvel finally drops first trailer for Avengers: End Game
There is much rejoicing on the Internet today as Marvel Studios finally dropped the long-awaited first trailer for the movie formerly known as . Now we know it will be called , and, as expected, that's exactly what the trailer tells us it's going to be: a fitting conclusion to the shocking events of .

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Even self-driving leader Waymo is struggling to reach full autonomy
The Wednesday rollout of Waymo One, Waymo's commercial self-driving taxi service, falls far short of expectations the company itself set earlier in the year. In late September, a Waymo spokeswoman told Ars by email that the Phoenix service would be fully driverless and open to members of the public—claims I reported in this article.

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We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV
new battery electric vehicle platforms, billions building a US network of high-speed chargers, and has committed billions more to lock up battery supplies. And now, finally, the first of these efforts has begun to bear fruit. Further ReadingThe coolest tech in Audi’s new e-tron electric SUV is banned in the USBehold, the first—but definitely not the last—battery electric vehicle from…

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Epic Games Store launches with extremely limited selection of games
Further ReadingEpic undercuts Steam with new store that gives devs more moneyPC gamers accustomed to the literally thousands of new games that flood Steam every year may be surprised that Epic is launching its recently announced Game Store tonight with just three third-party titles.

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Rocket Report: Firefly to the Moon, SpaceX makes a splash, H3 nets a customer
Welcome to Edition 1.28 of the Rocket Report! Lots of news this week, and much of it good, with Stratolaunch reaching an important test, Firefly winning a sweet contract from NASA, and the H3 getting its first commercial flight. All in all, a nice week in launch. As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss…

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All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things
Welcome to Ars UNITE, our week-long virtual conference on the ways that innovation brings unusual pairings together. Each day this week from Wednesday through Friday, we're bringing you a pair of stories about facing the future. Today's focus is on AI in the city—get ready for a lot of smart buildings and self-driving stuff!

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Wrong way: 2018 global CO₂ emissions tick up again
For a young student, report-card season can be an exciting, stressful, or even depressing time of year. The annual tally of the world’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions is a little like that—but with a lot more on the line than a B in language arts. And unfortunately, 2018’s tally once again brings us short of a passing mark.

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Australia passes new law to thwart strong encryption
Further ReadingApple to Australia: “This is no time to weaken encryption”On Thursday, the Australian parliament approved a measure that critics say will weaken encryption in favor of law enforcement and the demands of government. The new law, which has been pushed for since at least 2017, requires that companies provide a way to get at encrypted communications and data via…

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Counter-Strike GO becomes F2P, adds a shrunken battle royale mode
On Thursday, Valve Software surprise-launched a comprehensive update to its five-year-old game () with two equally major changes: a new battle royale-inspired combat mode and a shift to the free-to-play economic model. The battle royale mode in question, dubbed "Danger Zone," resembles popular fare like and in that it revolves around a similar formula.