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Verizon sues city to avoid paying 5G fees, says the FCC has its back
Verizon has sued the City of Rochester, N.Y., in order to avoid paying fees for deploying 5G equipment and fiber lines. Verizon's lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Western District of New York on Thursday, claims that the fees are higher than those allowed by federal law. As proof, Verizon points to a Federal Communications Commission preemption order…

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Senators demand Amazon explain how junk winds up in “Choice” listings
Amazon is a gigantic international marketplace filled with all sorts of goods from countless manufacturers and vendors—a selection so broad, it can easily overwhelm shoppers. Though the company doesn't really curate what's sold on its platform, it does do the equivalent of showing off certain products in the window with its "Amazon's Choice" label.

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Scientists create “invisibility cloaks” to hide objects from water waves
Two separate teams of scientists have devised novel hydrodynamic "invisibility cloaks"—instead of shielding objects from light, the cloacks would shield them from fluid flows. The scientists described their work in two new papers in Physical Review Letters. These kinds of cloaking structures could one day help reduce drag on ships or submarines, or protect ships at a port or wharf…

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Investment managers don’t understand how to rate funds managed by black people
Science has struggled to increase the diversity of the research community, trying to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute to humanity's advances. But science's struggles are nothing compared to those of the financial industry, where only about 1% of fund managers are women or minorities. While there have been some efforts made to increase diversity, finance stubbornly…

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Dealmaster: Get an MFi-certified Anker USB-C to Lightning cable for $12
Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a nice discount on Anker's PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable, the three-foot variant of which is down to $11.99 at Amazon when you use the code "ANPL2CL3" at checkout. This cable dropped about 50 cents lower during a one-day lightning deal…

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Alabama space center will manage NASA’s lunar lander program
On Friday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will visit the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. At 3pm local time, he will address employees in an "all hands" meeting in Morris Auditorium to make an announcement regarding the space agency's Artemis program to land humans on the Moon by 2024. According to multiple sources, Bridenstine plans to announce that the Alabama-based…

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Sigourney Weaver, Mark Hamill lend voices to Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Netflix has released the first full trailer for its new fantasy series, . It's a prequel to the 1982 cult classic fantasy/adventure film and features a star-studded cast that includes Sigourney Weaver as the narrating Myth Speaker and Mark Hamill—fresh off voicing Chucky in the reboot—as The Scientist. (Some spoilers for the original film below.

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Trump administration announces changes to Endangered Species Act rules
After two years of review and revision, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a set of changes to the regulations that spell out how the it will implement parts of the Endangered Species Act. The changes focus on how officials should decide whether to list a species as endangered or threatened, what kind of protections threatened species should receive,…

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Owners of defective 2016 Google Pixels can now claim up to $500
Back in May, Google settled the defective Pixel 1 lawsuit brought against it in 2018 for $7.25 million, and now owners can file a claim at a new Pixel Settlement website. Owners of a first-generation Pixel could get up to $500 if they bought multiple defective devices, and everyone that bought an original Pixel before the cut off date is…