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Beats’ new Solo Pro headphones have noise cancellation and Apple’s H1 chip
Beats on Tuesday announced the Solo Pro, its latest wireless headphones with active noise cancellation. The on-ear pair will retail for $300 and be available on October 30, with pre-orders starting today. They’ll join the over-ear Studio 3 Wireless, which cost $350, in the Apple subsidiary’s noise-cancelling headphone lineup.

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Facebook launches Libra Association—and says 180 companies could join
Shrugging off defections by a number of high-profile partners, the Libra Association held its first formal meeting on Monday. The 21 companies that still support the cryptocurrency project formally ratified the Libra Association's governing documents in Geneva. Facebook created Libra, but the company hopes Libra will become larger than any single company.

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Judge grants mega-rich Sackler family reprieve from legal costs of opioid crisis
OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and its billionaire owners, the Sacklers, on Friday got a temporary reprieve from lingering court battles over their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis. In exchange, they may have to be more forthcoming about what happened to all the OxyContin money.

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Thousands of DOS games have been added to the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive has been updated with more than 2,500 DOS games, marking the most significant addition of games to the archive since 2015. Further ReadingOver 2,300 MS-DOS games now completely free to play at Internet ArchiveNew additions include forgotten classics like , , and , a rebranding of .

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Researchers find just two plague strains wiped out 30%-60% of Europe
The Black Death ravaged medieval Western Europe, wiping out roughly one-third of the population. Now researchers have traced the genetic history of the bacterium believed to be behind the plague in a recent paper published in Nature Communications. They found that one strain seemed to be the ancestor of all the strains that came after it, indicating that the pandemic…

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Veteran astronauts endorse NASA’s program for a return to the Moon
On Monday during a conference held in Houston, several veteran astronauts endorsed NASA's plan to return to the Moon. However, they also characterized the goal of landing humans there by 2024 as aspirational rather than realistic. "It's quite aggressive," said four-time astronaut Michael López-Alegría of the Artemis Program's five-year timeline. López-Alegría, who is president of the Association of Space Explorers,…

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Uber lays off another 350 workers amid ongoing losses
Uber is laying off another 350 workers, the company announced on Monday. Uber Eats and Uber's self-driving car team are among the divisions hit by job losses. TechCrunch obtained a copy of an email CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent to Uber workers. It describes the layoffs as "difficult but necessary changes." This is Uber's third round of layoffs for 2019.

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Microsoft wants to use AI to bleep out bad words in Xbox Live party chat
Today, Microsoft announced it's rolling out filters that will let Xbox Live players automatically limit the text-based messages they receive to four maturiy tiers: "Friendly, Medium, Mature, and Unfiltered." That's a long-overdue feature for a major communication platform that's well over a decade old now, but not really anything new in terms of online content moderation writ large.

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Comet from another Solar System looks a lot like our own
Interactions among the small bodies of our Solar System are expected to hurl small objects out into interstellar space with some regularity, and the frequency was probably much higher early in the system's history. Given that the same thing almost certainly happens at exosolar systems—and we now know there are a lot of those—it's likely that the vast volume of…