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Dealmaster: Amazon’s whole Fire TV streamer lineup is on sale for the Super Bowl
Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a suite of deals on Amazon's Fire TV streamers. The offers include the 1080p Fire TV Stick for $25, the brawnier Fire TV Stick 4K for $35, the smart speaker-like Fire TV Cube for $100, and the Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR for $145.

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Bethesda restores characters who lost their clothes in Fallout 76 hack
Last month, saw the emergence of a damaging new hack that let attackers literally steal the clothes off other players' backs. Now, Bethesda is making affected players whole (and clothed) again via a roundabout method that involves clones of their past selves. Further ReadingBethesda softens ground for “spectacular issues” with launchThe inventory theft hack, which targeted the PC version of…

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Troubled Iranian rocket industry preparing for another launch attempt
Iran is preparing for the launch of two small communications satellites, Zafar 1 and Zafar 2, from the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran. The country's communication's minister, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, confirmed the launch after NPR editor Geoff Brumfiel first reported on the likelihood of the upcoming mission. Iran has even created a website for the satellites, called…

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Ajit Pai promised faster broadband expansion—Comcast cut spending instead
Comcast reduced capital spending on its cable division in 2019, devoting less money to network extensions and improvements despite a series of government favors that were supposed to accelerate broadband expansions. "For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, Cable capital expenditures decreased 10.5 percent to $6.9 billion," down from $7.7 billion in 2018, Comcast, the nation's largest home Internet…

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Check out Netflix’s Ghost in the Shell trailer and its contentious art style
Netflix has released the first full trailer for its new 3DCG anime series , the latest in multiple decades of media releases based on the beloved manga by Shirow Masamune. The trailer was shared by the official Netflix Japan Twitter account and posted to the Netflix Japan YouTube channel. It's in Japanese, obviously, and so far Netflix has not made…

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Maryland bill would outlaw ransomware, keep researchers from reporting bugs
Remember last May, when Baltimore City was brought to a standstill by ransomware? Hot on the heels of that mess—in fact, the same day that the ransomware attack was reported—Maryland legislators started working on a bill to fight the threat of ransomware. The results could use a little more work. A proposed law introduced in Maryland's state senate last week…

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Planned nuclear storage material could decay faster than expected
A number of countries, including the United States, has been planning for long-term storage of nuclear wastes. While many of these nations plan to keep the waste isolated from water, that's not something that can be guaranteed over the extremely long lifespans of the waste. If water reaches the radioactive isotopes, there's the chance that the isotopes could contaminate the…

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Plague Inc. maker: Don’t use our game for coronavirus modeling
Further Reading: Nurture your own pandemic for fun and victory pointsInterest in the continued spread of the coronavirus has had an unintended side effect for UK-based Ndemic Creations, makers of The 8-year-old game—which asks players to shepherd a worldwide pandemic the destroys all of humanity—has seen a spike in popularity in recent weeks, becoming the most-downloaded iPhone app in China…

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Google’s upcoming Airdrop clone gets an early demo on video
Google is working on a wireless local file sharing feature for Android along the same lines as Apple's Airdrop. While it isn't out yet, XDA's Mishaal Rahman got an early version of it up and running on a few devices, as it's currently dormant in versions of Google Play Services that are out in the wild.