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Man has massive, rotting scrotum removed after avoiding doctors for decades
After three decades of progressive symptoms, a 43-year-old man from Panama was rushed into emergency surgery with a massively swollen scrotum that hung past the level of his knees and had begun to rot and ooze foul-smelling pus, a team of Texas doctors report. When he arrived at the hospital, he had a fever of 102.2 °F (39 °C) and…

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“You’re going to flip”: Motorola teases the new Razr in November event invitation
Motorola and parent company Lenovo have invited press outlets to a product unveiling event on November 13 in Los Angeles that has enthusiasts speculating about the potential imminent announcement of a new Razr phone. Further ReadingThe Motorola Razr is coming back as a smartphoneAs reported by CNET, an invitation went out with taglines like "an original unlike any other," "you're…

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AT&T hits online TV customers with second big price increase this year
AT&T is rolling out another batch of price increases for AT&T TV Now, the online streaming service formerly known as DirecTV Now. The AT&T TV Now "Plus" package that contains 45 channels and costs $50 a month will rise to $65, AT&T told Ars. Customers on some other plans will get a $10 increase, AT&T said.

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Report: Home builders ditch Nest products after Google takeover
Google's "Nest" smart home division has seen major upheaval this year, and according to a report from Bloomberg, the changes aren't sitting well with residential builders that formerly integrated Nest projects into their construction projects. This year, we finally started seeing results from Nest's 2018 demotion from a standalone Alphabet company to a merger with Google.

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Motorola teases comeback for iconic Razr phone, announces November event
Motorola and parent company Lenovo have invited press outlets to a product unveiling event on November 13 in Los Angeles that has enthusiasts speculating about the potential imminent announcement of a new Razr phone. Further ReadingThe Motorola Razr is coming back as a smartphoneAs reported by CNET, an invitation went out with taglines like "an original unlike any other," "you're…

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Project Xcloud preview serves as a passable, portable Xbox One
Further ReadingProject Xcloud demo of nearly indistinguishable from local playThrough nearly two decades of Xbox game consoles, Microsoft has never followed Nintendo's and Sony's lead in attempting to create a dedicated portable gaming system. Project Xcloud, which entered a limited public beta test this week, is an interesting end-run attempt at filling in that hole.

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Archaeologists unearth a Bronze Age warrior’s personal toolkit
Three-thousand years ago, at least 140 fighters died in a battle along the banks of Germany’s Tollense River. One of the fallen dropped a small kit containing tools and a handful of bronze scraps. Based on the types of artifacts archaeologists found in this kit, they've concluded that at least some of the combatants in the prehistoric battle probably came…

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Frontier gets away with “paltry” settlement after breaking 35 laws and rules
Minnesota regulators are letting Frontier Communications settle an investigation without admitting fault, despite the state attorney general's office calling the settlement "paltry compared with Frontier's alleged misconduct." Frontier failed to properly maintain its telecom network in Minnesota, leading to "frequent and lengthy" phone and Internet outages, the Minnesota Commerce Department said in January.

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Should all connected cars have a physical network kill switch?
Connected cars should come with a kill switch. That's the take-home message—and the title—of a report by the group Consumer Watchdog. Software increasingly defines the vehicles we drive, and software can be exploited by nefarious people for nefarious means. The problem is compounded by the fact that automakers rely on software written by third parties, including open source software that…