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Google Temporarily Brings Back the www In Chrome URLs — But Should They?
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An anonymous reader quotes Digital Trends: With the launch of Chrome 69, Google stunned users last week with a surprising decision to no longer display the “www” and “m” part of the URL in the Chrome search bar, but user backlash forced Google to soften its stance. Google’s course reversal, although welcomed by users, is […]

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'Forza Horizon 4' activates in-game bonuses for Mixer streams
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Following a move we've seen executed by GTA Online and Facebook, Microsoft is using Forza Horizon 4 in-game bonuses to drive livestreams of the game on both the viewing and broadcasting sides. It gives streamers more reasons to play, and, of course,…

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FCC Data Exaggerates Broadband Access On Tribal Lands
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Broadband access in tribal areas is likely even worse than previously thought because Federal Communications Commission data overstates deployment, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). FCC data collection was already known to be suspect throughout the U.S., not just in […]

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Free-wheeling water droplets plot their own path off a hot plate
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Enlarge (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Here are the two best things about fluid dynamics: scaling laws and cool videos. A group of researchers has been studying the behavior of water on a hot plate. You are probably all familiar with the effect: you drop some water on a hot plate, the water hisses a bit, and […]

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Samsung teases October 11th Galaxy event with ‘4x fun’
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Samsung has released invitations for an October 11th event that teases a new Galaxy device and the cryptic message "4x fun," CNET reports. What that could mean is really anybody's guess, but there are some rumors circulating that may give us a clue….

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Bowers and Wilkins 606 review: More bass and better dynamics, but bright sound isn't for everyone     – CNET
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The Bowers and Wilkins 606 bookshelves offer bucketfuls of resolution and bass power, but they’re not as system-friendly as previous 600-series speakers.

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A Tesla investor says he was recently questioned by US regulators about that infamous ‘funding secured’ tweet
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Last week, onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt, regulator Jina Choi, who heads the SEC’s wide-reaching San Francisco unit, declined to confirm or deny that the SEC is investigating Tesla CEO Elon Musk for possible fraud. Said Choi, “I can’t tell you about any particular investigation in our office. And I can’t confirm or deny the existence […]

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Golden Gate Ventures closes new $100M fund for Southeast Asia
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Singapore’s Golden Gate Ventures has announced the close of its newest (and third) fund for Southeast Asia at a total of $100 million. The fund hit a first close in the summer, as TechCrunch reported at the time, and now it has reached full capacity. Seven-year-old Golden Gate said its LPs include existing backers Singapore […]

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Florence is now “only” a Category 2 hurricane. That won’t matter much
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Enlarge / At 8:15am ET on Thursday morning, a less organized Florence approaches the North Carolina coast. (credit: NOAA) Ten years ago today, Hurricane Ike made landfall as “only” a Category 2 hurricane along Galveston Island near Houston. Though Ike had 110mph winds at landfall, it had grown very large over the Gulf of Mexico, […]

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