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NBC’s Snapchat news show gains 29+ million viewers in its first month
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 NBC News’ first-ever daily show for Snapchat is seeing promising numbers after its first month on the air. In a release sent to reporters this morning, NBCU claims the show has grown its audience to over 29 million unique viewers. That’s roughly triple the number of viewers who tune into the top-rated “NBC Nightly News […]

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Gab, the right-wing Twitter rival, just got its app banned by Google
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (credit: Sam Churchill) When right-wing trolls and outright racists get kicked off of Twitter, they often move to Gab, a right-wing Twitter competitor. Gab was founded by Donald Trump supporter Andrew Torba, who says it’s devoted to unfettered free expression online. This week, Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, became […]

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Building America’s Trust Act would amp up privacy concerns at the border
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Enlarge / A US Customs and Border Protection officer checks identifications as people cross into the United States from Mexico on September 23, 2016 in San Ysidro, California. (credit: John Moore / Getty Images News) If a new Senate Republican border security bill is passed as currently drafted, it would dramatically increase the amount of […]

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Sonic Mania was already so good, I’d buy an incomplete version from June as-is
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Update [8/12/17]: We have good news and bad news ahead of Sonic Mania’s launch on Tuesday, August 15 on various consoles. The bad news? The game’s PC version has been delayed until Tuesday, August 29. The good news? While our full review of the PS4 version is embargoed until Monday, you can read whatever you […]

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Google memo highlights need for more diversity talk (CNET News Podcast)     – CNET
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CEO Sundar Pichai calls off a public debate about a now-dismissed engineer’s views that biological factors may explain why there are fewer women in tech. What’s next?

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Why Amazon's UK Tax Bill Has Dropped 50%
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Amazon has seen a 50% fall in the amount of UK corporation tax it paid last year, while recording a 54% increase in turnover for the same period. This snippet of news raised eyebrows this morning when it was revealed. So what’s going on? Taxes are paid […]

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More 'Last Jedi' behind-the-scenes details to be revealed     – CNET
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Luke Skywalker and Rey grace this week’s Entertainment Weekly two-cover issue, the mag promising behind-the-scenes news on the “The Last Jedi.” Plus, porgs.

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ACLU: absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data
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Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto / Getty Images News) Lawyers representing a man convicted of six robberies in the Detroit area have now filed their opening brief at the Supreme Court in one of the most important digital privacy cases in recent years. This case, Carpenter v. United States, asks a simple question: is it OK for […]

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Disney is ditching Netflix in 2019 to launch its own streaming service
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 Bad news if you were just getting used to all of the new Disney stuff hitting Netflix: that deal is on the way out. Disney has just announced plans to end its distribution agreement with Netflix in 2019, instead opting to launch its own streaming service sometime during that same year. Read More

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