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Is high-speed rail in the US ever going to happen?     – CNET
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After decades of languishing development and stagnated projects, true high-speed rail in the US could be just around the corner.

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FTC v. Qualcomm: What Really Is Going On
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I’ve been watching antitrust cases actively since the 1980s. I had to study historical antitrust cases going back to Standard Oil and RCA, in order to ensure compliance with a related consent decree When I worked at IBM. Each of the other cases had one thing in common: Both of the companies being charged were […]

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Where Linux Went in 2018 – and Where It's Going
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For those who try to keep their finger on the Linux community’s pulse, 2018 was a surprisingly eventful year. Spread over the last 12 months, we’ve seen various projects in the Linux ecosystem make great strides, as well as suffer their share of stumbles. All told, the year wrapped up leaving plenty to be optimistic […]

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Everyone's going to the moon! And more space news coming in 2019     – CNET
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Fifty years after Neil Armstrong, robots from China, India, Israel, NASA and elsewhere are heading back this year.

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Richard Branson Says He's Going to Send People Into Space by Christmas
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Would you pay $200,000 for a ride into space? I ask beause billionaire Richard Branson “really, really wants you to believe he’s going to send people to space — and soon,” reports Gizmodo. “In a new interview with CNN, the Virgin Group founder now says he’s “reasonably confident” his spaceflight company can beat out competitors […]

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What is going on with California’s horrific fires?
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Enlarge / Wildfire smoke blows westward on November 9. (credit: NASA) Late last year, California experienced terrible—and in the case of the October Tubbs Fire, record-setting—wildfires. The fires were especially intense due to an unusually late start to the rainy season, which left vegetation dry as seasonal mountain winds kicked up like bellows in a […]

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Satya Nadella: The cloud is going to move underwater
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Lowering Leona Philpot, Microsoft’s first underwater serverpod, into the water. (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that underwater server farms are part of the company’s plans for future data centers. Microsoft has been experimenting with underwater servers for some time. Project Natick put a server pod underwater off the coast of California in 2016. […]

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Nintendo recommits to “keep the business going” for 3DS
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Enlarge / Can’t afford a Switch? Mario has a suggestion for you… (credit: Nintendo of America) In the age of the Nintendo Switch, the company’s older 3DS handheld tends to get the short end of the stick in terms of press and player attention. But Nintendo has maintained that it’s not going to abandon the […]

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Sean Bean is tired of dying in movies, now he's going to die in a video game     – CNET
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Hitman 2 just roped Sean Bean into being an assassination victim in a video game. Genius!

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