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Quintessential Google: Millions of Android phones with accelerometers == data that could be used. In this case, privately and for good: earthquake detection. Every Android phone can become a little seismometer. Clever, and potentially life-saving:

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The Last Of Us Part II Will Get Even Harder (And Easier) On August 13

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Announcing our first virtual @SIRIUSXM  Pandora Playback with rapper, songwriter and Atlanta native @KCamp427 ! Join us on Aug 18 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT #KCAMPas  gives an in-depth look into his life and the inspiration behind his music. RSVP now at:

A Japanese resupply ship departs the station next week. Meanwhile, the Exp 63 crew set up a live-streaming studio and monitored Earth catastrophes. More...

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Red Dead Online is so broken right now, you can’t even shoot. Horses are broken, NPCs are gone, and inexplicably, some fans are being haunted by a bald man

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Mozilla Lays Off 250 Employees While it Refocuses on Commercial Products

Apple May Release 4G-Only iPhone 12 in Early 2021

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Scoops of the Day

Bill Gates said testing for Covid-19 in America, seven months after its onset there, still has “mind-blowing problems” that have resulted in the “most worthless test results of any country in the world.”

Reddit CEO defends allowing Trump ads ahead of presidential election by @meganrosedickey 

Google’s discontinued Pixel 4 is cheaper at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo

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Fall Guys players will get a free in-game reward as a thank you from the developer 🎁

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Google Maps Debuts New Apple Watch App and CarPlay Features by @julipuli 

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Amazon rebrands Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming

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BREAKING: California judge rules Uber and Lyft to immediately classify drivers as employees.

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Nvidia teases August 31st event countdown ahead of rumored RTX 3080 GPUs

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Microsoft is launching an xCloud game streaming beta tomorrow. All Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to access the beta on Android before the general launch in September. Details here:

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In a 2015 TED talk, Bill Gates warned that the biggest calamity of our time would not be a war, but a virus. He said we weren’t ready for the next epidemic. Turns out he was right. We talked with him in a new episode of our Get WIRED podcast. Listen:

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Scoops of the Week

A good profile from last year of @JimmyLaiApple , the entrepreneur just arrested in Hong Kong:

Enjoyed these two posts from @TurnerNovak  on ByteDance and Pinduoduo. Both truly remarkable and underrated businesses. , .

Microsoft is gonna win this two ways, because in 45 days they'll own TikTok and Minesweeper will be the only video game left.

That's not a shock wave. It’s a pressure wave—a key difference that affects the number of casualties expected. We had a blast injury specialist break down the physics of the Beirut explosion. Here's why they say videos like this scream “ammonium nitrate”:

Deployment of 57 Starlink satellites confirmed

The Kurdish language may be restricted in several countries, but dedicated volunteers are working in secret to keep the language alive on Wikipedia. Thanks to them, Wîkîpediya Kurdî has more than 30,000 articles! Learn some Kurdish vocab this #IndigenousDay  🔊

The BBC didn’t allow me, an actual black man, to use the N-word in an article when quoting an African American who used it. But a white person was allowed to say it ON TV because it was ‘editorially justified’

Apple confirms that Microsoft’s xCloud violates its bullshit App Store guidelines

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