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Battle over Bandcamp: In Epic Games v. Google, Epic achieves conditional app store win

RALEIGH, N.C. — Cary-based Epic Games and Google have reached a temporary armistice in their ongoing legal battle over Bandcamp — a digital music store known for its eclectic selection and direct-to-artist payment system.

Epic Games, the company behind popular video games such as Fortnite and Rocket League, acquired Bandcamp in March. Epic ...Read more

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Boeing's Starliner finally docks with International Space Station

ORLANDO, Fla. — Getting off the Earth is one thing, but inserting tab A into slot B in space is another.

Boeing solved that puzzle with its CST-100 Starliner capsule that launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday, when it docked with the International Space Station on Friday night.

The uncrewed spacecraft connected with ...Read more

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Boeing's Starliner on its way to finally dock with the International Space Station

ORLANDO, Fla. — Getting off the Earth is one thing, but inserting tab A into slot B in space is another.

Boeing looks to solve that puzzle with its CST-100 Starliner capsule that launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday, and is set for an engagement with the International Space Station at 7:10 p.m. Eastern time Friday.

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Wildlife officials truck Chinook salmon to cooler waters in emergency move to help them spawn

In a stopgap measure to help struggling spring- and winter-run Chinook salmon spawn in the face of rising water temperatures and lower water levels due to climate change, state and federal wildlife officials in Northern California have begun trucking adult fish to cooler waters.

The spring- and winter-run salmon are genetically different, with ...Read more

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Canada bans Huawei from 5G, ending years-long impasse

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government joined Canada’s closest intelligence allies in banning Huawei Technologies Co. from fifth-generation wireless networks.

The Chinese state-championed telecommunications firm poses a threat to Canada’s national security, Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Thursday, confirming an ...Read more

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California lawmakers kill plans to ban oil drilling in state-controlled waters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Facing fierce opposition from California’s powerful oil industry and trade unions, legislation to close down operations on three offshore oil rigs off the Orange County coast failed Thursday to win passage in a state Senate committee, seven months after a major spill fouled the beaches and wetlands around Huntington ...Read more

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Growing number of sick and dying California brown pelicans worries animal experts

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of sick and dying California brown pelicans have recently been found across the Southern California region and are now being treated at various rescue centers along the coast, officials said.

Some of these large birds — known for their distinctive oversized bills — arrive with fractures, likely hit by cars, while ...Read more

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Boeing's Starliner launches from Cape Canaveral on mission to play catch-up to SpaceX

With a successful liftoff and after nearly 2 1/2 years, NASA and Boeing want to hit the target this time with their new and improved CST-100 Starliner on a redo of its uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station.

The new capsule blasted off atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Thursday at 6:54...Read more

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Chesapeake blue crab abundance falls to lowest level since scientists began tracking the population in 1990

An annual survey of the Chesapeake Bay has found the blue crab population at its lowest level since scientists began tracking the beleaguered species more than 30 years ago.

The finding is expected to set off discussions about whether to tighten restrictions on crab harvests, such as what size crabs commercial watermen can legally collect, how ...Read more


Gadgets: Bartesian machine is successful Keurig-esque cocktail maker

The Bartesian machine has been around for a while. Maybe it's marketing, the COVID-19 pandemic, or perhaps it just caught my attention.

Regardless, the home Bartesian cocktail maker, for those of legal drinking age, lets you experience the same ease of cocktails as pod coffee makers; the press of a button gets a bartender-quality drink mixed ...Read more


CNET: Best tech gifts for the grad in your life

Graduation season is here again, and that means it's time to start shopping for the grad in your life. Whether they're graduating from high school or college, graduation is a huge milestone. You'll naturally want to celebrate their success with a thoughtful gift that will help usher them into their new journey.

A recent high school grad might...Read more

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Grubhub customers learn there's no such thing as a free lunch after all

Grubhub’s attempts to drum up buzz for its food-delivery service by offering “free” lunch in New York didn’t exactly generate the kind of publicity the company was hoping for.

On Tuesday, the company offered New Yorkers a “free” lunch, excluding tips and fees, up to the value of $15 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The promotion was ...Read more

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Time running out on the 'one opportunity' for a climate bill

WASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden went to Capitol Hill in October to arm-twist for his signature environmental and economic legislation, many Democrats remained hopeful the bill’s climate provisions would survive.

But Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., was worried. If the bill failed, Congress might not get another shot for years.

“We’...Read more

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As Musk tweets, advisers labor to keep Twitter deal on track

In public, Elon Musk’s erratic tweets have sent Twitter Inc.’s shares flailing, as traders bet that the billionaire is preparing to walk away from or re-negotiate his $44 billion takeover of the social-media company. Behind the scenes, it’s more like business as usual, as advisers on both sides plug away at the day-to-day work of closing a...Read more

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Hacker finds way to unlock Tesla models, start cars

Tesla Inc. customers might love the carmakers’ nifty keyless entry system, but one cybersecurity researcher has demonstrated how the same technology could allow thieves to drive off with certain models of the electric vehicles.

A hack effective on the Tesla Model 3 and Y cars would allow a thief to unlock a vehicle, start it and speed away, ...Read more

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Senators seek FTC probe of IRS provider selfie technology

A group of Democratic senators has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether identity verification company illegally misled consumers and government agencies over its use of controversial facial recognition software., which uses a mixture of selfies, document scans, and other methods to verify people’s identities ...Read more

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This cannabis user was arrested for DUI, yet his driving was fine -- a clash of science and law that's on the rise

PHILADELPHIA -- Patrick Murphy saw the flashing lights come on behind him on State Route 115, and he immediately knew what it was about. He was on his way to get an estimate to fix a broken headlight, but it was the day before Thanksgiving, typically a big day for traffic enforcement. Of all the bad luck, a Pennsylvania state trooper had spotted...Read more

System update: Captain America Meets Xbox Controller

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a new era, with a new Captain America in Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. And that’s sparked the idea for one of the most intriguing Xbox controllers you can get.

Meet the Limited Edition Captain America controller for your Xbox console, the latest unique controller from Razer. The gaming PC company has teamed ...Read more

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Review: ‘Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising’ a satisfying but limited taste of what’s to come

“Suikoden” is one of those cult Japanese role-playing game franchises that has a rabid fanbase, though it never reached the popularity of a “Final Fantasy” or “Dragon Quest.” The first three games with creator Yoshitaka Murayama at the helm were notable because of their deep world-building and a feature that lets players transfer ...Read more

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Jim Rossman: Show your computer who’s the boss

Recently I helped a friend with an issue where her Windows PC “converted all of her PDFs into Google Chrome files.”

That’s how she worded the problem.

PDFs on her PC that previously had an Adobe Acrobat icon now showed Google Chrome icons, and double-clicking on them opened the files in Chrome.

I’ve seen this exact issue before, so ...Read more