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Nadella: Microsoft will sell war tech to democracies to “protect freedoms”

First generation HoloLens from above, showing the visor and the headband. (credit: Esy Casey) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that company’s $480 million contract to supply HoloLens technology to the military is a “principled decision” and that the company will not “withhold technology” from democratic governments. The deal, signed last year, could see Microsoft supplying …

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Appeals court rejects government bid to reverse AT&T/Time Warner deal

Enlarge (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) A federal appeals court has upheld AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, dealing a blow to Trump administration lawyers who had tried to stop the deal. The Trump administration sued to stop the deal back in 2017, arguing that having AT&T as a corporate parent would give Time Warner too much …

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Utility to pay $119.5 million settlement after massive 2015 natural gas leak

Enlarge / A rig stands over a well pad at the Southern California Gas Co. Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage facility in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, January 12, 2017. (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images) On Monday, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge approved a $119.5 million …

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Video: How Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun punished the computers of the day

Video directed by Sean Dacanay, edited by Paul Isackson. Click here for transcript. When I was working at Babbage’s in the mid-’90s, I recall there being three specific PC games that sat in the “coming soon” column seemingly forever—like, for years—and generated ridiculous amounts of pre-orders and buzz: Mechwarrior 2, the original Diablo, and the …

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String of ions may out-compute best quantum computers

Making a qubit is easy. Controlling how they communicate, however… (credit: NSF) We will update this story with links to the preprint when it goes live on arXiv.org later today. Usually, I reflexively delete press releases. This one was no different, but as the message vanished, the subject line registered—“IonQ… quantum computing.” It took a …

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Apple Watch may finally gain sleep-tracking abilities in 2020

Enlarge Apple is reportedly working on bringing a feature to the Apple Watch that has been noticeably absent since the wearable’s inception: sleep tracking. According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, “people familiar with the work” claim the iPhone maker has been testing a native sleep-tracking feature for its smartwatch over the past several …

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Europe unveils design of reusable rocket that looks a lot like a Falcon 9

Europe is planning to develop the Themis demonstrator in the early 2020s. [credit: Ariane Works ] Late last week, the European rocket maker Ariane Group and the French space agency CNES announced the creation of an “acceleration platform” to speed development of future launch vehicles. The initiative, called ArianeWorks, would be a place where “teams work together …

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