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Group to fund and operate first hydrogen fuel ferry fleet in the US

The first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry under construction. [credit:Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine / Switch Maritime ] On Wednesday, a plan to put hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferries in US waters moved forward as startup Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM) announced a partnership with Switch Maritime, an impact investment fund that will finance and operate a fleet …

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Apple wants to acquire Intel’s 5G business to build its own modems, sources claim

Enlarge / A 5G Intel logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona. (credit: Miquel Benitez/Getty Images) Apple is still looking into the possibility of acquiring Intel’s Germany-based modem business, The Information claimed yesterday, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans. Intel has reportedly considered selling off pieces of its …

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Oldest evidence of cannabis smoking found in ancient Chinese cemetery

Enlarge / This is how the braziers were placed in the tomb alongside the deceased. (credit: Xinhua Wu) The broken wooden braziers, unearthed from 2,500-year-old tombs in Western China, contained burned, blackened stones, and the interior of the wooden vessels also looked charred. To find out what had been burned in them, University of Chinese …

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Google responds to Pixel 4 rumors by… posting a picture of the Pixel 4

Google’s first official picture of the Pixel 4. So you want some Pixel 4 news, do you? After rumors started flying that the Pixel 4 would support Project Soli, Google’s radar-based gesture chip, Google has offered an official response. It’s, uh, a picture of the Pixel 4. What you see above comes from Google’s official …

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Spanish soccer league’s app caught eavesdropping on users in anti-piracy push

Enlarge / Soccer fans in Madrid on June 12, 2019. (credit: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images) La Liga, Spain’s top professional soccer league, has been slapped with a €250,000 ($280,000) fine for violating user privacy after the league’s official app activated the microphones on user cell phones, El País reports. The app spied on users in an …

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America’s sports car racing series embraces being green again

When you think of motorsport, you probably don’t associate it with being environmentally aware. But there are actually racing series that take the concept of reducing carbon emissions quite seriously. Obviously, there’s Formula E, which races electric cars powered by biofuels. But well before Formula E was a thing, there was the American Le Mans …

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Huawei cancels MateBook laptop launch because of US export ban

Enlarge / The Huawei Matebook 13, which was released in January 2019. (credit: Valentina Palladino ) Huawei was planning to announce a new MateBook laptop this week, but an executive confirmed that the company cancelled the launch because of US sanctions against the Chinese company. It’s not clear when—or whether—the laptop will be released. The …

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I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why

Enlarge (credit: Google) Google is expanding its new Android-based two-factor authentication (2fa) to people logging in to Google and Google Cloud services on iPhones and iPads. While Google deserves props for trying to make stronger authentication available to more users, I’ll be avoiding it in favor of 2fa methods Google has had in place for …

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Steve Bullock: Keeping Me From the First Democratic Debate Shows We Haven’t Learned Our Lesson From 2016

Last week, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced a rule change that could keep me out of the first presidential debate. Clearly, we haven’t learned the right lesson from the 2016 election–and that might squander our chances in 2020. I’m the only Democratic candidate in the field who has won a Trump state. I’m also …

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