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What Microsoft and Sony’s streaming partnership means for gaming’s future

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty / Hanna-Barbera) In a rare move, console rivals Microsoft and Sony announced a major collaboration on Thursday to join forces on a potentially huge new gaming sector: the cloud. The companies announced today that they have entered into a “memorandum of understanding” to “explore joint development of future cloud …

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Weather and technical issues forced multiple launch scrubs Tuesday, but…

Enlarge / SpaceX held its Falcon 9 launch with 7 minutes, 1 second left in the countdown. (credit: SpaceX webcast) Tuesday had the potential to be a pretty amazing day of rocket launches, with SpaceX, Arianespace, and United Launch Alliance all on the pad for their final orbital missions of 2019. Blue Origin, too, said …

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How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type “beach,” and see my photos from various beaches I’ve visited over the last decade. I never went through my photos and labeled them; instead, Google identifies beaches based on the contents of the photos themselves. This seemingly mundane feature is based …

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Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) With Microsoft’s decision to end development of its own Web rendering engine and switch to Chromium, control over the Web has functionally been ceded to Google. That’s a worrying turn of events, given the company’s past behavior. Chrome itself has about 72 percent of the desktop-browser market share. …

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Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report

Enlarge / A report commissioned by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, based on data provided to the committee by social media platforms, provides a look at just how large and ambitious the Internet Research Agency’s campaign to shape the US Presidential election was. (credit: Chesnot/Getty Images) A report prepared for the Senate Select …

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FCC forces California to drop plan for government fees on text messages

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Tom Werner) California telecom regulators have abandoned a plan to impose government fees on text-messaging services, saying that a recent Federal Communications Commission vote has limited its authority over text messaging. The FCC last week voted to classify text-messaging as an information service, rather than a telecommunications service. “Information service” …

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Conservation of energy used to parallelize quantum key distribution

Enlarge (credit: Taki Steve / Flickr) It has been a while since I wrote about quantum key distribution. Once a technology is commercially available, my interest starts to fade. But commercial availability in this case hasn’t meant widespread use. Quantum key distribution has ended up a niche market because creating shared keys with it for …

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Genetic information as self-fulfilling prophecy

Enlarge (credit: 23AndMe on Flickr) If the TV ads are at all effective, plenty of people will be getting the gift of their genetic tests this Christmas. These tests frequently allow people to explore their inherited tendencies toward health problems and, in some cases, may suggest lifestyle changes to ward off future problems—although studies have …

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