Apple plans a Prime-like subscription bundle, but that has News+ publishers worried

Enlarge / Tim Cook announces Apple TV+ at an event on March 25, 2019. (credit: Ron Amadeo) According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple may be planning to launch a bundled subscription service that would include services like Apple News+, Apple TV+, and Apple Music as soon as 2020. This strategy would be similar to that …

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Another company is dialing back expectations for self-driving taxis

Enlarge / Ola Källenius of Daimler AG. (credit: Christoph Schmidt/picture alliance via Getty Images) Daimler is planning to “rightsize” its spending on self-driving taxis, Chairman Ola Källenius said on Thursday. Getting self-driving cars to operate safely in complex urban environments has proved more challenging than people expected a few years ago, he admitted. “There has …

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Stadia what? Xbox game streaming will become part of Game Pass in 2020

Enlarge / This controller attachment was shown in Microsoft’s xCloud promo video, and Bluetooth wireless controller support is also planned. (credit: Microsoft) At Microsoft’s annual X0 fan conference in London on Thursday, Microsoft confirmed a huge piece of news for its game-streaming platform, Project xCloud. The service will launch with full compatibility for all Xbox …

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New 3D display combines visuals, haptic feedback, and sound

Plenty of technology development comes in areas where we’ve already settled on an efficient design. Wind turbines are a great example. Several decades ago, some radical ideas were floating around, touted as providing heightened efficiencies. But wind turbines have since stabilized on a standard design, and most research now goes into figuring out how to …

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NASA report finds Boeing seat prices are 60% higher than SpaceX

Enlarge / Teams from NASA, Boeing, and the White Sands Missile Range rehearse landing and crew extraction from Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (credit: NASA) On Thursday, NASA’s inspector general released a report on the space agency’s commercial crew program, which seeks to pay Boeing and SpaceX to develop vehicles to transport …

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FCC sued by dozens of cities after voting to kill local fees and rules

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | eccolo74) The Federal Communications Commission faces a legal battle against dozens of cities from across the United States, which sued the FCC to stop an order that preempts local fees and regulation of cable-broadband networks. The cities filed lawsuits in response to the FCC’s August 1 vote that limits the …

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FTC head asks Congress for real privacy laws he can enforce

Enlarge / FTC Chairman Joseph Simons testifying about antitrust matters before a Senate committee in September 2019. (credit: Alex Edelman | Bloomberg | Getty Images) In testimony before a House subcommittee Wednesday, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons renewed his call for Congress to pass new privacy legislation, telling representatives, essentially, he can’t enforce a …

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Dealmaster: Get discounts on board games, AirPods Pro, Xbox Game Pass, and more

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back again with a new round of discounts and price drops. We’ll admit, though, that we’re in the calm before the Black Friday storm. With more and more retailers detailing their holiday sales plans, the number of worthwhile deals available right now has understandably shrunk. Tons …

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Chinese Biotech BeiGene Makes a Splash in Cancer Treatment With FDA Drug Approval

This is the web version of Brainstorm Health Daily, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top health care news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved BeiGene’s Brukinsa, a treatment for the rare blood cancer mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). The immunotherapy drug is approved for …

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Billionaire With a Taste for Casual Dining Offers $40 Million for Houlihan’s Restaurants

Houlihan’s Restaurants may become the latest chain of eateries scooped up out of bankruptcy by billionaire Tilman Fertitta. The casual dining company filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware along with more than 30 affiliates. But Landry’s, the Houston-based restaurant group that operates Joe’s Crab Shack, Rainforest Cafe, and Morton’s steakhouses, has already offered to pay $40 …

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