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Tom McKay

India Lifts Its Ban on Video App TikTok, Allowing It to Return to Apple and Google App Stores

The Indian government lifted a ban on downloads of the TikTok video app on Wednesday, Reuters cited two lawyers in the case as saying, reversing orders for Apple and Google to remove the app from their stores.

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Engadget

Jon Fingas

Airbnb may create original shows to spark the travel bug

Airbnb might not be content with hoping that you'll book a stay on your next vacation -- it may want to make that vacation more appealing in the first place. Reuters sources say Airbnb hopes to create original shows that would encourage would-be cus...

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Tesla Posts $700 Million First-Quarter Loss as CEO Elon Musk Says It Will Offer Insurance

Analysts expected that Tesla would lose in the neighborhood of 69 cents per share in the first quarter, but Tesla’s real numbers, released today, were much, much worse than that. Tesla lost $2.90 a share, or $702.1 million in the quarter, according to CNBC, almost as much as they lost in the same quarter last year,…

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Engadget

Nicole Lee

Google launches Duo group video calling in 'select regions'

Google has been testing a group calling feature in Duo for the past few months, and now, it's actually live. Well, in a few countries at least. According to Duo head Justin Uberti, the feature has rolled out in "select regions", with Indonesia being...

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Tom McKay

Emirati Woman Reportedly Regains Awareness After 27 Years in Minimally Conscious State

A woman from the United Arab Emirates, Munira Abdulla, has reportedly regained a degree awareness and function after spending an astonishing 27 years in a state of reduced consciousness—popularly known as a coma.

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Engadget

Richard Lawler

'Super Mario Maker 2' has a release date: June 28th

Four years after the first Super Mario Maker proved how hard it is to make videogames, its sequel is coming to the Switch. Nintendo dropped a preview trailer for Super Mario Maker 2 a couple of months ago and said it would arrive in June, but now it'...

Wired Top Stories

Fred Vogelstein

Facebook Will Finally Pay—Billions—for Its Privacy Missteps

In releasing its quarterly financial results Wednesday, Facebook said it expects to pay a fine of $3 billion to $5 billion to the FTC for violations related to user privacy.

Wired Top Stories

Aarian Marshall

Tesla Is Losing Money Again As Deliveries Decline

After two quarters of profitability, the electric automaker reported a $702 million loss in the first quarter.

The Verge

Sean Hollister

Verizon confirms the next Galaxy Note will have 5G

If you follow phones, this won’t be surprising to hear — the next Galaxy Note, presumably called the Galaxy Note 10, will support 5G cellular networks.

There are so very many reasons why this makes perfect sense, including:

It’s always been the company’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink superphone, so how could it not? We’ve already heard a credible rumor that it would We already know that Samsung is producing a second, distinct, possibly better 5G phone than the already-announced...

Engadget

Amrita Khalid

India lifts ban on TikTok

An Indian state court moved to lift a nationwide ban on the popular short-form video app TikTok. A nearly week-long ban in India on the app is now reversed, lawyers involved in the case told Reuters on Wednesday. Google and Apple removed the app from...

The Verge

Rachel Becker

2019 has seen the most measles cases in 20 years, CDC says

Measles just hit a major milestone as it spreads across the country, infecting the most people since the year 2000, when public health officials declared the virus eliminated in the US. Thanks to the anti-vaccination movement, the virus has come roaring back.

The case count has climbed to 695 people infected across 22 different states, driven in part by outbreaks that have lingered in New York and Washington, according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

The Verge

Sean Hollister

Verizon and T-Mobile agree much of the US won’t see the fast version of 5G

5G is here, but not all 5G is equal — there’s the blazing-fast-but-barely-there millimeter wave 5G which has trouble covering wide areas and penetrating buildings, and the “sub-6GHz” frequency flavor of 5G that can be deployed more easily using existing spectrum.

And now, Verizon and T-Mobile are publicly admitting something that anyone could have predicted: good luck getting the fastest version of 5G unless you live in an urban metropolitan area.

“We all need to remind ourselves...

Mashable

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NSA recommends White House end spying program leaked by Snowden

The NSA spying program could soon come to an end — if the White House listens to the NSA’s recommendation.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the National Security Agency is recommending that the White House abandon the agency’s metadata surveillance program, which was first brought to light by the leaks released by former contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

The program allowed for the bulk collection of data such as phone numbers and timestamps of calls and texts, but did not...

Mashable

Jack Morse

A dark-web market implodes, and users expect the worst

Another one bites the dust. Probably. 

The dark-web marketplace Wallstreet Market has for some time now been an online place to buy drugs, stolen data sets, and other illicit goods and services with cryptocurrency. Now, with the market supposedly down "for maintenance," users are crying exit scam and accusing those who ran the site of making off with their funds. 

SEE ALSO: The trailer for 'CRYPTO' just dropped, and cryptocurrency is good now

A visit to the site, accessible via the Tor...

Mashable

Sasha Lekach

Elon Musk banks on his self-driving taxi service as Tesla burns through cash

Tesla's robo-taxis are needed more than ever.

The company lost $702 million in the first three months of the year and the EV maker doesn't expect to be profitable again until the second half of the year, according to first quarter earnings results reported Wednesday. Revenue was lower than expected at $4.5 billion.

CEO Elon Musk had braced for a losing quarter back in February when he announced the $35,000 base price for the Model 3, but he still sounded disappointed on Wednesday's investor...

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Prepare For Hot Summer Nights With Buffy’s New Cooling Comforter, the Breeze

Don’t sweat it, hot sleepers. Buffy’s new comforter, the Breeze will keep you cool while you catch those zzz’s—and it will give you peace of mind, too. The Breeze is 100% made from soft, breathable eucalyptus fiber, and according to the brand, it’s the first comforter to be completely plant-based.

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Engadget

Jon Fingas

Samsung's strange, gigantic Galaxy View is ready for round two

You probably weren't looking for a sequel to Samsung's lap-crushing Galaxy View tablet, but you're getting one anyway. AT&T has teased the release of the Galaxy View 2, another take on the Android tablet and mobile TV hybrid. It's not quite as co...

Engadget

Christine Fisher

Amazon tries hiring lawyers for sellers claiming patent infringement

Amazon has been battling counterfeits for years. It's tried charging merchants large fees, creating a registry of approved vendors and launching a self-service tool for removing knockoffs. Now, according to The Information, the company is testing a p...

Wired Top Stories

Alex Baker-Whitcomb

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less.

TechCrunch

Kirsten Korosec

Elon Musk on taking Tesla private: ‘That ship has sailed’

Elon Musk would prefer if Tesla, which is known for its volatile share price and is among the most heavily shorted stock, were a private company, but acknowledged during an earnings call Wednesday that it wasn’t likely.

Musk can dream, can’t he?

“Unfortunately that ship had sailed,” Musk said flatly, in response to a question from Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas.

Musk said Tesla as a public company was a distraction at times and then added, “I’m not sure what to do about...

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