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The Verge

Barbara Krasnoff

What’s on your desk, Becca Farsace?

Trees, pandas, earbuds, and Abe Lincoln

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The Verge

Cameron Faulkner

You can get a refurbished Sonos Playbar for $120 off at Best Buy

The Sonos Playbar soundbar isn’t as new as the Beam (by a long shot, it was released in 2013), but it’s a more powerful option. If you want to pick one up, Best Buy has refurbished models for $379, which is drastically cheaper than Sonos’ own $499 refurbished price. The soundbar debuted for $699 and Sonos products don’t usually drop in price this much.

The Sonos Playbar houses six mid-woofers and three tweeters. We didn’t think it met the bar in terms of powerful sound with its...

The Verge

Dieter Bohn

Apple Watch Series 6 review: minute improvements

The watch is great, the blood oxygen monitor is not

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The Verge

Cameron Faulkner

Steve from Minecraft is the latest character coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo unveiled this morning that Steve from Minecraft will be added to the character roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. This is the second character to be introduced for the Fighter Pass Vol. 2 DLC that’s available for $29.99, following Min Min from Arms. There are four new fighters yet to be announced for the DLC.

In the short presentation, a brief preview showed off Steve in action, playing in a special Minecraft-themed stage. Players can swap out Steve for...

The Verge

Russell Brandom

Senate committee issues official subpoenas to Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey

Mark Zuckerberg previously testified before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019. | Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Thursday morning, the Senate Commerce committee voted unanimously to issue subpoenas to the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter — a significant escalation in Congress’s ongoing efforts to reexamine the liability protections of Section 230. The three CEOs will now be ordered to appear before the committee at a date still to be scheduled.

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TechCrunch

Frederic Lardinois

Microsoft updates its Arm-based Surface Pro X tablet with a faster CPU

Microsoft today announced the second generation of its Arm-based Surface Pro X tablet. The first generation of the Pro X launched last October and since then, Microsoft worked with Qualcomm to design the second generation of the SQ2 processor that powers it. The SQ2 doesn’t fully replace the first-generation SQ1 chip, though. Instead, Microsoft is only using it for the top-end SKUs of the Pro X.

Except for the new processor, we’re still pretty much talking about the same Pro X here that...

TechCrunch

Brian Heater

Microsoft adds the $549 Laptop Go to its growing Surface lineup

Microsoft just added a couple of key additions to its ever-growing lineup of Surface devices. There are a bunch of new accessories and an update to the Surface Pro X, which you can read about here. The biggest news of the morning, however, is the arrival of the Surface Laptop Go — an affordable take on the company’s well-received Surface Laptop.

The device borrows the naming convention from the Surface Go, a lightweight and cheap entry point into the line. At $549, the Laptop Go is $50...

TechCrunch

Ron Miller

Altinity grabs $4M seed to build cloud version of ClickHouse open source data warehouse

Earlier this month, cloud data warehouse Snowflake turned heads when it debuted on the stock market. Today, Altinity, the commercial company behind the open source ClickHouse data warehouse announced a $4 million seed round from Accel along with a new cloud service, Altinity.Cloud.

“Fundamentally, the company started out as an open source services bureau offering support, training and [custom] engineering features into ClickHouse. And what we’re doing now with this investment from Accel...

TechCrunch

Ingrid Lunden

Cisco acquires PortShift to raise its game in DevOps and Kubernetes security

Cisco is making another acquisition to expand its reach in security solutions, this time specifically targeting DevOps and the world of container management. It is acquiring PortShift, an Israeli startup that has built a Kubernetes-native security platform.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed. PortShift had raised about $5.3 million from Team8, an incubator and backer of security startups in Israel founded by a group of cybersecurity vets. Cisco, along with Microsoft and Walmart, are...

TechCrunch

Jonathan Shieber

Motif Foodworks preps commercial production for its first ingredient, improving the flavor of beef substitutes

Motif Foodworks, the Ginkgo Bioworks spinout focused on developing new plant-based flavorings and food ingredients, is readying commercial scale production of its first product an ingredient to improve the flavor of beef substitutes.

The expansion of Motif’s manufacturing capacity presages the commercial availability of its new flavoring, which should be on folded into consumer products by the fourth quarter of 2021, according to Motif chief executive Jonathan McIntyre.

“We’re making...

TechCrunch

Catherine Shu

Macrometa, an edge computing service for app developers, lands $7M seed round led by DNX

As people continue to work and study from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in edge computing has increased. Macrometa, a Palo Alto-based that provides edge computing infrastructure for app developers, announced today it has closed a $7 million seed round.

The funding was led by DNX Ventures, an investment fund that focuses on early-stage B2B startups. Other participants included returning investors Benhamou Global Ventures, Partech Partners, Fusion Fund, Sway Ventures, Velar...

TechCrunch

Ron Miller

SAP continues to build out customer experience business with Emarsys acquisition

SAP seemed to be all in on customer experience when it acquired Qualtrics for $8 billion in 2018. It continued on that journey today when it announced it was acquiring Austrian cloud marketing company Emarsys for an undisclosed amount of money.

Emarsys, which raised over $55 million, according to PitchBook data, gives SAP customer personalization technology. If you talk to any marketing automation vendor over the last several years, the focus has been on using a variety of data and touch...

Wired Top Stories

Rhett Allain

How Much Power Does It Take to Do the Red Bull 400 Hill Run?

400 meters. A 37-degree incline. Turns out humans are capable of superhuman power outputs—if only for a short time.

Wired Top Stories

Amit Katwala, WIRED UK

Reddit Bots Are Hunting Down Racists, One Post at a Time

Hate speech is rampant in subreddits—but automated bots and browser plug-ins are (sort of) fighting back.

Mashable

Brenda Stolyar

Microsoft's new Surface Pro X has a creepy eye contact feature for video chats

With the pandemic forcing a lot of us to work from home for the foreseeable future, it's very likely people are upgrading their devices to something more suitable. And, it's safe to say Microsoft is aware. 

In response to these trying times, the company unveiled its next-generation Surface Pro X with some new improvements. Not only does it come with an all-new chipset, longer battery life, and support for more apps, but it also has a new feature built specifically for video chat called "eye...

Mashable

Anna Iovine

'Doomswiping' is the latest pandemic coping mechanism

As the pandemic summer creeps into pandemic autumn, I...am still on dating apps. When I lie in bed at night, the only light in the room is the screen glow as I swipe through various apps — left, left, right, left, right, right — and so it goes.

The phenomenon known as doomscrolling, popularized on Twitter by writer Karen K. Ho, entered the cultural lexicon earlier this year. The concept is simple: One scrolls endlessly on their various social media feeds, absorbing the news of the day...

Engadget

Kris Naudus

Corsair did its best, but I still dislike opto-mechanical keyboards

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that gaming keyboards have come a long way in the past decade. Customizable RGB lighting, dedicated macro keys and media controls have become standard features.  And some of the larger companies have even come u...

Engadget

Devindra Hardawar

Microsoft's cute Surface Laptop Go has a 12.6-inch screen, starts at $549

Last year, Microsoft went big with first-ever 15-inch Surface Laptop. Now, it’s going smaller: the Surface Laptop Go is a sleeker (and cuter) notebook with a 12.6-inch screen. And similar to the Surface Go 2, it’s being positioned as a low-cost devic...

Engadget

Cherlynn Low

Microsoft updates the Surface Pro X with a new processor option

October is here, which means it’s time again for Microsoft to release new hardware. While the Surface Duo may have been the talk of the town last month with its intriguing new form factor, today’s announcements are almost boring in comparison. The co...

Engadget

Ann Smajstrla

Microsoft announces new keyboard, mouse and other accessories

As people around the world are settling into new work- or study-from-home routines, Microsoft is rolling out new products it says will upgrade your home office space. The tech giant has announced accessories to accompany its new Surface products, inc...

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