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Grassley urges Trump to reconsider court picks

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued a rare rebuke of two of President Donald Trump's most controversial judicial nominees, urging the White House to rethink the picks.

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Trump is reshaping the judiciary at a frenetic pace, despite the ABA calling some nominees unqualified

Under normal circumstances, confirmation hearings for district court judges aren't headline grabbers.  

The Verge

Nick Statt

Porg Invasion is the Star Wars: The Last Jedi mini-game that’s about to take over Facebook

It wouldn’t be a new Star Wars film without an adorable and yet equally divisive pet-like character from which Disney can launch a merchandising gold mine. The Force Awakens gave us the stoic and circular R2-D2 successor BB-8, but Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, which hits theaters today, is all about the porg. To celebrate the puffin-like bird species of planet Ahch-To, on which Luke Skywalker has exiled himself, Disney is launching a Facebook Instant Games mini-game today called Porg...

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Wired Staff

Gadget Lab Podcast: Our Favorite Gadgets From 2017

The editors of WIRED discuss some of their favorite products, and spot a few trends along the way.

TechCrunch

Connie Loizos

Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here’s some proof

 In Jakarta, Indonesia, only 50 percent of the population has access to the piped sewerage system. More than 500,000 residents practice open defecation, and more than one million people discharge wastewater directly into the river, resulting in deteriorated groundwater quality and putting residents at risk to waterborne diseases. The better news: The city has a master plan to improve the… Read More

TechCrunch

Katie Roof

Broadband business Casa Systems up 11%, following downsized IPO

 Andover, Massachusetts-based Casa Systems had a tough time pulling off its IPO this week. The broadband solutions company initially wanted to debut Thursday, but pushed its launch back to Friday, likely due to weak initial demand. Casa had planned to sell 8.4 million shares, but reduced it to 6 million, following the investor roadshow, where companies pitch institutional investors and other… Read More

Mashable

Monica Chin

This mysterious patent may mean Microsoft is making a sick smartphone

The last time Microsoft tried releasing a phone, it didn't go so well. Even so, rumors have been circulating for months about the possibility of a new phone from the company, the Surface Phone, which could actually be awesome. 

Thursday, the World Intellectual Property Organization granted Microsoft a mysterious patent. The patent, filed in June, contains sketches and descriptions of what such a phone might look like. 

SEE ALSO: You can now download Microsoft's Internet Explorer followup...

Mashable

Rebecca Ruiz

AI-powered tool helps domestic violence survivors file restraining orders

When a domestic violence survivor files the legal paperwork for a restraining order against an abuser, the process is often complicated, emotional, and time-intensive. 

While there's no shortcut to make that experience less painful or nerve-wracking, Dorna Moini, a lawyer who's represented numerous survivors pro-bono, wants to make it more efficient. That's why she launched HelpSelf Legal, a fee-based site that uses artificial intelligence to enhance the process of filling restraining order...

Mashable

Raymond Wong

Whatever you do, don't watch 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in 3D

"Let the past die. Kill it!"

Kylo Ren's calm, yet threatening monologue from Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi (this isn't a spoiler — it's in the trailer) couldn't be more apt for the 3D version of the movie. It sucks. It's the worst way to watch Rian Johnson's flick.

3D movies — as a format in movie theaters — need to die. Movie studios should kill them. But they won't unless we, moviegoers, grab Ren's tri-bladed lightsaber and stab this technology in the heart and twist it...

The Verge

Adi Robertson

Steam purges Pepe emoticons after copyright complaint

Steam has removed icons featuring Matt Furie’s cartoon frog Pepe from its platform, part of Furie’s larger legal battle to wrest the character away from the far right. As reported by Kotaku, users began complaining yesterday that Pepe and Pepe-like emoticons had disappeared from their inventory. The developer of a game called Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency wrote that they’d removed their emoticons after Steam received a legal order. “If we sign a thing that says...

The Verge

Ashley Carman

Take advantage of your new power: block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook

You can now block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. What a Friday. Up until now, you've been unable to block Zuckerberg or his wife Priscilla Chan on Facebook. You'd receive an error message that said something like, “Block Error. Sorry, there was a problem blocking Mark Zuckerberg. Please try again." This wasn't intentional, Facebook told BuzzFeed News a few months ago. Instead, the company says its system got too busy to handle these block requests. Okay then.

Apparently the system has gotten...

The Verge

Dani Deahl

Whoops, iTunes won’t be available in the Microsoft Store this year, after all

Earlier this year at Microsoft’s Build conference, the company revealed it was working with Apple to get iTunes included in the Windows Store. The promise was that it would be available by the end of 2017, but now it looks like that won’t be happening.

In a statement emailed to ZDnet, an Apple spokesperson said, “We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right." So at least there’s some good...

The Verge

Chaim Gartenberg

Samsung will reportedly announce the Galaxy S9 in February

Samsung is reportedly planning to announce its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, in February, according to a report from Bloomberg, with the phones launching as early as March.

If true, it’d be one of the earliest announcements for a new model of Samsung’s main Galaxy line, which have typically been announced in March and released in April in years past. As was rumored earlier, the S9 and the accompanying S9 Plus will be more of an iterative update than the drastic redesign of the S8,...

The Verge

Chris Welch

Everything we know about T-Mobile’s TV service coming in 2018

On Wednesday, T-Mobile announced that it plans to launch an internet TV service sometime in 2018. The carrier is in the process of acquiring Layer3 TV for an undisclosed sum to help jumpstart the new offering.

In typical T-Mobile fashion, CEO John Legere vowed that this TV service will radically disrupt the traditional cable / satellite industry, and the company is also touting it as a superior option to other streaming TV competitors like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and...

The Verge

Jacob Kastrenakes

Google’s Project Tango is shutting down because ARCore is already here

Google said today that it’ll be shutting down Project Tango next year, on March 1st. Project Tango was an early effort from Google to bring augmented reality to phones, but it never really panned out. The system was introduced in 2014 and made it into developer kits and even a couple consumer devices as recently as last year.

But those devices required special sensors. And in the meantime, Google (and competitors, like Apple) figured out ways to bring AR features to phones with just the...

The Verge

Zac Estrada

Is the Renault Zoe Star Wars edition the electric car for Han Solo?

Product tie-ins for Star Wars: The Last Jedi seem to have hit the market just in time for the holidays — along with the movie you’ve probably just seen — but there’s already a car that pays homage to next year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is the creatively named Renault Zoe Star Wars edition.

The Renault Zoe is an electric car sold primarily in Europe (Boston-based nuTonomy has used them for autonomous test cars), but its maker seems to think it has the right name to have some...

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Can the tax bill pass if McCain and Cochran are absent?

Senate Republicans are working to shore up enough votes within their caucus to pass tax reform next week, even in the unlikely but possible scenario that two Republican senators are absent for the big vote.

Wired Top Stories

Lily Hay Newman

MobileCoin: A New Cryptocurrency From Signal Creator Moxie Marlinspike

MobileCoin aims to make cryptocurrency transactions quick and easy for everyone, while still preserving privacy and decentralization.

Mashable

Raymond Wong

You'll never get lost in an airport again with Apple Maps' indoor mapping

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Raise your hand if you remember what a joke Apple Maps was when it launched? It was a complete disaster.

These days, Apple Maps isn't as embarrassing and actually pretty feature-packed. And in some ways it's ahead of Google Maps (yeah, I can't believe it either). Case in point: indoor mapping for airports and...

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