/Top Stories/ Last Updated: Thu, Jul 19th, 2018 @ 3:35am EDT

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Brendan Porath

Up all night! Let’s get weird and follow The Open

We’ve got almost 15 hours of major championship golf on Thursday in Scotland.

The Open Championship is the most unique major championship in men’s golf. The style of play, the scenery, the courses, the overnight watch back in the States, and the history make it stand out from the others. There’s so much that makes up the identity of The Open and this year’s edition at Carnoustie is going to be especially distinct.

David Duval, an Open Champion who has seen some things at this major,...

TechCrunch

Jon Russell

China’s Didi Chuxing is close to launching a taxi-booking service in Japan

Days after raising $500 million via a strategic investment from travel giant Booking Holdings, Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has continued its international push with the launch of a local business in Japan.

Its new Japan-based unit is a joint venture with SoftBank, a longtime Didi investor, which has been in the works since an announcement back in February. Today’s news isn’t that the service is live yet — it isn’t — but rather than the JV has been formally...

Wired Top Stories

Alex Davies

Loon's Internet-Slinging Balloons Are Headed to Work Over Kenya

The former Google X project is now its own Alphabet company, and just signed its first commercial agreement with Telkom Kenya.

CNN.com - Top Stories

The President's failure to uncork unequivocal criticism of Putin raises fears he's been compromised by Russia

President Donald Trump is finally in full-scale cleanup mode after his summit debacle with President Vladimir Putin -- but the credibility of his new critique of Russian election interference is being undermined by his unrepentant and conflicting statements since he got home from Helsinki.

The Verge

Sam Byford

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a giant screen and a battery to match

Xiaomi has announced the Mi Max 3, the latest and biggest yet in its line of colossal phones. This time around the screen is 6.9 inches, and Xiaomi is using an 18:9 screen for the first time in the series. Top and bottom bezels are present, though pretty thin in relation to the vast expanse of the screen. The resolution is 1080p, so you’ll probably be able to make out pixels, but that’s not likely to be a huge concern for users that want something like this as a primary video...

Mashable

Shannon Connellan

McDonald's is ditching plastic straws in Australia too

Australians, you'll be sipping your thickshake through a paper straw at McDonald's pretty soon — plastic straws are out.

One week after Starbucks announced it would phase out plastic straws by 2020, McDonald's has unveiled similar plans to phase them out in Australia by the same year.

SEE ALSO: 4 things we learned about plastic straw bans from people with disabilities

The fast good giant will roll out the ban to its 970 restaurants around the country over the next four years, and the first...

The Verge

Sam Byford

Fujifilm’s XF10 is a small compact camera with a big sensor

Fujifilm has announced the XF10, a new fixed-lens compact camera that will serve as the successor to 2016’s X70. Like the X70, it pairs an 18.5mm (28mm-equivalent) f/2.8 lens with a large APS-C sensor in a small, pocketable body. The XF10 ups the resolution to 24 megapixels and is capable of 4K video (albeit only at 15 frames per second). There’s still a touchscreen, but the XF10 also now has the focus point selection joystick as seen on other Fujifilm cameras. The weight has been cut...

SBNation.com

Alex Kirshner

How to stream The Open on Thursday, and a few things to know about the field

Carnoustie hosts the 147th Open Championship. It’s on Golf Channel, starting early Thursday on the East Coast.

The Open Championship starts Thursday. You can watch or stream it on Golf Channel, beginning at 1:30 a.m. ET and running through 4 p.m. ET.

This year marks the 147th playing of the championship. For the eighth time, the venue is Carnoustie, the Scottish links that last hosted for Padraig Harrington’s 2007 win.

The Open is a special week of golf. There are few better moments...

NYT > Home Page

DAVID E. SANGER and MATTHEW ROSENBERG

From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

Weeks before taking office, Donald J. Trump learned of highly sensitive intelligence about Russian election interference, but he has done all he can to suggest other explanations for the hacks.

NYT > Home Page

REMY TUMIN

Europe Edition: Trump, Google Fine, British Open: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

TechCrunch

Anthony Ha

And now, here’s a ‘Trumpy Cat’ augmented reality app from George Takei

Anyone who follows George Takei on Twitter can tell you that Star Trek‘s original Sulu is not a fan of President Donald Trump. But he’s found a new way to express that criticism — not just in tweets, interviews and op-eds, but also in an augmented reality app called House of Cats.

The app was built in partnership with Montreal-based development company BMAD, and it allows users to interact animated animal characters like Trumpy Cat, Meowlania, Vladdy Putin and Lil’ Rocket Pug. They...

ESPN.com

ESPYS honor Nassar survivors with Ashe award

The "sister survivors" of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar were honored at the 2018 ESPYS with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Mashable

Shannon Connellan

Neptune looks extremely sharp and very blue in these new images

Several billion miles from Earth, Neptune's looking particularly sharp in a set of new images captured by one of the most powerful telescopes in the world.

Located in Chile, the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) used what's known as laser tomography to capture test images of the planet and surrounding star clusters.

SEE ALSO: These are the clearest views of Saturn's moon Titan we've seen yet

The telescope's Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument works...

SBNation.com

Brendan Porath

The tee sheet at The Open is one of its best traditions

Tiger Woods gets a late tee time to start his quest for a 15th major championship. Here’s your full up-all-night tee sheet for the opening round at Carnoustie.

The Open Championship is the most unique major in men’s golf. From the venues to the weather to the style to the overnight watch for US fans, so many things make this major different than the others.

One more subtle way it’s different that the general fan may not notice is the tee sheet. This time of year in Scotland, there are...

Mashable

Amanda Luz Henning Santiago

Lego's model of Jason Momoa as Aquaman is zaddy material

Lego's human-size model of Aquaman, a.k.a. actor Jason Momoa, is here to break hearts with his mighty trident.

Behold, the great sea warrior...rendered in the form of thousands of tiny plastic bricks.

SEE ALSO: Fan's photo with Jason Momoa goes viral for obvious reasons

Image: LEGO/DC

The 150-pound model — inspired by the upcoming DC Entertainment film based off the classic DC comic — debuted at San Diego Comic Con on Wednesday. According to a spokesperson for the toy company, the Lego...

Mashable

Jack Morse

Oh joy, it's your elected officials rambling on about cryptocurrency

Look, cryptocurrency is complicated. We get it. What with all the different coins, tokens, ICOs, exchanges, scams, protocols, and DApps, it's borderline impossible for the casual observer to keep it all straight. 

And so, with that in mind, let us now turn to approximately three combined hours of our elected officials rambling on about the blockchain and our decentralized future.

SEE ALSO: Desperate Coinbase customers turn to SEC with allegations of fraud

The fun started early Wednesday,...

Mashable

Karissa Bell

Glass phones are about to get really, really cool

Are you ready for translucent phones? What about wood, or snakeskin? That's the promise of Gorilla Glass 6, Corning's newest generation of Gorilla Glass. 

The next-gen display tech, which is used by Apple and Samsung, comes with the usual upgrades in scratch and impact resistance, but perhaps more exciting is that the glass can also be engineered to look and feel nothing like actual glass.

SEE ALSO: When are we going to get honest-to-god wireless charging?

During a press event at the...

Mashable

Shannon Connellan

These are the clearest views of Saturn's moon Titan we've seen yet

Long live Cassini, which has delivered the clearest views of Saturn's moon, Titan, to date.

Six infrared images of Titan have been captured by the noble Cassini spacecraft, which, after 13 years of exploration, finally (and sadly) burned up in Saturn's atmosphere in September 2017.

SEE ALSO: Scientists discover 10 never-before-seen moons orbiting Jupiter, and one's an oddball

The images are some of the clearest global views of the moon's surface produced to date. You can spy Titan's icy...

CNN.com - Top Stories

Longtime GOP official resigns over Trump's news conference with Putin

A longtime Ohio GOP official abruptly resigned Monday over President Donald Trump's comments during a news conference in Helsinki at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying "something snapped" during the conference.

CNN.com - Top Stories

Trump: John Brennan is a total low-life

James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, reacts to President Donald Trump slamming former members of the intelligence community.

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