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Henry Pickavet

The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store

Elon Musk has shot out some crazy, unbelievable tweets over the last year, but he wasn’t joking about the bricks. Musk has started a company called The Brick Store LLC to produce and sell bricks, according to public documents obtained by TechCrunch.

The new company, which was founded in July, will be managed by Steve Davis, the ex-SpaceX engineer who is also running The Boring Company (TBC).

TBC is developing new tunneling and transportation technologies, and the bricks will be made from...

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JULIAN E. BARNES

Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed on Saudi Crown Prince’s Orders, C.I.A. Concludes

Intelligence officials briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week and offered the agency’s analysis of the assassination and Prince Mohammed’s culpability.

Mashable

Morgan Sung

Fed-up moms respond to 'Can I cook a turkey in the microwave?'

The "How do you microwave a turkey?" prank is breaking our mothers' hearts.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, young people are pranking their poor mothers by asking them for advice on one of the greatest sins against the holiday season: microwaved turkey.

SEE ALSO: 7 videos of people setting their Thanksgiving turkeys on fire

Microwaving a turkey, by the way, is totally possible — Mashable tested it, and made a surprisingly good Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. But to many...

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Opinion: Trump's questionable friend in the Middle East

The mysterious disappearance of Saudi writer and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week has cast a spotlight on the Saudi regime, which is dominated by 33-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known commonly as MBS).

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Opinion: US-Saudi relationship is much less than meets the eye

Among the most magical urban myths floating around the Trump administration is that Saudi Arabia is America's strategic partner and the relationship is simply too big to fail. Sadly, that relationship is already failing.

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Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for Khashoggi murder, says journalist was killed by sedative overdose

Saudi prosecutors said Thursday they would seek the death penalty for five people allegedly involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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CIA determines Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the journalist dead, Washington Post reports

The CIA has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the Saudi government's denials that the de facto ruler was involved, according to a Washington Post report.

ESPN.com

Red Sox bring back Series MVP Pearce for 2019

World Series hero Steve Pearce will be back in a Red Sox uniform in 2019. Boston re-signed the journeyman 1B for a reported $6.25 million. "We all saw what kind of impact he can have," GM Dave Dombrowski said of the improbable World Series MVP.

TechCrunch

Kate Clark

Unicorns aren’t special anymore

When Aileen Lee, the former Kleiner Perkins partner and founder of the seed-stage venture capital firm Cowboy Ventures, coined the term “unicorn” in 2013 on this very site, there were just 39 companies that had earned the title.

She called them “the lucky/genius few.” Her definition: U.S. software startups launched since 2003 worth more than $1 billion. When she authored the viral post, just four companies were garnering valuations that high each year, according to her calculations....

Wired Top Stories

Louise Matsakis

How Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Get Its Start?

Facebook hired an opposition firm to fight the initiative, which was funded by hedge fund millionaire David Magerman.

Mashable

Kevin Billings

Get a 12-month PlayStation Plus membership on sale for $40 at Amazon, the cheapest we've seen all year

One of the good things about shopping for a gamer on Black Friday: it's really easy to find some stocking stuffers. This could include games, a basic headset, extra cables, or even a gift card.

One of the best stocking stuffers you can get in today's connected world (specifically for a PS4 owner) is a PlayStation Plus membership. They're cheaper than paying monthly and you won't need to put in any credit card information. That may not sound like much, but at least you'll rest easy knowing...

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Abrams: This election was about all of us

Democrat Stacey Abrams said she acknowledges that Republican Brian Kemp will become the next governor of Georgia. Abrams' announcement comes after days of post-election legal maneuvering from her campaign and allies as they sought to find enough votes to reduce Kemp's lead and force a December 4 runoff.

The Verge

Shannon Liao

Xiaomi made a 150-inch $2,000 projector that’s available exclusively at Walmart

Xiaomi has a couple of new products out in Walmart and gave press the rundown today at an event in New York City. The first is a 150-inch projector going for $1,999.99 at Walmart doubles up as a television with Android TV. It’s strangely overpriced for what it is, but it also marks one of Xiaomi’s infrequent expansions into American offerings.

There are a couple of things to break down here, namely that projector is oddly expensive for a 1920 x 1080p screen. Xiaomi says it has no...

TechCrunch

Megan Rose Dickey

Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million

The turmoil continues at facial recognition startup Kairos . Last night, Kairos founder Brian Brackeen filed a counter lawsuit against Kairos and its interim CEO Melissa Doval that seeks $10 million in damages.

Kairos is a facial recognition startup that has become well-known for its stance to never sell to law enforcement. At Disrupt SF 2018, Brackeen showed his technology and spoke on a panel about the hazards of facial recognition and algorithmic bias.

This countersuit comes after Kairos...

TechCrunch

Connie Loizos

Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top ‘unicorns’ to sell you

When Equidate, a venture-backed secondaries marketplace based in San Francisco, closed its most recent round of funding with $50 million four months ago, it was hardly a surprising bet on the part of its backers. As startups linger ever longer as private companies, more people are looking to lock up shares wherever they can find them.

Investors have plenty of platforms from which to choose. In addition to Equidate, other companies that match investors with “pre-IPO” company shares...

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AUDRA D. S. BURCH

Florida’s Senate Race Heads to the Wire in a Manual Recount

A manual recount was underway in two still-undecided statewide elections in Florida, including the race for the Senate.

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DANNY HAKIM and RACHEL SHOREY

Gun Control Groups Eclipse N.R.A. in Election Spending

The financial dominance of the National Rifle Association was topped by gun control groups that helped win the House for Democrats.

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ALAN BLINDER and RICHARD FAUSSET

Stacey Abrams Ends Fight for Georgia Governor

Ms. Abrams acknowledged that her Republican rival Brian Kemp would become governor, saying “the law currently allows no further viable remedy” to challenge the vote.

Fast Company

Marcus Baram

It’s not just Facebook. GOP-linked firm “brought oppo research to Silicon Valley”

Definers Public Affairs has sought to discredit opponents in part by spreading misleading stories via a network of right-wing sites—and through Facebook.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters on Thursday that the company was dropping its contract with an opposition research firm that had been hired to spread negative stories about its rivals, he adopted a moralistic tone and did his best impression of Claude Rains in Casablanca. In addition to claiming ignorance about his...

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Shannon Stirone

Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

Stellar nurseries seem cute, but they’re actually mini-Big Bangs.

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