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Thuy Ong

UK government will use church spires to improve internet connectivity in rural areas

The UK government and the Church of England have formed a partnership to use the Church’s buildings and other properties to “improve broadband, mobile, and Wi-Fi connectivity for local communities.” According to a statement from the government, this would involve placing wireless transmitters in church spires and towers as well as installing aerials, satellite dishes, and fiber cables in church buildings. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport says that there are...

The Verge

Shannon Liao

Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices will no longer receive push notifications

Microsoft is ending support for mobile push notifications on its Windows Phone 7 and 8 software by February 20th. Devices on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 will no longer receive notifications. They will also lose the useful live tile updates that displayed information at a glance, and users will no longer be able to locate devices with the “find my phone” feature. Those phones were initially released to the public in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

It’s yet another nail in the coffin for...

The Verge

Andrew J. Hawkins

Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets green light to start digging in Washington, DC

Elon Musk’s tunnel-boring project has received more vague government approval for its equally vague plans to build an underground hyperloop between New York and Washington, DC. Last week, Washington, DC’s Department of Transportation issued a preliminary permit to Musk’s Boring Company to start digging at an abandoned lot in the northeast section of the city, according to The Washington Post.

Exactly how much digging — how deep and how long — is still unclear. A spokesperson...

ESPN.com

McCourty: Butler knew he wasn't starting

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty says Malcolm Butler knew he wasn't starting in the Super Bowl.

ESPN.com

Shiffrin out of downhill to focus on combined

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin is dropping out of the downhill at the Pyeongchang Games so she can focus on the combined event that was moved to the following day.

ESPN.com

Confidential: NBA pros dish on the 2018 summer of LeBron, DeMarcus and OKC

Where will LeBron sign? Where should he go? We surveyed 48 to get their free-agency takes.

ESPN.com

All the places LeBron James could take his talents in July

The King is set to be a free agent, and his decision on where to play next season could shake up the NBA once again. We look at the most likely options.

TechCrunch

Jordan Crook

Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-D.C. Hyperloop

 A 29-minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well may be. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor. And while it’s a very small, very vague step forward, Musk’s Boring Company has received a permit for preparation and preliminary excavation of a site in the… Read More

TechCrunch

John Biggs

Join me for an evening of crypto with writers Paul Vigna and Michael Casey

 Next week I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, on stage with me at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I’d love for you to come. You can RSVP here. It’s happening on February 28 at 7pm and it will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote… Read More

CNN.com - Top Stories

Parkland shooting survivor calls NRA 'child murderers'

After a school shooting left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, survivors Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg are demanding action from officials in Washington on gun control.

Wired Top Stories

Michael Calore

Mechanical Keyboards: Aukey, Logitech Orion, Das Keyboard

Serious typists deserve a responsive keyboard. Here are three steps to tactile heaven.

SBNation.com

Harry Lyles Jr.

Malcolm Butler knew all week he wasn’t starting in the Super Bowl

Devin McCourty doesn’t want false rumors hurting Butler’s potential (and likely) free agency.

Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl benching was a surprise to everybody not within the Patriots’ organization — but everybody on the inside knew it was coming.

That’s what Butler’s teammate Devin McCourty told NJ Advance Media, saying rumors he was benched for disciplinary reasons simply weren’t true. “As far as I know, all of that is the furthest thing from the truth,” McCourty said....

SBNation.com

James Dator

Olympic curler’s husband double-fisting his third and fourth beers at 9 a.m. is a legend

 “I’m not a drunk. I’m just Canadian.”

The pressure of Canada being in a must-win curling match against Japan was too much to bear for the husband of curler Rachel Homan. While she competed on the ice and tried to pull her country back into medal contention, he was downing beers at 9 a.m. — just trying to keep the nerves at bay:

Favourite Olympic moment so far: Canadian curler Rachel Homan's husband double-fisting his third and fourth beers while watching his wife compete...

SBNation.com

Hector Diaz

I tried to eat every hot dog at the NBA All-Star Game and lived to tell the tale

Why would you eat all the hot dogs at Staples Center? ...Why not?

Attending the NBA All-Star Game for the first time, I thought to myself: “Is there anything at the actual event that I can be the All-Star of?” Being a bigger dude, the easy answer was eating a bunch of foods at sporting events. Specifically, hot dogs.

Luckily for me, Staples Center offers a variety of dogs. Some are simple — just a plain ol’ dog with relish and mustard — and others are the equivalent of a small...

SBNation.com

Christian D'Andrea

Why the Texans are moving on from Brian Cushing after 9 seasons

Cushing served two PED suspensions in his career. Now Houston turns inside linebacking duties over to Zach Cunningham.

Brian Cushing was a staple of the Texans’ emergence from expansion also-ran to NFL playoff regular, but his veteran presence wasn’t enough to justify his $8.8 million salary cap hit. Houston is expected to cut him, just months after missing the bulk of 2017 due to a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs policy, according to the Houston Chronicle’s John...

SBNation.com

Adam Stites

1 potential cap casualty for each NFL team

Dez Bryant, Aqib Talib, and Jason Peters could all be free agents soon as NFL teams prepare for the offseason.

Free agency is on the way with the 2018 league year beginning March 14. For most teams, there is plenty of cap space available to make a splash, while a few will need to make a few moves to free up space.

Almost every team has at least one contract that will become a “cap casualty” and get terminated before the new league year begins as a way to clear a little extra...

Mashable

Sam Haysom

These text messages a little girl sent to her grandpa after he passed away are so moving

A father has shared the emotional text messages his daughter has been sending to her grandfather, years after he passed away.

SEE ALSO: Man finds touching video on his grandmother's phone after she passes away

Radio presenter James O'Brien shared the texts, which he said were sent by his youngest daughter, in a tweet on Saturday.

"My youngest has had my old phone for a couple of years," he explained. "Just for games, which I download for her before disconnecting the internet.

"Still has my...

Mashable

Brian De Los Santos

Is someone hijacking your Spotify? Here's what I did when it happened to me.

For years, I've had a bit of a digital pen pal.

His name is Kevin. He loves music, "Coffee Table Jazz" in particular. He owns an Amazon Echo, through which he listens to his lovely, soothing John Coltrane trumpet croons. He doesn't often listen during the day, but at night the tunes come alive — probably while he's also hand rolling linguine next to a glass of a full-bodied cabernet. (Or at least, that's what I imagined.)

SEE ALSO: Amazon may be building a new brain for Alexa

I know all of...

VICE News

David Gilbert

Australian lawmaker shows how not to act in the wake of a gun massacre

An Australian lawmaker was slammed Sunday for posting a photo of himself aiming a firearm, days after the Florida school shooting.

George Christensen of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, posted a Facebook picture Saturday threatening his political opponents with a gun.

The now-deleted post showed Christensen holding a handgun with the caption: “You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?” — a reference to the Clint Eastwood movie “Dirty Harry.”

Following a...

The Verge

Dan Seifert

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: software sadness

Huawei’s premier smartphone is let down by bad software

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