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Everything Google Announced at Its Pixel Event

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 15:00
The company's hardware launches aren’t as big as Apple’s—and we’re okay with that.
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Debate Organizers Say They Will Make Format Changes For Next Time

After a presidential debate plagued by interruptions and cross-talk — mostly from President Trump — many voters and journalists asked whether more could have been done to stop the chaos.

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New York City Imposes Fines Of Up To $1,000 For Those Who Refuse To Wear Face Masks

City personnel will hand out free masks. "Our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask and get them to wear it," the mayor said. "We don't want to fine people."

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Trump and the Limits of Content Moderation

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:50
The president’s televised encouragement of white supremacy and political violence was a reminder that social media didn’t create these problems.
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Trial Of Sept. 11 Defendants At Guantánamo Delayed Until August 2021

More setbacks in the long-delayed 9/11 case in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba: A U.S military court judge has delayed the trial of the five defendants in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks until August 2021.

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Baseball Rarity: Cubs And White Sox In Playoffs, But Chicago Fans Can't Go To Games

The strange, shortened season just got more weird, with both teams in the playoffs for just the third time ever. Fans would normally dance in the streets or cram into bars, but it's 2020, so no.

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'I'm Struggling To Walk': Serena Williams Withdraws From French Open

Ending her most recent quest to tie the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles, Serena Williams had to pull out due to a flare-up from a previous injury.

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Kentucky AG Seeks To Delay Release Of Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recording

The recording would provide a window into more than two days of grand jury proceedings. But the attorney general's office says it needs more time to redact witnesses' personal information.

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Kevin Young Named Director Of National Museum Of African American History And Culture

"I am eager to engage further directions in the museum's mission, embracing our digital present and future while furthering conversations around Black history, art, liberation and joy," Young says.

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Portland Sheriff Says He 'Will Never Support' President Trump

"Donald Trump has made my job a hell of a lot harder since he started talking about Portland," says Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese. The president claimed that the "Portland sheriff" supports him.

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Portland, Ore., Sheriff Says He 'Will Never Support' President Trump

"Donald Trump has made my job a hell of a lot harder since he started talking about Portland," says Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese. The president claimed that the "Portland sheriff" supports him.

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Forum: Pandemic's Disproportionate Impacts on Minority Communities in U.S. Cities

A recent NPR poll finds minority communities have been disproportionately burdened by wage gaps and chronic illnesses during the pandemic. Watch a expert discussion at 12 noon ET Wed. Sept. 30.

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U.S. Statue Removals Inspire Indigenous People In Latin America To Topple Monuments

The latest target was a statue of Sebastián de Belalcázar, a Spanish conquistador who founded two Colombian cities and led a military campaign that killed and enslaved thousands of Indigenous people.

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The Best Trick in 'Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2'? Double Nostalgia

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 09:00
The new remaster of the classic games series recalls both the late-1990s—and the carefree days before Covid-19 lockdowns.
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Best Apple Watch (2020): Which Models to Buy, or Avoid

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 09:00
There are now three versions of Apple's popular fitness smartwatch. Here's our guide to them all.
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Retroreflectors: From Apollo to Mars

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 08:50
When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, the crew brought devices with them called retroreflectors, which are essentially small arrays of mirrors.
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Facebook Merges DMs for Instagram and Messenger

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 08:00
A new update allows for cross-platform messaging for the first time within the Facebook family of apps.
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Trump To Appeal Removal Of 'Polarizing' Public Lands Chief

The White House says it will appeal a federal court ruling ousting William Perry Pendley, who led the Bureau of Land Management for more than 400 days without Senate confirmation.

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How to Watch Google's Pixel Event Today—and What to Expect

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 07:00
There are two new phones coming, a new Nest smart speaker, and a Chromecast with a TV remote.
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In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 07:00
Coal plant upgrades led to a dramatic reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions. But those particles also help reflect solar heat away from the planet.
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