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Why the FTC Wants to Revisit Hundreds of Deals by Big Tech

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 15:23
Silicon Valley's “if you can’t beat ‘em, buy ’em” approach comes under federal scrutiny. Some antitrust experts say better late than never.
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In Coronavirus Quarantine, Diamond Princess Passengers Form Unique Online Community

The postings on Facebook, email and WhatsApp are mainly "just words of encouragement and a friendly ear." But they also share food reviews and news.

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'Ghost' DNA In West Africans Complicates Story Of Human Origins

Modern genomes from Nigeria and Sierra Leone show signals that scientists call ghost DNA — from an unknown human ancestor. That means that prehistoric humans likely procreated with an unknown group.

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NASA Puts a Price on a 2024 Moon Landing 

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 13:35
Last year, the vice president directed the space agency to put astronauts back on the moon. NASA crunched the numbers—and it won't come cheap.
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With His Campaign Struggling, Joe Biden Turns His Focus To South Carolina

The former vice president's campaign is looking at South Carolina, where African Americans make up a large share of the electorate, as a must-win state.

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Judge Voids UNC's Controversial Settlement Over Confederate Statue 'Silent Sam'

The judge overturned the university system's settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, concluding that the group didn't have legal standing to bring a lawsuit in the first place.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Ends His Presidential Bid

The former Massachusetts governor jumped into the Democratic presidential primary months after most of his competitors did and never gained traction in polls.

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Klobuchar's 3rd Place Finish In New Hampshire 'Shocked The Establishment'

The Minnesota senator captured nearly 20% of the vote on Tuesday, surprising political watchers who had been more focused on the campaigns of Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

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Cricut Joy Review: An Easy Way to Start Crafting

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:00
Cute and compact, this crafting machine is a great entry point for new and aspiring artists.
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Cargo Craft Named After 1st Black Astronaut Slated to Head to Station

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:39
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply spacecraft is seen horizontal on Pad-0A for the final cargo load, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
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After Iowa Debacle, Tech Experts Who Aid Progressives Call For A Strategic Shake-Up

The failure of this year's Iowa caucuses was years in the making, some technology specialists argue, in part because of the haphazard way political users buy software.

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Timetable For A Vaccine Against The New Coronavirus? Maybe This Fall

Recent advances in biotech make scientists optimistic that they might have a vaccine that has passed basic tests of human safety and efficacy ready to go to clinics as soon as this fall.

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Chrome Is Fixing the Web's Most Annoying Video Problem

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:00
Google has finally decided to clamp down on those intrusive autoplay video ads.
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Pope Francis Won't Allow Church To Ordain Women And Married Men In South America

Bishops from the Amazon region sought the changes to address a shortage of clergy. But some Roman Catholic conservatives warned that enacting them would lead to the end of clerical celibacy rules.

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The Best Tower Warmers (2020): Zadro and Haven

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:00
We toasted towels and repeatedly touched hot surfaces to find which warmers, if any, are worth your money.
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3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:00
Two psychiatrists offer key changes that social media platforms can make to stop doing harm and start doing good for those who may struggle with their mental health.
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Trump Praises Attorney General Barr For 'Taking Charge' Of Roger Stone Case

The president's tweet came a day after the Justice Department took the unusual step of seeking a shorter sentence for Trump's ally. The four prosecutors in the case withdrew following that move.

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26 Best Nintendo Switch Accessories (2020): Docks, Cases, and More

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 08:00
Own Nintendo's two-in-one console? These are our picks for the best screen protectors, chargers, controllers, and more.
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With In-Car AR, Drivers Get a New View of the Road Ahead

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 07:00
New augmented reality-equipped navigation screens are the latest in an arms race among upscale auto makers like Mercedes and Cadillac.
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Can a Database of Animal Viruses Help Predict the Next Pandemic?

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 07:00
A scientist spent years building a tool to identify coronaviruses that can jump species. Then this winter's virus emerged—and put his system to the test.
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