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Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories – Why You Should Watch Apple Tv+’s New Show!
Back in 1985, famed director and Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg had his science-fiction anthology, Amazing Stories, air on NBC from 1985 to 1987. The show had a total of 45 episodes and was a critical success, earning 12 Primetime Emmy nominat
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Animation Company Got $49m In Excessive Tax Credits
Blue Sky Studios, the company behind “Ice Age” and other animated films, received $49 million more in Connecticut state tax credits than it should have, state auditors said in a report released this week. The Disney-owned company, based in Greenwich,
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Science Panel: Consider Air Cooling Tech As Climate Back-up
The U.S. must seriously consider the idea of tinkering with the atmosphere to cool a warming Earth and accelerate research into how and whether humanity should hack the planet, the National Academy of Sciences said. The report by the academy, set up
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Dapper Labs, Creators Of NBA Top Shot, Get $305m In Funding
Canadian blockchain technology company Dapper Labs has secured $305 million in private funding — some of it from current and former NBA players, including Michael Jordan — to scale up its virtual NBA trading card site, the company said this week. Van
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California’s Net Neutrality Law Springs To Life
More than three years ago, Trump-era regulators killed federal net neutrality regulations designed to prevent AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other major internet providers from exploiting their dominance to favor certain services or apps over others. In
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China Cuts Taxes To Spur Semiconductor Development
China announced tax breaks this week to spur growth of its semiconductor industry following U.S. sanctions that alarmed the ruling Communist Party by cutting off access to American processor chips for tech giant Huawei and some other companies. Leade
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LITTLE THINGS: THE KEY PILLAR IN APPLE DESIGN & INNOVATION
Apple’s design language has changed a great deal in recent years, away from the silvers and rounded edges towards a modern, industrial-inspired design, as sported by the iPad Pro and iPhone 12. That design language is set to be elevated this year wit
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Lawmakers Press Big Tech Ceos On Speech Responsibility
The CEOs of tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google faced a grilling in Congress last week as lawmakers tried to draw them into acknowledging their companies’ roles in fueling the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and rising COVID-19 vaccine
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Can I Still Spread The Coronavirus After I’m Vaccinated?
Can I still spread the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated? It’s possible. Experts say the risk is low, but are still studying how well the shots blunt the spread of the virus. The current vaccines are highly effective at preventing people from getting
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Big Tech, Nevada Repair Shops Clash Over ‘Right To Repair’
Trade groups representing big tech companies faced off with independent repair shop owners during a committee hearing in the Nevada Legislature over a proposal that would require manufacturers to give repair shops the ability to fix devices like comp
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Lawyers Clash Over $1b Hydropower Transmission Corridor
Attorneys for conservation organizations and an electric utility clashed this week before a federal appeals court over the adequacy of environmental reviews of a key portion of a power transmission project in western Maine. An attorney for three cons
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Sports Cards Have Gone Virtual, And In A Big Way
Maybe the Luka Doncic rookie basketball card that recently sold at auction for a record $4.6 million was a bit rich for your blood. Perhaps you’d be interested in a more affordable alternative — say, a virtual card of the Dallas Mavericks forward cur
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Us Jobless Claims Rise To 719k As Virus Still Forces Layoffs
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose by 61,000 last week to 719,000, signaling that many employers are still cutting jobs even as more businesses reopen, vaccines are increasingly administered and federal aid spreads throug
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Two Space Fans Get Seats On Billionaire’s Private Flight
A billionaire’s private SpaceX flight filled its two remaining seats this week with a scientist-teacher and a data engineer whose college friend actually won a spot but gave him the prize. The new passengers: Sian Proctor, a community college educato
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Epic Games Complains About Apple To UK Competition Watchdog
Epic Games submitted a complaint this week about Apple’s alleged “monopolistic practices” to the U.K. competition watchdog, which is investigating the iPhone maker over concerns it has a dominant position in app distribution. The move by the maker of
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Safety Last: Risky Investments Soared At Start Of 2021
Who needs safety when the world’s about to get back to normal? Risky stocks seen as nearly untouchable a year ago burst to the market’s best performances during the first three months of 2021, headlining a fourth straight quarter of gains for the S&P
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NASA Gives All Clear: Earth Safe From Asteroid For 100 Years
Whew, now here’s some good cosmic news: NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid. The space agency announced this week that new telescope observations have ruled out any chance of Apophis smacking
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Once More Unto The Breach In ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’
“Godzilla vs. Kong”begins, fittingly, with the big guy asleep. There is King Kong, colossus of the big screen, slowing waking on a mountainside. He rouses slowly in the morning sun from slumber before showering in a nearby waterfall. It’s, maybe, a l
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Us, China Consulted On Safety As Their Crafts Headed To Mars
As their respective spacecrafts headed to Mars, China and the U.S. held consultations earlier this year in a somewhat unusual series of exchanges between the rivals. China’s National Space Agency confirmed Wednesday that it had working-level meetings
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Microsoft Wins $22 Billion Deal Making Headsets For Us Army
Microsoft won a nearly $22 billion contract to supply U.S. Army combat troops with its augmented reality headsets. Microsoft and the Army separately announced the deal this week. The technology is based on Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, which were or
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Amazon Faces Biggest Union Push In Its History
The second Jennifer Bates walks away from her post at the Amazon warehouse where she works, the clock starts ticking. She has precisely 30 minutes to get to the cafeteria and back for her lunch break. That means traversing a warehouse the size of 14
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China’s Huawei Says 2020 Sales Rose Despite Us Sanctions
Chinese tech giant Huawei said it eked out higher sales and profit last year but growth plunged after its smartphone unit was hammered by U.S. sanctions imposed in a fight with Beijing over technology and security. China’s first global tech brand rep
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Biden Announces Huge Infrastructure Plan To ‘Win The Future’
President Joe Biden outlined a huge $2.3 trillion plan Wednesday to reengineer the nation’s infrastructure in what he billed as “a once-in-a-generation investment in America” that would undo his predecessor’s signature legislative achievement — giant
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Automakers BMW, Volvo Back Moratorium On Deep Seabed Mining
Automakers BMW and Volvo announced that they support a moratorium on deep seabed mining for minerals used in electric vehicle batteries and other products. The call, which was also backed by Samsung’s EV battery unit and tech giant Google, cites the
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Virgin Galactic Rolls Out Latest Generation Of Spaceship
Virgin Galactic rolled out its newest spaceship as the company looks to resume test flights in the coming months at its headquarters in the New Mexico desert. Company officials said it will likely be summer before the ship — designed and manufactured
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Taiwan Chip Maker Tsmc To Invest $100b To Grow Capacity
Major Taiwan computer chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. plans to invest $100 billion in the next three years in expanding its manufacturing capacity and supporting research and development, the company said Thursday. The world’s bigge
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Big Tech’s Outsized Influence Draws State-level Pushback
New York state Sen. Michael Gianaris was ecstatic when Amazon named Long Island City in 2018 as a front-runner for its new headquarters, a project that would bring 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in construction spending to his district in Queens. But h
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Parler Network Founder Claims GOP Donor, Others Defamed Him
The developer of the conservative social network Parler is alleging he was defamed and improperly ousted by a prominent Republican Party benefactor, two men who replaced him at the company and a political commentator known for his support for former
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Stock Trading App Company Robinhood Files Plan To Go Public
Stock trading app company Robinhood said this week that it has submitted a confidential plan to go public later this year. The company based in Menlo Park, California, filed the paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission while at the cente
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