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Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA and Ferrari exits suddenly amid health issues - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 12 min ago
This seismic, unexpected shift comes ahead of a planned retirement.

Ezra Miller's seen at Comic-Con: Will he shake up the DC, Warner Bros. panel? - CNET - News - 1 hour 33 min ago
Fantastic Beasts? Flashpoint? We'll know soon.

Scooters and bikes are ruining Comic-Con - CNET - News - 1 hour 42 min ago
Commentary: Riders who don't know how to get around responsibly are making a mess.

A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio market - CNET - News - 2 hours 55 min ago
High-end audio may be mostly an old person’s game, but there's a new breed of entrepreneurs making great products.

The Jack Ryan experience at Comic-Con 2018 will blow your mind - CNET - News - 3 hours 12 min ago
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Elon Musk's farting unicorn fight settled

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 13 min ago
The billionaire chief executive of Tesla got in a row with a Colorado potter over use of the image.

Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary

Ars Technica - 3 hours 16 min ago

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In light of the $5 billion EU antitrust ruling against Google this week, we started noticing a certain classic Ars story circulating around social media. Google's methods of controlling the open source Android code and discouraging Android forks is exactly the kind of behavior the EU has a problem with, and many of the techniques outlined in this 2013 article are still in use today.

The idea of a sequel to this piece has come up a few times, but Google's Android strategy of an open source base paired with key proprietary apps and services hasn't really changed in the last five or so years. There have been updates to Google's proprietary apps so that they look different from the screenshots in this article, but the base strategy outlined here is still very relevant. So in light of the latest EU development, we're resurfacing this story for the weekend. It first ran on October 20, 2013 and appears largely unchanged—but we did toss in a few "In 2018" updates anywhere they felt particularly relevant.

Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was announced. The original iPhone came out just a few months earlier, capturing people's imaginations and ushering in the modern smartphone era. While Google was an app partner for the original iPhone, it could see what a future of unchecked iPhone competition would be like. Vic Gundotra, recalling Andy Rubin's initial pitch for Android, stated:

He argued that if Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future, a future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice.

Google was terrified that Apple would end up ruling the mobile space. So, to help in the fight against the iPhone at a time when Google had no mobile foothold whatsoever, Android was launched as an open source project.

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A quick look at the nominees for 2018’s “Board Game of the Year”

Ars Technica - 4 hours 12 min ago


Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at

On Monday, board gaming's biggest international prize will be announced. The Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) is awarded by a jury of German game critics, and it traditionally goes to a lighter, family-style game. The more recent Kennerspiel des Jahres goes to a more complex and strategic game. (See our take on the shortlists from 2017 and 2016.)

Earlier this summer, the jury released a shortlist of three titles in each category. As we wait for the winner to be announced in a couple of days, here's a quick look at the nominees in both the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres categories. Several of these games are currently hard to get in the US, but all should be widely available in English later this year.

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We expose an X-ray technician's two budget home-theater rooms - CNET - News - 4 hours 12 min ago
Show Us Yours: Ray, the X-ray technician, has put together a living-room home theater and a playroom theater on a tight budget. See what he came up with.

Samsung Galaxy Watch: Rumored specs, price and release date - CNET - News - 4 hours 29 min ago
Samsung's next smartwatch could debut alongside the Note 9 with a whole new name.

2001 in 70mm: Pod bay doors look better than ever, still won’t open

Ars Technica - 5 hours 12 min ago

If I'm deep-down honest with myself, the reason I love 2001: A Space Odyssey is the same reason I love most Stanley Kubrick films: because I love watching people and things move inevitably from Point A to Point B.

He's done it with spaceships (2001), armies (Barry Lyndon), trenches (Paths of Glory), Big Wheels (The Shining), leapfrogging (Full Metal Jacket), and walking the streets of New York (Eyes Wide Shut). Ars Senior Editor Lee Hutchinson once told me that, growing up, he was so fascinated with the docking sequence from 2001 that he would watch it over and over again on VHS.

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Comic-Con 2018: 24 hours, 5 lines, 1 plea for mercy - CNET - News - 5 hours 12 min ago
Standing. Sitting. Sighing. Here's what it's like waiting (and waiting, and waiting, and waiting) in line at Comic-Con.

The state of fandom at Comic-Con 2018: Love, inclusion, hate and toxicity - CNET - News - 5 hours 12 min ago
Comic-Con offers one of the biggest celebrations of fandom on Earth, but not all of fandom might be worth celebrating.

9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET - News - 5 hours 12 min ago
We travel to San Diego for the annual Comic-Con geekfest; take a peek at what sounds like an awesome fingerprint scanner; and face the future of passports in Australia.

What a streamlined HomeKit means for Apple's smart home ambitions - CNET - News - 5 hours 12 min ago
For starters, you can probably expect to see a lot more HomeKit gadgets.

Lattis Ellipse Smart Bike Lock review: Equal parts smart and frustrating - CNET - Reviews - 5 hours 12 min ago
The lock has potential, but its flaws are just too much to get past.

Smart home gadgets aren't foolproof, even if you skip the installation - CNET - News - 5 hours 12 min ago
A shiny new home with a Nest thermostat and a Rachio sprinkler system! What could go wrong?

Funko Fundays is like Woodstock for pop culture geeks - CNET - News - 5 hours 12 min ago
One of the most exclusive parties at Comic-Con is a love letter to its most loyal fans.

The Ellipse smart bike lock in action - CNET - News - 5 hours 12 min ago
Does a smart bike lock make your bike more secure than a dumb one? Kinda.

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