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“I feel whole again:” Wounded vet receives first penis-scrotum combo transplant

Ars Technica - 17 min 39 sec ago

Enlarge / Doctors performing surgery. (credit: Getty | BSIP)

A young military veteran severely maimed by an improvised explosive device (IED) received a transplant of a large section of tissue, including the penis, scrotum, and a portion of the abdominal wall, from a deceased organ donor, according to The New York Times.

The 14-hour operation took place at Johns Hopkins Hospital last month. It marks the third successful penis transplant and the first complex penis transplant, which is to say it involved the scrotum and surrounding tissue as well as the penis. For ethical reasons, surgeons removed the testicles prior to the transplantation to prevent the possibility that the recipient could father children genetically belonging to the donor.

Though doctors expect his recovery and nerve regrowth to take some time, they’re hopeful that the patient will eventually recover the ability to urinate and have spontaneous erections and orgasms. In fact, they expect urination to be possible within a few months.

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The Apple + Shazam deal is now under investigation - CNET - News - 45 min 41 sec ago
EU regulators worry Apple might use Shazam to stifle competition.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - 47 min 27 sec ago
Chevrolet's 755-horsepower super Corvette can be everything to everyone.

Sanctions against Kaspersky are 'logical next step,' senator says - CNET - News - 52 min 48 sec ago
The call for additional restrictions on the cybersecurity company follows a ban by the US government.

Emerson Sensi thermostats answer Google Assistant commands - CNET - News - 58 min 52 sec ago
Emerson's Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat​ and Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat​ now respond to queries from Google Assistant.

Beats headphone deal: $110 off Studio3 Wireless at Best Buy and Amazon - CNET - News - 1 hour 4 min ago
The price for Beats' premium over-ear wireless canceling headphone has dipped -- for certain colors.

Alien life on Mars might look like something here on Earth - CNET - News - 1 hour 5 min ago
If you want to know what might be able to survive the Red Planet, look no further than the nearest cow gut.

Net neutrality is officially dead. Now what? - CNET - News - 1 hour 15 min ago
The FCC has taken the final step in erasing the 2015 rules protecting the internet. Here’s what you need to know.

Apple's Shazam deal faces European probe

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 18 min ago
Seven countries asked the European Commission to review the purchase of the music identification app.

What digital money could do for you - CNET - News - 1 hour 24 min ago
Digital cash has the potential to help us save more, manage our money and even break the cycle of poverty for the world's poor. It's not without risks.

Volvo S90 Ambience concept is a three-seat palace for the soul - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 24 min ago
And it might not stay a concept for long.

Pizza Hut celebrates NFL draft with homage to math - CNET - News - 1 hour 29 min ago
Commentary: Thursday's draft will feature the NFL's new sponsor offering a special prize to the Pi Pick.

Netflix, Amazon, and major studios try to shut down $20-per-month TV service

Ars Technica - 1 hour 32 min ago

Enlarge / Set TV's website. (credit: Set TV)

Netflix, Amazon, and the major film studios have once again joined forces to sue the maker of a TV service and hardware device, alleging that the products are designed to illegally stream copyrighted videos.

The lawsuit was filed against the company behind Set TV, which sells a $20-per-month TV service with more than 500 channels.

"Defendants market and sell subscriptions to 'Setvnow,' a software application that Defendants urge their customers to use as a tool for the mass infringement of Plaintiffs' copyrighted motion pictures and television shows," the complaint says. Besides Netflix and Amazon, the plaintiffs are Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros.

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RIP net neutrality: What happens now? (The 3:59, Ep. 390) - CNET - News - 1 hour 46 min ago
We discuss what's next for net neutrality, Amazon home robots and the death of cash.

Police 'visit funeral home to unlock dead man's phone'

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 51 min ago
Police in Florida are criticised for allegedly entering a funeral home to use a dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone.

Your body, and everything around you, will soon let you pay for stuff - CNET - News - 2 hours 2 min ago
Amazon, Mastercard and others are developing new ways for you to spend, including cashierless stores and scanning the veins in your thumb.

Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Versa: How to choose? - CNET - News - 2 hours 6 min ago
We tested the new Fitbit Versa alongside the Apple Watch Series 3 to find out their strengths and weaknesses as smartwatches and fitness trackers.

Former Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange CEO Karpeles lands new job - CNET - News - 2 hours 14 min ago
Currently on trial in Japan, Karpeles is now CTO for VPN service giant London Trust Media.

These wireless headphones are $10 and they're damn good - CNET - News - 2 hours 24 min ago
At this price you'd expect junk, but these aren't junk. Plus: A not-to-be-missed sale on boardgames.

670 horsepower and 0-60 in 2.2 seconds: The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak

Ars Technica - 2 hours 29 min ago


They say there's none so zealous as a fresh convert. The fallout from dieselgate saw Volkswagen find religion in electrification, and the automaker sure is embracing it. Last year, now-departed VW Group Chairman Matthias Müller revealed Roadmap E, which commits the company to electrifying its entire lineup by 2030. It is building networks of 350kW DC chargers. In Europe that's happening with other OEMs; here in the US it's doing it alone (revealing on Monday that Target and Sheetz, among others, will join 100 Walmarts in the network). It has locked in $25 billion of batteries for European- and Chinese-market battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and barely an auto show goes by without the reveal of yet another BEV under the I.D. sub-brand. The first of these will go on sale in 2020, with the microbus that everyone drools over coming in 2022.

But one I.D. electric car will hit the street a little sooner. Well, one particular street—the strip of road that runs up to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado. Volkswagen will use this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb both to stress test its new BEV platform and—if driver Romain Dumas sets a new EV record—to make some headlines. In March we saw a couple of renders of the I.D. R Pikes Peak, but on Sunday at Alès in France, it finally gave us our first look at the real thing.

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