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Venom, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse web up fans at Comic-Con - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 6:32pm
Fans see new raw Venom footage with Tom Hardy. Plus more on Spider-Pig and Nic Cage as Spider-Man Noir.

Every Star Trek: Discovery season 2 photo so far - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 6:27pm
As Star Trek comes to Comic-Con, we finally have our first looks at the second season of Discovery.

Walking Dead: Our World is Pokemon Go with zombies - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 6:25pm
But with less collecting and more killing.

Ezra Miller's seen at Comic-Con: Will he shake up the DC, Warner Bros. panel? - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 6:24pm
Fantastic Beasts? Flash? We'll know soon.

Comic-Con 2018 Saturday schedule: Aquaman, Shazam and DC take over - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 6:15pm
It's a day for heroes: Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Supergirl, My Hero Academia and more!

Living large with McIntosh audio electronics - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 5:47pm
The Audiophiliac spends quality time with the McIntosh C47 stereo preamplifier and MCT5000 CD/SACD transport.

Comic-Con 2018 is all about the fans. So why are so many of them mad? - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 5:45pm
Comic-Con offers one of the biggest celebrations of fandom on Earth, but not all of fandom might be worth celebrating.

Who Owns the Moon? A Space Lawyer Answers

Slashdot - July 21, 2018 - 5:45pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio market - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 3:17pm
High-end audio may be mostly an old person’s game, but there's a new breed of entrepreneurs making great products.

Elon Musk's farting unicorn fight settled

BBC Technology News - July 21, 2018 - 2:59pm
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 - July 21, 2018 - 2:56pm

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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 - July 21, 2018 - 2:00pm


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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Samsung Galaxy Watch: Rumored specs, price and release date - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 1:43pm
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 - July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm

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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9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET - News - July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
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.

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