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YouTube cracks down on Tide laundry pod challenge videos

YouTube cracks down on Tide laundry pod challenge videos

Many laundry detergent companies are offering their product in "pod" form: a small dissolvable sachet containing a single load's worth of detergent. There have been regrettable reports of very young kids and adults with dementia eating these pods by mistake, but a worrisome trend has surfaced among teens, and it is known as the "Tide Laundry Pods Challenge." The "challenge," in this case, is biting into the pods and then posting a video of it online.

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Drunk drone operators face jail and a fine in New Jersey

Drunk drone operators face jail and a fine in New Jersey

New Jersey has signed into a law a new bill that makes it illegal for drone owners to operate their UAVs while drunk. Assuming a drone owner is caught flying a drone with too much alcohol in their system, they face a $1,000 fine and up to half a year in jail. The law aims at protecting public safety, as drone operators may be less inclined to follow the rules or may recklessly operate the aerial vehicle.

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Verizon NBA deal brings AR content, live games, and originals

Verizon NBA deal brings AR content, live games, and originals

Verizon and the NBA have entered a new multi-year partnership that will bring content and live games to Yahoo Sports. This content will include NBA League Pass live games, as well as a daily show with highlights, lifestyle programming, and more. As well, this partnership will kick off the development of AR content, plus "other forms of content" that weren't detailed.

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Google Cast Wi-Fi disruption fix arrives tomorrow for Android

Google Cast Wi-Fi disruption fix arrives tomorrow for Android

In recent days, attention was drawn to Google Cast and its involvement in Wi-Fi issues for some users. Today Google has released a support page acknowledging the problem, saying that there's a bug where Chromecast devices could cause slow Wi-Fi performance. That bug originates from the Cast software for Android phones, Google explains, which could "incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic" that negatively impacts wireless networks.

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FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

On Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to commissioners that would provide more than $500 million in funding for accelerating the rollout of broadband in rural regions. In addition, according to a release, this proposal would also "put in place strong new rules to prevent abuse of the high-cost program." Included in it are also multiple reforms to the program, which the FCC says will improve the existing program's "effectiveness and efficiency."

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Nintendo Labo: DIY cardboard mods transform the Switch

Nintendo Labo: DIY cardboard mods transform the Switch

As promised, Nintendo has just made that kid-friendly reveal it was teasing this morning. Say hello to Nintendo Labo, a new DIY platform that uses the Switch and its Joy-Con controllers to turn simple cardboard cutouts into imaginative game controllers. If you guessed that this was where Nintendo was going to go with this announcement, then kudos to you, because this is certainly a surprise to most of us.

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Amazon $10 and Under category launches with free shipping

Amazon $10 and Under category launches with free shipping

Amazon has launched a new section called "$10 and Under" that, as the name suggests, presents customers with items that cost no more than $10 each. The category is full of trinkets, clothing, jewelry, and other inexpensive items. Notable is the section's free shipping, keeping the cost very low for those times you have money to burn. The section appears to be a direct response to the website Wish.

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Apple announces another campus, promises 20,000 new jobs for US

Apple announces another campus, promises 20,000 new jobs for US

Today, Apple announced its plans to accelerate investment in the US economy, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars over the next five years. This investment will take a number of forms, from working on growing its own business to investing in suppliers around the US and even paying a massive tax bill as it looks to repatriate money held overseas. In all, Apple says its contribution to the US economy will total out to $350 billion.

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Google offers free IT support certification, but there’s a catch

Google offers free IT support certification, but there’s a catch

Google has announced its new "Google IT Support Professional Certificate" program through Coursera, offering anyone the chance to get certified for an entry-level job in the field. The course doesn't require any previous experience and takes between 8 and 12 months to complete, according to Google. Some individuals will be able to take the course and complete the certification process for free.

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ProtonMail’s VPN Android app launches with free, unlimited access

ProtonMail’s VPN Android app launches with free, unlimited access

Last summer, the team behind the encrypted email service ProtonMail announced its own VPN service, giving the public access to secure browsing. The service came out of beta back in June 2017, though not for every platform. That changed on Monday with the launch of ProtonVPN for Android, bringing secure mobile browsing to smartphones and tablets around the world.

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Ripple price crash: Why? Is it over yet? (XRP BTC USD)

Ripple price crash: Why? Is it over yet? (XRP BTC USD)

A crash of the cryptocurrency market took place over the past several days, and Ripple was one coin hit hardest. Ripple's coin XRP took a major hit, falling from $3.29 to $1.10, from about 16,000 Sat Bitcoin to 9902. It's not a pretty situation - but not all is lost. Something more major would have to happen for a total loss to occur.

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Project Fi Bill Protection caps bills, throttles heavy data users

Project Fi Bill Protection caps bills, throttles heavy data users

Google is rolling out an interesting new feature called Bill Protection to Project Fi subscribers today. Bill Protection seems to be Google's take on unlimited data plans from the big four, which were all launched early last year in quick succession. There are, of course, a few difference between Project Fi's Bill Protection and unlimited data plans from the other carriers, and those might make a jump to Project Fi worth it.

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