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Reddit CEO apologizes for editing comments, adds r/all filtering

Reddit CEO apologizes for editing comments, adds r/all filtering

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman stirred up controversy by editing comments posted by users on the subreddit “The_Donald.” This act of trolling didn’t go over well, and many users denounced the actions, citing concerns about privacy and whether admins could -- and were -- secretly editing other posts. Now, a week later, Huffman is back with another post, this one apologizing for his actions and addressing the issue of trolls.

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Immersive Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal theme parks

Immersive Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal theme parks

Nintendo attractions are heading to the Universal theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando, and Japan’s Osaka, the company has announced. Plans to launch Nintendo attractions at Universal resorts were announced early last year, and while we still have some waiting before they go live, we now have more info about what to expect. Among other things, Nintendo says these attractions will target all age groups and will be both 'immersive and interactive.'

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DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

AT&T has introduced DirecTV NOW, a “completely new platform” that enables subscribers to stream live television over the Internet. The service allows users to stream up to two streams at once, and while it doesn’t support 4K (for now, at least), it does target most of the features users want, with the pricing starting at $35/month for at least 60 channels. DirecTV NOW offers nearly all the big networks, including Viacom, Turner, AMC channels, and more.

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PlayStation Vue is losing Comedy Central and other Viacom channels

PlayStation Vue is losing Comedy Central and other Viacom channels

If you're a PlayStation Vue subscriber, Sony has some bad news for you: its livestreaming television service is losing Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, and other Viacom channels. "As part of our ongoing evaluation of the PlayStation Vue offering," the company said in a statement today, "we have determined that removing the bundle of channels from Viacom is the best way for us to continue to offer the most compelling value to our fans."

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LastPass syncing across multiple devices is now free

LastPass syncing across multiple devices is now free

LastPass has announced that its syncing feature is now free to use across multiple devices, including things like your laptop, tablet and smartphone. Whatever devices you use the service on, your passwords will sync across them and it won’t cost you anything. Premium members will still keep exclusive access to the other premium perks, however, including things like going ad-free and sharing with up to five users.

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2018 Star Wars Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

2018 Star Wars Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Donald Glover, perhaps best known at the moment for his leading role in Atlanta, has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the yet-unnamed standalone Star Wars movie slated for 2018. This standalone movie will focus on Han Solo, per past news. Fans have petitioned to have Glover brought in as Lando for months, something that even spawned this gem of a Photoshop. The news was made official this evening.

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EyeEm taps Adobe Stock to boost curated premium photo collection

EyeEm taps Adobe Stock to boost curated premium photo collection

EyeEm, a photo-sharing app and image marketplace, has announced a new deal with Adobe that will have it providing some of its community’s best photographs for licensing through Adobe Stock Premium Collection, the latter company’s curated collection of high-quality images. This gives some of EyeEm’s users a new market to tap, and likewise gives Adobe customers an additional source of quality commercial photos.

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Pyle Street Blaster X is a 1,000 watt Bluetooth speaker

Pyle Street Blaster X is a 1,000 watt Bluetooth speaker

Pyle is back with an updated version of its Street Blaster speaker, the Street Blaster X. This new iteration looks similar in design, though with some notable digital and colorful upgrades. As with most speakers, it supports wireless streaming over Bluetooth as well as wired playback via a 3.5mm port. Unlike the Bluetooth speakers most of your friends have, though, this one is a little more robust: it offers 1,000 watts of power, making it the kind of speaker you'd roll out for a party.

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Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

NASA made a short but substantial announcement on Monday: Mercury is tectonically active, joining Earth as the second tectonically active planet located in our solar system. The realization was made thanks to research funded by NASA, which found that Mercury — which is small, hot, and shrinking, the space agency says — is continuing to contract, resulting in small fault scarps that are “geologically young" and serve as signs of tectonic activity.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $3bn to cure all diseases

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $3bn to cure all diseases

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have an undertaking called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and they’re committing a minimum of $3 billion through it over the next ten years in a bid to either “cure, prevent or manage” all types of disease by the century’s end. As such, the initiative says its second big focus is on science, and its President of Science will be The Rockefeller University neuroscientist Dr. Cori Bargmann. At the heart of this undertaking, the initiative says, is the goal of creating a strategy that will “unlock understanding of the human body down to the cellular level."

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Google Trips app offers all your travel data with offline access

Google Trips app offers all your travel data with offline access

Google wants to make your next vacation a little less stressful, and it’s doing so with a new personal tour guide called Google Trips. This app aggregates all the important data about your trip — things like reservation info, your plans for the day, places to eat, and similar — and keeps them all in an easy-to-access place. Even better (and quite necessary for international traveling) is an offline option that allows users to make all of the data available even when you don’t have access to an Internet connection.

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Amtrak unveils next-gen high-speed trains slated for 2021 launch

Amtrak unveils next-gen high-speed trains slated for 2021 launch

Amtrak has taken the wraps off its next-generation high-speed trains, saying it plans to launch them in 2021. The trains will be an upgrade to the Acela Express fleet in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), the same region where it will be upgrading infrastructure as part of a larger 'modernization' program. The step is a necessary one to keep the (often criticized) company relevant and useful.

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