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Amazon may buy Landmark Theaters to screen its original movies

Amazon may buy Landmark Theaters to screen its original movies

Amazon may be gearing up for a big acquisition, according to a new report, and it involves Landmark Theaters. Sources talking about the alleged plan say Amazon is eyeing a movie into the cinema industry in a big way, battling competitors in a mission to purchase the theater chain. Assuming such an acquisition takes place, this would give Amazon dozens locations to screen its movies.

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The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to enact rules that would essentially hobble the agency's own ability to protect the environment. Rules were first proposed on April 30th, 2018, under now-resigned and disgraced Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt. The public comment portion of this situation is over tomorrow.

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TimeSplitters 4 could actually happen as THQ Nordic buys franchise

TimeSplitters 4 could actually happen as THQ Nordic buys franchise

Back in the era of the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube, one of the most popular FPS franchises around was TimeSplitters. We haven't heard from the franchise in a while, mostly because there hasn't been a whole lot to report. The last game in the franchise, TimeSplitters 3: Future Perfect, was released in 2005, and though there have been rumors about TimeSplitters 4 throughout the years, nothing ever materialized.

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T-Mobile serves up free Pandora and Live Nation perks to subscribers

T-Mobile serves up free Pandora and Live Nation perks to subscribers

Today, T-Mobile took the stage to talk about the improvements it's making to customer service. While that reveal was certainly an exciting one in this age of automated customer service lines, it wasn't the only thing T-Mobile had to announce. The company also said that it's going to begin offering some new perks to customers, and both of these perks are centered around music.

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Elon Musk explains “funding secured” private Tesla tweet with Saudi talks

Elon Musk explains “funding secured” private Tesla tweet with Saudi talks

Elon Musk has clarified exactly what he meant when he tweeted he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private, after days of investors pushing the CEO to explain himself. Musk surprised many last week when he took to Twitter to suggest he would seek privatization for Tesla once the price reached $420 a share.

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Spotify tests unlimited ad skips for free users

Spotify tests unlimited ad skips for free users

In its current form, Spotify offers free ad-supported access to its music library. These advertisements are short but cannot be skipped, forcing users to sit through a brief clip before their music returns. The company is testing a major change to the way that system work, allowing users in Australia to skip as many advertisements as they want without any limitations.

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NBCUniversal may give viewers gift cards for streaming its shows

NBCUniversal may give viewers gift cards for streaming its shows

Most video streaming services come in three varieties: free with ads, as a subscription with ads, or as a subscription without ads. NBCUniversal is planning something entirely different, according to a new report, that not only won't charge for a subscription, but will actively reward viewers who stream content. Planned content reportedly includes NBCU's own shows and third-party videos.

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uberAIR flying taxi project gets Army Research Labs, UT Austin partners

uberAIR flying taxi project gets Army Research Labs, UT Austin partners

Uber Elevate has teamed up with UT Austin and US Army Research Labs as part of its uberAIR project, which envisions an urban-based ride-share aviation network. Uber Elevate intends to launch in three cities with demonstrations starting in 2020; both Los Angeles and Dallas are two of those launch cities and a third one is being sought internationally. If everything goes as planned, uberAIR will start commercial operations in 2023.

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Discord game store tests kick off with freebies for Nitro users

Discord game store tests kick off with freebies for Nitro users

The competition between Steam and Discord is heating up. Back in July, Steam rolled out a new chat client that appeared to take heavy inspiration from Discord, and today, Discord is biting back by going after Steam's core business of selling games. Yes, Discord has launched a game store of its own, and though it's starting small, it has the potential to become a big part of the app as a whole.

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Microsoft reveals big plan to launch broadband Internet in rural Ohio

Microsoft reveals big plan to launch broadband Internet in rural Ohio

Microsoft has teamed up with Agile Networks to launch broadband Internet throughout rural Ohio, the companies have announced. The launch will cover 900,000 Ohioans who currently have inadequate access to the Internet, this being part of Microsoft's larger Airband Initiative. Under that, Microsoft aims to reduce the number of American communities without broadband, covering 2 million people by 2022.

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Elon Musk details taking Tesla private, says final decision is pending

Elon Musk details taking Tesla private, says final decision is pending

Following a tweet earlier today mentioning as much, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has published an email previously sent to employees that details potential plans about going private. News about the idea first surfaced this afternoon on Twitter via Musk, who tweeted, "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured." He has since tweeted updates, saying the company has confirmed that it has investor support for the plan.

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US Army taps Lockheed Martin for anti-drone microwave weapons

US Army taps Lockheed Martin for anti-drone microwave weapons

Forget nets and drone-catching eagles -- the US Army plans to blast unmanned aerial vehicles out of the sky using microwave weapons. The Department of the Army published a document revealing plans to purchase such a device from Lockheed Martin, also using the company for integration and support. Though the US Army isn't soliciting proposals from competing companies, it says it will accept them for a period of time.

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