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Tesla's portable phone-charging battery will complement your Tesla-branded life

Tesla's had a big week so far with the launch of its ultra fast supercar and its new electric semi truck . But what's the biggest announcement for us here at Circuit Breaker? I'm glad you asked. The company, along with all its other news, also launched a portable Tesla-themed battery that can charge iPhones, iPads, or any other device that takes a microUSB. The 3,350mAh battery pack is modeled after Tesla’s Supercharger monument at the Tesl...
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Twitter says it will judge verified users’ offline behavior

Twitter’s announcement yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges from some accounts had an immediate impact, as the company stripped the blue checkmark from a handful of accounts associated with the far right. But the announcement, which arrived via five tweets and an update to a Twitter support page , left much unanswered. The most common question was why Twitter would remove a user’s badge instead of simply suspending or ...
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SpaceX set to launch mysterious Zuma payload tomorrow night

Tomorrow night, SpaceX will launch perhaps its most secretive payload yet: a classified government satellite built by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The purpose of the mission, codenamed Zuma, is essentially unknown. It’s unclear what kind of spacecraft is going up, or which government agency the launch is for. All we really know is that Zuma is scheduled to go into lower Earth orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket out of Cape Canaveral, ...
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More countries are using social media to crack down on dissent, study finds

The number of countries promoting disinformation on social media rose to its highest level during the past year, a new study has found. The report, from the pro-democracy think tank Freedom House , found manipulation tactics in elections in at least 18 countries in the last 12 months, including the United States. But while Russia (and America) have used such tactics to promote their own interests abroad, more countries are employing people ...
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DC Comics suspended a top editor after sexual harassment allegations

On Friday, BuzzFeed published a report with sexual harassment allegations against former DC Comics Group Editor, Eddie Berganza. On Saturday the publisher announced that Berganza has been suspended, pending a review of the allegations. In the report, three former company employees alleged that Berganza groped, kissed, or made otherwise inappropriate remarks and advances over a period of years, and that his actions were an open secret throug...
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This massive extinct otter may have had a bone-crushing bite

The scientific term for crunching hard-shelled creatures to death in your teeth before swallowing them is called “oral-crushing durophagy” — and a massive, extinct otter called Siamogale melilutra may have been a champion at it. The giant otter was the size of a small human, weighing in at more than 110 pounds when it roamed southwest China six million years ago, National Geographic reports . But don’t imagine that this was a cuddly fuzzbal...
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Disney is planning a live-action Star Wars TV show for its streaming service

During today’s quarterly financial call for the Walt Disney Company, CEO Bob Iger announced that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will be helming his own Star Wars trilogy . But that isn’t all: Disney also plans to create a live-action Star Wars television show for its upcoming online streaming service . There are no details on what this show might be about. But according to Variety , Iger also revealed that Disney is currently working o...
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Drug Hunters

On a July day a little over a year ago, over 30 people collapsed on a street in Brooklyn. They lay on the ground, vomiting down their shirts, twitching and blank-faced. Some, half-naked, made jerking movements with their arms, eyes rolled back. Others groaned and clutched onto fire hydrants to try to stay upright. Witnesses said the scene was like The Walking Dead . Headlines claimed that people had turned into “zombies,” while police said ...
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The NichePhone-S is a tiny little Android phone

As Apple brings smartphones to bold new places, another company is trying to take us back to a simpler, calmer, and much cheaper time. FutureModel plans to release a surprisingly accurately named device called the NichePhone-S later this month that runs Android but doesn’t seem to do much more than make calls, send texts, and stream music. It’s similar in shape to a credit card and looks like an odd little calculator. Engadget Japan called ...
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The Nintendo Switch kickstand is still bad

I bought a Nintendo Switch last week to play Super Mario Odyssey . I'm loving the game. I'm loving the Switch. But there's one thing I can't fully grasp with the device and how it made it through product testing: the kickstand. Why is it so bad? My boyfriend and I have been sharing the Switch, more or less, since I got it. We play together in bed and prop it up while we hold the controllers in our hands. (Lean into the Mario hat-tossing ges...
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