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GM faces lawsuit after crash between motorcyclist and self-driving Chevy Bolt

A motorcyclist involved in a crash last month in San Francisco with a Cruise Automation self-driving vehicle filed suit against that company’s parent and maker of the vehicle, General Motors. Oscar Nilsson’s suit over the Dec. 7, 2017 crash, The Mercury News reported Tuesday, claims he was injured while riding behind a Cruise Automation Chevrolet Bolt that had someone in […]

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YouTube is asking its promoted artists not to insult the company

YouTube is asking musicians to agree to non-disparagement clauses in exchange for promotional support, according to sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Bloomberg. While non-disparagement clauses can be more common in partnerships or spokesperson deals, it is not a norm within the music industry and YouTube’s biggest competitors in this arena don’t use them. Over the past few […]

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Legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, the renowned author of the Earthsea series, has died at the age of 88. Her more than 20 novels and more than 100 works of short fiction, which won numerous Locus, Hugo, and Nebula awards, expanded the way many people thought about the science fiction and fantasy genres; authors who cite her as an influence range […]

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Google is working on bringing AR to Chrome with downloadable 3D objects

Google today unveiled its experimental effort to integrate augmented reality features into the mobile and desktop web using its Chrome browser. That way, web designers, media organizations, and other creative professionals could create virtual 3D objects, embed them into websites for viewing on desktop, and make them downloadable on mobile so users could place those objects into their real world […]

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Stripe will end bitcoin support because customers aren’t interested

Stripe will no longer supporting bitcoin payments by April this year, the company announced today. Stripe said that customers aren’t using bitcoin as a method of payment as often anymore. The company plans to slowly end support with the cutoff point being April 23rd. It’s a total reversal of the company’s position four years ago, when it announced it would […]

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Terrifying baby robot has crawled right out of my dirt nightmares and into my dirt heart

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but a crawling baby picks up hella dirt — or, more specifically, a bunch of bacteria, dead skin cells, and maybe even some fungal spores. In order to better understand just how much of these gross particles babies are inhaling, researchers over at Purdue built a “simplified robot crawling infant.” This tinfoil-wrapped cyclops, spotted […]

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Trump’s death wish for sharks boosts donations to shark conservation

President Donald Trump may be “terrified” of sharks — but, ironically, his wish that “all the sharks die” is inspiring people to give money to shark conservation groups, according to MarketWatch. Several non-profits have recently received donations that specifically mention Trump as the reason for charity. And many are new donors, including from outside of the US. For instance, one […]

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Sundance’s breakout horror hit Hereditary is pants-wettingly scary

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. For the past several years, theater owners have been visibly struggling to find gimmicks to keep film lovers from abandoning movie theaters in favor of their own audiovisual setups at home. The rise […]

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It’s 2018 and Alesis has debuted a new wireless keytar

Ahead of the National Association of Music Merchants show (NAMM), Alesis has announced the second generation of its legacy keytar, the Vortex Wireless 2. The keytar, which has 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, features a new fader interface on the front and comes bundled with more software than its predecessor. Alesis first came out with the Vortex keytar in 2012, […]