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Google parent company Alphabet settles shareholder misconduct lawsuit for $310M

Google parent company Alphabet settles shareholder misconduct lawsuit for $310M

Alphabet Inc. said Friday that it will prohibit severance packages for anyone fired for misconduct or is the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation. A special team will investigate any allegations against executives and report to the board’s audit committee.

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First hydrogen powered commercial aircraft takes flight above Bedfordshire

First hydrogen powered commercial aircraft takes flight above Bedfordshire

The world’s first commercial hydrogen-powered flight has been seen by the residents of southern counties in England only days after intentions to hydrogenize their fleet were announced by Airbus. The water vapor emitting flight took off from Bedfordshire in England according to a report by Sky News. The tech for these flights is available, according to the company behind the plane, ZeroAvia.

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Windows XP source code leaked online

Windows XP source code leaked online

For the first time, the source code for Windows XP has been leaked online. The Verge has confirmed the legitimacy of the code after it was published on the anonymous bulletin board website 4chan. Some users have yet to move away from the OS released in 2001 even though support for the same had been dropped by Microsoft in 2014. No comments about the leak have been provided by Microsoft as of now.

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Nick Fury rides again with a new Disney+ series starring Samuel L Jackson

Nick Fury rides again with a new Disney+ series starring Samuel L Jackson

Variety’s sources didn’t share any release date or title information. But the publication said Jackson will star and Kyle Bradstreet (Mr. Robot) will write and serve as executive producer. Jackson’s been playing Fury since Iron Man in 2008, and was last seen portraying the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader in 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud) is coming to Japan in early 2021

Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud) is coming to Japan in early 2021

Microsoft announced today during its Xbox showcase at the Tokyo Game Show that Cloud gaming would come to Japan in early 2021. On September 15, Microsoft officially launched Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud) on Android, allowing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in 22 markets to play over 150 Xbox Game Pass games on an Android phone or tablet at no additional charge.

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Uber handing passenger data to UK police to keep its license, report says

Uber handing passenger data to UK police to keep its license, report says

Uber has won the backing of the British police to keep its license in return for handing over thousands of pieces of intelligence on drivers, passengers and journeys each year, a report has revealed. According to court documents accessed by UK’s The Times, police receive passengers’ and drivers’ private data from Uber to tackle child exploitation, human trafficking, and drug dealing in the UK.

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US must defend TikTok ban or file injunction by Friday, judge rules

US must defend TikTok ban or file injunction by Friday, judge rules

A US judge has ruled that the Trump administration must either delay banning TikTok on US app stores or file an injunction defending the decision by Friday. The US government’s order banning TikTok downloads from Apple and Google app stores was to take effect Sunday. Earlier, TikTok moved court against the ban arguing the ban was ’not motivated by security concerns but political considerations.’

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Android and iOS users in some countries can now use NHS track and trace app

Android and iOS users in some countries can now use NHS track and trace app

The NHS launched its coronavirus contact tracing app this week for Android and iOS users living in England and Wales. The software, which has been delayed for months, is designed to help contain the spread of Covid-19 by alerting users if they have been in close contact with someone who has since tested positive.

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Apple gives Facebook an exemption from Apple fee for events through year-end

Apple gives Facebook an exemption from Apple fee for events through year-end

Facebook said Friday that businesses running paid online events on its iOS app would not need to pay a 30 percent fee to Apple for the remainder of 2020, temporarily defusing a standoff between the two tech giants. Facebook said on a blog that all businesses except gaming creators would be eligible for Apple’s fee exemption and can process payments for online events they run through Facebook Pay.

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Google reportedly plans to ban certain post-election day political ads

Google reportedly plans to ban certain post-election day political ads

Google said that it’s taking this step due to ’an unprecedented amount of votes will be counted after Election Day this year,’ according to Axios. The policy will block ads referencing candidates, the election, or the election results. It will also apply more broadly to ads that reference federal or state elections and ads that are targeting election-related search queries such as candidates.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx Probe to contact asteroid Bennu and collect samples next month

NASA OSIRIS-REx Probe to contact asteroid Bennu and collect samples next month

According to NASA, OSIRIS-REx, the robotic spacecraft, is set to descend to asteroid Bennu’s boulder strewn surface on the 20th of October after a four-year-long journey. Rock and dust samples will be collected when the spacecraft contacts the asteroid for 5 to 10 seconds. The asteroid is thought to date back to the time of Earth’s formation and could help scientists understand its development.

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You can now easily return the Apple Solo Loop watch band

You can now easily return the Apple Solo Loop watch band

The initial returns were met with buyer frustration. For starters, many were reporting difficulty getting the correctly sized band, based on online measurements. Also many expressed frustration with a policy that required the entire watch to be sent back to Apple as part of the return process. Apple has since clarified and addressed some of the issues.

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Halloween is coming to Nintendo’s Animal Crossing

Halloween is coming to Nintendo’s Animal Crossing

Nintendo is updating the title for Fall, with new goodies for Halloween, including character options, DIY projects and even pine cones. Users will be able to grow pumpkins, witchy outfits and even body paint and eye contacts in preparation for spooky season.

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Amazon launches Luna, a new video game streaming service

Amazon launches Luna, a new video game streaming service

Amazon’s ’Luna Plus’ subscription will cost $5.99 per month as part of an invite-only early access program. A controller designed for the service will also be sold, with ’early access’ pricing of $50, though gamers will also be able to use an Xbox One or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, as well as a mouse and keyboard to play.

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