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SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg gave the internet language

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Although SpongeBob SquarePants has been airing more or less consistently for nearly 20 years, the show’s first three seasons — which aired between 1999 and 2004 — were its most influential. Those 60 episodes were the only ones personally overseen by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died yesterday from ALS. They aired during a critical period […]

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Here’s how Google Fi will work with iPhones

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Google announced today that its Project Fi wireless network, now rebranded to Google Fi, will be available for iPhones and the majority of Android devices. That’s supposed to open up a lot more phones to Google Fi’s unique features, such as flat rate data billing; unlimited international roaming; and the ability to switch between multiple […]

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Over 400 Google employees sign letter opposing censored Chinese search app

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More than 400 Google employees have signed an open letter urging Google to cancel an in-development Chinese search app, on the grounds that it will enable censorship and human rights violations by the Chinese government. The letter was published yesterday with 11 signatories; as of this afternoon, it has 407, most of which are from […]

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Fallout 76 journal, day 5: the top of the world

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Fallout 76 is the first online-only, multiplayer-focused entry in the post-apocalyptic series. Given its massive size and ever-evolving world, instead of a traditional review, we’ll run a series of journal entries chronicling our adventures in Bethesda’s devastated version of West Virginia. You can catch up on them right here. It’s a long trek to the […]

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Amazon put unwanted sponsored products in customers’ baby registries

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Customers are complaining that Amazon’s ads use a deceptive design that tricks them into buying sponsored products instead of items from the baby registries of their friends and family members, reports The Wall Street Journal. Many people noted that they had unwittingly purchased gifts from these ads and their friends and family received unwanted items. […]

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V-Moda’s new Lightning to headphone cable has a premium DAC and amp, but it costs $101

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V-Moda has come out with a new Lightning to 3.5mm cable that costs $101. This might seem like yet another expensive penalty for Apple’s decision to remove the audio jack from its iPhones, but the price is on par with other companies’ Lightning to 3.5mm cables, like Master & Dynamic’s for $69 and Shure’s for […]

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Two Iranian men charged with the ransomware attack that took down Atlanta

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The US Treasury Department has placed bitcoin addresses on its sanctions list for the first time after two Iranian hackers were charged with extorting millions of dollars through them. The two addresses belonged to Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, who allegedly created the SamSam ransomware software. The Justice Department unsealed an indictment […]

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Knickers, the extremely large cow, isn’t actually a cow

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Yesterday, the world was introduced to Knickers, an extremely large Australian bovine. The steer was a sight out there in the field, towering benevolently over his smaller female peers. (No, Knickers is not a cow. Cows are female cattle who have had a calf; a steer is a neutered male.) The very big boy is […]

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The Apple Watch Series 4’s electrocardiogram feature is reportedly coming with watchOS 5.1.2

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The Apple Watch Series 4’s long-promised electrocardiogram (EKG) feature may finally get support in the upcoming watchOS 5.1.2 update, according to an Apple Store training document obtained by MacRumors. The feature will let the wearable device take EKG measurements using electrodes built into the back of the Watch and the digital crown, improving the Apple […]

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NEC Launches Narrow Bezel MultiSync EA271U Display: 4K & USB-C Charging

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NEC has released a new 27-inch performance mainstream monitor aimed at business and enterprise customers that are after a 4K display with modern USB Type-C connectivity. The MultiSync EA271U monitor offers rather typical specs for an LCD of this class, but adds some additional features to cut down power consumption of the device, which may […]

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