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Nintendo accused of illegally denying refunds on pre-orders in Europe

 Nintendo has been accused of breaking European law by not allowing consumers to obtain refunds on pre-ordered games. Read More

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Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act

Thanks Trump and Republicans, for giving us the 2020 election. The “intensely political” federal judge in Texas has ruled with Republican states and the Trump administration and struck down the Affordable Care Act. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Conno
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Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act

Thanks Trump and Republicans, for giving us the 2020 election. The “intensely political” federal judge in Texas has ruled with Republican states and the Trump administration and struck down the Affordable Care Act. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, after Congress last year zeroed out a key provision -- the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance. The decision is almost certain to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. Texas and an alliance of 19 states argued to the judge that they’ve been harmed by an increase in the number of people on state-supported insurance rolls. They claimed that when Congress repealed the tax penalty last year, it eliminated the U.S. Supreme Court’s rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012. This is the entire law being struck down, not just “guaranteed issue and community rating. In the court's view--and this is *absolutely* insane,” says ACA legal expert Nicholas Bagely,”—the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.” That includes protections for people with pre-existing conditions, women being charged more because they’re women, the return of annual and lifetime caps on insurance payouts, everything. Never mind that all serious legal scholars declared the challenge “absurd” and “ludicrous.” The intensely partisan judge in Texas, a George W. Bush appointee who previously gutted parts of Title IX and ruled that ACA provisions prohibiting sex discrimination were a violation of religious freedom, apparently decided to throw previous court doctrine out the window. Now Trump (and Susan Collins) will find out if their new U.S Supreme Court is willing to be as radical. It will likely result in House Democrats taking on the defense of the law in appeal.

Salon’s comments of the week: What’s “Hollywood’s best-disguised film noir”?

Our readers weigh in on the Russia investigation, workplace diversity and the darkest holiday tale
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Salon’s comments of the week: What’s “Hollywood’s best-disguised film noir”?

Our readers weigh in on the Russia investigation, workplace diversity and the darkest holiday tale

Utah GOP guts voter-approved medical marijuana initiative after lobbying from Mormon church

Utah voters passed a medical marijuana law the Mormon church didn’t like. So GOP legislators rewrote it as ordered
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Utah GOP guts voter-approved medical marijuana initiative after lobbying from Mormon church

Utah voters passed a medical marijuana law the Mormon church didn’t like. So GOP legislators rewrote it as ordered

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Global Markets: Asian shares jolted by grim Chinese data, growth risks

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares tumbled on Friday after China reported a set of weak data, fanning fresh worries of a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy and leaving investors fretting over the wider impact of a yet unresolved Sino-U.S. trade disput
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Global Markets: Asian shares jolted by grim Chinese data, growth risks

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares tumbled on Friday after China reported a set of weak data, fanning fresh worries of a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy and leaving investors fretting over the wider impact of a yet unresolved Sino-U.S. trade dispute.

Why bitcoin ransoms are just not what they used to be for cyber criminals

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have long been a favorite ransom tender for cyber criminals thanks to the currencies' anonymous nature
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Why bitcoin ransoms are just not what they used to be for cyber criminals

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have long been a favorite ransom tender for cyber criminals thanks to the currencies' anonymous nature

Macworld magazine signed by Steve Jobs sells for more than $47K - CNET

Jobs had signed the original issue of Macworld at the grand opening of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store, according to RR Auction.
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Macworld magazine signed by Steve Jobs sells for more than $47K - CNET

Jobs had signed the original issue of Macworld at the grand opening of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store, according to RR Auction.

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Apple is producing new content about Snoopy and other Peanuts characters

Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media that will see the Canadian broadcaster producing new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. That includes exclusive short-form content for Apple starring astronaut S
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Apple is producing new content about Snoopy and other Peanuts characters

Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media that will see the Canadian broadcaster producing new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. That includes exclusive short-form content for Apple starring astronaut Snoopy, aimed at getting kids excited about STEM. Peanuts was created by Charles Schulz, […]

Discord announces 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles on upcoming games store

After gaming chat app startup Discord announced in August that they were building out a games store, today, they’ve detailed that they’ll be pursuing a very competitive 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles in 2019. In addition, the compan
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Discord announces 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles on upcoming games store

After gaming chat app startup Discord announced in August that they were building out a games store, today, they’ve detailed that they’ll be pursuing a very competitive 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles in 2019. In addition, the company revealed that they now have 200 million active users on their chat app, up from 130 […]

Propel raises $12.8M for its free app to manage government benefits

Propel, maker of the Fresh EBT app for managing food stamps and other benefits, announced today that it has raised $12.8 million in Series A funding. Fresh EBT (the EBT stands for the Electronics Transfer Benefit card, which is how food stamp participants rec
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Propel raises $12.8M for its free app to manage government benefits

Propel, maker of the Fresh EBT app for managing food stamps and other benefits, announced today that it has raised $12.8 million in Series A funding. Fresh EBT (the EBT stands for the Electronics Transfer Benefit card, which is how food stamp participants receive their benefits) allows users to check their food stamp/SNAP balance and […]

Facebook restructures Building 8, separating projects into Reality Labs and Portal groups

Facebook is restructuring its experimental hardware efforts and giving its moonshot projects a home within its AR/VR research division. The restructuring, reported by Business Insider (paywalled), didn’t result in any layoffs but did see some shifts of
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Facebook restructures Building 8, separating projects into Reality Labs and Portal groups

Facebook is restructuring its experimental hardware efforts and giving its moonshot projects a home within its AR/VR research division. The restructuring, reported by Business Insider (paywalled), didn’t result in any layoffs but did see some shifts of teams as the old Building 8 group rebranded to Portal and some projects moved to the former Oculus […]

Leo DiCaprio's Rumored Plan to Buy a Dinosaur Duo Has Paleontologists Upset

Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in the market for a $2.5 million dinosaur duo: a meat-eating Allosaurus mother and babe, according to Page Six in the New York Post.
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Leo DiCaprio's Rumored Plan to Buy a Dinosaur Duo Has Paleontologists Upset

Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in the market for a $2.5 million dinosaur duo: a meat-eating Allosaurus mother and babe, according to Page Six in the New York Post.

‘Donald’ debuts at No. 23 on worst passwords of 2018 list

Almost 10 percent of people on the interwebs used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on SplashData’s annual list, which was released this week. And nearly three percent of you are still using “123456,” the worst password of the entire ra
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‘Donald’ debuts at No. 23 on worst passwords of 2018 list

Almost 10 percent of people on the interwebs used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on SplashData’s annual list, which was released this week. And nearly three percent of you are still using “123456,” the worst password of the entire ranking. The eighth annual list of worst passwords of the year is based […]

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KFC’s Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours

There’s nothing like the holiday scent of… fried chicken. And it looks like thousands agreed. KFC released a limited-edition firelog that smells like its famous fried chicken — and it sold out in […] The post KFC’s Firelog That Smell
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KFC’s Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours

There’s nothing like the holiday scent of… fried chicken. And it looks like thousands agreed. KFC released a limited-edition firelog that smells like its famous fried chicken — and it sold out in […] The post KFC’s Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours appeared first on Geek.com.

Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Show

Daredevil darling Deborah Ann Woll will star in a new Dungeons & Dragons show next year. On Thursday, Geek & Sundry, a multimedia production company, announced that Woll will be the Dungeon Master and […] The post Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead Ne
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Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Show

Daredevil darling Deborah Ann Woll will star in a new Dungeons & Dragons show next year. On Thursday, Geek & Sundry, a multimedia production company, announced that Woll will be the Dungeon Master and […] The post Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Show appeared first on Geek.com.

Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’

Alice in Chains is turning its latest album into a film: The grunge rock band released a creepy teaser trailer for its new Black Antenna movie. On Thursday, the band unveiled the Black […] The post Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-
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Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’

Alice in Chains is turning its latest album into a film: The grunge rock band released a creepy teaser trailer for its new Black Antenna movie. On Thursday, the band unveiled the Black […] The post Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’ appeared first on Geek.com.

California mandates 100-percent zero-emission bus fleet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California moved Friday to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board v
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California mandates 100-percent zero-emission bus fleet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California moved Friday to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board voted to require that all new buses be carbon-free by 2029. ...

Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chain’s Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’

Alice in Chains is turning its latest album into a film: The grunge rock band released a creepy teaser trailer for its new Black Antenna movie. On Thursday, the band unveiled the Black […] The post Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chain’s Sci-
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Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chain’s Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’

Alice in Chains is turning its latest album into a film: The grunge rock band released a creepy teaser trailer for its new Black Antenna movie. On Thursday, the band unveiled the Black […] The post Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chain’s Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’ appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Deals: Xbox One X Bundles down to $400, $15 off Zelda BotW or Mario Odyssey

Need some solid gaming deals that will arrive in time for Christmas? Save $100 on various Xbox One X bundles at Walmart, snag two of Nintendo’s biggest games for $45 each, and save […] The post Geek Deals: Xbox One X Bundles down to $400, $15 of
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Geek Deals: Xbox One X Bundles down to $400, $15 off Zelda BotW or Mario Odyssey

Need some solid gaming deals that will arrive in time for Christmas? Save $100 on various Xbox One X bundles at Walmart, snag two of Nintendo’s biggest games for $45 each, and save […] The post Geek Deals: Xbox One X Bundles down to $400, $15 off Zelda BotW or Mario Odyssey appeared first on Geek.com.

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RCR to run commemorative gold paint schemes in 2019 Daytona 500

The commemorative schemes will help celebrate 50 years for RCR as an organization, based in Welcome, North Carolina. Austin Dillon will be attempting to defend his 2018 victory in 'The Great American Race' while his rookie teammate Daniel Hemric makes his 50
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RCR to run commemorative gold paint schemes in 2019 Daytona 500

The commemorative schemes will help celebrate 50 years for RCR as an organization, based in Welcome, North Carolina. Austin Dillon will be attempting to defend his 2018 victory in 'The Great American Race' while his rookie teammate Daniel Hemric makes his 500 debut. The team started with Childress himself behind the wheel in 1969, having won over 100 Cup races since then and collecting six Cup ... Keep reading

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