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Microsoft develops a portable, box-shaped data center to bring the cloud to remote areas

Microsoft has developed what it calls the Azure Modular Datacenter, or the MDC. It’s a modular, portable data center that can extend satellite range anywhere in the world, thanks to close integration with Elon Musk’s satellite broadband service. Microsoft hopes to work together with Musk’s SpaceX to further “link up” Starlink and Azure, though it […]

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Netflix’s subscriber growth slows, but company isn’t worried about running out of content

Netflix’s business soared during the pandemic, but as it heads into 2021 and faces a potential shortage of films and movies, the company will have to prove it can continue performing. Netflix reported its third quarter earnings today, and although Netflix is acknowledging slower growth, the company is still adding subscribers. The company added 2.2 […]

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Verizon acquires rural Kentucky wireless company Bluegrass Cellular

Verizon said Monday it is acquiring “certain assets” of Bluegrass Cellular, a wireless service provider in rural Kentucky. According to a news release, Bluegrass Cellular was the first wireless provider in central Kentucky, launching in 1991. It serves 210,000 customers in 34 Kentucky counties. “We are excited to acquire certain assets of Bluegrass Cellular and […]

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Facebook Rejects 2.2 Million Ads; Takes Down 120,000 Posts Ahead Of US Elections 2020

Facebook rejected 2.2 million ad submissions for targeting the US without completing its authorization process, Agence France-Presse reported. The social media giant also has removed 120,000 posts across Facebook and Instagram for violating its voter interference policies and placed warnings on 150 million posts debunked by fact-checkers. Facebook’s vice president Nick Clegg announced that the […]

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PS5 Fan Will Use Software Updates To Continuously Improve Performance Using Game Data

Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 5 console has a massive internal cooling system composed of, among other things, a gigantic fan. But the device, a 120mm-wide and 45mm-thick double-sided intake fan, also has some smart software to power it, and that software will improve the fan’s performance over time based on data gathered from individual games. In […]

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Google says Chinese hackers who targeted Biden campaign are faking McAfee software

Google said in a new blog post that hackers linked to the Chinese government have been impersonating antivirus software McAfee to try to infect victims’ machines with malware. And, Google says, the hackers appear to be the same group that unsuccessfully targeted the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden with a phishing attack […]

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Sony tries to clear up confusion over voice chat recording on PS5

Sony has clarified more details surrounding a controversial new PlayStation voice chat recording feature, first mentioned in its recent 8.0 update earlier this week, after some users were led to believe the company would be actively recording and moderating conversations among private groups. Sony later updated its announcement blog post to explain that the notification […]