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Google Used a Secret Program Called ‘Project Bernanke’ to Benefit Clients Using Its Ad-Buying System

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Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)Google used a secret program called “Project Bernanke” for years to increase its clients’ chances of winning bids for competitive ad space, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing court documents filed in the Texas-led antitrust suit against Google. The state argues that the program gave Google an unfair competitive…

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Acer Reportedly Hit With $50M Ransomware Attack, Says Companies Like It ‘Are Constantly Under Attack’

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Acer has reportedly been hit with a $50 million ransomware attack, the largest attempted ransom to date.Photo: Sam YEH / AFP (Getty Images)Acer has purportedly become the victim of a massive ransomware attack, in which hackers are asking for $50 million to release the company’s stolen data, Bleeping Computer reported on Friday. Nonetheless, the company…

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Supergirl Is Gaining Another Magical DC Comics Imp

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Ms. Nyxly as seen in DC Comics; Peta SergeantPhoto: (Left: DC Comics), Gaye Gerard (Getty Images)The CW is not playing around and is dominating the nerd news cycle this weekend. Supergirl is heading into the final stretch as the upcoming season six will be the show’s last, and actress Peta Sergeant (The Originals) is now…

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Well Here’s Something You Don’t See Every Day

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Perseverance and Ingenuity together on the surface of Mars.Gif: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSWe’re used to seeing stark images of rovers all alone on the Red Planet, but Perseverance brought a friend. NASA has just released a stunning photo showing two vehicles—the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter—in a single shot. Captured by the WATSON camera located on the…

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Thursday’s Best Deals: RAVPower Portable Power Station, VPN Unlimited + PlayStation Plus, LEGO Star Wars X-Wing, Bella Air Fryer, Ella Paradis Spring Cleaning Sale, and More

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Jump to: Tech | Gaming | Home | Lifestyle | MediaPromoted Deal: Ergonomic Chair | $299 | BranchAs torn up as I am that this is my last week at The Inventory, I recently accepted a new job that’ll have me working from home indefinitely ... unless I move to LA, which I won’t. So if…

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Methane Has Never Risen This Fast in the Atmosphere

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Flaring during oil and gas production is a big source of methane.Photo: Matthew Brown (AP)There’s more methane in the atmosphere than any other time since record keeping began—and levels really spiked last year, despite the fact that we were all inside for most of the time. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency said that…

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Radio Shack Once Again Crawls Out of the Grave

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Photo: Joe Raedle / Staff (Getty Images)Radio Shack, the once-popular electronics chain, went bankrupt in 2015 and again in 2017. The physical stores, once a nerd’s paradise full of electronic components and computer gear, closed one by one, and a company called Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV) bought the brand and most of the company’s assets.Fast…

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Appalachia’s Fracking Industry May Never Be Profitable Again

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A Consol Energy Horizontal Gas Drilling Rig explores the Marcellus Shale outside the town of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.Photo: Mladen Antonov (Getty Images)It’s clear that we need to stop natural gas production to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis. But a new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute’s U.S. Center and the Ohio River Valley…

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This Soap Bottle Is Made of Soap and Also Dispenses Soap

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Image: Project SoapbottleI’m always trying to reduce the amount of plastic I throw away, and this new Kickstarter project’s clever solution, which uses soap to create a multi-purpose, zero-waste container, has me intrigued. Project Soapbottle, which was initially conceived by Jonna Breitenhuber as part of a student design contest, is a new line of packaging that uses…

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ViacomCBS Is Selling $3 Billion in Stock to Fund Paramount+, a Service Some People Evidently Don’t Know Exists

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Photo: Catie Keck/GizmodoThe parent company behind Paramount+ has announced it’s looking to raise $3 billion to help fund operations, including for its new streaming service—that some consumers evidently have no idea exists.ViacomCBS said Monday it will offer $2 billion in Class B common stock and $1 billion in Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock. J.P.…

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Is Yahoo Answers Dying? Yes, Son, Yes It Is

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Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images)Yahoo announced on Monday that it will soon send its Answers service to that great trash bin in the sky, bringing about 15 years’ worth of absurd, typo-ridden questioning and equally irreverent answering to an end. Yahoo Answers will be read-only as of April 20, and fully defunct by May 4,…

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Where Are All the Aliens? Maybe Trapped in Underground Oceans

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus.Image: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteA planetary scientist says subterranean water worlds are likely common in the galaxy and probably even better for life than Earth-like environments. Should an intelligent species arise beneath the frozen crust, however, they’d find themselves in perpetual isolation, in what is a possible solution to the Fermi Paradox.Several moons in…

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Researchers Might Have Finally Cracked Smart Clothing

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Screenshot: MIT CSAILWhile smart clothes seem like a cool idea in theory, in reality we’ve mostly been stuck with useless overpriced smart pajamas from Tom Brady, smart running shoes, and other dubious fitness recovery paraphernalia. The reason? Incorporating electronics into clothing in a natural way is a tall order. Researchers from MIT CSAIL, however, say…

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Pinterest Is Reportedly Eyeing VSCO Acquisition

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Photo: Lionel Bonaventure (Getty Images)The online pinboard site Pinterest is reportedly in talks to scoop up VSCO, a photo-editing and sharing app that you may remember for inspiring a teen subculture back in 2019. Negotiations remain ongoing, two sources with knowledge of the matter told the New York Times, and there’s still no word on…

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