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The Best Star Wars Cantina Aliens, Ranked

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Ironically, none of these patrons are on the list.Screenshot: LucasfilmThe Mos Eisley cantina is one of the most iconic sequences in sci-fi, let alone Star Wars, for good measure: it’s a hectic, technicolor glimpse into a wild world of weird aliens that expands, in just a few minutes, our entire worldview of what the setting…

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Company That Sold Fake Shares in Real Companies for NFT ‘Fantasy Startup Investing’ Has Already Pivoted

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Photo: Jack Taylor (Getty Images)After considerable criticism, creators of an online game based around “fantasy startup investing” have said they plan to ditch their original plans to charge users for gameplay and will now adopt a “free-to-play” model. The company, Visionrare, had planned to sell users NFT shares in real companies for the purposes of…

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The Justice Department Has a New Team of Crypto Cops

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Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool (Getty Images)The U.S. Justice Department has announced the launch of a new investigative team focused on disrupting “criminal misuse” of cryptocurrency. Dubbed the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team, or NCET, for short, the team will target crooked crypto exchanges, money launderers, and other unsavory elements that occupy the dark recesses of the digital…

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Why Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram All Went Down on Monday

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A woman checks her Instagram account as she stands on a street in New York city on October 4, 2021.Photo: Ed Jones (Getty Images)Facebook, your uncle’s favorite source for information on how 5G is making everyone communist, experienced a six-hour outage Monday. And it wasn’t just Facebook—the company’s other major platforms, Instagram and WhatsApp, were also…

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Ozy Media’s Lies Made It Go Up in Flames

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The weeklong soap opera starring Ozy Media came to a dramatic finish on Friday when the media outlet announced it was shutting down. Ozy’s finale unfolded in only five days and was fueled by its own lies and misrepresentations. Nonetheless, one question remains: Why did it take so long for the company’s deceptions to reach…

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Biden Administration Plans to Convene 30 Countries to Discuss Solutions to Ransomware Threat

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Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)The Biden administration plans to meet with officials from dozens of countries later this month in an effort to better coordinate a crackdown on cybercriminal gangs—particularly ransomware. “This month, the United States will bring together 30 countries to accelerate our cooperation in combatting cybercrime, improving law enforcement collaboration, stemming the illicit…

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Slack Is Down for Many People Worldwide

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The Slack logo appears outside its headquarters on December 1, 2020 in San Francisco, California.Photo: Stephen Lam (Getty Images)It’s not just you. Slack has been down for many people worldwide since late Thursday afternoon and some people are still struggling to access the messaging service via mobile app or even just slack.com on early Friday…

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This Is Why We Need Section 230

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Photo: Ric Feld (AP)CNN shut down its Facebook page in Australia on Wednesday, after an Australian court ruled that media outlets are liable for defamatory user-generated comments. On the one hand: bye, Felicia. On the other, the ruling threatens to squash the lively social media discourse we all know and love. It could also stifle…

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Amazon’s New Fitness Tracker Is Basically a Fitbit

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Image: AmazonNo, you’re not seeing double. The new Amazon Halo View looks almost exactly like a Fitbit Charge 5. Announced as part of Amazon’s devices and services event, the $80 tracker adds a color AMOLED display and two new fitness and nutrition modes for its Halo service.Amazon made a big deal about how the original…

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Who’s Who in Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop

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The Bebop crew have got a lot of familiar faces to confront... but first, some jazz!Screenshot: NetflixWe’re just a few months away from the arrival of the live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation on Netflix, but while we wait for November 19, the streaming service gave us a glimpse of the show’s faithful take on the anime’s…

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Disaster Comedy Don’t Look Up Feels Way Too Real

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President Meryl Streep? Yes, okay.Screenshot: NetflixThe star-studded new film Don’t Look Up has a wild, completely unbelievable premise. Something totally out of the scope of reality. A plot that would never, ever, in a million years happen. It’s about a world where scientists have proof something terrible is happening...and no one believes them. Pfft. Yeah,…

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Facebook to Appear at Senate Hearing After Leaked Research Shows Instagram’s Harmful Effects

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Photo: Joël SAGET / AFP (Getty Images)Representatives from Facebook will soon return to the hallowed halls of Congress where they will resume their favorite pastime: getting screamed at by legislators about how they’re ruining America. This time, the lucky company representative is Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, who will be facing down charges…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer Boosters for People 65 and Older and Those at High Risk for Severe Covid-19

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Photo: Francois Monier / AFP (Getty Images)After weeks of wondering who will get covid-19 booster shots and when—and receiving confusing advice from a variety of public officials—the Food and Drug Administration has made a decision. On Wednesday, regulators at the FDA decided to amend Pfizer-BioNTech’s emergency use authorization and allow for a single booster shot…

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Amazon Is Lobbying the U.S. to Legalize Weed

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Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP (Getty Images)Amazon is ramping up its pro-weed campaign, announcing on Tuesday that it is actively lobbying for legislative reforms aimed at decriminalization and reaffirming its commitment to not screening job applicants for cannabis. Beth Galetti, Amazon’s senior vice president of human resources, declared in a blog post the company’s support for two…

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Laika Heads to Wildwood for Its Next Stop-Motion Movie

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One of Carson Ellis’ lovely illustrations from the Wildwood series.Image: HarperCollinsLaika, the maker of fine stop-motion animated movies such as Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, has announced its newest project: an adaptation of Wildwood, the 2011 YA novel by Colin Meloy, singer/songwriter of the indie rock band the Decemberists, and illustrated by his…

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