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Report details Facebook’s bizarre logic on hate speech

Facebook has more than two billion users, and ensuring that the discussion between them remains civil is an understandably difficult task. But, if evidence found by ProPublica is true, the company's own policy on hate speech may cause unreasonable di...

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These drone racing goggles could spark the sport's digital era

Drones with digital video capabilities already exist, but in the racing world, analog is still king. For now, at least. Fat Shark has been the go-to maker of racing drone goggles for several years, and it's about to double down on digital, which in t...

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Tablo easily turns Android TV boxes into standalone DVRs

If you already have a TV antenna and an Android TV box like the NVIDIA Shield, then you're very close to having everything you need for a DIY Tablo DVR. Instead of picking up one of the company's boxes that can start at $180, now you can simply add i...

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Qualcomm's new fingerprint sensors work underwater

Hot on the heels of Apple's plans to reinvent its iPhone's fingerprint reader, Qualcomm looks set to position itself at the forefront of the fingerprint sensor market. It claims that it will be one of the first, if not the first, companies to produce...

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You'll need an Xbox to enjoy Netflix's Dolby Atmos debut

According to Dolby's website, Amazon and Vudu are the only streaming services with titles that support Atmos 3D sound technology. Now, Netflix has finally joined the very short list with the launch of Bong Joon Ho's (Snowpiercer) Cannes Film Festival...

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Report details Facebook’s bizarre logic on hate speech

Facebook has more than two billion users, and ensuring that the discussion between them remains civil is an understandably difficult task. But, if evidence found by ProPublica is true, the company's own policy on hate speech may cause unreasonable di...

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The SNES Classic Edition In Japan Has A Different Look And A Different Library

Yesterday's big news was Nintendo's announcement of the SNES Classic Edition and its inclusion of Star Fox 2. Coincidentally, the system is also coming out in Japan, and it will be a little different. Unsurprisingly, the Japanese Classic Edition is modeled after the Japanese Super Famicom and it has a slightly different library. The Japanese versions loses EarthBound, Kirby’s Dream Course, Super Castlevania IV, and Super Punch-Out!! but gains Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack), and Super Soccer. Both systems will include Star Fox 2. The SNES Classic Edition releases September 29 for $79.99. [Source: Nintendo Japan]   Our TakeMakes sense that different regions will be getting different games. Personally, I am happy with the North America selection, mostly because of EarthBound. That seems like a big loss for Japan.

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The Pokémon Anime's First Season Is Now Available To Own Digitally For The First Time

The series has been available on DVD and through some subscription streaming services for some time, but now the show is available to purchase digitally. You can buy it here, here, or here to watch the show from the very beginning. (Please visit the site to view this media) The next big Pokémon release, in terms of video games, will be Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on 3DS, which you can read more about here.   Our TakeI always appreciate having more options for owning shows like this. I'm surprised it has taken this long for the show to be available this way, frankly.

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Overwatch League Ramping Up With 'Scouting Report' Of Top Players

First announced at last year's Blizzcon, The Overwatch League has been in its developmental stages for a long time. But after slow ramp up and a few international leagues, the main event is one step closer to getting started. Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer posted an update on the league's official website, detailing a "scouting report" that hopes to survey and gather the game's best talent into teams and compete in the league. Today the league sent out a survey to "a select group of top players from around the world," who have the option to include their data in the scouting report. In order to qualify players for the survey, the league used a set of criteria: "A top-500 finish in Competitive Play (based on Skill Rating) in Overwatch Seasons 3 or 4 for any region" "A playoff finish in recent high-caliber tournaments such as APEX Season 2 or Premier Series 2017 Spring, or an invitation to Pacific Championship 2017 Season 1" "Other distinguishing qualifications indicative of top-tier talent, including but not limited to membership on an established professional Overwatch team" A Blizzard account in good standing Legal requirements, including age and eligibility to participate in professional competition Players in the survey are asked if they're interested in participating in the league, about their experiences, and permission for the Overwatch League to share their info with the teams they're working with to build the league. The league hopes to use this data to help teams have a good, workable roster to draft from. Teams are encouraged to use the information from the scouting report, but can draft players from other sources as well. Being part of the survey does not guarantee a player a spot in the league. Nanzer ends the post by letting the community know the league is listening to fans, and promises more information on the league is "coming soon."   Our TakeThe scouting report is perfectly in line with Blizzard's attempts to be as transparent with its esports titles as possible, and it's good to see it detailing its process. That said, I'm offended that I wasn't called to participate in the survey, even though I haven't played an Overwatch match in about a month and a half.

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The Tone Of Anthem's Story Will Be 'Very Much Like Star Wars,' Says BioWare

Though we only know a few details about BioWare's upcoming shooter/RPG Anthem (like that Mass Effect 1 and 2 leader writer Drew Karpyshyn is working on it), we at least know it's a sci-fi game. What we didn't know, however, was what kind of sci-fi it is. In a recent interview with Canada's CBC News, BioWare Edmonton general manager Aaryn Flynn mentioned the game would be a "science fantasy" game, leaning away from the harder sci-fi of Mass Effect and more into the fantastical tone of other sci-fi stories. According to Flynn, the Anthem is "very much like Star Wars, very much like the Marvel universe, where you see a lot of amazing things happening." "Mass Effect is more our real hardcore science fiction IP," Flynn said. "This one is much more about just having fun in a game world that is lush and exotic and really sucks you in." Flynn also said much of the game's inspiration comes from the people who made it. "We've had folks who have moved into Canada, who are immigrants, and so often those stories find their way in," Flynn said. We have LGBTQ members, and those stories make their way into the game." [Source: CBC via PCGamer]   Our TakeI think I prefer Mass Effect's harder sci-fi in general, but I'm okay with a change of pace if BioWare can pull it off.

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Final Fantasy XV's Episode Prompto DLC Is Out Now

Everyone's favorite photographer from Final Fantasy XV has his own DLC, and it's available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $5.   In Episode Prompto, the titular character and Commodore Aranea Highwind venture through a beautiful snowy wilderness in an attempt to find Prompto's home so he can discover the truth about himself. Along the way you'll battle Imperial forces with a wide variety of firearms like sniper rifles and bazookas and use a snowmobile that's ideal for both traversal and combat. In typical Prompto fashion, you'll also be able to take selfies on your journey. You can check out the trailer here. Also out today is a free update that lets you upgrade the Regalia to the new Type-D model that has off-road functionality. In addition, there are also new Episode Prompto themed tracks for the Regalia and some bug fixes. You can check out our coverage of the previous DLC here and laugh at some of our favorite Prompto photos here.

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The SNES Classic Edition In Japan Has A Different Look And A Different Library

Yesterday's big news was Nintendo's announcement of the SNES Classic Edition and its inclusion of Star Fox 2. Coincidentally, the system is also coming out in Japan, and it will be a little different. Unsurprisingly, the Japanese Classic Edition is modeled after the Japanese Super Famicom and it has a slightly different library. The Japanese versions loses EarthBound, Kirby’s Dream Course, Super Castlevania IV, and Super Punch-Out!! but gains Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack), and Super Soccer. Both systems will include Star Fox 2. The SNES Classic Edition releases September 29 for $79.99. [Source: Nintendo Japan]   Our TakeMakes sense that different regions will be getting different games. Personally, I am happy with the North America selection, mostly because of EarthBound. That seems like a big loss for Japan.

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News in brief

Helicopter strafes Venezuela’s top court, Maduro slams coup bid

A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry on Tuesday, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by "terrorists" seeking a coup.

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EXCLUSIVE: Battle for IS group stronghold of Raqqa still unpredictable

The Islamic State (IS) group-held city of Raqqa in Syria is nearly encircled by a US-backed, Kurdish-led coalition, but efforts to gain ground and help civilians trapped behind enemy lines remain a slow and dangerous process.

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Police chief among six charged over Hillsborough football stadium crush

Britain's state prosecution service on Wednesday announced criminal charges against six people over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died, the country's worst sporting disaster.

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US attempts Gulf diplomacy, but Saudis say terms are ‘non-negotiable’

Top Gulf diplomats were in Washington Tuesday as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to help resolve the stubborn Qatar crisis, amid concerns that Saudi Arabia's unyielding stance could foil the effort.

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France’s Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day festivities

French President Emmanuel Macron invited his US counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday to attend the country's traditional Bastille Day military parade, despite public differences over the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Helicopter strafes Venezuela’s top court, Maduro slams coup bid

A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry on Tuesday, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by "terrorists" seeking a coup.

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