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UK porn sites could verify age using credit cards or passports in revived plans

The UK government has revived plans for porn sites to verify users’ ages — an initiative that was scrapped in 2019 due to technical challenges and criticism from privacy campaigners. The new rules will be part of the UK’s Online Safety Bill, a mammoth piece of legislation intended to reset how digital platforms are governed…

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Epic won’t update Fortnite to run on the Steam Deck

Epic Games doesn’t plan to update Fortnite so that it runs on SteamOS, according to CEO Tim Sweeney, meaning owners of the upcoming Valve Steam Deck will likely have to install Windows to play the popular battle-royale game. In a series of tweets, Sweeney said that the company doesn’t feel confident about its ability to…

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FuboTV is trying to sign people up for three-month plans, just in time for Super Bowl LVI

FuboTV is temporarily testing a new quarterly format that lumps together three months at once rather than the monthly subscriptions it usually offers. The change conveniently arrives just in time for two of the biggest sports events of the year: Super Bowl LVI and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The company told The Verge that…

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Signal now lets you change your number without wiping out your conversation threads

Signal is rolling out a new feature that allows users to switch phone numbers on their account without losing all their existing chats, groups, and messages within the secure messaging app. In order to add a new number, you’ll still need to be able to get Signal messages sent to your old number. Then, head…

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Samsung adds new health features for Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung isn’t expected to launch a new smartwatch at its Unpacked event this week, but it hasn’t forgotten the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Starting February 9th, both smartwatches will support new health and fitness features like custom interval training, sleep coaching, and the ability to set body composition goals. Oh, and…

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Nvidia’s huge Arm deal has reportedly just been scrapped

Graphics giant Nvidia will no longer be spending $40 billion to acquire Arm, according to three anonymous sources “with direct knowledge of the transaction” who spoke to the Financial Times. Instead, Nvidia will likely be spending up to $1.25 billion to Arm owner SoftBank for failing to go through with the transaction, while Arm CEO…

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After pulling songs, Neil Young is telling Spotify employees to quit their jobs

Neil Young has told Spotify workers that the company’s CEO — not Joe Rogan — is the real problem, and is urging them to “get out of that place before it eats up your soul” (via Variety). This comes after Young pulled his music from Spotify, claiming the company was “spreading fake information about vaccines”…

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Read Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 press release two days before it’s live

We’re less than two days out from Samsung’s next Unpacked event. Ahead of the big show, leaked renders, pictures, and even a press release have revealed just about everything regarding the unannounced Galaxy Tab S8 lineup, which is the first to include a high-end “Ultra” model. Not only that, that Tab S8 Ultra has already…

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Amazon’s new Super Bowl ad features a creepy mind-reading Alexa

Amazon’s Super Bowl LVI ad features real-life celebrity couple Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost, imagining how a mind-reading Alexa could wreck their relationship by revealing unfiltered thoughts to each other. The ad starts at the couple’s home with Jost calling Johansson over to check out a cool smart home command for the big game. “Alexa,…

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CoinDesk fixes a CMS leak that may have been used for crypto insider trading

CoinDesk has fixed an exploit that allowed anyone to view unpublished headlines, create drafts, and edit articles on the website. In a post on its site, CoinDesk says the vulnerability could’ve let “unidentified actors” view non-public information, allowing them to make trading decisions they could profit from. “The issue is now fixed and added safeguards…

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