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Brian Eno on NFTs: “Right now I mainly see hustlers looking for suckers”

If you were saving up Ethereum for a set of Discreet Music NFTs, we’ve got bad news. In an interview with Crypto Syllabus (conducted by longtime tech critic Evgeny Morozov, of all people), Eno outed himself as a skeptic of cryptocurrency — and NFTs in particular. “NFTs seem to me just a way for artists…

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EPA issues new rule to curb tailpipe pollution, fight climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule today aimed at reducing tailpipe pollution from cars and light-duty trucks — an effort by President Joe Biden to return to the fuel economy standards put in place by Barack Obama nearly a decade ago. Under the rule, passenger vehicles would be required to achieve an average…

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Ford Mustang Mach-E joins New York City’s yellow taxi fleet

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is hitting the streets of New York City as the latest electric vehicle to join the ranks of the city’s iconic yellow taxi fleet. The Mustang Mach-E, with its fresh coat of Rally Yellow paint and classic taxi iconography, is being operated by Gravity Technologies, a startup focused on EV fleets…

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Disabled passengers were promised autonomous vehicles — they’re still waiting

For years, people with disabilities have been promised that autonomous vehicles are right around the corner. Self-driving cars will open up new possibilities for people with vision, hearing, and mobility impairments. Help was on the way. But Haben Girma is tired of waiting. “People with disabilities stand to benefit the most from self-driving cars, but…

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Sen. Warren and AOC demand answers from Amazon after warehouse deaths

A group of progressive Democratic lawmakers, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Reps. Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is demanding answers from Amazon after six people were killed in a tornado strike at one of its warehouses in Illinois. A letter sent Monday to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy and founder Jeff Bezos says the…

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Elon Musk says he’ll pay over $11 billion in taxes this year

Elon Musk expects to pay over $11 billion in taxes in 2021, the Tesla CEO said in a tweet. The figure is roughly in line with a report from CNBC last week, when it estimated that Musk has already paid $7 billion in state and federal taxes this year, and will pay a further $5…

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Tom Brady’s best throw of the night destroys Microsoft tablet

After throwing a fourth-quarter interception to seal a 9-0 loss against the Saints on Sunday night, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady managed to connect with a Microsoft Surface tablet, absolutely destroying it. The defeat was Brady’s first shutout in 15 years, according to CBS Sports. Brady joins an illustrious group of Surface abusers that include…

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LG’s ‘first gaming laptop’ has an RTX 3080 and 11th Gen Intel CPU

LG has announced what it’s calling its “first gaming laptop,” the UltraGear 17G90Q. The 17-inch laptop is powered by a combination of an 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake H CPU and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics card, and can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage The company…

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Leaked images show upcoming Garmin Fenix 7 and Venu 2 Plus smartwatches

A trove of leaked images shows what Garmin’s upcoming 2022 smartwatch lineup may look like. A report by German technology site Winfuture shows the supposed images of the Garmin Fenix 7 series, Venu 2 Plus, Epix Gen2, and Instinct 2 series smartwatches. The post shows that the Fenix 7 series may consist of three models:…

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FCC settles with Verizon, AT&T, and others over failed 911 calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reached settlements with AT&T, Verizon, Intrado, and CenturyLink (which now goes by Lumen Technologies) over investigations into failed 911 calls that occurred during network outages in 2020. The companies will pay a total of $6 million combined and also agreed to ensure compliance with the FCC’s 911 availability rules…

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