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HBO is building the town of Sweetwater for an immersive Westworld experience at SXSW

At this year’s SXSW festival, HBO is promoting Westworld by building a recreation of the town of Sweetwater that guests can visit in a two-hour interactive adventure.
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Disney loses bid to stop Redbox from selling its digital download codes

The studio has been accused of ‘copyright misuse’ instead
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Moog is bringing back a modular synth from 1969 for $35,000

Moog announced last week that it is bringing back one of its iconic synthesizers for a limited reissue — the IIIp — for $35,000.
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#TwitterLockout claims hundreds of conservative users are falsely named bots

Hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of Twitter users were locked out of their accounts Tuesday night, inspiring the hashtag #TwitterLockout.
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Black Panther’s makeup designer explains the film’s challenges

Makeup head Joel Harlow explains how he managed Black Panther’s biggest challenges: Killmonger’s scars, Okoye’s tattoo, Klaue’s robot arm, and more.
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If you really want to put 'America First,' support tech industry immigrants

An Indian immigrant working as an engineer in the U.S. explains why rolling back H-1B visa renewals won't save American jobs.
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Twitter updates its developer rules to crack down on bots

As part of an ongoing crackdown against bots, Twitter's announcing new rules for developers meant to prevent bots from using apps to spread spam.
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A bizarre Parkland conspiracy video topped YouTube’s trending list

YouTube’s number-one trending video this morning was based on a false conspiracy theory suggesting a survivor of the Parkland high school shooting is an actor. The company removed the video today after it received more than 200,000 views.
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We finally found the world's smallest fidget spinner

Westminster has created what it claims is the world's smallest fidget spinner.
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Apple will probably launch two new iPads soon

Rejoice, iPad lovers: New Apple-branded tablets are coming soon, new European filings suggest.
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Blame air currents for the East Coast’s warm spell, and also climate change

Reversed air currents, and climate change, are contributing to this week’s record-breaking temperatures on the East Coast.
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Facebook signs music licensing deal with European rights company ICE

Facebook has signed a deal with London-based International Copyright Enterprise Operations (ICE) to provide royalty payouts on music the company represents.
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Nest’s indoor security camera now has Google Assistant built in

The Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera now has Google Assistant built in, after an update promised back in September arrived today. Now, Nest Cam IQ owners can ask their security camera to access the web, set appointments and reminders, or control other Nest devices like the Nest Thermostat.
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Dish reveals it has over 2 million Sling TV subscribers

Dish has revealed separate numbers for its Sling TV streaming service for the first time, with over 2 million subscribers for the service.
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The new Blu Vivo X has four cameras and costs $249 for a limited time

Today, budget Android phone maker Blu announced its latest flagship handset, the Blu Vivo X.
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Android P may prevent background apps from accessing your camera

The next major version of Android, "Android P," may have a new feature to help protect your privacy.
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