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Blizzard halves ‘Hearthstone’ pro’s suspension over Hong Kong protest

Sponsored Links Fans watch an eSports tournament with the video game ‘Hearthstone’ during the ‘Paris Games Week’ on October 28, 2018 in Paris, France. Chesnot via Getty Images Three days after Blizzard handed down a year-long ban to pro Hearthstone player ‘Blitzchung,’ aka Ng Wai Chung, the company has walked back its decision. In a …

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Apple removes Hong Kong protest app following Chinese pressure

Sponsored Links Tyrone Siu / Reuters Apple’s complex relationship with China has made the headlines again. Just a day after Chinese state media criticized the company for allowing HKmap in its App Store — and a week after Apple flip flopped on its initial decision to delist the app — the crowdsourced map app has …

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UNICEF now takes bitcoin and ether donations

Sponsored Links Niyazz via Getty Images UNICEF, the United Nations’ charity that helps underserved children around the world, now accepts donations in bitcoin and ether. As the first UN organization to embrace cryptocurrencies, UNICEF and the recipients of its funding will benefit from the lack of fees that that result from money being transferred overseas. …

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Sony is launching an AR ‘Ghostbusters’ experience in Japan

Sponsored Links Sony Sony is testing a fun new augmented reality experience in Japan to commemorate Ghostbusters‘ 35th anniversary. Starting on October 12th, the company will give fans the chance to become Ghostbusters at the Ginza Sony Park in Tokyo. Trainers will lead a pack of participants, wearing what the tech giant says is a …

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Echo Fox co-owner sues team partners over fraud claims

Sponsored Links Noah Smith/For The Washington Post via Getty Images The tumult at Echo Fox isn’t subsiding any time soon. The esports team’s co-owner Rick Fox has sued business partners Amit Raizada and Stratton Sclavos over allegations of both fraud as well as defamation stemming from the earlier racism claims. According to Fox, Raizada and …

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GOAT’s new AR feature lets you ‘try on’ the hottest sneaker drops

Sponsored Links GOAT Online sneaker marketplace GOAT is rolling out an augmented reality “Try-On” feature, letting you virtually wear some of the rarest and most expensive kicks in the world, without having to stump up megabucks for the privilege. It’s early days for the feature, but it adds to GOAT’s roster of existing AR activities, …

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Court says Tesla and Musk’s tweet violated labor laws

Sponsored Links jetcityimage via Getty Images Tesla broke labor laws by interfering with legitimate union organizing, among other things, California administrative law judge Amita Baman Tracy has ruled. The automaker apparently committed a number of violations against the National Labor Relations Act in 2017 and 2018, the court decided regarding the complaints filed by the …

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Logitech just bought the software of choice for many top streamers

Sponsored Links Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters Logitech is expanding its repertoire by snapping up Streamlabs, the company that created the popular livestreaming app Streamlabs OBS. The peripheral-maker has agreed to acquire the company for $89 million in cash and an additional $29 million in stock, though the former depends on whether Streamlabs hits significant revenue …

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Blue Origin might not send humans to space until 2020

Sponsored Links Blue Origin Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin still plans to offer space tourism trips on its New Shepard rocket, but before any passengers take flight, the company is expected to launch at least two more uncrewed test flights. Tuesday, Blue Origin filed an application for its next test flight with the Federal Communications Commission, …

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The Morning After: The first almost-all screen Android phone

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. So what’s next for phones after foldable screens, punch hole cameras and notches? Apparently, just wrapping a display around the whole thing. Also, there’s an augmented reality board game Kickstarter you should see, and the Galaxy Fold is finally ready for its US debut. That’s how you go to …

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