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The new law takes effect July 1, and it will not apply to stores like Costco that require a membership, nor will it apply to parking garages or lots, or hotels or rental car companies that require a credit or debit card as security, reports WSJ. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/sorry-amazon-philadelphia-bans-cashless-stores/
Photographer loses lawsuit over use of her photo in political mailer http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/using-opponents-photo-in-a-campaign-mailer-is-fair-use-court-rules/ by @binarybits
"In supercars like these, there's always the danger that driving at legal speeds feels boring because it's so far below the car's limit... [With the 720S], feedback through the steering wheel was communicative and always engaging." https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/02/fast-friendly-and-fun-we-test-the-mclaren-720s-spider/
..but our waning interest in #Anthem might be due to the game itself still. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/01/tales-of-an-aging-gamer-why-dont-i-pick-up-a-controller-as-often-as-i-used-to/
We know what you're going to ask: "Wait, Energizer makes phones?" Yes, this is something like the 45th announced Energizer phone. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/02/energizers-beastly-smartphone-has-an-18000mah-battery/
Still very much want to put our hands on this AI racers ASAP (coders participating in the dev preview should get to this month) https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/12/start-your-machine-learning-engines-amazons-deepracer-is-almost-here/
By loading brewer’s yeast with genes from the cannabis plant, researchers turned these miracle microbes into cannabinoid factories. It’s a clever scheme in a larger movement to methodically pick apart and recreate marijuana’s many compounds... https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/forget-growing-weed-make-yeast-spit-out-cbd-and-thc-instead/
It’s been a long wait, but Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music is happening http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/excellent-were-finally-getting-another-bill-and-ted-adventure-this-summer/ by @JenLucPiquant
Astro- or -not? https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/soon-hundreds-of-tourists-will-go-to-space-what-should-we-call-them/
AT&T and Comcast claim “anti-robocalling milestone” with new Caller ID tech http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/03/att-and-comcast-claim-anti-robocalling-milestone-with-new-caller-id-tech/ by @jbrodkin
The inspiration is, of course, the dune buggies of the 1960s, which were built from the ubiquitous VW Beetle. Here, it's given a futuristic facelift. https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/03/the-vw-i-d-buggy-is-a-bright-green-electric-smile-machine/
The Air Force will soon take bids for mid-2020s launches. It’s controversial http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/looming-air-force-decision-on-mid-2020s-launch-contracts-favors-ula-spacex/ by @SciGuySpace
Windows 10 version 1903 heads for the finish line http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/windows-10-builds-coming-thick-and-fast-as-1903-nears-completion/ by @drpizza
"I hope to god we are turning a corner in our media representation—that this is a relic of the past that we can look at historically and be like, 'Man, we really had some issues as a society back then. And we are not doing that again...'" https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/anita-sarkeesian-on-battling-negative-tropes-with-data-imagining-new-worlds/
Cable lobby erases “cable” from its name but can’t erase all the bad memories http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/cable-lobby-erases-cable-from-its-name-but-cant-erase-all-the-bad-memories/ by @jbrodkin
Still the best headline of 2019 https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/blood-of-the-young-wont-spare-rich-old-people-from-sadness-and-death-fda-says/
Judge orders government to re-do climate analysis on Wyoming oil leases http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/federal-judge-public-oil-lease-sales-must-include-detailed-climate-analysis/ by @MeganGeuss
D-Wave*, not D-Wade. But still interesting, fellow Internet nerds https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/d-wave-introduces-new-architecture-that-can-scale-to-bigger-problems/
“He’s literally suing an imaginary cow”: Late-night hosts mock Nunes http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/devin-nunes-sued-devincow-now-the-cow-has-more-twitter-followers-than-he-does/ by @binarybits
About a third of medical vaccine exemptions in San Diego came from one doctor http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/anti-vax-friendly-doctor-wrote-141-medical-vaccine-exemptions-at-180-each/ by @BethMarieMole
Physicists “flip the D” in tokamak, get unexpectedly good result http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/physicists-flip-the-d-in-tokamak-get-unexpectedly-good-result/
The photography wasn't a project to create art, though resulting images are stunning. Rather, scientists want to better understand the formation of shockwaves and the resulting sonic booms as part of a NASA project to develop quieter supersonic aircraft. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/nasa-visualizes-supersonic-shockwaves-in-a-new-awe-inspiring-way/
“Energizing Times”: Microsoft to “go big” at E3 in response to Google Stadia http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/in-wake-of-googles-stadia-reveal-microsofts-phil-spencer-promises-to-go-big-at-e3/ by @drpizza
Quantic Dream, Ubisoft lead next wave of Epic Games Store exclusives http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/quantic-dream-ubisoft-lead-next-wave-of-epic-games-store-exclusives/ by @KyleOrl
Epic CEO: “You’re going to see lower prices” on Epic Games Store http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/epic-ceo-youre-going-to-see-lower-prices-on-epic-games-store/ by @KyleOrl
The next Zelda game on Switch is an indie mash-up with Crypt of the Necrodancer http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/cadence-of-hyrule-a-zelda-necrodancer-mash-up-on-switch-this-spring/ by @samred
4chan, 8chan blocked by Australian and NZ ISPs for hosting shooting video http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/australian-and-nz-isps-blocked-dozens-of-sites-that-host-nz-shooting-video/ by @jbrodkin
Eleven and the gang face another dark menace in Stranger Things S3 trailer http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/eleven-and-the-gang-face-another-dark-menace-in-stranger-things-s3-trailer/ by @JenLucPiquant
"Strapping human beings on rockets with millions of pounds of thrust and hurling them into orbit to go attach to a space station isn’t trivial... It’s fun working with a new partner that approaches the problem in a slightly different way." https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/together-nasa-and-spacex-are-stronger-and-so-is-america/
Care to venture a guess at what kind of text input we fed GPT-2 Jr. in order to get this landmark piece of writing? https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/02/twenty-minutes-into-the-future-with-openais-deep-fake-text-ai/
The EU fines Google $1.69 billion for bundling search and advertising http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/google-fined-1-69-billion-by-the-eu-for-anti-competitive-advertising-practices/ by @RonAmadeo
NZ declares massacre video “objectionable,” arrests people who shared it http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/new-zealand-men-could-get-14-years-for-sharing-massacre-video/ by @binarybits
Hands-on with the new $399 Oculus Rift S: More pixels, zero webcams, better fit http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/hands-on-with-the-new-399-oculus-rift-s-more-pixels-zero-cameras-better-fit/ by @samred
Oculus Quest’s powerful, portable VR, as proven by the fun of Beat Saber http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/oculus-quests-powerful-portable-vr-as-proven-by-the-fun-of-beat-saber/ by @samred
Around the start of the Common Era, an Ancestral Pueblo person living in what is now southeastern Utah got a tattoo in black ink. 2,000yrs later, archaeologists unearthed the needle. Forty years after that, Andrew Gillreath-Brown found it in museum storage https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/a-2000-year-old-tattoo-needle-still-has-ink-on-the-tip/
We presume @drgitlin still wakes up in a cold sweat every so often thinking about this https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/03/the-wildly-ambitious-hybrid-car-that-never-was-the-connaught-type-d/
Apple’s updated AirPods are here, cost $199 with new wireless charging case http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/apples-new-airpods-have-hey-siri-50-more-battery-life-wireless-charging/ by @valentinalucia
Google will implement a Microsoft-style browser picker for EU Android devices http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/google-will-implement-a-microsoft-style-browser-picker-for-eu-android-devices/ by @RonAmadeo
More mid-range Google Pixel rumors include updated specs, OLED display http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/more-mid-range-google-pixel-rumors-dish-on-updated-specs-oled-display/ by @RonAmadeo
Guidemaster: The best Windows ultrabooks you can buy right now http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/guidemaster-the-best-windows-ultrabooks-you-can-buy-right-now/ by @valentinalucia
People brought food from all over Britain to feast near Stonehenge http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/feasts-near-stonehenge-drew-people-from-the-far-corners-of-britain/ by @KionaSmith07
Ars Technica is hiring an experienced reporter http://arstechnica.com/staff/2019/03/ars-technica-is-hiring-an-experienced-reporter/ by @natexanderson
The sound of Quacks?"Draw draw draw YES draw CRAP draw draw draw YES draw YES raw BOO Draw draw draw DAMN YOU, CHIPS draw draw I SHOULDN'T DRAW AGAIN draw I SHOULD DEFINITELY STOP draw I BUSTED!" https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/quacks-of-quedlinburg-review-brewing-bogus-potions-never-felt-better/
After a week in Austin, we're ready to eat nothing but smart oven kale for awhile https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/12/how-a-toaster-oven-helped-me-learn-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-internet-of-things/
Like Spring Cleaning, Spring Subscribing is a healthy, self-improvement practice (that sometimes comes with perks like ad-free reading and Yubikeys) https://arstechnica.com/staff/2018/01/introducing-ars-pro-the-new-ars-technica-subscription-program/
"While there's no predicting #Fortnite's future, it's fair to say that the game has been keen to avoid descending into irrelevancy." https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/fortnite-teams-with-weezer-in-attempt-to-become-the-next-second-life/
A luxury SUV that also has off-road capabilities? This may be a vehicle for the one percent of the one percent (but we still dutifully put the most expensive car we've tested to date through its paces) https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/03/the-poshest-suv-of-them-all-rolls-royce-cullinan-first-drive/
An astronaut with PTSD loses her cool in first trailer for Lucy in the Sky http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/an-astronaut-with-ptsd-loses-her-cool-in-first-trailer-for-lucy-in-the-sky/ by @JenLucPiquant
Hands on with Google Stadia: It works, but is that enough? http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/google-stadias-first-hands-on-demo-washes-some-key-details-down-the-stream/ by @KyleOrl
People who live near wind turbines prefer them to solar and fossil plants http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/people-who-live-near-wind-turbines-prefer-them-to-solar-and-fossil-plants/ by @cathleenogrady
 
 
 
 
 
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