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Remember when Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion in 2013? And then was part of the Yahoo to Verizon deal, which promptly removed a large chunk of what made Tumblr interesting and different, its adult community?
Here’s Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan doing his best to explain:
But Automattic isn’t exactly going to take things back to the good old NSFW days, either:
Here’s hoping we eventually get a tell-all. In the meantime, this graph via @somospostpc tells us enough:
🔥 Deal: Get a $450 Raspberry Pi 3B+ complete starter kit, including 37 hardware sensor modules, plus online learning kits, for $139.99 (TechDeals). (The hardware kit alone is $150.)
🆕 Samsung launches Galaxy A10s: A rival to low-end Redmi, Realme phones in India for 8,990 rupees (~$130) (Android Authority).
🎽 Samsung Galaxy Fit review: Worth the price compared to the Xiaomi Mi Band 4? (Android Authority).
💰 Original Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners could get up to $500 after a claims settlement, if you’ve had microphone issues. There’s also $20 for anyone with a pre-January 2017 Pixel, for some reason (Android Authority).
📸 DxOMark: Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G steals best camera crown from Huawei P30 Pro, and this review looks pretty good after the OnePlus 7 Pro/DxOMark score problems we noted a week or two ago (Android Authority). But reviewing the 5G model of the Note 10 is problematic - it's not available anywhere yet.
📷 Also, don’t fall for the 100MP camera hype (Android Authority).
⛏ Microsoft cancels Super Duper Graphics Pack for Minecraft after years of promises (Thurrott).
🔐 Google took a step towards killing the password: it’s called FIDO2 (blog.google).
📺 YouTube should stop recommending garbage videos to users (Ars Technica).
💉 A cure for Ebola seems close (NY Times).
🧲 A Texas startup claims to have made the biggest advancements in electric motor designs in over a century (Jalopnik). Extraordinary claims, extraordinary proofs required, etc.
🔫 How the Pentagon comes up with code words and secret project nicknames (The Drive).
🚀 Second failure of Europe and Russia’s Mars mission parachute test throws schedule in jeopardy (Engadget).
📺 Nothing to see here, just someone with a TV for a head leaving TVs on porches at night (Gizmodo).
Here’s a comparison of upcoming space-based internet companies, hoping to beam you data from satellites above:
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Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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