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Sony’s camera-centric Xperia 1 III to ship on August 19th for $1,299,

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Sony’s next flagship phone, the Xperia 1 III, will ship on August 19th in the US — for a whopping $1,299.99. It’s available to preorder today, the company announced. The new photography-focused phone is designed as a complement to Sony’s Alpha camera range, and it introduces a variable periscope-style telephoto lens. It’s also equipped with just about everything you’d expect …

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NASA preparing to switch glitchy Hubble Space Telescope to backup hardware if needed, ,

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As NASA continues to diagnose a computer glitch on the Hubble Space Telescope, engineers are preparing to turn on some of the observatory’s backup hardware. The main computer on the venerable telescope shut down unexpectedly on June 13; since then, the operations team has been working to identify and troubleshoot the problem, which is turning out to be rather elusive. …

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Want to be an Amazon supplier? It could cost a piece of your company,

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Amazon demands that suppliers let it buy up to 30 percent of their company at a fixed rate often below market valuation, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Amazon has added these kinds of stipulations to contracts with companies that supply it with aircraft, Amazon Fresh groceries, and call center services more than 75 times over the last 10 …

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The Cygnus spacecraft: Northrop Grumman’s cargo ship, ,

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The Cygnus spacecraft is an uncrewed cargo ship that brings supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS) and then takes refuse away. It is operated by Northrop Grumman Space Systems, a private American aerospace and defense technology company. The vehicle is named after the Cygnus constellation that is visible in the northern night sky. Spacecraft design and operation …

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Federal Trade Commission expands antitrust powers in Chair Lina Khan’s first open proceeding,

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In an open meeting on Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission passed a pair of pivotal measures expanding its power to regulate anti-competitive business practices, setting the stage for a more aggressive enforcement approach from the embattled agency. Announced last week, Thursday’s proceeding is the first open business meeting of the commission in more than 20 years, as commission proceedings have …

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How to install the macOS Monterey public beta,

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Apple has launched the public beta for macOS Monterey. This is the next big update coming to Mac computers (the final version is expected later in 2021) and it brings several big changes. In this article, we’re going to walk you through how to get the beta onto your computer, should you want it. Once you install the beta, it …

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Twitter, TikTok, Google, and Facebook promise to boost protections for women online,

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At the UN Generation Equality Forum in Paris on Thursday Twitter, TikTok, Google, and Facebook committed to tackling online abuse and improving safety for women on their platforms. The pledge came following consultations with the World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF) over the past year, aimed at examining online gender-based violence and abuse. The WWWF said the consultations showed women want …