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Incredibles 2 soars past The Incredibles at global box office

Who’d win in a fight, the 2004 film The Incredibles, or the 2018 sequel Incredibles 2? Right now, the newer movie is flying out in front. Although the sequel has only been playing theaters for two weeks, it’s already surpassed the first film’s global box office numbers. Incredibles 2 has banked $646.8 million (compared with $633 million globally for the original film) with $200 million internationally, and $40.8 of that coming from China. That makes it the second-highest-grossing Pixar film of all time (behind Finding Dory) and third largest animated title ever.…

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Trump moves to block China Mobile from US market

China Mobile’s application to enter the US telecom market should be denied out of security concerns, the Trump administration says. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images The Trump administration opposes China Mobile’s entrance to the US telecommunications market, citing national security concerns. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a branch of the Commerce Department, said Monday it had recommended the Federal Communications Commission deny China Mobile’s application. The application was submitted in 2011. “After significant engagement with China Mobile, concerns about increased risks to US law enforcement and national security interests…

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Federal agencies reportedly broaden probe of Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg James Martin/CNET Several federal agencies have joined the Department of Justice inquiry into the data scandal involving Facebook and consultancy Cambridge Analytica, The Washington Post reported on Monday.  The Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission and Federal Bureau of Investigation have joined in the probe, according to the Post. The DOJ probe follows Facebook’s disclosures in March that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy that had ties to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed personal information on up to 87 million of the social network’s users. The…

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Is your Samsung phone texting private pics without permission?

Samsung’s Galaxy S9+.  Josh Miller/CNET Drunk dialing and butt-dialing are bad enough, but what if your phone sent some… compromising photos to your contacts all by itself?  That’s what a handful of users at Reddit are worried about (as spotted by Gizmodo) — including one who claims his Samsung Galaxy S9+ sent his entire photo gallery to his girlfriend while he was sleeping, and another who says it occurred on his or her Galaxy Note 8.  Samsung tells CNET it’s actively looking into the matter, but it’s not yet clear why…

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World Cup memes: After Mexico vs Brazil, Neymar defends ‘acting’

Was Oprah’s support a jinx? Just a day after the talk-show mogul threw her support behind Mexico in the World Cup, the Mexican team got knocked out by powerhouse Brazil. Along the way, Brazilian star Neymar pulled yet another impressive fake-out (remember this one?). Mexico player Miguel Layun stepped on Neymar’s ankle, and the Brazilian star’s dramatic overreaction created more memes about how he deserves an Academy Award for his acting.  “Here’s Neymar’s ankle getting stepped on before he died from the injury and was resurrected,” joked one.  Wrote BBC…

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Apple’s USB-C iPhone charger may be real if these photos are

Chongdiantou.com These photos of an 18-watt Apple USB-C charger may herald fast charging coming to Apple devices without people having to resort to buying third-party adapters. Photos of an adapter labeled “engineering sample” surfaced this weekend on Chongdiantou.com (Google Translate version), as spotted by Macotakara, and were reportedly taken by someone in Apple’s supply chain.  One of the photos provides an (almost unreadable) close-up of the specs printed on it, which are model A1720; 100-240V, 50/60Hz 0.45A and output 5V/3A, 9V/2A. From that, the site calculated the 18-watt output. Chongdiantou.com Why’s everyone…

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Are Chernobyl wolves spreading mutant genes?

Wolves from the Chernobyl site have been roaming freely beyond the nuclear disaster zone’s border, increasing fears that they will spread mutant genes. The site became off limits to humans after the nuclear power plant disaster on 26 April 1986, due to concerns about the level of radiation, although it has opened to tourism in recent years. But it is thought that the lack of human interference has allowed animals to thrive in the 18.6-mile-wide exclusion zone. Wolves began to take over the site in 2016, when their population was…

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Best tech deals for 4th of July 2018

Explosive midsummer deals! The 4th of July doesn’t have the tech deal clout of Black Friday or the holidays, but there are still plenty of discounts to be had beyond grills and patio furniture. Retailers like Best Buy, Target, Amazon and even eBay are running specials to temp you on phones, laptops, smart home gear and more. Here are the best bargains we found, all available online, for this year’s 4th.  Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured in this gallery.  Published:July…

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California Supreme Court rules Yelp can’t be ordered to remove bad reviews

Yelp doesn’t have to remove negative reviews, California Supreme Court rules. Josh Miller/CNET Yelp doesn’t have to remove negative comments posted on its site, after all. In the closely watched case of Hassell v Bird, the Supreme Court of California on Monday ruled 4-3 that Yelp can’t be ordered to take down negative comments, the Associated Press reported. That decision overturned two lower court rulings that ordered Yelp to remove  “defamatory” reviews posted by attorney Dawn Hassell’s former client, Ava Bird. Yelp challenged that ruling, saying Hassell failed to prove Bird’s…

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California Supreme Court rules Yelp can’t be ordered to remove bad reviews

Yelp doesn’t have to remove negative reviews, California Supreme Court rules. Josh Miller/CNET Yelp doesn’t have to remove negative comments posted on its site, after all. In the closely watched case of Hassell v Bird, the Supreme Court of California on Monday ruled 4-3 that Yelp can’t be ordered to take down negative comments, the Associated Press reported. That decision overturned two lower court rulings that ordered Yelp to remove  “defamatory” reviews posted by attorney Dawn Hassell’s former client, Ava Bird. Yelp challenged that ruling, saying Hassell failed to prove Bird’s…

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