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Justice Department examining possible antitrust collusion by AT&T, Verizon to limit eSIM

One notable feature of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announced last fall was eSIM support that allows for cellular service without the need of a physical SIM card. Very few other devices have adopted the technology, so much so that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating claims that AT&T and …

Richard Branson refuses to leave his private island amid 'potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Irma

The billionaire entrepreneur made the announcement in a blog post on Virgin Group's website.<p>Branson's private island, called Necker, is one of more than 50 islands that make up the British Virgin Islands. Necker is expected to take a direct hit from Irma, which is now a Category 5 hurricane with …

The “Quantum Internet” Is Just a Decade Away. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The Next Level<p>The word “quantum” sounds so advanced and complex that people tend to get hyped up about anything attached to it. While not every …

Quantum Computing

What a Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Learned From Condoleezza Rice

Michael McFaul, who served under President Obama, on being a diplomat in an often hostile environment<p>The former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has long thought that getting the two countries to better understand one another could ease international tensions—a belief he's held since the …

Russia

Taylor Swift wins groping case against DJ: 'My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard'

Taylor Swift won her case against a DJ she accused of groping her on Monday night, after her lawyer had said she was taking the action on behalf of all women.<p>The pop star won a symbolic $1 and long-awaited vindication after the jury decided that David Mueller had assaulted her during a pre-concert …

Celebrity Gossip

Nest insists that its webcams don't stay on all the time and spy on people

Security researchers from ABI Research claimed that the Nest Cam keeps drawing current even when turned off. That, they said, was a sign that it carried on recording.<p>ABI Research warned that "even when a consumer thinks that he or she is successfully turning off this camera, the device is still …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …