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Angry Birds’ makes its Magic Leap debut

Magic Leap’s long-awaited augmented reality headset finally debuted over a month ago, even if its $2,300 price tag makes it much too extravagant for most of us. Still, it’s a pretty big step forward for consumer-grade AR, and the company is betting big on developers to create the content library it needs. One such developer is Rovio, which announced it’s bringing its most popular game franchise — Angry Birds — to the platform.

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Ticketmaster caught enlisting pro scalpers for online resales

Ticketmaster claims it’s fighting scalpers tooth and nail, but it may be aiding them in private. Exposés at CBC News and the Toronto Star have shown the company courting professional scalpers, even when it’s clear they’re using bots or otherwise violating Ticketmaster’s terms of service. The company quietly launched a secretive ticket inventory system, TradeDesk, that lets scalpers upload high volumes of tickets and quickly resell them at the price of their choice. Moreover, Ticketmaster salespeople caught on camera were adamant that they didn’t verify whether or not TradeDesk users were violating terms of service, including the use of bots — at least one rep was fully aware of the activity.

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Apple and Google will testify to Senate on data privacy September 26th

More tech companies are about to face congressional scrutiny. Leaders from Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Charter and Google are scheduled to testify before a US Senate panel at a data privacy hearing on September 26th. Senators will grill the companies on their existing approaches to privacy, how Congress can press for “clear privacy expectations” and how firms will adapt to stricter requirements like the European Union’s GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act.

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Amazon is the latest $1 trillion tech company

Apple’s status as the only public trillion-dollar company didn’t last long. Amazon has been flirting with a $1 trillion market cap throughout trading on September 4th, passing the symbolic milestone in the morning. It reached the figure through a relatively recent surge, CNBC pointed out. While Apple reached $900 billion eight months earlier, Amazon’s stock price has been climbing steadily throughout most of 2018 and has thrived since a record-setting Prime Day in July.

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Yamaha’s latest turntable streams multi-room audio via WiFi

You can pair a turntable with a multi-room audio setup (Sonos even offers a bundle), but that usually means wiring your record player into that setup at some point. Yamaha thinks it can do better. Its newly launchedMusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable uses WiFi to stream records wirelessly to MusicCast speakers in your home. If you don’t insist on that distinctive vinyl sound, the machine will natively stream digital services like Spotify, Pandora and Tidal.

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TSA will install 40 luggage CT scanners in airports this year

The TSA has been using CT scanners to screen airline passengers’ luggage since last year — early tests of the technology have been taking place in Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport. But now, the agency has shared its plans for CT technology going forward, including expansions into additional airports. American Airlines announced earlier this month that a CT scanner was being set up in New York’s JFK airport and the TSA says Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Washington-Dulles International Airport are among those that will have CT scanners in the near future.

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THIS REVOLUTIONARY CHAINLESS CONCEPT COULD BE THE WORLD’S MOST EFFICIENT BIKE

Anyone who’s put serious mileage on a bike has surely experienced gear skips, slips, and other blood-boiling mechanical problems that accompany a chain and derailleur drivetrain. This revolutionary chainless bicycle does away with all of them.   Continue reading THIS REVOLUTIONARY CHAINLESS CONCEPT COULD BE THE WORLD’S MOST EFFICIENT BIKE