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Apple’s Foundation starts out big, lavish, and a little boring
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Apple’s Foundation starts out big, lavish, and a little boring

Ever since Game of Thrones, every network seems to want something similar: an expensive genre epic that they can point to as our big thing. This is especially true in the world of streaming. Netflix has The Witcher, Amazon is spending an unseemly amount on Lord of the Rings, and Apple has Foundation, a sci-fi...

Babies’ poop has way higher levels of microplastic than adults’
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Babies’ poop has way higher levels of microplastic than adults’

When it comes to babies, a considerable amount of plastic appears to be both going in one end and out the other, according to new research that involved spatulas, diapers, and poop. In particular, the averageconcentration of one pervasive type of microplastic in baby stool was a whopping ten times higher than that in adult...

E-bike maker Cowboy finally moseys its way to the US from Europe
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E-bike maker Cowboy finally moseys its way to the US from Europe

Belgium’s finest electric bike maker, Cowboy, is crossing the pond and expanding its operations to the US. Cowboy will only have one model available to American customers: its fourth-generation e-bike, aptly named the C4. The C4 comes in a high-step or step-through frame and is available for pre-order for the early bird price of $1,990....

Why these Facebook research scandals are different
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Why these Facebook research scandals are different

A week ago, The Wall Street Journal began to publish a series of stories about Facebook based on the internal findings of the company’s researchers. The Facebook Files, as they are known, lay out a dizzying number of problems unfolding on the world’s biggest social network. The stories detail an opaque, separate system of government...

FDA clears Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for vulnerable groups
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FDA clears Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for vulnerable groups

The Food and Drug Administration cleared a third dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people some vulnerable groups — the first booster in the United States’ vaccination efforts. The agency signed off on boosters for people 65 years of age and older, those who are at high risk of severe disease, health...

Why does Amazon make games?
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Why does Amazon make games?

When Amazon makes a new movie or TV show, the reason is pretty clear: the tech giant needs to build out its streaming service Prime Video. One of the best ways to do that is to make (or buy) exclusive series and films. But when Amazon develops a new video game, the reasons aren’t so...

How Fuck You Pay Me is empowering creators
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How Fuck You Pay Me is empowering creators

We talk a lot about the creator economy here on Decoder — the booming business of individuals using social platforms to build audiences and then finding ways to monetize those audiences, mostly through subscriptions or advertising. There are a lot of players in that game: we’ve talked to the creators about how they make money,...

Netflix launches free, first-of-its-kind Android mobile plan in Kenya
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Netflix launches free, first-of-its-kind Android mobile plan in Kenya

Netflix is launching a new free Android mobile plan in Kenya that will allow users to watch a limited selection of its catalog, including full seasons of select shows. Netflix announced that beginning this week, the new ad-free Netflix mobile plan for Android gives users the option to sign up without having to enter any...

Tom Hanks embraces two of man’s best friends in the trailer for Finch
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Tom Hanks embraces two of man’s best friends in the trailer for Finch

Tom Hanks is set to return to Apple TV Plus in Finch, a soon-to-debut feature film about a robotics engineer surviving a new post-apocalyptic world with his four-legged companion Goodyear (and a robot). The heart of Finch’s storyline centers on Hanks’ determination to find a caretaker for Goodyear after his death. The science-fiction drama takes...