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'3 out of 10' is a free, interactive sitcom out today on the Epic Games Store
Engadget

The name of the fictional game development company in 3 out of 10 is Shovelworks Studios, and really, that should tell you everything. Shovelworks is an exaggerated parody of a shallow, corporate game studio, complete with a boss focused on the bottom line, a… more…

The best affordable Windows laptops you can buy
Engadget

If you’re a regular Engadget reader, you probably don’t think of cheap Windows laptops when you think of daily drivers. But it would be a big mistake to ignore these devices -- if not for yourself, for others you may know. There’s a reason why companies like … more…

The Quest to Liberate $300K of Bitcoin From an Old ZIP File
Wired

The story of a guy who wouldn't let a few quintillion possible decryption keys stand between him and his cryptocurrency. more…

Extra Crunch members get 20% off an annual Canva Pro plan
TechCrunch

Extra Crunch is excited to announce an update to our Partner Perk from design and publishing platform Canva. Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off an annual Canva Pro plan. You must be new to Canva to claim this offer… more…

Google Was Caught ‘Redhanded’ in Genius Lyrics Theft, But Judge Lets It Slide
Gizmodo.com

Last year, the song lyrics web service Genius sued Google alleging that the tech giant has been ripping off its transcriptions for display in its own lucrative search results. It seemed like an open-and-shut case. Thanks to some crafty watermarking, it appear… more…

Trump Admin Starts Construction on Chinese-Style Great Firewall
Gizmodo.com

After attempting to rewrite the rules of the internet and poach TikTok, the Trump regime has concocted a bonkers plan to build a digital wall around the U.S. internet. This plan has it all: dictatorship, nationalism, paranoia, walls, bans, trade war, and extr… more…

Fulfill your dream of writing a book with this $30 publishing course
Mashable

TL;DR: Work towards finishing your own book with the Independent Publishing Master Class bundle for $29.99, an 84% savings as of Aug. 9.  You may not think you have what it takes to write and publish a book, even if you have a great idea for the next YA fict… more…

Pay what you want for this stacked WordPress course bundle
Mashable

TL;DR: The WordPress Hero Bundle is on sale for £9.48 as of August 6, saving you 99% on list price. Knowing your way around WordPress is like having a cheat code that unlocks the hidden secrets of the internet. You can build your own professional-looking web… more…

Jimmy Lai: Hong Kong's rebel mogul and pro-democracy voice
BBC News

The rags-to-riches rise of a fiercely anti-Communist Hong Kong tycoon. more…

Activision Blizzard reports strong Q2 earnings - Reuters
Reuters

Activision Blizzard (ATVI), a video game holding company, published its financial earnings for the second quarter of 2020 on Tuesday. It was a report that exceeded expectations. more…

Are they any use? With Europe's black-box coronavirus apps it's hard to tell - Reuters
Reuters

Europe's experiment in using technology to fight coronavirus has achieved some early successes: millions of people have downloaded smartphone tracker apps and hundreds have uploaded the results of positive COVID-19 tests. more…

Motor racing-F1's Anniversary GP overshadowed by Racing Point row - Reuters
Reuters

Formula One's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix looked more like a family bust-up on Saturday after bosses bad-mouthed each other and half of the teams took issue with the stewards. more…

'Come clean' Spaniards demand, as hunt for ex-king continues - Reuters
Reuters

Frustrated Spaniards are demanding to know the whereabouts of former king Juan Carlos after he abruptly left the country amid a cloud of scandal. more…

Iran closes down newspaper after expert doubts official coronavirus tolls - Reuters
Reuters

Iran shut down a newspaper on Monday after it quoted a former member of the national coronavirus taskforce as saying the country's tolls from the epidemic could be 20 times higher than official figures, state news agency IRNA reported. more…

Internet blackout in Belarus leaves protesters in the dark - Reuters
Reuters

Protest groups in Belarus are trying to use limited access to the Telegram messaging service to coordinate anti-government action, but say an internet shutdown they blame on the authorities has been effective in slowing them down. more…

F1's Anniversary GP overshadowed by Racing Point row - Reuters UK
Reuters

Formula One's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix looked more like a family bust-up on Saturday after bosses bad-mouthed each other and half of the teams took issue with the stewards. more…

'Come clean' Spaniards demand, as hunt for ex-king continues - Reuters India
Reuters

Frustrated Spaniards are demanding to know the whereabouts of former king Juan Carlos after he abruptly left the country amid a cloud of scandal. more…

Fact check: Misleading claims about Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey - Reuters
Reuters

Posts on social media from late July, 2020, claim that Tom Hanks has been issued a Greek passport, Ellen DeGeneres’ show is under investigation, and Oprah Winfrey is “ending her magazine,” all in the “last 24 hours.” These claims contain some inaccuracies. more…

Explainer: How the U.S. could block WeChat and TikTok from Americans - Reuters
Reuters

President Donald Trump has threatened to ban the short-video app TikTok and messaging service WeChat by late September on grounds that the Chinese-owned apps pose a national security threat. It would mark the first time the United States has attempted to shut… more…

Factbox: Who is Jimmy Lai, the media tycoon arrested in Hong Kong? - Reuters
Reuters

Jimmy Lai, one of Hong Kong's most prominent democracy activists, was arrested on Monday for suspected collusion with foreign forces under the national security law, in what is the highest profile arrest yet under the new legislation. more…