Parties, private jets, and multimillion-dollar paintings: Art Basel, explained

Parties, private jets, and multimillion-dollar paintings: Art Basel, explained

Art Basel Miami is part of a global network of art fairs that have transformed the worldwide art market. Tens of thousands of artists, gallery owners, art collectors, celebrities, and hangers-on will descend on Miami this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, the North American leg of the storied Swiss art fair. Now in its 16th year, Art Basel Miami is perhaps better known for the party scene it attracts than for the deals that…

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Firefox running on a Qualcomm 8cx-powered PC feels surprisingly decent

Firefox running on a Qualcomm 8cx-powered PC feels surprisingly decent

Qualcomm’s new, purpose-built Snapdragon 8cx is the company’s chance to finally power a Windows laptop worth buying. Battery life and integrated cellular connectivity (read: your laptop always has an internet connection) have always been the company’s strengths, but its previous Snapdragon 850 didn’t have always have enough raw horsepower to muscle through a web browser full of web apps. We won’t know if that’ll truly change until we’ve spent some quality time with real Snapdragon…

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Counter-Strike: GO adds new battle royale mode and goes free-to-play

Counter-Strike: GO adds new battle royale mode and goes free-to-play

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has now gone free-to-play, and with that change developers Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment have added a new battle royal game mode. The new mode is called Danger Zone and you can enter into a match with up to 18 other players, with the last one standing deemed the victor. The Danger Zone battle royale mode starts off like other games in the genre, like Fortnite or PUBG, where you’re dropped into…

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No, Facebook’s updated sex policy doesn’t prohibit discussing your sexual orientation

No, Facebook’s updated sex policy doesn’t prohibit discussing your sexual orientation

A recent update to Facebook’s Community Guidelines worried some users that the company was placing strict new limits on discussing sex and sexual orientation — but Facebook says users have little reason to worry. In October, the company added a new section to its guidelines that covers “Sexual Solicitation.” In it, the company writes that people cannot post content that “engages in explicit sexual solicitation,” which could mean “following, offering, or asking for: sex or…

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The FTC’s top consumer protection official can’t go after Facebook — or 100 other companies

The FTC’s top consumer protection official can’t go after Facebook — or 100 other companies

The Federal Trade Commission’s top consumer protection official is prohibited from handling the cases involving 120 different companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Uber, according to financial disclosure documents published by Public Citizen today. Andrew Smith, who heads the FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau, would be in charge of handling investigations into some of the country’s largest companies and any consumer protection violations that may occur. But due to his conflicts of interest, Smith is barred…

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MoviePass announces yet another new pricing structure

MoviePass announces yet another new pricing structure

They want you back. Here is the understatement of 2018: MoviePass had a rough year. In March, the company came under fire once subscribers to the movie ticket service realized that it intended to monetize customer data, thanks to comments that CEO Mitch Lowe made at the Entertainment Finance Forum. But the MoviePass subscriber base still grew quickly over the first half of the year, since the deal it offered — up to one movie…

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Aston Martin will make old cars electric so they don’t get banned from cities

Aston Martin will make old cars electric so they don’t get banned from cities

Add Aston Martin to the growing list of companies using nostalgia to sell customers on the idea of an electric vehicle future. The British automaker announced this week that it’s starting a “Heritage EV” program where owners of classic Aston Martins can have their cars converted to an all-electric powertrain. Wouldn’t this be sacrilege, you might ask? That’s an argument for another day. Aston Martin’s starting this program for a very specific reason. Cities around…

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YouTube Rewind hides its community’s biggest moments to appease advertisers

YouTube Rewind hides its community’s biggest moments to appease advertisers

YouTube’s most impactful moments of 2018 differ depending on who you ask. Most creators would probably point to Logan Paul’s controversy surrounding his time in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, a multimillion-dollar boxing match between some of YouTube’s most prolific individuals, and the seemingly never-ending battle between PewDiePie and Bollywood production company T-Series. There were also multiple breakups between adored YouTubers, the rise of Johnny Johnny Yes Papa as a phenomenon, and Shane Dawson ruling the digital…

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