Democrats think Trump should ask Congress before taking any military action against Iran. Republicans aren’t so sure.

Democrats think Trump should ask Congress before taking any military action against Iran. Republicans aren’t so sure.

Senate Republicans are split on the issue. If President Donald Trump wants to take military action against Iran, Republicans in Congress seem ready to let him — whether he asks for their permission or not. Early Thursday, Iran struck down a United States military drone, claiming it was in Iranian airspace, while American officials said it was in international airspace. The incident, a move the president has described as potentially unintentional, is the latest in…

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Amazon launches its first inexpensive Fire TV televisions with Dolby Vision support

Amazon launches its first inexpensive Fire TV televisions with Dolby Vision support

Amazon and its manufacturer partners have been selling inexpensive 4K TVs with Fire TV software built in for a few years now. But tonight, Amazon announced the first model that includes support for Dolby Vision. The Toshiba-branded set will be sold exclusively by Amazon and Best Buy. A 55-inch model ($449.99) is on sale immediately today, and 43-inch ($329.99) and 50-inch ($379.99) models will be available later this month on June 30th. Dolby Vision is…

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Netflix’s latest Hack Day projects include rumble packs for smartphone viewers

Netflix’s latest Hack Day projects include rumble packs for smartphone viewers

A couple of times a year, Netflix hosts an internal hackathon for its employees, where they can take time off of their regular duties and try their hand at playing with new ideas. At this spring’s Hack Day, Netflix employees devised a haptic feedback system for mobile devices, and a novel way to get their colleagues out of a meeting room when their time runs over. In past years, Netflix employees have used the Hack…

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Judges rule that Trump administration’s “domestic gag rule” can go into effect

Judges rule that Trump administration’s “domestic gag rule” can go into effect

The rule could make it harder for abortion providers to offer birth control. The Trump administration in March released a final rule barring clinics that provide or refer patients for abortions from getting federal family planning funds. Several states had won injunctions blocking the rule, but on Thursday, a panel of judges ruled that it could go into effect immediately. The rule, first proposed last year, is known by some reproductive rights advocates as the…

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First Spotify, now Slack: Wall Street may be losing its iron grip on Silicon Valley

First Spotify, now Slack: Wall Street may be losing its iron grip on Silicon Valley

Slack’s success puts more pressure on banks to demonstrate what’s so sacred about their tried-and-true IPO. With Slack’s apparently successful “direct listing” on Thursday, Silicon Valley scored another win in its tug-of-war with Wall Street and raised more questions about whether tech companies need the traditional support of big banks. Slack, the workplace messaging software popular in tech and media circles, became the second large tech company to debut on the New York Stock Exchange…

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The makers of Pokémon Go just released a Harry Potter game that swaps monsters for magic

The makers of Pokémon Go just released a Harry Potter game that swaps monsters for magic

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite turns the real world into the wizarding world. Remember Pokémon Go? Like millions of other people, you probably at least tried the augmented reality mobile game back in July 2016, when it became an immediate monster-collecting phenom upon launch. Although the heat hasn’t completely died down on Pokémon Go, it’s not even close to having the near-ubiquity it once enjoyed, so now the game’s developer, Niantic, is looking to recapture its…

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Everything you need to know about Libra, Facebook’s ambitious cryptocurrency

Everything you need to know about Libra, Facebook’s ambitious cryptocurrency

Facebook is planning to launch a cryptocurrency it hopes will “transform the global economy.” The currency, named Libra, is being developed by Facebook, but the company intends to share control with a consortium of organizations, including venture capital firms, credit card companies, and other tech giants. At launch, you’ll be able to send Libra inside of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, with it mostly being meant as an intermediary for transferring traditional currencies. Eventually, Facebook hopes…

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This viral “surprise” proposal shows the less glamorous side of influencing

This viral “surprise” proposal shows the less glamorous side of influencing

A fashion influencer was swept off on a multi-day surprise engagement. It was also a marketing stunt. The past 48 hours have been a whirlwind for Marissa Casey Fuchs, a fashion influencer and Goop employee, whose boyfriend whisked her away on a surprise multi-day, multi-continent adventure that will end in a proposal (and possibly a wedding). They have also been a whirlwind for us, the public, who have been privy to every single part of…

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