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Indoor Vaping Bans, Trump’s New AG, and the Home Button: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been one hell of a week. From the 2018 midterms—in which races in Florida, Arizona, and Georgia are still being contested—to raging wildfires in California that are wiping entire communities off the map and continuing to rage, the news cycle has verged on impossible for any one person to process in its entirety.

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The Only Bad Thing About Fox News’ Silent Twitter Protest Is That It Will Eventually End

Imagine, if you will, a world without Fox News. That’s largely been the case on Twitter since Thursday, when many of the network’s official Twitter channels went silent.

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Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

United States-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, Spaceflight Now…

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Report: DEA, ICE Are Stocking Up on Hidden Streetlight Cams

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have put an “undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras inside streetlights” across the country, according to federal procurement documents obtained by Quartz.

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PayPal: What If We Banned Both Sides

Payment processing giant PayPal terminated accounts belonging to the far-right Proud Boys organization and its founder, Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, this week in what seemed to be a response to their involvement in a street brawl in New York and well-documented history of violence elsewhere. But it also banned…

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Turkish President Says Recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Has Been Sent to U.S., Allies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has provided a recording of the alleged murder of Saudi journalist in self-imposed exile Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, Germany, and the United States, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

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MoviePass: The Dog Ate Whatever We Were Supposed to Be Doing

MoviePass, the ticketing startup that burned through hundreds of millions of dollars trying to undercut the theater business by selling tickets at cost to subscribers, has screwed up an awful lot as of late. Its parent company Helios & Matheson is being sued by shareholders for alleged fraud, as well as investigated…

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Dutch Police Bust Encrypted Chat Service, Gain Access to Over 258,000 Messages

Dutch police say they have “decrypted more than 258,000 messages” sent using an expensive chat service, Ars Technica reported on Wednesday, citing a National Police Corps statement that claimed authorities in the Netherlands have achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication…

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Loses Election to Democrat Tony Evers Amid Foxconn Mess

The 2018 midterms have swept Democrats to a House majority, potentially with grave consequences for Donald Trump’s presidency. A number of races continued to hang in the balance late in the small morning hours, among them the governorship of Wisconsin.

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After Lion Air Crash, Boeing Reportedly Will Warn That the 737 Max Can ‘Abruptly Dive’ by Mistake

Aerospace giant Boeing is preparing to alert pilots of its new 737 Max line of passenger jets warning that inaccurate readings in an onboard flight-monitoring system can cause the planes “to abruptly dive,” Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing a source with knowledge of the matter.

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