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Galaxy Note 10+, Alternate Internets, and Bernie’s Climate Plan: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This week at Gizmodo, we took a long, hard look at what could have been with our Alternate Internet series, cataloging some of the ways the web could have been different—or still could be. While we didn’t have the time to write a sweeping, The Wheels of Time-length series on what would happen if I was given absolute…

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Locals Warned That ‘Malfunction’ During Test at SpaceX Facility Could Shatter Windows

Residents in Boca Chica Village, Texas, near a SpaceX facility in Brownsville received a warning from the Cameron County Office of Emergency Management that tests of the company’s Starhopper prototype on Aug. 26 could break windows in their homes, according to the Brownsville Herald.

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Russian Health Officials Blame ‘Fukushima Crabs’ for Cesium-137 Exposure After Mysterious Accident

A doctor who treated survivors of a mysterious nuclear accident in Russia was told that the radioactive isotope cesium-137 must have made its way into their body due to “Fukushima crabs,” according to CNN.

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Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify, Says It Pretended It Didn’t Know Who Held Rights to ‘Lose Yourself’

Rapper Eminem’s publisher is suing Spotify, claiming that the music streaming giant is infringing on hundreds of his copyrights as well as “challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Wednesday.

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The Question of Whether or Not WeWork Is a Tech Company Has Been Answered

Is WeWork, the sprawling chain of coworking spaces expanding across the country and abroad, a tech company? WeWork is sure scrambling to find reasons to claim so, because “tech” is apparently some kind of magic word that it thinks will justify its $47 billion valuation. Its critics have instead characterized WeWork as…

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YouTube Concedes Robot Fight Videos Are Not Actually Animal Cruelty After Removing Them by Mistake

Google subsidiary YouTube has admitted that it made a mistake when, citing its policies against “deliberate infliction of animal suffering” such as “dog fighting and cock fighting,” it removed several videos of robots fighting, per reports in Motherboard and the Verge. The videos are again available.

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MoviePass Apparently Left 58,000 Customer Records Exposed on a Public Server

Ticketing app and ongoing shitshow MoviePass has been burning through whatever could possibly remain of its finances at an incredible rate—when last the imploding startup was in the news, it was because it reportedly tried to prevent users from actually using it by changing their passwords and barring them from…

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Facebook Yanks Another Trump Ad for a Laughably Obvious Policy Violation

Facebook has pulled another Donald Trump campaign ad for blatantly violating its advertising policies, but it only did so after being reached by the progressive Popular Info newsletter for comment, according to a Monday report by the newsletter.

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Report: Apple Is Pouring Over $6 Billion Into Apple TV+, Including Nine Figures on The Morning Show

Apple’s budget for its forthcoming streaming service—previously reported to be around $1 billion, give or take—has exploded to $6 billion, according to a Monday report in the Financial Times.

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Russian Man Who Tried to Burn Down Offices of Internet Regulator Reportedly Gets Probation

Earlier this month, a court in Russia’s Ulyanovsk Region sentenced a man to one and a half years’ probation after he reportedly tried not one, not two, but three times to burn down the regional offices of national internet regulator Roskomnadzor, with Interfax reporting (via TorrentFreak) that one local said he had…

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