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China landed on the moon and found water in dirt and rocks

Mashable VR

Scientists detected water on the moon, and for the first time they can say they literally found it while on the lunar surface. A Chinese lunar lander returned more than 60 ounces of soil and rock samples from its trip to the moon in December 2020.

The trials and tribulations of turning a real camera into a webcam

The Verge

This is not a Sony A7 III, but it will do. Illustration by Samar Haddad.

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Who gets called a 'tech worker' is the big question for 2022

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"Whoah, there are so many things happening at Apple." That was one of the DMs labor organizer Clarissa Redwine received on Christmas Eve day, not about the latest gadget appearing under the tree — but about worker activism within the company.

Wordle! and Wardle team up to donate proceeds from an unrelated app’s popularity spike

The Verge

Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP via Getty Images. Wordle is a free browser game, and a browser game only — it has no accompanying apps, something that some people (myself included, regrettably) might not realize during a time when nearly everything has an app.

100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

Is something bothering your pet? Find out with this hair sample test.

Mashable VR

TL;DR: The 5Strands Pet Food and Environmental Intolerance Test is just $134.99 at the Mashable Shop as of Jan. Your dog is a good boy and deserves the world. But it’s hard to know what exactly will give him his best life.

AMD's upcoming 3D V-Cache shown to improve bandwidth with minimal latency increase

TechSpot

No one was quite sure what to expect when AMD announced their 3D V-Cache technology at Computex last summer.

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Samsung’s next tablet lineup could include a 14.6-inch ‘Ultra’ model with a notch

The Verge

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra may have a 14.6-inch display with a notch. Image by WinFuture. Samsung might be adding its first-ever “Ultra” model to its upcoming Galaxy Tab S8 lineup, which will also include a Tab S8 and S8 Plus, as rumored by WinFuture.

Get a refurbished MacBook Air for less than $400

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TL;DR: As of Jan. 16, you can get a refurbished Apple MacBook Air 13.3" Core i5 for just $368. A new one costs $1,499, so you're saving 75%. A few hundred bucks isn’t typically going to get you much in the Apple universe.

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 9, 2022

GeekWire

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 9, 2022. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire.

This sewing table is great for small spaces, and it's on sale

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TL;DR: The SewStation 201 sewing table is just $129.99 at the Mashable Shop as of Jan. Your creative endeavors shouldn’t be shoved into the corner of your apartment, where they can pile up and collect dust. They deserve a space all their own.

Why the Product Message Should Come From Product Management

Speaker: Jordan Bergtraum, Head of Product at Equip ID & Consultant

Join Jordan Bergtraum, Head of Product at Equip ID & Consultant, as he tells you why Product Management should create the initial Product message and how to create a compelling Product message!

Leonardo DiCaprio, Huge Star Wars Nerd, Couldn't Get Jonah Hill to Love The Mandalorian

GizModo VR

If you’re a nerd, then no doubt you’ve tried to get a friend to like something as much as you do. It’s a crap shoot as to whether or not it will work, especially if it’s something as popular (and disjointed ) as Star Wars.

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Look at your webcam, not your monitor during Zoom calls and livestreams if you don't want to appear shady

Mashable VR

Over the past few years, you've likely started taking meetings over Zoom or Google Hangouts, and you've probably noticed your eyes wandering around. Exactly what you should be looking at is a bit of a mystery. Should your eyes linger off-screen to avoid awkward eye contact?

Across the Spider-Verse is Bringing More Animation Styles with Its Spiders

GizModo VR

Of the many highlights of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , its art styles were the among them. While Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) were in traditional 3D, the other Spiders had their own distinct visual styles.

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Joe Biden commands the nation to 'stop seeing Spider-Man' in an absolutely unhinged 'SNL' cold open

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Saturday Night Live knows the root cause of the Omicron variant: Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Optimize the Performance of Your Serverless Functions

Run mission-critical applications on serverless without sacrificing visibility.

Stratolaunch’s huge airplane aces its third flight test, building on Paul Allen’s legacy

GeekWire

Stratolaunch’s Roc airplane makes a close approach at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port during its third test flight. NASASpaceflight.com / Stratolaunch via YouTube).

'SNL' one-ups Peacock's 'Fresh Prince' reboot with a pitch for a gritty, gun-toting 'Urkel'

Mashable VR

Excited for Bel-Air , Peacock's serious-minded reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ? You ain't seen nothing yet.

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Which of these motherboard form factors has the largest max dimensions?

TechSpot

Is it BTX, EATX, or Ultra ATX

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Social media-savvy mom explains the setup for an awesome 'hands-free' TiKTok hack

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TikTok's infinite storehouse of content can leave you swiping up on your For You Page for hours — but what if, for whatever reason, you can't use your hands?

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Discover the 10 Rules for Managing PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is one of the most successful open source projects in existence. But each year it becomes harder and harder to get familiarized with the PostgreSQL ecosystem and its new features. Learn 10 rules that will help you perfect your PostgreSQL installation.

Custom-written malware discovered across Windows, macOS, and Linux systems

TechSpot

The custom-written, C++ based remote access trojan (RAT) that went completely undetected for several months may have been released around mid to late 2021. Named SysJoker by Intezer's security team, the program conceals itself as a system update within the target's OS environment.

Rocco hilariously upstages Elmo yet again on 'SNL' Weekend Update

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The first couple weeks of 2022 have been trying for Elmo. Clips of Elmo's uproar over Rocco , his friend Zoe's pet rock, went viral online, portraying his outrage that a rock allegedly gets better treatment.

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Open Channel: What's Your Favorite TV Intro?

GizModo VR

Earlier this week, HBO Max’s Peacemaker finally hit the streaming service. And while we’d certainly like to hear what you thought about both John Cena’s DC spinoff (or the new Scream , if you’ve seen it!), we have to zero in on a specific part of the show: its ridiculously good opening titles.

Eric Adams despairs at NYC's 'swagless existence' on 'Saturday Night Live'

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Eric Adams is officially the mayor of New York City, which means it's time he gets the Saturday Night Live treatment. In the latest episode, Chris Redd debuted his Adams impression during a press conference about New York's "swagless existence" before he assumed his role as mayor.

The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today's data-driven applications. And they won’t cut it for your end users, your development team, or your business. Learn how 5 companies used embedded analytics to achieve huge returns and greater value than anticipated.

Apple Will Reportedly Be Requiring Covid-19 Boosters for Its Store and Corporate Workers

GizModo VR

Apple now considers covid-19 booster shots to be an important element in protecting its workers and will be purportedly requiring employees to show proof that they’ve gotten the additional dose to access its premises, according to an internal email seen by the Verge. Read more.

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This cybersecurity course bundle is on sale for only $40

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TL;DR: As of Jan. 16, you can get The 2022 Masters in Cyber Security Course Bundle — valued at $1,800 — for just $39.99; that's a discount of over 97%. Hacking doesn't have to be a bad word.

Safari 15 bug can leak your recent browsing activity and personal identifiers

The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. A bug in Safari 15 can leak your browsing activity, and can also reveal some of the personal information attached to your Google account, according to findings from FingerprintJS , a browser fingerprinting and fraud detection service (via 9to5Mac ).

Will Forte, MacGruber himself, will return to 'Saturday Night Live' as a first-time host

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MacGruber is heading home. Will Forte is set to host Saturday Night Live for the first time, as NBC's live-format sketch comedy series confirmed in a Sunday tweet.

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Your Guide to Using Conversational Marketing to Drive Demand Generation

What is conversational marketing really about? This guide will examine the market forces at play, shifting buyer trends, how to leverage conversation marketing, and the tactics involved in adopting it for a B2B demand generation strategy.

Walmart is getting serious about the metaverse

The Verge

Walmart’s recent trademark applications suggest that it wants to break into the metaverse. Photo by Yichuan Cao / NurPhoto via Getty Images. Walmart appears to be getting ready for a leap into the metaverse.

Beware the QR code scams

Mashable VR

By now, most internet users know the usual scams to look out for: Phishing emails trying to steal your account logins, misspelled URLs attempting to access your bank accounts, fake online storefronts charging you for products they never intend to send.

Creator of a years-old app called Wordle will donate proceeds from its newfound popularity

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Wordle is the daily, browser-only word game we can't get enough of, so it's not surprising that Wordle copycats have been sprouting up in the App Store. Those copycats aren't the first to use that name, however. Developer Steven Cravotta actually used "wordle" first — five years ago.

Spotify faces calls for a misinfo policy as an open letter exposes Joe Rogan's COVID lies

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Podcaster Joe Rogan is once again causing problems for the company that pays him $100 million: Spotify. Last week, 270 doctors, scientists, and professors published an open letter to the audio streaming giant demanding that the company create an official policy around misinformation.

Building Product to Enhance Customer Support: The Key to Customer Retention in an E-commerce Business

Speaker: Bhavana Angadi, Senior Product Manager at Hopscotch (Demand & Growth) | Former Product Manager at Bigbasket

Join Bhavana Angadi, Senior Product Manager at Hopscotch, as she details the best way to increase customer retention.