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September 30, 2017

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

by John_A

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. After Apple and Amazon, it’s Google’s turn to reveal some new hardware next week. We have all the information you’ll need to prepare, plus some of the big stories from this past week like our SNES Classic Edition review and Twitter’s controversial change.

Yes, he can do that.Travis Kalanick kicks off a power struggle at Uber

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Uber’s ongoing corporate drama took another strange turn late Friday night when its ex-CEO announced the addition of two new board members. Travis Kalanick is still on the company’s board despite stepping down as its leader, and as a result of an investment deal last year, has control of three seats — Uber investor Benchmark Capital is suing to change that.

Everything new.What to expect at Google’s Pixel 2 event

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On Wednesday Google will take its turn to unveil new hardware, and we’ve collected all the rumors fit to share in one place to help you prepare. Pixel 2, Home Mini, PixelBook and more — it’s all right here.

BFRElon Musk’s Mars dream hinges on a giant new rocket

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Big F’ing Rocket. It’s the key to SpaceX’s plan for travel throughout our solar system and even the world, but how does it all come together? Steve Dent takes you through Elon Musk’s latest proposal, all the way from Moon Base Alpha to Mars City.

Where’s the TurboGrafx-16 Mini?A mini version of the Commodore 64 is coming in 2018

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Missed out on your first attempt to purchase the SNES Classic Edition? Maybe you’ll have better luck with the C64 Mini. The $70 box from Retro Games is scheduled for release early next year with 64 preinstalled games aboard including California Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe and Paradroid.

All Amazon everything.The Engadget Podcast Ep 44

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This week, we turn our attention to a small underdog of a company with a narrow, well-thought-out product line. Just kidding, we’re talking about Amazon, which has enough money to roll out a wide range of products and see what sticks. We ranked the company’s confusing new lineup from “sensible” to “weird,” and also carved out a few minutes to rant about Twitter’s new 280-character experiment.

Secure the bag.Bloomberg: Google’s ‘Advanced Protection Program’ will replace two-factor authentication

In case typical two-factor authentication isn’t enough or is too complicated to set up, Bloomberg reports Google will roll out a replacement soon. Called the Advanced Protection Program, it’s intended for people with “heightened security concerns” like politicians and CEOs (John Podesta could’ve used this). According to the rumor, it will rely on two physical keys, including one that plugs in via USB, before anyone can access the user’s email or cloud storage.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Facebook reportedly tests using facial recognition to recover your account
  • Nintendo will close its Wii Shop Channel in 2019
  • SNES Classic Edition review: Worth it for the games alone
  • ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ deserves better than CBS’s streaming service
  • Twitter tests a 280-character limit
  • Every new Echo Amazon announced — and a Fire TV
  • How the eSports community cares for injured players

The Morning After is a new daily newsletter from Engadget designed to help you fight off FOMO. Who knows what you’ll miss if you don’t subscribe.

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