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October 7, 2017

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

by John_A

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. The voice of a generation is going quiet, and Apple is about to deliver new emoji.

Won’t BRB this time.AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down on December 15th

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AIM started out as the built-in chat application in America Online’s desktop client, but it took off after it was broken out as a separate application in 1997. The app and its iconic messaging sound were staples for anyone who spent too much time on the web in the ’90s and early ’00s. Now, Oath — the new Verizon company that includes AOL, Yahoo, and yes, Engadget — says it’s officially shutting down December 15th.

One step closer.FCC clears Project Loon to help provide wireless access in Puerto Rico

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Remember Google’s project to deliver wireless connections from high-flying balloons? While it’s now a part of Google parent company Alphabet, it’s still in development and could be a good way to open up connections for people in Puerto Rico, where more than 80 percent of cell towers are still down. Now, the FCC has given it an experimental license to provide service, but a spokesperson says the next step is to integrate with a telco partner’s network.

From Detroit to Grand Rapids, a new economy is emerging.Michigan’s manufacturing past is fueling its tech future

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Just after the turn of the century Michigan began what’s its “lost decade,” as the economy faltered, oil prices skyrocketed and the housing market crashed. For this story, Tim Seppala traveled the state finding people — like Rocket Fiber CEO Mark Hudson or Start Garden director Darel Ross II — who are working to turn that around.

Oh, and hedgehogs.Apple adds wizard, dinosaur and mermaid emoji in iOS 11.1

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No, animated emoji aren’t here yet — those will arrive with the iPhone X — but pretty soon there will be some new options available on your iPhones and iPads.

Good to know.Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012

Hope you haven’t been sharing passwords.

In less than 15 minutes.Revisit Google’s Pixel 2 event

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We’ve had a lot of news this week, and if you missed anything around Google’s event, we have all of the information conveniently able right here. And if you just want to catch the highlights, our supercut trims the filler to focus on what’s new and notable.

Need something new?‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ public betas are available this weekend

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Whether you’re on PC, PS4 or Xbox One, you can give EA’s next big Star Wars game a try all weekend. You’re welcome.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Yahoo’s 2013 hack impacted all 3 billion accounts
  • Netflix raises prices for most subscribers
  • ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ trailer pits John Boyega against kaiju
  • PlayStation Plus subscribers can preload the ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ PS4 demo today
  • How Google’s smartphones have evolved since 2007
  • Tesla has only produced 260 Model 3s so far
  • Nike’s NFC-powered NBA jerseys are a door to exclusive goods

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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