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GDPR has led to $126 million in fines over data privacy

8:03 pm PST, January 20, 2020

It's been a year and nearly eight months since the EU's data privacy law, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), came into force and 114 million euros ($126 million) in fines have been imposed so far, according to a new report. The law firm...

Google's Pixelbook Go is finally available in 'Not Pink'

6:11 pm PST, January 20, 2020

It took three months, but Google is finally offering its "Not Pink" version of the Pixelbook Go. The internet giant has started selling its more colorful Chromebook through its official store, Best Buy and other channels. It's functionally the same a...

'Dying Light 2' is delayed indefinitely

4:09 pm PST, January 20, 2020

Yet another Square Enix-published game is facing a delay, and this might not be a short wait. Techland has delayed its zombie title Dying Light 2 indefinitely to allow "more development time to fulfill our vision." It didn't say what led to the compa...

Tesla says unintended acceleration claims are 'completely false'

2:07 pm PST, January 20, 2020

Tesla just rejected any notion that its cars are prone to unintended acceleration. In a blog post, the EV maker claimed that a petition describing unexpected acceleration was "completely false" and the product of a "Tesla short-seller" hoping to mak...

What we're listening to: Big|Brave and Beloved

12:05 pm PST, January 20, 2020

In this installment of our audio IRL, managing editor Terrence O'Brien sings... er, types the praises of a band and a genre that isn't for everyone. Senior news editor Billy Steele gets nostalgic for his glory days as one of his favorite bands is bac...

Save $65 on an 8TB Western Digital Elements external drive

10:03 am PST, January 20, 2020

If you're looking for an affordable way to store your files locally, Amazon is currently selling the 8TB Western Digital Elements external drive for $115, down from $180. That's the lowest price Amazon has offered this particular model for, according...

Radiohead's online 'library' hosts rarities, art and merch

7:59 am PST, January 20, 2020

It's been difficult to track down all things Radiohead on the web for a while. Even though the group recently posted its entire catalog to YouTube, you've still had to search fan sites and other sources for every last little bit of art, video or mer...

Discovery shows early galaxies could have very short lives

6:51 am PST, January 20, 2020

You'd think that galaxies from the young universe would still be thriving, but that's not necessarily the case. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute and the National Observatory of Japan have discovered the farthest known dying galaxy (that is, wi...

Google CEO Sundar Pichai calls for 'sensible regulation' of AI

5:25 am PST, January 20, 2020

Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai takes his sweet time getting to the point in a new Financial Times editorial. But when he gets there, he leaves little room for interpretation: "...there is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence nee...

The Morning After: Apple teams up with the creator of 'Bob's Burgers'

4:45 am PST, January 20, 2020

Hey, good morning! Apple is here to remind you that its TV+ service is still here. Ahead of a SAG award to Jennifer Aniston for her part in the streaming service's flagship series, The Morning Show, Apple has announced its latest addition: a musical...

FBI seizes site dedicated to selling data breach information

4:05 am PST, January 20, 2020

Following an international operation, the FBI has seized and shut down a website called WeLeakInfo that sold private user data from over 10,000 data breaches. As part of the operation, police in the Netherlands and Northern Ireland arrested two 22-ye...

Samsung appoints Roh Tae-moon as its new smartphone CEO

1:47 am PST, January 20, 2020

Samsung Electronics has named Roh Tae-moon CEO of its key smartphone division, according to Bloomberg. He'll take over the position from DJ Koh, who will continue to head up Samsung's IT and mobile and communication arms. Roh is Samsung's third CEO i...

Jennifer Aniston lands Apple TV+ a SAG award for 'The Morning Show'

11:45 pm PST, January 19, 2020

Jennifer Aniston won the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) award for best female actor in a drama series (The Morning Show). That netted Apple TV Plus a second major awards season prize after its breakthrough Critic's Choice win. Pundits expected the SAG pr...

ESA opens plant that turns moondust into oxygen

8:33 pm PST, January 19, 2020

If humans are going to have a long-term presence on the Moon, they're going to need breathable air and rocket fuel -- and the ESA might just have a way to create both using the Moon itself. The agency is running a prototype plant that converts moondu...

Huawei will use TomTom for maps now that it's cut off from Google

4:25 pm PST, January 19, 2020

Now that Huawei is effectively cut off from Google, how is going to provide navigation on its phones? By finding a non-American partner, of course. TomTom has revealed that it struck a deal with Huawei to provide maps, navigation and traffic data f...

Elon Musk expects SpaceX's first crewed mission between April and June

3:04 pm PST, January 19, 2020

Now that SpaceX has completed Crew Dragon's in-flight launch escape test, when can you expect a mission with humans aboard? At last, the company has a more specific answer than early 2020. Company chief Elon Musk told attendees at a post-test confere...

Facebook says glitch led to rude translation of Chinese leader's name

12:35 pm PST, January 19, 2020

Facebook is learning first-hand about the limitations of modern translation technology. The social media firm has apologized after people discovered that that translating Chinese President Xi Jinping's name from Burmese to English led to him being c...

Leica's M10 Monochrom is devoted to black-and-white photography

11:16 am PST, January 19, 2020

Leica is giving its Monochrom cameras a much-needed upgrade, and it's good news if you're a big fan of black-and-white photography... provided you're willing to pay the price. The company has introduced an M10 Monochrom that's superficially based on...

Why your new smart home devices won't work, and how to fix them

10:00 am PST, January 19, 2020

By Rachel Cericola This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full blog why your brand-new smart ho...

After Math: All the shows (and games) fit to stream this season

8:30 am PST, January 19, 2020

It was a big week for broadcasters and their associated streaming services, with studios announcing which shows would be returning and which would be relegated to the dustbin of television history. Steve Martin and Martin Short will be starring in a...

SpaceX successfully completes Crew Dragon launch escape test

7:42 am PST, January 19, 2020

SpaceX just completed a major milestone in its quest to carry humans to orbit. The private spaceflight firm has successfully conducted an in-flight test of Crew Dragon's launch escape system, with the capsule jettisoning itself from the Falcon 9 rock...

Behringer clones more well-known synths from Moog and Roland

3:12 am PST, January 19, 2020

Behringer isn't about to slow down in its effort to clone classic synths. The company has introduced two more not-so-subtle modernizations, headlined by the System 55 Modular Synthesizer (above). The Eurorack-friendly design includes more than 20 r...