Blizzard employees walked out in protest following pro-Hong Kong player ban

Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A couple dozen Blizzard employees walked out of work Tuesday in protest of the company’s decision to ban a professional Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend, according to The Daily Beast. The employees met at a giant statue depicting an Orc Warrior outside of the Activision Blizzard offices in California. According to the Beast, employees came and went as…

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American Airlines says it will resume flights with Boeing’s 737 Max jets in January

Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images American Airlines will resume flights with Boeing’s 737 Max jets in January 2020. In a statement posted online on October 9th, the airline says it expects software updates to result in the beleaguered jet’s recertification by federal aviation authorities “later this year.” Boeing is expected to submit its final certification package to the FAA later this year. Anticipating this, American says it expects to “slowly phase in the MAX for…

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In the Tall Grass director Vincenzo Natali doesn’t know if Stephen King read his script

Photo: Netflix Vincenzo Natali is the kind of director who makes the cult movie-steeped audiences at Austin’s annual Fantastic Fest swoon. He isn’t a household name, but his distinctive, creative low-budget genre movies have earned him a strong reputation among the kind of people who can list off a dozen Dario Argento movies without checking the internet. Natali’s 1997 indie movie Cube is a particular case in point: a low-budget Canadian science fiction film about…

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TikTok should be investigated for censorship, Marco Rubio says

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) requested that the US government conduct a formal investigation into whether the popular Chinese video app, TikTok, poses a national security risk by censoring content that upsets leaders in Beijing. “These Chinese-owned apps are increasingly being used to censor content and silence open discussion on topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese Government and Community Party,” Rubio claimed in a letter calling on the Treasury…

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Volvo’s first EV will run native Android

Images: Volvo Volvo is one week away from unveiling the first EV under its own brand, an all-electric version of the company’s popular XC40 SUV. On Wednesday, the Swedish automaker said the car will mark another first, too: it will be the first Volvo car with an infotainment system built on Google’s new embedded Android Automotive software. That means the new electric XC40 will come with features and apps like Google Assistant and Google Maps…

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Small satellite launcher Virgin Orbit announces plans to send tiny vehicles to Mars

Virgin Orbit has big plans to send small spacecraft to Mars, as soon as 2022. The company — an offshoot of Richard Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic — announced today that it is partnering with nearly a dozen Polish universities and a Polish satellite maker called SatRevolution to design up to three robotic missions to the Red Planet over the next decade. If successful, these missions could be the first purely commercial trips to…

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Vox Sentences: Only 800,000 can prevent forest fires

Christina Animashaun/Vox PG&E plans massive California energy blackouts; Ecuador moved the seat of government following protests. Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. California goes dark to prevent wildfires California’s largest electricity provider, Pacific Gas & Electric, started shutting off power early Wednesday, eventually planning to throw…

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