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Amazon Will No Longer Sell Chinese Goods In China

SlashDot - 1 hour 52 min ago
Amazon announced today that it will close its marketplace in China in the coming months, meaning Amazon customers in the country will no longer be able to buy goods from Chinese merchants. "Amazon did not explain why it was withdrawing its marketplace service, saying only it will instead focus on selling goods shipped from other countries into China," reports CNN. From the report: "We are notifying sellers we will no longer operate a marketplace on, and we will no longer be providing seller services on effective July 18," the company said in a statement. Amazon's platform competes for Chinese sellers with Tmall, owned by the country's e-commerce leader Alibaba. Users logging onto Amazon's Chinese site after July 18 will see products sold from its global store, the company said. "Over the past few years, we have been evolving our China online retail business to increasingly emphasize cross-border sales, and in return we've seen very strong response from Chinese customers," Amazon said. It will retain its other operations in China, such as cloud computing services. It will also continue to sell its Kindle e-readers and content in the country. "Amazon's commitment to China remains strong. We have built a solid foundation here in a number of successful businesses and we will continue to invest and grow in China," the company added.

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Original 'Burnout Paradise' servers shut down August 1st

Engadget - 2 hours 2 min ago
All good things must come to an end, and that includes multiplayer support for the original Burnout Paradise. Emails sent to players and a tweet from Criterion confirm that the game's servers -- which have been in operation since it launched in 2008...

Boeing completes test flights for 737 Max software fix - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 8 min ago
The company's CEO says the updated MCAS software is in its final form after 127 test flights.

Why Juul and Republican Lawmakers Want To Raise the Minimum Vaping Age To 21

SlashDot - 2 hours 32 min ago
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a new bill today that would block all tobacco and vape purchases for Americans under 21 years old, citing widespread public health risks. Surprisingly, vaping companies don't appear to be too concerned, as Juul's CEO Kevin Burns issued this statement supporting the measure: "JUUL Labs is committed to eliminating combustible cigarettes, the number one cause of preventable death in the world and to accomplish that goal, we must restrict youth usage of vapor products. Tobacco 21 laws fight one of the largest contributors to this problem -- sharing by legal-age peers -- and they have been shown to dramatically reduce youth usage rates." The Verge says it all has to do with Big Vape's image: Over the past year, Juul has come under the FDA's fire for its massive popularity among young people. So supporting a higher minimum age could help its image and take some of the regulatory pressure off. From an industry perspective, the move is fairly low risk since the product is already embedded in the population, and people under age 21 may already be addicted, says Kathleen Hoke, a law professor at the University of Maryland. "We can change this age to 21 but we're going to have to work extraordinarily hard at the state and local level to actually get cigarettes or vape products or chew out of the hands of the 18 to 20 year olds," she says. [T]he bill's success will depend on how it's crafted. Rob Crane, professor of family medicine at The Ohio State University and president of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, is skeptical that it will really hold tobacco retailers responsible for selling to people who are underage. From the more than 450 cities and counties that have passed Tobacco 21 laws, "what we have found that does work is when you make local health departments under civil law do the enforcement," he says. "For a rogue retailer that keeps on selling, there's a risk of license suspension." But if the law winds up penalizing convenience store clerks who sell vapes and tobacco products to kids, the retailer who's profiting gets off scot-free, he says. In the end, Crane is skeptical of the motivations behind the bill, no matter what form it takes. "This is all a PR move to keep Juul out of the hot seat from the FDA."

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The Source Code For All Infocom Text Adventure Classics Has Been Released

SlashDot - 3 hours 12 min ago
You can now download the source code of every Infocom text adventure game, thanks to archivist Jason Scott who uploaded the code to GitHub. "There are numerous repositories under the name historicalsource, each for a different game," reports Ars Technica. "Titles include, but are not limited to, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Planetfall, Shogun, and several Zork games -- plus some more unusual inclusions like an incomplete version of Hitchhiker's sequel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Infocom samplers, and an unreleased adaptation of James Cameron's The Abyss." From the report: The code was uploaded by Jason Scott, an archivist who is the proprietor of His website describes itself as "a glimpse into the history of writers and artists bound by the 128 characters that the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) allowed them" -- in particular those of the 1980s. He announced the GitHub uploads on Twitter earlier this week. The games were written in the LISP-esque "Zork Implementation Language," or ZIL, which you could be forgiven for not being intimately familiar with already. Fortunately, Scott also tweeted a link to a helpful manual for the language on Gamasutra, which first reported the news, notes that Activision still owns the rights to Infocom games and could request a takedown if it wanted.

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All Marvel franchises ranked, from Avengers to Daredevil - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 46 min ago
How do the X-Men movies stack up to Iron Man, Spider-Man and *shudder* Ghost Rider? Just so happens we made a list.

First Japan-Built Airliner In 50 Years Takes On Boeing and Airbus

SlashDot - 3 hours 52 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the global air travel network. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington, to satisfy that demand. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s new airliner is testing the skies just as rivals are moving to sell off their manufacturing operations for jets with up to 160 seats. Boeing is set to buy 80 percent of the Embraer SA's commercial operations in a joint venture, while Bombardier last year sold control of its C Series airliner project to Airbus SE and is exploring "strategic options" for its regional-jet operations. At stake, particularly in the market for jets with fewer seats, is $135 billion in sales in the two decades through 2037, according to industry group Japan Aircraft Development Corp. With few seats and smaller fuselages, regional jets are a different class of aircraft from larger narrow-body planes such as Boeing's 737 or Airbus's A320. The MRJ has a range of about 2,000 miles, while a smaller variant can haul up to 76 people for about the same distance. A longtime supplier of aircraft components to Boeing, Mitsubishi Heavy is developing the MRJ to emerge from its customer's shadow. After spending at least $2 billion over more than a decade, the manufacturer is looking to get its jet certified and start deliveries to launch partner ANA Holdings. Mitsubishi expects to have the plane ready for customers next year, a timetable that will test the company, said Mitsubishi Aircraft President Hisakazu Mizutani.

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Sony X800M2: 4K Blu-ray player with Dolby Vision coming for $300 - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 23 min ago
Sony says its new 4K Blu-ray player, the X800M2, which supports the Dolby Vision HDR standard, is due in May.

Instagram might hide how many likes you get - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 26 min ago
It'd shift the focus to the content being shared, rather than how popular it is, the company reportedly said.

Alexa owners can listen to Amazon Music for free -- with ads

Engadget - 4 hours 28 min ago
Rumors started circulating last week that Amazon was exploring a free, ad-supported tier of its streaming music service. Turns out there was something to those rumblings. Today, the commerce giant announced that Alexa device owners in the US will be...

Netflix Will Invest Up To $100 Million In a NYC Production Hub

SlashDot - 4 hours 32 min ago
Netflix is establishing an NYC production hub that will include six sound stages in Brooklyn and an expanded office in Manhattan's Flatiron District. "It should create 'hundreds of jobs' (including 127 executive, marketing and production development roles) over the next five years, and should foster up to $100 million in investments, according to Governor Cuomo," reports Engadget. From the report: The sound stages will also have the capacity for "thousands" of jobs, Cuomo said, although that's likely to vary widely based on what's in production at any given time. Not surprisingly, there are financial incentives attached to the move. The state is offering up to $4 million in tax credits over 10 years, although those are contingent on Netflix's ability to both create the 127 promised office jobs and keep the 32 existing positions.

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Sony's 'dumb' HT-S350 sound bar coming soon for $280 - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 34 min ago
Sony unveiled pricing on its 320-watt HT-S350 sound bar, announced at CES, which will be hitting stores by the end of April.

Dodge Challenger and Charger Stars & Stripes Editions wave the flag in NY - Roadshow

CNET News - 4 hours 35 min ago
They're meant to celebrate US soldiers and veterans, even though they're built in Canada.

Lyft sued by investors over sinking stock - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 37 min ago
The ride-hailing company's share price has dropped from $78 to $58 since its IPO kicked off.

Mueller report is No. 1 politics book on Amazon - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 45 min ago
The 450-page report takes four out of the top 10 spots on the Political Conservatism & Liberalism bestseller list.

The Mueller report by the numbers - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 56 min ago
We searched the 448-page document for the key words from the special counsel's two year investigation. Not surprisingly, "Russia" tops the list.

VW Atlas Basecamp concept brings the outdoors into the New York Auto Show - Roadshow

CNET News - 4 hours 57 min ago
It takes the Atlas' blocky looks and adds a dash of hardcore off-road cred.

Microsoft is making VR better for those with vision problems

Engadget - 5 hours 4 min ago
Virtual reality can be a rush to the senses, but not if you have vision problems. Microsoft researchers are trying to solve that problem via a tool kit for Unity VR developers to help players with low vision. Since vision problems vary by individual,...

Galaxy S10's camera may get dedicated low-light mode - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 6 min ago
It's Samsung's answer to the Pixel 3's Night Sight.