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PSA: You might want to avoid the gobs of Halo Infinite spoilers Microsoft just leaked

31-Jul-2021 06:45

If you’re invested in the story of Master Chief, Cortana, and the fate of the Halo universe, you might want to keep your head down and start muting some keywords on social media until Halo Infinite arrives later this year — because vast spoilers for the game’s entire story are now floating around on the internet.

Note: we’ll be keeping this post spoiler-free, though.

Halo Infinite creative director Joseph Staten confirmed on Twitter that Microsoft accidentally leaked “a small number of Halo Infinite campaign files” , saying it “can ruin the campaign experience for everyone.”

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This Is the Way...to the Week's Best Toys

31-Jul-2021 06:35

Welcome back to , io9's regular round-up of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet this week. We’ve got Lego heading back to , old favorites heading back to , some very pretty Uno cards, and Hasbro taking another crack at the “build-your-own lightsaber” toy. Check it out!

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Here are the latest accusations Activision Blizzard employees have leveled at the company

31-Jul-2021 06:10

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

More disturbing allegations of Activision Blizzard’s reported culture of sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination have been reported in recent days, following a huge lawsuit filed against the company by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) .

Details in these stories may be challenging to read, so we are prefacing them with a content warning for descriptions of sexual harassment.

On Thursday, of extremely distressing accounts of Activision Blizzard’s culture. Here is one from Shay Stein, a former customer service employee:

Ms. Stein, 28, who worked at Activision from 2014 to 2017 in a customer service role, helping gamers with problems and glitches, said she...

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After accusations, Twitter will pay hackers to find biases in its automatic image crops

31-Jul-2021 06:02

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter is in hopes that hackers and researchers will be able to identify biases in its image cropping algorithm — and it’s going to be handing out cash prizes to winning teams (). Twitter is hoping that giving teams access to its code and image cropping model will let them find ways that the algorithm could be harmful (such as it cropping in a way that stereotypes or erases the image’s subject).

Those competing will , and a dataset that can be run through the algorithm to demonstrate the issue. Twitter will then assign points based on what kind of harms are found, how much it could potentially affect people, and more.

The winning team will be awarded...

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Russia blames software failure for 'unexpected' ISS module thruster firing

31-Jul-2021 05:54

In a hair-raising event, the Nauka module pushed the International Space Station out of orientation for a time.

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Disney Is Mandating Its U.S. Employees Get Vaccinated

31-Jul-2021 05:30

In response to renewed concerns about the and the spread of the , Disney is taking a major step to ensure that all of its U.S. employees are guarded against the virus.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3-compatible S Pen Pro could launch with Bluetooth

31-Jul-2021 05:27

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could launch with a more advanced stylus, the S Pen Pro, which is rumored to play nice with the foldable’s display.

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Horizon Forbidden West release reportedly gets pushed back to 2022

31-Jul-2021 05:27

The PlayStation 5 game was originally slated to come out later this year.

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Mastodon now has an official iPhone app

31-Jul-2021 05:24

Decentralized social network Mastodon now has an official iPhone app. The nonprofit behind Mastodon on iOS today, supplementing an existing web version and several for iOS, Android, and other platforms. The app is free and offers a similar feature set to Mastodon’s core service, although it doesn’t include Mastodon’s broad local and federated timelines.

Mastodon describes the app as particularly geared toward getting new users on board the nontraditional social platform. As we’ve , Mastodon looks similar to Twitter but is built around (and the protocol) rather than a single central network. You can create your account on a community of your choice...

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Actor Bob Odenkirk says he had a heart attack, will 'be back soon'

31-Jul-2021 05:05

"I feel the love and it means so much," the Better Call Saul star says.

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