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Stephen Shankland
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CNET News reporter, covering technology trends, Web and browser developments, and digital photography.
CNET News reporter, covering technology trends, Web and browser developments, and digital photography.

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The renewable energy bug has bitten big business, Trump's pro-coal policies notwithstanding. It's not just Google and Apple buying solar and wind power now, it's GM, Starbucks, Target, and more. New stats from the Rocky Mountain Institute.
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Open-source software has become so deeply embedded into tech that it's hard to remember how radical Mozilla was to open the source code of Firefox's predecessor 20 years ago. Here's how it all went down and what's happened since — a little history for you all.
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The Brave browser is going to get closer to the Google Chrome project on which it depends. That means it'll run a lot of extensions you can't use today.
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The AV1 compression is now released, so get ready for faster video streaming at Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and Facebook. This is a big deal for the internet, and the work from tech's biggest companies also could blow up today's slow-moving, patent-encumbered video compression business.
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If you think the March Madness office pool is complicated, try training an AI to predict it. Google has $100,000 in prizes for the best system, and 40 million basketball plays of game data to help you train your basketball bot.
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Bristlecone, Google's new 72-qubit quantum computing chip, has the seeds of "quantum supremacy" over conventional computing, the company predicts.
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Nikon, Sony, Scenera, Wistron and Foxconn announced their NICE alliance today. They hope it'll mean improving your security camera is as easy as installing a phone app. A little scoop for today.
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Elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park. You can get surprisingly close: officially 25 feet but there was one moment we got about 15 feet to a mammoth bull loafing in the sand. At this time of year almost all the females have left, and the bulls are vastly reduced from their max 5,000 pound weight after 3 months living off nothing but blubber. They're still impressive. The newborn also live off blubber, having nursed themselves from 60 pounds at birth to something over 200 pounds, ideally. (Though first-year mortality is 50%, and there were a fair number of skinny "weaners" that looked dangerously thin.) They make a constant ruckus of squeals and rude-sounding exhalations, engage sometimes in play fighting, and occasionally flop around to a new spot. Terrific trip.
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The Brave browser now can channel user contributions to Twitch videogame streamers, too. Oh, and it's got a third $1 million basic attention token (BAT) giveaway to attract people to its technology.
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Google's Flutter programming tools, now in beta 1 release, could give mobile apps a fresh look and free up developers doing the same work twice for iOS and Android. But they have to learn some Dart programming. This could help Google's Fuchsia OS, too.
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