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No one knows what Civil’s failed token sale means

Yesterday, the world’s most ambitious media blockchain company had a very public embarrassment. It was the last day of a public token sale for the Civil Foundation, a media project using blockchain to launch a new generation of ad-free media startups. But when it came time to sell the token …

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Essential cuts 30 percent of workforce

Essential has laid off 30 percent of its employees today, the company confirmed to Bloomberg, coming on the heels of earlier reports back in May that Essential had canceled its upcoming second phone and was exploring selling the company. While a sale still hasn’t materialized, the layoffs mark the latest …

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OnePlus is launching a new backpack alongside the OnePlus 6T

Last summer, OnePlus released the excellent Travel Backpack alongside its OnePlus 5 flagship smartphone, and this fall, the company looks set to do it again with the upcoming launch of the new OnePlus 6T and OnePlus Explorer backpack. I’ve just received the 18L Explorer for review, and it’s a major …

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SoundCloud adds lossless streaming to its Go+ service

SoundCloud is bringing lossless audio to its Go+ streaming service, the company announced today. Users who subscribe to the $10-a-month service will be able to listen to any music uploaded to SoundCloud in the high-quality audio format by opting in through the “streaming quality” option in settings at no additional …

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Saudi Arabia reportedly cancels deal with Virgin Hyperloop One

Saudi Arabia pulled its deal with Virgin Hyperloop One after the company’s chairman Richard Branson criticized the kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Financial Times reports. Earlier this week, Branson said he was temporarily freezing his partnership with Saudi Arabia, which includes a planned investment in Branson’s space …

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