Mallory Locklear

Engadget

@MalloryLocklear

  • Currently a freelance writer who contributes to Engadget
  • Writes on science and technology
  • Holds a PhD in neuroscience
Oxford University halts donations and grants from Huawei

Jan 18

Huawei has faced increasing resistance from the US government and other countries, and now Oxford University has joined the growing number of groups distancing themselves from the company. The university, for now, will no longer accept research grant...

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Sorry, MasterCard's free trial protection only applies to physical goods

Jan 17

Yesterday, MasterCard announced a new feature that would protect its customers from the automatic billing that kicks in after a free trial. The policy will require merchants to notify users about the end of the free trial, the cost of continuing with a subscr…

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Michael Cohen reportedly paid for fake Twitter flattery

Jan 17

Let's play a game of "would you rather." Would you rather an investigation upend criminal details about your past that land you in jail and put your business dealings under public scrutiny, or would you rather that investigation unearth the fact that...

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ACLU sues US government over social media surveillance of immigrants

Jan 17

The ACLU has sued the federal government, naming the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, US Customs and Border Protection, US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department as defendants. The civil...

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Shareholders ask Amazon to halt sales of facial recognition tech

Jan 17

A group of Amazon shareholders has filed a resolution requesting the company stop selling its facial recognition technology to government agencies until a review can determine whether it has the potential to violate civil rights. Organized by the non...

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Netflix announces ‘Space Force’ comedy series starring Steve Carell

Jan 16

If you've missed The Office and Steve Carell's Michael Scott, Netflix's latest series announcement may be a bit of welcome news. In a video, which you can see below, Netflix has revealed a new workplace comedy called Space Force, which will center on...

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Sprint is the latest carrier to stop selling location data

Jan 16

Sprint has announced that it will cease selling users' location data to third parties, following similar moves made by Verizon (Engadget's parent company), T-Mobile and AT&T. The four major US carriers are responding to a report published by Moth...

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Facebook will expand its political ad rules to Nigeria, Ukraine and EU

Jan 16

Facebook will be introducing some of its political advertising policies in additional regions in the coming months, Reuters reports. In Nigeria, where a presidential election is set to take place in February, Facebook will now require those purchasing elector…

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InfoWars has a platform again, thanks to a new Roku channel

Jan 15

Last year, amid heated criticism over the conspiracy theories it spread about events like the Parkland, Florida and Sandy Hook school shootings, InfoWars -- along with owner Alex Jones -- started to its see reach diminished as one by one, platforms began to r…

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Netflix is raising prices across of all of its tiers

Jan 15

Netflix is raising prices across all of its streaming plans, increases that amount to 13 to 18 percent, marking its largest price hike to date. CNBC reports that the lowest $8 tier will now cost $9 while the $11 and $14 plans will increase to $13 and...

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‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ director joins ‘Uncharted’ movie

Jan 15

The long-awaited Uncharted movie has a new director. Dan Trachtenberg, known for 10 Cloverfield Lane, has joined the Uncharted project, Variety reports, taking over the helm after director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Stranger Things) stepped dow...

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Hulu beats Netflix with its own Fyre Festival documentary debut

Jan 14

Both Hulu and Netflix have been working on documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival, and Hulu has now released its version just a few days ahead of Netflix. Fyre Fraud, as its name suggests, gives a look into how those behind Fyre Festival de...

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The ‘Minecraft’ movie will now be directed by Peter Sollett

Jan 11

The Warner Bros. Minecraft movie has a new director... again. Variety reports that Peter Sollett is now on board to write and direct the long-awaited movie, which was at one point supposed to be released in May of this year. However, production has h...

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'Choose Your Own Adventure' publisher sues Netflix over 'Bandersnatch'

Jan 11

Netflix's choose-your-own-adventure style film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is the subject of a new lawsuit, brought against the streaming giant by Chooseco LLC. The company is known for publishing the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series popular in...

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Researchers may have witnessed the birth of a black hole

Jan 11

Researchers believe they might have an explanation for an incredibly bright event that took place in a distant dwarf galaxy. Scientists observed it last June when the object in question lit up and then faded over the course of 16 days, and it has con...

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Amazon unveils ad-supported IMDb video streaming service

Jan 11

It's been rumored that Amazon has been working on an ad-supported video streaming service, similar to what's offered from Vudu and Roku, and now the service has officially launched. Variety reports that IMDb Freedive, as the streaming service is call...

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Ford’s Chariot shuttle service will shut down in March

Jan 11

Ford acquired transportation startup Chariot in 2016 and the service currently operates in 10 US cities and London. But Chariot will soon be no more, as it announced that it's ceasing all operations by the end of March. "Chariot was built on a commit...

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AT&T will sever ties with location aggregators as well

Jan 10

Earlier this week, a Motherboard report described just how it easy it was for anyone to get the location of another person's phone. By handing over $300 to a bounty hunter, the publication was able to buy the location of a specific phone, which was accurate t…

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Ring reportedly gave employees access to customer video feeds

Jan 10

Ring's privacy practices have come under scrutiny in recent months and the latest report from The Intercept details just how lax the company has been when it comes to users' personal video feeds. Ring's product lines include security cameras, video d...

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Lyft will add Segway scooters with swappable batteries 'soon'

Jan 10

Lyft is teaming up with Segway-Ninebot as it updates its shared scooter fleet, TechCrunch reports. Lyft's scooter service first launched last September in Denver and it now spans nine US cities. And though it first deployed Xiaomi-built scooters, the...

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