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Riyadh court holds Eleven female Saudi activists for trial.

  Riyadh court  holds Eleven female Saudi activists for  trial. Riyadh court holds Eleven female Saudi Arabian activists for trial on unstated charges relating to their human rights work and connection with foreign journalists and diplomats. Riyadh court debarred foreign...

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Really bad job application filled out by Steve Jobs sells for $175,000

A job application filled out by former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, who died in 2011, hs just been sold at auction for $174,757 (£125,728). The questionnaire, completed by then-18-year-old Jobs in 1973, was snapped up by an anonymous London internet entrepreneur. The man that would go on to revolutionise the tech industry with his co-founding of Apple signed the application "Steven jobs" [sic] and said his special abilities included "electronics, tech or design engineer". Read more: Apple HomePod smart speaker review: A hell of a speaker controlled by a mildly disappointing assistant Steve Jobs' application sold for $174,757 Under interests, he wrote: "digital – from Bay near Hewitt-Packard" [sic]. Jobs scrawled "yes" next to computer and calculator skills, adding "design tech". According to the form, he had a driver's license but and stated his access to transportation as "possible, but not probable". Jobs gave his address on the application as Reed College, where he had begun studying English literature in 1972 but dropped out to preserve his parents' meagre amount of money. He hung around campus for a year and a half after quitting to audit creative courses, including classes on Shakespeare, dance, and calligraphy. Later, in 1974, Jobs secured a job as a technician at Atari, heavily relying on the help of Steve Wozniak who would become the other Apple co-founder. Other Steve Jobs highlights from the Pop Culture sale by PR Auction, which began on 8 March and concluded yesterday, include a signed Apple Mac OS X technical manual which sold for $41,806, and a signed 2008 newspaper clipping which went for $26,950. Jobs died at the age of 56 after a fight with cancer. Read more: Dialog Semiconductor says Apple supply deal in place until at least 2020 Original Article [contf] [contfnew] CityAM [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Rihanna blasts Snapchat – shares fall

Shares in tech company Snapchat fell more than four per cent today after singer Rihanna blasted the app on social media. The Bajan popstar, 30, hit out at Snapchat after it featured an advert that made fun of her 2009 assault by her then boyfriend, US singer Chris Brown. Rihanna said on Instagram: “SNAPCHAT I know you know you ain’t my fav app out there! But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!, “You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!,” she said. “Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.” Read more: Oh Snap! Here's how much Evan Spiegel made last year Snapchat had hosted an advert for an online game called “Would You Rather!” which showed pictures of Rihanna and Brown next to captions that said "Slap Rihanna” and “Punch Chris Brown.” Brown was convicted in 2009 of an assault on Rihanna which left her with a bruised and swollen face and a split lip. Shares in the tech company fell by more than four percent from from $17.88 (£12.83) to $17 during the course of the day. In a statement earlier this week Snapchat said that the offending advert, which has now been taken down, “was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines". This is not the first time Snapchat’s share price has been vulnerable to social media pronouncements from celebrities. Read more: Kylie Jenner's Snapchat shun shows "financial fragility" of social media Last month Kylie Jenner, a member of reality TV’s first family the Kardashians, wiped around $1.3bn from Snapchat’s market value after denigrating the app on Twitter. Jenner tweeted: "So does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad." The comments, came after a controversial redesign of Snapchat which was negatively received by some of its users. Almost a million people signed a petition calling for the previous version of the app to be restored. Jenner later rowed back on her earlier comments saying Snap was still her "first love". Original Article [contf] [contfnew] CityAM [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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RT faces loss of UK license over ex-spy’s poisoning

U.K. broadcasting regulator Ofcom could strip RT of its license to operate in the U.K. if authorities confirm Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. Ofcom, which can shut down a TV channel it deems to be not a “fit and proper” holder of a license in the U.K., warned RT (formerly Russia Today) that proof Russia used “unlawful use of force” in the case of Skripal’s poisoning could trigger a formal investigation into the channel’s activity, the Guardian reported Tuesday. Such an inquiry could result in RT — which has breached U.K. broadcasting codes 15 times since it began airing — being banned from operating in the U.K. “We have today written to ANO TV Novosti, holder of RT’s U.K. broadcast licences, which is financed from the budget of the Russian Federation,” Ofcom said in a statement. “This letter explained that, should the U.K. investigating authorities determine that there was an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the U.K., we would consider this relevant to our ongoing duty to be satisfied that RT is fit and proper.” In response, RT complained it was being used as “a sacrificial political pawn” and emphasized that a ban would undermine freedom of the press in the U.K. “We disagree with the position taken by Ofcom,” an RT spokesperson said. “By linking RT to unrelated matters, Ofcom is conflating its role as a broadcasting regulator with matters of state.” U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday it was “highly likely” Russia was responsible for the chemical attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia, and gave Moscow until midnight on Tuesday to provide “a convincing explanation” for the incident. If Russia fails to respond, the U.K. government is expected to announce potential retaliatory measures on Wednesday. May has suggested closing the channel as one potential option. Original Article [contf] [contfnew]

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Sega announces Sonic Mania Plus, hints at new Sonic “racing” game

New version! New characters! New content and packaging! AUSTIN, Texas—Sega hosted a South By Southwest 2018 panel about all things Sonic the Hedgehog, and the panel began with good news for anyone wanting a physical version of last year's tremendous 2D throwback, Sonic Mania. Their wishes will be granted in the form of Sonic Mania Plus, a physical release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch in "summer 2018" for $29.99. Shortly after that announcement, Sega also offered a surprise "one more thing" about an apparent new Sonic racing game. The panel noted that Mania's positive reception was tempered by one consistent complaint: that fans wanted a disc or cartridge version. So Sega moved forward with a boxed version of the game, and while its boxed version has its own physical perks (32-page art book, "holographic" cover, reversible Genesis-styled cover), the more interesting stuff comes in the form of new gameplay features. The most obvious of those are two classic-series creatures, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, being added as playable heroes. (These characters originated in the series' first Japan-exclusive arcade game, 1993's SegaSonic the Hedgehog.) Sega didn't confirm how differently those characters will control or whether existing levels will be opened up or changed for any unique mechanics. Additional content, which was only briefly teased at SXSW, will include a new "encore" mode of remixed stages and a new version of the original's "competition mode" that will let up to four players race side by side. How exactly those remixed stages will play out was not demonstrated. Sega confirmed that owners of the game's original digital version can pay for an unlock of the Plus content, though the company was not ready to confirm a price. Sadly, the game's PC version was not included in the Plus version's announcement banner. We have sent questions to Sega about that version's potential and will update this report with any news. Sega's SXSW panel ended with this tease, which contains the apparent word "racing," along with an assurance that this game is not a "sequel" to any existing Sonic series. The panel's "one more thing" announcement came in the form of the above image, which started out entirely black and exploded with a single letter "R" by the end. This followed a number of car headlight images and engine revving sounds, so the fact that the word looks like it spells "racing" is no surprise. The panel confirmed that this game is "not a sequel" to any existing Sonic series but said nothing more. This follows months of rumors about a followup to Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing, which has been loudly hinted at by way of various toy companies announcing products that tie into a Sonic racing game of some sort. The panelists offered one other hint when a fan asked about further classic Sonic game ports to mobile platforms like iOS. "We've stolen Christian Whitehead away," one panelist said in response, referring to the Sonic Mania developer who previously built Sega's best existing iOS Sonic ports. This is as loud a hint as we've yet heard that another official, retro-styled Sonic game may be in the works at Sega. Listing image by Sega Original Article [contf] [contfnew] Ars Technica [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Gad Saad explained that individuals on campus self-censor out of the fear that others will willfully misinterpret their words. byTom Ciccotta16 Mar 2018, 1:33 PM PDT0 In a column for the Wall Street Journal this week, American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers described her experience with protesters at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. byTom Ciccotta16 Mar 2018, 12:16 PM PDT0 Tech giant Google has denied that they pay their female workers less than their male employees as lawsuits against the company continue to grow in number. byLucas Nolan16 Mar 2018, 12:10 PM PDT0 In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Professor Gad Saad explained his theory of “Collective Munchausen” syndrome and how it applies to social justice warriors. byTom Ciccotta16 Mar 2018, 11:07 AM PDT0 A 23-year-old British model is set to become the first transgender man to front a campaign meant to break the stigma of female menstrual periods. byCharlie Nash16 Mar 2018, 10:17 AM PDT0 Friday in an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” PayPal co-founder and Founders Fund venture capitalist Peter Thiel explained his decision to relocate his business from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles. Thiel attributed the decision to the groupthink phenomenon that byJeff Poor16 Mar 2018, 10:13 AM PDT0 Congress is moving to ban child sex dolls in the United States, following in the footsteps of other countries which have outlawed their importation. byCharlie Nash16 Mar 2018, 9:51 AM PDT0 Facebook has apologized for recent search suggestions that featured terms related to pornography, some of which included terms like “little girl.” byLucas Nolan16 Mar 2018, 9:47 AM PDT0 “No significant changes” were found in adults who spent two months playing popular violent video game Grand Theft Auto V daily, according to a report. byCharlie Nash16 Mar 2018, 9:02 AM PDT0 Internet services in Bali, Indonesia, will be switched off for 24 hours on Saturday to mark Nyepi, an annual “sacred day of reflection,” according to the Guardian. byCharlie Nash16 Mar 2018, 8:53 AM PDT0 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) smacked down her former Silicon Valley allies this week by blocking a federal deregulation that would have expedited the testing of self-driving cars. byChriss W. Street16 Mar 2018, 5:50 AM PDT0 Research published in Science Translational Medicine could help mend the disconnect between patients and their prosthetic limbs. byNate Church15 Mar 2018, 9:28 PM PDT0 According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia will beat NASA to Mars with a mission launching in 2019. byNate Church15 Mar 2018, 6:23 PM PDT0 HuffPost Deputy Opinion Editor Chloe Angyal claimed the company had succeeded in its goal to have “less than 50% white authors,” on Wednesday. byCharlie Nash15 Mar 2018, 3:17 PM PDT0 Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s claims that Facebook influencing an election was “ridiculous,” the company had a page of election “success stories” on their business website until it recently removed. byLucas Nolan15 Mar 2018, 1:22 PM PDT0 Representatives from the major American technology companies will be meeting with first lady Melania Trump next week as part of her platform to protect children from cyberbullying and other social media exposure. byPenny Starr15 Mar 2018, 1:20 PM PDT0 Religion professor Alison Downie, who threw a student out of her class for arguing that there are only two genders, published a blog post earlier this year explaining why a group of smiling Christians sent her into an unanticipated rage. byTom Ciccotta15 Mar 2018, 1:04 PM PDT0 Pop megastar Rihanna slammed a controversial ad from social media platform Snapchat, which she says brought ‘shame’ to victims of domestic violence. byDylan Gwinn15 Mar 2018, 12:59 PM PDT0 Tesla employees are claiming that as much as 40 percent of the parts manufactured by the company are flawed, causing expensive rework and hurting employee morale. byLucas Nolan15 Mar 2018, 12:50 PM PDT0 This week, Professor Gad Saad explained to Breitbart News why it can be so difficult to intellectually engage social justice warriors — progressive politics has become their religion. byTom Ciccotta15 Mar 2018, 11:51 AM PDT0 The Trump administration announced sanctions on Thursday against Russian individuals and organizations accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The sanctions designate five entities and 19 individuals under legislation and executive orders aimed at punishing those who engage in malicious cyber-activities. byJohn Hayward15 Mar 2018, 10:42 AM PDT0 Twitter and YouTube allegedly targeted conservative commentator Steven Crowder, limiting his social media accounts and those of his staff, along with removing certain YouTube videos. byLucas Nolan15 Mar 2018, 10:14 AM PDT0 A Wisconsin public school district is limiting discourse on social privilege after parents complained about a Martin Luther King Jr. day exercise about “white privilege.” byTom Ciccotta15 Mar 2018, 9:57 AM PDT0 iHeartMedia, the largest radio broadcaster in the United States, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy — owing $20 billion in debt. byCharlie Nash15 Mar 2018, 9:53 AM PDT0 In an article Wednesday, Bloomberg claimed “Amazon” has become a verb, with “Amazoned” now meaning “to have your business crushed because the company got into your industry.” byCharlie Nash15 Mar 2018, 8:35 AM PDT0 The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions against Russians who launched cyberattacks against the U.S. or tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. byKristina Wong15 Mar 2018, 8:25 AM PDT0 Workers at big tech companies anonymously spoke out against discriminatory hiring practices at their companies. byAllum Bokhari15 Mar 2018, 8:24 AM PDT0 Analysis of Facebook traffic conducted by Western Journal is further confirmation that the platform’s recent newsfeed change was politically one-sided. byAllum Bokhari15 Mar 2018, 6:29 AM PDT0 Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA was irrevocably altered by his time in space, according to NASA. byNate Church14 Mar 2018, 8:00 PM PDT0 Retailers are quietly keeping score of the refund history of customers in a trend toward suspending return policies for unsatisfied customers. byNate Church14 Mar 2018, 6:52 PM PDT0 Rep. Marsha Blackburn told Breitbart News Daily that “Silicon Valley elites are trying to impose their values” on Americans and other digital users. bySean Moran14 Mar 2018, 3:15 PM PDT0 Exclusive: Professor Gad Saad Gives Advice for Parents Sending Their Students to Progressive Universities byTom Ciccotta14 Mar 2018, 1:34 PM PDT0 Celebrities took to Twitter to applaud as students walked out of school Wednesday in support of stricter gun control laws. byAWR Hawkins14 Mar 2018, 1:31 PM PDT0 YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to “conspiracy theory” videos on the platform in an effort to combat alternative narratives, according to a report. byCharlie Nash14 Mar 2018, 1:05 PM PDT0 A startup claims that they can upload customer’s brains to the cloud in a process that is “100% fatal.” byLucas Nolan14 Mar 2018, 12:52 PM PDT0 Students in the Boston area marched on the streets to bring awareness to recent calls for gun control despite closures at many schools in the area due to a snowstorm. byTom Ciccotta14 Mar 2018, 12:35 PM PDT0 Thousands of students walked out of class on Wednesday morning to pay tribute to the students that passed away in the recent Parkland shooting and to bring awareness to recent calls for gun control. byTom Ciccotta14 Mar 2018, 12:26 PM PDT0 The CEO of blood-testing company Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, has been charged alongside the company’s former President Ramesh Balwani with “elaborate, years-long fraud” by the Securities and Exchange Commission. byLucas Nolan14 Mar 2018, 12:05 PM PDT0 A 65-year-old woman in the city of Jönköping is set to be prosecuted on hate crime charges for claiming that mass Muslim immigration will lower the general IQ of the Swedish population. byChris Tomlinson14 Mar 2018, 11:06 AM PDT0 French authorities are reportedly considering fining Apple and Google for allegedly taking advantage of smaller french tech firms. byLucas Nolan14 Mar 2018, 9:22 AM PDT0 Searches for hotels in the fictional African country of Wakanda are up by 620 percent, following the release of Black Panther. byCharlie Nash14 Mar 2018, 9:14 AM PDT0 A transgender woman has filed a lawsuit against Tinder, alleging discrimination against transgender users on the platform. byCharlie Nash14 Mar 2018, 9:09 AM PDT0 Facebook has banned pages run by the right-wing Britain First group across their platform. byLucas Nolan14 Mar 2018, 9:07 AM PDT0 World-famous physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has died at age 76. The Telegraph reported that Hawking “died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.” byCharlie Nash14 Mar 2018, 7:23 AM PDT0 March 14 (UPI) — In an effort to crackdown on what it calls “bad ads,” tech giant Google said starting this summer it will ban online advertisements for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings. Google said the policy change, announced Wednesday, byUPI14 Mar 2018, 5:37 AM PDT0 Original Article [contf] [contfnew] Breitbart [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Facebook removes Hungarian government video about ‘white Christians’

BUDAPEST — Facebook has removed a controversial Hungarian government video which claimed that “white Christians” are gone from parts of Vienna and the same could happen in Hungary. János Lázár, whose title is minister of the prime minister’s office, posted the video on his official Facebook page late Tuesday, weeks ahead of the country’s April 8 election. The short clip alternates between shots of the minister talking on a Vienna street and footage of women with headscarves and young children walking by. “In Vienna there are lots of schools where there are no longer white Viennese children, only Muslim immigrants,” Lázár said in the video, which can also be found here. “The white Austrian Christians moved out and immigrants took over this part of the city,” the minister added, accusing immigrants of making the neighborhood dirty and filled with crime, and causing local resident to live in fear. The minister warned that Budapest may experience the same problems if immigration is not stopped. In a Facebook post Wednesday morning, Lázár demanded that Facebook reinstate the video, arguing that its removal violated freedom of speech and expression. He included a screenshot of the message he had received from Facebook informing him that his original post appeared to have violated community standards and that the company removes content that attacks individuals based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability. The incident underscores challenges facing Facebook as it comes under growing pressure to police its own platform. The social media giant has its own policies for removing offensive or obscene content, but it now has to grapple with European guidelines on removing misinformation and illegal content — which is especially trying during election periods when politicians may accuse the platform of censorship. The European Commission has published guidelines calling for illegal content to be removed from social media sites promptly, while French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party has written a draft bill that would create a “duty to cooperate” for social media platforms. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is focusing his re-election platform heavily on opposition to immigration, and has run a campaign at home accusing Brussels and Hungarian-born U.S. financier George Soros of trying to force Hungary to take in migrants. Original Article [contf] [contfnew]

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Taxpayer foots £84,000 for ‘fake news’ US trip bill

LONDON — British MPs collecting evidence on the phenomenon of “fake news” in New York and Washington totted up a bill amounting to £84,000, according to official figures released on Tuesday. Eleven MPs and three officials travelled to the United States in February to meet social media executives at a cost of £69,535 to the taxpayer. A further £14,655 was spent broadcasting an evidence session from George Washington University, according to figures released to POLITICO by the Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service in the House of Commons under Freedom of Information rules. While in Washington, the chairman of the digital select committee, Damian Collins, denied claims published on the Buzzfeed news website that the U.S.-based tech companies questioned in Washington had offered to fly executives to London to face the U.K. parliament’s inquiry, telling the Press Association they had “all agreed that it would be easier to get people to come and give evidence if we held a session in America.” Collins and the 10 other MPs travelled with Committee Clerk Chloe Challender, Senior Committee Specialist Jo Willows and Media Officer Lucy Dargahi. Collins’ researcher Jack Walker self-funded his trip. The group held private meetings with a number of organizations including the New York Times, Google and NowThis media in New York. They also met Senators Richard Burr and Marc Warner, who serve on the intelligence committee, and were given a tour of Congress. Costs included £37,538 for flights. Committee members flew business class to Newark at a cost of £2,650 per passenger. One flight was booked at short notice, costing £3,088. The committee also spent £6,500 on hiring minibuses. The group stayed in the boutique £192.60-a-night Benjamin Hotel in New York and the £193-a-night Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington. A further £1,250 was spent on security at the George Washington University evidence session and £140 on gifts, adaptors and mobile chargers, according to the figures. In a statement published on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee website responding to the Freedom of Information figures, Collins said that fake news and the spread of misinformation was “one of the most serious threats facing our democracy today.” He said the visit would help the committee present the most informed policy recommendations and solutions to government when it produces its report in the coming months. “The cost of this visit was approved in the normal method by the Liaison Committee, who sign off all select committee visits — just as they did with the other select committees who also visited the United States recently. “Because of the nature of the topic we’re tackling, transparency, truth and communication, we broke with normal practice of select committee visits and decided to live broadcast the session so that people around the world could engage with its contents. In fact, these social media and tech companies rarely come up against such public scrutiny. It was always agreed with these companies that they would provide witnesses to give evidence in the United States.” Original Article [contf] [contfnew]

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Apple’s App Store mysteriously went dark in Iran yesterday

Enlarge/ Tehran, the capital city of Iran.A.Davey via Creative Commons Yesterday, users in Iran lost access to Apple's App Store. When users attempted to connect or download apps, they received a message saying that the App Store was "unavailable in the country or region" in which they resided. The cessation of services began around noon GMT yesterday, and services resumed around 5:00am GMT this morning, according to social media posts and sources who spoke with Bleeping Computer. A virtual private network (VPN) could still reach the App Store normally. Media coverage and social media posts were quick to speculate that the store's downtime was an Apple-imposed ban driven by US economic sanctions against Iran, as Apple is based in the US. However, we are not yet aware of evidence to support this. An accidental outage is also possible, as is a block imposed by Iran's government—Iran has previously blocked the Google Play store, though that block was later lifted. Apple has not responded to our requests for clarification. Because of US sanctions, Apple has no formal presence or operation in Iran, and its App Store is not officially supported there. The company does not sell phones there, nor does it work with any vendors that do. It nevertheless had an 11-percent market share in the country as of last year, as Iranians have purchased millions of iPhones smuggled in from other countries. Iranian app developers have published apps to the App Store for use by Iranian iPhone owners. US President Barack Obama's administration issued a license that allowed app stores to operate in Iran (it was not permitted previously). The license was framed as a way to win hearts and minds by allowing the free flow of information. In August 2017, The New York Times reported that Apple removed from its store many apps created by Iranian developers to provide services in Iran, including popular Uber-like ridesharing app Snapp and Seamless-like food delivery app DelionFoods, both of which were popular in the country. Iranian developers claimed that Apple issued the following statement to them at that time: We are unable to include your app, [App Name], on the App Store. Under the U.S. sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain U.S. embargoed countries. This area of law is complex and constantly changing. If the existing restrictions shift, we encourage you to resubmit your app for inclusion on the App Store. These app removals were part of an ongoing effort at Apple to remove apps "which facilitate transactions for businesses or entities based in Iran," according to Techrasa. The license issued by the Obama administration did not extend to helping developers in this case. Google is also a US-based company, and it is subject to the same restrictions as Apple. The Google Play Store for Android devices is officially available in Iran, but Google policy limits which kinds of app downloads are available; only free apps can be downloaded in Iran, as paid apps would violate the sanctions. Google also removed Iranian apps from the Google Play Store last fall. Original Article [contf] [contfnew] Ars Technica [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Avengers, assemble! Marvel drops new Infinity War trailer

EnlargeMarvel Studios Marvel Studios is on quite the roll. Black Panther has already grossed over a billion dollars and doesn't look like it's done making money, and the studio's accountants must be rubbing their hands with glee as thoughts turn to the next tentpole release, Avengers: Infinity War. That movie opens on April 27, and on Friday, Marvel dropped a new trailer on us: [embedded content] Since many readers might not be able to watch the trailer at work, I've pulled some images into the following gallery. You'll need to provide your own stirring Avengers theme music by humming along, and it goes without saying that you shouldn't look at it if you're at all sensitive to spoilers. Really, I mean it; if you look at those pictures, you've got nothing to complain about other than your own lack of self-control! The trailer opens with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and War Machine (Don Cheadle) standing on what looks to be the helicopter pad at Stark Tower. [Start humming theme now.] Marvel Studios Uh-oh! Something big and round and definitely evil-looking has materialized above Manhattan. You can see Ars' parent company offices in the foreground. Right about now, I'm glad I work remotely from Washington, DC; John Timmer, Jeff Dunn, and Peter Bright might be in trouble, as they aren't too far away. Marvel Studios This is Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). You probably knew that already since the entire world has seen his movie, more than once judging by the box office take. And why not? It was a damn good film. PS: His suit is made from vibranium. Marvel Studios This is Thanos (Josh Brolin). He's from outer space, he's purple, and he's basically unstoppable even before he has all the infinity stones (those glowing macguffins that we saw in lots of previous Marvel movies). How the gang is going to prevent him from wrecking the world is beyond me! Marvel Studios Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) might have a plan? It involves this suit. Will it work? We won't know until April 27th!! [Keep humming theme tune] Marvel Studios Starlord (Chris Pratt) and Iron Man discuss the plan, or lack of plan. [If you're still humming, start working up to a crescendo about now.] Marvel Studios Oooh, dramatic tension! Someone is poking Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in his face! With needles! (These needles are almost certainly metal and not plastic. +15 Ars points if you get the reference.) Marvel Studios Original Article [contf] [contfnew] Ars Technica [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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