Mark Zuckerberg will take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born

In the latest sign of evolving attitudes toward parental leave in the tech industry, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today he would step away from his role for two months when his daughter is born. Zuckerberg announced in July that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child. In the months since, as part of a continuing debate in the tech world over improving gender equality and diversity efforts overall, several tech companies have stepped forward to improve their leave policies. Facebook employees in the United States can take up to four months off when a child is born.

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Author: Casey Newton

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Nintendo Opens EBay Store, Here's What They're Selling

There is now another place to buy Nintendo items online. The company has launched an official store on auction site eBay, offering up a variety of hardware and games that are sold directly by Nintendo.

Some of the offers in the “Featured” category of the store include hardware like 2DS systems and Wii Remote Plus controllers, as well as games like Super Mario 3D Land and the New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U Wii U game. All items are sold at Buy-It-Now prices, not through auctions, and there don’t appear to be any deals available.

The eBay store also sells refurbished 3DS hardware. Although Wii U games are like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 are sold in the store, no Wii U hardware is, at least not right now.

We’ve contacted Nintendo in an attempt to get more details about the new Nintendo eBay store and what fans can expect from it going forward.

Head to Nintendo’s eBay store here to see everything it has to offer. The store hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, as it only has two feedback ratings, both of which were positive.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Rdio's shutdown begins November 23rd with a transition to ad-supported listening

Rdio today laid out a plan for shutting down its music streaming service after announcing earlier this week that it was filing for bankruptcy and selling its remaining assets to Pandora. Starting Monday, November 23rd, customers of Rdio’s paid subscription service will automatically have their subscriptions canceled on their next billing date, but can continue to use the service until then, the company said today in a blog post. Rdio will no longer be taking new subscriptions after the 23rd, and all users will be transitioned to Rdio’s free service following the final day of their billing cycle.

The company hasn’t said when it plans to take the entire service offline. “We’ll be in touch via email in the near future with more specifics,…

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NASA orders first crewed mission from SpaceX to the International Space Station

NASA has officially ordered its first commercial crew mission from private spaceflight company SpaceX. That means SpaceX has NASA’s authority to proceed with the first crewed launch of the company’s Crew Dragon capsule, which can carry up to seven people in lower Earth orbit. The mission is slated for sometime in late 2017, but the exact date has not yet been determined.

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Heroes of the Storm Discounts Everything in Its Black Friday Sale

Next week marks the first Black Friday since the official release of Heroes of the Storm earlier this year, and Blizzard is not going to disappoint those hoping for a sale.

Beginning on November 24, every character, mount, and skin will be discounted by 50 percent. That’s a pretty substantial price cut, particularly in light of criticism that the game doesn’t reward players with a sufficient amount of in-game gold to unlock these things.

Additionally, a new 360-day Stimpack will be sold “at a deeply discounted price,” and a new Second Chance bundle is being introduced. This one consists of four mounts and two skins, some of which aren’t otherwise up for sale.

Here’s what’s included in the bundle:

  • Winter Veil Jaina Skin
  • Greatfather Winter Rehgar Skin
  • Reigndeer Mount
  • Nazeebra Mount
  • Lunar Tiger Mount
  • Magic Carpet Mount

No price for this or the new Stimpack was announced.

These offers will be available in all regions for two weeks, running from this coming Tuesday until December 8.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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The 'Oscar conversation' is only as white as The Hollywood Reporter wants it to be

Every Oscar season, The Hollywood Reporter, one of the most powerful trade magazines in entertainment, runs a series of roundtables featuring the stars poised to win it all at the Academy Awards. And, with some notable exceptions, those roundtables are almost always exclusively white. It’s a tradition as hallowed as the awards themselves, but it’s getting harder to get away with. 2015 brought with it one of the most robust ongoing conversations about race and gender in Hollywood, and even THR had to take a step back and explain itself after its most recent cover, whose talented, uniformly Caucasian ensemble included Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, and Helen Mirren. THR executive features editor Stephen Galloway got out in front of…

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PSA: You Might Be in the Overwatch Beta Right Now

The beta test weekend for Blizzard’s new game, Overwatch, is now live, and you might have access.

Earlier this week, Blizzard announced that it would add “a lot more players” in the Americas and Europe to the beta for this weekend. Based on that vague statement, it was unclear just how many people would actually get in. With the beta weekend now underway, there are a few ways of seeing if you can take part.

Blizzard says it sent emails to everyone who’s been allowed in for this weekend. But with the threat of such an email being a phishing scam (who hasn’t gotten a fake “your WoW account has been suspended” email or three?), there’s a better way to check. Just open up the launcher (or download it, as this is how the game is installed) and check the Overwatch tab to see if you’re got an Install button. If you do, you’re in. You can also check the Game Accounts section of the website to see if your account has been flagged.

The beta test weekend began today, November 20, at 9 AM PST and runs until Monday, November 23, at 9 AM. Players have access to all 21 characters in the game and a handful of maps. Blizzard describes this as a stress test, meaning there could be network issues that pop up.

Your participation in this beta weekend won’t have any impact on being allowed into future beta weekend events (or the closed beta proper). Any progress you make won’t transfer to the full game, which is due out next spring.

The minimum and recommended specs for the Overwatch beta follow below.

Minimum specs (targeting 30fps):

  • OS: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 865
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory: 768 MB VRAM, 4 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3 2.8 GHz
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950
  • Memory: 2 GB VRAM, 6 GB System RAM

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Author: Chris Pereira

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