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Everything you need to know about the mysterious history of 'Half-Life 3': The game that never was

The story of a video game called "Half-Life 3" is a long and complicated one. 

As many gamers will recall, the final installment of the "Half-Life" episodic trilogy (formally known as "Half-Life 2: Episode 3,") was first announced back in 2006, to the delight of a dedicated cult following of the series, but the game has yet to be released 12 years later, and the company behind the series has no official plans to manifest the game any time soon.

While this substantial delay would normally be enough to convince any fan base that the project had been abandoned long ago, there have been just enough cryptic updates, leaks, and rumors out of Valve, the game platform that created the franchise, to keep the Half-Life diehards on their toes, and many gamers are still holding out for the lost-but-not-forgotten conclusion to the beloved series.


10 filmmakers who should direct the next James Bond movie now that Danny Boyle is out

11 filmmakers have directed one or more of the 24 "007 James Bond" films to date — but Danny Boyle will not be one of them.

The official James Bond Twitter account announced on Tuesday that Boyle — the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind "Slumdog Millionaire," "Steve Jobs," "28 Days Later," and more — exited the untitled 25th Bond film over "creative differences."

The movie is scheduled for a November 2019 release date and was supposed to start production later this year, which means a replacement director will probably be announced soon if it wants to meet the release date.


Some new Tesla cars are being delivered with flaws, and owners say getting them fixed is a painful process (TSLA)

Business Insider spoke with 12 Tesla owners over the past two months, many of whom described a range of problems with their vehicles that required attention in the weeks and months after delivery. They were split on the quality of service they received when their vehicles were being delivered or repaired. Some said Tesla's service centers were slow, unresponsive, and inattentive to cosmetic and mechanical problems. Others said they were fast, effective, and easy to contact.

Much has been written about the production delays Tesla faces each time it introduces a new model, but the challenges don't end once a vehicle rolls off the assembly line. 


Flight information at the UK's 2nd-largest airport is being displayed on whiteboards because all the screens broke

All the screens at Gatwick Airport stopped working on Monday due to an IT failure. Airport staff had to write out flight information on whiteboards instead. Footage on social media showed staff writing out the flight status of each flight and rubbing them off as updates came in. A "handful" of people missed their flights, but tens of thousands of other people managed to catch their flights on time, the airport said.

The screens at the UK's second-largest airport stopped working on Monday, forcing staff to write out flight departure information on a whiteboard.

Both the north and south terminals at Gatwick Airport, London, were affected by an IT failure that led to its screens not working, the airport tweeted around 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.


4 bitcoin exchanges are taking a page out of the stock market's playbook, and it could be a game changer for crypto

A group of cryptocurrency exchanges including the Winklevoss brothers' Gemini are teaming up to form a new working group.  The hope is that it could bring to fruition new industry standards that currently don't exist for crypto and could make large investors more comfortable with the nascent market, market observers say. 

A group of crypto exchanges is teaming up to form a task force that could bring the crypto markets to the next level. 

The Winklevoss brothers' Gemini and three other exchanges announced on Monday the creation of a new group called the Virtual Commodity Association Working Group, which could be a precursor to the formation of a self-regulatory organization or SRO for digital commodities like bitcoin and ethereum. 


The founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company admits he lacked an 'ethical radar'

Nigel Oakes, the founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company SCL Group, said in an interview that he operated "without much of an ethical radar." He said the industry of data mining requires regulation, but had no concrete suggestions for how this might be enforced. Oakes also praised former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix, who was previously his partner at SCL.

Nigel Oakes, the founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company SCL Group, has spoken out about the ethical problems around data mining.

Nigel Oakes founded SCL in 2005, and spoke about his experience on "The Truth Trade" podcast in what it is one of the first in-depth interviews with a Cambridge Analytica executive since the Facebook data scandal.


Elon Musk snapped back at Arianna Huffington’s advice to get some more sleep in tweet he sent at 2.30 a.m. (TSLA)

Arianna Huffington told Elon Musk to get some more sleep. But the Tesla CEO snapped back in a 2.30 a.m. tweet. Musk said he has no choice but to work long hours because the alternative is potentially catastrophic for Tesla. It follows his brutally honest interview with The New York Times, in which he opened up about his "excruciating" 2018 work schedule.

After another dramatic week for Elon Musk, in which he bared his soul in a brutally honest interview with The New York Times, his acquaintance Arianna Huffington took the time to offer the Tesla CEO some advice.


Facebook smacked down a Watch publisher that was trying to make some extra money — and it points to a looming problem for media companies who've been burned before on the platform

Publishers are increasingly making money from including commerce links in their editorial posts — and taking a cut of any resulting purchases. But there's not an easy way to do this right now with Facebook Watch shows. Facebook recently forced one of its Watch partners to label an editorial video as branded content because it featured a product link.

Loads of digital publishers have recently found a lucrative revenue stream by placing e-commerce links alongside their editorial content. But they better be careful on Facebook Watch.

In fact, Facebook recently smacked down one of its Watch partners for trying to make an extra few bucks. 


Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter could face fines if they fail to take down terrorist content within minutes

The EU Commissioner for Security Julian King is drawing up legislation, which would force tech companies to take down terrorist content or face fines. King told the Financial Times that the European Commission has not seen enough progress on the removal of terrorist material from tech platforms. A senior EU official said the draft legislation would likely impose a limit of one hour for platforms to delete terr0r-related material flagged by enforcement agencies.

The EU is planning to crack down on tech companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter by imposing fines if they don't remove terrorist material from their platforms quickly enough.

The EU Commissioner for Security Julian King told the Financial Times that in draft regulation due to be published next month, the EU will take a harder line with tech companies.


Elon Musk used to fly 'a Russian fighter jet' while founding SpaceX and Tesla and raising his kids

Elon Musk used to fly high-performance jets in the early days of the SpaceX and Tesla. Musk said "the most fun plane" he owned was an Aero L-39 Albatros, which Russian military pilots use as trainers for flying fighter jets. Musk later decided that flying the jet was "crazy" because he had kids to raise and companies to run.

Elon Musk made his