Essential

Andy Rubin said Wednesday that next week he will spill the beans on his secretive startup, Essential. But he's already tipped his hand a bit.A couple hours after Rubin's tweet, Essential posted a silhouette image of what looks like a smartphone and a big antenna bump. But the company's followers were not stumped. They zoomed in and were able to make out a lens. Combined with an earlier image that Rubin had tweeted, many deduced that it was a 360-degree camera attached to the company's still-unannounced phone.That silhouette reminded me of another attachment to another Andy Rubin-made smartphone — the camera that adorned the early Danger Hiptop. The first camera took postage-stamp size images (120 pixels by 90 pixels) and plugged into the phone's headphone jack.

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2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes. A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."