Best Tech Stories around the web #129

On the program this week: a open-source clone of twitter, a high-speed electric and vertical take-off aircraft, the new Xbox Scorpio and a duel of giant robots.

Could Mastodon be the social network to replace Twitter? by wired.co

Twitter's problems with trolls and abuse have been publicly acknowledged by the firm and it has introduced changes in an attempt to address the issues. It's latest update, replacing an anonymous user's 'egg' avatar with a human silhouette, has been criticised for failing to address those abusing the platform. Read more

Darpa building full-sized, high-speed electric X-Plane following successful test flights by ibtimes.co

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has completed test flights of its prototype vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) X-Plane, an experimental, high-speed electric aircraft that can be deployed on missions without needing a runway. Read more

Microsoft reveals its final Xbox Project Scorpio specs by theverge.com

Microsoft previously revealed some Project Scorpio specifications, but today the company is unveiling a lot more, thanks to Digital Foundry. Eurogamer's separate vertical, that focuses analysis on the speeds-and-feeds of gaming PCs and consoles, has published a big overview of the graphical power of Microsoft's next Xbox console. Read more

Remember that US vs. Japan giant robot duel? It's happening this August by theverge.com

“Giant. Robot. Duel.” — three words that shook up the internet back in 2015, when an American team of engineers named MegaBots challenged their Japanese counterparts, Suidobashi, to a fight by mecha. Two years later, it looks like the duel might finally be happening, with MegaBots today announcing a rough date for the event: August 2017. Read more