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Facebook reportedly believes spammers were behind massive hack     – CNET
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Security breach exposed personal information for 29 million users.

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Supermicro boards were so bug ridden, why would hackers ever need implants?
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Enlarge / A Supermicro motherboard. (credit: Supermicro) By now, everyone knows the premise behind two unconfirmed Bloomberg articles that have dominated security headlines over the past week: spies from China got multiple factories to sneak data-stealing hardware into Supermicro motherboards before the servers that used them were shipped to Apple, Amazon, an unnamed major US […]

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The 2018 Emmys were a watershed moment for streaming TV
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"The goal is to become HBO before HBO can become us." That's what Netflix's Ted Sarandos told GQ back in 2013, and it subsequently became a corporate mantra. Back then, it was hard to see how this upstart could supplant the bluest chip in TV's firma…

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Smart cities around the world were exposed to simple hacks     – CNET
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Researchers found 17 vulnerabilities on systems that control traffic signals and water levels in major cities around the world.

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The Meg film review: We’re going to need a stupider boat
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Making fun of The Meg might be more trouble than it’s worth. There’s no hype for this adaptation of a schlocky 1997 novel about a scientifically unsound super-shark. So what if Jason Statham (Crank, Transporter) got caught up in an unfortunate film? Every summer has its low-stakes stinker. But we would be doing summer moviegoers […]

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3D-printed (and CNC-milled) guns: Nine questions you were too afraid to ask
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Enlarge / Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D-printed gun, called the “Liberator,” in his factory in Austin, Texas, on August 1, 2018. (credit: KELLY WEST/AFP/Getty Images) By now, you’ve probably seen all the news regarding Defense Distributed, company founder Cody Wilson, and 3D-printed guns. As of last week, his story has […]

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Interior secretary: SpaceX wouldn’t be building rockets if it were regulated!
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Enlarge / Zinke addressing the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Princeton, NJ. (credit: Nate Anderson) PRINCETON, NJ—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has seen things in his time as a Navy SEAL—and he wants to keep them far away from your family. “I don’t want your kids to ever see what I’ve seen,” he told a […]

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Google isn’t honoring Pixel’s warranty, so we’re suing, customers say
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Enlarge / The Google Pixel and Pixel XL (credit: Ron Amadeo) The same San Francisco law firm that recently settled arbitration claims against LG over the “bootloop” issue has now filed a new proposed class-action lawsuit against Google. This time, the firm is alleging manufacturing defects in the microphone on Pixel and Pixel XL handsets. […]

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Debate heats up over whether 130,000-year-old bones were broken by humans
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Enlarge / Eating our way to world domination. (credit: Vince Smith / Flickr) Last year, archaeologists in California made a startling announcement: they had discovered a 130,000 year-old prehistoric human campsite in the Golden State. According to currently accepted evidence, the first modern humans were just venturing out of Africa at that time, and no […]

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