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Hackers alter stolen regulatory data to sow mistrust in COVID-19 vaccine
Post titled “Astonishing fraud! Evil Pfffizer! Fake vaccines!” found on the dark Web.
With Trump’s vaccine rollout in chaos, Biden unveils five-point plan
"We will manage the hell out of this operation," Biden vowed.
Wandavision premieres in ways that would never work on ABC—and that’s great
Disney+ take on Marvel TV is a massive zag from Netflix's zig—and we're intrigued.
Report: Xbox’s “instant on” feature could consume 4 billion kWh by 2025 [Updated]
NRDC: Series S/X option will result in 3 million tons of CO2 in five years.
As it turns out, the Biden administration will listen to scientists
“Science will always be at the forefront of my administration."
FDA blindsided as Trump Admin cripples agency on its way out
It's “a full-frontal assault on public health," one official said.
FCC fines white-supremacist robocaller $10 million for faking caller ID
Robocaller's fake caller ID numbers were allegedly chosen as neo-Nazi symbols.
Facebook will pay more than $300 each to 1.6M Illinois users in settlement
It's a far cry from the maximum $35B Facebook might have owed, but not nothing.
Trump team modernizes car safety regulations for the driverless era
Auto safety advocates blast the lack of new safety regulations.
A big wing and no back seats: The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP
It's a bit like driving a supercar, warts and all.
How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption
Openings provided by iOS and Android security are there for those with the right tools.
Report: New MacBook Pro models will arrive this year with MagSafe, M1 successor [Updated]
Apple is also considering dropping the Touch Bar.
US declares Xiaomi a “Communist Chinese military company,” bans investments
Xiaomi won't suffer the suffocating supply chain bans of Huawei—at least, not yet.
There is no COVID vaccine reserve. Trump admin already shipped it
"This is a deception on a national scale."
Trump tries to claw back billions from COVID vaccine distributor
The cuts have no chance of passing but are likely to further enrage health experts.
This painted pig is the world’s oldest figurative art
The pig's spiky head crest and two facial warts helped identify its species.
Toyota fined $180 million for 10 years of noncompliance with EPA regs
There have been "systematic, longstanding violations" of reporting rules.
The NSA warns enterprises to beware of third-party DNS resolvers
Yes, plaintext DNS is insane, but encrypting it has its own tradeoffs.
NASA gives up on taking Mars’ temperature
Meant to drive a heat sensor 3 meters deep into Mars, it only managed 3 centimeters.
The rise and fall (and rise again) of retro car design
"The PT Cruiser gets hammered by a lot of people... You know, we sold 1.3M of those.”
Rocket Report: NASA dishes on small rockets, Jeff buys a ride on a Falcon 9
"AR1 is the ideal engine for many possible solutions."
US grid will see 80 percent of its new capacity go emission-free
Plans also call for the first new nuclear plant in years.
AMD claims new Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs best Intel for gaming, content creation
The new H-series chips are for gamers, while the U-series is made for ultraportables.
Craft brewers now have a new tool for sniffing out trace flavor compounds
Thiols impart a pleasant fruity aroma, but they can be difficult to track and measure.
Google says it’s closing the Fitbit acquisition—uh, without DOJ approval?
Google doesn't have DOJ approval, but it says it has waited long enough.
Ex-Michigan governor indicted for “willful neglect” in Flint water crisis
Public officials "evaded accountability for far too long," prosecutor says.
Today’s best tech deals: iPad Air, indoor security cameras, and more
Dealmaster also covers gaming headsets, robot vacuums, and lots of video games.
2020 ties 2016 as the warmest year on record
Despite conditions that favored cooling, we've never recorded higher temps.
Scientists stuck as China keeps foiling WHO investigation on virus origin
Two scientists are stuck in Singapore as the rest of the WHO team finally makes it to Wuhan.
Facebook knew about violent extremists before insurrection, reports find [Updated]
Facebook COO downplayed company's role in the insurrection; reports show otherwise.
PC sales finally saw big growth in 2020 after years of steady decline
Lenovo led in market share, but Apple and Acer grew the most compared to 2019.
Nintendo uses copyright claims to take down Game & Watch hacking videos
User's other hacking videos remain up without footage of Nintendo's own games.
Despite COVID-19 lockdowns, American roads are getting much deadlier
Empty roads mean more speeding, more crashing, and more dying.
Parler CEO admits site may never recover from Amazon ban
Later in the same interview he says, "Parler will return" but doesn't know when.
The Galaxy S21 is official, gets an across-the-board $200 price drop
You get the Snapdragon 888, dynamic refresh rates, and bigger fingerprint readers.
Tesla’s touchscreen trouble: NHTSA asks for recall of Models S and X
After more than 500 complaints, Tesla will now have to fix this safety defect.
SpaceX hot fire tests its Starship vehicle three times in four hours
"Today at SpaceX is about practicing Starship engine starts."
CDPR CEO blames “in-game streaming” for Cyberpunk’s console problems
Native next-gen versions pushed back to second half of 2021 amid patching work.
Filing: Amazon warned Parler for months about “more than 100” violent threats
Parler's volunteer mods allegedly had a backlog of more than 26,000 posts.
Hackers used 4 zero-days to infect Windows and Android devices
Boobytrapped websites are used by attackers to infect people who visited them.
AT&T kills off the failed TV service formerly known as DirecTV Now
AT&T TV Now folded into AT&T TV, which finally gets a no-contract option.
The Acura TLX Advance hits the luxury notes, misses the sporting ones
The sedan is now bigger—and a big improvement on the previous generation.
Qualcomm will acquire chip company founded by Apple execs for $1.4 billion
Tech will be used in laptops, phones, cars, and more.
Nvidia’s next laptop GPU generation powers a leap to 1440p displays
CES-timed announcements beat AMD to the latest mobile-generation upgrade.
Dire wolves aren’t wolves at all—they form a distinct lineage with jackals
The extinct canids had been isolated from wolves for 3 million years.
Tesla’s main self-driving rival isn’t Google—it’s Intel’s Mobileye
Mobileye CEO predicts Tesla's Autopilot strategy will hit a "glass ceiling."
After white supremacists storm US capitol, Apple expands racial justice initiative
New centers in Atlanta, Detroit focus on opportunities for black technologists.
Airbnb cancels all DC-area reservations ahead of Biden inauguration
Airbnb is worried that "armed militias and known hate groups" may return to DC.
After corporate blunders and setbacks, Intel ousts CEO Bob Swan
Embattled US chip giant makes move just days before strategy update.
Samsung’s next Exynos SoC will have an AMD GPU
Samsung says the fruits of its partnership with AMD should appear next year.