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Updated 2017-07-28 06:30
How a podcaster managed to confront his tech support scammer, in person
"Alex, we have seen that your IP address has been compromised."
Police body cam footage of man tased in back prompts $110K settlement
However, police board said tasing was “reasonable, appropriate, and within policy.”
Specific area of the brain helps keep the body young
Your hypothalamus might be the actual fountain of youth.
As dominance of launch market looms, SpaceX now valued at $21 billion
The updated value of SpaceX places the company in rarefied air.
Windows 10 Creators Update now available to all, November Update end-of-life’d
Half of Windows 10 users are already on the latest build. The rest should follow soon.
Tiny pillars put light and sound in a quantum superposition
Pillars of crystal make ultrahigh-frequency sound-and-light tuning fork.
Genetic evidence suggests the Canaanites weren’t destroyed after all
Analysis of ancient DNA reveals that the Biblical account isn’t the whole story.
Goop doctor says she’s not really Goop’s doctor, calls site a “caricature”
Isn’t supportive of all alternative medicine, but sells supplements, detox plans.
Twitter’s stock plunges as user growth stalls
Trump made Twitter more prominent than ever, yet profits are elusive.
Stealthy Google Play apps recorded calls and stole e-mails and texts
Company expels 20 advanced surveillance apps installed on ~100 devices.
In wake of CTE study, Ravens’ smarty John Urschel retires from football at 26
PhD candidate was competing for starting center job, concerned by brain disease.
Report: Human embryo edited for first time in US, pushes limits
The data is unpublished, but scientists say it advances effort to erase genetic diseases.
Microsoft rationalizes and rebrands Windows 10, Office updates again
The same naming, and same schedule, are now used across Windows, Windows Server, and Office.
Cable lobby claims US is totally overflowing in broadband competition
NCTA touts data based on outdated broadband speed benchmark of 3Mbps.
Apple discontinues iPod Nano and Shuffle, updates iPod Touch models
Say goodbye to the tiny music makers of 2005.
LG disappointed by sales of flagship smartphone
“Weaker than expected premium smartphone sales" put a damper on LG's earnings.
Feds say they caught a key figure in the massive Mt. Gox Bitcoin hack
Feds say a Russian man laundered criminal proceeds through the BTC-e exchange.
Meta-analysis finds sperm counts dropped 50%, media predicts human extinction
It’s troubling, but keep in mind it’s a meta-analysis and counts are still normal.
YouTube Red and Google Play Music may merge into one service
In efforts to make things less confusing for potential subscribers.
Thirty Meter Telescope nears a construction permit—with conditions
Time is running out for Hawaii to get this deal done.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200: True quad-core CPUs for just $130 and $110
Ryzen 3 competes with Intel i3—but don't forget it lacks an integrated GPU.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus—Like playing a B-movie with robot Nazis
Hands-on: Every bit as weird and wonderful as its predecessor. The shooting's good too.
Judge: Waymo may be in “a world of trouble” if it can’t prove actual harm by Uber
Ex-Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski can be called to testify at trial, judge adds.
iPhone-maker Foxconn to build flat-screen display factory in Wisconsin
13,000 jobs could come to the state through the new factory.
Using a blockchain doesn’t exempt you from securities regulations
A $150 million Ethereum crowdfunding project broke the law, SEC says.
Microsoft expands bug bounty program to cover any Windows flaw
Now every part of Windows is covered by a bug bounty scheme.
Lawsuit seeks Ajit Pai’s net neutrality talks with Internet providers
FCC accused of not complying with FoIA request for Pai's talks with ISPs.
Verizon accused of violating net neutrality rules by throttling video
FCC has no comment on petition to investigate Verizon slowing video to 10Mbps.
Apple must pay $506M for infringing university’s patent
University of Wisconsin may collect $4.35 apiece for millions of iPads and iPhones.
Japanese company preparing for country’s first private rocket launch
The vehicle stands 8.5 meters tall and has a dry mass of 250kg.
Travelers’ electronics at US airports to get enhanced screening, TSA says
Security officials say "It is critical" to enhance screening procedures.
Democrat asks FCC chair if anything can stop net neutrality rollback
Ajit Pai ignoring evidence that net neutrality helps businesses, lawmaker says.
USB 3.2 will make your cables twice as fast… once you’ve bought new devices
The cheapest, least important part of your USB infrastructure is future-proofed.
Olive Garden apologizes to AllOfGarden blog, offers $50 gift card
"We've reached resolution / I received absolution."
Officials arrest suspect in $4 billion Bitcoin money laundering scheme
Bitcoin's decentralized architecture makes it popular with criminal groups.
Who owns Snopes? Fracas over fact-checking site now front and center
Snopes' parent company was split—one half may be held by 5 men, or a single company.
UK government wants to ban sale of gas and diesel cars starting in 2040
New air pollution plan is hard-hitting, but 23 years is a long time to wait.
Aboard the NS Savannah, America’s first (and last) nuclear merchant ship
Years after shutdown, Savannah still waits for funding for its reactor decommissioning.
Brains of former football players donated to science are rife with disease
The large case series doesn’t tell us much about the disease, but highlights risk.
Whistleblower calls out problems with military drone accuracy and ethics
Lisa Ling talked at Ars Live about her experiences as a military drone technician.
Great Scott! This astronaut has probably endured more extremes than anyone
Review: New book is as much about adventures out of space as those in space.
US Energy Secretary takes 22-minute prank call from “Ukrainian Prime Minister”
Perry defended Paris Agreement withdrawal, entertained pig manure biofuel idea.
Patent-holder that sued EFF for defamation won’t show up in court
Licensing shop says its “virtual cabinets” patent “is not, in fact, stupid.”
Democrats slam EPA head, want to understand his climate inquiry
“Your effort seems to be divorced from reality and reason.”
Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI
During an impromptu Facebook Live interview, Zuck said there’s no doomsday coming.
Moto Z2 Force hands-on—Motorola bets the farm on Moto Mods, loses
The same design with a smaller battery has got to be a winner, right?
What is the car industry’s problem with over-the-air software updates?
Restrictive laws and dealer contracts are handcuffing the car industry.
Study: US is slipping toward measles being endemic once again
Just a tiny increase in vaccine refusals will triple measles cases, cost US millions.
Matt Groening’s first Netflix series will go all Futurama on Game of Thrones
Disenchantment series will bring back tons of Futurama voice actors, staffers in 2018.
Get the NES Classic on ThinkGeek while you can [Updated: You can’t]
“GameStop buying ninjas” got hold of “thousands” of unsold units somehow.
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