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Updated 2020-04-10 07:15
Disney+ surpasses 50 million subscribers in just 5 months
Disney targeted 60 to 90 million by 2024, but that now looks like a low bar.
French regulator says Google must pay news sites to send them traffic
Officials rejected Google's plan to stop using snippets in news search results.
Frontier bungles redaction of network audit that it doesn’t want you to see
Blacked-out text is readable, revealing 952,000 potential network problems.
Take 50% off six months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate today
Dealmaster also has discounts on big Switch games, Bluetooth speakers, and more.
Apple fixes FaceTime, USB-C, and Office 365 bugs in macOS Catalina
The update follows similar ones pushed to iPhones and iPads earlier this week.
Counterpoint: MIT scientists translate coronavirus protein structure into music
"It tricks our ear in the same way the virus tricks our cells."
Trump administration pulls funding for drive-through COVID-19 testing
Loss of testing comes as states expect to see peak hospitalizations in next two weeks.
China suffers its second launch failure in less than a month
Indosat's Nusantara Dua fell back into Earth's atmosphere.
US Senate tells members not to use Zoom
Organization is latest to warn over data security worries on videoconferencing platform.
Meet dark_nexus, quite possibly the most potent IoT botnet ever
Newly discovered botnet could be coming to a network-connected device near you.
Not-actually Linux distro review: FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE
Does the power to serve include serving up desktops? Let's find out.
The chemistry of cold-brew coffee is so hot right now
Ten hours to make a cup of coffee? Now that's commitment.
Valorant closed beta: The tactical hero shooter I never knew I wanted
League of Legends' creators made a Counter-Strike clone—and holy crap, is it good.
Feds will pay GM $489 million to make 30,000 ventilators by August
GM is scheduled to deliver 6,000 ventilators by May, another 24,000 by August.
Newly engineered enzyme can break down plastic to raw materials
The resulting chemicals can be used to make brand-new bottles.
Probable Roman shipwrecks unearthed at a Serbian coal mine
Thanks to the pandemic, radiocarbon dating and further excavations are on hold.
Pandemic hasn’t crushed broadband networks—even rural areas are doing OK
Pandemic-related broadband surge is hitting a plateau, data suggests.
HBO’s streaming apps will soon stop working on older Apple TVs
Any Apple TV running tvOS will still work, but older ones are out of luck.
Stadia launches free tier including two-month trial of Stadia Pro
Free users face limited resolution, need extra hardware to play on TV.
Google makes seamless update support mandatory in Android 11
Dual system partitions significantly cut down on update downtime.
Tesla announces pay cuts and worker furloughs
The coronavirus is forcing "shared sacrifice across the company," HR email says.
Zoom brings in former Facebook security head amid lawsuits, investigations
Company is playing catch-up as pandemic magnifies every flaw.
You can help medical science just by playing a new Borderlands mini-game
Human players can help train AI to find disease-causing microbes more quickly.
I was bored, so I watched the movie that astronauts must view before launch
What's not to love about a Soviet-era film about the civil war in Central Asia?
The 2020 World Car of the Year awards are out, and the winner is…
The awards were supposed to be announced at the NY International Auto Show.
Attackers can bypass fingerprint authentication with an ~80% success rate
Fingerprint-based authentication is fine for most people, but it's hardly foolproof.
Moto Razr review—RIP to our Moto Razr (March 30, 2020 – March 31, 2020)
The touchscreen on our $1,500 smartphone died after a single day.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14—Ryzen 7nm mobile is here, and it’s awesome
The G14 is a solid mid-range gaming laptop with an out-of-this-world CPU.
Scientists ponder how jugglers seem to defy limits to human reaction times
The accuracy required is a measure of how unstable and difficult a juggling pattern is.
Pixel 4 face unlock finally gains an alertness check
The Pixel 4's face unlock will now finally check to make sure you're awake.
Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal dings Zoom for false end-to-end crypto claim.
The spacecraft that utterly transformed SpaceX has flown its last mission
On Tuesday, the first version of Dragon completed its 20th and final mission.
The next PlayStation controller is called DualSense, looks like a cool robot
New rumble sensors in the triggers, new light bar placement, USB Type-C, more.
Verizon canceling FiOS installs and telling customers to wait a few months
Verizon sows confusion, says November install dates are just "placeholders."
Chris Hemsworth stars as a ruthless mercenary in trailer for Extraction
The Russo Bothers produced the action-thriller hitting Netflix later this month.
Shkreli’s plea from prison: Free me and I’ll cure COVID-19
He just needs a 3-month hiatus to get this pesky pandemic taken care of.
EU carbon-trading market has reduced emissions despite low carbon prices
Estimated total EU emissions reduced by 3.8 percent between 2008 and 2016.
Acting Navy Secretary resigns after ousting captain, calling him “stupid”
Modly's public condemnation of Crozier over the weekend drew immediate backlash.
Verizon refuses to give DSL users its low-income deals during pandemic
Comcast impresses, but deals from Verizon, Charter, and others have problems.
Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1
Apple also pushed out minor updates to Clips and Maps.
Easy-to-pick “smart” locks gush personal data, FTC finds
Fancy anti-pry technology? Sure, maybe. Secure in any other way? Not so much.
Firefox 75 overhauls the browser’s address bar
The 2020 release schedule won't change, the team says.
A bunch of Nintendo Switch games are on sale today
Dealmaster also has deals on Sonos speakers, Amazon Echo devices, and more.
Ars analysis: ~80% of Steam games earn under $5K in first two weeks
Valve offers a peek behind the sales curtain, telling an incomplete and mixed story.
University libraries offer online “lending” of scanned in-copyright books
Books are only available to patrons of participating university libraries.
War Stories: How Homeworld brought the third dimension to real-time strategy
Turns out traveling through hyperspace really isn't like dusting crops.
Great Barrier Reef survey: “What we saw was an utter tragedy”
The Great Barrier Reef faces its third mass bleaching in five years.
CDC releases first US data on COVID-19 cases in children
As hinted in earlier data, Infants and those with health issues worst off.
New Guinea villagers unearth evidence of the island’s Neolithic past
New Guinea didn't import its Neolithic culture from Southeast Asia after all.
Polestar’s latest concept shows it thinks differently about design
The design study shows there are ideas beyond just copying Germany and Japan.