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Updated 2018-12-16 07:15
Republicans are mad at Google for search bias—will they do anything about it?
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says Google's search algorithms are unbiased.
Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord
New showrunner Chris Chibnall made some bold choices to set his Doctor apart.
Not dusted for good? There’s a sequel in the works for Doctor Strange
Scott Derrickson has reportedly signed on to return as director.
Doctor, once hired by clinic that sees Tesla workers, just lost his license
Dr. Muhannad Hafi acted inappropriately with 2 female patients, state board finds.
Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down
After six weeks, the administrators are selling off the assets.
macOS Mojave’s dark mode is coming to Google Chrome
Work has already been done on the feature in Chromium.
Audit: No Chinese surveillance implants in Supermicro boards found
In letter to customers, company declares no evidence supporting Bloomberg report.
Net neutrality bill 38 votes short in Congress, and time has almost run out
Bill to restore net neutrality has 180 votes but needs 218 this month.
What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes
Microbes are everywhere, even between layers of paint on classic works of art.
Getting Vulcan up to speed: Part one of our interview with Tory Bruno
United Launch Alliance chief goes in-depth on software, engines, and more.
Samsung embarrassingly partners with “counterfeit” version of Supreme
Samsung brought Supreme faker up on stage at a launch event. Supreme NYC is not happy.
Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead
Comcast offered to wire up Charlemont, Mass. for $462,000—town said, "no."
The Sun in its rearview mirror, Voyager 2 is in interstellar space
The solar wind is no longer registering on the spacecraft's instruments.
Uber manager in March: “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles”
"They told me incidents like that happen all of the time," whistleblower wrote.
Technical tour-de-force traps positrons
Positrons guided into and held in trap: center-of-the-galaxy-in-a-lab next.
Testing WireGuard with an early-adopter VPN service
Veteran VPN provider IVPN launches in-app WireGuard support.
Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad
Dragging Microsoft's simplistic editor kicking and screaming into the 1990s.
Electric car industry group says Californians have now purchased 500,000 EVs
Recent months have seen some of the heftiest numbers in terms of EV purchases.
Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?
But the announcement leaves us with many more questions than answers.
Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection
A 94% accurate diagnosis of bladder cancer using atomic force microscopy on urine.
Qualcomm says a Chinese court has banned sales of older iPhones nationwide
Apple says it is appealing the ruling.
Report: FBI opens criminal investigation into net neutrality comment fraud
FBI issues subpoenas, investigates "whether crimes were committed."
Google+ bug exposes non-public profile data for 52 million users
Goof let developers see names, email addresses, and more, even when set to be nonpublic.
Doom’s next expansion pack, made by John Romero, will be free—or cost up to $166
The release is free, but you can spend big on a crazy special edition.
Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon devices are back on sale today
Plus $80 off the iPad, $100 off an Xbox One X, and $30 off a Razer gaming mouse.
Super-solid helium state confirmed in beautiful experiment
Super-solid found by comparing materials that can and cannot be super-solids.
Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic
Plug-and-play hardware lacks even basic functional security for crucial bootrom.
At least one major carrier lied about its 4G coverage, FCC review finds
Verizon was accused of filing false 4G coverage map, triggering investigation.
Elon Musk on 60 Minutes: “I do not respect the SEC”
Tesla says it is complying with the SEC settlement regarding Musk's communications.
Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal
This may be a precursor for a space race back to the Moon.
New Stranger Things 3 teaser confirms 2019 release, reveals episode titles
"In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues."
Ars Technica’s ultimate board game gift guide, 2018 edition
Need to buy a game? We have suggestions.
New study gives some handy tips on how to survive on Game of Thrones
Switching allegiances is a crucial strategy in the brutal world of Westeros.
50 years on, we’re living the reality first shown at the “Mother of All Demos”
Douglas Engelbart changed computer history forever on December 9, 1968.
Eleven researchers publish sharp critique of EPA fuel economy logic
EPA made incorrect assumptions in 2016 and 2018; most recent are more damaging.
Greenland’s melting snow makes new hockey stick (graph)
The last 20 years were no natural fluke.
Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged
And one that wasn't so great.
Obsidian Entertainment finally announces its Fallout: New Vegas successor
The colorful first-person RPG is set to release in 2019.
Bikini app maker draws another disgruntled developer to its Facebook fight
Six4Three's website: "Tell Zuckerberg we will no longer be his patsy!"
Why driving is hard—even for AIs
Despite promises of "soon," the infrastructure to support the driverless future isn't there yet.
We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV
A competent SUV that feels familiar, and be glad we don’t get those mirrors.
Even self-driving leader Waymo is struggling to reach full autonomy
After 48 hours we haven't seen any sign people are using Waymo's service.
At last! Marvel finally drops first trailer for Avengers: End Game
Our surviving heroes are brooding and regrouping, with hints of a budding plan.
Stranger Things 3 game will let you jump into new Hawkins madness
But we still don't know when Netflix will drop the show's third season.
All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things
AI and machine learning can turn "Smart" cities' mountain of data into lifesaving insights.
Rocket Report: Firefly to the Moon, SpaceX makes a splash, H3 nets a customer
"Nobody is saying we're not going on the SLS."
Epic Games Store launches with extremely limited selection of games
Curated selection includes many new releases, a few classic freebies coming soon.
Counter-Strike GO becomes F2P, adds a shrunken battle royale mode
Impressions of new mode's first day in action, what paid "prime status" entails.
Australia passes new law to thwart strong encryption
Apple previously decried Australian efforts: "Encryption is simply math."
Wrong way: 2018 global CO₂ emissions tick up again
More emissions from China, India, and the US.
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