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Updated 2018-12-16 08:16
50 years ago, Star Trek’s history was sealed with the Uhura-Kirk kiss
Nichelle Nichols recalled that "Plato's Stepchildren" drew more mail than any other ep.
Potentially disastrous Rowhammer bitflips can bypass ECC protections
ECCploit is the first Rowhammer attack to defeat error-correcting code.
Trash your romaine lettuce and don’t eat any in restaurants, says the CDC
Pathogenic E. coli outbreak across the US and Canada is under investigation.
Dealmaster: Get a Galaxy S9 for $520, plus more early Black Friday deals [Updated]
Update: Now with deals on the Google Home Mini, Apple iPad, and Bose headphones.
Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation
Just six percent of bots on Twitter accounted for 31 percent of bad information.
Ion drive meets drone, as small plane flies with no moving parts
A solid-state propulsion system works by ionizing the air.
Nintendo’s biggest Switch-download sale yet includes legitimately good offers
Includes recent fare like Donkey Kong Country, Dragon Ball FighterZ, FIFA 2019.
Sugar cures cancer! (Not really, but one sugar may help chemo)
Mannose slows the growth of tumor cells and can synergize with chemotherapy.
Google adds indoor positioning to Android’s Find My Device
Get your lost phone's pinpoint location, provided Google has the right map data.
Amazon customers’ names and email addresses disclosed by website error
Company remains mum on key details, including where breach happened and for how long.
Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”
Facebook makes users depressed, and Facebook posts helped fuel ethnic cleansing.
Microsoft joining Qualcomm and Google to bring Chrome to Windows on ARM
An ARM-native version of Chrome would fill a major gap in Windows on ARM.
In China, replacing coal and biomass stoves has saved lives
Particulate matter from solid fuels causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths.
It’s a fight against bubblegum pastels in trailer for The Lego Movie 2
Emmet, Lucy, and Batman are back to save their world from terminal cuteness.
You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true
Why insurers spy on sleep apnea sufferers via connected CPAP machines.
Silk Road’s alleged hitman, “redandwhite,” arrested in Vancouver
Ross Ulbricht told redandwhite that he wanted to put a "bounty" on a vendor's head.
The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?
In our two-part series, Ars looks at what Snowden's disclosures have wrought politically and institutionally.
Wreck-It Ralph 2 review: Everything we wish Ready Player One had been
Like the 2013 original, nerdy gags hold up, but heart and friendship win out.
E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers
Rival crime gangs race against each other to steal consumers' personal data.
Ajit Pai wants to raise rural broadband speeds from 10Mbps to 25Mbps
FCC-funded rural broadband currently requires download speed of just 10Mbps.
NASA concerned about culture of “inappropriateness” at SpaceX
Agency will continue to rely on Russian Soyuz vehicles while reviews take place.
Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract
You may call vanilla a boring flavor, but its history just got more interesting.
Hacker Ben Heck is back to fix the flawed Neo-Geo Mini
Good news if you like it: "Maybe a PCB kit could be made," Heck tells Ars.
Chinese customers hate “new car smell,” so Ford files a patent to bake it out
A premium smell to one country is a disgusting distraction to another.
Report: Uber self-driving team was preparing for CEO demo before fatal crash
Engineers were reportedly encouraged to limit "bad experiences" to one per trip.
Scientists spot two massive stars creating a pinwheel of dust
A massive star is ejecting material at two different speeds as it spins rapidly.
Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled
Two patches pulled altogether; another is known to cause crashes but should be used anyway.
Amazon trying to buy 22 cable TV sports channels, including Yankees network
Disney must sell sports networks after buying Fox, and Amazon is bidding.
Samsung reportedly planning five flagship phone models for early 2019
With sales declining, Samsung isn't putting all of its eggs in one basket.
Ukraine detects new Pterodo backdoor malware, warns of Russian cyberattack
Revived Gamaredon threat group just part of wave of new attacks tied to Russia's FSB.
Video: How an 11th-hour decision made Aliens versus Predator a classic
We get to the chopper—and the details—with AvP lead artist and producer Tim Jones.
Ivanka Trump used personal email for official White House business
Donald Trump savaged Hillary Clinton for using a personal email account in 2016.
What is going on with SpaceX and all these Big Falcon Rocket changes?
"New design is very exciting! Delightfully counter-intuitive."
Valve quietly discontinues Steam Link hardware production
Remaining stock is sold out in Europe, "almost sold out in the US."
Hang on to your magical tridents, the final Aquaman trailer is here
But if you're skeptical about the film, there's not much here to change your mind.
Russia’s Cozy Bear comes out of hiding with post-election spear-phishing blitz
Emails that seem eerily familiar masquerade as US State Department.
Charter, Comcast don’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules
Byron Allen's multi-billion dollar suits against Charter and Comcast can proceed.
NASA picks a landing spot on Mars for its 2020 rover
Nailing the landing will require technology developed since Curiosity's launch.
Doomed Argentine sub found a year after its disappearance
Underwater drones discover wreck in South Atlantic.
Activision ignores accessibility guidelines, skips Spyro subtitles
"I can't help but feel insulted by what Activision said, honestly."
Dealmaster: A whole bunch of early Black Friday deals have gone live
Including deals on Amazon devices, TVs, Microsoft Surface devices, and more.
That PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 you’ve been asking for is coming—with Fred Savage
Mum on exact details, but Savage drops a, er, savage insult in today's trailer.
Forget VR treadmills—Google patents motorized, omnidirectional VR sneakers
Google's idea would cancel out walking locomotion with motorized roller skates.
What we can learn about crowd behavior by watching the Tour de France
The group motion is similar to fluid circulation, marked by two types of waves.
Bitcoin and Ethereum fall to lows not seen since 2017
Every major cryptocurrency has seen its value plunge in recent days.
The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office
Our latest gift guide aims at tech for working and relaxing around the house.
Virgin Orbit flies its rocket into the skies for the first time
“The vehicles flew like a dream today."
Tim Cook defends using Google as primary search engine on Apple devices
Apple CEO also thinks forthcoming federal regulation of tech companies is "inevitable."
Ajit Pai isn’t saying whether ISPs deliver the broadband speeds you pay for
FCC is still measuring in-home speeds—but hasn't released report in two years.
Convicted tax fraudster sues CNBC for defamation, says he’s not a “hacker”
Daniel Rigmaiden, now a privacy advocate, heads to court representing himself.