Month: April 2021

Disney gets special “theme park” exception to Florida’s anti-tech bill

Enlarge / Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Miami on April 08, 2021. (credit: Joe Raedle / Getty) Both houses of Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature have passed new legislation banning social media companies from deplatforming political candidates or censoring large journalistic organizations. Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed support for the bill and is expected to sign it into …

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More US agencies potentially hacked, this time with Pulse Secure exploits

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) At least five US federal agencies may have experienced cyberattacks that targeted recently discovered security flaws that give hackers free rein over vulnerable networks, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said on Friday. The vulnerabilities in Pulse Connect Secure, a VPN that employees use to remotely connect to large networks, …

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Mysterious health attacks like those seen in Cuba have come to DC

Enlarge / The White House, the South Lawn, and part of the Ellipse are seen from the observation deck of the Washington Monument on October 1, 2014, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Chip Somodevilla ) At least two US government officials in the Washington, DC, area have experienced mysterious health incidents that are strikingly …

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The NYPD retires “Digidog” robot after public backlash

Enlarge / The NYPD’s Digidog is just a Boston Dynamics robot in blue livery. (credit: Daniel Valls/FNTV freedomnews.tv) The Guardian reports that the New York Police Department is retiring “Digidog,” a Boston Dynamics Spot robot the state started testing in December. The department described the robot as a tool to defuse dangerous situations and said …

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ISPs sue New York to block law requiring $15 broadband for poor people

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | eccolo74) Internet service providers today sued New York to block a state law that requires ISPs to sell $15-per-month broadband plans to low-income households. The lawsuit was filed by lobby groups including USTelecom and CTIA-The Wireless Association, both of which count Verizon and AT&T among their members. Lobby groups for …

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Climate law jeopardizes freedoms, German court rules—but not how you think

Enlarge / Wind turbines spin as steam rises from the cooling towers of the Jäenschwalde coal-fired power plant in the distance. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Germany’s top court struck down part of the nation’s sweeping climate law, saying it violates people’s freedoms.  By many standards, the law is aggressive, requiring the country to slash emissions …

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Roku vs. Google, part 2: The YouTube TV app gets pulled from the Roku Store

Enlarge Roku warned us on Monday that this could happen. This morning, the company announced that YouTube TV is no longer available on the Roku Channel Store. Google and Roku are squabbling over Roku’s carrying agreement, just like you might see in an old-school cable TV carriage dispute. The main point of contention seems to …

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Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam

Enlarge / The Valve logo, as seen in an etched design at its offices. Indie developer (and Humble Indie Bundle originator Wolfire Games has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Steam creator Valve, saying that the company is wielding Steam’s monopoly power over the PC gaming market to extract “an extraordinarily high cut from nearly …

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New iPad Pro, Apple TV 4K, and 24-inch iMac now available for order

Enlarge / An Apple-made image of the various Macs running on the M1 to date. (credit: Apple) As previously announced, today is the day: orders are open on the Apple Store and through other retailers for the remaining hardware products that Apple announced on April 20: the 24-inch iMac and the new iPad Pro and Apple …

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