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'Sharknado 4' goes for the nuclear option in new movie preview - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 16:39
The snark-worthy SyFy franchise promises sand-nados, and strippers punching out sharks, in the new film airing July 31.
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Super Smash Bros. Wii U sells 2 million in US, 3DS version hits 3 million - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 16:31
Here's a breakdown of how Nintendo games and hardware performed in June 2016.
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First look at 'Sherlock' season 4 shows Cumberbatch, canine companion - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 16:31
BBC releases a new image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes consulting with a dog we hope sniffs out clues as fast as his human friend does.
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Slashdot Asks: Would You Eat Lab-Grown Meat?

SlashDot - Fri, 2016-07-15 16:20
An anonymous reader writes from a report via WIRED: Lab-grown meat appears to be coming to a supermarket near you whether you like it or not. Granted, you have some time before that becomes a reality. Scientists in Belgium and the United States are working on cultured meat substitutes that taste like real meat and cost less than real meat, but don't use as many environmental resources as meat from animals, nor does it involve the slaughtering of animals. They predict such meat substitutes will cost a lot less by the year 2020 when the efficiency of bulk production kicks in. According to a 2014 Pew poll, only 20 percent of Americans would be willing to try cultured meat, while a 2013 survey in Belgium revealed that just 13 percent of 180 subjects knew what cultured meat was. Also, vegetarians surveyed perceived man-made meat to be unhealthy and unfavorable. However, once respondents were told how the meat is grown, most said they might try it. When educated about the environmental benefits, the number of people who were willing to try it nearly doubled. A poll from The Vegan Scholar found that lab-grown meat was much more appealing to vegetarians than to vegans. Similar Reddit and SurveyMonkey polls have come to similar conclusions, but it's important to note that none of these polls were peer-reviewed. Researchers have suggested that the media greatly overestimates the importance of vegetarian and vegan opinions on lab-grown meat. Given the lack of large surveys determining the public's opinion on lab-grown meat, we thought we would pose the question to Slashdotters: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

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Telltale's Batman game confirmed for August digital release, physical edition in September - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 16:10
Additionally, The Walking Dead Season 3 is getting a retail release; Batman Comic-Con plans have been detailed.
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The Turkish Coup Is Live on Facebook

Wired - Fri, 2016-07-15 16:01
People on the ground in Turkey are broadcasting the attempted overthrow of the government, and the world is watching. The post The Turkish Coup Is Live on Facebook appeared first on WIRED.
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Nature’s Hidden Order Reveals Itself in a Bird’s Eye

Wired - Fri, 2016-07-15 16:00
Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random. The post Nature’s Hidden Order Reveals Itself in a Bird's Eye appeared first on WIRED.
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To End the Opioid Epidemic, We Need Way More Than OD Treatments

Wired - Fri, 2016-07-15 16:00
Naloxone will undoubtedly save many people, preserving the lives of addicts who might have otherwise perished. But it may also result in an increase of overdoses, and addicts. The post To End the Opioid Epidemic, We Need Way More Than OD Treatments appeared first on WIRED.
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Nintendo NES Mini can't connect to internet, won't get more games - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 15:52
Company also responds to question about possibility of mini-SNES or mini-N64.
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As Erdogan Faces Turkish Coup, The Guy Who Once Banned Social Media Sites, Forced To Address Nation Via Facetime & Twitter

TechDirt - Fri, 2016-07-15 15:48
We've written a fair amount about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Lately, it's mostly been about his ridiculously thin skin over insults, and his willingness to take his hurt feelings international. But, even prior to that, he had a history of irrational hating on social media. Back when he was Prime Minister, he tried to blame Twitter for social unrest, even going so far as to order it banned in the country. And, when that failed, he actually sued his own government over the failure to block content on Twitter that he disliked.

Now, as you hopefully know from news sources other than Techdirt, as I write this, it appears that there's a military coup going on in Turkey, trying to usurp Erdogan. As part of that effort, all those social media sites that Erdogan himself does not like, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are being blocked. For Erdogan himself, that's meant that he's been cut off from his own means of communication to the public, leaving him to use Apple's Facetime to call a local TV station to put him on the air:

Turkish TV broadcasts a message from Erdogan claiming he's in control and will punish the coup leaders pic.twitter.com/8grmFarUfl

— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) July 15, 2016 And, of course, the social media blocks aren't even that effective anyway -- with many Turkish citizens using VPNs to get around the blocks. Plenty of people are now seeing live coverage of what's happening in Turkey thanks to Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope.

See the shocking Turkish coup on the amazing Facebook Livehttps://t.co/uImGjxXXRm pic.twitter.com/vTBp8S8cjJ

— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) July 15, 2016

The revolution will be televised - extraordinary scenes from Ataturk airport on Periscope pic.twitter.com/LIgByX6OwC

— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) July 15, 2016 I have no idea how this will turn out, but from the perspective of how the internet has changed the media landscape, this is all fairly incredible to watch as it plays out.

Update: And the irony gets thicker. Erdogan is now reaching out to the public... via Twitter:

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Cybercrime Overtakes Traditional Crime In UK, Says Report

SlashDot - Fri, 2016-07-15 15:40
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Krebs On Security: A new report from the nation's National Crime Agency (NCA) warns that cybercrime has now surpassed all other forms of crime in the United Kingdom. "Cyber enabled fraud" was found to make up 36 percent of all crime reported, with "computer misuse" accounting for 17 percent. The report calls for stronger law enforcement and business partnership to fight cybercrime. One explanation for the growth of cybercrime reports in the U.K. may be that the Brits are getting better at tracking it. The report notes that the U.K. Office of National Statistics only began including cybercrime for the first time last year in its annual Crime Survey for England and Wales. "The ONS estimated that there were 2.46 million cyber incidents and 2.11 million victims of cybercrime in the U.K. in 2015," the report's authors wrote. "These figures highlight the clear shortfall in established reporting, with only 16,349 cyber dependent and approximately 700,000 cyber-enabled incidents reported to Action Fraud over the same period." The increasing sophistication of organized cybercrime gangs that develop and deploy targeted, complex malicious software may also be to blame for the rise in cybercrime. Dridex and Dyre were specifically mentioned in the report, which are aimed at emptying consumer and business bank accounts in the U.K. and elsewhere.

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Twitter users stick it to Trump over new campaign logo - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 15:25
Technically Incorrect: The graphic symbol for the Donald Trump-Mike Pence ticket is perhaps more graphic than the campaign intended, at least to some of the Twitterati.
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Pokemon Go: The latest fad diet? - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 15:24
A survey company gives us a quick peek into the minds and lives of Pokemon Go trainers. Turns out they're more active and even losing weight.
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The Ins and Outs of the New Trump-Pence Logo

Wired - Fri, 2016-07-15 15:17
It's a T. Penetrating a P. But let's drill down on this. The post The Ins and Outs of the New Trump-Pence Logo appeared first on WIRED.
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The race is on for Pokemon Go - Roadshow

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 15:15
We pitted a 2016 Mazda3 against a 2016 Chevy Tahoe to see which is the best for catching all the monsters. Let's get 'em!
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Fake Pokemon Go App On Google Play Infects Phones With Screenlocker

SlashDot - Fri, 2016-07-15 15:00
Everytime an app gets insanely popular, vicious minds try to capitalize on the momentum -- and history suggests, Android is their most-targetted platform. So it wasn't really a big surprise when security researchers at Eset announced on Friday that at least three fake, possibly malicious Pokemon Go app have made it to Google Play, Android's marquee app store. From an Ars Technica report: Of the three, the one titled "Pokemon Go Ultimate" posed the biggest threat because it deliberately locks the screen of devices immediately after being installed. In many cases, restarting an infected phone isn't enough to unlock the screen. Infected phones can ultimately be unlocked either by removing the battery or by using the Android Device Manager. Once the screen has been unlocked and the device has restarted, the app -- which by now has the title PI Network --is removed from the device's app menu. Still, it continues to run in the background and surreptitiously clicks on ads in an attempt to generate revenue for its creators. Eset discovered two other fake Pokemon Go apps inhabiting Google Play, one named "Guide & Cheats for Pokemon Go" and the other "Install Pokemongo." Both deliver ads carrying fraudulent, scary-sounding messages that are designed to trick users into buying expensive, unnecessary services. One such message claims the device is infected with malware and prompts the user to spend money to get the malicious apps removed.

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Could Donald Trump Block Hillary Clinton's Campaign From Visiting His Website Via The CFAA?

TechDirt - Fri, 2016-07-15 14:28
In the past few weeks, we've written about two troubling rulings in the 9th Circuit appeals court concerning the CFAA, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. That law, that was literally written in response to Ronald Reagan being freaked out by the (fictional) movie War Games, was designed to go after hackers and make computer hacking into other people's computers a crime. The law is woefully outdated and unfortunately vague, with terms like "unauthroized access" and "exceeds authorized access." For years, many of us have been pushing for Congress to reform the law to make it not quite so broad, because in its current setup it's the law the DOJ relies on when all else fails. That's why the DOJ loves it. If you did something it doesn't like on a computer, it'll try to use the CFAA against you.

The two recent cases were not helpful. The first, called Nosal II (because it was the second CFAA case involving David Nosal trying to use data from his former employer), found that convincing a former colleague to share their password with you could violate the CFAA. The court tried to limit the impact of this, by adding some caveats, and insisting that mere password sharing wouldn't qualify without some additional event that indicated a lack of authorization, but it does still seem like a vague standard that many will try to use going forward. The second case, Facebook v. Power, found that Power violated the CFAA by continuing to access Facebook accounts, with permission of those Facebook users, after Facebook had sent a cease-and-desist. The court found that the cease-and-desist acted as a clear point that said "you're not allowed here."

But it's difficult to square that with the original Nosal ruling (Nosal 1) which found that merely violating a terms of service was not a CFAA violation. So ignoring a terms of service is not a CFAA violation, but ignoring a cease-and-desist letter is. It's not clear why one has power over the other, though perhaps there's an argument that a cease-and-desist is a proactive action towards an individual by a website, whereas a terms of service is broadly applicable. Still, it feels weak.

And, it raises tricky situations like the following, first raised by Andy Sellars, about a situation in which one individual alerts another that they can no longer visit a website. Let's say this happened between two presidential candidates. Hypothetically.

If so, that’s devastating for critical speech. Imagine Trump sending a C&D to Clinton’s campaign, barring access to https://t.co/BFK7Ukdtpw.

— Andy Sellars (@andy_sellars) July 12, 2016 And, as Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter notes in response, the answer is totally unclear. And that seems really problematic. I had tossed out some hypotheticals in my original post on the Facebook v. Power ruling, but this is a good one as well, because you could absolutely see some political candidates issuing that kind of cease-and-desist. There may be arguments about whether then accessing such a website would create a loss necessary to qualify for the CFAA, but it's still quite worrisome that the court has now put in place a vague standard that at least suggests that you can bar someone from a website by merely telling them not to go there. That's going to create a bunch of messy litigation going forward.

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Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Blocked In Turkey During Reported Coup Attempt

SlashDot - Fri, 2016-07-15 14:20
An anonymous reader writes: In response to an attempted military coup, the Turkish government has reportedly blocked social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. TechCrunch reports: "Turkey Blocks, a Twitter account that regularly checks if sites are being blocked in the country, reported at 1:04 PM Pacific (11:04 PM Istanbul time) that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were all unresponsive, though Instagram and Vimeo remained available." Some Turkish users were able to update their social media accounts likely through a VPN or other anonymizing service. One user posted a video on Twitter that shows what appears to be a fighter jet flying very low over the Turkish capital of Ankara; another user has tweeted a video of a helicopter opening fire in Turkey. The Associated Press reports that Turkish prime minister, Binali Yildirim, has confirmed the coup by a group within Turkey's military. The following statement from the group was reportedly read on local television: "Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and the general security that was damaged. All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue." UPDATE 7/15/16: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a statement in a FaceTime call to CNN Turk urging Turkish citizens to take to the streets to defend "Turkish democracy." He urges the Turkish people to convene at public squares and airports, saying there is no power higher than the power of the people.

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The 404 Show 1669: Pokemon Go for dummies, NES Classic Edition, Prime Day post-mortem (podcast) - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 14:11
Which Pokemon Go character are you? The results are shocking. Today Russ and Jeff breakdown the mobile phenomenon, blow on the cartridge of the NES Classic Edition and discuss what they bought on Amazon Prime Day.
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Facebook helps baby lost in Nice attack find his way home - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 13:40
An 8-month-old boy is reunited with a caregiver after a Facebook post was shared thousands of times.
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