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Brandon Routh to play Superman again in Arrowverse crossover - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 53 min ago
Routh played Superman on the big screen before in 2006's Superman Returns.

Comic-Con 2019: Russo brothers, Endgame writers spill Avengers secrets - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 56 min ago
Heads up: Thanos was going to de-CAPitate Captain America.

American Airlines and Qantas gain approval to form joint venture - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 58 min ago
Qantas and AA could coordinate flight pricing, sales and frequent flyer programs.

My Browser, the Spy: How Extensions Slurped Up Browsing Histories From 4M Users

SlashDot - 4 hours 3 min ago
Dan Goodin, reporting for ArsTechnica: When we use browsers to make medical appointments, share tax returns with accountants, or access corporate intranets, we usually trust that the pages we access will remain private. DataSpii, a newly documented privacy issue in which millions of people's browsing histories have been collected and exposed, shows just how much about us is revealed when that assumption is turned on its head. DataSpii begins with browser extensions -- available mostly for Chrome but in more limited cases for Firefox as well -- that, by Google's account, had as many as 4.1 million users. These extensions collected the URLs, webpage titles, and in some cases the embedded hyperlinks of every page that the browser user visited. Most of these collected Web histories were then published by a fee-based service called Nacho Analytics, which markets itself as "God mode for the Internet" and uses the tag line "See Anyone's Analytics Account." Web histories may not sound especially sensitive, but a subset of the published links led to pages that are not protected by passwords -- but only by a hard-to-guess sequence of characters (called tokens) included in the URL. Thus, the published links could allow viewers to access the content at these pages. (Security practitioners have long discouraged the publishing of sensitive information on pages that aren't password protected, but the practice remains widespread.) Further reading: More on DataSpii: How extensions hide their data grabs -- and how they're discovered.

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Hulu's Comic-Con surprise: 'Veronica Mars' S4 is streaming now

Engadget - 4 hours 9 min ago
Forget waiting until July 26th, during a panel at Comic-Con Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell announced season four of the relaunched series is premiering today on Hulu. All eight episodes are live right now, so if you're not at the event it's a perfec...

Parrot reportedly grounds its toy drones - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 14 min ago
The French company will instead focus on its Anafi camera drone line, according to a report.

A Rust-Based TLS Library Outperformed OpenSSL in Almost Every Category

SlashDot - 4 hours 43 min ago
A tiny and relatively unknown TLS library written in Rust, an up-and-coming programming language, outperformed the industry-standard OpenSSL in almost every major category. From a report: The findings are the result of a recent four-part series of benchmarks carried out by Joseph Birr-Pixton, the developer behind the Rustls library. The findings showed that Rustls was 10% faster when setting up and negotiating a new server connection, and between 20 and 40% faster when setting up a client connection. But while handshake speeds for new TLS connections are important, most TLS traffic relies on resuming previously negotiated handshakes. Here, too, Rustls outperformed the aging OpenSSL, being between 10 and 20% in resuming a connection on the server-side, and being between 30 and 70% quicker to resume a client connection. Furthermore, Rustls also fared better in sheer bulk performance -- or the speed at which data is transferred over the TLS connection. Birr-Pixton said Rustls could send data 15% faster than OpenSSL, and receive it 5% faster as well.

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How Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong got to the moon landing's giant leap - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 45 min ago
His biographer talks about Armstrong's life as a pilot and astronaut, and the dark side to those experiences.

Star Trek: Picard unveils first look at costumes, props at San Diego Comic-Con - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 13 min ago
The Starfleet museum returns to San Diego for Comic-Con with a large installation of Jean-Luc Picard's life.

Researchers Have Teamed Up in India To Build a Gigantic Store of Texts and Images Extracted From 73M Journal Articles

SlashDot - 5 hours 23 min ago
A giant data store quietly being built in India could free vast swathes of science for computer analysis -- but whether it is a legal pursuit remains unclear. From a report: Carl Malamud is on a crusade to liberate information locked up behind paywalls -- and his campaigns have scored many victories. He has spent decades publishing copyrighted legal documents, from building codes to court records, and then arguing that such texts represent public-domain law that ought to be available to any citizen online. Sometimes, he has won those arguments in court. Now, the 60-year-old American technologist is turning his sights on a new objective: freeing paywalled scientific literature. And he thinks he has a legal way to do it. Over the past year, Malamud has -- without asking publishers -- teamed up with Indian researchers to build a gigantic store of text and images extracted from 73 million journal articles dating from 1847 up to the present day. The cache, which is still being created, will be kept on a 576-terabyte storage facility at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. "This is not every journal article ever written, but it's a lot," Malamud says. It's comparable to the size of the core collection in the Web of Science database, for instance. Malamud and his JNU collaborator, bioinformatician Andrew Lynn, call their facility the JNU data depot. No one will be allowed to read or download work from the repository, because that would breach publishers' copyright. Instead, Malamud envisages, researchers could crawl over its text and data with computer software, scanning through the world's scientific literature to pull out insights without actually reading the text. The unprecedented project is generating much excitement because it could, for the first time, open up vast swathes of the paywalled literature for easy computerized analysis. Dozens of research groups already mine papers to build databases of genes and chemicals, map associations between proteins and diseases, and generate useful scientific hypotheses. But publishers control -- and often limit -- the speed and scope of such projects, which typically confine themselves to abstracts, not full text. Researchers in India, the United States and the United Kingdom are already making plans to use the JNU store instead. Malamud and Lynn have held workshops at Indian government laboratories and universities to explain the idea. "We bring in professors and explain what we are doing. They get all excited and they say, 'Oh gosh, this is wonderful'," says Malamud. But the depot's legal status isn't yet clear. Malamud, who contacted several intellectual-property (IP) lawyers before starting work on the depot, hopes to avoid a lawsuit.

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Parrot plans to retire its Mambo and Swing drones

Engadget - 5 hours 24 min ago
Drone company Parrot, maker of the Anafi 4K folding drone, is reportedly leaving the mini-drone market. Parrot has been shifting its focus away from consumer drones since 2017, but it's been a slow transition. This week, Wirecutter confirmed that Par...

This site shows how much Arctic ice will melt the next time you fly - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 53 min ago
Thanks to Shameplane, first class might not seem so great anymore.

Bloodborne's atmospheric score is getting a vinyl release

Engadget - 5 hours 56 min ago
Bloodborne is one of the most lauded titles of the current console generation, and a key ingredient in making FromSoftware's game so memorable for so many is its delectably dark soundtrack. The atmospheric score by Ryan Amon, Tsukasa Saitoh, Michael...

YouTube Executive Says the Video Service Doesn't Drive Its Users Down the Rabbit Hole

SlashDot - 6 hours 3 min ago
YouTube has defended its video recommendation algorithms, amid suggestions that the technology serves up increasingly extreme videos. On Thursday, a BBC report explored how YouTube had helped the Flat Earth conspiracy theory spread. But the company's new managing director for the UK, Ben McOwen Wilson, said YouTube "does the opposite of taking you down the rabbit hole". From a report: He told the BBC that YouTube worked to dispel misinformation and conspiracies. But warned that some types of government regulation could start to look like censorship. YouTube, as well as other internet giants such as Facebook and Twitter, have some big decisions to make. All must decide where they draw the line between freedom of expression, hateful content and misinformation. And the government is watching. It has published a White Paper laying out its plans to regulate online platforms. In his first interview since starting his new role, Ben spoke about the company's algorithms, its approach to hate speech and what it expects from the UK government's "online harms" legislation. [...] YouTube has never explained exactly how its algorithms work. Critics say the platform offers up increasingly sensationalist and conspiratorial videos. Mr McOwen Wilson disagrees. "It's what's great about YouTube. It is what brings you from one small area and actually expands your horizon and does the opposite of taking you down the rabbit hole," he says.

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UK's Brexit-like indecision on Huawei is hurting everyone - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 10 min ago
To ban, or not to ban? UK's decision paralysis over Huawei and 5G is getting embarrassing.

How to Make a Mouse Hallucinate

Scientifc America - 6 hours 18 min ago
A real-time capture of brain-circuit activity shows how simple it is to change what an animal sees

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New policies use tech to prevent your next speeding ticket - Roadshow

CNET News - 6 hours 21 min ago
New cars will start to put the brakes on speeding.

Netflix might pay Eddie Murphy $70 million for stand-up specials

Engadget - 6 hours 27 min ago
Eddie Murphy might be better known these days for his work on the screen, but it was on the stage that he got his start. His stand-up specials Delirious and Raw are often ranked among the best ever, and Murphy has been open in recent years about want...