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Seafloor fiber optic cables can work like seismometers
There are enough seismometers around these days to detect and locate nearly all earthquakes on land, except the most minuscule ones. The seafloor is another story. It’s expensive and difficult to maintain seismometers at the bottom of the ocean, so our coverage is pretty sparse. Earthquakes smaller than a magnitude four won’t register in many places—and “many places” in the…

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Huge Apple Maps outage prevents all users from searching, getting directions [Update]
Those who attempted to use Apple Maps this morning during their commutes were met with a frustrating situation—Apple's navigation app hasn't been working properly for much of the day. Problems appeared around 7am PT/10am ET, resulting in errors when users searched for route directions and for specific locations. The message "Directions not available—route information is not available at this moment"…

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Common drugs have depression as a possible side effect—a third of us take them
More than a third of Americans are estimated to be taking at least one prescription medication that carries the risk of depression, including suicidal symptoms, as a possible adverse effect—and they may have no idea—according to a study published this week in . The study is an observational one, meaning it can only identify associations and not whether common drugs…

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Decades-old PGP bug allowed hackers to spoof just about anyone’s signature
For their entire existence, some of the world's most widely used email encryption tools have been vulnerable to hacks that allowed attackers to spoof the digital signature of just about any person with a public key, a researcher said Wednesday. GnuPG, Enigmail, GPGTools, and python-gnupg have all been updated to patch the critical vulnerability.

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New York threatens to revoke Charter’s purchase of Time Warner Cable
The New York State Public Service Commission today ordered Charter Communications to pay a $2 million fine and complete network construction that was required as a condition of Charter's purchase of Time Warner Cable. If Charter doesn't meet its merger-related obligations, the company will "face the risk of having the merger revoked," the commission said in an announcement.

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DOJ OIG on Comey, Clinton email investigation: OMG LOL
The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General has dropped a 500-page report detailing its investigation into the conduct of FBI personnel, including former FBI Director James Comey, during the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server (code-named "Midyear Exam") and related events just before the 2016 presidential election.

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Dealmaster: Get a 15-inch Dell laptop with an 8th-gen Core i7 for $580
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is led by a deal on Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 laptop with an 8th-gen Core i7 chip (quad-core, not six-core), 1080p display, and 8GB RAM. It is currently available for $580.

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Cyberpunk 2077 world premiere: 50 minutes of William Gibson-level insanity
Every E3 conference has that behind-closed-doors gameplay reveal. The one that combines holy-cow gameplay, how'd-they-do-that visual trickery, and the mystique of hiding behind an “industry-only” shield. The one that sets tongues wagging. This year, CD Projekt RED's long-awaited has arguably claimed that buzzy throne. After a wild, brief tease in 2013, the William Gibson-inspired, near-future RPG went into hiding, but…

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update now open to all, thanks to machine learning
We already know that the Windows 10 April 2018 Update has been the most rapidly deployed of the major Windows 10 updates. Microsoft today said a little about how this speed was achieved—and made the update fully available to every Windows 10 system, representing the final stage of the rollout process.